Joining the Twitter Bandwagon

by agrace 27. May 2009 06:16

Follow me on Twitter Well, I've finally succumbed to the World of Twitter. How did I ever live without it? Okay, sarcasm aside, it's fun to play with and what really sold me was Scott Hanselman's blog post on how it can provide us with an alternative to going through the 1-800 recorded messages from hell when trying to get customer support - the idea being that you have a fair chance of getting some attention the next time your cable acts up by mentioning it in Twitter. Apparently big companies are monitoring the big T by using its search facility. Ever wonder what's being said about you?

After signing up and spending an inordinate amount of time trying to conjure up something deep and meaningful under 140 characters, I downloaded TweetDeck. Then I signed up to http://bit.ly which basically provides the same URL-shortening service as http://tinyurl.com, except better. I have yet to check out TBuzz, Twitmatic, Twubs, TweetMic, Tweekdoku, Twadget, Twit4Live, Twittervision, Twitterholic........

Follow me on Twitter

 

It is estimated that there are currently over six million people "tweeting". More and more developers are using it to break news items and get quick answers to coding problems. You can find some of the top names in development circles using Twitter here.

Follow me on Twitter! I will include the Twitter logo in the new CodersBarn facelift.... soon.




Service Pack Expert As usual, I get the latest Microsoft news from Mary-Jo Foley's blog. As a developer, there was a time when I would be rushing to check a new Service Pack's feature list to see if some bug or other was finally resolved. Since the SharePoint SP2 fiasco I'm exercising a little more restraint in applying SPs. I notice that Microsoft is going to push this out with automatic updates on May 30 - luckily SPs are not applied automatically in the SharePoint world. For everybody else, do the sensible thing and apply it to a VM before you hit your development or production machines with it :-)

SP2 Download Links:
* 32-bit
* 64-bit
* ISO

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The entire blogosphere is buzzing over this release. I got to try it out for the first time last week while working though some of the hands-on labs at TechEd 2009 in Los Angeles. I was so engrossed in the lab content that I didn't pay it a lot of attention. BTW, Scott Hanselmann gave a great session entitled "Whirlwind Tour around .NET 4 (and Visual Studio) Beta 1 - check it out.

I decided to try it out this evening on a Windows Server 2008 VM, which had SQL Server 2005 installed. Everything went smoothly until after the first reboot when it bombed out. Then I remembered that there is a new Windows 4.5 Installer out so I downloaded that and tried again. Success! It only took about thirty minutes on a fairly fast machine.

VS 2010 Beta 1

 

I'm using VMWare Workstation, but if you are using Microsoft VMs then there is a really helpful video on Channel 9 which describes the download and installation of VS 2010 in depth. Either way, be sure to grab the installer first.

  * Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 Beta 1Downloads

  * Visual Studio 2010 Product Information

What's in the works for the SharePoint Development IDE

Many months ago, the MVPs were invited to Redmond and shown the next generation of SharePoint development tools. Needless to say they were bound to a secrecy agreement and ever since have remained as tight-lipped as a duck's arse and that's watertight. So I was really dying to check out what SharePoint project templates might appear - unfortunately all I got was a blank box. However, it looks like the red-suspendered marketing folks have revealed some information on this in a VS 2010 marketing "overview" brochure (link at end of post). SharePoint goodies include:

"Project templates for list definitions, list instances, site definitions, workflows, event receivers, Business Data Catalog models, and content types"

So, it looks like the extensions are finally baked in where they belong. This is good news considering the the latest CTP of VSeWSS 1.3 has some problems with the 64-bit architecture.

"The feature and package designers in Visual Studio 2010 allow you to determine how your SharePoint application packages are assembled and deployed... without having to manually write the XML for the .wsp deployment packages."

Some further research revealed that much of this info was already out there if you knew where to look. So why were the SharePoint presenters at TechEd acting like they held the secrets of the universe? There was an announcement on some aspects of this last February on Somesegar's Blog - here you will find a link to a video interview with Reza Chitsaz, Senior Program Manager working on Office and Sharepoint tooling - this came out last November!

VS 2010 Beta 1

 

All hype aside, the new WPF-based IDE is really slick and I'm really looking forward to trying out some of the new Ajax 4.0 client controls :-)

The new SharePoint 2007 Marketing Website

VisualStudio2010_ProductOverview.pdf (1.03 mb)