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  • Accessing home directory hangs

    - by Jeff
    Occasionally my laptop will hang when trying to access my home directory. The only fix so far is to reboot and then it goes away for a week. /var/log/kern.log has the following error: Nov 21 13:54:39 Laptop1 kernel: [231480.428107] INFO: task ls:10104 blocked for more than 120 seconds. Nov 21 13:54:39 Laptop1 kernel: [231480.428114] "echo 0 > /proc/sys/kernel/hung_task_timeout_secs" disables this message. Nov 21 13:54:39 Laptop1 kernel: [231480.428120] ls D f5dbf6a0 0 10104 9964 0x00000004 Nov 21 13:54:39 Laptop1 kernel: [231480.428130] f3edbd40 00000086 00000001 f5dbf6a0 00000000 00000001 c175dfe0 c1868ec0 Nov 21 13:54:39 Laptop1 kernel: [231480.428145] c1868ec0 054eadaf 0000d250 f5005ec0 ee940cc0 f3e5b300 f3edbcf8 c10e8bfa Nov 21 13:54:39 Laptop1 kernel: [231480.428159] f3edbd10 f3edbd10 f3edbd10 c102b505 fffba7e8 089fa000 f3edbd38 c10fb528 Nov 21 13:54:39 Laptop1 kernel: [231480.428173] Call Trace: Nov 21 13:54:39 Laptop1 kernel: [231480.428189] [<c10e8bfa>] ? lru_cache_add_lru+0x2a/0x50 Nov 21 13:54:39 Laptop1 kernel: [231480.428199] [<c102b505>] ? __kunmap_atomic+0x75/0xa0 Nov 21 13:54:39 Laptop1 kernel: [231480.428207] [<c10fb528>] ? do_anonymous_page+0x1f8/0x280 Nov 21 13:54:39 Laptop1 kernel: [231480.428218] [<c152b656>] __mutex_lock_slowpath+0xc6/0x120 Nov 21 13:54:39 Laptop1 kernel: [231480.428225] [<c152b304>] mutex_lock+0x24/0x40 Nov 21 13:54:39 Laptop1 kernel: [231480.428246] [<f83ab87c>] cifs_reconnect_tcon+0x13c/0x2a0 [cifs] Nov 21 13:54:39 Laptop1 kernel: [231480.428255] [<c152fa00>] ? vmalloc_fault+0xee/0xee Nov 21 13:54:39 Laptop1 kernel: [231480.428262] [<c152fc2f>] ? do_page_fault+0x22f/0x4a0 Nov 21 13:54:39 Laptop1 kernel: [231480.428276] [<f83abe3c>] smb_init+0x2c/0x90 [cifs] Nov 21 13:54:39 Laptop1 kernel: [231480.428285] [<c11aa42e>] ? ext4_htree_store_dirent+0x2e/0x120 Nov 21 13:54:39 Laptop1 kernel: [231480.428301] [<f83b0941>] CIFSSMBQPathInfo+0x41/0x210 [cifs] Nov 21 13:54:39 Laptop1 kernel: [231480.428319] [<f83c39e4>] ? cifs_get_inode_info+0x224/0x390 [cifs] Nov 21 13:54:39 Laptop1 kernel: [231480.428336] [<f83c3a21>] cifs_get_inode_info+0x261/0x390 [cifs] Nov 21 13:54:39 Laptop1 kernel: [231480.428354] [<f83bb35d>] ? build_path_from_dentry+0xcd/0x250 [cifs] Nov 21 13:54:39 Laptop1 kernel: [231480.428362] [<c102b69e>] ? kmap_atomic_prot+0xde/0x100 Nov 21 13:54:39 Laptop1 kernel: [231480.428370] [<c152c4cd>] ? _raw_spin_lock+0xd/0x10 Nov 21 13:54:39 Laptop1 kernel: [231480.428388] [<f83c6378>] ? _GetXid+0x58/0x80 [cifs] Nov 21 13:54:39 Laptop1 kernel: [231480.428405] [<f83c4f81>] cifs_revalidate_dentry_attr+0x111/0x1a0 [cifs] Nov 21 13:54:39 Laptop1 kernel: [231480.428423] [<f83c50e2>] cifs_getattr+0x52/0x120 [cifs] Nov 21 13:54:39 Laptop1 kernel: [231480.428431] [<c112c5b2>] vfs_getattr+0x42/0x70 Nov 21 13:54:39 Laptop1 kernel: [231480.428448] [<f83c5090>] ? cifs_revalidate_dentry+0x40/0x40 [cifs] Nov 21 13:54:39 Laptop1 kernel: [231480.428455] [<c112c647>] vfs_fstatat+0x67/0x80 Nov 21 13:54:39 Laptop1 kernel: [231480.428461] [<c112c680>] vfs_lstat+0x20/0x30 Nov 21 13:54:39 Laptop1 kernel: [231480.428468] [<c112c946>] sys_lstat64+0x16/0x30 Nov 21 13:54:39 Laptop1 kernel: [231480.428475] [<c11341ed>] ? link_path_walk+0x79d/0x8a0 Nov 21 13:54:39 Laptop1 kernel: [231480.428483] [<c152c8e4>] syscall_call+0x7/0xb

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  • POP Forums v10 beta posted for ASP.NET MVC 4

    - by Jeff
    Finally got some momentum and replaced the beta formerly known as v9.3. You can get it here, where you’ll find the information below. You can also read my previous post on why I ditched jQuery Mobile. This is the beta for POP Forums v10, with the mobile special sauce. It requires ASP.NET MVC 4 RC, which you can download here. Of course, feel free to submit bugs to the issue tracker. See a live demo here: http://popforums.com/Forums What's new? Uses a very light weight CSS and Javascript package to provide a touch-friendly interface for mobile devices. Numbers are formatted (sensitive to culture) when 1,000 or higher. CSS is more integration friendly, and specific to the ForumContainer element. Mail delivery from queue is now parallel, so you can specify a sending interval, and the number of messages to process on each interval. Background "services" refactored, and will only run with a call on app start to PopForumsActivation.StartServices(). This is partly to facilitate future use in Web farms/multiple Web roles. Update to jQuery v1.7.1. Replaced use of .live() with .on() in script, pursuant to jQuery update, which deprecates .live(). FIX: Bug in topic repository around caching keys for single-server data layer. FIX: Pager links on recent topics pointed to incorrect route. FIX: Deleting a post didn't update last user/post time. FIX: Ditched attempt at writing to event log with super failures, since almost no one has permission in production. FIX: Bug in grayed-out fields in admin mail setup. FIX: Weird color profiles would break loading of images for resize. FIX: TOS text on account sign-up was double encoded. Known issues None yet, but ditching jQuery Mobile from the previous beta turned out to be a good decision.

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  • Ubuntu One Sync as a File Backup Solution?

    - by Jeff
    I was hoping to utilize Ubuntu One and in particular, the syncing feature within Ubuntu One to provide offsite backup for some of my files. My intention was to mark any of my folders that have important files as 'folders to synchronize' to Ubuntu One. It works great in that whenever an important file is placed in the folder, the file is copied up to Ubuntu One (hence creating a backup). However, if any of these important files are lost or accidently deleted from my computer then due to the synchronization it is also immediately deleted from Ubuntu One. This approach does not work very well to provide backup. On one hand I really like the automatic way in which the synch feature will upload any of my important files to Ubuntu One but on the other hand if I lose the file on my computer it will likely be taken off of the cloud as well (via synchronization). What approach are others taking to backup their important files to Ubuntu One? I didn't want to have to manually upload my important files to Ubuntu One and remember to upload other important files as they are created on my computer. Your thoughts and suggestions are greatly appreciated.

