"The item does not exist at the specified version"

Tuesday, 12 February 2008

If you ever get this error from TFS, then double-check that the item you’re requesting does actually exist in the repository. I was having this problem with one of our projects, where I was asking TFS for the latest version of this item:

$/Online Services Solution Template/Main/Source

But after much investigation (including querying the TFS SQL database directly) I discovered that the correct item name was in fact:

$/Online Services Solution Templates/Main/Source

So another way to read that error message would be as “I can’t find an item with that name, are you sure you typed it correctly?”

Listening to PodCasts on your Windows Mobile device

Monday, 11 February 2008

Over the last couple of years, I've had access to Windows Mobile devices suitable for listening to podcasts, however one thing I've struggled to find is decent podcast software.

There are two kinds - ones that just run on the PC, and have the ability to copy or sync with the device, and ones that just run on the device. Most of the PC-side applications tend to just add the downloaded audio file to Windows Media Player, and you then use WMP to synch with the device. One problem I've noticed is that the COM interface that WMP provides to these applications can be fussy about funny characters in playlist names (eg. ".NET Rocks!").

Windows Desktop

Windows Mobile

So as unbelievable as it sounds, I haven't actually found any decent podcatching software. I might have to get around to writing my own (though I'd prefer not to).

Windows SDK for Windows Server 2008 and .NET Framework version 3.5

Thursday, 7 February 2008

Now that Windows Server 2008 is done, the SDK for Windows Server 2008 and .NET Framework version 3.5 has also been released.

Installing Moodle on Windows Server 2003 with SQL Server

Wednesday, 6 February 2008

To get started, there's some excellent instructions available for download as a PDF.

Additional things I did:

I tried to set up the FastCGI extension for IIS, but after getting some weird errors, decided to leave it for another time.

This did end up taking a lot longer that I'd hoped. But at least it is working now.

Mobile browsing

Wednesday, 6 February 2008

Microsoft claimed that Internet Explorer for Windows Mobile 6 was a big improvement on previous versions. That wouldn't be hard, seeing as earlier versions were roughly equivalent to most of IE3/4.

Unfortunately, IE for WM6 isn't that much better. Quite a few websites I visit render poorly on it.

I'm a big fan of Mozilla, and they've produced Minimo. This runs like a very slow dog and seems to crash more often than not. Hopefully it will improve over time, but I'm not sure that there's much (if any) further development going on.

I tried Opera's mobile browser, which looked really good. It costs money however, and I'd prefer not to pay for a web browser.

Today I came across Skyfire. It's a free browser, initially for Windows Mobile 5 & 6. It's still in Beta, and for some weird reason, while you can sign up for the beta, if you don't have a US telephone number, you can't get it at the moment. A bit strange as they do say it will work over WiFi too.