• Tim Sneath

    Building Advanced Reporting Services Applications

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    Creating Reports Reporting Services is built on SQL Server 2000, and the metadata definitions are stored in a database. On top of that, the Report Server contains a web service and a Windows service. The web service provides the interface into the system...
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    Optimizing the Silverlight Install Experience

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    Adam Kinney wrote a good blog entry last week on the importance for site authors of considering the first-time experience of a visitor. I guess most readers of this blog have Silverlight installed today, but at least in these first months as we focus...
  • Tim Sneath

    Some Great Silverlight Controls

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    The Silverlight 1.1 alpha bits don't currently have much in the way of controls. The infrastructure is there (you can derive from System.Windows.Control, for instance), and we include a few early sample controls (button, slider and so on, including source...
  • Tim Sneath

    Announcing Family.Show 2.0

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    Three months ago, we launched Family.Show, our first end-to-end reference sample for WPF. Family.Show is a genealogy program that demonstrates the usage of WPF for a complex, realistic scenario. If you're a fledgling WPF developer who wants to pore over...
  • Tim Sneath

    MIX08 Keynote Live Blog

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    I'm going to try to keep up a live blog this morning through the keynote to provide folk with an Engadget-style blow-by-blow account of proceedings. Keep hitting refresh on this entry to see the latest news as it comes. 9:30am - Ray Ozzie is on stage...
  • Tim Sneath

    The Inside Scoop on Interviewing at Microsoft

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    (or at least, my personal take on it!) Over the last couple of months, I've been interviewing candidates for a couple of different roles at Microsoft at a rate of almost one a week. Interviewing is definitely something of a skill, both for the interviewee...
  • Tim Sneath

    Microsoft Expression Interactive Designer ("Sparkle") Is Here!!!

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    It's gone midnight Pacific time, so it's safe for me to write a post that I've been wanting to write for many months. Microsoft Expression Interactive Designer (the product formerly known as "Sparkle") is finally available in the form of its first...
  • Tim Sneath

    XPS Standalone Viewer Now Available

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    XPS is the fixed format document technology that ships in Windows Presentation Foundation. It's a specification for a subset of XAML that can describe the layout and form of one or more printed pages, and is intended for allowing applications to generate...
  • Tim Sneath

    Silverlight Streaming is Now Live

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    Head over to silverlight.live.com to create yourself a Silverlight Streaming account key and begin uploading your Silverlight applications and media. Silverlight Streaming allows you to upload up to 4GB of media content, with videos of up to ten minutes...
  • Tim Sneath

    PDC10: Kung Fu Silverlight – Architectural Patterns and Practices with MVVM and RIA Services

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    MVVM (Model/View/ViewModel) is an architectural pattern that is well-suited for Silverlight and WPF development. It is a variation of the MVC pattern that originated from the development of Expression Blend. At its heart, MVVM imposes three kinds of classes...
  • Tim Sneath

    Building an Optimized, Graphics-Intensive Silverlight Application

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    Seema Ramchandani works on performance as a Program Manager on the Silverlight team. She gave a fast-paced talk at MIX09 covering the graphics and media that contained some helpful tips for performance profiling, debugging and optimization. Silverlight...
  • Tim Sneath

    Letter from America - Part II

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    One of the many things that continues to mystify me about American life is the garbage disposal unit. The kitchen sink in our apartment has no plughole: instead, it has a large round drainage hole obscured by a number of rubber flaps that come out from...
  • Tim Sneath

    Inside an HTML5 Interactive Experience: Never Mind the Bullets

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    I wrote in my previous post about the approach we took to the IE9 beta launch : partnering with design agencies and interesting customers to build what we believe are some of the most comprehensive HTML5 reference sites on the web today. Over the course...
  • Tim Sneath

    Keeping ActiveSync Up To Date

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    If you've got a Windows Mobile device such as a Pocket PC or Smartphone attached to your computer, you might want to take a moment or two out to check that you've got the latest version of ActiveSync installed. I thought mine was up to date, but it seems...
  • Tim Sneath

    Virtual PC Museum 2007

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    As Mike Swanson mentions in his blog, Virtual PC 2007 was released this week as a free download. This isn't a revolutionary release, but it's notable for its support for Windows Vista as both a guest and host OS, as well as x64 architecture host support...
  • Tim Sneath

    UK .NET Bloggers

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    A list of .NET-related blogs written by UK authors. You can download this list in OPML format for use in your favourite RSS aggregator. Richard Acton : TechEd Europe adventures and Smartphone apps Tim Anderson : Freelance journalist (for PCW amongst others...
  • Tim Sneath

    Great WPF Applications #12: Roxio Central

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    I'm hoping that by now, you're starting to get a sense for the range and breadth of real-world WPF development that is going on in all parts of the industry. We've just scratched the surface here: there are many hundreds of WPF development projects underway...
  • Tim Sneath

    Grab Yourself a .NET Nugget

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    One of my last passing shots as I left the UK for Redmond was to put forward an idea for producing short nuggets of 5-10 minutes of on-demand technical content. It's my assertion as a developer that most of us love clear, concise, spin-free technical...
  • Tim Sneath

    Red v. Blue: A Halo Parody

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    Eric Gunnerson points out this hilarious set of movies featuring the characters from Halo.
  • Tim Sneath

    Limiting Callers to a .NET Assembly

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    I've been asked the same question several times over the last couple of months, which suggests that possibly the answer isn't as well known as I presumed. Since I have to remind myself of the specifics of the answer each time, I figured I'd post both...
  • Tim Sneath

    What's New in WPF Beta 2?

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    If you've not noticed that today is a pretty significant day for Microsoft, you've either been offline from the major news sources or we've lost your attention altogether. I can't think of many occasions in my Microsoft career when we've released so many...
  • Tim Sneath

    So You Want to Give a Silverlight Presentation?

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    It's my hope that you're somewhat excited by this Silverlight stuff, and if so, perhaps you're wanting to spread the word amongst your fellow colleagues. To that end, I thought I'd share a couple of presentations that I've given often over the last couple...
  • Tim Sneath

    MSBuild: The New Build System for Visual Studio 2005 and Longhorn

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    MSBuild is the new build system in Visual Studio 2005. It has been built from the ground up in managed code, with scalability, performance and extensibility as core goals. When designing MSBuild, the development team had several different customer...
  • Tim Sneath

    Great WPF Applications #6: fnac.com

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    If you want to see a contrasting online shopping experience to Otto , you could do worse than look at fnac.com. FNAC are in many ways the French equivalent of Best Buy, selling all things electronic: cameras, MP3 players, televisions, PCs. To coincide...
  • Tim Sneath

    Windows Vista Secret #7: The Oldest Component in Windows?

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    We go to fairly extreme lengths to try to maintain compatibility with older applications, as Raymond Chen's blog often demonstrates in vivid fashion. As an example of this, some of you may remember seeing Jim Allchin's demonstration of Visicalc (the earliest...
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