Moved to Google Apps for my own domain

I've read a lot about people moving from their own e-mail hosting to Google Apps mail hosting. So did I today. I changed the MX-records so all mail previously managed by Alken Internet now is managed by Google Apps. I really like the service offered by Alken Internet, but Google Apps is free, and now I've got more hosting-space left for this blog ;-). I've been looking around in the domain management tools offered by Alken Internet, but didn't find anything to add CName records. I've now set to redirect to Google Webmail, to redirect to Google Calendar and to redirect to Google Docs. Maybe I'll be able to change this to real CName records, instead of redirects. Scott Hanselman also moved to Google Apps and has a very nice explaination about how he moved his family to Google Apps. I only move my fiancée and I, but who knows how large our family will grow in the future.

Documenting your SOA

I'm not sure if any reader has an idea about documenting your Service Oriented Architecture. But I thought about it, I can just ask. What are your ways to document a SOA?  I know the very useful tool called Word, but are there any industry standard tools to document your Services, their relations, versionin, functional and technical descriptions. I think it's also interesting to know what kind of things you are documenting about the SOA in general and the Services specifically. I'm waiting for your reply's.

Dynamics CRM 3.0 - August 2007 Virtual PC Image

We've been waiting for some time to get the new Dynamics CRM 3.0 Virtual PC Image. We can download it now on: Microsoft Dynamics CRM 3.0 Virtual PC Demonstration - August 2007 Release What's in this Release?
  • Windows 2003 R2 SP2
  • SQL Server 2005
  • Internet Explorer 7
  • Office Professional Plus 2007
  • Office Sharepoint Server 2007
  • Dynamics CRM 3.0 (V3C, Rollup 2)
  • Dynamics CRM Laptop and Desktop client
  • Dynamics CRM SDK
  • Dynamics Web Parts
  • Visual Studio 2005
  • Windows Desktop Search 3.01
  • POP3 Services (no Exchange)
Hmm reading this. What about Visual Studio 2005? What's the use of it, development for Dynamics CRM 3.0 needs to be in .NET 1.1. I know it is possible to use Visual Studio 2005 to target to .NET 1.1 but it isn't that easy. I'm going to download the image as soon as possible and maybe add some comments to this post as part of it.

Using Astoria Service for setting up Getting Things Done Data Service

A few days ago I wrote about trying out Astoria. Yesterday I started trying out. First I thought about using Astoria local, but that wasn't succesful. On the Astoria Getting Started Guide it says you need to have Visual Studio 2008 Beta 1 in combination with Astoria. In my case I already have Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2, which in case doesn't have ADO.NET Entity Framework available. And as a matter of fact Astoria is built on top of WCF and makes use of the ADO.NET Entity Framework. But that's no problem for setting up your own Astoria Data Service. Below are the detailed steps I took. entitymodel.jpg First of all I designed my rough model in Visio. Using the central entity Task and all the other things around Task like: Project, Context, Priority and User. The model is designed with Getting Things Done in my mind. A topic I blogged about some time ago. This tryout wasn't about building a complex model, it was all about getting started with Astoria. So let's translate this model in ADO.NET Entity Model. One thing before you start: I've had some trouble because the setting up of the model took me some time, and I wasn't able to complete because of some small error in the Session. Fast setting up does work though. First you need to set up some basic settings about your Data Service you're setting up. After this you need to create the entities, properties on those entities and all the assocications. Take a look at the images on the bottom for the way I translated the entity model to Astoria. After this I just completed the service. Next time I'm going to use the Getting Things Done Data Service to read and write data. Do you think this is an interesting service? At least, I do. step-1.jpgstep-2-priority.jpgstep-2-user.jpgstep-2-context.jpgstep-2-project.jpgstep-2-taskproject.jpgstep-2-taskcontext.jpgstep-2-task.jpg

Dream, Dare, Do - Podcasts about Entrepreneurship

Bizner bank has published some Podcasts about Entrepreneurship. They are in dutch and Ben Tiggelaar speaks on those Podcasts. The podcasts have the book "Dromen, Durven, Doen" (or translated: Dream, Dare, Do) in mind. An overview of those podcasts in dutch:
  1. Voor de starters: Ondernemen...?
  2. Voor de ondernemers: Ondernemen...?
  3. Wat heb je als ondernemer aan je oude schoolrapporten?
  4. Hoe weet je welke keuzes je moet maken als je binnenkort wilt gaan starten?
  5. Durf jij je dromen over een eigen onderneming ook echt uit te voeren?
  6. Doen! De belangrijkste stap voor een nieuwe onderneming.