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  • Blog Post: LINQ-To-Everywhere – List of LINQ Providers

    This weekend I’ve built a small application, which queries the “Simpsons” seasons guide data and updates the filenames/descriptions. To do this I needed to query a CSV file. While searching for a LINQ to CSV file implementation I’ve found an interesting list of LINQ Providers provider by MVP Charlie...
  • Blog Post: Slides and Demos from BigDays 2009 are online!

    These days I'm travelling around austria with our biggest developer & IT Pro event Big>Days 2009! This year's theme was "packen wir's an" - translated "let's get to work"! Accompanying the theme we built a multi-tier application with .NET 3.5 and Silverlight called "Rent...
  • Blog Post: Upgrade TFS 2008 Workgroup Edition to Standard Edition

    I’ve had a little playground TFS 2008 installation for a while for use with some “pet-projects”. I used TFS 2008 Workgroup Edition for this, as this is already part of MSDN subscription package. This edition works the same as the full one, but is limited to 5 users. Now that I needed more user accounts...
  • Blog Post: WPF Webcast - New Year's resolutions

    I’ve a lot of New Year’s resolutions for 2009 :-) One of them is to blog more often (we’ll see how this works..) another is to do a series of webcasts around WPF . We’re starting with our first WPF webcast on Friday, January 9th at 10am with an overview over WPF and XAML. Topics we’ll cover: *) Why a...
  • Blog Post: WPF Day in Dublin

    Last week I was in Dublin doing two sessions on WPF for Microsoft Ireland. They did a "Client-UI Day", where they featured WPF and Silverlight. The first session was given by the Irish Developer Evangelist Ronan Geraghty , who did an introduction to the Microsoft Client Platform, showing the...
  • Blog Post: A Valuable Tool for WPF and Silverlight

    Working with WPF & Silverlight is really great! The only problem if you use it in production is how you quickly generate new views. They don't need any animations or other stuff, just plain details views. You could do it with Expression Blend or the Visual Studio WPF Designer, still it would take...
  • Blog Post: Using the VS Templates for Composite-WPF-Guidance

    This is about using the templates for a new project. First of all you need to download the templates and install them from the links below. Download the ZIP-File containing sources and built binaries here. See the post on how to install the binaries or build the sources here.   Let's start setting...
  • Blog Post: Team System + Gadgets + Outlook

    If you're using Team Foundation Server, these utilities might be useful for your everyday's work: *) WorkItem Outlook Plugin Create a workitem directly out of the mail view. Download *) Team System Build Monitor Gadget Always be aware of the status of your TFS builds in the sidebar. Download *) Two useful...
  • Blog Post: A Must Have Tool - VS 2008 Snippet Designer

    Mathew Manela from the Online Tools Group at Microsoft has written a really cool tool, which adds a feature missing for a long time in Visual Studio: Code Snippet Creation. The tool, which is available at http://www.codeplex.com/SnippetDesigner allows a bunch of functionality for working with custom...
  • Blog Post: .NET Roadshow - Demo Solution

    The demo solution from our .NET Beginners Roadshow is no ready for download for attendees and all others. The scenario is event management. The solution consists of 4 parts: *) Data Access layer using ADO.NET Entity Framework *) Business Logic Service hosted as a WCF service. *) Web Site...
  • Blog Post: Whitepaper - "InfoScreen App with Silverlight 1.0"

    One of our mail goals in the Developer & Platform Evangelism is driving adoption of new technologies. To do so we're working with strategic customers which are interested in our stuff and help them implementing projects. A few months ago we started working with derStandard.at, which is a well...
  • Blog Post: BigDays 2008 - Slides and Demos

    Here are the slides and demos of my four sessions at the Austrian Launch Tour "Big>Days 2008". Sorry for the delay.. I've been in a hurry during the last days.. So following the high demand, here they are :-) Visual Studio 2008 Slides WCF, WPF Demo Language Integrated Queries with C# 3.0 Slides Demos...
  • Blog Post: "Hacking" System.Net.Mail.SmtpClient

