Cloud Computing In Corporate and Home Environments

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Cloud computing is an Information Technology industry buzz word that is coming on stronger and stronger these days. If you are not sure what cloud computing means then think of it this way. You gather up all of you valuables and bring them to my home for me to keep for you. Would you do this? If so, feel free to contact me. The official definition from WikiPedia is: Cloud computing is a style of computing in which dynamically scalable and often virtualized resources are provided as a service over the Internet. Users need not have knowledge of, expertise in, or control over the technology infrastructure in the “cloud” that supports them. I am sure by now many of you have heard that Google is making the move into the Operating System arena with the announcement on 7/7/2009 via The Official Google Blog. If not the bottom line is: Google Chrome OS is an open source, lightweight operating system that will initially be targeted at netbooks. Later this year we will open-source its code, and netbooks running Google Chrome OS will be available for consumers in the second half of 2010. Because we’re already talking to partners about the project, and we’ll …

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Microsoft set to deprecate OracleClient in the .NET 4.0 Framework

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If you are a .NET platform developer that targets an Oracle database platform then you must take note that the ADO.NET team has stated that while the OracleClient will ship as part of the .NET 4.0 Framework it will be marked as deprecated. What does this mean to you? Since .NET 4.0 has some time before it goes RTM you really should be considering what impact, if any, this may have on your existing applications as technology continues to advance. I am not stating that you should have immediate concerns but you should take a hard look at your application and see where your roadmap leads you. You can read below what the Program Manager has released or better yet visit the ADO.NET team blog, System.Data.OracleClient Update . System.Data.OracleClient will be available in the upcoming 4.0 release of .NET Framework; however, it will be marked as deprecated. This will have no impact to existing applications and these applications will continue to work as expected. Developing new applications which use OracleClient will be supported; however, warnings will be raised if the applications are compiled against .Net 4.0. Once compiled, no warnings or errors will be generated while running these applications. We …

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ASP.NET Tip: Creating and using a task list

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If you properly employ the Task List and comment your code appropriately you can ensure that you to complete the important tasks and never again miss something that you intended to correct. The Task List displays comments embedded in your project code that begin with the comment marker for your development language, followed by a default task token such as TODO, HACK, or UNDONE, or a custom comment token. To add a comment to the Task List it is as easy as completing two steps: Open a source code file for editing in the Code Editor. Begin a comment on a line of code you want to mark with your task. The out of the box task identifiers are TODO, HACK, and UNDONE. By default, the task window is not visible, in order to make this window viewable click View -> Other Windows ->Task List or the use the keyboard shortcut (Ctrl+Alt+K) and in Visual Studio 2008 it is (Ctrl+W+T). Note: Grab my Visual Studio .NET 2005 Keyboard Shortcuts document as a quick reference. If you want to add your very own custom keywords then go to Tools -> Options -> Environment -> Task List and you will be presented with a list of the default keywords. You can …

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Open Source UML & Modeling

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For those not familiar with UML take a moment to understand the value it can add to your project.  The Unified Modeling Language (UML) is an open method used to specify, visualize, modify, construct and document the artifacts of an object-oriented software intensive system under development. UML offers a standard way to write a system’s blueprints, including conceptual components such as: (via wikipedia) actors business processes system components and activities programming language statements database schemas reusable software components [ad#GoogleAdsense250x250] There are some very good open souce solutions out there and I thought I would pass along those that I am aware of. If you have a favorite that is open source as well, why not drop a comment and pass along the prouct name and details? StarUML StarUML is an open source project to develop fast, flexible, extensible, featureful, and freely-available UML/MDA platform running on Win32 platform. The goal of the StarUML project is to build a software modeling tool and also platform that is a compelling replacement of commercial UML tools such as Rational Rose, Together and so on. ArgoUML ArgoUML is the leading open source UML modeling tool and includes support for all standard UML 1.4 diagrams. It …

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Interview With Wally McClure

Full Name: Wallace B. McClure (Wally) URLs: http://www.morewally.com/ http://www.aspnetpodcast.com/ http://timedtweet.cloudapp.net/ Steven:Can you tell us a little about yourself, and your involvement with the .NET community? What first got you into software development? What’s your programming background? What got you into developing Web-based applications? Wally: I’m in Knoxville, TN.  I graduated from Georgia Tech with a BS and MS in Electrical Engineering. I’ve written 5 books on various aspects of .NET development. I try and get around to lots of events.  I try to talk at User Groups and as many weekend events as I can realistically get to.  Thankfully, I’m on the INETA Speaker’s Bureau, so that really helps me to get plugged into the user groups. I’m a big fan of marketing, which developers do a horrible job of.  We need to get out and around more in general. I run the asp.net podcast.  I’ve been doing it for four plus years now.  Unfortunately, work gets in the way at times, but I’ve still be able to do 140 shows over those 4+ years. For the past few 6 months or so, I’ve been working on an app to integrate with twitter.  Its called TimedTweet.  Its written to run …

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