MIT OpenCourseWare 
In September MIT will launch it's "courseware-to-the-masses" project. I believe in this kind of knowledge sharing.

Knowledge should be made available to everyone.
Categories:  Other
Friday, August 29, 2003 9:11:00 AM (Central Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments Web Services SDK 
This is good. Now people can automaticaly download new Microsoft software, articles, Technet content, ...

In order to serve as a test for our new architecture, Version 1.0 of the Web Service is limited to providing information about top downloads from Future releases will build on this architecture to provide access to a broader variety of Microsoft content and services.

This is not so good. Should be called v0.31 then.
Categories:  Web Services
Wednesday, August 27, 2003 2:02:59 PM (Central Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments


 Web services subpage redesigned 

We just did a redesign on our /webservices subsection. You can find info/downloads/functions/... on it. Everything is free to use - some contents are applicable only to local users, though.


Categories:  Work | Web Services
Tuesday, August 26, 2003 6:35:44 PM (Central Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments


 More on Mono<>Novell 

"This is a big move for Novell. I think that it has the potential to open up a lot of doors for them. Now the challenges facing them will be to leverage the strengths of Ximian while not disrupting Ximian's existing customer base and the open source development community. If Novell works this correctly, Microsoft may have to look at them as a serious competitor once again."

If this is judged by Mono, I don't buy it. Come on. Mono is fine and it works somehow. But dozens of monts will pass before it will be useful for general developer public. Mono is to .NET what Linux is to Windows XP. In general, difficult to use, difficult to sell.

"It is obvious that the Microsoft's treachery will be it's demise in the end. As the romans often said "quod me nutruit, me destruit", that which feeds me also kills me. MS's greed and manipulation of the industry, the government and consumers will end soon."

I thought people changed that 90's opinion about Microsoft. They are STILL out there.

Categories:  Other
Thursday, August 14, 2003 10:21:09 PM (Central Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments


 XML schema review done 

I just finished a review of a huge XML schema for the biggest mobile operator in Slovenia.

By huge, I mean around 2000 lines. It takes XML Spy one second to validate an instance document on my machine. Element nesting goes ten levels deep.

Categories:  Work | XML
Wednesday, August 6, 2003 6:37:30 PM (Central Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments


Categories:  Work
Wednesday, August 6, 2003 2:08:56 PM (Central Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments


 Just in: Novell aquired Ximian 

Novell bought Ximian, a company which produces Mono and Gnome. I hope that this won't have any impact on successful Mono implementation, which was happening in recent months.

I must admit, I don't like this story. Mono was a typical open source project, which was successful because it was independant.

What happens now?

Categories:  Other
Monday, August 4, 2003 9:33:23 PM (Central Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments


 Mono web services 

I managed to get web services up and running on my Mono machine. This proves it.

What I dislike about the current implementation is obvious:

  • There's no WSDL generator yet (can't use wsdl.exe or any other web services proxy generator tools)
  • There's no proxy class generator yet (wsdl.exe in our world)
  • URLs seem to be case sensitive

My install uses the latest Mono bits and a primitive web server (XSP), which hosts the Mono ASP.NET runtime.

I tested this stuff using WebServicesStudio, which can generate proxies and SOAP messages. I used .NET web service implementation to generate the proxy and then sent SOAP messages to Mono implementation.

All in all, I'm quite surprised. Mono's latest development advances are a huge step forward.

Categories:  Web Services
Sunday, August 3, 2003 2:29:18 PM (Central Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments


 Mono lives... 

I just installed Mono 0.25 on a Red Hat 9 box.

This is it's output. Investigative work follows.

Categories:  CLR
Saturday, August 2, 2003 1:26:52 PM (Central Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments


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