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April, 2010

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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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    Visual Studio 2010 Report Viewer Available

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    The Microsoft Report Viewer control enables applications that run on the .NET Framework to display reports designed using Microsoft reporting technology. In server mode , the ReportViewer control can connect to and leverage the features of SQL Server...
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    Windows XP Mode: Hardware Assisted Virtualization No Longer Required

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    With a recent upgrade from Microsoft, Windows XP Mode will NO LONGER require hardware virtualization technology to run . This is great news for anyone and any organization that plans to run Windows XP mode on machines with CPUs that are not equipped with...
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    What's new in C# 4

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    If you’ve wanted to get up to date on the new features in C# 4 that is part of Visual Studio 2010, see the set of Whirlwind screencasts on Channel 9. Whirlwind 9 - Introducing C# 4 The screencasts feature MVP Stuart Celarier and ISV...
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    VS2010 Training Kit Update Released!

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    Now that Visual Studio 2010 has been formally released, it’s time to get up-to-speed on all the great new features in the .NET 4.0 Framework along with all the great new tools in Visual Studio 2010. The Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 Training...
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    Team Foundation Server Power Tools Released!

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    Check-out these great new Power Tools just released for TFS 2010: Alerts Explorer A plug-in to Visual Studio, Alerts Explorer provides a graphical user interface that supports flexible subscription of alerts based on check-in, work item change, or build...
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    A Windows Azure Sample Application: Bid Now

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    Remember the DinnerNow sample application? Well, that was a connected web application and was introduced and updated last year before Windows Azure was available. The Bid Now sample application, along with source code, has just been released and available...
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    PowerPivot is Released!

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    PowerPivo t gives users the power to: Create compelling self-service BI solutions… Facilitate sharing and collaboration on user-generated BI solutions in a Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 environment.. Enables IT organizations to increase operational...
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    Windows Azure Performance?

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    The Extreme Computing Group at Microsoft Research Labs now has a web site (in Azure of course) devoted to Windows Azure performance information. This site will present the results of regularly running benchmarks on the Windows Azure platform. On this...
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    Customizing Internet Explorer 8 for Windows 7

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    IE 8 comes with Windows 7. Organizations who are interested to customize IE 8 as companies like eBay, Yahoo and Google did don’t have to look too far; the solution is the Internet Explorer Administration Kit , which is freely available at Microsoft Technet...
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    Dynamic Scaling Windows Azure

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    A key benefit of cloud computing is the ability to add and remove capacity as and when it is required. This is often referred to as elastic scale. Being able to add and remove this capacity can dramatically reduce the total cost of ownership for certain...
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    Visual Studio 2010 Virtual Machines with Sample Data and Hands-on-Labs

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    Looking for a way to get up-to-speed on all the application lifecycle management (ALM) capabilities in Visual Studio 2010 without wasting time and effort on infrastructure set-up? Check-out this blog post by Brian Keller, the Technical Evangelist for...
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    Best RSS Feeds for Office and SharePoint 2010 Developers

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    Looking for a great way to consolidate and digest all the great information coming out on a daily basis for Office and SharePoint 2010 development? Check-out this blog post for all the headlines from July 1, 2009 to present for all of the Office and SharePoint...
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    Prism Updated for Unity 2.0 and Silverlight 4

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    Building Complex Applications using WPF or Silverlight? The Composite Client Application Guidance is designed to help you more easily build modular Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) and Silverlight client applications. These types of applications...
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    CSC Uses Windows Azure Platform to Offer Managed Hosted Software as a Service

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    Hong Choing has written an article that details how CSC, a global leader in  providing technology-enabled solutions and services, is leveraging Windows Azure to provide their Legal Solutions Suite® Software as a Service. Legal Solutions Suite creates...
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    SQL Server 2008 R2 Express Versions –> Released

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    Here are the links to the SQL Server 2008 R2 Express editions now available for download: Express Package If your system is? If your system is? If your system is? Microsoft® SQL Server® 2008 R2 Express X86 X64 WOW64 Microsoft® SQL Server® 2008 R2 Express...
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    New IE9 Developer Tools: Network Tab

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    Did you know that IE9 now includes a nice set of built-in Networking Tools? The new IE9 developer tools include some new capabilities and improvements over the great tools in IE8: A new tab for inspecting network traffic. Improved performance working...
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    Understanding Windows Phone 7 Platform

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    Microsoft distinguished engineer Istvan Cseri presented a great session at MIX10 about Windows Phone Application Platform Architecture . He explains the five key components of the Windows Phone 7 architecture – hardware foundation, software architecture...
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    Sharepoint 2010 Designer Released!

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    SharePoint Designer 2010 is the tool of choice for the rapid development of SharePoint applications. Using SharePoint Designer, advanced users and developers alike can rapidly create SharePoint solutions in response to business needs. Advanced users can...
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    SQL Server 2008 R2 Update for Developers Training Kit (April 2010 Update)

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    SQL Server 2008 R2 offers an impressive array of capabilities for developers that build upon key innovations introduced in SQL Server 2008. The SQL Server 2008 R2 Update for Developers Training Kit is ideal for developers who want to understand how to...
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    Profiling Silverlight in Visual Studio 2010

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    Looking for an easy way to run performance profiling all your cool new Silverlight applications?  Did you know that Visual Studio 2010 has the tools – you just need to know how to find and start them ;-) Check-out this blog post about the profiler...
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    Server Driven Paging With WCF Data Services

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    Looking for an easy way to page thru your result sets ->server-side? Check-out this blog post for an easy walk-thru of how to easily enable data paging with WCF Data Services.  WCF Data Services - enables the creation and consumption of OData...
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    Some Free Windows Azure Training

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    Why is Azure important? Have you wondered how cloud computing can bring your ideas to the web faster? Reduce your IT costs? Or be able to respond quickly to changes in your business and customer’s needs? If so, then you need to find out what Windows...
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    Silverlight 4 Released!

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    April 15th, 2010 marks the fourth release of Silverlight that Microsoft has shipped in the last 2.5 years.  Building upon the huge success of it’s predecessor versions, Silverlight 4 contains a slew of new features to help you build the next generation...
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    Microsoft Surface Toolkit for Windows Touch (Beta)

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    The Microsoft Surface Toolkit for Windows Touch Beta is a set of controls, APIs, templates, sample applications and documentation currently available for Surface developers. With the .NET Framework 4.0, Windows Presentation Framework 4.0 (WPF), and this...
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    Free Book: Programming Windows Phone 7 Series

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    This “draft preview” book helps get you started in writing great programs for the Windows Phone 7 Series. Its much longer ebook will be completed and published later this year. Visit www.charlespetzold.com/phone for information about this book and later...
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