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May, 2009

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    Bada Bing & more!


    bing The Bing Product team is having an interactive Webcast where they’ll walk you through all the cool features in our new decision engine.




    How do you join in the fun? 

    Three easy steps:

    1) Set your alarm clocks for 10AM Pacific Daylight Time, Monday, June 1. 

    2) Point your browser to  http://ms.istreamplanet.com/search (I’d do this before 10AM just to make sure you’ve got what you need to watch the stream)

    3) Sit quietly and watch the ‘cast OR engage by typing questions in the player.

    In the meantime, you can read about it all in the Bing Product Guide. And, here’s the Facebook page for you to share with the rest of the world :)


    See you on Monday!

    -Mithun Dhar

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    Get the message, already!


    Sometimes its nice to get the message out without actually saying anything :)

    See if you can spot anything "interesting" in this video :)

    -Mithun Dhar

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    MSDN low bandwidth view…


    Just saw this & it’s hella cool!

    While you are at it, check out the extensive background blog done by Scott Hanselman.

    -Mithun Dhar

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    Zune HD almost here!



    Zune HD Basic Specifications

    - 16:9 Touchscreen OLED display

    - HDMI output (720p) to connected displays via separate Dock

    - HD Radio tuner

    - Web browser, optimized for multi touch

    - Wi-Fi for sync, purchase and streaming of content to the device.


    Microsoft today announced the new Zune HD device. This device will be available in the US this Fall. This is one device I am so eagerly waiting to get my hands on! You can read the whole press release HERE or check out more details at the Zune HD Web site.

    I love summers! Goodness overflows….

    -Mithun Dhar

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    Some cool real time Silverlight apps…


    I was browsing Sam’s blog today and noticed some really cool posts about Silverlight…You should check it at leisure!

    InfoSpace Selects Silverlight to Power Toolbars


    John L Scott Real Estate Looks to WPF and Software+Services


    MyProcess Prefers Silverlight over Flash for Their SnapFlow Tool


    Btw, if you don’t know Sam Chenaur – he’s our Architect Evangelist/Platform Strategy Advisor in the Pac-West district. Great guy to know…

    -Mithun Dhar

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    India and why it matters to YOU!


    Despite all attempts at sleeping early, I ended up having a TED marathon for the past 3 hours. Now it’s way past my bedtime and my brain’s filled with thoughts! I’m not eagerly looking forward to a restless night!

    None the less, here’s a great video (amongst other great videos (9 of them) that I watched) on TED – Watch Nandan Nilekani (Co-Founder of Infosys) as he tells the world why India is important in shaping the future! Very interesting…


    Here’s a link to the same talk - http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/nandan_nilekani_s_ideas_for_india_s_future.html

    -Mithun Dhar

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    geekSpeaking with Brad Cunningham on 6/3…


    Join us for an exciting geekSpeak session with Brad Cunningham with InterKnowlogy. Bard is a hands on expert on WPF. Follow Brad on his blog @ http://team.interknowlogy.com/blogs/bradcunningham/ 

    Register for this geekSpeak: http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/WebCastEventDetails.aspx?EventID=1032416182&EventCategory=4&culture=en-US&CountryCode=US

    When: June 3rd, Wednesday between Noon (12:00 PM) and 1:00 PM PST

    geekspeak to you soon!



    -Mithun Dhar

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    Visual Studio 2010 and .NET FX 4 Beta1 released today…


    Rejoice! The downloads are already available for all MSDN subscribers - http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/subscriptions/downloads/default.aspx?pv=18:370 

    If you are not an MSDN Subscriber it’ll be available for you tomorrow from the Product Page: http://www.microsoft.com/visualstudio/en-us/products/2010/default.mspx 

    And if you want a comprehensive overview of this release, here’s our PressPass page: http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2008/sep08/09-29VS10PR.mspx

    Welcome to the future!

    -Mithun Dhar

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    Windows Mobile 6.1 App Development now available on MyRampUp.com…



    I’m excited to announce that we just launched a brand new learning track on Ramp Up* (www.MyRampUp.com): the “Develop Windows Mobile 6 Applications” track.

    There are seven levels to this ‘certification’ and is available FREE of cost. Here’s an abstract of the program:

    More information and Registration details for this program can be found at: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/rampup/dd807370.aspx

    Level 1: Mobile Development Introduction
    In this module, we will discuss how to install the development tools in the correct order. Then we’ll concentrate on the differences between developing desktop applications and developing Windows Mobile applications. Once you have all the tools installed, we’ll talk you through developing your first Windows Mobile application.

    Level 2: Device Emulators
    We’ll begin this module with an overview of different releases of Device Emulator. You will learn about specific features of Device Emulator 2.0 and Device Emulator 3.0. You will also get a guided tour around Cellular Emulator which allows to emulate cellular connectivity in conjunction with Device Emulator. As part of new features of Device Emulator 3.0 you will also learn about using Device Emulator Manager to control individual Device Emulators, either from inside Visual Studio 2008 or from within a desktop application through a COM object.