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  • The ugly evolution of running a background operation in the context of an ASP.NET app

    - by Jeff
    If you’re one of the two people who has followed my blog for many years, you know that I’ve been going at POP Forums now for over almost 15 years. Publishing it as an open source app has been a big help because it helps me understand how people want to use it, and having it translated to six languages is pretty sweet. Despite this warm and fuzzy group hug, there has been an ugly hack hiding in there for years. One of the things we find ourselves wanting to do is hide some kind of regular process inside of an ASP.NET application that runs periodically. The motivation for this has always been that a lot of people simply don’t have a choice, because they’re running the app on shared hosting, or don’t otherwise have access to a box that can run some kind of regular background service. In POP Forums, I “solved” this problem years ago by hiding some static timers in an HttpModule. Truthfully, this works well as long as you don’t run multiple instances of the app, which in the cloud world, is always a possibility. With the arrival of WebJobs in Azure, I’m going to solve this problem. This post isn’t about that. The other little hacky problem that I “solved” was spawning a background thread to queue emails to subscribed users of the forum. This evolved quite a bit over the years, starting with a long running page to mail users in real-time, when I had only a few hundred. By the time it got into the thousands, or tens of thousands, I needed a better way. What I did is launched a new thread that read all of the user data in, then wrote a queued email to the database (as in, the entire body of the email, every time), with the properly formatted opt-out link. It was super inefficient, but it worked. Then I moved my biggest site using it, CoasterBuzz, to an Azure Website, and it stopped working. So let’s start with the first stupid thing I was doing. The new thread was simply created with delegate code inline. As best I can tell, Azure Websites are more aggressive about garbage collection, because that thread didn’t queue even one message. When the calling server response went out of scope, so went the magic background thread. Duh, all I had to do was move the thread to a private static variable in the class. That’s the way I was able to keep stuff running from the HttpModule. (And yes, I know this is still prone to failure, particularly if the app recycles. For as infrequently as it’s used, I have not, however, experienced this.) It was still failing, but this time I wasn’t sure why. It would queue a few dozen messages, then die. Running in Azure, I had to turn on the application logging and FTP in to see what was going on. That led me to a helper method I was using as delegate to build the unsubscribe links. The idea here is that I didn’t want yet another config entry to describe the base URL, appended with the right path that would match the routing table. No, I wanted the app to figure it out for you, so I came up with this little thing: public static string FullUrlHelper(this Controller controller, string actionName, string controllerName, object routeValues = null) { var helper = new UrlHelper(controller.Request.RequestContext); var requestUrl = controller.Request.Url; if (requestUrl == null) return String.Empty; var url = requestUrl.Scheme + "://"; url += requestUrl.Host; url += (requestUrl.Port != 80 ? ":" + requestUrl.Port : ""); url += helper.Action(actionName, controllerName, routeValues); return url; } And yes, that should have been done with a string builder. This is useful for sending out the email verification messages, too. As clever as I thought I was with this, I was using a delegate in the admin controller to format these unsubscribe links for tens of thousands of users. I passed that delegate into a service class that did the email work: Func<User, string> unsubscribeLinkGenerator = user => this.FullUrlHelper("Unsubscribe", AccountController.Name, new { id = user.UserID, key = _profileService.GetUnsubscribeHash(user) }); _mailingListService.MailUsers(subject, body, htmlBody, unsubscribeLinkGenerator); Cool, right? Actually, not so much. If you look back at the helper, this delegate then will depend on the controller context to learn the routing and format for the URL. As you might have guessed, those things were turning null after a few dozen formatted links, when the original request to the admin controller went away. That this wasn’t already happening on my dedicated server is surprising, but again, I understand why the Azure environment might be eager to reclaim a thread after servicing the request. It’s already inefficient that I’m building the entire email for every user, but going back to check the routing table for the right link every time isn’t a win either. I put together a little hack to look up one generic URL, and use that as the basis for a string format. If you’re wondering why I didn’t just use the curly braces up front, it’s because they get URL formatted: var baseString = this.FullUrlHelper("Unsubscribe", AccountController.Name, new { id = "--id--", key = "--key--" }); baseString = baseString.Replace("--id--", "{0}").Replace("--key--", "{1}"); Func unsubscribeLinkGenerator = user => String.Format(baseString, user.UserID, _profileService.GetUnsubscribeHash(user)); _mailingListService.MailUsers(subject, body, htmlBody, unsubscribeLinkGenerator); And wouldn’t you know it, the new solution works just fine. It’s still kind of hacky and inefficient, but it will work until this somehow breaks too.

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  • Use virtual pageviews for all goal tracking

    - by Jeff Wu
    I'm new to Google Analytics and I'm wondering if it would be cleaner to user virtual pageviews for all the goal tracking on my website instead of using a mix of regular page views and virtual pageviews. I know in most cases this is just semantics but there are multiple pages where the same goal can be achieved and I think it would be cleaner just to fire the same virtual pageview instead of having two different goal pages. Will this model also give developers more flexibility when they do development? I know we are moving to a CMS and urls can get hairy, so I think this might be a good way to make analytics portion of the site "future proof". Any thoughts are appreciated! Thanks.

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  • IASA ITARC &ndash; Denver May 6th

    - by Jeff Certain
    The Denver chapter of the International Association of Software Architects (IASA) is holding an IT Architect Regional Conference (ITARC) in Denver on May 6th. The speaker list for this conference is amazing. Paul Rayner, Dave McComb, Randy Kahle, Peter Provost, Randy Stafford, George Fairbanks – all great speakers, and from Colorado. Brandon Satrom (who also happens to be the president of the IASA Austin chapter) will also be speaking, as will some other heavy hitters (for example, Ted Farrell, Chief Architect and Senior VP of Oracle). This is an amazing line-up, and the conference is quite reasonably priced ($150 for IASA members until April 10th, including a catered lunch). I also have the privilege of being a presenter at this conference. If you’ve ever heard any of the previously named speakers, you know that they set the bar quite high. Sounds like I’m going to have to step up my game. What I get to talk about is really cool stuff. The company I work for – Colorado CustomWare – brought me on board nearly two years ago. To say there was some technical debt is somewhat… understated. Equally understated would be that management is committed to doing the right thing. Over the past two years, we’ve done significant architectural refactoring – including an effort that took the entire team offline for most of a month. We’ve reduced the application size by 50% without losing functionality. As you can imagine, this has reduced the complexity of the application, making development faster and less prone to bugs. We’ve made many other changes – moving to an agile process, training developers, moving towards a more OO architecture. The changes we’ve made reveal, in some ways, just how far afield we were.. and there are still more changes to be made. Amazingly enough, our leadership team is eager for me to share these experiences with other architects. I’m really looking forward to being able to do so.

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  • How can one unlock a fully encrypted Ubuntu 11.10 system over SSH at boot?

    - by Jeff
    In previous versions of Ubuntu, and current versions of Debian, you can unlock a fully encrypted system (using dmcrypt and LUKS) at boot time over SSH. It was as easy as: Installing the encrypted system using the Ubuntu alternate installer disk or normal Debian installer disk and choosing to encrypt the system. After the system is installed, adding the dropbear and busybox packages. Updating the initram-fs to authorize your ssh key. At boot time, you'd just ssh to the machine, and do: echo -ne "keyphrase" > /lib/cryptsetup/passfifo The machine would then unlock and boot the encrypted system. Using the exact same steps on Ubuntu 11.10, I can ssh to the machine, but /lib/cryptsetup/passfifo doesn't exist. There appears to be no way to unlock the system over ssh. I'm not sure where to look to see if this functionality changed or if it was removed.

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  • Windows Phone 7 Development &ndash; Useful Links

    - by David Turner
    Here are some excellent links for anyone developing for Windows Phone 7: J.D. Meier’s Windows Phone Developer Guidance Map – this is immense.  Also check out the Silverlight version Justin Angel’s site – some really great articles on unlocked roms, automation and Continuous Integration Windows Phone 7 Development Best Practices Wiki Jeff Blankenburg’s 31 days of Windows Phone 7 This post of Links to sample code for Windows Phone Tim Heuers blog, particularly this post of Tips and Tricks Kevin Marshall's blog, particularly the epic WP7 Development Tips Part 1 post Code Samples for Windows Phone on MSDN If you have unlocked your phone for development, then you can use the WPConnect tool to connect to the device rather than using the Zune client.  I found it useful to pin a shortcut to WPConnect in my Start Menu. The Performance Counters displayed when you debug your app on a device are useful for seeing things like frame rate and memory usage, this page on MSDN explains what the numbers mean.  Jeff Blankenburg covers this in more details on his blog I also came across this set of links to tutorials recently which looks very useful. Creating Windows Phone 7 Application and Marketplace Icons: http://expression.microsoft.com/en-us/gg317447.aspx

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  • Improving Manageability of Virtual Environments

