June, 2007

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    “All together now…”

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    One of the features I have missed most in SQL Server is the ability to pass multiple "rows" of data to a stored procedure. This is especially useful in the canonical Order/Order Line Items scenario where you want to insert a header row and multiple child rows into their respective tables in 1 transaction. It applies, however, anytime you want to pass lots of rows/sets/arrays of data to the database at once. You can of course support this scenario today using transactions from the client with multiple...
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    Stand-Alone WM6.0 Emulator

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    Stand-Alone Windows Mobile 6 Emulators Available in 24 Languages Download localized Windows Mobile 6 emulators today so that developers can test their applications across a wide variety of form factors and against different languages. These emulator packs can be installed without having Visual Studio 2005 or the Windows Mobile 6 SDK, making them perfect for testers and IT professionals who want to test applications and solutions on the latest Windows Mobile software. -Suresh
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    Cool Silverlight Game Project Published

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    This is the result of a team of 5 (designers, developers, animators/artists) using Expression Design, Expression Blend 2 and Visual Studio 2008 Beta 1. The game was developed in 4 week by this team. http://www.ltbennett.com This is a lab project for them and they plan on spreading the word on their experiences and sharing code along the way. They are also leveraging the social networks of MySpace, Facebook and Twitter to build up the story of the absent-minded main character, Lt. Bennett. Add...
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    Visual Studio 2008 Shell

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    If you create software development tools, you’ll want to consider building on the Visual Studio 2008 Shell. A streamlined Visual Studio development environment, the Visual Studio Shell provides the core foundation so you can focus on building your application’s unique features. Flexible customization options help you deliver optimized experiences for specific markets. Key Benefits Faster Development. The Visual Studio Shell accelerates development by providing a base integrated development...
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    patterns & practices Smart Client Software Factory May 2007 shipped!

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    With the Smart Client Software Factory – May 2007 release, architects and developers can quickly incorporate many of the proven practices and patterns found while building enterprise, custom developed line of business windows applications using the .NET Framework version 2.0. These applications have one or more of the following characteristics: · They have a rich user interface that takes advantage of the power of the Microsoft Windows desktop. · They connect to multiple back-end systems...
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    Windows Live Dev

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    Windows Live Dev is a portal focused on developers and enthusiasts who want to learn the Live development platform and create mash-ups and participate in the Microsoft’s next generation web initiative. - http://dev.live.com/ So what is Windows Live Platform Windows Live Platform enables developers and enthusiasts to easily take advantage of Microsoft web services and more quickly deliver rich, personalized web experiences across the web. The Windows Live Platform includes the following services...
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    Search Me…

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    Ashish pointed you at the Windows Live Dev center, so I thought I would give you an idea how easy it is to use the web services in your own applications by showing you how to leverage Windows Live Search to provide search functionality on YOUR web site. You need to start the process by going to http://search.msn.com/developer and provisioning yourself an "Application ID" which is your unique key to call the web service. It is a very quick process that gives you a string of characters that you need...
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    CTP3 of Microsoft Office PerformancePoint Server 2007 is now available!

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    We are proud to announce the ENU (English) release of Microsoft Office PerformancePoint Server 2007 CTP3 software! This release contains new, updated Monitoring and Analytics functionality. See the “ What’s new from PerformancePoint Server CTP3” document from the following Connect site for the details. Note that we will be introducing a new Monitoring SDK next week to the site (under documentation Zip File). The Planning bits however will remain at CTP2 level of functionality (until the full-update...
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    Real World Extranet Application with MOSS 2007

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    The Microsoft Enterprise Content Management (ECM) Team Blog has a wealth of information regarding Microsoft Office SharePoint 2007. One interesting thread is a three part seriies on Building a Real World Extranet Application with MOSS 2007, of which the first two parts have been posted. It is written by real work SharePoint MPV Shane Perran and lead architect Jared Rypkema. Part 1 sets the stage in how to organize the site and defining the content types. The comments to the posting point to...
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    Advanced Search Terms

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    In my travels amongst ISVs, I find very technical folks who find search in Vista a little, well…, rudimentary for their needs. I.e. those who still prefer dir /s *foo*.xml in some directory tree where we know there *should* be an xml file that contains foo in the name. I love the new instant search box in Vista's file explorer, but in order to truly love it, you need more than just the basics. One of the initial misconceptions I find amongst users is that when you type a search term in that box...
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    June events for SQL Server 2008

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    Webchat with the SQL Product team - June 11 th 11:00am PDT SQL Server product team wants to listen and help answer your questions about the recent SQL Server 2008 June CTP. Here is your opportunity to chat with the team directly and get your questions answered. Add event to your Outlook calendar Analysis Services - Dimension Design June 12 th 11:00 am PDT This is the first of the 6 technical Live meeting series we have planned for you. In this session you will hear directly from Robert Zare...
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    Upcoming GP 10.0 webcasts

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    Additional information about Microsoft Dynamics GP 10.0 readiness events is available at www.msreadiness.com/ampitup . June 18 th – 12:00-1:00PM PACIFIC Microsoft Dynamics GP 10.0 and Office 2007 integration – The Right User Experience What if business management technology could free you and your employees to focus on what’s truly important for your business? Attend this webcast and discover how Microsoft Dynamics GP 10 collaborates with the Microsoft Office system technologies to provide...
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    WPF being used for Order Management System

