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What is a Microsoft Application Development Consultant

Microsoft Application Development Consulting offers a continuing relationship with a skilled and trusted advisor who will build an in-depth understanding of your people and your business to help you address your software development challenges.

The ADC will bring with them access to a tremendous range of Microsoft support and knowledge and their recommendations are based on broad industry experience and Microsoft best practice. Although the majority of the work you do will be with you primary ADC, you have the ability to call upon other specialist ADCs when your project requires development expertise in a particular area.

The ADC will work with you throughout the development lifecycle from inception to delivery. They can help you select the best application architecture or review your proposed designs. They can help your people to develop new technical skills that help to improve your productivity and code quality. They can conduct code reviews or help to troubleshoot and solve hard to find software bugs.

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    Help InfoPath forms and MOSS 2007 get along…

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    Have i talked you about real life stories J … well here is another one. This time is about MOSS 2007 and InfoPath forms and about getting a new column for a promoted field that was already assigned to a Site column (resulting in duplicated Site Columns...
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    Reflections on troubleshooting

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    I spend most of my work time troubleshooting or managing the process of troubleshooting technical issues onsite, with the customer teams and with Microsoft’s support people. Doing that so often, I’m found wondering on what knowledge can I take from each...
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    "The action could not be completed. Try again.” How many times before calling it a day?

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    The end-user just called you and stated that no matter how many times he keeps trying, the result is pretty much the same. Ok, so it seems that the suggestion is not good enough. What can you do if all you have is this error message and a complaining...
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    How to use Fiddler and HTTP replay to have an offline copy of your site

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    Very often, I’m asked to troubleshoot some client-side issue regarding web applications. Because, most of those times, I’m not onsite at the customer experiencing the issue, or because often this issue occurs on some remote site or branch office, it can...
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    Quick Tips: using debugger scripts to your advantage - .shell

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    Hi, After debugging for quite some time, and looking almost every day at memory dumps you start to think “I really need a command to this, to do that,…” in order to easy on some of the repetitive work and allow you to more quickly...
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    Don´t recommend a backup restore to anyone after 3 days…

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    Hi folks, here it is, another real life story…   A while ago when I arrived to a customer site, he came to me and told me that he had a problem in his MOSS 2007 Server Farm, that for 3 days no one was able to access one of the intranet main site...
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    Quick tips: Is there any exception out there ?

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    Hello, Let me start by clarifying that this only applies to x86. The reason for this is that on x86 the first field on a CONTEXT (more info at http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms679284 ) structure is a flag with the value 0x1003f. More...
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    Silverlight Splash Screen In Action

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    No, this is not “just another” article about implementing Splash Screens in Silverlight :) Sure, I’ll briefly present the procedure, but what I really want to show is how easily we can assess, in our development machines, the splash...
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    Quick tips: Getting detailed info on modules and setting breakpoints on .net

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    Hello, Sometimes i have to do live debugging in order to understand what’s going on inside a process. Usually when this happens i need to set breakpoints on specific methods. Let’s say that I what to set a specific breakpoint on a method...
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    Quick tips: Kernel Dumps, Blue Screens and !Analyze -v

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    Hello, This time I’m going to address something that most times is somewhat straight forward to analyze yet many people I deal with don´t know how to proceed when a blue screen appears. In this blog post I assume the server is already configured...
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    Quick tips: How to easily identify a thread in a thread object

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    Hello, It´s been a while since my last post. I´ve decided to start a new topic regarding debugging posts. It´s called quick tips debugging code and here is my first post on the series. Sometimes while debugging an issue I have...
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    Debugging kernel objects using windbg & kd

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    One of the most common issues I deal with are related to blocking. Some of this are pretty straight forward to identify, Others not that easy, especially if you have a process with many threads. When I have to troubleshoot blocking on WaitHandles (e.g...
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    Windows 7 Excel 2007 and connecting to SQL Server Analysis Services

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    The problem A customer of mine has recently had a problem on one of the first Windows 7 machines he installed; the problem was that when trying to connect to a SSAS from Excel it kept asking for credentials.   So what was the problem with this machine...
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    Designing for Resilience in n-Tier applications (part 1)

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    The n-Tier headache The huge growth of the Multitier application architectures has drastically changed the way we envision, develop and support software solutions. The notions of greater scalability, reutilization of services and independent software...
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    Air Draw

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    One of the long waited features of Silverlight was Web Camera and Microphone support. This feature was welcomed with great enthusiasm and passion when Silverlight 4 Beta was unveiled at the Professional Developer's Conference (PDC) last November. ...
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    My First Silverlight Behavior

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    Blend/Silverlight 3 introduces a new powerful feature – Behaviors. Behaviors allow designers to take advantage of new levels of interactivity declaratively, without writing code. In short, a behavior is a reusable piece that encapsulates some functionality...
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    The marvellous SPList.RenderAsHtml

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    One of these days a customer asked me if there was an easy way to build a Web Part that would be able to switch between the list views, and also wanted it to look and feel like a view of any list in Sharepoint . The first thing that crossed my mind was...
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    Object variable or With block variable not set: how to eradicate these tongue-twisters haunting from the past

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    In a perfect world, computer applications would be syntactically and semantically correct and complete, thus exhibiting no errors nor flaws. Ours is not a perfect world, though, and even worse is that a significant part of those computer applications...
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    How to Enable IE 8 Compatibility View for your whole Web site or for specific Web site directories

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    With the release of Internet Explorer 8, many customer sites suddenly had rendering errors and problems displaying the site correctly. http://www.microsoft.com/windows/Internet-explorer/default.aspx In order to avoid expensive and time consuming corrections...
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    Silverlight and "Cover Flow" – Revisited (Part III)

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    On my previous post I wrote about the complexity of implementing perspective projections with Silverlight 2 since it only supports 2D affine transforms . Well, as you surely already know by now, with Silverlight 3 you’ll be able to apply 3-D projections...
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    Reusing web user controls

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    “Why”? With this post I want to demonstrate how to reuse Web User Controls in multiple web projects to avoid the duplication of code and interface. How many times many of us needed a Web User Control created in another web project, and use it directly...
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    HTTP Error 401.5 – Unauthorized: a very plausible scenario

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    Recently, my customer started complaining that an externally-facing web site was not working properly. Apparently no changes had been made to the web site… This is very common in the field: nothing happens and software starts decaying in what seems to...
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    Where can the new Ignoreisactive Parameter for the STSADM Sync Operation be used?

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    After the Microsoft Office SharePoint Server build 12.0.6314.5000, the stsadm Sync operation introduced a new parameter – “ignoreisactive”, specially designed for the issue described in the following article: http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx...
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    Authorization Manager … Why not?

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    One of this days, when I was just talking with some of my colleagues we start wandering about Authorization mechanisms, and rapidly they evolved to all sort of techniques. They talk about COM+ Roles, they talked about ASP.NET Roles, they talked about...
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    Under the hood with live debugging

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    Often, i get the question on how to see what the framework is doing, how to set breakpoints, do live debugging in order to understand what is under the hood. So, I decided to write on the subject and about the approach I usually take when doing live debugging...
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