    - by Jeff Victor
    Boot Environments for Solaris 10 Branded Zones Until recently, Solaris 10 Branded Zones on Solaris 11 suffered one notable regression: Live Upgrade did not work. The individual packaging and patching tools work correctly, but the ability to upgrade Solaris while the production workload continued running did not exist. A recent Solaris 11 SRU (Solaris 11.1 SRU 6.4) restored most of that functionality, although with a slightly different concept, different commands, and without all of the feature details. This new method gives you the ability to create and manage multiple boot environments (BEs) for a Solaris 10 Branded Zone, and modify the active or any inactive BE, and to do so while the production workload continues to run. Background In case you are new to Solaris: Solaris includes a set of features that enables you to create a bootable Solaris image, called a Boot Environment (BE). This newly created image can be modified while the original BE is still running your workload(s). There are many benefits, including improved uptime and the ability to reboot into (or downgrade to) an older BE if a newer one has a problem. In Solaris 10 this set of features was named Live Upgrade. Solaris 11 applies the same basic concepts to the new packaging system (IPS) but there isn't a specific name for the feature set. The features are simply part of IPS. Solaris 11 Boot Environments are not discussed in this blog entry. Although a Solaris 10 system can have multiple BEs, until recently a Solaris 10 Branded Zone (BZ) in a Solaris 11 system did not have this ability. This limitation was addressed recently, and that enhancement is the subject of this blog entry. This new implementation uses two concepts. The first is the use of a ZFS clone for each BE. This makes it very easy to create a BE, or many BEs. This is a distinct advantage over the Live Upgrade feature set in Solaris 10, which had a practical limitation of two BEs on a system, when using UFS. The second new concept is a very simple mechanism to indicate the BE that should be booted: a ZFS property. The new ZFS property is named com.oracle.zones.solaris10:activebe (isn't that creative? ). It's important to note that the property is inherited from the original BE's file system to any BEs you create. In other words, all BEs in one zone have the same value for that property. When the (Solaris 11) global zone boots the Solaris 10 BZ, it boots the BE that has the name that is stored in the activebe property. Here is a quick summary of the actions you can use to manage these BEs: To create a BE: Create a ZFS clone of the zone's root dataset To activate a BE: Set the ZFS property of the root dataset to indicate the BE To add a package or patch to an inactive BE: Mount the inactive BE Add packages or patches to it Unmount the inactive BE To list the available BEs: Use the "zfs list" command. To destroy a BE: Use the "zfs destroy" command. Preparation Before you can use the new features, you will need a Solaris 10 BZ on a Solaris 11 system. You can use these three steps - on a real Solaris 11.1 server or in a VirtualBox guest running Solaris 11.1 - to create a Solaris 10 BZ. The Solaris 11.1 environment must be at SRU 6.4 or newer. Create a flash archive on the Solaris 10 system s10# flarcreate -n s10-system /net/zones/archives/s10-system.flar Configure the Solaris 10 BZ on the Solaris 11 system s11# zonecfg -z s10z Use 'create' to begin configuring a new zone. zonecfg:s10z create -t SYSsolaris10 zonecfg:s10z set zonepath=/zones/s10z zonecfg:s10z exit s11# zoneadm list -cv ID NAME STATUS PATH BRAND IP 0 global running / solaris shared - s10z configured /zones/s10z solaris10 excl Install the zone from the flash archive s11# zoneadm -z s10z install -a /net/zones/archives/s10-system.flar -p You can find more information about the migration of Solaris 10 environments to Solaris 10 Branded Zones in the documentation. The rest of this blog entry demonstrates the commands you can use to accomplish the aforementioned actions related to BEs. New features in action Note that the demonstration of the commands occurs in the Solaris 10 BZ, as indicated by the shell prompt "s10z# ". Many of these commands can be performed in the global zone instead, if you prefer. If you perform them in the global zone, you must change the ZFS file system names. Create The only complicated action is the creation of a BE. In the Solaris 10 BZ, create a new "boot environment" - a ZFS clone. You can assign any name to the final portion of the clone's name, as long as it meets the requirements for a ZFS file system name. s10z# zfs snapshot rpool/ROOT/[email protected] s10z# zfs clone -o mountpoint=/ -o canmount=noauto rpool/ROOT/[email protected] rpool/ROOT/newBE cannot mount 'rpool/ROOT/newBE' on '/': directory is not empty filesystem successfully created, but not mounted You can safely ignore that message: we already know that / is not empty! We have merely told ZFS that the default mountpoint for the clone is the root directory. List the available BEs and active BE Because each BE is represented by a clone of the rpool/ROOT dataset, listing the BEs is as simple as listing the clones. s10z# zfs list -r rpool/ROOT NAME USED AVAIL REFER MOUNTPOINT rpool/ROOT 3.55G 42.9G 31K legacy rpool/ROOT/zbe-0 1K 42.9G 3.55G / rpool/ROOT/newBE 3.55G 42.9G 3.55G / The output shows that two BEs exist. Their names are "zbe-0" and "newBE". You can tell Solaris that one particular BE should be used when the zone next boots by using a ZFS property. Its name is com.oracle.zones.solaris10:activebe. The value of that property is the name of the clone that contains the BE that should be booted. s10z# zfs get com.oracle.zones.solaris10:activebe rpool/ROOT NAME PROPERTY VALUE SOURCE rpool/ROOT com.oracle.zones.solaris10:activebe zbe-0 local Change the active BE When you want to change the BE that will be booted next time, you can just change the activebe property on the rpool/ROOT dataset. s10z# zfs get com.oracle.zones.solaris10:activebe rpool/ROOT NAME PROPERTY VALUE SOURCE rpool/ROOT com.oracle.zones.solaris10:activebe zbe-0 local s10z# zfs set com.oracle.zones.solaris10:activebe=newBE rpool/ROOT s10z# zfs get com.oracle.zones.solaris10:activebe rpool/ROOT NAME PROPERTY VALUE SOURCE rpool/ROOT com.oracle.zones.solaris10:activebe newBE local s10z# shutdown -y -g0 -i6 After the zone has rebooted: s10z# zfs get com.oracle.zones.solaris10:activebe rpool/ROOT rpool/ROOT com.oracle.zones.solaris10:activebe newBE local s10z# zfs mount rpool/ROOT/newBE / rpool/export /export rpool/export/home /export/home rpool /rpool Mount the original BE to see that it's still there. s10z# zfs mount -o mountpoint=/mnt rpool/ROOT/zbe-0 s10z# ls /mnt Desktop export platform Documents export.backup.20130607T214951Z proc S10Flar home rpool TT_DB kernel sbin bin lib system boot lost+found tmp cdrom mnt usr dev net var etc opt Patch an inactive BE At this point, you can modify the original BE. If you would prefer to modify the new BE, you can restore the original value to the activebe property and reboot, and then mount the new BE to /mnt (or another empty directory) and modify it. Let's mount the original BE so we can modify it. (The first command is only needed if you haven't already mounted that BE.) s10z# zfs mount -o mountpoint=/mnt rpool/ROOT/zbe-0 s10z# patchadd -R /mnt -M /var/sadm/spool 104945-02 Note that the typical usage will be: Create a BE Mount the new (inactive) BE Use the package and patch tools to update the new BE Unmount the new BE Reboot Delete an inactive BE ZFS clones are children of their parent file systems. In order to destroy the parent, you must first "promote" the child. This reverses the parent-child relationship. (For more information on this, see the documentation.) The original rpool/ROOT file system is the parent of the clones that you create as BEs. In order to destroy an earlier BE that is that parent of other BEs, you must first promote one of the child BEs to be the ZFS parent. Only then can you destroy the original BE. Fortunately, this is easier to do than to explain: s10z# zfs promote rpool/ROOT/newBE s10z# zfs destroy rpool/ROOT/zbe-0 s10z# zfs list -r rpool/ROOT NAME USED AVAIL REFER MOUNTPOINT rpool/ROOT 3.56G 269G 31K legacy rpool/ROOT/newBE 3.56G 269G 3.55G / Documentation This feature is so new, it is not yet described in the Solaris 11 documentation. However, MOS note 1558773.1 offers some details. Conclusion With this new feature, you can add and patch packages to boot environments of a Solaris 10 Branded Zone. This ability improves the manageability of these zones, and makes their use more practical. It also means that you can use the existing P2V tools with earlier Solaris 10 updates, and modify the environments after they become Solaris 10 Branded Zones.

