buildmypinnedsite.com delivers you tools, content and code guidance to help you with implementing Internet Explorer 9 Site Pinning features. While you can already find quite some information on the matter on MSDN, this site goes an extra step and is totally worth a visit.
The information is nicely structured in seven steps, going from adding a simple hi-res icon to sharing and promoting it on the IE Gallery.
With the launch of Internet Explorer 9 where we had more than ten Belgian partners and sites implement site pinning. These included HLN.be/7sur7.be, Le Soir, Zita, and many more. In the meantime a few others have joined the club out of which:
De Morgen – www.demorgen.be
Sport.be implements dynamic jump lists and notification overlay.
One of the things I like to emphasize when working with partners that implement site pinning is the next step: make sure you measure its success. Otherwise, how are you going to decide for any evolution of the features in the future? For example if you start simple with pinning and some static jum plists, having usage statistics might be able to help you make a business case to go the next level: notifications, dynamic jum plists and so forth. Again for this part of the job, buildmypinnedsite.com has the help: download the white paper to learn more about integrating analytics and instrumentation. Recommended read: the Engineering IE blog article “BuildMyPinnedSite.com: 50% More Engagement in 15 Minutes or Less through Pinning”.
Earlier this week at TechEd North America, an update to the Windows Azure Toolkit for Windows Phone 7 has been released (that toolkit is a mouthful !). With this third release in just two months, the toolkit get some nice extra enhancements to help you build Windows Phone 7 apps taking advantage of Windows Azure, storage and integration with the Access Control Service (ACS) 2.0. Since version 1.1 there is also out of the box support for the Microsoft Push Notification Service.
What is it? This toolkit contains Visual Studio project templates, class libraries optimized for use on the phone for storage and membership services, a sample application and documentation. The objective of the toolkit is making it easy and quick for you to create Windows Phone applications leveraging Microsoft’s cloud services.
New in v1.2:
The Patterns & Practices team has released Silverlight Integration Pack for the Microsoft Enterprise Library.
What is it and what’s inside?
Enterprise Library application blocks are a very popular download for enterprise developers, providing guidance and reusable components.
The Silverlight Integration Pack contains a set of building blocks focusing on Line-of-business (LOB) Silverlight applications, porting the desktop version and adding functionality for Silverlight projects. Building blocks include Validation Application Block, Logging, Exception Handling Block, Caching Application Block, Interception & Policy Injection Application Block, Configuration support and a reference application.
NuGet support Both Enterprise Library 5.0 and Enterprise Library 5.0 Silverlight Integration Pack are available as Windows Installer Packages (MSI) via MSDN or as NuGet packages. The configuration tool is also available as a Visual Studio extension package (VSIX) from the Visual Studio Gallery.
>> Go to the original article: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/agile/archive/2011/05/11/silverlight-integration-pack-for-microsoft-enterprise-library-5-0-released.aspx
‘Quick tip’ posts are short, useful posts pointing to content and tricks that might otherwise get lost in a typical 140 chars message on Twitterverse.
Our third Microsoft Webcafe is taking place on May 26th in Mons at the Microsoft Innovation Center. Register today for this after-work tech informal meetup with web, phone and UX professionals. It’s free! And because it’s Belgium, what better than adding beer tasting activity to the mix?
As usual, we have a mix of partner and community presentations around real projects, as well as content updates from Microsoft. This time we have also added a fun ‘café’ related activity: two beer sommeliers will join us during the breaks to teach us all about beers. You can find more about the beer process and taste up to 15 different sorts of beer during the event. That’s enough information we want to share about this, do expect some pretty nice surprises.
Special: prize draw of Dazzlepad Tundra Table PC In addition, there will be a very nice prize draw: it’s your chance to win a dazzlepad Tundra tablet PC. Your presence is your chance to win!
FeedTso, a social feedreader for Windows Phone 7
A journey in the development of WP7 application, mainly from the UI and User Experience design stand point. We'll be sharing some tips on how to make a WP7 that looks good.
