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Beyond the Betta Fish

Beyond the Betta Fish
In a recent cover story, VSM Editor in Chief Michael Desmond asked whether developers would flock to Windows 7 ("Windows 7 Surfaces," October 2009). A reader responds:

Michael Desmond has some very good points about the operating system, .NET 4, JumpLists and other items. I thought the comments and content were on target.

In March 2009, I purchased a Toshiba Satellite E105-S1402 (a Best Buy Blue Label only system), which came with Windows Vista-64 Home Premium. I use this system in both a home and enterprise environment, and I've had absolutely no issues with Windows 7. I further believe the enterprise will be well served in quickly throwing their support to Windows 7 upgrades [on] systems that have the right stuff.

Hank Freeman
Senior Data/System DBA-DW Architect
Atlanta, Ga.
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Not So Fast
Andrew J. Brust argued in his Redmond Review column that Microsoft has moved beyond the distinctions of the desktop, Internet and enterprise markets with the upcoming Office and SharePoint releases ("A Winning Campaign: Remain in Office," October 2009). A reader comments:

And all this is built on top of SharePoint, a platform that's so slooow. We started building an app on top of SharePoint, and moving out part by part. Replacing SPList by SQLServer tables, using .ASPX pages instead of Web parts and so on. Or has Microsoft solved this in SharePoint 2010?

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French Date Bug
In the November issue, DevDisasters columnist Alex Papadimoulis recounted the tale of a mysterious bug that seemed to change the internal date randomly on computers in a European branch and wreaked havoc on corporate reports ("Trans-Atlantic Time Trap"). The issue was not resolved until three years later when a developer noticed that VBA lets you set the system date by setting a value to the function. A reader responds:

This is a good example of why you should never, ever use the name of a function for a variable. This could have been very simply avoided by using myDate = month & "/" & day & "/" & year, as the purpose of the code appears to be to format the date, not use the Date function.

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