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  • SPARC T5-4 LDoms for RAC and WebLogic Clusters

    - by Jeff Taylor-Oracle
    I wanted to use two Oracle SPARC T5-4 servers to simultaneously host both Oracle RAC and a WebLogic Server Cluster. I chose to use Oracle VM Server for SPARC to create a cluster like this: There are plenty of trade offs and decisions that need to be made, for example: Rather than configuring the system by hand, you might want to use an Oracle SuperCluster T5-8 My configuration is similar to jsavit's: Availability Best Practices - Example configuring a T5-8 but I chose to ignore some of the advice. Maybe I should have included an  alternate service domain, but I decided that I already had enough redundancy Both Oracle SPARC T5-4 servers were to be configured like this: Cntl 0.25  4  64GB                     App LDom                    2.75 CPU's                                        44 cores                                          704 GB              DB LDom      One CPU         16 cores         256 GB   The systems started with everything in the primary domain: # ldm list NAME             STATE      FLAGS   CONS    VCPU  MEMORY   UTIL  NORM  UPTIME primary          active     -n-c--  UART    512   1023G    0.0%  0.0%  11m # ldm list-spconfig factory-default [current] primary # ldm list -o core,memory,physio NAME              primary           CORE     CID    CPUSET     0      (0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)     1      (8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15)     2      (16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23) -- SNIP     62     (496, 497, 498, 499, 500, 501, 502, 503)     63     (504, 505, 506, 507, 508, 509, 510, 511) MEMORY     RA               PA               SIZE                 0x30000000       0x30000000       255G     0x80000000000    0x80000000000    256G     0x100000000000   0x100000000000   256G     0x180000000000   0x180000000000   256G # Give this memory block to the DB LDom IO     DEVICE                           PSEUDONYM        OPTIONS     [email protected]                          pci_0                [email protected]                          pci_1                [email protected]                          pci_2                [email protected]                          pci_3                [email protected]                          pci_4                [email protected]                          pci_5                [email protected]                          pci_6                [email protected]                          pci_7                [email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected]        /SYS/RCSA/PCIE1     [email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected]        /SYS/RCSA/PCIE2     [email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected] /SYS/MB/SASHBA0     [email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected] /SYS/RIO/NET0        [email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected]        /SYS/RCSA/PCIE3     [email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected]        /SYS/RCSA/PCIE4     [email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected]        /SYS/RCSA/PCIE9     [email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected]        /SYS/RCSA/PCIE10     [email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected]        /SYS/RCSA/PCIE11     [email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected]        /SYS/RCSA/PCIE12     [email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected]        /SYS/RCSA/PCIE5     [email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected]        /SYS/RCSA/PCIE6     [email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected]        /SYS/RCSA/PCIE7     [email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected]        /SYS/RCSA/PCIE8     [email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected]        /SYS/RCSA/PCIE13     [email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected]        /SYS/RCSA/PCIE14     [email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected]        /SYS/RCSA/PCIE15     [email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected]        /SYS/RCSA/PCIE16     [email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected] /SYS/MB/SASHBA1     [email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected] /SYS/RIO/NET2    Added an additional service processor configuration: # ldm add-spconfig split # ldm list-spconfig factory-default primary split [current] And removed many of the resources from the primary domain: # ldm start-reconf primary # ldm set-core 4 primary # ldm set-memory 32G primary # ldm rm-io [email protected] primary # ldm rm-io [email protected] primary # ldm rm-io [email protected] primary # ldm rm-io [email protected] primary # ldm rm-io [email protected] primary # ldm rm-io [email protected] primary # ldm rm-io [email protected] primary # init 6 Needed to add resources to the guest domains: # ldm add-domain db # ldm set-core cid=`seq -s"," 48 63` db # ldm add-memory mblock=0x180000000000:256G db # ldm add-io [email protected] db # ldm add-io [email protected] db # ldm add-domain app # ldm set-core 44 app # ldm set-memory 704G  app # ldm add-io [email protected] app # ldm add-io [email protected] app # ldm add-io [email protected] app # ldm add-io [email protected] app # ldm add-io [email protected] app Needed to set up services: # ldm add-vds primary-vds0 primary # ldm add-vcc port-range=5000-5100 primary-vcc0 primary Needed to add a virtual network port for the WebLogic application domain: # ipadm NAME              CLASS/TYPE STATE        UNDER      ADDR lo0               loopback   ok           --         --    lo0/v4         static     ok           --         ...    lo0/v6         static     ok           --         ... net0              ip         ok           --         ...    net0/v4        static     ok           --         xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx/24    net0/v6        addrconf   ok           --         ....    net0/v6        addrconf   ok           --         ... net8              ip         ok           --         --    net8/v4        static     ok           --         ... # dladm show-phys LINK              MEDIA                STATE      SPEED  DUPLEX    DEVICE net1              Ethernet             unknown    0      unknown   ixgbe1 net0              Ethernet             up         1000   full      ixgbe0 net8              Ethernet             up         10     full      usbecm2 # ldm add-vsw net-dev=net0 primary-vsw0 primary # ldm add-vnet vnet1 primary-vsw0 app Needed to add a virtual disk to the WebLogic application domain: # format Searching for disks...done AVAILABLE DISK SELECTIONS:        0. c0t5000CCA02505F874d0 <HITACHI-H106060SDSUN600G-A2B0-558.91GB>           /scsi_vhci/[email protected]           /dev/chassis/SPARC_T5-4.AK00084038/SYS/SASBP0/HDD0/disk        1. c0t5000CCA02506C468d0 <HITACHI-H106060SDSUN600G-A2B0-558.91GB>           /scsi_vhci/[email protected]           /dev/chassis/SPARC_T5-4.AK00084038/SYS/SASBP0/HDD1/disk        2. c0t5000CCA025067E5Cd0 <HITACHI-H106060SDSUN600G-A2B0-558.91GB>           /scsi_vhci/[email protected]           /dev/chassis/SPARC_T5-4.AK00084038/SYS/SASBP0/HDD2/disk        3. c0t5000CCA02506C258d0 <HITACHI-H106060SDSUN600G-A2B0-558.91GB>           /scsi_vhci/[email protected]           /dev/chassis/SPARC_T5-4.AK00084038/SYS/SASBP0/HDD3/disk Specify disk (enter its number): ^C # ldm add-vdsdev /dev/dsk/c0t5000CCA02506C468d0s2 [email protected] # ldm add-vdisk HDD1 [email protected] app Add some additional spice to the pot: # ldm set-variable auto-boot\\?=false db # ldm set-variable auto-boot\\?=false app # ldm set-var boot-device=HDD1 app Bind the logical domains: # ldm bind db # ldm bind app At the end of the process, the system is set up like this: # ldm list -o core,memory,physio NAME             primary          CORE     CID    CPUSET     0      (0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)     1      (8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15)     2      (16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23)     3      (24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31) MEMORY     RA               PA               SIZE                0x30000000       0x30000000       32G IO     DEVICE                           PSEUDONYM        OPTIONS     [email protected]                          pci_0               [email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected]        /SYS/RCSA/PCIE1     [email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected]        /SYS/RCSA/PCIE2     [email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected] /SYS/MB/SASHBA0     [email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected] /SYS/RIO/NET0   ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ NAME             app              CORE     CID    CPUSET     4      (32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39)     5      (40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47)     6      (48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55)     7      (56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63)     8      (64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71)     9      (72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79)     10     (80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87)     11     (88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95)     12     (96, 97, 98, 99, 100, 101, 102, 103)     13     (104, 105, 106, 107, 108, 109, 110, 111)     14     (112, 113, 114, 115, 116, 117, 118, 119)     15     (120, 121, 122, 123, 124, 125, 126, 127)     16     (128, 129, 130, 131, 132, 133, 134, 135)     17     (136, 137, 138, 139, 140, 141, 142, 143)     18     (144, 145, 146, 147, 148, 149, 150, 151)     19     (152, 153, 154, 155, 156, 157, 158, 159)     20     (160, 161, 162, 163, 164, 165, 166, 167)     21     (168, 169, 170, 171, 172, 173, 174, 175)     22     (176, 177, 178, 179, 180, 181, 182, 183)     23     (184, 185, 186, 187, 188, 189, 190, 191)     24     (192, 193, 194, 195, 196, 197, 198, 199)     25     (200, 201, 202, 203, 204, 205, 206, 207)     26     (208, 209, 210, 211, 212, 213, 214, 215)     27     (216, 217, 218, 219, 220, 221, 222, 223)     28     (224, 225, 226, 227, 228, 229, 230, 231)     29     (232, 233, 234, 235, 236, 237, 238, 239)     30     (240, 241, 242, 243, 244, 245, 246, 247)     31     (248, 249, 250, 251, 252, 253, 254, 255)     32     (256, 257, 258, 259, 260, 261, 262, 263)     33     (264, 265, 266, 267, 268, 269, 270, 271)     34     (272, 273, 274, 275, 276, 277, 278, 279)     35     (280, 281, 282, 283, 284, 285, 286, 287)     36     (288, 289, 290, 291, 292, 293, 294, 295)     37     (296, 297, 298, 299, 300, 301, 302, 303)     38     (304, 305, 306, 307, 308, 309, 310, 311)     39     (312, 313, 314, 315, 316, 317, 318, 319)     40     (320, 321, 322, 323, 324, 325, 326, 327)     41     (328, 329, 330, 331, 332, 333, 334, 335)     42     (336, 337, 338, 339, 340, 341, 342, 343)     43     (344, 345, 346, 347, 348, 349, 350, 351)     44     (352, 353, 354, 355, 356, 357, 358, 359)     45     (360, 361, 362, 363, 364, 365, 366, 367)     46     (368, 369, 370, 371, 372, 373, 374, 375)     47     (376, 377, 378, 379, 380, 381, 382, 383) MEMORY     RA               PA               SIZE                0x30000000       0x830000000      192G     0x4000000000     0x80000000000    256G     0x8080000000     0x100000000000   256G IO     DEVICE                           PSEUDONYM        OPTIONS     [email protected]                          pci_1               [email protected]                          pci_2               [email protected]                          pci_3               [email protected]                          pci_4               [email protected]                          pci_5               [email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected]        /SYS/RCSA/PCIE3     [email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected]        /SYS/RCSA/PCIE4     [email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected]        /SYS/RCSA/PCIE9     [email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected]        /SYS/RCSA/PCIE10     [email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected]        /SYS/RCSA/PCIE11     [email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected]        /SYS/RCSA/PCIE12     [email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected]        /SYS/RCSA/PCIE5     [email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected]        /SYS/RCSA/PCIE6     [email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected]        /SYS/RCSA/PCIE7     [email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected]        /SYS/RCSA/PCIE8 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ NAME             db               CORE     CID    CPUSET     48     (384, 385, 386, 387, 388, 389, 390, 391)     49     (392, 393, 394, 395, 396, 397, 398, 399)     50     (400, 401, 402, 403, 404, 405, 406, 407)     51     (408, 409, 410, 411, 412, 413, 414, 415)     52     (416, 417, 418, 419, 420, 421, 422, 423)     53     (424, 425, 426, 427, 428, 429, 430, 431)     54     (432, 433, 434, 435, 436, 437, 438, 439)     55     (440, 441, 442, 443, 444, 445, 446, 447)     56     (448, 449, 450, 451, 452, 453, 454, 455)     57     (456, 457, 458, 459, 460, 461, 462, 463)     58     (464, 465, 466, 467, 468, 469, 470, 471)     59     (472, 473, 474, 475, 476, 477, 478, 479)     60     (480, 481, 482, 483, 484, 485, 486, 487)     61     (488, 489, 490, 491, 492, 493, 494, 495)     62     (496, 497, 498, 499, 500, 501, 502, 503)     63     (504, 505, 506, 507, 508, 509, 510, 511) MEMORY     RA               PA               SIZE                0x80000000       0x180000000000   256G IO     DEVICE                           PSEUDONYM        OPTIONS     [email protected]                          pci_6               [email protected]                          pci_7               [email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected]        /SYS/RCSA/PCIE13     [email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected]        /SYS/RCSA/PCIE14     [email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected]        /SYS/RCSA/PCIE15     [email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected]        /SYS/RCSA/PCIE16     [email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected] /SYS/MB/SASHBA1     [email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected] /SYS/RIO/NET2   Start the domains: # ldm start app LDom app started # ldm start db LDom db started Make sure to start the vntsd service that was created, above. # svcs -a | grep ldo disabled        8:38:38 svc:/ldoms/vntsd:default online          8:38:58 svc:/ldoms/agents:default online          8:39:25 svc:/ldoms/ldmd:default # svcadm enable vntsd Now use the MAC address to configure the Solaris 11 Automated Installation. Database Logical Domain # telnet localhost 5000 {0} ok devalias screen                   /[email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected] disk7                    /[email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected] disk6                    /[email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected] disk5                    /[email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected] disk4                    /[email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected] scsi1                    /[email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected] net3                     /[email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected],1 net2                     /[email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected] virtual-console          /virtual-devices/[email protected] name                     aliases {0} ok boot net2 Boot device: /[email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected]  File and args: 1000 Mbps full duplex Link up Requesting Internet Address for xx:xx:xx:xx:xx:xx Requesting Internet Address for xx:xx:xx:xx:xx:xx WLS Logical Domain # telnet localhost 5001 {0} ok devalias hdd1                     /[email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected] vnet1                    /[email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected] net                      /[email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected] disk                     /[email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected] virtual-console          /virtual-devices/[email protected] name                     aliases {0} ok boot net Boot device: /[email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected]  File and args: Requesting Internet Address for xx:xx:xx:xx:xx:xx Requesting Internet Address for xx:xx:xx:xx:xx:xx Repeat the process for the second SPARC T5-4, install Solaris, RAC and WebLogic Cluster, and you are ready to go. Maybe buying a SuperCluster would have been easier.

