Mike Ormond's Blog

Musings on mobile development and Windows Phone 7 in particular.

December, 2007

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    New Windows Live Quick Apps Added

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    I see there have been some new additions to the Windows Live Quick Apps family - great if you want to find out more about Windows Live development or Silverlight. In particular I noticed that Tafiti (combining Windows Live Search with a Silverlight UI...
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    Microsoft Buys Multimap

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    Interesting news given my interest in Virtual Earth , Live Search Maps and Spatial Data . It'll be very interesting to see how this plays out in terms of services and enhancements to Virtual Earth and Live Search. Technorati Tags: multimap , virtual earth...
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    Call me a lightweight if you must...

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    Apologies to those who signed up for coffee and Silverlight in Oxford tonight but having struggled through two events last week with almost no voice (which I don't think was much fun for any of us) I decided that discretion was the better part of valour...
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    It's Sunny but it's Freezing

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    Brrrrr
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    Expression Blend 2 December Preview Available

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    Hands-up I missed this one. Now have it installed. Has the following new features: Visual Studio 2008 support Silverlight Support Synchronized File Changes Making Controls from Existing Objects Split View and XAML Editor Improvements Storyboard Picker...
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    Getting Spatial Data into SQL Server 2008

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    If you've attended one of our recent SQL Server 2008 events then you'll know that SQL Server 2008 has native support for spatial datatypes (as it happens it has two types, geometry to represent planar or flat-earth data such as Ordnance Survey grid references...
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    ASP.NET 3.5 Extensions Preview Released

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    As I mentioned at the ASP.NET 3.5 session in London last week, the ASP.NET 3.5 Extensions were due their first preview release. Well instead of Friday last week it looks like it shipped on Sunday. One interesting aspect that I hadn't appreciated and was...
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    I Miss Thread Compressor

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    With my Exchange mailbox reaching breaking point I was despondently scrolling up and down my "Folder Size" results wondering where I should start trying to recoup some much needed space when "Thread Compressor" flashed in front of my eyes. It must be...
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    SQL Server 2008 - Transparent Data Encryption

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    Andrew's turning into a really useful guy. He also has a great post on TDE here . :-) Technorati Tags: sql server , encryption , security
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    SQL Server 2008 Backup Compression

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    As I was romping through Page and Row compression last night (while at the same time losing my voice which has now disappeared completely. Doesn't bode well for tomorrow night's event!) I was asked about backup compression. My colleague Andrew Fryer in...
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    Silverlight Webcasts

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    Just noticed that we're running a series of Silverlight webcasts for both designers and developers. They've started already but you can get the previous ones "on-demand". The developer series starts next Monday. Here's the link to the main page Designers...
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    Combining Static and Dynamic Items in an ASP.NET ListControl

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    Say, for example, you have a DropDownList which contains a list of town names you pull from a DB and you want to add a wildcard option to match any town name. I've always hooked into the DataBound event of the DropDownList and added an extra item at the...
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    ASP.NET Demos

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    There were lots of people interested in the demos for An introduction to the Microsoft Web Platform (and how to do it for zip, nyada, zero cost to you) so I've posted the site that I build on my site here . Once downloaded it should be fairly self-explanatory...
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    ASP.NET Book Recommendations

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    After our event last week An introduction to the Microsoft Web Platform (and how to do it for zip, nyada, zero cost to you) , quite a few people asked me for book recommendations. Well I can't say I've read every ASP.NET book out there (*far* from it...
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