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November, 2009

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Information by Architects for Architects on Software Architecture, Patterns, Methodology, Development Tools and Industry News as it relates to the Microsoft Application Plaform.

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    ORM Comes to SQL Azure!

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    It was only a matter of time before Object Relational Mapping tools were extended to work with SQL Azure.  Telerik recent announced the availability of Open Access , the first ORM that works seamlessly with SQL Azure relational databases in the Windows...
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    The SQL Azure Tools Keep Coming!

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    SQL Azure is now feature complete for it’s launch at Microsoft’s Professional Developers Conference ( PDC ). Some of the other products in the Microsoft platform suite (like SQL Server Management Studio ) have not yet caught up to SQL Azure. Hopefully...
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    What Makes Windows 7 A “Killer” OS

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    Randall C. Kennedy at InfoWorld in a recent blog post compares Windows 7 to its predecessors, XP and Vista, and reveals what is Windows 7’s real killer feature. In his words, it is not because Windows 7 fixes Vista's issues,  or Windows 7 has a new...
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    Concerned about Windows Azure?

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    Windows Azure provides an incredible new platform for implementing applications either totally in the cloud or in conjunction with on-premise components from Microsoft and others. Any new platform comes with its advantages and its challenges. Read more...
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    Azure - Helping a Non-Profit to Help Others

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        ITNAmerica is a non-profit organization with a very important and truly unique social mission. It provides dignified transportation options for seniors. As the baby boomers approach retirement age, the social need for these services is growing...
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    10 Things to Hate About the iPhone

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    Well, it looks like the shellac may be finally wearing a lttle thin on that shiny new object in your pocket and/or pocketbook... Baseline has just published an interesting article on the top 10 shortcomings of the iPhone.  Check it out here: http...
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    Visibility and Control in a Service-Oriented Architecture

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    Services alone do not constitute a service-oriented architecture (SOA). Capabilities must be acquired that provide visibility and control into service development and service execution. Without these capabilities, IT offerings will become fragile as the...
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    What is the Windows Azure Platform?

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    Keith Pijanowski has written a great overview on Windows Azure . In his article he focuses on the Windows Azure Platform which is Microsoft’s Platform as a Service offering. I Keith believes there is a lot of confusion in the industry with respect to...
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    TFS 2010 for SourceSafe Users

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    Still stuck in the 90’s when it comes to source code control?  wondering what’s coming in the next version of Visual Studio 2010 and Team Foundation Server? TFS 2010 represents a huge step forward in making TFS more approachable by smaller teams...
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    Two Roundtable Discussions on Windows 7 Application Compatibility

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    Microsoft Technical Fellow Mark Russinovich hosted two roundtable discussions with Microsoft and industry experts on Windows 7 application compatibility. Part 1 focuses on compatibility technologies inside the OS and methods for getting incompatible applications...
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    Visual Studio 2010 Gallery - RegEx Editor

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    Regular expressions provide a concise and flexible means for identifying strings of text, such as particular characters, words, or patterns of characters.  A regular expression  is a special text string for describing a search pattern. For example...
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    MSDN - Developer Learning Center for Beginners

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    New to programming with the .NET platform? Wondering where to start in the myriad of starter options available out there? Want to help get your kids a head-start in the exciting world of computer programming? Find your path to success in a centralized...
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    Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 Training Course – Channel 9

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    Wondering how to keep-up with all the new features and tools coming down the pike in Visual Studio 2010 and the .NET 4.0 framework?  Check-out the new Channel 9 Learning Center training courses… The Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 Training...
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    Spec Explorer for Visual Studio

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    Spec Explorer 2010 is a tool that extends Visual Studio for modeling software behavior, analyzing that behavior by graphical visualization, model checking; and generating standalone test code from models. Behavior is modeled in two ways: by writing rule...
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    10 Expression Blend 3 Tutorials for Silverlight

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    This series of tutorials provides an overview of the Silverlight platform through the view of Expression Blend. This allows the reader to learn about the features of Silverlight by simply drawing, resizing, dragging and dropping elements on the design...
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    Silverlight 3 Custom Sorting with Paging Support

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    Are you still stuck wondering how to implement custom sorting in your Silverlight data grid – and also wondering how to implement paging support? Silverlight 3 includes PagedCollectionView class, which provides grouping, sorting, and paging functionality...
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    Patterns-Based Silverlight Development Blog / Screencast Series

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    Rob Bagby has started a new series (blog posts and screencasts) on Patterns-Based Development with Silverlight.  The series illustrates various design patterns while building a sample application (see screenshot below).  The patterns covered...
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    SharePoint 2010 Videos Reveal Development Experience

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    If you are curious what the development experience will be in SharePoint 2010, there are now 10 modules with multiple videos per module that go through the details of using Visual Studio 2010 to customize your SharePoint solution. Here are the links to...
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    ARCast.TV - Mark Pollack on Architecture Refactoring

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    While there are many qualities by which to judge an architecture, two technologies, dependency injection (DI) and aspect-oriented programming (AOP), provide guidance on some of the most foundational. Not only do they influence how a system's components...
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