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  • Blog Post: Build apps without writing code: Popfly

    Microsoft just announced Popfly and once it is available for everyone to use, we can all build interesting applications on the web, all without writing code. Michael Gannotti explains it best on his blog .
  • Blog Post: MSF Agile

    I just came across the core ideas behind the Microsoft Solutions Framework (MSF) for Agile Software Development, which you can download . After you download the content, you can find the following information, which I think are great points to keep in mind while running any project: Partner with Customers...
  • Blog Post: SOA Demo on MSDN's Channel 9

    Our video is now live on http://channel9.msdn.com/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=38823 . To repeat the explanation of this demo, which originated in e-mail from me to the Scobleizer himself is: I work in the Redmond MTC (Microsoft Technology Center) and we have a very interesting Service Oriented Architecture...
  • Blog Post: TulaFale: A Security Tool for Web Services

    TulaFala looks to be pretting interesting. It is part of the Samoa Project from Microsoft Research in Cambridge. See http://securing.ws/ . The description of the problem and the project sounds impressive, and useful: An XML web service is, to a first approximation, a wide-area RPC service in which requests...
  • Blog Post: Script to invoke the current user’s screen saver

    Thanks to The Scripting Dude for this script, which I made a small correction to. Save it as a .vbs file and run it to invoke the screen saver for the currently logged on user. ' This script runs the screen saver associated to the current user. Set oShell = WScript.CreateObject ("WSCript.shell") Set...
  • Blog Post: VB Script to get list of services into an Excel list

    Borrowing some code from the following from the TechNet Script Repository for Office : Format a range of cells List Service Data in a Spreadsheet List Excel Color Values I was able to make a little VB Script app that lists all of the services on my Windows XP box, format the column headers, and mark...
  • Blog Post: Improved Command-Line with Web Services App

    Thanks to Darshan Singh from http://www.yukonxml.com/ . My simple app now formats the XML before displaying it to you. Here's the code - I know I learned something from it, so hopefully you can too: set SOAPClient = createobject("MSSOAP.SOAPClient") SOAPClient.mssoapinit " http://www.webservicex.net...
  • Blog Post: Command-line with Web Services and Arguments

    I added the small feature of being able to pass an argument to the Stock.vbs file so you can pass it any stock quote. My Stock.vbs file is: set SOAPClient = createobject("MSSOAP.SOAPClient") SOAPClient.mssoapinit " http://www.webservicex.net/stockquote.asmx?WSDL " WScript.Echo wscript.arguments(0) &...
  • Blog Post: Call a Web Service from a Command-Line

    For all you command-line freaks out there, I hope you know about Microsoft's scripting technologies. Hopefully you are also aware that web services is the hot new thing and is certainly a great way to architect solutions these days. So, combining those two things (WS+Script), here is how to call a web...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Express links

    Some feedback from my last post asked for links to something other than just the .exe files. So, here you go: VB: http://lab.msdn.microsoft.com/express/vbasic/default.aspx C#: http://lab.msdn.microsoft.com/express/vcsharp/default.aspx C++: http://lab.msdn.microsoft.com/express/visualc/default.aspx SQL...
  • Blog Post: Demos You Can Download

    I recently cruised through the microsoft.com site looking for demos of real world solutions that include some custom code and configuration. Here is what I found: IBuySpy Demos: IBuySpy Portal SQL CE: IBuySpy Delivery Application Design Speech Enabled ASP.NET Commerce Starter Kit IBuySpy Storefront Fitch...
  • Blog Post: PowerPoint Text to Speech, Part 2

    I got some feedback from my PowerPoint TTS blog that a couple of people were having problems getting it to work. In an attempt to keep my readers happy, I wanted to make sure my code and insructions were correct. I verified my instructions, using Office 2003, and everything works as I noted. But, to...
  • Blog Post: My First VS2005 C# App: MSNBC Newspaper App

    I finally got around to building my first app with Visual Studio 2005. And no, I am not the only Microsoftee who doesn't write code for a living. Thankfully Betsy Aoki just posted a good writeup about her first VB.NET programming class . I built what I consider a personalized online newspaper app. Here...
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