Category: Good stuff

  • Intellisense for the NHibernate XML Schemas

    I saw Chris Bowen speak at Microsoft in Waltham, MA last week and he tipped me off to a (new?) feature in Visual Studio 2005.  In Visual Studio 2005, you can make the IDE detect custom XML schemas and then let you do intellisense.  That got me thinking about how to set that up for NHibernate.  A […]

  • NHibernate and nullable value types.

    If I were designing a database from scratch, I’d avoid nullable columns like The Plague.  Unfortunately, a lot of legacy (and not-so-legacy) databases tend to have nullable columns.  Kinda sucky if you’re doing NHibernate development under .NET 1.1 because you have to have to do a extra stuff to make it work.  In preparation for my […]

  • Talk: ".NET Rights-based Security Development", 1/5/2006

    FYI…I’ll be speaking at the Boston Beantown.NET User Group on 1/5/2006 on “.NET Rights-based Security Development”. Here’s the abstract: The .NET security principal classes (WindowsPrincipal, GenericPrincipal) help you secure your application by checking if a user is a member of a “role”. For example, only members of “HR” role can view employee information. What if […]

  • Book review: "Beyond Java" by Bruce A. Tate

    I just finished reading (well, heavy skimming) “Beyond Java” by Bruce A. Tate. Definitely worth the read.  It’s short.  Here’s the short review. This is definitely not a programming book. It’s a lot more like reading a Gartner report or other market research/prediction report. Pro: Learning about the existence continuation servers was excellent and would […]

  • I'll be speaking at VSLive! San Francisco on NHibernate and Security

    Exciting news!  (For me, anyway.)  I’m going to be giving two talks at the VSLive! conference in San Francisco.  On January 31, I’ll be discussing “Rights-based” security (rather than “Role-based” security) systems and how to implement one using a custom ASP.NET Membership Provider.  Then on February 1, I’ll be doing an overview session on developing ASP.NET […]

  • New version of Oracle Developer Tools For Visual Studio .NET

    There’s a new version of the Oracle Developer Tools For Visual Studio .NET (ODT).  I haven’t tried it yet but the previous version was pretty decent.  Finally Oracle gives us some decent dev tools for the .NET environment.  It has always boggled the mind why Oracle has made accessing it’s database from Microsoft platforms so completely […]

  • Where is the (fabled) Combined Help Collection Manager?

    This is one of those things that you almost never go looking for but when you need it you NEED it.  The Visual Studio .NET Combined Help Collection Manager.  It allows you specify which help collections appear in Visual Studio.  I needed it because the help files for the Oracle Developer Tools were not showing […]