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  • Blog Post: YOU ARE INVITED - Random Hacks of Kindness - Hacking for Humanity - Global events - December 4-5, 2010

    Looking to make a difference? Microsoft, Google, The World Bank and Yahoo! are inviting software developers, independent hackers and students to participate in the Random Hacks of Kindness (RHoK) event on December 4 and 5 in over a dozen locations around the world. This progressive initiative brings...
  • Blog Post: City of Miami Uses Microsoft Technologies to Improve Permits and Services for Citizens

      Like most municipalities, the City of Miami is under mounting pressure to do more with less. One such challenge is in the city’s land management operations, which encompass functions such as permitting, zoning, urban planning and design, inspections, certifications, code enforcement and regulation...
  • Blog Post: Miami Upgrades Land Management Systems, Streamlines Permits and Services for Citizens - Case Study Now Live!

    See the full case study here: http://www.microsoft.com/casestudies/casestudy.aspx?casestudyid=4000007629 Like most municipalities, the City of Miami is under mounting pressure to do more with less. One such challenge is in the city’s land management operations, which encompass functions such...
  • Blog Post: Tanagram Partners: Making multi-touch easier with touch.codeplex.com

    NOTE: This was cross posted from here . Our Ch.9 Interview with Tanagram Partners on http://touch.codeplex.com was published.  Check it out! http://bit.ly/Ch9TanagramTouch “The APIs in WPF4 plus the Surface Toolkit for Windows Touch make building common touch scenarios easy. However, implementing...
  • Blog Post: DC Citability Codeathon Attendees - Come Watch the Demos today!!

    Wow we are cooking up some awesome demos for y'all! A citable dataset from real data Citable map Citable video with open annotation Citable browser plugin Concepts on what kind of 3rd party apps might exist And then our unsung heros that did all the amazing backend tools that made this...
  • Blog Post: Citability Codeathon - DC - April 9-11, 2010 - Register NOW!!

    Microsoft and the League of Technical Voters are excited to invite you to a 2-day codeathon during the week-end of April 9th through the 11th at the Microsoft Chevy Chase office in the DC area (please see attached flyer). The focus of the effort is on making government documents more accessible and citable...
  • Blog Post: Bing Maps 3D, WPF, and Windows 7 MultiTouch

    NOTE: This was cross posted from here . Have you seen the Microsoft Surface Globe application in the Microsoft Touch Pack for Windows 7 ?  There are plenty of videos of the app in action on YouTube: http://tinyurl.com/YouTubeSurfaceGlobe . Would you like to build an app like this yourself? ...
  • Blog Post: Track Stimulus Spending with SharePoint… new Recovery.gov site LIVE on SharePoint Server 2007

    One of the cool aspects of working at Microsoft is the opportunity to work on some fantastic projects. It’s truly been a pleasure working on some great internet facing SharePoint websites that showcase the platform’s ability to service some of the internet’s most demanding websites and show it’s effectiveness...
  • Blog Post: Integrating Virtual Earth 3D into WPF and Surface Applications for Mere Mortals

    NOTE: This was cross posted from here . I just published a Channel 9 interview with Josh Wall and Josh Blake from InfoStrat about their Windows Presentation Foundation ( WPF ) and Surface controls that make integrating Virtual Earth 3D a breeze.  Check it out: http://tinyurl.com/Ch9InfoStratVE ...
  • Blog Post: InfoStrat.VE – Intermediate fix published for the latest 3D control

    NOTE: This was cross posted from here Due to popular demand, InfoStrat just published an intermediate fix to get their InfoStrat.VE control working on top of the latest Virtual Earth 3D release .  You will notice that they just made a changeset available.  What they made available is not fully...
  • Blog Post: DevDinnerOnDemand: Overview of the .NET Framework 3.5 SP1

    With the .NET Framework 3.5 (the version native to Visual Studio 2008) coming up on its first anniversary, Microsoft is poised to release the first update to the framework in the form of Service Pack (SP1).  This Service Pack is unlike your standard Service Pack, in that it will introduce new features...
  • Blog Post: Improve WPF application deployment with the Client Profile Designer

    Sorry for repurposing content, but this one is easy to miss so I think it is worth it “The Client Profile Configuration Designer is the designer for the .NET Framework Client Profile. It will allow developers to customize the end-user deployment experience. The customizations allowed using the Client...
  • Blog Post: Helpful walkthroughs, labs, and Expression Blend support for the WPF Toolkit

