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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: CRM, Accessibility, and 508

    I’ve spent many a time having accessibility and 508 compliance discussions with customers and partners over the years working at Microsoft and focusing on various web based technologies.  In fact, it’s hard to believe I recorded this video over seven years ago: http://channel9.msdn.com/Blogs/keydet...
  • Blog Post: Using code analysis again…

    This week marks my 5 year anniversary at Microsoft.  Five years ago, I stopped being a “real developer” and became an evangelist.  Ok, I started with a short stint as a SQL / BizTalk Technology Specialist (what other companies call “pre-sales engineer”), but I’ve pretty much been focused on...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2008 extensions for SharePoint v1.3

    I’m not much of a SharePoint dev.  I’ve taken a SharePoint development class, but that’s it.  I keep telling myself that I am going to dig in to SharePoint more.  I know that many of the folks that attend the Developer Dinners are doing a fair amount of SharePoint development.  I...
  • 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: Helpful walkthroughs, labs, and Expression Blend support for the WPF Toolkit

    I’ve already blog’d about the WPF Toolkit & the WPF Ribbon Preview .  One of the things that may not be obvious, is how to get started with the new controls.  Buried inside the October 2008 Release page is a set of links for control walkthroughs, a nice Hands-in-Lab, and a helpful blog...
  • Blog Post: Free Coding Assistance Add-in for Visual Studio Developers

    Here’s a little tidbit I picked up after watching the Microsoft Visual C# IDE: Tips and Tricks session at PDC .  DevExpress hass released CodeRush Xpress for Visual Studio.  From their site: “CodeRush Xpress is freely available to all Visual Studio 2008 developers and offers a comprehensive...
  • Blog Post: MUST HAVE: XAML Power Toys

    Depending on how many blogs you read, you’ll be seeing a barrage of “Silverlight 2 released” posts today.  If you haven’t seen it already, make sure you check Scott Guthrie’s post about the release at http://weblogs.asp.net/scottgu/archive/2008/10/14/silverlight-2-released.aspx .  Karl Shifflet...
  • 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: VS2008 SP1 WCF Tools: More details

    The WCF Tools team has a new post up, with screenshots, showing the enhancements they've made for Visual Studio 2008 SP1: http://blogs.msdn.com/wcftoolsteamblog/archive/2008/08/22/vs2008-sp1-is-released-wcf-tools-new-features-with-snapshots.aspx Technorati Tags: visual studio , windows communication...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Service Factory Modeling Edition for Visual Studio 2008

    During the recent Public Sector Developer Conference in Washington, DC, I was asked about tools support, beyond the class designer, for modeling WCF services.  My answer was to use the Service Factory Modeling Edition for Visual Studio 2008 from the patterns & practices team.  Here's a...
  • Blog Post: Launch Hands On Labs

    I have received a few requests looking for the HOLs from the Windows Server 2008 / Visual Studio 2008 / SQL Server 2008 Launch events.  I just found out they are now available at http://heroes.labmanuals.virtualwide.com/ . 
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