Host file to block ads

Whenever I load up a new machine, it seems that I forget where this is and I have to go find it again.  Mike’s Ad Blocking Host File is a list of common ad servers, called the  on the internet that, when added to your HOSTS file, redirect the requests to these servers to 127.0.0.1 so that the requests don’t escape your own environment.   Thanks to Mark for reminding me where it is this time.

VSTS Unit Testing and DotNetUsers.org

I attended the monthly meeting of the DotNetUsers.org group tonight.  Mark Michaelis & Russ Nemhauser were the featured speakers tonight and the topics were testing and more testing with beta 2 of Visual Studio 2005.  I was pointed to a couple of good things about testing that I’m sure all of you know and are aware of, but I wasn’t…  The one I liked enough to mention here is teh new “yield return” syntax in C# 2.0.   Very cool.  It allows the return of logice to the calling routine during execution.  The biggest reason for this is to return multiple values.  See this page for an article by Matt McDonald desciribng the a number of new features in ASP.Net 2.0.  Yield Return is one of them down a ways on the page.  This article is over a year old, so I’m probably the only person who hadn’t seen this before.  Mark also demo’d the testing tool in VSTS and recorded a script, used it in a test and then generated the code behind that script and showed how to modify that code for more advanced testing. 


The DotNetUsers group, which meets in Redmond on the Microsoft campus on the first Wednesday of each month, has put together a great list of upcoming speakers.  With the upcoming product launches inthe next 6-12 months, I’m sure that there will be many, many speakers that they can pick the best ones from.


I also found it interesting that there were two different recruiting companies that were present at the meeting, looking for fresh, young .Net programmers to pimp out to the highest bidder.  They both concurred with Carl that there is a growing demand for .Net programmers.  So, if you are in the Pacific Northwest and are looking to learn more about .Net, maybe network with fellow programmers, maybe learn from the product group people themselves, and maybe even find a better job — here’s the place to be on the first Wednesday of each month! 

Roger Sessions on the Nov 7 Coordinated Product Launch

Roger Session’s latest ObjectWatch newsletter addresses his view of the November 7 launch of three Microsoft products, Visual Studio 2005, SQL Server 2005, and BizTalk Server 2006.  He suggests that the battle is not MSFT product vs. IBM product any longer, but comes down to MSFT’s vision for I.T. vs. IBM’s vision for I.T.  I think he’s got some good points.