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  • CodeChat 041 - Straight Talk with Christopher Bennage from Patterns and Practices

    Hi Christopher,

    As I seasoned developer, I have used Enterprise Library for ever.

    Your show was very interesting and clarifying with respect to the future of the P&P group.

    I usually develop line of business applications for large multinational corporations. My main programming language has been C# for several years, but a good amount of Windows Services I have to develop are written in C++. 

    On the last Build Conference (I have attended all of them in recent years), I had the opportunity of suggesting to the Visual Studio C++ Team the development of an Enterprise Library DAB like library for C++. The rationale was that almost every single program requires database access in the enterprise world, and that accessing SQL Server from C++ is not an easy task. Lots of error prone lines of code must be written and debugged and, clearly, it should be much easier. There are some libraries in the market, but none of them has the Microsoft code quality, to which we are used.

    The VS Team recommended me to submit a suggestion to the P&P Group. I did it, but, alas, I did not see any progress or even a single comment about it.

    I still think this would be a nice addition to the P&P projects and that it would benefit lots of C++ developers. Now, after your show, in which you clarify that P&P is now part of the Azure group, I don't see it happening any time soon, even though it continues to look like a very good idea to me.

    Would you please comment on these thoughts? What is your take on an Enterprise Library Data Access Block in C++? 

    And, if I may, I would like an information about the EL. As the last version of the EL was release in April 2013, is it now a dead project? Will Microsoft continue to develop new versions?

    I understand that, nowadays, Microsoft recommends the Entity Framework for data access. As an old-timer, I like to design my databases directly, and to write all my optimized stored procedures. EF tends to make my programs run slower than they do when I use EL. Most of my peers tend to think the same way, a few of them use EF at all.

    Thanks in advance for your time,

    Eduardo Quintana

  • Azure WebSites - Site Extensions

    Hi Scott,

    I would like to see an Azure Friday episode showing the details on how to convert a Windows XP WMWare Workstation virtual PC into an Azure Virtual Machine. I think your audience would like this information as much as I would.

    I tried this:  http://messor.com/migrating-a-vmware-vm-to-azure/

    In addition, this:  http://blogs.technet.com/b/keithmayer/archive/2013/05/30/guided-hands-on-lab-migrate-vmware-vms-to-windows-azure-20-key-scenarios-with-windows-azure-infrastructure-services.aspx

    However, it is too convoluted and is not specifically directed to WMWare Workstation. I do not have a Windows Server PC or any VMWare virtualization products (VSphere, etc...), just a WMWare Workstation license.

    I have only one VMWare Workstation Windows XP virtual machine, which is required to support one client who insists in keeping XP, no matter what. Because of it, I have to keep a WMWare Workstation product license that I would very much like to abandon in favor of Azure, which is much much better.

    Thanks for your superb show! It is short and direct to the point.

    Your fan,

    Eduardo Quintana

  • GoingNative 28: The VS Debugger: How It Works + Tips and Tricks

    Thanks for the excellent show, as always.

    Alas, the .exe projects did not work in my case. I tried Notepad.exe, as you suggest, but all I get is assembly code, and a message saying the source code is not available. Does it require the Ultimate SKU, or should it work with the Professional SKU, which is my case?

    My PC has Windows 8.1 update 1, 64 bits.

    If I may suggest a topic for your show, I would like to see some discussion on how to efficiently access SQL Server (2012/2014) using C++ 11/14. All I have been able to do is use third-party libraries, which are not really reliable.

    Thanks again for your superb show. And good luck Ale in your new endeavors.

  • TWC9: The Catsup/Lots O'Releases Edition

    Hi Dustin,

    Thanks for your reply.

    Yes VS 14 CTP2. I added the <LangVersion>experimental</LangVersion> to my project file and the new language features do not appear to be available and are reported as errors when I try to use them.

    That is why I have added this posting originally.

    Eduardo Quintana

  • TWC9: The Catsup/Lots O'Releases Edition


    I have created a VS 2014 CTP2 VM in Azure. But it does not have the Roslyn compiler enabled.

    Alas, I only have access to the VS Professional SKU in my MSDN subscription.

    Is there a way to enable Roslyn in the VS Professional or is it available just for the Ultimate edition?

    Thanks for your superb show.

    Eduardo Quintana

  • Browse the .NET Reference Source

    Hi Robert,

    I tried both the F12 addin and the single stepping over .Net code technique, but both simply did not work for me.

    I have VS 2013 Ultimate 64, and I have JetBrains ReSharper and DevExpress CodeRush installed in my computer. For the testing I disabled ReSharper and unloaded CodeRush, but to no avail.

    I checked all the required conditions as outlined in the corresponding sites, but, again, it did not work.

    Am I missing something here?

    I would really like to be able to use these features because they seems to be very useful.

    May I have some help here?

    Thanks for your support,

    Eduardo Quintana

  • Defrag Tools: #65 - Windows 8.1 - Jeffrey Richter - Windows Runtime via C#

    @LarryLarsen: My English is quite OK. I leaved in the USA for some years, and I spend at least one month every year in California. I speak English daily with my clients in the USA and with some local English-speaking clients too. Everything I write professionally is in American English. My native tongue is Brazilian Portuguese, but I also speak French, Italian, Spanish, and some Japanese.

    The problem is really his Australian English. However, I manage to understand it, only that it is somewhat hard sometimes to understand Andrew when he speaks very fast. Every now and then, I rewind the video for fully understanding him. Again, one does not want to miss anything he says, for it is always very interesting and useful. He is very knowledgeable and he is, for sure, the best one in his field.

    Eduardo Quintana

  • Defrag Tools: #65 - Windows 8.1 - Jeffrey Richter - Windows Runtime via C#


    Excellent show, all always.

    Don't get me wrong, Andrew Richards is a true genius, but it somewhat hard to understand him sometimes.

    I would like to kindly suggest that he spoke a little bit slower, to make it easy for us (whose mother language is not English) to always understand him. The informations he conveys are priceless and I cannot afford to misunderstand them.

    Again, thanks for this superb show, that bring us very knowledgeable professionals as Andrew.


    Eduardo Quintana


  • Entity Framework 5 and 6

    Hi Robert,

    As a fan of your show, I never miss one.

    I would like to offer a suggestion for an episode: Enterprise Library 6.0 (EL) compared to Entity Framework (EF).

    We use EL 6.0 in all our projects (VS 2012 / C# 5.0 / SQL Server 2012 / WinForm). We are under the impression that EF is an unnecessary layer that would cause costly delays during data access operations, and this has prevented us from considering it for data access in our projects.

    But, watching this episode about EF 5.0 / 6.0 our eyes popped-out to the perspective of having lots of benefits we do not have using EL 6.0. On the other side, there is a learning curve to deal with besides the performance problem.

    Many of my fellow developers have similar views.

    Thanks again and kudos for your show.

    Eduardo Quintana

  • Episode 110 - Windows Azure BizTalk Services


    I am migrating my first app to Azure. It uses a pair of databases and there are 30 instances (29 stored procedures and one view) which use cross database queries.

    When I tried to publish my databases to an Azure counterpart the process always failed and the following error was shown:

    Reference to database and/or server name in '...' is not supported in this version of SQL Server.

    Is there any workaround besides combining both databases or rewrite the application code?

    Will Azure support cross database queries any time soon?

    Thanks in advance,

    Eduardo Quintana

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