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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: LINQPad, CRM 2011, and using Office 365 accounts

    I recently discovered that the LINQPad Plugin for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 doesn’t support authenticating using Office 365 credentials.  According to commenter EdWells , you can copy the latest version of crmsvcutil.exe and microsoft.xrm.sdk.dll over the version that ships with the LINQPad plugin...
  • Blog Post: Getting FetchXML from LINQPad

    UPDATE: There's a known issue with the LINQPad Plugin for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 and Office 365 authentication. I cover a workaround here . Using FetchXML is necessary in many situations with CRM 2011. Using FetchXML becomes even more necessary if you are taking a “design for online”...
  • Blog Post: OQuery – A fluent API to build OData url queries sans LINQ

    Yesterday, I blogged about a solution to compose OData / WCF Data Service queries using LINQ for situations where LINQ enabled client libraries don’t exist (i.e. JavaScript and Windows Phone 7). http://blogs.msdn.com/b/devkeydet/archive/2011/02/02/data-services-odata-client-for-windows-phone-7-and-linq...
  • Blog Post: Data Services (OData) Client for Windows Phone 7 and LINQ

      The WCF Data Services Team released a client library to make it easier to interact with OData services from Windows Phone 7.  http://bit.ly/wp7odatalib The major caveat (and bummer) with the library is that “LINQ support in the client library has been removed as the core support is not yet...
  • 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 .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: 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...
  • Blog Post: SCREENCAST: Saving Virtual Earth Polygons to SQL Server 2008

    In this screencast, I show you how to draw a polygon on a Virtual Earth map and save it using ASP.NET AJAX, Windows Communication Foundation (WCF), LINQ to SQL, and the new geography data type in SQL Server 2008. Screencast: http://channel9.msdn.com/posts/keydet/Saving-Virtual-Earth-Polygons-to-SQL-Server...
  • 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: 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: WEBCAST: Overview of the Microsoft ASP.NET 3.5 Extensions Preview

    The ASP.NET 3.5 Extensions Preview is a new release that provides new functionality being added to ASP.NET 3.5 and ADO.NET in 2008. This release delivers a set of new features that target: Enabling High Productivity Data Scenarios - including MVC, Entity Framework, ADO.NET Data Services and Dynamic Data...
  • Blog Post: SCREENCAST: Exposing/Consuming RSS/ATOM using WCF 3.5 & Silverlight 2

    In this screencast, I show you how easy it is to expose RSS and Atom feeds using the new Web Programming Model (REST) features, classes in the new System.ServiceModel.Syndication namespace, and LINQ to SQL in the .NET Framework 3.5.  Then, you will see how you can use classes from the System.ServiceModel...
  • Blog Post: DC Launch Follow Up

    Thanks to everyone who stuck around for my "Defy Occasionally-Connected Challenges With Smart Client Applications" session at the DC Launch.  The deck and demo files are available here: Deck Workflow Services Demo Sync Services for ADO.NET Demo Server Database The demos require Visual...
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