    I’ve already blog’d about the WPF Toolkit & the WPF Ribbon Preview .  One of the things that may not be obvious, is how to get started with the new controls.  Buried inside the October 2008 Release page is a set of links for control walkthroughs, a nice Hands-in-Lab, and a helpful blog...
  • Blog Post: HOL: MSDN VIRTUAL LABS

    Part of the survey result was overwhelming feedback about hands on experiences during our dev events. I know that trying to do these at work is nearly impossible because of all the other work priorities and interruptions, but with the Virtual labs you can do them from anywhere - a coffee shop with wireless...
  • Blog Post: FOLLOW UP: Developer Dinner on ASP.NET MVC

    UPDATE: I had technical difficulties with the recording yesterday.  Therefore, we were unable to record the dinner.  However, I do plan on recording both last night’s presentation and the 3.5 SP1 presentation from the last dinner.  I hope to have them recorded and published some time soon...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Public Sector Technology Conference - October 22, 2008, Austin, TX

    I am pleased to announce the agenda and details for the Public Sector Technology Conference in Austin, TX to be held on October 22, 2008. ACTION REQUESTED: Please register today as space is limited!!! Event Date & Time : October 22, 2008 , 9:00 – 16:00 Central Time Event Location...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Earth, SQL 2008, & GeoJSON

    I've been chatting with Vish over email.  He made me aware his approach to getting SQL 2008 & Virtual Earth to play well together using GeoJSON.  I actually didn't know about GeoJSON.  Thanks Vish!  Check out his post explaining the approach: http://viswaug.wordpress.com/2008...
  • Blog Post: Preventing SQL Injection with the Entity Framework and Data Services

    Yesterday, at the Developer Dinner, I answered a bunch of questions around SQL Injection in the various usage scenarios of the ADO.NET Entity Framework & ADO.NET Data Services.  For the most part, my responses were correct.  However, the last question asked was specific to Entity SQL queries...
  • Blog Post: FOLLOW UP: Developer Dinner on .NET Framework 3.5 SP1

    Thanks to everyone who attended! You can download the deck and links to the code here: Normally, I make my actual demo code available for download. However, this time around, my demo code was based on the .NET 3.5 Enhancements Training Kit. I blogged about it here: http://blogs.msdn.com/devkeydet...
  • Blog Post: Free training on .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 and ASP.NET MVC

    Looking for free introductory training on the .NET 3.5 SP1 & ASP.NET MVC?  Head over to Jonathan Carter's blog to get all the details on the .NET 3.5 Enhancements Training Kit RTM .  What will you find?  Information and links to download a kit that has presentations, demos, and labs...
  • Blog Post: WPF Datagrid & the WPF Toolkit

    In addition to releasing the .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 last week, which included a number of improvements to WPF , the WPF Codeplex site went public.  This site is the home for the WPF Toolkit and WPF Futures. From the site: "The WPF Toolkit is a collection of WPF features and components that...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Public Sector Technology Conference - September 17, 2008, Denver, CO

    I am pleased to announce the agenda and details for the Public Sector Technology Conference in Denver, CO to be held on September 17, 2008. ACTION REQUESTED: Please register today as space is limited!!! Event Date & Time : September 17, 2008 , 9:00 – 16:00 Event Location Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Improving Web Services Security Guide v1.0 Released by P&P Team

    The Patterns & Practices Team have recently released v1.0 of the web services security guide (in PDF format) that shows how to make the most out of WCF. With end-to-end application scenarios, it shows you how to design and implement authentication and authorization in WCF. Learn how to improve the...
  • Blog Post: Looking for updated documentation on Visual Studio 2008 SP1 Beta?

    http://vs2008sp1docs.msdn.microsoft.com I've found the ADO.NET Entity Framework , ADO.NET Data Services Framework , and ASP.NET Dynamic Data sections very helpful lately. - Marc Technorati Tags: .net framework , visual studio
  • Blog Post: WEBCAST RECORDING: Adding Mapping Capabilities to your Applications with Virtual Earth and ASP.NET AJAX

    First, let me apologize since I promised to make this recording available almost two months ago.  I was trying to get the recording uploaded to the same Live Meeting servers as my other webcasts.  Needless to say, I had some challenges.  I decided to upload it to Silverlight Streaming...
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