May 2005 Blog Posts
I've finally put up a CAPTCHA test for comment posting. This should reduce the amount of comment spam we've been getting. All the credit goes to Davide Mauri for creating a detailed list of instructions for implementing this in .TEXT. You can find the details on his other blog. Previously I had restricted comments on posts older than 30 days. I've removed that restriction. Please let me know if there are any problems or if something doesn't look quite right. I want to add that this uses a great HIP control by Kevin Gearing. Thanks Kevin!
I'll be presenting to the AITP group in Kansas City on May 25th. You can find out more information about the event on their web site. It's a dinner event will a couple of different presentations and you need reservations. I'll be speaking on SQL Server 2005. The topic will be a management level overview of SQL Server 2005. I'll do some basic demos but it will be at a pretty high level.
I've updated my NAnt tasks to 0.94 (source and binary). I've added three new tasks.
The first is a task to load an Excel spreadsheet into a SQL Server table. We've found this to be a fair way to manage code tables. They're easy to edit and print out for review. They don't handle the foreign key checking until we load them in but that's been a fair trade-off for their ease of use.
The second task imports an image file into SQL Server. It's basically a mirror image of TEXTCOPY.EXE except that it's a NAnt task and the trust connection works.
I deleted about 300 spam messages today. It also updated post counts. What a pain.
Last year Joel (of JoelOnSoftware.com) wrote an article that had a little blurb on the “MSDN Way” of doing things. That basically amounted to always using the newest, fanciest tools to solve a problem. Why use VB6 and SQL Server when you can use C#, SharePoint, BizTalk, XML, Web Services and SQL Server to accomplish the exact same thing. I chuckled at that but basically agreed with his characterization of MSDN. I'm still a big fan of the magazine though. Tomorrow's C#, SharePoint, etc. is today's VB6 and SQL Server. It's a great place to get a handle on what's...