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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: Calling CRM from ASP.NET using impersonation to ActOnBehalfOf the logged in user

    Sometimes you need to run ASP.NET code outside of Dynamics CRM to achieve your goals.  This usually manifests itself either as a page embedded in CRMs main content area which is accessible via a link in the sitemap similar to the following:   Another place this is often used is embedding external...
  • Blog Post: Eliminating manual device registration

    If you are connecting to CRM Online with a Live ID, you need to register a Device ID and Device Password when using the organization service from an outside caller.  I walk through this in my Connecting to CRM Online from an outside caller post.  Thanks to some internal discussions with folks...
  • Blog Post: Connecting to CRM Online from an outside caller

    UPDATE: Thanks to some internal discussions with folks on the SDK team, I discovered a simpler way that doesn’t require manually putting the deviceid/devicepassword in the config file.  I decided to leave this post as-is for two reasons.  First, because the easier way requires full trust and...
  • Blog Post: Help make Microsoft developer technologies better!

    Ron Jacobs just blogged about how .NET developers can provide feature feedback and vote on WCF/WF features. http://blogs.msdn.com/b/rjacobs/archive/2011/04/14/how-you-can-make-wf-wcf-better.aspx Many Microsoft product teams are doing this nowadays. It still surprises me how many .NET developers don't...
  • Blog Post: The unofficial biography of Microsoft, ASP.NET, Ajax, and jQuery

    The Microsoft Ajax strategy has been a bit of a winding road.  Even if you’ve kept up with the evolution, as I have, you might be a little confused.  Today, Scott Guthrie published a blog post announcing that Microsoft’s first submissions to jQuery are official.  There was a corresponding...
  • Blog Post: SCREENCAST: Running Reporting Services Reports in Windows Azure

    In this screencast, I show you how to run a SQL Server Reporting Services 2008 report in Windows Azure using the ReportViewer control that ships with Visual Studio 2010. As an added bonus, I demonstrate using ReportViewer against an OData service through the use of WCF Data Services client libraries...
  • Blog Post: I totally missed this… Web App Toolkits

    http://www.microsoft.com/web/downloads/webapptoolkits/ “These FREE Web App Toolkits help you complete common web development tasks and quickly add new features to your apps. Whether it’s Bing Maps integration or adding social capabilities to your site, there’s a toolkit for you. Download and install...
  • Blog Post: SCREENCAST: Managing Browser History Using Client Script Without ScriptManager

    ASP.NET Ajax has a great feature that helps make it easy to enable back/forward button and bookmarking support in your Ajax applications.  However, most people think you need ASP.NET WebForms and the ScriptManager control to take advantage of this feature.  Furthermore, most people think you...
  • Blog Post: Love jQuery = Love ASP.NET Ajax Library

    I’ve been covering ASP.NET AJAX and what used to be called the “Microsoft Ajax Library” ever since the first “Atlas” code drops.  ASP.NET AJAX has always offered Web Forms developers a relatively simple way of Ajax enabling their applications without forcing them to change how they write them through...
  • Blog Post: What’s new in ASP.NET 4.0 and VS2010 Beta 1?

    Comprehensive whitepaper for Web Development: http://www.asp.net/learn/whitepapers/aspnet40/
  • Blog Post: jQuery & MicrosoftAjax “happy together”

    I’ve been using jQuery quite a bit lately.  I’ve grown very fond of it.  At the same time, I have been digging into ASP.NET AJAX 4.0.  I just read a post from Bertand Le Roy that made me smile.  In his post, he shows how you can do the following: < ul class ="dv" >...
  • Blog Post: DevDinnerOnDemand: What’s new in ASP.NET 4.0

    I decided not to publish the last Developer Dinner in favor of pointing you to newer sessions last weeks MIX 09 conference.  These sessions basically cover everything I covered at the dinner and more. Microsoft ASP.NET 4.0 : What's Next? Choosing between ASP.NET Web Forms and MVC Microsoft ASP.NET...
  • Blog Post: Developer Dinner tomorrow

    I have really been slacking when it comes to my blog.  I have a few posts planned, but I have been “heads down” on some really fun Windows Azure work that I should be able to talk about soon.  Hopefully, you don’t use my blog as the source for Developer Dinner announcements since there are...
  • Blog Post: FOLLOW UP: Developer Dinner on ASP.NET 4.0

    Thanks to everyone who attended!  You can find the deck and demo code here: Slide 40 of the deck has links to get the demo code.  Once the next preview release of ASP.NET 4.0 AJAX is published, I will blog about where you can get the samples I demonstrated (DataView / Client Templates). ...
  • Blog Post: DEVELOPER DINNER: What’s new in ASP.NET 4.0 (Web Forms, AJAX, and JQuery)?

    Attend this event for your chance to win an Xbox 360 Xbox 360 will be raffled at the conclusion of the dinner. Wednesday, February 18, 2009 6:00 PM - Wednesday, February 18, 2009 8:00 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada) Welcome Time: 5:30 PM Microsoft Reston Office 12012 Sunset Hills Rd Reston Virginia...
  • Blog Post: DevDinnerOnDemand: Introduction to ASP.NET MVC

    ASP.NET MVC enables you to build Model View Controller (MVC) applications by using the ASP.NET framework. ASP.NET MVC is an alternative, not a replacement, for ASP.NET Web Forms that offers the following benefits: Clear separation of concerns Testability - support for Test-Driven Development Fine-grained...
  • 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: 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: PARTNER DEVELOPER DINNER: Introduction to ASP.NET Model View Controller (MVC)

    Microsoft Developer Dinner Series for Partners Presenting Introduction to ASP.NET Model View Controller (MVC) The "Same Event" on different days in DC and Virginia, pick one! Where Date/Time Registration Link Address DC Wed. October 15 th (6:30-8:30PM) Register for DC Microsoft DC Office 5335...
  • Blog Post: RELEASED: Virtual Earth JavaScript Intellisense Helper for 6.2

    Thanks to the quick effort from Chris Pietschmann , I am happy to announce that we have an updated version of the Virtual Earth JavaScript Intellisense Helper that is in sync with the update Virtual Earth Map Control 6.2.  You can learn more about what’s new in 6.2 at http://blogs.msdn.com/virtualearth...
  • 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: Virtual Earth ASP.NET Control Samples

    John O'Brien , a Windows Live Developer MVP, has been cranking out samples of how to use the Virtual Earth ASP.NET Control .  He's also blogging over at www.liveside.net now.  His latest post is titled Server Side Clustering and comes complete with videos!  John has also created a site...
  • Blog Post: Building Virtual Earth applications just keeps getting easier

    I've given a number of presentations on Virtual Earth development over the last couple years.  The first thing ASP.NET WebForms developers say to me is how bummed they are that they have to write JavaScript.  That's understandable.  ASP.NET WebForms developers have come to expect server...
  • Blog Post: SCREENCAST: Rendering Polygons from SQL Server 2008 on Virtual Earth

    In this screencast, I build off of the concepts shown in my previous screencast and show you how to render a polygon on a Virtual Earth map using REST, Windows Communication Foundation (WCF), LINQ to SQL, and the new geography data type in SQL Server 2008. To learn more about the GeoRSS utility library...
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