September, 2007

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    Visualize your LINQ Queries

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    One of the biggest concerns/fears that developers new to object relational mappers (ORMs) have is "but what SQL code is it actually executing?" One of the really nice things about LINQ to SQL is that there's a way to see exactly what SQL code it is executing when you run your application within the debugger. ScottGu 's blog entry LINQ to SQL (Part 3 - Querying our Database) describes how you can visualize your LINQ queries. The entry describes: How you can visualize each of the create, retrieve...
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    Office PerformancePoint Server 2007 RTM

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    We are very happy to announce that we released Microsoft PerformancePoint Server 2007. PerformancePoint Server (PPS) allows to monitor, analyze and plan their business goals and performance against those goals. PPS builds on top of and requires SQL Server and Microsoft Office. Follow the links below to learn more and evaluate - · www.microsoft.com/performancepoint · PerformancePoint Server 2007 Evaluation Version (x86) o http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=6372C24F...
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    BDC Catalog Visual Editor now available

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    Many ISV's are interested in surfacing data in your appliation into Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 (MOSS). MOSS introduced the Business Data Catalog (BDC) for you to do just that without code. The BDC bridges the gap between the portal site and your application. You can bring in key data into: Office SharePoint Server 2007 lists Web Parts Search User profiles Custom applications You describe the connection between the database and MOSS by defining a metadata model...
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    Solution for Download Blues

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    I have been using the Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2 Virtual PC version to test out the new features. I get the VPC to save install time and configuration. I get it and go. But on my home connection, it took a long time to download. Brian Keller has written a blog entry that describes how to make downloading VPCs easier. Keller describes how to use Free Download Manager to make a batch downloads. Using his technique you can download any of the following: Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2 Team Suite...
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    Silverlight Control Kits

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    We've heard feedback from ISVs evaluating Silverlight that the control set just isn't enough for building the apps they'd like to build. Of course our feedback has been that things will continue to improve as we progress toward Silverlight 1.1 and that message still holds true. But for those who want to get started with a rich control set today, a surprising number of options exist. You might want to start by checking out the Silverlight 1.1 Alpha SDK . Inside you will find the Silverlight UI...
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    Racks of servers to support mobile devices

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    If your application supports Windows Mobile , you'll be interested in Rob Tiffany's latest endeavor. His next book will show you how to put together your own scalable rack of servers that can support tens of thousands of Windows Mobile devices. The book is entitled, Windows Mobile Data Synchronization with SQL Server 2005 and SQL Server Compact 3.1 . He's making each chapter available online on his Windows Mobile development blog. So far he has chapters written that show: How to install...
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    SQL Server 2008 VideoCast

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    Want to learn about high availability features in SQL Server? Are you interested in hearing about upcoming features in SQL Server 2008? Tune into this Videocast and hear the perspectives of a member of the ISV community who has been involved in the early adopter progam for SQL Server. http://www.podtech.net/home/4232/microsoft-sql-server-2008-mvp-perspective
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    Visual Studio 2008 Toolkit for Windows Live

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    If you've been wanting to get acquainted with Windows Live applications, Visual Studio 2008 will include controls that help you connect with Live. A public beta of the toolkit for developers is expected in October or November. The details are part of a blog interview on LiveSide entitled Windows Live Platform: Interview With Danny Thorpe and Angus Logan . More will be discussed at DevConnections conference in Las Vegas in early November. Windows Live is a set of web services, such as search...
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    Early peek at How to Light up Windows Server 2008

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    So what are the key technologies in Windows Server 2008 that independent software vendors (ISV's) can use right away to gain strategic advantages? And once I figure out how they fit into my product, how do I go learning about them? And after that, how to I get the world to notice that I a leader in my community? How to Get a Strategic Advantage using Windows Server 2008 In his blog in Developer Meet Server , Jason Olson has compiled a list of ways to add value to your application using the...
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    Hierarchical work items in VSTS "Rosario"

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    If you didn't know already, the Visual Studio Team System "Rosario" bits are available for download (including a VPC image). One of the major features many of my ISV partners have been waiting for is the hierarchical work items. Grant Holliday, a VSTS MVP has a great overview of this feature on his blog that I thought many of you would be interested in. Also, check out Bruce's blog entry on the Free Download Manager to grab the VPC.
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    PHP on Windows Server 2003 Goes Live

