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  • Blog Post: RIA Services: A DomainService IS A WCF Service – Add Service Reference

    I made the fairly bold statement at my PDC09 talk that a DomainService IS A WCF Service.  That is, everything you know about a WCF service should be true of a DomainService.  I didn’t have time to get into this in my talk, so I thought I’d hit the highlights here.  And in the process show...
  • Blog Post: .NET Framework Client Profile

    As I mentioned a few days ago , with .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 Beta we are taking some MAJOR steps toward making it easier for customers to acquire the .NET Framework. One of the ways we have done that is creating a client profile of the .NET Framework that includes only those parts of the framework that...
  • Blog Post: .NET Framework 3.5 Namespace poster Updated

    A while back I blogged about the .NET Framework 3.5 Namespace poster... We made a few tweaks and updated it, including making it available in more formats. Download Links: Full XPS Split XPS PDF Tiled PDF Enjoy!
  • Blog Post: .NET Framework 3.5 Namespace poster

    Many of you have asked for an update to the .NET Framework namespace poster for 3.5... Thanks to Paul Andrew , Kit George and many others, we now have it! See Paul's blog for more details... Download the full PDF to a color printer near you ;-)
  • Blog Post: VS2008, .NET 3.5, Silverlight and ASP.NET Futures

    I am in the middle of a vacation to sunny, hot and humid North Carolina, but I had to take a break from it to make note of the impressive set of new bits there are to play with... Visual Studio 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5 Most importantly, we released VS 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5 release Beta 2. This...
  • Blog Post: ClickOnce in Firefox

    I just noticed that James Dobson recently got the FFClickOnce support added as an official FireFox plugin .. The latest release includes localization support! Thanks James, this really helps the community out a lot! Before the plug-in, you could not really do much with a clickonce application in firefox...
  • Blog Post: .NET Framework 3.5

    Daniel Moth has a good post describing .NET Framework 3.5 ... I though i'd share part of it here as it is likely better than one I could do... thanks Daniel. Our goal with the .NET Framework 3.5 was to make it very easy for customers to adopt while providing some really interesting new value. The "easy...
  • Blog Post: Some common Acroplis questions

    Wow – there has been some really good buzz on acropolis in the last 24 hours… Reading over the blogs and stuff two interesting questions are popping out: Question: When are you shipping Acropolis!! Answer: As soon as it is ready ;-) Seriously, we are very early in the cycle here, we came out at Teched...
  • Blog Post: Hello Acropolis!

    Back in 2005 I spent a week with our Product Support professionals “helping” to answer support calls… I was amazed that at the world’s largest software company the tools these folks use were not well integrated (I believe it has sense been addressed). A customer call comes in via one application giving...
  • Blog Post: Ready for Teched '07

    I am pretty excited about Teched '07 June 4-8th in Orlando (if you are not already attending, you can still register). Here are a few of the sessions that I think will be very cool. WEB319 - A Lap around Silverlight - Scott Guthrie If you are making it to TechEd, you have got to come see Scott give an...
  • Blog Post: .NET Client Application Services

    Update: hree are some MSDN docs that cover this topic: Exposing Web Services to Client Script and ASP.NET Application Services Overview One of my favorite features in Orcas is the ability to leverage the ASP.NET Application services from any client application (ASP.NET, Ajax, WinForms, WPF, or even...
  • Blog Post: VB6 Applications just got a bit cooler!

