jut got back from a small extended weekend, so apologies for the reprint here (i'm sure it is all over the underbelly right now)...
see ScottGu post for full details...highlights:
- "Atlas" v1.0 will ship before next release of VS
- Features may be different than current CTP
- Naming: Microsoft AJAX Library (Client), ASP.NET 2.0 AJAX Extensions (Server), ASP.NET AJAX Control Toolkit (Atlas control toolkit)
nick pointed it our here that vista hit the rc1 milestone! right now it is available for beta and early adopter program customers. hopefully there will be information in a few weeks (or less) for a broader availability.
for developers, be on the lookout in your local area for installfests that may occur and get you running on the latest and greatest!
tired of hacking around with registry entries on getting the 'command prompt here' on your context menu?
in vista, Shift + right click shows the 'Open Command Window here' option:
i haven't traveled in a while, so when i went on a recent trip this past week, i wasn't sure what the experience would be like in light of the recent threats in london, etc.
i had heard that 'no liquids' would be allowed on the plane. i was only on a trip for overnight, so i just had a change of clothes and my overnight kit (which has toothpaste). so i decided to ask if it needed to be checked...i was assured it did, so i checked it.
as i browse through the airport i see tons of people with their carry-on suitcases which surely have some type of overnight items in it?!?! i am about to generalize, but i think it is a pretty fair assumption, but i did see several women with suitcases board a plane. c'mon -- have you met a woman who doesn't at least have some form of gel, spray, make-up, liquid, etc. that they travel with? i'm convinced that if i didn't ask, nobody would have said anything.
when i walked through the airport, the impact of the policy was clear as depicted in a few photos here:
this is the sign posted all over the place. i took this picture at 'the body shop' whose #1 selling product is soap:
needless to say the 5 times i passed the store, not a soul was even in there -- heck the warning signs they seemingly were required to display were larger than any sale or brand sign in their entire shop. perhaps the funniest one i saw was on all the water stands:
you can see the sign right above the water sales. yeah, i know you may want to drink it before you get on the plane, but you can see the rack is fully stocked, and nobody was buying drinks wherever i went (outside of the restaurant areas). it was very interesting to see the impact of the security on retail within these locations.
in writing some plugins for windows live writer i started out creating a deployment package. first, i suck at writing installers. i rely on tools to do it for me. for writer plugins, it really is a simple process to ensure the plugin is installed in the right directory, that's it.
so using the visual studio 2005 package project, i went about creating my msi. add file, put destination directory, build. when i run the msi, it takes FOREVER. what gives? why does a simple operation take so long.
it frustrated me, so i gave up and went to inno setup. simple, lean, fast. installer runs in nanoseconds (okay, not nano, but compared to msi, it is).
so someone enlighten me...what gives with MSI and simple operations?