Archive for April, 2009

There are many options available for testing and loading a web application. Two popular options are from Microsoft and Apache.

Follow Along

Demo files: download

Remote Desktop to: ECS500 (use your UOECS login information)
Test PHP Application: http://shoki/gallery/ (“admin”/”gallery”)
Test ASP.NET Application: http://shoki/wiki/ (“admin”/”screwturn”)


Visual Studio, Team Suite and Test editions contain enterprise-grade testing features.


Introduction to Web and Load Testing from Amit Chatterjee, MSFT
Visual Studio 2008 Team Suite OETC
Visual Studio Team Test Quick Reference Guide & Community Site
Visual Studio Team System 2008 Team Suite 90-Day Trial
Visual Studio Team System Web and Load Testing Forum

Microsoft Web Platform Installer

Open-Source Alternative

Of course, Microsoft isn’t the only option. There are several commercial offerings, and there is also, open-source, Apache Software Foundation’s JMeter.


JMeter Homepage/Download
JMeter Getting Started Video

JMeter Manual
JMeter Wiki


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If you’re already a Sharepoint licensee this looks to be a good opportunity. Thanks to a recent .NET Rocks podcast I learned about some compelling features of Microsoft’s product, and that they’re really disrupting the market and other players.

Microsoft is removing the barriers for customers who want to deploy a complete Business Intelligence solution, leveraging their existing investments in SharePoint Server, SQL Server, and Excel. Customers with SharePoint ECAL SA will have rights to deploy PerformancePoint Server today.

More information is available on http://www.microsoft.com/bi regarding this announcement; here are some links to specific product capabilities and how-to’s, to help you get started. Now, there is no excuse to start rolling out a complete BI solution, one that you know will be utilized because it uses the technologies you know today, and works with the systems you are already familiar with.

via Microsoft SharePoint Team Blog : Microsoft Business Intelligence strategy update and SharePoint.

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Haven’t given this a try yet but I definitely plan to soon.

I build this tool to help me build ADO.NET Data Services URL query ( for example http://e4d.com/Courses.svc/Courses?$orderby=Date/ )

and to see the result. this is first version, please send feedback…

Key Features:

1. URL IntelliSense

2. URL Tooltip

3. Data Grid View

4. XML Atom View

5. Data Service Metadata View

via ADO.NET Data Services Viewer Tool – Home.

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Like most applications, a database plays a critical role in what I’m working on. Fortunately, two higher-end versions of Visual Studio are supposed to provide a Microsoft security blanket for developing a database, managing and tracking changes to a database, and deploying those changes. (Among other things)


Unfortunately, Microsoft left the security blanket for getting these pieces all working on a dirty bus seat in downtown Seattle.

First, you need the Enterprise or Developer edition of Sql Server installed. If you upgrade from a previously installed version and change the instance name be prepared for an rather unhelpful error message.

A network-related or instance-specific error occurred while establishing a connection to SQL Server. The server was not found or was not accessible. Verify that the instance name is correct and that SQL Server is configured to allow remote connections. (provider: SQL Network Interfaces,  Error Locating Server/Instance Specified)

You’ll receive this error message if you don’t have the correct instance name specified.

Database projects require a connection to a local instance of Microsoft SQL Server 2005 for design-time validation. To perform this operation, you must open the Tools menu, click Options and specify an instance of SQL Server 2005 that is running and to which you can connect in the Database Tools, Design-time Validation Database property page. When that is corrected, you must then refresh or reload the database project.

Or if you don’t have the correct version of Sql Server installed.

As it turns out, the error messages were a bit misleading. The actual problem was that I had the wrong edition of SQL Server installed on this machine. I had SQL Server Standard Edition installed, but to create a Database Project from within Visual Studio you must have either the Developer or Enterprise editions of SQL Server 2008 installed.

As with all software make sure to install the latest patches.

Although the name “GDR”, which stands for “General Redistribution Release”, implies otherwise, this really is a complete new release, based on a new architecture. We have taken the architectural changes from the Rosario project (Visual Studio Team System 2010) and rolled them forward in time. Rolling forward these changes help us align the GDR release with the upcoming Visual Studio Team System 2010 release and provide numerous new features and extensibility points in this release. If you would compare the GDR release with the “Visual Studio 2005 Team Edition for Database Professionals” or “Visual Studio Team System 2008 Database Edition” you will agree this is a completely new product!

And oh wait the latest patch just happens to remove that Sql Server requirement! Did I mention that you MUST use Sql Server 2005 if you don’t install this patch? And just ignore the fact that the references below to “SQL Express or SQL Server” should in fact be “SQL Server 2005 Developer or SQL Server 2005 Enterprise”.

Database Edition no longer requires a Design Database. Therefore, it is no longer necessary to install an instance of SQL Express or SQL Server prior to using Database Edition.

After all that fun the Validation feature seems to be broken but hopefully I’ll figure that out soon and everything will be downhill from here on out.

Yeah right. 🙂

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