Monday, June 26, 2006

BizTalk Server Best Practices Analyzer

This is very helpful and handy for consultants and Developers who are working on BizTalk.

From the blog of luke nyswonger, lead programmer writer, BizTalk

"The Microsoft BizTalk Server 2006 Best Practices Analyzer examines a BizTalk Server 2006 deployment and generates a list of best practices issues it discovers. The Best Practices Analyzer is intended for use in BizTalk Server 2006 production and staging environments.

The Best Practices Analyzer performs configuration level verification, by reading and reporting only. For example, the Best Practices Analyzer gathers data from Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) classes, Microsoft SQL Server databases, registry entries, and other parts of your deployment, and uses the gathered data to determine whether best practices are being followed. The Best Practices Analyzer does not modify any system settings, and is therefore not a self-tuning tool."

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Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Bill Gates Bowing Out

News Conference
Redmond, Washington
June 15, 2006

Bill Gates:
"I have decided that two years from today, starting July 2008, I will reorder my personal priorities. Today I am working full-time for Microsoft and part-time for the Gates Foundation. Starting two years from now, I will shift, work full-time at the Foundation, part-time at Microsoft as Chairman and as a senior technical adviser. "

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Monday, June 12, 2006

Judging Software Competition "Open House" @ FAST-NU

It seems like judging Software in a competition has become a regular activity for me in last 2 months I have been called in competitions involving more than 50 projects and few of them from neighboring countries also. On 7th June I received a letter from FAST-NU that I have to be a judge at Open House (a Software competition for the graduating batch to show their final project). The entries involved software ranging from call center and HRMS to research projects so it was nice to have such diversity in the projects to judge. To conclude it was a well organized Event.

Sunday, June 11, 2006

Conducting Second & Third Phase Evaluation For Microsoft Imagine Cup Software Design Competition 2006

29th May 2006:
I have been really busy so wasn't able to update my blog there have been 2 main event regarding Imagine cup. The final 2 rounds were held at IBA and the selected entries from previous round were competing in it. The judges panel included Waqar Khamisani (Microsoft ISV Manager Pakistan), Dr. Saeed Ghani (Chairman CS and MIS, IBA),
Dr. Shahid Shameem, Dr. Amir Raza, Rehan Ghayor (Sr. Manager MIS, IBA), Talha Mahmood and My self. In the 2nd round there were 5 projects and after going through the demos and the Presentation we were hardly able to separate the top 2. So we decided to go to the third round with only 2 projects.

6th June 2006:
Final round was held to select 1 project from the top 2. Again both the projects were very impressive and had made some improvements in the last week to brighten their chances. Eventually after a long debate and demo/presentation 1 was selected to represent Pakistan in Imagine cup 2006.