Today we are, Mathieu and Laurent, at the “Tour de France”. Jerome will arrive the afternoon. So we only miss Kader to have the whole team at this event. It is not about cycling but about ASP.NET. We will present our web site Tech head Brothers to the east of France .NET community. I will post this evening a set of pictures form the event.



As requested by EROL a picture from that event:



THANKS to Microsoft Team it was a very nice day and a cool evening !!!! Hey Pascal, ALLEZ l’OM ;-)

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Today I was able to validate a first step in one of the change we are experiencing at work. The project is to wrap an original project (C++ dll and VB6 ActiveX) around a C++ ATL/COM dll to be able to expose it as a Web Service in IIS 6. I used SOAP Toolkit 3.0 to do that. The difficulties were that there were some complicated structures and array of structures to pass in and get back from the Web Service. First I was amazed to see that the STK 3 was able to handle that complexity. Then I created a stub using AXIS WSDL2Java and little client application. It is really cool to see those peaces of code communicating without any issues. I like the idea of having two totally different worlds able to talk together ;-) No we have to deal with another big step the integration of the different possible stubs in our Virtual Transport Framework. This will allow users of the framework to call a service without knowing the transport protocol, the location, the load balancing strategy, the error handling…

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Migration

Last weekend was reserved for the migration of the servers at work from Windows NT4 to Windows 2003. The good point is that after working from the Friday evening to the Saturday morning, the servers were up and running again. The applications owners were testing their applications on Saturday and sent back an OK. Then I monitored the applications all the day, and there were no issues. That a first migration.

The second has nothing to do with my work; it is about my web site: Tech Head Brothers. My friend Ed Daniel offered me to host the site. HEY!!!! Ed I will never be thankfully enough for that. So I have to deploy the entire site to this new server.

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Chapters finished

I finally managed to finish the last chapter I had to write concerning a book about Sharepoint 2.0 I am writing with some other Microsoft MVPs. I am presenting the way to develop Web Parts with Visual Studio .NET 2003 and the .NET framework. That was an interesting experience. Now we need to see who will edit it.

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I finally gots my new notebook, a HP nx7000 notebook. WOUAH !! Impressive. WIFI, Bluetooth, SD Reader, 1.6 GHz, 1 Gb RAM (now 512Mb but waiting the extension), 15.1’’ Screen (16/9, 1680x1050), Radeon 9200 Mobility 64 Mb, 60 Gb 5400 RPM and Windows XP Pro.


I am currently setting it up for our whole team with Microsoft Tool: Sysprep.

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I finally managed to have my content XML schema version 2.
This allows
me to edit the content of my site in World 2003. I have to say that it is pretty
cool to type articles in World and then just to save them in XML and post then
on the site.

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Laurent Kempé

I am an experienced Team Leader & Senior Solutions Architect with a passion for shipping high-quality products by empowering development team and culture toward an agile mindset. I bring technical vision and strategy, leading engineering teams to move product, processes and architecture forward.


Team Leader, Senior Solutions Architect


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