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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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    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 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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    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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    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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    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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Silverlight and "Cover Flow" – Part I

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    The "Cover Flow" graphical user interface gained high popularity since iTunes adopted it in 2006. Although it has become a little “overused” it is still a very attractive three-dimensional GUI for browsing through files and digital media libraries via...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    Adapting SQLDiag to your needs

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    Often times, our team is confronted with SQL Server performance issues and in most of those times, the issues are due to locking and blocking in heavily loaded scenarios. As such, our typical approach consists in gathering a SQL Server Profiler trace...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    "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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    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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    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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