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    Microsoft is eager to announce availability of the Go Live release of Microsoft FastCGI Extension for IIS 5.1/6.0 as a free download from the IIS community site, www.iis.net . The Go Live release is the last step in the Microsoft beta process and represents a highest level of quality and reliability. For the first time, customers have a license that permits them to deploy the FastCGI Extension on their production IIS 6 Web servers. This release could not have come at a more exciting time for the...
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    Visual Studio 2005 Team Foundation System Power Tools Released

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    The latest version of the Power Tools for Visual Studio 2005 Team Foundation Server is now available for download . This release of the Power Tools includes to new features: Team Foundation Server Best Practice Analyzer - This diagnostic tool helps a TFS adminstrator gather configuration information about a TFS deployment, perform tests on a server, analyze the test results, and ultimately provide links to articles to resolve warnings and errors. In addition, the best practice analyzer can...
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    How to start with Virtual Earth

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    My independent software vendors (ISV's) are looking for ways to differentiate their products from their competitors. One way is to provide maps and location information. The Virtual Earth platform is an integrated set of services that combines unique bird’s eye, aerial, and 3-D imagery with best-of-breed mapping, location and search functionality. With ongoing investments in innovation that are driven by customer feedback, the Virtual Earth platform 5.0 continues to offer new tools, advanced feature...
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    Microsoft Dynamics CRM “Titan” CTP3

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    We have released Microsoft Dynamics CRM “Titan” CTP3 (Community Technology Preview 3). Early adopter ISVs can access the bits from MS-Connect site ; for more details please see here . Sanjay Jain Microsoft Dynamics ISV Architect Evangelist
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    Expression Around the Clock Event

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    On October 4th 2007 designers, students and businesses decision makers come together in 10 cities around the world to learn what can be done when you design with the Microsoft platform and tools for UX. Visit the site for more details: http://www.microsoft.com/expression/events-training/globalevent/default.html -Suresh
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    Astoria Data Access Technology Coming Soon

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    The second Community Technology Preview (CTP) of the Astoria web data services technology is due around Christmastime. The Astoria project is focused around merging web technologies and concepts with the Microsoft data platform. The goal is to provide an infrastructure for Internet applications. Astoria should assist with data access in AJAX , Silverlight , and Flash applications. Astoria is intended to build "cloud data services", which is someone's data that lives on the Internet at some publicly...
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    Microsoft Dynamics CRM “Titan” Early Adopters ISVs Showcase

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    Ben Riga blogged about some of the early adopter ISVs showcasing their solutions. You may see here for more details. If you are a Titan early adopter ISV participating in our Metro program, may want to get your cool solution profiled then please drop me an email. Sanjay Jain Microsoft Dynamics ISV Architect Evangelist
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    First public WSV Preview Available

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    Hoopla is surrounding the Microsoft blogosphere on yesterday's milestone release of Windows Server 2008 Release Candidate 0 (RC0). While this is a great achievement in itself, I want to call out the fact that included with RC0 is the first public preview of our new hypervisor based virtualization technology, Windows Server Virtualization (WSV). Download Windows Server 2008 RC0 with WSV here .
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    .NET 3.5 WPF Goodness

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    I had the good fortune of attending a lab with the WPF team on campus last week, and came away with some information I'd like to share with you all. For those of you developing on the .NET 3.0 version of WPF, you should strongly consider a port to .NET 3.5, because: It's quick and painless It's almost production It provides some bug fixes and performance enhancements which should benefit your app It adds better support for 3D apps, including the capability of mapping a fully interactive...
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    Visual Studio Team System Web Access CTP Released

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    Are you trying to access your TFS installation over the web? Microsoft today released a new Community Technology Preview of Visual Studio Team System Web Access. Advances in this CTP include: Built against the TFS 2008 object model - In previous versions of Web Access you had to install Team Explorer 2005 on any machine you were installing Web Access on. With this version, you will now be installing Team Explorer 2008 instead. Custom control support - Support has been added for web based...
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    Patterns & Practices Summit - November 5-9, 2007

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    Register now for the patterns & practices Summit - A full week of unique enterprise-scale technical presentations featuring keynote speakers Andres Hejlsberg, Steve McConnell, Scott Guthrie, Scott Hanselman, & John Lam. http://www.pnpsummit.com/_practices.aspx -Suresh
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