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    A couple of weeks ago Linedata asked me to present at their annual user conference . I was excited to do so because they've been doing such cool work with WPF (Windows Presentation Foundation) in the financial industry. Linedata really recognized the importance of differentiating themselves while prototyping their next generation buy-side order management system, which will harness the power of Windows Presentation Foundation and the Microsoft .NET 3.0 Framework. Linedata partnered with Lab49 to...
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    TFS-Project SERVER 2007 Connecter now available

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    The Visual Studio Team System Rangers, in conjunction with the community, have released a connector allowing you to use Project Server 2007 with Team Foundation Server. Future versions of Team System will have native integration with Project Server, in the meantime this Connector solution is the best way to integrate the two Microsoft products. This solution builds on the previous PS2003 VSTS Connector, published on GotDotNet. This solution is intended to provide guidance, provided as source code...
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    A Bit About Acropolis

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    I wanted to take a few moments to chat about a new technology that I'm very excited about. Acropolis was announced last week at TechEd and as revolutionary as Acropolis is, I'm surprised it's not getting more air cover.   Acropolis is important in several ways, but to our ISVs I think what's most important is that that Acropolis represents a fully supported foundation for building composite applications using WPF. Actually, the plan is to support both WinForms and WPF but WPF is what's currently...
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    Software Factories coming of age

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    Software factories provide a way to Handle cross-cutting concerns such as authentication, instrumentation, exception handling, logging consistantly. Train developers on how to correctly use best practices, patterns, and technologies. Increase developer productivity. In October 2006, MSDN published a white paper describing an implementation of a software factory to implement the Microsoft Distributed Architecture for .NET Applications for building application and services. The paper...
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    Virtual Server R2 SP1 Released

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    On Monday, we released Virtual Server R2 SP1 and its available here . Ben (aka Virtual PC Guy ) has blogged about it here . Why is this noteworthy of our ISV blog? There are 2 key enhancements I want to highlight: I know of many ISVs that are running Virtual Server and have hardware equipped with AMD-V or Intel VT capable CPUs. There is now support for hardware-assisted virtualization technology (AMD-V and Intel VT) with R2 SP1 which will yield performance improvements. VHD Mount command...
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    New Code Samples and Articles for the Virtual Earth v5.0 SDK

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    The Virtual Earth Map Control SDK, version 5.0 , has been updated and released on MSDN. The update includes new code samples for version 5.0 and additional details in the conceptual topics. In addition, the Virtual Earth Articles area on MSDN has been expanded to include a new section devoted to the latest release . This section includes several updated articles describing how to perform common tasks with this latest release along with an article describing how to convert applications from VE4 to...
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    Windows Server 2008 learning resources

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    Windows Server 2008 helps IT professionals maximize control over their infrastructure with increased security, reliability, and flexibility. Microsoft Learning helps you develop expertise in this next generation of Windows Server technologies with a broad spectrum of learning resources and streamlined certification paths available during beta release. Visit http://www.microsoft.com/learning/windowsserver2008/default.mspx , Get a free ebook and also learn using free (for a limited time) elearning...
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    Build an Outlook 2007 UI with Expression Blend and Visual Studio 2005

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    Our colleagues in Microsoft Switzerland developed a Hands-On Lab that replicates the Outlook 2007 UI using Expression Blend and Visual Studio 2005. Learn how to do it step by step. You can find links to download the lab manual as well as the Visual Studio project here . See for yourself the power and productivity of WPF.
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    Free Training for Developers

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    Many have never heard about a Microsoft program called DevCares. DevCares is a broad reach developer readiness program delivered and hosted monthly by Partners in cities across the United States. DevCares is a FREE half-day training series presented by experienced developers designed to provide you with the fastest means for building state-of-the-art applications. These technical training sessions address the needs and issues of developers with expert testimonials, working demos and sample code....
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    Visual Studio Team Foundation Server – Project Server 2007 Connector

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    We are pleased to announce the release of Visual Studio Team Foundation Server – Project Server 2007 Connector which is available at http://www.codeplex.com/pstfsconnector . The Visual Studio Team Foundation Server - Project Server 2007 Connector is designed to integrate the project management capabilities of TFS with Project Server 2007. It's been developed by the Visual Studio Team System Rangers in response to significant customer demand for a connector solution. Future versions of Team...
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    Three Guys on a DVD

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    There's been a lot of buzz in the blogosphere ever since a tiny image of three guys was discovered on the front of the Windows Vista DVD. You really can't see it without magnification. Although news of the image emerged about a month ago, speculation has been rampant and building -- Is it an Easter Egg? Did some rogues add their image during the production process? Microsoft has been quiet until now. Read for yourself the story behind the image. What's even more interesting are the details of the...
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    Outlook Beta Connector for Windows Live Hotmail

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    The beta of our connector between Outlook 2003/2007 and Windows Live Hotmail (mail.live.com) has been released. The software synchronizes mail & contacts between the online service and your Outlook client, while keeping your existing Outlook configuration intact. (Usually this is between Outlook and Exchange, or Outlook and some POP3/IMAP4 service) DOWNLOAD: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=7aad7e6a-931e-438a-950c-5e9ea66322d4&displaylang=en&tm -Suresh
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    Scrum tool now available

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    The eScrum 1.0 project management tool has been released for Visual Studio Team Foundation Server. It provides for a repository for all Scrum artifacts, such as product backlogs, sprint backlogs, task management, retrospectives, and reports. Scrum is an agile methodology that provides for an iterative process for developing a product and managing the work. When using Scrum, you have potentially shippable functionality at every interation. The tool is available on the Microsoft website at http...
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