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Using vs2005 for .net 1.1 apps

Okay, this is a little behind the times but I have a client who uses VS2005 and yet still needs sone of their code to be targeted to .net 1.1 framework. So I did a little googling and came up with this early article on doing just this with the Whidbey Beta2. So I tried it out and it still works!

With the simple console/service apps I’ve tested so far I’ve got it running on VS2005 Team Edition for Developers and C# Express. Next up is a web app and then a windows forms app (which is where I think I’ll have the most issues).

I also have some vb.net apps which I support so I’ll be creating a “CrossCompile.VisualBasic.targets”.

But if I can get them all running then I’m ditching VS2003 off my machine because I can maitain any of my legacy code inside a much nicer IDE.

Update:

And then I find a MS product calledd MSBee. It’s old (download dated May 16 2006) but I’l have to give that a try too.


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cuil weirdness

I’ve been trying to use cuil but their results are very variable. Sometimes they are great – at  least as good as google but other times they just don’t seem that relevant.

My www.bellhop.com.au site now has 999 results but one of the first page links is to a page on Ashanti witchcraft. And another is to a page that does not exist,  although the whole site (budu) has gone so I’m not sure what that means.

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one way travel links

I’m trialling adding user-generated content on my sites. But as unmoderated comments can often be a nightmare of spam – I’ve decided to try to limit the content to city descriptions. I think this will help to create a better experience for visitors to my sites.

It’ll also be over great use to webmasters who want to get more one way links to their site as I don’t require a link back form them. Just the effort of creating a few lines of original content.

The rules are the description must be original and at least 100 words. In return I’ll credit the source and add a link to their site. I think this offer of one way links will work for us both and for my audience.

So if you want links form a site that offers Australian hotels, or New Zealand hotels or hotels in Aisa then find a page without text and send me some content.

Oh, and no porn, gambling, pharmaceutical or links to other sites that would bring mine into disrepute.

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too Cuil

Okay, so a few days on and cuil have not indexed any new pages from my sites – but I’ve uploaded another couple of hundered pages to these sites so there is something new to index. But the content isn’t hugley different so they may just be ignoring those pages (these pages are part of another trial I’m doing with google but more on that later). I should stop being so lazy and go and look at the log files to see if their spider has come by again.

I’ve also sent the two sites they were not indexing through to their email address to see what happens.

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not so Cuil

I had a look at the new search engine Cuil. I didn’t think it’s that great so far. Design-wise I’m not that happy with the black background on the home page. I guess its meant to say “we’re not google but we are as simple as google to use”.

The major hassle people seem to be having, and I’m one of them, is that the site does not always return resilts – instead giving a too busy message.

The addition of columns and images to search makes the results appear interesting but the results I got were not all that relevent. Perhaps they need more people to search before the real results start to flow.

The extent to which they are indexing sites is also interesting. For my own sites I’ve listed how many pages they index and so far Cuil has more than Google, Yahoo or Live.

A quick search for www.bellhop.co.nz gives 2,087 results, while www.bellhop.com.au delivers none 😦 www.hotelbuddy.co.uk has 2314,  www.hotelbuddy.asia (my new site) has none, while there are 11,291 results for www.hotelbuddy.us

These are gross results – not all of them from my sites, or even about my sites, but they will be indiicative of the volume of indexing that these Cuil does.

Over the next few days I’ll also be testing how quickly they index new content.

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Foundations of Programming

Every so often I come across a site that spurs me on to become a better developer. Today I cam across Code Better, and in particular the Foundations of Programming post by Karl Seguin. I downloaded his e-book and then sat down and read the book from cover to cover (it’s only 79 pages and very readable).  And I know I’ll read it again soon.

Most of it will be familiar to experienced developers (unit testing, nHibernate, domain driven design, etc.)  but some of it is new.  But reading a book that puts it all together in one package and boldly says “this is the way I do it” without being arrogant … that’s what impresses me.

I genuinely enjoy writing code. It’s one of the great pleasures of my life. Sometimes I do it well. Other times I do less well. But I’m always looking to do it better.

So thanks, Karl.

Reading your book reminds me of why I love developing and inspires me to want to do it better!

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100 Top Hotel sites

One of the blogs I read regularly is THE BOOT by Tim Hughes.

Recently Tim posted an article on a site that claims to rank the top 100 hotel sites.
If you love a list of hotel sites, you’ll like (and hate) TOP 100 HOTEL SITES

Using one of my SEO test sites I set up a link as the TOp 100 requested and lo-and-behold I’m at number 309:
http://www.top100hotel.com/www.bellhop.co.nz.html

So a site about New Zealand Hotels is the 309th most popular hotel site on the planet.

It’s even more popular than rooms-manager.com (Number 312) which describes itself as:

“ROOMS-MANAGER.COM, part of Priceline.com (Nasdaq:PCLN) is Europe’s leading online hotel reservations agency by room nights sold, attracting over 15 million unique visitors each month via the Internet from both leisure and business markets worldwide.

Established in 1996, ROOMS-MANAGER.COM offers competitive rates for any type of property, ranging from small independent hotels through to a five star luxury. The site is available in 15 languages and offers over 30,000 hotels in more than 8,000 destinations.”

Update 4 Sept 2007: I’m now number 205, rising fast.

Rating: 3550 points* (was 3650 so someone has removed me …)

Update 12 Oct 2007: I’m now down to number 244. Looks like my popularity is fading ..

*amount mentions of word ‘www.bellhop.co.nz’ on the other websites

Update 3 August 2008: Looks like it’s time to remove it. I’m number 1660… nto getting much benefit from it now.

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