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  • AJAX event, prevents other page actions

    - by cobaltduck
    Here's a fairly average scenario, using JSF as an example, but this same concept I have observed in ASP.NET, Apache Wicket, and other frameworks with ajax capabilities. <h:inputText id="text1" value="#{myBacker.myBean.myStringVar}" styleClass="goodCSS"> <f:ajax event="change" listener="#{myBacker.text1ChangeEventMethod}" update="someOtherField" /> </h:inputText> <h:selectBooleanCheckbox id="check1" value="#{myBacker.myBean.myBoolVar}" /> Let's suppose that the 'text1ChangeEventListener' is essential to 'someOtherField' and perhaps toggles its disabled attribute, or changes its available options, based on the value of 'myStringVar.' The particulars aren't important, let's just accept that for some reason we need an ajax call when the 'text1' value is changed. So Jane User is working her way down the form. She arrives at the 'text1' field and types some value. The cursor focus is still in the text field, as she moves her mouse to the 'check1' box and clicks. It appears to her that nothing has happened. She clicks again, and this time the checkbox highlights and the icon indicating a selection appears in the box. Jane has to do several entries in the form today, and sees this happen every time, and it becomes very frustrating for her. Likewise, Jeff Admin is also perusing this form, and begins to type in 'text1.' He then realizes he doesn't really want to enter this data, and so moves his mouse to the "cancel" button elsewhere on the page, and clicks. Nothing seems to happen. Jeff clicks again, and after confirming he really does want to cancel, is returned to the home page. Jeff scratches his head. The problem is simply that the first thing the system does after 'text1' looses focus is run the listener and perform the ajax operation. It may only take a fraction of a second, but still, you can click other buttons all you want, but until that ajax has finished, everything else is ignored. I've spent the morning searching and reading, and it seems no one else has even noticed this. I could find not one article, blog, past question here or at SO, or anyting that addresses this obvious and glaring deficiency in ajax. So first of all, am I truly alone in thinking this is a big problem? Second, does anyone have a solution?

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  • When is meta description still relevant?

    - by Jeff Atwood
    I received this bit of advice about the meta description tag recently: Meta descriptions are used by Google probably 80% of the time for the snippet. They don’t help with rankings but you should probably use them. You could just auto generate them from the first part of the question. The description tag exists in the header, like so: <meta name="Description" content="A brief summary of the content on the page."> I'm not sure why we would need this field, as Google seems perfectly capable of showing the relevant search terms in context in the search result pages, like so (I searched for c# list performance): In other words, where would a meta description summary improve these results? We want the page to show context around the actual search hits, not a random summary we inserted! Google Webmaster Central has this advice: For some sites, like news media sources, generating an accurate and unique description for each page is easy: since each article is hand-written, it takes minimal effort to also add a one-sentence description. For larger database-driven sites, like product aggregators, hand-written descriptions are more difficult. In the latter case, though, programmatic generation of the descriptions can be appropriate and is encouraged -- just make sure that your descriptions are not "spammy." Good descriptions are human-readable and diverse, as we talked about in the first point above. The page-specific data we mentioned in the second point is a good candidate for programmatic generation. I'm struggling to think of any scenario when I would want the Google-generated summary, that is, actual context from the page for the search terms, to be replaced by a hard-coded meta description summary of the question itself.

