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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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    Silverlight 2 Page Turn

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    Do you remember Silverlight 1.0 Page Turn Sample ? I Do. It was probably the first Silverlight application I saw and I was delighted with it. Then Silverlight 1.1 came up, followed by 2.0 Beta 1 and Beta 2 (soon we'll have RTM) , Beta 2 and now 2.0...
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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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    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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    Silverlight and "Cover Flow" – Part II

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    In my last post I talked about the difficulty of implementing a “vanishing point” perspective effect with Silverlight since (currently) it only supports 2D affine transforms . As a result, most of “Cover Flow” implementations with Silverlight “avoided...
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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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    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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    Event Handlers returning Values

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    By default most event handlers return void, however, it is possible for handlers to return values. In a project you can have two events, a Save event that save data to the database and a Submit event that would send my data to another department. The...
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    Can a SharePoint Implementation be Out of Control or Chaotic?

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    Many articles and many people that implement large applications on Sharepoint 2007 sometimes have a frustrating feeling about the product as the solution grows. Surprised? I am not …. In fact I consider this is a normal situation in software implementations...
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    PAL - Performance Analysis of Logs

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    Keeping track of your infrastructure’s health can easily become a big challenge. More and more applications mean more machines, different requirements and a lot more places to look for when your users call you complaining that something is wrong. One...
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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 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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    How to Apply Changes Made to a Detached Object without passing it or retrieving it in .NET Framework 3.5 ADO.NET Entity Framework

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    If you are using .NET Framework 3.5 ADO.NET Entity Framework inside a Web Service the solution proposed at MSDN in How to Apply changes to a Detached object may not be the best solution. How to: Apply Changes Made to a Detached Object (Entity Framework...
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    Debug Jscript with Internet Explorer 8

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    As a developer a big pain was (after reading this it will be no more J ) troubleshooting JavaScript errors. Internet Explorer has never been a big friend in helping me looking at these issues … this is, until Internet Explorer 8. When the first beta came...
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    Get Internet Explorer and Google Desktop divorced and they will live happily ever after

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    Every once in a while, you get these annoying application crashes for which you do not seem to find the reason. For these end-user applications, we may think of 3 distinct kinds of crashes from a timing perspective: o An exit crash - aside from a dialog...
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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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    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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    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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    Silverlight Concepts Samples

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    Yesterday I made a presentation entitled “Best Practices in Silverlight 2 (Intro)” where I showed several small samples to illustrate the concepts I wished to expose. Some listeners asked me about the samples source code and I agreed to publish...
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    Yet another Death by the ViewState – Part II

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    It´s been a while since my post on ViewState. This is just a update about the article i mention that everyone should read to truly understand what viewstate is all about. http://weblogs.asp.net/infinitiesloop/archive/2006/08/03/Truly-Understanding-Viewstate...
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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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    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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    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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    How to rename AD Group Name in Site Collection

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    If you have ever tried to change an AD Group Name, you would have seen that the old name will still appear in the Site Collection. Probably you will try to solve the problem in the SSP Profiles, or using “stsadm migrateuser”, but after some time you...
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    Yet another Death by the ViewState

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    Yesterday I ran into an issue where the users were complaining about the application being very slow in a specific page. If you read the title you will probably think “here is another post around how viewstate can cause all sort of problems in my application...
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    Solving the Morris Puzzle with F#

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    It’s been 11 years since I attended a class which presented both the functional and logic programming paradigms in a single semester, materializing in a Prolog and a Caml Light projects. That class shook the grounds on top of which I had been building...
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