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Over the years, this blog has been about many different things related to software development with Microsoft technologies. Since my current role focuses on Dynamics CRM / XRM, that's what it's primarily about right now.

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  • Blog Post: Tanagram Partners: Making multi-touch easier with touch.codeplex.com

    Our Ch.9 Interview with Tanagram Partners on http://touch.codeplex.com was published.  Check it out! http://bit.ly/Ch9TanagramTouch “The APIs in WPF4 plus the Surface Toolkit for Windows Touch make building common touch scenarios easy. However, implementing many of the same touch scenarios using...
  • Blog Post: Bing Maps 3D, WPF, and Windows 7 MultiTouch

    Have you seen the Microsoft Surface Globe application in the Microsoft Touch Pack for Windows 7 ?  There are plenty of videos of the app in action on YouTube: http://tinyurl.com/YouTubeSurfaceGlobe . Would you like to build an app like this yourself?  Thanks to InfoStrat.VE , you can! Josh...
  • Blog Post: Integrating Virtual Earth 3D into WPF and Surface Applications for Mere Mortals

    I just published a Channel 9 interview with Josh Wall and Josh Blake from InfoStrat about their Windows Presentation Foundation ( WPF ) and Surface controls that make integrating Virtual Earth 3D a breeze.  Check it out: http://tinyurl.com/Ch9InfoStratVE “ Virtual Earth 3D has many applications...
  • Blog Post: InfoStrat.VE – Intermediate fix published for the latest 3D control

    Due to popular demand, InfoStrat just published an intermediate fix to get their InfoStrat.VE control working on top of the latest Virtual Earth 3D release .  You will notice that they just made a changeset available.  What they made available is not fully tested.  Once it is, they will...
  • Blog Post: DevDinnerOnDemand: Overview of the .NET Framework 3.5 SP1

    With the .NET Framework 3.5 (the version native to Visual Studio 2008) coming up on its first anniversary, Microsoft is poised to release the first update to the framework in the form of Service Pack (SP1).  This Service Pack is unlike your standard Service Pack, in that it will introduce new features...
  • Blog Post: Improve WPF application deployment with the Client Profile Designer

    Sorry for repurposing content, but this one is easy to miss so I think it is worth it “The Client Profile Configuration Designer is the designer for the .NET Framework Client Profile. It will allow developers to customize the end-user deployment experience. The customizations allowed using the Client...
  • Blog Post: FOLLOW UP: Developer Dinner on ASP.NET MVC

    UPDATE: I had technical difficulties with the recording yesterday.  Therefore, we were unable to record the dinner.  However, I do plan on recording both last night’s presentation and the 3.5 SP1 presentation from the last dinner.  I hope to have them recorded and published some time soon...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Earth, SQL 2008, & GeoJSON

    I've been chatting with Vish over email.  He made me aware his approach to getting SQL 2008 & Virtual Earth to play well together using GeoJSON.  I actually didn't know about GeoJSON.  Thanks Vish!  Check out his post explaining the approach: http://viswaug.wordpress.com/2008...
  • Blog Post: Preventing SQL Injection with the Entity Framework and Data Services

    Yesterday, at the Developer Dinner, I answered a bunch of questions around SQL Injection in the various usage scenarios of the ADO.NET Entity Framework & ADO.NET Data Services.  For the most part, my responses were correct.  However, the last question asked was specific to Entity SQL queries...
  • Blog Post: FOLLOW UP: Developer Dinner on .NET Framework 3.5 SP1

    Thanks to everyone who attended!  You can download the deck and links to the code here: Normally, I make my actual demo code available for download.  However, this time around, my demo code was based on the .NET 3.5 Enhancements Training Kit.  I blogged about it here: http://blogs.msdn...
  • Blog Post: Free training on .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 and ASP.NET MVC

    Looking for free introductory training on the .NET 3.5 SP1 & ASP.NET MVC?  Head over to Jonathan Carter's blog to get all the details on the .NET 3.5 Enhancements Training Kit RTM .  What will you find?  Information and links to download a kit that has presentations, demos, and labs...
  • Blog Post: WPF Datagrid & the WPF Toolkit

    In addition to releasing the .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 last week, which included a number of improvements to WPF , the WPF Codeplex site went public.  This site is the home for the WPF Toolkit and WPF Futures. From the site: "The WPF Toolkit is a collection of WPF features and components that...
  • Blog Post: Looking for updated documentation on Visual Studio 2008 SP1 Beta?

