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  • Blog Post: My CRM 2011 Validation Framework

    I’ve been working on a validation framework for Dynamics CRM 2011.  I’ve published the first cut of the code.  It’s a little rough still, but I’ve been promising the sample to a few customers so I wanted to get the first working version out there.  Right now, it only supports regular expression...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone InfoKit for Public Sector Developers–Click links to download

    You can download the PowerPoint version here Joel Reyes put together this infokit to help developers interested in building Windows Phone apps quickly get up to speed - it can also serve as a reference to developers already building apps. This is a collection of Tools, Training, Resources and Open...
  • Blog Post: Public Sector Developer Dinner Video Recordings: March 16 2011 Update

    You can view the recordings of our developer dinner events below. We will update the links as we continue to publish the video recordings and make them available.   February 2011 Take your SharePoint solutions to the cloud, Vishwas Lele <video coming soon> Download presentations here ...
  • Blog Post: Code Coverage for Silverlight and Windows Phone

    NOTE: This was cross posted from here . As part of building my WP7 app , I spent a fair amount of time trying to get code coverage working for my unit tests. I tried a number of different approaches including using the Silverlight Unit Test Framework and NUnit + dotCover. I finally landed on an approach...
  • Blog Post: Developer Dinner Event on Dec. 15, 2010 at Reston MTC

    Just a reminder that the developer dinner event is scheduled on Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2010 at Microsoft Reston MTC. The agenda is as follows: Introduction to Siverlight 5 Unit Testing with Microsoft Pex and Moles Also, Marc Schweigert will share his first-hand experience with building and publishing a...
  • 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: The Future of Silverlight Starts Now: Firestarter Event on December 2, 2010

      Interested to find out the latest on Silverlight from Microsoft? Sign up the December 2 Firestarter if you are interested to attend it at Redmond WA or watch it online. Scott Guthrie will provide an update on the future of Silverlight in the keynote.  
  • Blog Post: Follow-up: SharePoint Expression Design Event–Austin, TX

    [Cross-Posted from James Chittenden’s Blog ] Hey Everyone, Great event in Austin this week digging into design concepts and how to apply those to SharePoint environments as a developer. I wanted to aggregate all of our presentation decks and sample projects to SkyDrive. Feel free to download them here...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft’s Commitments to Silverlight and HTML5

      Chances are that you’ve seen Bob Muglia’s blog post that provides clarifications on one comment he made during the PDC 2010 conference on Silverlight . Below is an excerpt: The purpose of Silverlight has never been to replace HTML, but rather to do the things that HTML (and other technologies...
  • Blog Post: November 8th Microsoft Public Sector Developer Roadshow - Austin, TX

    REGISTER TODAY! Click the link above, visit http://bit.ly/austinpsroadshow O R call 1-877-673-8368 and reference event ID 1032466785 Event Date: November 8, 2010 Registration: 08:30 Event Time: 09:00 – 16:00 Event Location: Microsoft Corporation Quarry Oaks II 10900...
  • Blog Post: I need an app for that….

    If you happen to read my bio, you’ll see that I’m a Public Sector guy… I’m all about building solutions for government agencies, schools, NGOs – you name it.  Being in the thick of it, I see TREMENDOUS opportunity for developers in the Public Sector space – especially with Windows Phone 7. That...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Design Events

    [Cross-Posted from James Chittenden’s Blog ] Our team is cooking up some events on how to effectively leverage SharePoint without having to sacrifice a great website design. We’ll show the basic fundamental concepts around how SharePoint works (if you’re new to it as a platform), then we’ll walk through...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight and Accessibility

    NOTE: This was cross posted from here . Just found this via the Silverlight SDK blog .  There’s a new QuickStart guide on Silverlight and Accessibility.  The link on their site is bad, but here’s the correct link: Making Silverlight Applications Accessible -Marc
  • Blog Post: Police Department Protects Citizens of Vernon Hills, Illinois with Windows 7

    Repost from the Windows Team Blog Great coverage about the real world Windows 7 and Azure solution developed by Modularis on the Windows Team Blog ! Exciting things are happening here as this excellent solution is evaluated in several countries world wide. This is a great example of leveraging...
  • Blog Post: Open Government Data and Bing Map Apps

    NOTE: This was cross posted from here . The Bing Maps team is running a King of Bing Maps contest .  Chris Pendleton just published a blog post on Bing Map App Development Resources over on the Bing Maps blog.  If you aren’t familiar with Bing Map Apps, they are mini applications you write...
  • Blog Post: Groundbreaking efforts in Florida to ensure everyone counts

    The Florida House of Representatives has done some fantastic new work to ensure the accuracy and thoroughness of the U.S. 2010 Census. On April 12, 2010 the House launched MyFloridaCensus.gov , a website aimed at allowing the citizen populous to inform the House if they were not included in the 2010...
  • 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: Microsoft Developer Dinner Series for Partners: Overview of the Reactive Extensions for .NET/Silverlight/JavaScript

    REGISTER TODAY! Register online by visiting: https://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032450368&Culture=en-US or call 1-877-673-8368 and reference the Event ID: 1032450368 Date: Wednesday, May 19, 2010 Time: 5:30pm - 8:00pm Location: Microsoft Corporation ...
  • Blog Post: DC Citability Codeathon - Why the buzz?

    Check out the following recent articles on the importance of citability and the upcoming codeathon in DC sponsored by Microsoft!! Enabling Eureka via Citeability by Lewis Shepherd, Microsoft Corporation Stop Fishing and Start Feasting: How Citable Public Documents Will Change Your Life by Silona...
  • Blog Post: FREE UX Training - .toolbox

    [Cross-Posted from James Chittenden’s Blog ] I really wanted to let everyone know about this phenomenal resource that was launched during MIX10 this year….called .toolbox . So what is it and why should you care? Here’s the creator’s brief description: .toolbox is a free online training program from Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Developer Dinner Series for Partners: Overview of the Windows Phone 7 Series Application Platform

    REGISTER TODAY! Click the link above, visit https://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032448481&Culture=en-US OR call 1-877-673-8368 and reference event ID 1032448481 Event Date: April 21, 2010 Registration: 5:30pm Event Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm Event...
  • Blog Post: First NUI Camp Announced

    [Cross-Posted from James Chittenden’s Blog ] I’m happy to FINALLY announce the first NUI (Natural User Interface) Camp on April 24th and will be held in Reston Virginia. This is the first of a series of NUI developer & designer events targeted to getting you real, hands-on experience learning and...
  • 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: Miami311 - MapDotNet, Azure and Bing Maps

    The City of Miami recently implemented a terrific 311 tracking application: http://miami311.cloudapp.net . This was built by a great partner of ours ISC , makers of http://www.mapdotnet.com . I thought I'd include a high level architecture diagram so you can see the major components. -Keith
  • Blog Post: SoftSol's Traffic Court Management system built on Microsoft platform technologies (VS 2010 RC + Silverlight 3 + WS 08)

    SoftSol USA develops custom IT applications and software products that take full advantage of the latest web technologies and service oriented architecture (SOA), and help customers modernize their legacy applications. They leverage some of their own tools to convert legacy ( COBOL, PowerBuilder, and...
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