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  • AJI Report #18 | Patrick Delancy On Code Smells and Anti-Patterns

    - by Jeff Julian
    Patrick Delancy, the first person we interviewed on the AJI Report, is joining us again for Episode 18. This time around Patrick explains what Code Smells and Anti-patterns are and how developers can learn from these issues in their code. Patrick takes the approach of addressing your code in his presentations instead of pointing fingers at others. We spend a lot of time talking about how to address a developer with bad practices in place that would show up on the radar as a Code Smell or Anti-Pattern without making them feel inferior. Patrick also list out a few open-source frameworks that use good patterns and practices as well as how he continues his education through interacting with other developers. Listen to the Show Site: http://patrickdelancy.com Twitter: @PatrickDelancy LinkedIn: LinkedIn Google+: Profile

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  • Rebuilding CoasterBuzz, Part III: The architecture using the "Web stack of love"

    - by Jeff
    This is the third post in a series about rebuilding one of my Web sites, which has been around for 12 years. I hope to relaunch in the next month or two. More: Part I: Evolution, and death to WCF Part II: Hot data objects I finally hit a point in the re-do of CoasterBuzz where I feel like the major pieces are in place... rewritten, ported and what not, so that I can focus now on front-end design and more interesting creative problems. I've been asked on more than one occasion (OK, just twice) what's going on under the covers, so I figure this might be a good time to explain the overall architecture. As it turns out, I'm using a whole lof of the "Web stack of love," as Scott Hanselman likes to refer to it. Oh that Hanselman. First off, at the center of it all, is BizTalk. Just kidding. That's "enterprise architecture" humor, where every discussion starts with how they'll use BizTalk. Here are the bigger moving parts: It's fairly straight forward. A common library lives in a number of Web apps, all of which are (or will be) powered by ASP.NET MVC 4. They all talk to the same database. There is the main Web site, which also has the endpoint for the Silverlight-based Feed app. The cstr.bz site handles redirects, which are generated when news items are published and sent to Twitter. Facebook publishing is handled via the RSS Graffiti Facebook app. The API site handles requests from the Windows Phone app. The main site depends very heavily on POP Forums, the open source, MVC-based forum I maintain. It serves a number of functions, primarily handling users. These user objects serve in non-forum roles to handle things like news and database contributions, maintaining track records (coaster nerd for "list of rides I've been on") and, perhaps most importantly, paid club memberships. Before I get into more specifics, note that the "glue" for everything is Ninject, the dependency injection framework. I actually prefer StructureMap these days, but I started with Ninject in POP Forums a long time ago. POP Forums has a static class, PopForumsActivation, that new's up an instance of the container, and you can call it from where ever. The downside is that the forums require Ninject in your MVC app as the default dependency resolver. At some point, I'll decouple it, but for now it's not in the way. In the general sense, the entire set of apps follow a repository-service-controller-view pattern. Repos just do data access, service classes do business logic, controllers compose and route, views view. The forum also provides Scoring Game functionality. The Scoring Game is a reasonably abstract framework to award users points based on certain actions, and then award achievements when a certain number of point events happen. For example, the forum already awards a point when someone plus-one's a post you made. You can set up an achievement that says, "Give the user an award when they've had 100 posts plus'd." It also does zero-point entries into the ledger, so if you make a post, you could award an achievement based on 100 posts made. Wiring in the scoring game to CoasterBuzz functionality is just a matter of going to the Ninject container and getting an instance of the event publisher, and passing it events. Forum adapters were introduced into POP Forums a few versions ago, and they can intercept the model generated for forum topic lists and threads and designate an alternate view. These are used to make the "Day in Pictures" forum, where users can upload photos as frame-by-frame photo threads. Another adapter adds an association UI, so users can associate specific amusement parks with their trip report posts. The Silverlight-based Feed app talks to a simple JSON endpoint in the main app. This uses an underlying library I wrote ages ago, simply called Feeds, that aggregates event information. You inherit from a base class that creates instances of a publisher interface, and then use that class to send it an event type and any number of data fields. Feeds has two publishers: One is to the database, and that's used for the endpoint that talks to the Silverlight app. The second publisher publishes to Twitter, if the event is of the type "news." The wiring is a little strange, because for the new posts and topics events, I'm actually pulling out the forum repository classes from the Ninject container and replacing them with overridden methods to publish. I should probably be doing this at the service class level, but whatever. It's my mess. cstr.bz doesn't do anything interesting. It looks up the path, and if it has a match, does a 301 redirect to the long URL. The API site just serves up JSON for the Windows Phone app. The Windows Phone app is Silverlight, of course, and there isn't much to it. It does use the control toolkit, but beyond that, it relies on a simple class that creates a Webclient and calls the server for JSON to deserialize. The same class is now used by the Feed app, which used to use WCF. Simple is better. Data access in POP Forums is all straight SQL, because a lot of it was ported from the ASP.NET version. Most CoasterBuzz data access is handled by the Entity Framework, using the code-first model. The context class in this case does a lot of work to make sure that the table and key mapping works, since much of it breaks from the normal conventions of EF. One of the more powerful things you can do with EF, once you understand the little gotchas, is split tables by row into different entities. For example, a roller coaster photo has everything in the same row, including the metadata, the thumbnail bytes and the image itself. Obviously, if you want to get a list of photos to iterate over in a view, you don't want to get the image data. The use of navigation properties makes it easier to get just what you want. The front end includes Razor views in MVC, and jQuery is used for client-side goodness. I'm also using jQuery UI in a few places, for tabs, a dialog box and autocomplete. I'm also, tentatively, using jQuery Mobile. I've already ported most forum views to Mobile, but they need some work as v1.1 isn't finished yet. I'm not sure if I'll ship CoasterBuzz with mobile views or not yet. It's on the radar, but not something in my delivery criteria. That covers all of the big frameworks in play. Next time I hope to talk more about the front-end experience, which to me is where most of the fun is these days. Hoping to launch in the next month or two. Getting tired of looking at the old site!

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  • Silverlight Cream for November 17, 2011 -- #1168

    - by Dave Campbell
    In this Issue: Colin Eberhardt, Lazar Nikolov, WindowsPhoneGeek, Jesse Liberty, Peter Kuhn, Derik Whittaker, Chris Koenig, and Jeff Blankenburg(-2-). Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Facebook Graph API and Silverlight Part 2 – Publishing data" Lazar Nikolov WP7: "Suppressing Zoom and Scroll interactions in the Windows Phone 7 WebBrowser Control" Colin Eberhardt Metro/WinRT/W8: "Tip/Trick when working with the Application Bar in WinRT/Metro (C#)" Derik Whittaker Shoutouts: Michael Palermo's latest Desert Mountain Developers is up Michael Washington's latest Visual Studio #LightSwitch Daily is up Pete Brown announced the completion of his book: It’s a wrap! I’ve completed writing Silverlight 5 in Action From SilverlightCream.com: Suppressing Zoom and Scroll interactions in the Windows Phone 7 WebBrowser Control Colin Eberhardt's latest post is all about a helper class he wrote to suppress scrolling and pinch zoom of the WP7 browser control, which you might want to do if the browser is placed inside another control. Facebook Graph API and Silverlight Part 2 – Publishing data In this part 2 of his Facebook and Silverlight series, Lazar Nikolov shows how to post data to your profile or your friends' profiles Localizing a Windows Phone app Step by Step WindowsPhoneGeek's latest post is on Localizing a WP7 app .. another great tutorial with plenty of discussion, pictures, and a project to load up and follow Background Audio Part II: Copying Audio Files To Isolated Storage Continuing his WP7 series, Jesse Liberty has Part 2 of a mini-series on Background Audio up... in this episode he's using local audio and to do so, it must be in ISO Silverlight: Bugs in the multicast client In a Q/A session, Peter Kuhn was presented a nasty bug in the multicast client that he has verified exists in not only Silverlight 4 but also Silverlight 5 Beta, including a link to his entry on Connect. Tip/Trick when working with the Application Bar in WinRT/Metro (C#) Derik Whittaker offers up some good information about the Metro Application Bar and how to keep it where you want it New! Windows Phone Starter Kit for Podcasts Chris Koenig announced the release of a new starter kit for WP7... a starter kit for podcasts. Check out the links on Chris' site and the other two starter kits that are available 31 Days of Mango | Day #4: Compass Jeff Blankenburg continues with Day 4 of his Mango series with this post on the Compass and a cool app to demonstrate it 31 Days of Mango | Day #5: Gyroscope In Day 5, Jeff Blankenburg is talking about and discussing the gyroscope, of course if you have a phone as old as mine, you won't have a gyroscope and it's not on the emulator Stay in the 'Light! Twitter SilverlightNews | Twitter WynApse | WynApse.com | Tagged Posts | SilverlightCream Join me @ SilverlightCream | Phoenix Silverlight User Group Technorati Tags: Silverlight    Silverlight 3    Silverlight 4    Windows Phone MIX10

