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    Windows Azure SDK version 2.2 for Visual Studio 2013

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    Almost a month ago, the Visual Studio Blog announced the release of the Windows Azure SDK version 2.2 for Visual Studio 2013 .  One of the exciting features in the SDK is the integration in Visual Studio 2013’s Server Explorer with Windows Azure...
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    Adding Existing O365 Directory to Azure MSDN Subscription

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    As an MSDN subscriber, you’re eligible for a one-time 12-month, single-user Office 365 Developer Subscription. I want to use the Office 365 Developer Site as a development and testing environment for creating apps for Office and SharePoint.  With...
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    TFS 2013 RC – Project already exists

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    Ok, while setting up an instance of Team Foundation Server 2013 RC.  I ran into a weird error while trying to create my first Team Project for my brand new Team Project Collection.  This one had me stumped for a few minutes.  So to give...
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    Visual Studio 2012 Update 2 RTM

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    Visual Studio product team shipped Visual Studio 2012 Update 2 (VS2012.2) and that it’s now available for download.  Just as with VS2012.1, this release contains important fixes as well as a wealth of new functionality, addressing feedback received...
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    ASP.NET MVC based Apps for SharePoint 2013 (on-premises)

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    Recently I was asked the following question: "Can we use ASP.NET MVC 4 for an App for SharePoint?" My answer was "Yes, you can." This blog post will walk you through creating and deploying on-premises provider-hosted app for SharePoint. We will utilize...
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    Future of Silverlight–Special Event Invite

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    You’re invited to a very special event on December 2 nd , 2010 Learn about the future of Silverlight from Corporate Vice President, Scott Guthrie and other experts, direct from Microsoft’s HQ. Hear about our plans for the next version of Silverlight,...
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    New Word 2010 Features I Just Found

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    While working on deliverables for my current project, I was tasked with doing test plans.  Now, as every good test plan has screenshots of the user interface to help the next developer or tester understand what they should expect to see in the UI...
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    Private Cloud SCVMM Self-Service Portal 2.0

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    Today, is the public release of the System Center Virtual Machine Manager Self-Service Portal (VMMSSP) 2.0 Release Candidate. What is VMMSSP? VMMSSP is a fully supported, partner-extensible solution built on top of Windows Server 2008 R2, Hyper-V , and...
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    Office 2010 Products Available to MSDN Subscribers

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    I received the following message at 1:10 PM today.  If you have an MSDN Subscription, then today is your lucky day with Office 2010. “As of 9 AM Redmond Time today, 14 language versions of the following products are now available to MSDN subscribers...
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    VHD Booting

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    In the past I have used dual booting on my system to handle server development versus client usage on a single machine. Up until Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 that was one way of using both scenarios utilizing the bare metal of the machine. Well...
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    Visual Studio 2010 & .NET Framework 4 Launch Date

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    Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 will launch on Monday, April 12, 2010.  In February, there will be a public Release Candidate of both technologies to gather further feedback. Technorati Tags: Visual Studio 2010 , .NET Framework 4
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    This Week’s Silverlight Postings

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    Continuing the Silverlight goodness that is out there.  Here is this week’s finds. SketchFlow and SuperPreview Talk Overview and Slides Silverlight: How to read RSS in Silverlight 3 Secrets of the Silverlight Toolkit TreeView Control: Programmatically...
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    Silverlight Postings

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    This week I realized that there are so many good blog entries going on around me on the subject of Silverlight.  I have decided that I would share with you the ones I have found this week.  So here they are! Graphical Skinning Comes to Silverlight...
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    Zune HD Preorder!

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    Zune HD will launch on September 15 and is now available for preorder. The 16-gigabyte (GB) version will cost $220, and the 32-GB version will be $290. http://arstechnica.com/microsoft/news/2009/08/zune-hd-16gb-is-220-32gb-is-290-coming-on-september-15...
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    Windows 7

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    I have upgraded my machine from Windows 7 RC to Windows 7 RTM.  I have found two new tips that I thought I would share with the world.  Although I think these tips were in the previous builds but I just came across them.  So if these are...
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    Exporting Binary Files Inside SharePoint WebPart

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    So today I ran into an issue that has sure to have plagued the SharePoint developer community in the past. My requirement was to export data rendered in a grid to Excel. Seems simple enough. So I have a DevExpress ASPxGridView control and a DevExpress...
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    IIS SEO Toolkit Beta

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    The IIS team today announced the IIS Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Toolkit beta – a free toolkit that helps Web developers, hosting providers, and server administrators improve their site’s relevance in search results by recommending how to make them...
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    VS2010 Beta 1 Extensibility

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    While reading my email, I came across a message that looked very interesting.  It was an email in regards to the extensibility of the Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1.  Back in fall at the PDC conference, the Visual Studio team showed off how easy...
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    Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1

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    Monday, May 18th, Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1 (Professional, Team Suite, Team Foundation Server) will be available to MSDN Subscribers through MSDN Subscriber Downloads and to the general public on Wednesday, May 20th through Microsoft Downloads . Today...
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    Top Selling Books At Tech Ed

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    As of Day 4, the list of the top 10 selling books at Tech Ed 2009 are: Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V Professional ASP.NET MVC 1 Mastering System Center Configuration Manager Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V Unleashed Professional Silverlight 2 with ASP.NET Windows...
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    Book List

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    I keep a running book list of technical books that I have interests as a task item in my Outlook mailbox.  I am going to share with you that list.  Now, these books are books that I have not purchased yet but plan on purchasing in the near future...
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    Dual Boot Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2

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    Today I installed Windows 7 RC on my Lenovo T61p laptop.  Things went very well.  It runs very fast (teammate clocked it at 41 seconds to boot).  I was then approached by a team member that we will be using Hyper-V images.  Now, these...
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    WPF and Directory Services

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    A few weeks ago, a friend of mine asked a question about using WPF to display Organizational Units in a TreeView control.  My friend had a good grasp about getting OU’s from Active Directory.  He just needed to be shown the way to bind his results...
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    Free CSS Web Templates

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    If you are graphically challenged like I am, check out this site .  You can browse for a look and feel that suites your need.  Then download the template and apply to your website.  The templates are pure html and css and they are free...
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    SSIS Performance

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    I am a .NET developer who likes to write code in C#.  When given the task to transform customers data from an Oracle 8i database to SQL Server 2005 Database, I immediately though of SSIS.   Well what I didn't know was the learning curve...
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