    http://vs2008sp1docs.msdn.microsoft.com I've found the ADO.NET Entity Framework , ADO.NET Data Services Framework , and ASP.NET Dynamic Data sections very helpful lately. Technorati Tags: .net framework , visual studio
  • Blog Post: WEBCAST RECORDING: Adding Mapping Capabilities to your Applications with Virtual Earth and ASP.NET AJAX

    First, let me apologize since I promised to make this recording available almost two months ago.  I was trying to get the recording uploaded to the same Live Meeting servers as my other webcasts.  Needless to say, I had some challenges.  I decided to upload it to Silverlight Streaming...
  • Blog Post: Installing SQL Server 2008 RC0 & Visual Studio 2008 SP1 Beta on the same machine

    I've been having some issues getting my VPC updated to SQL Server 2008 RC0 and Visual Studio 2008 SP1 Beta so I can record a couple screencasts on using Virtual Earth with SQL Server 2008.  I swear I read through the readme docs:).  However, I could not get Visual Studio 2008 SP1 to install...
  • Blog Post: SCREENCAST: Using Virtual Earth in a WPF Application

    As promised, here is the screencast for my previous post: http://channel9.msdn.com/posts/keydet/Using-Virtual-Earth-in-a-WPF-Application/
  • Blog Post: WPF and Virtual Earth revisited

    I've been pretty quite on the blogging front lately.  Every once in a while, I get the opportunity to work on something a little meatier than writing demo code.  Almost all of my time over the last month or so has been spent working on a couple such opportunities.  During this time, I...
  • Blog Post: FOLLOW UP: Public Sector Developer Conference (Nashville, TN)

    Thanks to everyone who attended.  Sorry about the overflow into the hallways.  There was much less dropoff between registration and attendance than we normally see.  Some of the content isn't published yet.  Once it is, we'll make sure to update this post with the appropriate links...
  • Blog Post: WPF validation with Enterprise Library 4.0

    If you have not heard the announcement elsewhere, Enterprise Library 4.0 from patterns & practices is now available .  Martin Bennedik just updated his WPF integration for the Validation Application Block (VAB) to work with Enterprise Library 4.0.  He has also added some very convenient...
  • Blog Post: FOLLOW UP: Public Sector Developer Conference (Downers Grove, IL)

    Thanks to everyone who attended!  Here are the links to the decks and code for the sessions.  I don't have the content from the LINQ & VSTO sessions yet, but will update this post when I get them.  However, I did promise to have a post up this morning. How Visual Studio Team System...
  • Blog Post: Free training on .NET 3.5 SP1

    I just came across this update to the .NET 3.5 Enhancements Training Kit from Jonathan Carter .  If you've seen my ASP.NET 3.5 Extensions Preview webcast and are looking for the code, then you will want to download the kit.  I used the kit as the starting point for my demos.  I do a few...
  • Blog Post: VS2008 / NETFX 3.5 SP1 Beta

    If you keep up with multiple Microsoft technology bloggers, today is one of those days where you'll see everyone posting similar posts:(.  Such is the nature of blogging.  I get to say what I want, but sometimes that means everyone else is saying the same thing.  Visual Studio 2008 and...
  • Blog Post: Standalone Validation Block

    As I mentioned here , I have been digging into what's out there for WPF LOB applications.  It's been a long time since I've kept up with the work the patterns & practices group has produced.  One of the things I've seen a webcast/blog post or two about is the Validation Application Block...
  • Blog Post: WPF for Line of Business applications

    I'm a big believer that WPF is a great UI technology for LOB applications.  Yes, there are some shortcomings in the designer experience if you compare the WPF designer to the Windows Forms designer in Visual Studio 2008.  Yes, WPF is missing some controls that people expect like a DataGrid...
  • Blog Post: WEBCAST FOLLOW UP: Overview of the Microsoft ASP.NET 3.5 Extensions Preview

    Thanks to everyone who attended!  Sorry about the demo hiccups / going over.  As I mentioned in the beginning, I had a hard time trying to get everything I wanted to cover into 90 minutes.  As you can see, there's quite a bit in the ASP.NET 3.5 Extensions.  Normally, I make all of...
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