Presented by: Daniela Panfili and Simone Chiaretta
SmartKwizz is the powerful combination of a self-service platform hosted in Windows Azure and a mobile application for Windows Phone 7 and other smartphones. Learn how this application leverages ASP.NET, Silverlight and Bing Maps, Windows PHone 7 and Windows Azure. Presented by: Rénald Nollet (Technical Director at c-services, Cronos company based in Luxembourg)
Date: Thursday May 26th 2011
Agenda: 17h - 17.30h: Welcome 17.30 - 18.15h: 10 minute sessions part 1 18.15h - 19h: food & drinks with beer tasting 19h - 19.45h: 10 minute sessions part 2 19.45h – 22h: food & drinks with beer tasting
Address: Microsoft Innovation Center Mons Parc Initialis, Boulevard Initialis 1 1 7000 Mons
>> Register and join us!
As announced on the Official Microsoft Blog, the Windows Azure Toolkit for iOS (v1.0.0) are now available. The toolkit contains resources and services designed to make it easier for iOS developers to use Windows Azure. This release pushes forward the momentum around Mobile + Cloud, and expands it such that we can make it easier to target Windows Azure by offering native libraries for non-Microsoft platforms.
You can see the official announcements here:
Last March we released the Windows Azure Toolkit for Windows Phone 7, which not only provided a set of generic services for Windows Azure but also provided resources to build native applications for Windows Phone 7 that target those services.
You can get the Windows Azure Toolkit for iOS—and all the source code—on github:
The Windows Azure Toolkit for iOS works in two ways: you access Windows Azure storage directly, or alternatively, can go through a proxy service. The proxy service code is the same code as used in the Windows Azure Toolkit for Windows Phone 7 and negates the need for the developer to store the Azure storage credentials locally on the device.
In addition to the iOS toolkit release, we are also excited to share the news that development for the Windows Azure Toolkit for Android has already begun – we expect to ship the first version next Month.
Here are some resources to help you get started:
You can start building your application on Windows Azure in 3 simple and easy to do steps:
1. Download the Tools:
Get Visual Studio Express and the Windows Azure Tools for Visual Studio to start building and debugging applications for the Windows Azure Platform http://tinyurl.com/learnaboutazure. If you have already Visual Studio installed you can download the tools directly from http://tinyurl.com/toolsforazure. Also download the Windows Azure Toolkit for Windows Phone 7.
2. Setup an Account:
Set up an account and obtain a free subscription for accessing the online portals for Windows Azure, SQL Azure and Windows Azure AppFabric. You can learn more about the accounts http://tinyurl.com/getazureaccount or you can sign up directly and get the trial http://tinyurl.com/getazurefreetrial.
3. Create your First application and Deploy it on the Windows Azure Platform:
First learn how to create a simple ASP.NET application in Visual Studio for Windows Azure on your local machine http://tinyurl.com/localazureapplication. Once successfully created, learn how to deploy this application on the Windows Azure Platform http://tinyurl.com/deployazureapplication.
When all steps are executed successfully you should have running your first mobile application on the Windows Azure Platform!
Join us for the bi-weekly webcasts, delivered live and directly to your computer.
In this fast paced and ever changing world, insight in your company’s data becomes more and more crucial to stay ahead. Power users need this insight in data now, not in the next week or month. Due to this trend, BI has to evolve into a more mobile, quick and personal approach. Microsoft addresses this need for self-service BI for Power Users with Report Builder 3.0 and PowerPivot. This session gives you a quick overview of the SQL Server BI stack and introduces you to the concepts of self-service BI.
Timing 14:00 – 15:30 Attend this webcast and get a FREE "I have IT in my DNA" T-shirt!
