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  • Blog Post: Building Mobile Business Objects

    Building Mobile Business Objects Download Samples Download PDF Overview The drive to connect people, process and devices is a never ending cycle of development. Enterprises are demanding applications that deliver seamless communication with their partners and customers without sacrificing...
  • Blog Post: An Introduction to Building XML Web Services with ASMX

    An Introduction to Building XML Web Services with ASMX By Thom Robbins ( trobbins@microsoft.com ) Download PDF Version Download Samples Overview The Web Service standards define how to build application functionality that is made available to remote machines using generally available...
  • Blog Post: How To: Building a WCF Service and consumer (Article)

    How To: Building a WCF Service and consumer Do you see service everywhere? Alright I admit that may not be an original. However, with Windows Communication Foundation and the .NET Framework 3.0 you can.WCF is the unified programming model for building service oriented applications. It is designed...
  • Blog Post: Creating a database with Code

    Question: My company is in the process of writing a Windows Mobile 5 application. The application will make use of a locally created database that is built in the application after the user answers some questions. Essentially, based on the answers they provide we create the database with code. Do you...
  • Blog Post: Atlas How To – Using the Update Panel

    The UpdatePanel is one of the controls of Atlas that enables the adding of selective Atlas functionality to existing Web applications. For this example, we will start by building an ASP 2.0 application. With that application we then add the most common Ajax functionality to the page – the partial page...
  • Blog Post: WINFX Code Jam Wrap Up

    Additional Videos are available here Session Name Links WINFX – Why should I care? PPT Session Recording WINFX – Windows Communication Foundations PPT WINFX – Windows Presentation Foundations PPT WINFX – Windows Workflow...
  • Blog Post: The #Region Directive

    Organizing the IDE is one of the most important areas of productivity. The #Region directive allows you to organize your code into collapsible blocks of code which helps to make viewing code easier by displaying only those functions you are working with. Each region can be defined with a name that helps...
  • Blog Post: Dynamic controls and event handlers

    Question : I am trying to create an ASP.NET 2.0 Web site with dynamic controls. Really what I am looking for is basically to have a label and a button on the page. When the user clicks the button I need to set the text field of the label to some value. Unfortunately, I can’t seem to figure it out. How...
  • Blog Post: What’s the browser?

    Question: I was watching you recent Web cast on Developing Mobile Applications with ASP.NET. You mentioned that it was possible to capture information about the incoming browser request to see what types of features it may support. Any chance you could give me a short example before then? Answer:...
  • Blog Post: How To: Showing Notifications with Mobile 5

    Question: My company is in the process of developing an Windows Mobile 5 mobile application. One of the things that we need to do for the application design is show notification. I have read that this can be done. However, I can’t seem to figure out how it can be done. Do you have any code samples or...
  • Blog Post: Creating an Appointment with the Pocket Outlook Object Model

    Question: Using Window Mobile 5 I understand that I can access the Outlook Object model using managed code. One of the requirements for the application that we are writing is that we need to create appointments as part of the application. Do you have an example of this how this can be done? Answer...
  • Blog Post: Dialing the Phone with Windows Mobile 5

    Question: We are building an application that is targeting Windows Mobile 5. Part of the application requires that we dial the phone. I have heard it can be done but can’t seem to getting it working in my application. Any ideas? Answer: Sure, Windows Mobile 5 introduces the Microsoft.WindowsMobile...
  • Blog Post: Overloaded WebMethods

    Question : We are in the process of developing an application that will be used internally. We have just started coding using Visual Studio 2005. Part of the design uses overloaded functions and methods. This works fine until I start building some Web Services that we need. For some reason I keep getting...
  • Blog Post: Looking at the XML Data Type with SQL Server 2005

    Question: My company is in the process of designing a new internal application. We have made the decision to go with SQL Server 2005 for our back end database and have been pretty impressed with we have seen so far. As I began the design I have been doing a lot of reading quick prototyping to validate...
  • Blog Post: Looking at Partial Classes

    Looking at Partial Classes The .NET Framework 2.0 introduces a variety of features and enhancements. One of these is the addition of Partial Classes. This new Framework features enables a single class definition that can be split across multiple physical files. During the compilation process, these...
  • Blog Post: What is an Assembly?

    Every time you create any kind of application or service using Visual Basic.NET you are building an Assembly. That is because Assemblies serve as the basic building blocks of the .NET Framework. They help to define versioning, code reuse, scoping rules and security permissions for all .NET applications...
  • Blog Post: Application Domain Basics

    The Definition Traditional Windows based development has considered the process as the basic unit of execution and isolation for running applications. The basic theory was that each running application was loaded into a separate process that automatically isolated each application from others. If for...
  • Blog Post: Displaying Currency within InfoPath

    Question: I have a question. I am in the process of building an InfoPath form and I can’t seem to figure out how to display a value formatted as currency. I know that I can write a script to do that. I have found some examples of formatting strings. It’s just that this seems as overkill. Is there any...
  • Blog Post: Using XSLT an Example

    Using XSLT – An Example I really like how I can use an XML document to separate the storage of application data from its presentation. The XML document contains a self describing set of data structures that I can define using my own vocabulary definitions. One of the major advantages of these documents...
  • Blog Post: The Quick Web Service Guide

    The Quick Web Service Guide The Windows SharePoint Services Web Services provided in the Microsoft.SharePoint.SoapServer namespace provide numerous methods for accessing site content. These include methods for working with lists, site data as well as methods for customizing meeting, document workspaces...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Indexing Basics

    SharePoint Indexing Basics The SharePoint search architecture is organized and maintained within a content index that is used to provide searching. SPS provides four options for maintaining content indexes as shown in Table 1. It is important for developers and administrators to understand each of these...
  • Blog Post: Introducing XSD

    XSD has become a core part of many of the customers that I work with. Within these customers they are using XSD as a standard way of representing various enterprise objects. By defining a standard way to describe these objects using XSD they are able to manage and guarantee the various data formats....
  • Blog Post: Creating Custom Site Definitions

    Creating Custom Site Definitions Creating Custom Site Definitions Each front end Web Server in a Windows SharePoint Server solution contains at least one Webtemp.xml file that is by default located in the c: Program FilesCommon FilesMicrosoft Sharedweb server extensions60TEMPLATE1033XML folder. This...
  • Blog Post: XPath and .NET

    XPath and .NET An XML Document is modeled as a tree as of nodes that contains a variety of different data types. Each data type can include elements, attributes, and even text. The XML Path Language (XPath) is an expression based language that is used to identify and select these different data types...
  • Blog Post: Exploring Windows SharePoint Services

    What can I do with a Web.Config? In case you haven’t heard about it yet, Windows SharePoint Services (WSS) allows both teams and individuals to quickly create Web sites that are used for information sharing and collaboration. One of the main benefits of WSS is that it helps to increase the overall organization...
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