Saturday, December 16, 2006

Tools for Visual Studio 1.0.2 GA released.

Today we have released MySQL Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio 1.0.2 GA --a downloadable plug-in for Visual Studio 2005 that allows Windows developers to quickly build MySQL data-driven applications with Visual Studio. With this plug-in, developers will be able to create, modify and manage MySQL database objects with an easy-to-use interface from within the Visual Studio IDE. This product is delivered as a package compatible with Visual Studio 2005 and delivers the following features:

  • DDEX (Data Designer Extensibility) compatibility
  • Ability to work with MySQL objects (tables, views, stored procedures, etc) from within Server Explorer
  • Support for MySQL versions 4.1 and higher

This product will only work correctly with Connector/Net 5.0.2 and higher.

This release does not include the ability to work with the DataSet designer but we will be making a beta of 1.1 available shortly that will include this functionality. MySQL Tools for Visual Studio binaries are currently available under a no-charge license. We plan to release the source code and are currently determining what license the source code will be placed under. The plug-in can be downloaded from

Thank you for your time and effort in checking out this product. Please don't hesitate to use the following resources for posting your bug reports, questions, or concerns.

Bugs: (use the Connector/Net category)

Thank you!
Reggie Burnett

Friday, December 15, 2006

How many "rights" do I actually have?

Man I get so tired of hearing or reading someone make some stupid claim that they have a right to "X".  There was a post on Digg recently where some guy claimed he had a "right" to DVD playback on his Linux machine.  As John Stossel would say, "give me a break!"  Earlier I read someone say that they had a right to demand that retailers sell them a machine without any software installed.  Are you kidding me?

You have a right to what you have a legal license for, whether that license be GPL, proprietary, or other.  I'm a fan of Linux and really hope that LotD takes off and seriously challenges Vista and OS/X.  However, we do not have a "right" to DVD playback unless we have purchased that right either by having it baked into our OS of choice or buying an add-on codec pack.

The author of the post made some lame comment claiming that a user should have the right to playback his or her DVD because they already paid for it.  This is just stupid. The movie industry is under no obligation to make sure your DVDs playback on your computer.  That's what DVD players are for.

If you have an OS that doesn't have the DVD codecs in the package, then stop your whining and do like everyone else and just pay for a DVD player package.

Friday, December 1, 2006

No wonder we're confused

All this time I was under the impression that boatloads of spam in our inboxes help promote porn but now I learn that hard drives promote porn.  Huh?  Well, I guess by that same logic the driveshaft in my car promotes car accidents.  Don't believe me?  Take the driveshaft out of your car and see how many car accidents that car is involved in.

It's really sad that we've come to a point where noone is responsible for themselves.  Everybody wants to be on Oprah and blame the neighbor, the dog, the parents, and the teacher.  Anyone but themselves.

And now it is apparently not your fault if you watch porn.  After all, the monitor just kept showing it long after you wanted to stop watching.  That damn hard drive just kept holding on to it long after you wanted it gone.  And let's not excuse Internet Explorer (insert your favorite browser here).  I believe you when you say you entered and the browser took you instead to the porn site of the day.  They're sneaky that way.

I guess I just think things are simpler than that.  Guns don't promote gun violence, pointing and shooting them at another person does.  Cars don't promote car accidents and deaths, drinking alcohol and then driving them does.  And your hard drive doesn't promote porn.  Now, if you'll excuse me I've got about hundred porn-promoting spam messages to go delete before my hard drive wakes up.