    In .NET 2.0 there is a cool class called SmtpClient within System.Net.Mail . With this class you can send mail (at least I thought). The requirement was to send an email over a server of one of our agencies. The mail server was secured by username/password authentication. That's why I used the following...
  • Blog Post: WcfSvcHost and WcfTestClient in VS 2008

    There are two nice helper apps included in Visual Studio 2008, which allow you to test-host your WCF service and invoke the methods to check they're working correctly. The two apps are called WcfSvcHost.exe and WcfTestClient.exe. By default they are set as default debugging activity in all WCF libraries...
  • Blog Post: Inside Workflow Foundation Activities

    Activities are the heart of WF. Together they form workflows, control the flow or do loops. They can either be simple and atomic or composite . Simple activities can do one thing as calling a database or web service, terminating the workflow or something else. Composite activities consist of other activities...
  • Blog Post: Advanced Workflow Foundation - MSDN Briefing

    This week I had a session about advanced topics of Windows Workflow Foundation. Some features I covered were Workflow Execution Internals External Services & Communication Activity Execution Context Persistence Workflow States Fault Handling Transactions Tracking Advanced Authoring Dynamic Updates...
  • Blog Post: Funny VB-LINQ MSDN Manual

    While browsing around in the MSDN library, I stopped at a funny page about LINQ in VB 9 ( http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms364068(vs.80).aspx ) It's an eyecatcher, isn't it - but at least they're really explicit in their samples ;-)
  • Blog Post: Behind the Scenes of LINQ - Part 2

    Last time we started by translating a LINQ query List < int > ints = new List < int >() { 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 }; var filteredInts = from i in ints where i > 5 select i; into an extension method (as the C# compiler does in background): var filteredInts = ints.Where(i => i > 5);...
  • Blog Post: Behind the Scenes of LINQ - Part 1

    Now it's getting confusing :-) As a prequel to my LINQ-To-Sql Article, I'd like to digg into the details of LINQ in generel! Language Integrated Queries is a new feature of C# 3.0 in conjunction with .NET 3.5. This means LINQ is purely solved at a language compiler and .NET library level. .NET 3.5...
  • Blog Post: XNA - TechEd Event Resources

    Thanks to everyone who attended our session earlier this morning! As promised you'll find the source code of the game attached to this post! Get the slides here if you haven't already done this! greetz, max.
  • Blog Post: WPF: Tired of xmlns="clr-namespace ..." ?!

    I'm sure you all know the problem: When using custom objects or controls in XAML you need to add a xmlns:bla="clr-namespace:MyDotNetSpace" declaration to each XAML file (which can be thought of as the C# using statement). Although this is now comfortabely supported by Visual Studio Intellisense, some...
  • Blog Post: WPF Workshop

    Here are the slides and demos to my workshop on Windows Presentation Foundation. You'll find information and demos attached for the following topics: XAML Basics Dependency Objects & Routed Events Layout Panels Controls Styles, Templates & Resources Data Binding Command...
  • Blog Post: LINQ-to-SQL Part 1: "Let me teach you English!"

    When using LINQ to SQL you need to create a DBML diagram! The first step to start with, is clicking "Add New Item". The item type is now called "LINQ to SQL Classes" in Beta 2 of VS 2008: Within the diagram designer you can drag tables from the server explorer onto the surface to generate LINQ...
  • Blog Post: LINQ to SQL - "Problem" with converted projects

    Recently I converted an existing project to Visual Studio 2008. As I wanted to build a simple data access layer, I tried to add a LINQ-to-SQL (DMBL) file. Seems like there's something missing here..!! No LINQ-to-SQL file! So I tried adding a new (native 2008 and not converted) project... Voila! There...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2008 Custom Shell

    With Visual Studio 2008 you can use the IDE as environment for your custom applications! Basically there are two types of modes to use the VS 2008 Custom Shell: Integrated Mode: With integrated mode you merge your application into Visual Studio. You can think of it the way as Team Suite works. There...
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