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Ronan Geraghty's Blog (Developer and Platform Group, Microsoft Ireland)

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About Ronan Geraghty's Weblog

Ronan is a member of the Developer and Platform Group in Microsoft Ireland, and has been working with Microsoft technologies since the initial release of Windows for Workgroups back in the early 90's. Since then he has worked for a number of ISVs in areas as diverse as COM/CORBA interoperability, Mobile Web Portals and most recently enhanced television (including a BAFTA-nominated deployment) and interactive advertising. Within the Developer and Platform Group, Ronan works with ISVs and Enterprises in Ireland/Northern Ireland with a particular focus on the Application Platform which spans clients, servers and devices, and particularly enjoys learning about the innovative ways technology is being employed by customers and partners.

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If you work for an ISV or enterprise in Ireland/Northern Ireland and are interested in how Microsoft can help you then please feel free to contact me.

I'm particularly interested in hearing from people who are interested in adopting Visual Studio 2008, SQL Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008.

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    How to write a "Find on MSDN" Accelerator for Internet Explorer 8 (with working sample)

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    MSDN is one of the sites I use most frequently, so I thought it would be a good candidate for my first IE 8 Accelerator. And it turns out it's even easier to do than writing a webslice. All you need to do is write a simple XML file, the specification...
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    Check out my blog's Webslice (alt: how to add a Webslice to your blog)

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    So having just installed IE8 beta 2 today I thought I'd have a go at creating a Webslice for my blog...Turns out it's pretty easy, and I was even able to put a version of the Popfly mashup from my last post in my preview (added my blog's logo to make...
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    My blog - now with added Popfly

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    Just dropped Adam Nathan's recent news Popfly gadget onto my blog, and it's extremely easy to use it for any blog that has an RSS feed...Just open his original project at http://www.popfly.com/users/Adam/Recent%20Posts and Tweak it to point it to your...
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    Windows Vista Performance...Need Answers?

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    Then why not join Mark Russinovich and a panel of industry experts for a LIVE virtual roundtable to explore your top of mind performance issues, common misconfigurations, and tips on how to fix them. From boot times and applets to disk performance and...
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    Javascript profiling in IE 8 beta 2

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    Great feature, new in beta 2 :-) Performance of the javascript engine has been a major focus for IE 8, and it also gives you the tools to ensure that the javascript on your site is optimised. By using the profiler you can figure out where you're spending...
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    Internet Explorer 8 beta 2 now available

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    IE 8 beta 2 launched today in English, German, Simplified Chinese and Japanese. 21 languages in mid-September, download it from http://www.microsoft.com/ie8 . To get a feel for the new IE8 experience, check out the videos here - to get you started...
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    High Altitude Deep Zoom - Les Diablerets, Switzerland, 3000m

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    I just spent a couple of weeks in Switzerland and one of the highlights was a (two-stage) cable car ride up to Les Diablerets at an altitude of 3000m. The below Deep Zoom collection consists of a partial panorama plus detail of the halfway cable car station...
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    What a difference a month makes...

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    Between TechReady in Seattle (an internal technical conference, think of it as Tech Ed for Microsoft folks) followed by holidays I've been out of the office for the last month, during which there has been many interesting happenings, including SQL Server...
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    Silverlight now on Ryanair.com

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    Yesterday Ryanair.com went live with a new destinations map which uses Silverlight to map all its destinations and routes. (For those of you who may not have heard of Ryanair, they are Europe's largest low fares carrier, with more than 700 routes across...
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    Firefox 3 and Silverlight

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    I've been doing some work with Silverlight over the last couple of weeks and ran into this question yesterday (specifically re. SL 1.0). The issue arose since Firefox 3 came out after Silverlight 1.0 and is related to silverlight detection, meaning that...
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    Composite Application Guidance for WPF now available

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    Patterns & Practices have just released guidance to help you more easily build enterprise-level Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) client applications. This guidance will help you design and build flexible composite WPF client applications—composite...
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    New ASP.NET SQL Injection Defense Tools

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    If you're doing ASP.NET development then you need to check these tools out. As per this security bulletin there has been a recent rise in SQL injection attacks, exploiting vulnerabilities in sites that do not follow best practice. So here's what you need...
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    Silverlight 2 Beta 2 publicly available this week

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    Hot off the press from TechEd US, Silverlight Beta 2 will be available this week. Check out below for a summary of some features, but perhaps most interesting is that Silverlight 2 Beta 2 comes with a commercial go-live license ! · UI Framework : Beta...
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    Teach yourself how to develop on Sharepoint

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    This is a great site for developers who want to get up to speed with developing for Sharepoint. You can download a ready-to-go VPC or just take some Virtual Labs to take hands-on exercises via your browser. Here's a snapshot of the available topics: There...
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    Microsoft SLPS Case Study featuring Softedge Systems (Ireland-based ISV)

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    I recently blogged about SLPS and am delighted to highlight a case study featuring a local ISV - Softedge Systems . Softedge Systems flagship product, DocsAlive 2007, is a multimedia content-creation tool built on the 2007 Microsoft® Office system. DocsAlive...
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    Difficulty accessing MSDN downloads

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    It has been brought to our attention that some Partners have recently experienced difficulties in accessing their MSDN Downloads. This was due to a system change - affected users will need to re-associate their Live ID to their subscription to re-access...
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    PDC 2008 goes live

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    The PDC 2008 site is live as of today - PDC will provide an indepth understanding of Microsoft’s future platform and offer practical guidance to help plan the evolution of your own products. To get a flavour of what to expect, check out the preliminary...
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    Enterprise Library 4.0 Released

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    Enterprise Library is a collection of reusable software components (application blocks) designed to assist software developers with common enterprise development challenges (such as logging, validation, caching, exception handling, and many others). Application...
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    Developing ISV Applications using Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0

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    If you need to learn about Architecture, Deployment and Operations essentials of Dynamics CRM then I think you'll find this white paper very useful. It gives a good overview of the platform capabilities and the opportunities for ISVs to plug-in to the...
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    Popfly Game Creator

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    Popfly Game Creator is now in Alpha ... all you need to do is log in and you can start creating games either from scratch or else based on a template, without needing to write any code. Since the game is a Silverlight app it will run in your web browser...
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    Protect your .NET code with SLPS

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    Want to protect your .NET code from reverse engineering? Obfuscation is better than nothing, but it doesn't go far enough. Encryption ? Well the encrypted MSIL has to be decrypted before the CLR can handle it, meaning there's an opportunity for...
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    Bird's eye view on Live Maps : Dublin, Cork, Galway and others...

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    Check out Windows Live Maps where you can now zoom in to Birds' eye views of · Dublin · Carlow · Cork · Galway · Limerick · Navan · Wexford The level of detail is very impressive For example, here's Microsoft Building 3 (Atrium B) (be sure to select Bird...
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    CSI:NY using Photosynth

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    If you watch any of the flavours of CSI you'll probably get a kick out of this article which describes how the show's forensic scientists attempt to recreate a crime scene using hundreds of photos taken from a camera phone. The technology used to stitch...
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    Free Unified Communications (development) Training for ISVs

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    Microsoft Western Europe are running some free training in May and June on developing with the UC platform. Location: Microsoft Innovation Center Barneveld Nijverheidsplein 21a 3771 MR Barneveld The Netherlands Date: May 8 th -9 th , 2008 Location: Microsoft...
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    Inch deep, mile wide...

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    One of the reasons I applied for this job was to broaden my horizons a bit...Well be careful what you wish for ;-) Within the last 5 working days, I've had meetings / workshops / conversations / played-with the following: VB 6 -> .NET migration...
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