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December, 2009

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    Silverlight 4: Accessing the Web Camera and Microphone

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    Did you know that Webcams and microphones are now accessible from Silverlight 4 applications? Developers can enable video and audio sharing for real-time collaboration and interactive multimedia applications. This video (and code samples by Tim...
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    Azure Lessons Learned: Outback Steakhouse Facebook Application

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    Check out this Channel 9 Azure-focused episode with Jim Zimmerman , CTO of Thuzi where he talks about building their Facebook application for Outback Steakhouse that was hosted in Windows Azure.  http://channel9.msdn.com/posts/benriga/Azure-Lessons...
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    Dominos Pizza Hosts a Java/Tomcat Infrastructure on Windows Azure

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    Peter Laudati & Dmitry Lyalin host the edu-taining Connected Show developer podcast on cloud computing and interoperability. Check out episode 21 “ It’s a PDC 2009 Pizza Party ”.  Peter interviews Tim Wise from Dominos Pizza about how Dominos...
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    Migrating Applications to Windows Azure

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    Now that Windows Azure is released, many of you will be evaluating Microsoft’s cloud platform for both new development projects as well as targeting the Azure Platform for migration of existing .NET applications. Bob Familiar recently took his music web...
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    15 reasons why you should start using Model Driven Development (MDD)

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    Johan den Haan has written a compelling piece over at Enterprise Architect on why you should start using MDD. He lists 15 advantages of Model-Driven Development that focus in on productivity, quality and alignment. I repeat the list here in hopes it intrigues...
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    3M Multi-touch Developer Kit on Windows 7

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    The 3M Multi-touch Developer kit consists of a 19-inch, 16:10 metal-housed LCD display with desktop stand and USB HID interface. This kit provides software developers with the necessary tools to create next-generation, true multi-touch applications in...
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    Pluralsight launches .NET Podcast Series

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    Announcing the Pluralsight .NET Podcast The Pluralcast is a bi-weekly audio show about life on the Microsoft stack, hosted by David Starr. Each episode presents a theme with selected stories on that theme, providing different views of technologies developers...
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    Silverlight 3/4: Advanced Performance / Profiling Techniques

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    Did you know that by simply specifying “EnableGPUAcceleration=true “ in the Silverlight plug-in, in some cases, you can achieve dramatic performance improvements by leveraging the client’s GPU hardware? Check out Seema Ramchandani’s PDC09   session...
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    Windows 7 Application Compatibility List

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    Microsoft recently published a list of 6645 software applications and respective Windows 7 compatibility information. According to the Microsoft Office Excel-based spreadsheet listing, which is available for download here , compatibility information has...
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    Silverlight 4 – Feature Montage via Code Samples & Presentation Deck

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    Jeff Barnes has released a blog post with links to a consolidated slide deck and code samples that demonstrate all the cool new features in the Silverlight 4 Beta.  Here’s a quick list of the features in this release: Updated SDK Toolkit Controls...
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    Adventure-Works Database for SQL Azure

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    It is a delight to announce the availability of the Adventure-Works Community Sample Databases for SQL Azure.  You can download the scripts and data files from CodePlex . To install the databases on your SQL Azure server just follow the directions...
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    Windows 7 and MinWin

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    If you’ve heard of Windows 7’s new kernel function called MinWin and are wondering if it is an enhanced kernel base or something else, check out this blog post here, or click the images below to find out more detail from Mark Russinovich’s insights. Technorati...
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    IE8 And HTML 5

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      In this post, you will see some of the features from the W3C HTML 5 Working Draft, from the W3C Web Applications specification, and from the ECMA Script-262 Language specification. While most of these specifications are still a work in progress...
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    Azure Data as a Service – Jim O’Neil details Dallas

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    Jim O’Neil has written a great blog that introduces you to the Data as a Service codenamed “Dallas”. Dallas is essentially a repository of data repositories, a service - built completely on Windows Azure - that allows consumers (developers and information...
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    Leverage Microsoft .Net and WCF for Your Enterprise SOA - WebCast

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    Leverage Microsoft .Net & WCF for Your Enterprise SOA Rapidly integrate Microsoft-based SOA projects with existing J2EE / web services Preview Slides Today Attend Online December 10th Attend...
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    MyChristmasCatalog featured on Silverlight.net

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    Still looking for that last minute Holiday gift?  Check-out the home page of www.Silverlight.net and you’ll see this month’s Silverlight showcase featuring www.MyChristmasCatalog.com .   This site, developed by Catalog Enterprises features...
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    ARCast.TV - Rocky Lhotka on Development Frameworks

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    It is difficult to strike a balance between the optimal architecture and over architecting a solution. Joe Shirey sits down with Rocky Lhotka , the creator of the CSLA.NET framework , to discuss how he balances what should and should not be in his...
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    Windows Azure Present and Future

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    Are you looking for a great video that gives you a vantage point of what is Windows Azure and what’s next for it? Here is where you can find the information on how to find it.
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    IE8 And Web Standards

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    Earlier this year,  Microsoft submitted 7200 CSS 2.1 test cases to the W3C, as a mature approach to move the web forward and help solving ambiguities, options and misinterpretations in any specification. In this post you will get a sense of how these...
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    Windows Azure Platform Patterns, Pricing and Promotions

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    If you are a customer, partner or competitor of Microsoft, you’ll want to take a look at this blog post that summarizes an excellent video presentation on the Windows Azure Platform Business Model and pricing plans.  It also will point you to the...
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    Developing Better User Experiences with Internet Explorer 8

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    Chris “Woody” Woodruff and Keith Elder host the entertaining and informative Deep Fried Bytes podcast “with a Southern flavor”. In Episode 41 , Woody and Keith interview Jon Box about Internet Explorer 8 (IE8). Some of the interesting topics from the...
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    MultiTouch Capabilities in Windows 7

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    Yochay Kiriaty, Technical Evangelist at Microsoft, in this MSDN article provides a great overview of multitouch capabilities of Windows 7 from the perspective of both user interface and programming models. Though containing some C++ code snippets, is...
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    Moving to SQL Azure? It’s Easy

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    Don’t take my word for it. Take a look at this blog post by David Ramel of 1105 Media Inc .  In it David explains how easy it was to migrate an existing SQL Server database into SQL Azure running on Windows Azure and get an on-premise application...
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    Tap into the Power of the Windows 7 Taskbar

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    Paul Foster’s recent blog post at DeveloperFusion discusses the new capabilities of Windows 7 Taskbar. With C# code he demonstrates how to use Windows 7 API Code Pack to add thumbnail previews, add toolbars to thumbnail previews and add a jump list. Check...
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    Office 2010 Workshop Materials

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    Office 2010 Beta is a broadly extensible platform for building information worker productivity solutions and developing for Office with Visual Studio 2010 makes this easy. The Office 2010 Developer Workshop includes videos and presentations. This content...
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