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    Business Apps Example for Silverlight 3 RTM and .NET RIA Services July Update: Part 4: SEO, Export to Excel and Out of Browser

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    More from my Mix09 talk “building business applications with Silverlight 3 ”. You can watch the original video of the full session The demo requires (all 100% free and always free): VS2008 SP1 (Which includes Sql Express 2008 ) Silverlight...
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    Managed Extensibility Framework (MEF) Preview 6: V1 Feature Complete Silverlight Support and Much More!

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    Today we released MEF Preview 6 on codeplex .  Not only is this the feature complete build for MEF V1.0 (which will ship with .NET Framework 4) but it also has the first drop of MEF for Silverlight!   Nick has the best summary of what is new...
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    Silverlight 3 Controls Sample App

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    Want a quick reference and simple example of how to use all the cool controls in Silverlight 3?  Check out the Silverlight Toolkit Samples The best part is not only can you run it as a quick reference and get a feel for how the controls work, but...
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    Business Apps Example for Silverlight 3 RTM and .NET RIA Services July Update: Part 3: Authentication

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    More update on my Mix09 talk “building business applications with Silverlight 3 ”. You can watch the original video of the full session The demo requires (all 100% free and always free): VS2008 SP1 (Which includes Sql Express 2008 ) Silverlight...
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    Business Apps Example for Silverlight 3 RTM and .NET RIA Services July Update: Part 2: Rich Data Query

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    Continuing in our discussion of Silverlight 3 and  the brand new update to .NET RIA Services and the update the example from my Mix09 talk “building business applications with Silverlight 3 ”. You can watch the original  video of the full session...
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    Business Apps Example for Silverlight 3 RTM and .NET RIA Services July Update: Part 1: Navigation Basics

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    With Silverlight 3 shipping and a brand new update to .NET RIA Services I thought I would update the example from my Mix09 talk “building business applications with Silverlight 3 ”. You can watch the original video of the full session The demo requires...
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    .NET Rocks! on Data Access Options

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    Recently .NET Rocks! talked to Stephen Forte and covered a topic I have been interested in for a a couple of years: Data Access Options .  Clearly this has been a space of a lot of innovation in the last few years.  Stephen does a good job of...
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    New MSDN Article on RIA Services Published

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    I saw Maurice de Beijer recently published a good introduction article on .NET RIA Services. Getting started with the .NET RIA Services The post starts with a very good introduction: RIA, short for Rich Internet Applications, is a bit of an...
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    Unit Testing with .NET RIA Services

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    Vijay , one of the folks working on RIA Services recently posted a very good overview of how to do Unit Testing with .NET RIA Services.  I think this is an important benefit of adopting the RIA Services pattern.  Check it out and let us know...
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    PM Tip #10: Interview Tips for Landing a Great Program Management Job

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    Update: See the full list of PM Tips . Recently a friend of mine at Microsoft asked about tips for how to land a great Program Management job at Microsoft. It has been a while since I did a “PM Tips” post, so I thought I’d use the opportunity to share...
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    A new generation of programmers begins

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    I have started teaching my 6-year old son logo as our summer learning project.  My goal is to help him discover the creativity and logical thinking approach that programming requires. And, of course to share a passion that I have with him, so there...
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    Release Roadmap for .NET RIA Services

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    Dinesh Kulkarni recently posted our current thinking on the release roadmap for .NET RIA Services .   One thing I love about this product is that we are able to iterate rapidly with the community to get the product right.  This means being...
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    Silverlight 3 and .NET RIA Services Keynote at VSLive!

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    I just finished up the keynote at VSLive in Vegas.     I did an update of my Building Amazing Business Applications with Silverlight 3 talk from Mix09 .  I updated to the latest internal builds of Silverlight 3 and .NET RIA Services...
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    Forms Auth\Windows Auth – what is more common?

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    I was talking to some coworkers today about the scenarios for Forms Auth and Windows Auth in line of business applications.    We were having a debate about which was more common. As you might guess at Microsoft we are an all windows shop...
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    Survey: Ajax usage among .NET developers in 2009

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    A couple of years ago Simone Chiaretta did a survey of .NET Developers usage of Ajax ..   I just saw that he is refreshing that survey to see what has changed in the industry.  Are people still actively moving to Ajax?  Are they using...
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    .NET RIA Services: Get your metadata from anywhere!

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    While the feedback on .NET RIA Services has been great, many people have commented on the way we store metadata as custom attributes on “buddy” classes of entities. For example, in my Mix demo to get automatic validation like this: I had to provide metadata...
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    .NET RIA Services at TechEd 2009

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    Scott Morrison just published his demo files for his talks at Teched..  He did some great work on to of the SuperHeros demo we did at Mix09 . Get all the Tech Ed 2009 Demo Files
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    The DZone interviews Hamilton Verissimo on MEF

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    The DZone has a nice interview with Hamilton on MEF .  Microsoft MEF Q&A with Hamilton Verissimo de Oliveira Hamilton is one of our PMs here at Microsoft as well as the creator of the very popular Castle Project and he will tell you what the...
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    .NET RIA Services May 2009 Preview

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    Today we posted a minor update to .NET RIA Services . This release is mainly focused on addressing bug fixes we have heard in the forums and delivering on a few key areas… There are a lot of other long lead work items that will fall into future releases...
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    ScottGu Mix Keynote coding demo posted

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    A ton of folks have asked us about getting the source code to Scott’s cool coding demo. Watch the demo download the completed example code Note, there are a couple of prereqs: Sql Server 2008 to run it.. works great with the free Sql...
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    Managed Extensibility Framework Preview 5 Released

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    A few days ago we released MEF Preview 5 on codeplex with all the source code, docs, test and samples you need to get started.  While MEF will be a core part of .NET Framework 4, we are making these preview releases available so folks can use MEF...
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    Link Round up on .NET RIA Services (April 13th)

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    A few more great posts on .NET RIA Services over the last week.. Christoph had a great post on Customize code generation in .NET RIA Services Tim shows us how to Share DataContext among navigation pages in Silverlight 3 Risman asks:  .NET RIA Services...
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    Book Review: Outliers

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    I just finished up Outliers: The Story of Success tonight….  Gladwell is a masterful story teller.  You can not walk away from this book without thinking about the world differently.  Rather than seeing success as a "lucky-break” or...
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    Planning for VS Live in Vegas!

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      I am very excited to be giving the opening day keynote at VSLive in Vegas ..  I plan to be talking about the trends towards RIA based applications in the business world and how Visual Studio, Silverlight 3 , and .NET RIA Services brings RIA...
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    Link Round up on .NET RIA Services (March 3rd)

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    A few interesting post on .NET RIA Services… What is .NET RIA Services and why should you care? Kevin has a great post here that does a good job of telling people what is interesting about .NET RIA Services with out the marketing spin ;-) ...
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