A Dullard's Guide

Information on development, Silverlight, HD DVD, HDi, and whatever else Amy feels is missing from the interblags.
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    Response 400 (Bad Request) on Long Url

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    My team owns a REST service that takes a series of IDs as input and responds with documents. Recently, a consumer of the service ran into an issue when they wanted to request 50 documents. But the problem wasn't the service's ability to handle the request...
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    Unblocking Build Failure When Moles Not Installed

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    I have a solution that references a framework project and its tests. The test project uses Microsoft Moles . But I’m not actively working on this framework and neither are most of the users of this solution. When I build the solution, the build...
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    Silverlight Runtime Install Failure in VS2010 RC

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    If you have the latest version of the Silverlight end user runtime installed, you may see the following error after installing Visual Studio 2010 RC:   [02/10/10,18:18:55] Microsoft Silverlight: [2] Error code 1502 for this component means "The...
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    Visual Studio 2010 RC Now Available

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    You can now download the Visual Studio 2010 Release Candidate at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=151797 . Some things you should know... Silverlight 4 Support for Silverlight 4 development requires a separate add on which is not immediately...
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    Visual Studio 2010 and Silverlight 3 SDK

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    Visual Web Developer in Visual Studio 2010 has support in box for Silverlight 3 development and includes the Silverlight 3 developer runtime and Silverlight 3 SDK build 3.0.40818. Silverlight 3 Tools for Visual Studio 2008 and Expression Blend 3 included...
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    Silverlight 3 Tools Prerequisite: Visual Web Developer

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    Technorati Tags: Silverlight Tools , Visual Studio 2008 One of the prerequisites for Silverlight 3 Tools for Visual Studio is the installation of the Visual Web Developer feature in Visual Studio 2008 SP1.  This is separate from the free Visual Web...
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    Michael Jackson's Memorial

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    1.6 million people registered for tickets to the service in which Stevie Wonder, Mariah Carey, Usher, Lionel Richie, Kobe Bryant, Jennifer Hudson, John Mayer and Martin Luther King III will be participating honoring the King of Pop. But for those of you...
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    Silverlight Tools Installation Error Codes

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    [Edited to included updated Silverlight 3 Tools] When the Silverlight Tools fail to install, a log file is generated with error codes and messages. You can open this log file from the last screen of the installer. Or, you can find this log file in...
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    Upgrading a Web Project from Silverlight 2 to Silverlight 3

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    When upgrading a project from Silverlight 2 to Silverlight 3 Beta, the asp:Silverlight and object tags in the solution's website are not modified. The minRuntimeVersion attribute of the object tag and the MinimumVerison attribute of asp:Silverlight control...
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    Switching from Silverlight 3 Tools to Silverlight 2 Tools

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    Silverlight 2 projects can't be created with the Silverlight 3 Tools for Visual Studio 2008. When Visual Studio 2010 is released, you will be able to build both Silverlight 2 and Silverlight 3 with the same IDE. But for the immediate future, you will...
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    ASP.NET Web Development Server Stops Working

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    A Windows Defender and Microsoft Forefront Client Security signature file (1.53.256.0) was released at 8:45 PM (PST) on March 9, 2009 to address a Win32/PossibleHostFileHijack issue. This update modified the hosts file to prevent malicious redirection...
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    Trouble installing Silverlight Tools

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    The reported issues with installation of Silverlight Tools has been relatively low. But, there have been a handful of issues reported on the Silverlight.net forums, mostly involving Service Pack 1 for Visual Studio 2008 (which is required before installing...
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    Check This Box

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    You've seen the checkbox on nearly all products from Microsoft. " I would like to improve the installation experience by sending anonymous feedback ." " I want to help make Microsoft software and services even better. " Checking the box is for opting...
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    Installing Silverlight Tools RC0 Without English Visual Studio

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    The release candidate for Silverlight Tools for Visual Studio is currently available for the English version of Visual Studio only. Users of non-English Visual Studio can still use this Silverlight Tools release candidate if they install the English version...
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    Silverlight Tools Release Candidate Now Available!

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    The first release candidate of Silverlight Tools for Visual Studio 2008 SP1 is now available for download. This package is an add-in for Visual Studio 2008 SP1 and Visual Web Developer Express 2008 with SP1. The Silverlight Tools installer includes the...
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    Silverlight Help in Visual Studio

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    The Silverlight SDK comes with a large collection of help documents to help you get started writing Silverlight applications. These help documents are available online at MSDN . However, for those times you are doing development offline - maybe on...
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    Problems Creating a New Silverlight Project after Tools Installation

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    SYMPTONS When creating a new Silverlight project or opening an existing Silverlight project, you receive an error message: Object reference not set to an instance of an object or Package Load Failure CAUSE Visual Studio failed to load the...
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    Silverlight Tools Must be Updated After Installing Visual Studio 2008 SP1

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    Today, Visual Studio 2008 Service Pack 1 was released. This service pack includes support for SQL Server 2008, new ADO.NET features such as the Entity Framework, improvements to the WPF designers, WCF templates for Silverlight projects, debugger support...
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    Blackjack, Silverlight 1.0 Edition, Part I

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    One of my favorite HDi apps was blackjack , so I have been just itching to turn it into a Silverlight application. Now, this one wasn't quite so easy. My goal in writing blackjack for HDi originally was to take advantage of the timing element and remove...
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    Sliding Puzzle, Silverlight 1.0 Edition

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    If you're an HDi developer who spends anytime reading this blog or the MSDN forum , you've probably noticed that I've mentioned Silverlight more than a couple of times recently. Silverlight is, of course, Microsoft's platform for delivering rich interactive...
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    A Year

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    Today is my one-year anniversary at Microsoft. There have been a lot of changes for me in the last year and I've learned a lot. So I thought I would be reflective and share some my experiences, observations, and thoughts of the past year here. Okay...
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    Tokens Gone

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    Wow. The Xbox 360 HD DVD emulator was WAY more popular than we had imagined. Josh processed thousands of requests and hopefully a huge number of developers are now out there experimenting with interactivity. But, now we have run out of our token allotment...
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    Xbox 360 HD DVD Emulator Request Update

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    Any of you who made requests for the Xbox 360 HD DVD emulator last week should have received at least an initial email with further instructions on getting access to the emulator support site on http://connect.microsoft.com/ , signing the end user licensing...
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    Overwhelmed

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    Okay, so it turns out that offering the emulator for free was WAY more popular than we had anticipated. Josh (Xbox 360 HD DVD Emulator Support Program Manager) is just a tad bit buried under all the emails right now, so please be patient with the delay...
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    Xbox 360 HD DVD Emulator - Now Free

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    UPDATE 3/18 : The Xbox 360 HD DVD Emulator is no longer available. For more information, please see: http://blogs.msdn.com/amyd/archive/2008/03/18/tokens-gone.aspx The Xbox 360 HD DVD Emulator is now available as a free download on Xbox Live Marketplace...
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