May 24, 2011: FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint: a developers walkthrough
Abstract Microsoft FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint extends the SharePoint search functionality and provides an exceptional search experience by incorporating features such as an extensible content processing pipeline, contextual search, extensible relevance models and an advanced query language. This session will introduce the FAST search platform from a developers perspective and will explore the different functionalities as well as talk about common developer tasks around Fast Search 2010 for SharePoint 2010 such as: - Configuration and extension of the FAST search webpart - Extending the content processing pipeline - Building search applications using the SharePoint object model combined with the capabilities of the FAST Query Language (FQL).
Speaker Joris Poelmans works as ECM unit manager and SharePoint principal architect at RealDolmen (www.realdolmen.com), a leading Belgian IT services company and Microsoft Gold Partner. His main competence area is Information Worker solutions, where he currently focuses on the SharePoint 2010 Products and Technologies platform. In October 2005, he was given the Microsoft MVP award for Windows SharePoint Services. He is also president of the Belgian Information Worker User Group (www.biwug.be) which regularly organizes sessions about the SharePoint platform in general. He can be contacted through his blog at http://jopx.blogspot.com.
Attend this webcast and get a FREE "Cloud Continuum" T-shirt!
June 7, 2011: Integration as a service - Creating hybrid solutions with the Windows Azure Platform
Abstract There are plenty of business drivers for enterprises to consider a move the cloud, but at the same time there are plenty of reasons as well why these enterprises will not be able to move their entire stack in the short term. At least for the next ten years hybrid systems will be the defacto standard way of implementing cloud based systems in the corporate world. In this session I will show you around the different services, offered by the Windows Azure Platform, that ensure a seamless integration between cloud and on-premises resources.
Speaker Yves Goeleven is a Windows Azure MVP and Solution Architect for Capgemini Belgium. His main focus is on the implementation of enterprise grade solutions on the Microsoft’s platform in corporate environments, based on both custom software development practices as well as platform services offered by Microsoft, including for example the Windows Azure Platform and xRM.
Attend this webcast and get a FREE Windows Azure hat!
Last week at MIX11 we announced the next update coming to Windows Phone 7. Joe Belfiore, overseeing Windows Phone Program Management came on stage to address the audience eager for more on Windows Phone. While starting with an update on why some ‘Nodo’ updates are taking longer than expected, Joe then switched to bringing us the new stuff. As a developer, you can start getting up to date with the latest capabilities by watching or downloading the sessions covering the new APIs and capabilities given during MIX11.
Customer Feedback for Windows Phone Developer through UserVoice The WPDev UserVoice forum is now available to gather user feedback from developers around on the application platform (APIs, runtimes, and controls) using Silverlight and XNA. Make your voice heard too: http://wpdev.uservoice.com/forums/110705-app-platform
My personal note on the keynote and new features: sitting at the keynote I heard lots of great exciting “wow… amazing…” around me. Attending the keynote in person was a fantastic experience. Developers are very excited about new possibilities the 1500+ new APIs coming with “Mango”. For myself, it’s hard to choose the absolute favorites. But if I must, I guess the new features coming to the Live tiles are a personal favorite. One of the things that I love about the use of WP7 is the start screen and what you can do with Live tiles. So having more control over them will only enhance how the start screen gets more personal and comes even more to live. I must admit Silverlight 4 support, Live Agents, SQL CE support and such are also very welcome.
At the conference there was also a Windows Phone booth (of course ), they had a very nice apps wall with tiny icons of the thousands of apps: THANK YOU DEVELOPERS.
Oh, and Angry Birds is officially coming to Windows Phone 7. Are you concerned? I know some folks will be happy.
The new developer tools, codenamed “Mango” are coming next month in May. Get ready today!
The spring season is back which means there are some great local events coming up where you can see our latest tools and technologies and have the opportunity to network with speakers and other ISVs. My colleagues from the ISV team are happy to announce that on May 12th, the spring edition of the ISV Discovery Day is taking place in Brussels where they will bring you a mixture of architectural sessions and more in-depth sessions on technologies such as SQL Server, Windows Azure and Bing Maps.
