Thom Robbins .NET Weblog

A blog of the technical and only sometimes uneventful side of programming in .NET and life within Microsoft

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    Webcast Wrap Up

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    Thanks to everyone that attended yesterdays Webcast on Real World SOA. As promised you can find the slides here . Also as we talked about take a look at the recently updated Microsoft SOA site for some additional resources available here .
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    Enabling Visual Styles

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    Windows XP introduces a new look and feel to the Windows user interface. This new interface provided controls that have rounded corners and that change colors when you pause your mouse over them. By default Windows based applications created with Visual...
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    RC of MSDNWiki available

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    In case you haven’t seen it. The MSDN library has recently made available a Community Content feature for the Visual Studio 2005 documentation and the .NET 3.0 Class Library on MSDN Online. This feature is designed to allow the community of developers...
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    IIS 7 Hosting

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    Via Brian I got an email yesterday from Takeshi over at DiscountASP and they just launched free IIS7 Beta hosting for all customers who are interested. You can get all the details at http://www.discountasp.net/sp_iis7hosting.aspx This is a great...
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    Microsoft Expression Web Free Trial

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    Well worth the time! Microsoft® Expression Web is a professional design tool to create modern, standards-based sites which deliver superior quality on the Web. Check out the free trial here
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    Looking at Assembly Information

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    Assembly information is an important part of building an application. This is what gets generated to the executable during compilation. How can you see where this data gets published? Within in a Windows application select the project properties ...
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    Environment.SpecialFolder

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    A very useful environment enumeration is SpecialFolder. This provides an enumeration to special folders like My Pictures or the Startup menu. These folders are set by default by the system, or explicitly by the user. For example, ever try to get at a...
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    Integrating WCF with your existing ASMX Services

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    I am betting that you have at least one if not more ASMX services available today within your applications. So how do you get going with Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) and maintain that existing code? In this article we will look at an example...
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    Looking for Workflow VB Samples

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    Paul has a nice list of the WF samples available for VB developers here .
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    Windows Live Search Beta for mobile

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    I just saw this beta and installed it. Very cool! More information and download for your mobile device is here .
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    MSDN Webcast: Enabling a New Generation of Dynamic Applications Through Service-Oriented Architecture

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    Join me for a Webcast In this webcast, we discuss the Microsoft vision for service-oriented architecture and show how Microsoft supports this vision by way of an integrated platform. Learn how you can use your existing systems, line-of-business (LOB...
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    2007 Office System Sample: Open XML File Format Code Snippets for Visual Studio 2005

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    Pretty nice set of snippets This download includes snippets for use when customizing Microsoft Office Excel 2007, Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007, and Microsoft Office Word 2007. Download and install these snippets to your Visual Studio code snippet...
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    Office 2007 Webcasts

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    Attend three webcasts and get a free copy. Definitely not a bad deal! http://www.powertogether.com/
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    Adding items to the task list

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    Many times I like to make a note of things that I need to do later or things I haven’t completed yet inline with my code. Using Visual Studio 2005 you have the ability to change or add items that show up in the comments section of the task list. This...
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    Seattle and Snow

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    Cold and snow in Seattle? What is up with that? The view of my dashboard with the current time and temperature The view from car window of the white stuff on the side of the road Well it was only 29 degrees and at most only an inch of snow...
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    How To: Hosting a WCF Service in IIS

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    How To: Hosting a WCF Service in IIS In this article we looked at the basics of Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) and how it can be used to host a service within a Windows Form. In reality, many applications today already take advantage of IIS...
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    How To: Building a WCF Service and consumer

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    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...
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    Auto Preview with Word 2007

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    A very cool feature that I ran across was the ability to auto preview with Word. Many times while I am working on a document I find that I want to change things like the font. The problem is that I don’t know what the output will look like in my document...
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    Beantown .NET User Group

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    The Beantown.NET User Group (INETA) is meeting again on Thursday, 12/7/2006. http://www.beantowndotnet.org This month Eric Tobia is presenting "Using ASP.NET 2.0 AJAX Extensions". As always, our meeting is open to everyone so bring your...
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    Zooming with Word 2007

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    Ever read a Word document and want to either zoom in or out on a particular area or see the whole document at once? Another cool Word feature I ran across was the zoom. There are two ways to get to the zoom feature In the bottom right hand corner...
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    Combined Out of Office

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    With Outlook 2003 I always had to remember to turn on two out of office indicators. One was the internal and the other was the external out of office tools. With Outlook 2007 these have finally been combined very nicely into a single interface found in...
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    Just Released: Web Service Software Factory

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    The Web Service Software Factory (also known as the Service Factory) is an integrated collection of tools, patterns, source code and prescriptive guidance. It is designed to help you quickly and consistently construct Web services that adhere to well...
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    Split Screen Email

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    Every write a large email or edit a document that would be nice to see both the top and bottom at the same time. I ran across the capability to do split screen within Outlook 2007. Start with a basic email and split the screen by selecting the upper...
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    Microsoft Skills Assessments for Individuals

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    Get a free 30-question skills assessment and learning plan to help identify and improve your areas of weakness. Whether your goal is to learn about new Microsoft products or to enhance your Microsoft Office, Microsoft Windows, IT or developer skills,...
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    Inerop Vendor Alliance

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    Via Jorgen Microsoft has announced the formation of the Interop Vendor Alliance - a global, cross-industry group of software and hardware vendors that will work together to identify opportunities for enhancing interoperability with Microsoft systems...
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