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  • Agile Like Jazz

    - by Jeff Certain
    (I’ve been sitting on this for a week or so now, thinking that it needed to be tightened up a bit to make it less rambling. Since that’s clearly not going to happen, reader beware!) I had the privilege of spending around 90 minutes last night sitting and listening to Sonny Rollins play a concert at the Disney Center in LA. If you don’t know who Sonny Rollins is, I don’t know how to explain the experience; if you know who he is, I don’t need to. Suffice it to say that he has been recording professionally for over 50 years, and helped create an entire genre of music. A true master by any definition. One of the most intriguing aspects of a concert like this, however, is watching the master step aside and let the rest of the musicians play. Not just play their parts, but really play… letting them take over the spotlight, to strut their stuff, to soak up enthusiastic applause from the crowd. Maybe a lot of it has to do with the fact that Sonny Rollins has been doing this for more than a half-century. Maybe it has something to do with a kind of patience you learn when you’re on the far side of 80 – and the man can still blow a mean sax for 90 minutes without stopping! Maybe it has to do with the fact that he was out there for the love of the music and the love of the show, not because he had anything to prove to anyone and, I like to think, not for the money. Perhaps it had more to do with the fact that, when you’re at that level of mastery, the other musicians are going to be good. Really good. Whatever the reasons, there was a incredible freedom on that stage – the ability to improvise, for each musician to showcase their own specialization and skills, and them come back to the common theme, back to being on the same page, as it were. All this took place in the same venue that is home to the L.A. Phil. Somehow, I can’t ever see the same kind of free-wheeling improvisation happening in that context. And, since I’m a geek, I started thinking about agility. Rollins has put together a quintet that reflects his own particular style and past. No upright bass or piano for Rollins – drums, bongos, electric guitar and bass guitar along with his sax. It’s not about the mix of instruments. Other trios, quartets, and sextets use different mixes of instruments. New Orleans jazz tends towards trombones instead of sax; some prefer cornet or trumpet. But no matter what the choice of instruments, size matters. Team sizes are something I’ve been thinking about for a while. We’re on a quest to rethink how our teams are organized. They just feel too big, too unwieldy. In fact, they really don’t feel like teams at all. Most of the time, they feel more like collections or people who happen to report to the same manager. I attribute this to a couple factors. One is over-specialization; we have a tendency to have people work in silos. Although the teams are product-focused, within them our developers are both generalists and specialists. On the one hand, we expect them to be able to build an entire vertical slice of the application; on the other hand, each developer tends to be responsible for the vertical slice. As a result, developers often work on their own piece of the puzzle, in isolation. This sort of feels like working on a jigsaw in a group – each person taking a set of colors and piecing them together to reveal a portion of the overall picture. But what inevitably happens when you go to meld all those pieces together? Inevitably, you have some sections that are too big to move easily. These sections end up falling apart under their own weight as you try to move them. Not only that, but there are other challenges – figuring out where that section fits, and how to tie it into the rest of the puzzle. Often, this is when you find a few pieces need to be added – these pieces are “glue,” if you will. The other issue that arises is due to the overhead of maintaining communications in a team. My mother, who worked in IT for around 30 years, once told me that 20% per team member is a good rule of thumb for maintaining communication. While this is a rule of thumb, it seems to imply that any team over about 6 people is going to become less agile simple because of the communications burden. Teams of ten or twelve seem like they fall into the philharmonic organizational model. Complicated pieces of music requiring dozens of players to all be on the same page requires a much different model than the jazz quintet. There’s much less room for improvisation, originality or freedom. (There are probably orchestral musicians who will take exception to this characterization; I’m calling it like I see it from the cheap seats.) And, there’s one guy up front who is running the show, whose job is to keep all of those dozens of players on the same page, to facilitate communications. Somehow, the orchestral model doesn’t feel much like a self-organizing team, either. The first violin may be the best violinist in the orchestra, but they don’t get to perform free-wheeling solos. I’ve never heard of an orchestra getting together for a jam session. But I have heard of teams that organize their work based on the developers available, rather than organizing the developers based on the work required. I have heard of teams where desired functionality is deferred – or worse yet, schedules are missed – because one critical person doesn’t have any bandwidth available. I’ve heard of teams where people simply don’t have the big picture, because there is too much communication overhead for everyone to be aware of everything that is happening on a project. I once heard Paul Rayner say something to the effect of “you have a process that is perfectly designed to give you exactly the results you have.” Given a choice, I want a process that’s much more like jazz than orchestral music. I want a process that doesn’t burden me with lots of forms and checkboxes and stuff. Give me the simplest, most lightweight process that will work – and a smaller team of the best developers I can find. This seems like the kind of process that will get the kind of result I want to be part of.

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  • Configuration Manager Setting Causing Error PRJ0019

    - by Jeff Paterno
    Recently I ran into an issue with a project failing to build on an automated build server using CruiseControl. When I looked into the build log I saw that the Post-Build project was failing with the error message: "error PRJ0019: A tool returned an error code from "Performing Post-Build Event..." This was most frustrating especially since the solution was building without issue on my local development environment. The Post-Build project was a C++ project that basically called several batch files to unregister/register assemblies, copy resources and supporting files, and place other dependencies in the GAC. I decided to run each of the batch files manually to see if that would provide more information as to why this project was failing. This lead me to determine that the batch file that was placing assemblies in the GAC was the culprit and that it was failing to find a particular assembly. The missing assembly was the output of another project. The project that was not producing the expected output was another C++ project that called a batch file. This batch process was actually embedding resource files into an assembly and then copying the assembly to the expected location. The real confusion started when I looked back into my Subversion log and noted that nothing had changed in this project in more than 2 months! It was almost as if the project had stopped building altogether. But what would cause that?! The Configuration Manager, obviously! Checking the solution's Configuration Manager settings, I found that the project that was not producing any output was in fact not selected to be part of the build process when the "Any CPU" platform was selected. This was the problem! I had recently updated the CruiseControl configurations to force the solution to be built targeting the platform "Any CPU". As a result, the project that was at the root of the problem was not configured to be built and the post-build process was failing when it couldn't find what it needed.

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  • How to disable an ASP.NET linkbutton when clicked

    - by Jeff Widmer
    Scenario: User clicks a LinkButton in your ASP.NET page and you want to disable it immediately using javascript so that the user cannot accidentally click it again.  I wrote about disabling a regular submit button here: How to disable an ASP.NET button when clicked.  But the method described in the other blog post does not work for disabling a LinkButton.  This is because the Post Back Event Reference is called using a snippet of javascript from within the href of the anchor tag: <a id="MyContrl_MyButton" href="javascript:__doPostBack('MyContrl$MyButton','')">My Button</a> If you try to add an onclick event to disable the button, even though the button will become disabled, the href will still be allowed to be clicked multiple times (causing duplicate form submissions).  To get around this, in addition to disabling the button in the onclick javascript, you can set the href to “#” to prevent it from doing anything on the page.  You can add this to the LinkButton from your code behind like this: MyButton.Attributes.Add("onclick", "this.href='#';this.disabled=true;" + Page.ClientScript.GetPostBackEventReference(MyButton, "").ToString()); This code adds javascript to set the href to “#” and then disable the button in the onclick event of the LinkButton by appending to the Attributes collection of the ASP.NET LinkButton control.  Then the Post Back Event Reference for the button is called right after disabling the button.  Make sure you add the Post Back Event Reference to the onclick because now that you are changing the anchor href, the button still needs to perform the original postback. With the code above now the button onclick event will look something like this: onclick="this.href='#';this.disabled=true;__doPostBack('MyContrl$MyButton','');" The anchor href is set to “#”, the linkbutton is disabled, AND then the button post back method is called. Technorati Tags: ASP.NET LinkButton

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  • Update Manager is in Launcher and Alt-Tab list, but I can't switch to it

    - by Jeff
    The Update Manager recently started itself and found two updates. I can tell by the icon in the launcher. The icon has a (2) on it and a little white arrow saying the application is running. I can also see the update-manager process in a 'ps -A' list. Alt-Tab also shows the Update Manager. The problem is I can't get Update Manager to show up. If I click on the icon or Alt-Tab to it, nothing happens. I've never had any issues starting it manually, but when it starts on it's own after finding an update, I can't switch to it. What can I try to make this work better?

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  • SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 1 and the Invoke or BeginInvoke cannot be called error message

    - by Jeff Widmer
    When trying to install SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 1 to a SQL Server 2008 instance that is running on a virtual machine, the installer will start:   But then after about 20 seconds I receive the following error message: TITLE: SQL Server Setup failure. ----------------------------- SQL Server Setup has encountered the following error: Invoke or BeginInvoke cannot be called on a control until the window handle has been created. ------------------------------ BUTTONS: OK ------------------------------ Searching for this issue I found that several people have the same problem and there is no clear solution.  Some had success with closing windows or Internet Explorer but that didn’t work for me; what did work is to make sure the SQL Server 2008 “Please wait while SQL Server 2008 Setup processes the current operation.” dialog is selected and has the focus when it first shows up.  Selected (with the current focus) it looks like this:   Without focus the dialog looks like this: Add a comment if you find out any information about how to consistently get around this issue or why it is happening in the first place.

