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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: Multi-Touch Dev Dinner this week in Reston, Va

    In case you missed it through the DevDinner tag on my team blog (official place for Developer Dinner posts), MSDN Flash, or http://communitymegaphone.com … Timezone: Eastern Time Start Time: 2/24/2010 6:00:00 PM End Time: 2/24/2010 8:00:00 PM Title: Microsoft Developer Dinner: Hands-on Natural User Interfaces...
  • Blog Post: WEBCAST: Microsoft and IDV Solutions at Work for the Enterprise

    Jerry asked me to help spread the word. “… Visual Fusion from IDV Solutions combines with Bing Maps, SharePoint and other Microsoft technologies to create a visual mashup platform, empowering organizations to unite data from otherwise incompatible sources - enterprise data stores, Web feeds, spreadsheets...
  • 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: Virtual Earth / MapDotNet webcast

    Interested in learning how to build Virtual Earth solutions and lowering the amount of custom code you need to write?  Have a look at the upcoming webcast Jerry just blogged about: Microsoft Virtual Earth May 2009 Webcast: Virtual Earth & MapDotNet for Economic Development
  • 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: InfoStrat releases a Virtual Earth control for both WPF and Surface to CodePlex

    I’ve been waiting for this day to happen for a LONG TIME .  I’ve been working with WPF, Virtual Earth, and Surface for quite a while now.  If you’ve followed my blog, you’ve seen some hacked up samples showing various ways of getting Virtual Earth integrated into a WPF application.  I...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Surface GIS Apps by Infostrat

    I’ve been working with a number of partners lately on building Microsoft Surface apps.  Infostrat is one of them.  They have done some of the best Virtual Earth integration work I have seen so far.  Have a look at this video that highlights their work: Want to learn what Surface development...
  • Blog Post: VEToolkit: A must have for all Virtual Earth Developers!

    If you are building Virtual Earth solutions with the JavaScript control, then you absolutely have to download this toolkit.  Chris Pietschmann just announced the first official release.  Here’s how he describes the toolkit: “The Virtual Earth Toolkit is a set of JavaScript-based Controls/Tools...
  • 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: 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: 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...
  • 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: 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: Behind the Maps - The Technology of Virtual Earth

    I talk to people about programming with Virtual Earth quite often.  Beyond the developer APIs, my Virtual Earth knowledge somewhat limited.  I get asked all sorts of interesting questions about the technology behind Virtual Earth.  My answer is usually "Good question, I don't know...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Earth Wrapper for Silverlight (VIEWS)

    At MIX 08, Chris Pendleton announced that the Virtual Earth team is working on a Silverlight 2 control.  The idea of being able to use managed code instead of JavaScript to build your Virtual Earth applications is very appealing to many.  I know many people are eagerly awaiting the Silverlight...
  • 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: UPDATED WORKAROUND: Intellisense for page level map variables using the Virtual Earth JavaScript Intellisense Helper

    UPDATE: AH FOOEY!  I feel like a goof:).  Turns out my workaround DOESN'T WORK!!!  If you look at the logic from the original post, it makes sense that it wouldn't work because “var map = new VEMap();” is before “var map = null;” and therefore you get Intellisense...
  • Blog Post: Updated Virtual Earth Map Control demo code

    UPDATE: I've updated the code to use the workaround described here .  If you downloaded this code before May 2nd, 2008 @ 7:30 PM EST, then you might download it again.  The URL is the same. I’ve update my primary Virtual Earth (VE) map control demos. If you aren’t familiar with...
  • Blog Post: NEW RELEASE: Virtual Earth JavaScript Intellisense Helper

    I am happy to announce that we have a new release of the Virtual Earth JavaScript Intellisense Helper to bring Intellisense in sync with the new Virtual Earth Map Control 6.1 .  In addition to 6.1 compatibility, we also made the following enhancements: Consolidated all scripts into a single VEJavaScriptIntellisenseHelper...
  • Blog Post: VE JavaScript Intellisense Helper bug & workaround

    A bug has been discovered when using the Virtual Earth JavaScript Intellisense Helper where JavaScript Intellisense fails to surface in a very common scenario.  The scenario is when you have declared a page level map variable.  You will get Intellisense in the JavaScript function where you...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Earth Map Control 6.1

    The control has been releases / is publicly available.  Chris Pendleton has the details in his post titled New Virtual Earth API Release - Virtual Earth 6.1 .  The Virtual Earth Interactive SDK & full Virtual Earth SDK have not been update, but the updates should be out some time today...
  • Blog Post: WEBCAST FOLLOW UP: Geospatially Enabling SharePoint with IDV Solutions’ Visual Fusion Suite

    Thanks to everyone who attended.  Thanks to Scott Caulk from IDV Solutions for being a guest presenter.  You can find Scott's deck here .  Scott also asked I post the following links for those of you who want further information: IDV Solutions Website Visual Fusion Product Brochure As...
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