    A while back I talked about Bringing new life to your VB6 apps with the Interop Forms Toolkit and now they have shipped Version 2.0... If you have a VB6 app and you are looking to take incremental advantage of .NET, you should check this out. Here is a cool example project where they leverage the WinForms...
  • Blog Post: Continuous Improvements in the Docs

    The "shipping software 101" class at Microsoft clearly talks about how we are not done shipping the day the product hits the web (or the media is burned)... An ever increasing element of great software is continuous improvements. This support includes bug fixes , enhanced samples and starter kits , training...
  • Blog Post: Paint.NET Creator on DNR

    It was very cool to run across one of the creators of Paint.NET (a very cool replacement for window's paint app written in managed code) on DotNetRocks . Rick Brewster recently joined the development team in my group and you will hear more about what he is working on now in a few months -- stay tuned...
  • Blog Post: New ClickOnce Case Study Posted

    We just finished a very interesting case study on ClickOnce right here at Microsoft. The study covers our people-and-positions management tool (HeadTrax) that is a .NET Framework app used by 72,000 people world wide. Deploying an Internal HR Application Using ClickOnce Technology Saves Developer Time...
  • Blog Post: Orcas enables easy offline client apps

    I just saw that steve does a couple of very cool screen casts showing off how easy it will be for WinForms and WPF client apps to operate effectively offline and in high latency networks... Going N Tier w/WCF, Synchronizing data using Sync Services for ADO.NET and SQL Server Compact Edition In part...
  • Blog Post: Structuring your project for team development

    J.D. Meier has a good post on best practices for structuring your projects (ASP.NET and client) for best productivity in a team environment with source control and the like. One of the biggest benefits here is that you can stop arguing about which way is right and just follow J.D.'s lead ;-) Structuring...
  • Blog Post: How to configure Vista to enable ClickOnce publishing

    This came up recently internally and I thought I'd share it here in case other are running into it.. Because Vista (and Longhorn Server) run the new IIS7 , there are a handful of tweaks you have to make to IIS and VS to make clickonce publishing work... Brian Noyes has a good blog on the details....
  • Blog Post: Great new Book on ClickOnce

    I just got a copy of Brian Noyes book on ClickOnce Smart Client Deployment with ClickOnce: Deploying Windows Forms Applications with ClickOnce While I have not had a chance to dig into it yet, I did ask around the team and a bunch of folks on the WinForms and ClickOnce product teams reviewed it...
  • Blog Post: What is next for WinForms WSOD in Orcas?

    We have had lots of interest in the White Screen of Darn from VS 2005. No one likes dealing with errors in their applications, especially those that are hard to diagnose. We have spent a bunch of time listening to feedback on the VS2005 WSOD and have made some improvements.. If you have ever come...
  • Blog Post: Real World Customer Experience in Migrating from .NET Framework 1.1 to 2.0

    It has been just over a year since .NET Framework 2.0 \VS 2005 shipped , SP1 is out , and Vista (with built in .NET Fx 2.0 and 3.0 supports) is shipping this month. These factors are driving the next wave of customers is starting to migrate. If you fall into the category, I encourage you to check...
  • Blog Post: TechEd: Getting the most out of Windows Forms and Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF)

    I had a good time today during my session on Getting the Most out of WinForms and WPF … The session was packed out even though it was the last session of the conference! That is certainly a sign that folks are hungry for this sort of information. Attached is the slide deck. We talked about the focus...
  • Blog Post: Welcome to TechEd Europe

    I just got in last night into Barcelona for TechEd Europe .. One thing I love about my job is that I get to span the full range of application space supported by the .NET Framework… As such I think I am the only speaker at Teched doing a server based talk and a smart client talk ! Should be fun to see...
  • Blog Post: Bringing new life to your VB6 apps

    I just saw a cool screen cast on the Microsoft Interop Forms Toolkit 1.0…. Great stuff! It enables you to incrementally enhance your VB6 applications with the power of the .NET Framework…. It has been a while sense I have really wanted to install VB6, but this makes me want to just to see what I can...
  • Blog Post: Great Video and Slides for Building Occasionally Connected Client Apps

    Steve has a great post (with Video and slides) for building offline apps… Worth a look! My guess is lots of client apps need "occasionally connected" features, it has just been prohibitively hard to build in the past… Has anyone tried this out? We'd love to hear your feedback and thoughts.
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