Monday, November 29, 2004

WikiNews will soon be officially launch (
This is a wiki-powered collaborative newspaper.
Everyone can post news and edit content as in the popular Wikipedia.

Thursday, November 25, 2004

Balie - BAseLine Information Extraction

Introducing Balie, a Java program with all you need for information extraction from multilingual texts:

  • Language Identification
  • Tokenization
  • Sentence Boundaries Detection
  • Part-of-Speech Tagging
  • Fully Trainable

On SourceForge..

Monday, November 22, 2004

The hypoallergenic cat

ALLERCA will produce the world's first hypoallergenic cats, and we expect the birth of these first special kittens in early 2007.

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This is the off-topic post of the month. :p

ASP.NET and a remote SQL server

Working with ASP.NET and a SQL server on different machines is not an obvious match. An ASP.NET web application uses, by default, the local user aspnet to interact with ressources like a SQL server. When the latter is on a remote machine, the default user must be changed for a user that belong to the domain (obviously, this is for an intranet). That way, the SQL server can establish a trusted link with the domain user.

Here's the MSDN article that describes the steps to follow.

But, unfortunately, if one of the box is a windows server 2003, there is a slight difference..

Good luck.

Monday, November 08, 2004

.NET Jagged arrays

You'll find here an interesting comparison between perfomance of multidimentional arrays and "jagged" arrays (arrays of arrays).

This is also a good time to introduce the site "", a great knowledge base for .NET. There are, among others, some good articles on Sql and ASP.NET datagrids.

Monday, November 01, 2004

VS.NET 2005 Beta breaks your old ASP.NET apps

Watch out when installing VS.NET 2005. It also installs the new .NEt framework and uses it by default in all your web apps.

Now, when you try to debug an old application back in your VS 2003, you receive a "Unable to start debugging on the web server" error.

You can specify which framework version to uses for each virtual directory. Learn how here.