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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: Integrating with systems behind a firewall from CRM Online using Windows Azure Service Bus Relay

    The Windows Azure Service Bus Relay enables applications hosted anywhere with an internet connection to securely call back to applications hosted in your own datacenter behind a firewall.  The CRM 2011 SDK offers documentation on how to use the Windows Azure Service Bus Relay from CRM Online. ...
  • Blog Post: PubSec Dev Dinner on External Data and Services with SharePoint 2010

    My old team is having a developer dinner tomorrow night titled Developing SharePoint 2010 Solutions Using External Data and Services.   See here for more details at http://bit.ly/kPUq5n . “… What you will learn SharePoint 2010 allows developers to work with both internal and external data using...
  • 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: 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: Entity Framework N-Tier

    This is a topic I have customer conversations about quite often.  I just found my latest “watch this, then let’s talk about it” reference.  Tony Sneed just published a webinar about the topic.  Definitely worth watching if you are interested in this scenario. http://blog.tonysneed.com...
  • Blog Post: Consuming REST services using HttpClient

    If you have a need to consume REST Services from .NET Framework based code, then you should really have look at the WCF Rest Starter Kit .  There is a handy class called HttpClient that is, in my opinion, provides the best / cleanest way to consume REST services at the http level.  Essentially...
  • Blog Post: Bing Maps roadshow in Reston

    Want to get up to speed on the latest release of Bing Maps including both the Ajax and Silverlight controls as well as the SOAP web services?  Don’t miss the upcoming roadshow in Reston, Va.  Details: http://www.bing.com/community/blogs/govmaps/archive/2009/11/24/bing-maps-roadshow-coming-to...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Earth: Drawing on the map and storing the result in SQL Server 2008

    During my Virtual Earth Workshop at the GIS-T ( www.gis-t.org ) conference, I demo'd how to execute a spatial query in a VE scenario by using JavaScript, WCF, and SQL Server 2008.  The query returned GeoRSS to the browser so the VE map control could use it to draw polygons on the map.  I ingested...
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