We have invited a number of inspirational people to come and talk about topics such as
>> Read more and register by going to the ISV Discovery Day Spring Edition
>> Read more and register by going to the ISV Discovery Day Spring Edition
If you’re not yet familiar with the Microsoft Platform Ready (MPR) program; MPR provides free technical, marketing, and certification support for companies and individuals that are developing software applications on the Windows Platform. Whether you’re building simple add-ons, rich client applications, complex client and server solutions or planning for the future with cloud services, Microsoft Platform Ready is set out to help you bring your application to the market faster.
My colleague Nick Trogh, ISV Developer Evangelist in our team has all the details and advantages of why you should consider joining this program.
>> Read the full story on Nick’s blog.
>> Read the full story on Nick’s blog.
In this 1-day, free of charge (for MSFT partners), classroom training you will learn hands-on (pun not intended ) how you can build touch-optimized applications for touch-enabled devices such as the Slate PC. We will provide you insight in the different capabilities of the platform and show you how and when to use each one of them.
As building a great touch experience requires more than coding skills, we will also focus on user experience (UX) design principles and typical touch screen design problems. Learn first-hand from the pioneers in usability, Human Interface Group, how you can sharpen your designer skills and take your application to the next level.
Touch refers to the way Windows lets you interact directly with a computer using a finger. Compared to using a mouse, keyboard, or pen, touch is often much more natural, engaging, and convenient.
While touch is traditionally associated with Tablet PCs, it is becoming common on ordinary computers. The Windows Tablet and Touch Technology is a standard component of Windows Vista and Windows 7, so any compatible computer has the ability to take advantage of touch if it has the appropriate hardware. As a result, computer manufacturers are now including touchscreens in ordinary laptops and even in desktop monitors. As touch spreads from Tablet PCs to other types of computers, software program developers and designers will find it increasingly important to support touch as well.
Remember, all Windows programs should have a great touch experience!
Timing May 9th, from 9:00 – 17:00
Location Microsoft Innovation Center (http://www.mic-belgique.be/home/contact) 1, Boulevard Initialis 7000 Mons
>> See the training invite here
>> Register here for the training
Side note: In the meantime, we have just finished MIX11 event where Internet Explorer 10 Platform Preview was announced. This is the first developer preview of IE10 where we expect feedback from the community on new standards implementations. In a few words, IE10 includes support for CSS Grid alignment, CSS Flexbox, CSS gradients and CSS multi-columns.Download and try the standalone IE10 Platform preview 1 and check out the developer guide.
Location-aware shouting Speaker: Frank Desmettre, Netlog
HTML5 offers several solutions for augmenting the experience of users on the web. One of these solutions is providing an accurate location of a user. Most of today's smartphones already support the technique of requesting your location through GPS but now an HTLM5 compatible browser can also pinpoint your location based on the IP of your device and nearby wireless access points.
At Netlog we've been using the Geolocation API to add location information to user messages (shouts) both on the web version and the mobile site. This location is used to place them on a map that can be easily navigated using HTML5. This way we enable users to find out what's going on around them or on a location of their choice.
WebSockts on Fire Speaker: Jef Claes, Ferranti
While the WebSockets API specification is not stable yet, various browser vendors have already implemented a prototype in their latest browser versions. Microsoft released their WebSockets prototype in December 2010. While there is no native implementation of WebSockets in IE9 just yet, for now they are providing a solution which works cross-browser, relying on a Silverlight client. Server-side a Windows Communication Foundation server is made available, which implements the latest version of the WebSockets protocol.
In this session, Jef covers the WebSockets fundamentals, demonstrate a proof of concept that could be used in various fire department web applications and deep-dive into the code of this proof of concept.
Creating cross-browser designs with CSS3 and jQuery in a SCRUM methodology
Speaker: Tim Vermaelen, LBi
As today's web applications are growing in complexity, making them cross-browser is still key to success. Since history of web design we've seen all kinds of techniques that tackle browser issues. Still, they are very time consuming and expensive. This presentation will give you a quick look on what's possible these days with CSS3 and jQuery and how you can save time creating cross-browser web applications. Throw away half of your HTML code, half of your background images and start using more flexible techniques. This session is going to be based on a case of a big Belgian company, to be shown during the session.
