Deep inside your Hard Disk...

Ever wondered why your hard disk is full? Or what directory is taking up most of the space? When using conventional disk browsing tools, such as Windows Explorer, these questions may be hard to answer. With SequoiaView however, they can be answered almost immediately. SequoiaView uses a visualization technique called cushion treemaps to provide you with a single picture of the entire contents of your hard drive. You can use it to locate those large files that you haven't accessed in one year, or to quickly locate the largest picture files on your drive

Download SequoiaView from here

dotnetraj at 12:14:42 pm on 3/21/2005

Grid Computing in .NET

Alchemi is an open source software framework that allows you to painlessly aggregate the computing power of networked machines into a virtual supercomputer and to develop applications to run on the grid.

It has been designed with the primary goal of being easy to use without sacrificing power and flexibility.

Alchemi includes:
  • The runtime machinery (Windows executables) to construct computational grids.
  • A .NET API and tools to develop .NET grid applications and grid-enable legacy applications.

dotnetraj at 9:47:42 am on

Why C#= C Sharp?

Ever wondered why C# is pronounced C-Sharp and not C-Hash or C-Pound?.. Well if you already play Guitar or ever composed  a ringtone for your cell phone you already know what that means...In Guitar for chords based on a chromatic root note (Bb, F# etc), the chords are always listed under the equivalent sharp note. This means that Bb chords are listed as A# and Db as C# and so on...

Flat note Equivalent sharp note
---------- --------------------------
Bb          A#
Db          C#
Eb          D#
Gb          F#
Ab          G#

So now you know how to play (with) C#;)

dotnetraj at 12:28:08 pm on 3/18/2005

New language G#... on the AOP horizon

Ernest  is working on G#(The Generative Programming Language) an Aspect Oriented Language with type-safe code generation capabilities.According to him Its purpose is to generated type-safe code that is injected into a code base at compile-time and run-time. The syntax is a superset of C# 2.0. Unlike other code generation techniques as CodeSmith (Which is a great tool / language), G# is not intended to produce code as a starting point or code for consumption. Instead, G# uses Aspect Oriented Programming (AOP) techniques to inject code into the client code. We will quickly cover the basics of AOP since it is still new to most developers.

you may download G# spec from here
Other interesting read: nemerle language for .NET

dotnetraj at 12:18:57 pm on

Code Camp III - Downloads

you may download Code Camp III's session material here

dotnetraj at 10:37:31 am on

Happy St. Patrick's Day

wish u all a very Happy St. Patrick's Day !!!

dotnetraj at 10:35:41 am on 3/17/2005

ODP.NET OpenWithNewPassword

Oracle allows users' password to expire. ODP.NET lets applications handle the password expiration by providing a new method, OpenWithNewPassword, that opens the connection with a new password.
The following code snippet uses the OracleConnection OpenWithNewPassword method to connect with a new password of panther:
// C#
OracleConnection con = new OracleConnection();
con.ConnectionString = "User Id=scott;Password=tiger;Data Source=oracle;";
// Here the con.Open() fails if the password has expired.
// An application catches this and attempts to reconnect with a new password
// of "panther". The initial connection string must remain intact.

try {
catch {

dotnetraj at 12:27:44 pm on 3/16/2005

Response to Mr. Grimes farewell

Dan Fernandez, Microsoft's Visual C# Project Manager, posted a response to the article written by Richard Grimes in Dr. Dobbs Journal . You can read it here in this link:

dotnetraj at 9:46:41 am on

Some Obfuscators for .NET

  Demeanor - 
   An obfuscator for .NET applications to hinder decompilation

  Dotfuscator - 
   Obfuscates to enhance source code security, shrinks to improve efficiency, and watermarks to track the origin of a pirated copy. [Commercial]

  Mangler - 
   A simple .NET assembly obfuscator application written in managed code and running right in
   browser. Includes an assembly explorer / IL disassembler.

  Codework Dotfuscator - 
   A Microsoft .NET and dotnet obfuscator that prevents decompilation and reverse engineering dotnet software.

  Salamander -
A decompiler for .NET applications and an obfuscator to hinder decompilation

  Aspose.Obfuscator -
A .Net assembly obfuscating tool. [Shareware]

  Spices.Net (ex-ILO) -
Protect .Net assemblies from reverse engineering, with size reduction and speed optimizations. By [Commercial]

  Thinstall -
.NET encryptor, compressor, and pre-run framework checker. [Commercial]

  Eziriz NET Reactor - 
   Protect .NET applications from reverse engineering by merging any .NET application with native machine code.

  LSW IL-Obfuscator - 
   Obfuscates .NET assemblies

dotnetraj at 11:09:12 am on 3/15/2005
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Soon - Near-Future Command Scheduler

Scheduling a task via At command can some times be tricky. Windows 2000 Resource kit' Soon.exe comes to rescue( though it uses At.exe anyways)

you may download soon from here

But beware of this bug which warns you that the task may be scheduled for the next day instead of the current day if you specify delay of less than 60 seconds

PS: If you are using Windows Xp/2003 try Schtasks which is far better than AT or Soon

dotnetraj at 11:44:12 am on 3/14/2005

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