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  • 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: Entity Framework N-Tier

    NOTE: This was cross posted from here . This is a topic I have customer conversations about quite often.  I just found my latest “watch this, then let’s talk about it” reference.  Tony Sneed just published a webinar about the topic.  Definitely worth watching if you are interested in this...
  • Blog Post: Consuming REST services using HttpClient

    NOTE: This was cross posted from here . If you have a need to consume REST Services from .NET Framework based code, then you should really have look at the WCF Rest Starter Kit .  There is a handy class called HttpClient that is, in my opinion, provides the best / cleanest way to consume REST services...
  • Blog Post: Bing Maps roadshow in Reston

    NOTE: This was cross posted from here . Want to get up to speed on the latest release of Bing Maps including both the Ajax and Silverlight controls as well as the SOAP web services?  Don’t miss the upcoming roadshow in Reston, Va.  Details: http://www.bing.com/community/blogs/govmaps/archive...
  • 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: VS2008 SP1 WCF Tools: More details

    The WCF Tools team has a new post up, with screenshots, showing the enhancements they've made for Visual Studio 2008 SP1: http://blogs.msdn.com/wcftoolsteamblog/archive/2008/08/22/vs2008-sp1-is-released-wcf-tools-new-features-with-snapshots.aspx - Marc Technorati Tags: visual studio , windows communication...
  • 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: 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: Webcast Schedule for September 2008

    Register today for our upcoming webcasts! DATE TIME LOCATION TITLE AND REGISTRATION LINK PRESENTER S OWNER TARGET AUDIENCE September 12, 2008 14:00 -15:30 EST Webcast Building Workflow Services (Windows Workflow (WF) and...
  • 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: SCREENCAST: Rendering Polygons from SQL Server 2008 on Virtual Earth

    In this screencast, I build off of the concepts shown in my previous screencast and show you how to render a polygon on a Virtual Earth map using REST, Windows Communication Foundation (WCF), LINQ to SQL, and the new geography data type in SQL Server 2008. To learn more about the GeoRSS utility library...
  • Blog Post: SCREENCAST: Saving Virtual Earth Polygons to SQL Server 2008

    In this screencast, I show you how to draw a polygon on a Virtual Earth map and save it using ASP.NET AJAX, Windows Communication Foundation (WCF), LINQ to SQL, and the new geography data type in SQL Server 2008. Screencast: http://channel9.msdn.com/posts/keydet/Saving-Virtual-Earth-Polygons-to-SQL-Server...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: FOLLOW UP: Public Sector Developer Conference (Downers Grove, IL)

    Thanks to everyone who attended!  Here are the links to the decks and code for the sessions.  I don't have the content from the LINQ & VSTO sessions yet, but will update this post when I get them.  However, I did promise to have a post up this morning. How Visual Studio Team System...
  • Blog Post: Free training on .NET 3.5 SP1

    I just came across this update to the .NET 3.5 Enhancements Training Kit from Jonathan Carter .  If you've seen my ASP.NET 3.5 Extensions Preview webcast and are looking for the code, then you will want to download the kit.  I used the kit as the starting point for my demos.  I do a few...
  • Blog Post: OBA Composition Reference Toolkit version 2.0 Released

    [Cross-Posted from Lamont's Blog ] Version 2.0 of the OBA Composition Reference Toolkit was released to the web today, on schedule and with all the great new features promised for the release. Version 1.0 of the toolkit was released at the Office Developer’s Conference in February 2008. Watch the...
  • Blog Post: Updated Virtual Earth Map Control demo code

    UPDATE: I've updated the code to use the workaround described here .  If you downloaded this code before May 2nd, 2008 @ 7:30 PM EST, then you might download it again.  The URL is the same. I’ve update my primary Virtual Earth (VE) map control demos. If you aren’t familiar with...
  • Blog Post: WEBCAST FOLLOW UP: Overview of the Microsoft ASP.NET 3.5 Extensions Preview

    Thanks to everyone who attended!  Sorry about the demo hiccups / going over.  As I mentioned in the beginning, I had a hard time trying to get everything I wanted to cover into 90 minutes.  As you can see, there's quite a bit in the ASP.NET 3.5 Extensions.  Normally, I make all of...
  • Blog Post: WEBCAST: Overview of the Microsoft ASP.NET 3.5 Extensions Preview

    The ASP.NET 3.5 Extensions Preview is a new release that provides new functionality being added to ASP.NET 3.5 and ADO.NET in 2008. This release delivers a set of new features that target: Enabling High Productivity Data Scenarios - including MVC, Entity Framework, ADO.NET Data Services and Dynamic Data...
  • Blog Post: SCREENCAST: Exposing/Consuming RSS/ATOM using WCF 3.5 & Silverlight 2

    In this screencast, I show you how easy it is to expose RSS and Atom feeds using the new Web Programming Model (REST) features, classes in the new System.ServiceModel.Syndication namespace, and LINQ to SQL in the .NET Framework 3.5.  Then, you will see how you can use classes from the System.ServiceModel...
  • Blog Post: Service Factory Modeling Edition for Visual Studio 2008

    During the recent Public Sector Developer Conference in Washington, DC, I was asked about tools support, beyond the class designer, for modeling WCF services.  My answer was to use the Service Factory Modeling Edition for Visual Studio 2008 from the patterns & practices team.  Here's a...
  • Blog Post: DC Launch Follow Up

    Thanks to everyone who stuck around for my "Defy Occasionally-Connected Challenges With Smart Client Applications" session at the DC Launch.  The deck and demo files are available here: Deck Workflow Services Demo Sync Services for ADO.NET Demo Server Database The demos require Visual...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Earth: Drawing on the map and storing the result in SQL Server 2008

    During my Virtual Earth Workshop at the GIS-T ( www.gis-t.org ) conference, I demo'd how to execute a spatial query in a VE scenario by using JavaScript, WCF, and SQL Server 2008.  The query returned GeoRSS to the browser so the VE map control could use it to draw polygons on the map.  I ingested...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Public Sector Developer Conference - April 2, 2008 - Washington, DC @ FOSE 2008

    Conference Title Microsoft Public Sector Developer Conference Venue Washington Convention Center 801 Mount Vernon Place NW Washington DC District of Columbia 20001 United States Date & Time April 2, 2008 9:00AM – 4:00 PM EST Register here today as space is limited...
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