A few pics of the event to finish off.
The much coveted IE9 USB-powered fish tank.
Join us in this LIVE webcast from TechDays Belgium in Antwerp on 26 April 2011. If you are not one of the lucky ones attending TechDays this year then attending the webcast is the next best thing. Scott Hanselman will run through the opening keynote and then open up the floor for Q&A. All of this accessible through the webcast.
Timing: 26 April 2011; 14:00 – 15:00 Registration: http://bit.ly/gQYR4d
Important: please send us your questions by 20 April 2011 so we can bundle as many questions as possible. To submit your questions to Scott Hanselman, send an e-mail to email@example.com with the subject "Scott Hanselman TechDays Live Q&A". About Scott Hanselman:
Scott works out of his home office for Microsoft as a Principal Program Manager, aiming to spread good information about developing software, usually on the Microsoft stack. Before this he was the Chief Architect at Corillian Corporation, now a part of Checkfree, for 6+ years. He was also involved in a few Microsoft Developer things for many years like the MVP and RD programs and he'll speak about computers (and other passions) whenever someone will listen. Before Corillian and Microsoft, Scott worked as a Principal Consultant at a local Microsoft Solution Provider called STEP Technology, speaking, writing, consulting, and very much not getting rich during Web 1.0. Blog: http://www.hanselman.com/blog/.
* If you attend this webcast you will get a free 'I have IT in my DNA' T-shirt! *
We announced several updates to the Windows Azure platform today at MIX11 in Las Vegas. These new capabilities will help developers deploy applications faster, accelerate their application performance and enable access to applications through popular identity providers including Microsoft, Facebook and Google.
New Services and Functionality
A myriad of new Windows Azure services and functionality were unveiled today. These include:
Windows Azure Platform Offer Changes
We also announced several offer changes today, including:
You can start building your application on it in 3 simple and easy to do steps:
The official TechDays 2011 WP7 App developed by RealDolmen is now available on the Marketplace. The app will give you the ability to browse to the current and upcoming sessions. Once the session is started you can give live feedback and follow upon what others think about the sessions.
If you want to get insights into how this Windows Phone application was built, including the back-end and alternative web front-end: don’t miss the session by Kevin Dockx and Maarten Balliauw on Tuesday 26th of April:
Silverlight, Windows Phone 7, Windows Azure, jQuery, OData and RIA Services. Shaken, not stirred. Have you ever been jealous of James Bond and his gadgets? Don’t be: as a .NET developer you have plenty of cool gadgets at hand. If you are interested in how our .NET gadgets can be mixed together, let Kevin and Maarten guide you along the path of building a live event feedback application that leverages Silverlight, Windows Phone 7, Windows Azure, jQuery, OData and RIA Services.
Take a look at some of the app’s functionalities in these screenshots: You can favorite a session and see what your upcoming favorite sessions are.
Let us know what you think about the sessions, the food, the location, the event. Your feedback counts!
Download the App
On April 12 and April 13, Scott Guthrie will be joined by Dean Hachamovitch and Joe Belfiore to keynote for MIX 2011. For Belgium, book your agenda for 18:00 on both days.
On day 1, Dean Hachamovitch (Internet Explorer) returns to MIX. Day 2 brings Joe Belfiore (Windows Phone) to the stage. I can highly recommend watching both keynotes, there’s stuff you’ll not want to miss!
MIX sessions available online 24 hours after recording. All sessions at MIX 2011 are recorded (except Boot camps), and will be posted online just 24 hours after taking place. So if you’re not attending in person make sure to foresee some time in the agenda to watch the content online. There’s an incredible amount of sessions by top speakers on subjects related to the Web, Phone, Cloud and UX.
Mark your agenda and follow the keynotes live stream on http://live.visitmix.com. If you want to follow the conversation live on Twitter, we’re using #mix11.