    Level 3: Mobile Windows Forms Development
    This module will start with an overview of basic Windows Forms Development, including information about different out of the box available User Interface Controls for both Windows Mobile 6 Professional and Windows Mobile 6 Standard devices. We will then move on to the challenges around developing a single application that can run on different devices with different form factors and how applications can adapt to different device capabilities by isolation of specific code and creating a factory model (define an interface for creating an object, but let subclasses decide which class to instantiate). Since your applications will always run on battery powered devices, you will also get a number of tips on how to be friendly to the battery to extend battery life as much as possible.

    Level 4: Advanced Mobile Windows Forms Development
    In this module, we’ll look at different possibilities for creating your own User Interface Controls, derived from existing controls or developed from Scratch. You will also learn how to re-use existing functionality that is available through Pocket Outlook (contact lists, appointments etc.) inside your own application. More and more Windows Mobile Devices ship with integrated GPS hardware. With Windows Mobile 5 and Windows Mobile 6 devices it is really easy to retrieve GPS location information and test location aware applications as you will see. Finally we’ll do an overview of a number of diagnostic tools that are available as a separate download: The .NET Compact Framework 3.5 Power Toys that will help you to find performance bottlenecks inside your applications.

    Level 5: SQL Server CE Introduction
    When working with data and mobile applications, SQL Server CE is a great way to quickly get productive. This module will begin with an overview of SQL CE. You will learn the basics around dealing with data on Windows Mobile Devices. Along with the introduction in SQL Server CE, and you will get information on how to access data programmatically inside your own managed applications.

    Level 6: Security and Deployment
    When developing Windows Mobile applications, there are different security policy considerations. This talk will cover some of the prominent security and deployment considerations for applications to run on Windows Mobile devices and how to make use of certificates to make applications trusted.

    Level 7: Mobile Web Development
    After a quick overview of mobile web development, we will discuss different options for developing mobile web apps, and different devices to support. We will also discuss advantages of these different technologies. From there, we’ll concentrate on web based applications, take a look at Visual Studio 2008 support and will focus in on ASP.NET 2.0. You will see how to identify on which device your application will run and what devices will support AJAX. You will also learn how to setup your device to get AJAX support working.


    With Windows Market place for WinMo devices coming out soon, I think it’s a perfect time to hone your Mobile development skills.


    -Mithun Dhar

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    SQL Server 2008 Developer Training Kit, Now Available for download!


    This is by far one of the best collation of Developer Training content for SQL Server 2008. Download the full kit now!



    Download the SQL Server 2008 Developer Training Kit now!

    Here is the datasheet for the training kit:

    SQL Server 2008 offers an impressive array of capabilities for developers that build upon key innovations introduced in SQL Server 2005.  The SQL Server 2008 Developer Training Kit will help you understand how to build web applications which deeply exploit the rich data types, programming models and new development paradigms in SQL Server 2008.  The training kit is brought to you by Microsoft Developer and Platform Evangelism team.

    Overview and Benefits

    The training kit offers the following benefits:

    • Learn how to build web applications that exploit the unique features and capabilities of SQL Server 2008.
    • Provides a comprehensive set of presentations, demos and hands-on labs
    • Designed for web developers who are already familiar with SQL Server application development.
    • Easy to download and install and works on free editions of SQL Server 2008 and Visual Studio 2008.

    Software Requirements

    The following software is not included with the training kit and must be downloaded and installed separately. 

    • SQL Server 2008 Express with Advanced Services (or higher-level SKU)
    • Microsoft Visual Web Developer 2008 Express (or higher-level SKU)
    • AdventureWorks 2008 Sample Databases

    Intended Audience

    The training kit is designed for the following technical roles:

    · Web developers who build applications for the Microsoft platform.

    · Microsoft Technical specialists and consultants.


    The training kit includes the following content:

    • Presentations (6)
      • Filestream
      • Spatial
      • T-SQL
      • Date and Time Types
      • SQLCLR
      • Reporting Services
    • Demos (13)
      • AdventureWorks Racing All-Up SQL Server 2008 Demo
      • SQL Server 2008 All-Up Spatial Demo
      • Spatial Types Demo
      • Intro to Filestream Demo
      • SQL CLR Nullable Types Demo
      • Programming with Filestream Demo
      • Reporting Services Web Application Integration Demo
      • Date and Time Support in SQL Server 2008 Demo
      • T-SQL Table-Valued Parameters Demo
      • T-SQL Row Constructors Demo
      • T-SQL Grouping Sets Demo
      • T-SQL Merge Demo
      • Trasact-SQL
    • Hands-on Labs   (3)
      • Using Spatial Data in TSQL
      • Using Spatial Data in Managed Code
      • Using SQL CLR in SQL Server 2008

    Geek out material for this weekend!



    -Mithun Dhar

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