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  • AJI Report #15&ndash;Zac Harlan Talks About Iowa Code Camp

    - by Jeff Julian
    We sit down with Zac Harlen and talk about Iowa Code Camp, what makes up a Code Camp, and how to start your own Code Camp. Zac has been a part of the leadership team for a few years for Iowa Code Camp and is the Development Manager for JP Cycles. We also get into what it takes to speak at a Code Camp if you are interested in growing beyond the user group as a speaker. Listen to the Show Site: LinkedIn Profile Blog: Zac Harlan Twitter: @ZacHarlan

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  • Real-world SignalR example, ditching ghetto long polling

    - by Jeff
    One of the highlights of BUILD last week was the announcement that SignalR, a framework for real-time client to server (or cloud, if you will) communication, would be a real supported thing now with the weight of Microsoft behind it. Love the open source flava! If you aren’t familiar with SignalR, watch this BUILD session with PM Damian Edwards and dev David Fowler. Go ahead, I’ll wait. You’ll be in a happy place within the first ten minutes. If you skip to the end, you’ll see that they plan to ship this as a real first version by the end of the year. Insert slow clap here. Writing a few lines of code to move around a box from one browser to the next is a way cool demo, but how about something real-world? When learning new things, I find it difficult to be abstract, and I like real stuff. So I thought about what was in my tool box and the decided to port my crappy long-polling “there are new posts” feature of POP Forums to use SignalR. A few versions back, I added a feature where a button would light up while you were pecking out a reply if someone else made a post in the interim. It kind of saves you from that awkward moment where someone else posts some snark before you. While I was proud of the feature, I hated the implementation. When you clicked the reply button, it started polling an MVC URL asking if the last post you had matched the last one the server, and it did it every second and a half until you either replied or the server told you there was a new post, at which point it would display that button. The code was not glam: // in the reply setup PopForums.replyInterval = setInterval("PopForums.pollForNewPosts(" + topicID + ")", 1500); // called from the reply setup and the handler that fetches more posts PopForums.pollForNewPosts = function (topicID) { $.ajax({ url: PopForums.areaPath + "/Forum/IsLastPostInTopic/" + topicID, type: "GET", dataType: "text", data: "lastPostID=" + PopForums.currentTopicState.lastVisiblePost, success: function (result) { var lastPostLoaded = result.toLowerCase() == "true"; if (lastPostLoaded) { $("#MorePostsBeforeReplyButton").css("visibility", "hidden"); } else { $("#MorePostsBeforeReplyButton").css("visibility", "visible"); clearInterval(PopForums.replyInterval); } }, error: function () { } }); }; What’s going on here is the creation of an interval timer to keep calling the server and bugging it about new posts, and setting the visibility of a button appropriately. It looks like this if you’re monitoring requests in FireBug: Gross. The SignalR approach was to call a message broker when a reply was made, and have that broker call back to the listening clients, via a SingalR hub, to let them know about the new post. It seemed weird at first, but the server-side hub’s only method is to add the caller to a group, so new post notifications only go to callers viewing the topic where a new post was made. Beyond that, it’s important to remember that the hub is also the means to calling methods at the client end. Starting at the server side, here’s the hub: using Microsoft.AspNet.SignalR.Hubs; namespace PopForums.Messaging { public class Topics : Hub { public void ListenTo(int topicID) { Groups.Add(Context.ConnectionId, topicID.ToString()); } } } Have I mentioned how awesomely not complicated this is? The hub acts as the channel between the server and the client, and you’ll see how JavaScript calls the above method in a moment. Next, the broker class and its associated interface: using Microsoft.AspNet.SignalR; using Topic = PopForums.Models.Topic; namespace PopForums.Messaging { public interface IBroker { void NotifyNewPosts(Topic topic, int lasPostID); } public class Broker : IBroker { public void NotifyNewPosts(Topic topic, int lasPostID) { var context = GlobalHost.ConnectionManager.GetHubContext<Topics>(); context.Clients.Group(topic.TopicID.ToString()).notifyNewPosts(lasPostID); } } } The NotifyNewPosts method uses the static GlobalHost.ConnectionManager.GetHubContext<Topics>() method to get a reference to the hub, and then makes a call to clients in the group matched by the topic ID. It’s calling the notifyNewPosts method on the client. The TopicService class, which handles the reply data from the MVC controller, has an instance of the broker new’d up by dependency injection, so it took literally one line of code in the reply action method to get things moving. _broker.NotifyNewPosts(topic, post.PostID); The JavaScript side of things wasn’t much harder. When you click the reply button (or quote button), the reply window opens up and fires up a connection to the hub: var hub = $.connection.topics; hub.client.notifyNewPosts = function (lastPostID) { PopForums.setReplyMorePosts(lastPostID); }; $.connection.hub.start().done(function () { hub.server.listenTo(topicID); }); The important part to look at here is the creation of the notifyNewPosts function. That’s the method that is called from the server in the Broker class above. Conversely, once the connection is done, the script calls the listenTo method on the server, letting it know that this particular connection is listening for new posts on this specific topic ID. This whole experiment enables a lot of ideas that would make the forum more Facebook-like, letting you know when stuff is going on around you.

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  • Joy! | Important Information About Your iPad 3G

    - by Jeff Julian
    Looks like I was one of the lucky 114,000 who AT&T lost their email to “hackers”.  Why is “hackers” in “double quotes”.  I can just imagine some executive at AT&T in their “Oh No, We Messed Up Meeting” saying, what happened?  Then someone replied, well we have had a breach and “hackers” broke in (using the quote in the air gesture) and stole our iPad 3G customers emails. Oh well, I am sure my email has been sold and sold again by many different vendors, why not AT&T now.  At least Dorothy Attwood could have gave us her email to give to someone else instead of blinking it through a newsletter system. June 13, 2010 Dear Valued AT&T Customer, Recently there was an issue that affected some of our customers with AT&T 3G service for iPad resulting in the release of their customer email addresses. I am writing to let you know that no other information was exposed and the matter has been resolved.  We apologize for the incident and any inconvenience it may have caused. Rest assured, you can continue to use your AT&T 3G service on your iPad with confidence. Here’s some additional detail: On June 7 we learned that unauthorized computer “hackers” maliciously exploited a function designed to make your iPad log-in process faster by pre-populating an AT&T authentication page with the email address you used to register your iPad for 3G service.  The self-described hackers wrote software code to randomly generate numbers that mimicked serial numbers of the AT&T SIM card for iPad – called the integrated circuit card identification (ICC-ID) – and repeatedly queried an AT&T web address.   When a number generated by the hackers matched an actual ICC-ID, the authentication page log-in screen was returned to the hackers with the email address associated with the ICC-ID already populated on the log-in screen. The hackers deliberately went to great efforts with a random program to extract possible ICC-IDs and capture customer email addresses.  They then put together a list of these emails and distributed it for their own publicity. As soon as we became aware of this situation, we took swift action to prevent any further unauthorized exposure of customer email addresses.  Within hours, AT&T disabled the mechanism that automatically populated the email address. Now, the authentication page log-in screen requires the user to enter both their email address and their password. I want to assure you that the email address and ICC-ID were the only information that was accessible. Your password, account information, the contents of your email, and any other personal information were never at risk.  The hackers never had access to AT&T communications or data networks, or your iPad.  AT&T 3G service for other mobile devices was not affected. While the attack was limited to email address and ICC-ID data, we encourage you to be alert to scams that could attempt to use this information to obtain other data or send you unwanted email. You can learn more about phishing by visiting the AT&T website. AT&T takes your privacy seriously and does not tolerate unauthorized access to its customers’ information or company websites.   We will cooperate with law enforcement in any investigation of unauthorized system access and to prosecute violators to the fullest extent of the law. AT&T acted quickly to protect your information – and we promise to keep working around the clock to keep your information safe.  Thank you very much for your understanding, and for being an AT&T customer. Sincerely, Dorothy Attwood Senior Vice President, Public Policy and Chief Privacy Officer for AT&T Technorati Tags: AT&T,iPad 3G,Email

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  • Watch the Dec. 8 Webcast: Oracle CFO Discusses Planning and Forecasting

    - by Theresa Hickman
    Watch CFO,com's webcast featuring Oracle's CFO, Jeff Epstein, discuss how CFOs and CIOs lead their organizations to better planning, forecasting and performance. Date: Weds. December 8, 2010 Time: 2:00 PM E.S.T Duration: 30 mins In this webcast, Celina Rogers, director of research with CFO Research Services, summarizes the latest findings from a fall 2010 survey surrounding the issues regarding timely, accurate and relevant forecasting and planning. Included in this webcast, you will hear firsthand from Jeff Epstein, CFO of Oracle, on how a senior finance leader can partner successfully with IT to support growth during the course of the economic recovery. Click here, to register for this webcast

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