November, 2007

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    Paper defines SaaS hosting needs for ISVs

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    Gianpaolo Carraro and his team have put together a white paper that discusses the sometimes quirky relationship between ISVs wanting to deliver their software as a service (SaaS) application and their hosters. ISVs are from Mars, and Hosters are from Venus puts forward the notion that ISVs are reimplementing operational components by necessity, not because thos additions provide significant value to differentiate core features. For software vendors, most of the redundant work could be eliminated...
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    Announcing a major MFC update plus TR1 support

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    Ayman Shoukry has announced an update to Visual Studio 2008 that is a new release of the Microsoft Foundation Classes (MFC). Using these components, developers will be able to create applications with the “look & feel” of Microsoft’s most popular applications – including Office, Internet Explorer and Visual Studio. Some of the specific features include: Office 2007 Ribbon Bar: Ribbon, Pearl, Quick Access Toolbar, Status Bar, etc. Office 2003 and XP look: Office-style picker, color font...
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    Windows Live Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio November CTP

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    Windows Live Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 are a set of control add-ins to make incorporating Windows Live services into your Web application easier with Visual Studio 2008 and Visual Web Developer 2008. Download the Community Technical Preview of Windows Live Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio Now The four controls included in this CTP release are: Contacts Control ( reference ) IDLogin Control ( reference ) IDLoginView Control ( reference ) SilverlightStreamingMedia Control ( reference...
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    Discounted On-Line Training Available

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    Total Training has agreed to give a 25% discount on a one year subscription to their Microsoft on-line training.  For only $187.50 (regularly $250) you can access all of the titles in the subscription (see below) as well as anything added over the year.  Most classes are between 4 and 8 hours in length and are project oriented.  There is also a free 2-day guest pass available from: http://www.totaltraining.com/online/howitworks.asp To get your discount, use this code when signing up...
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    PowerShell V2.0 CTP Available, but...

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    So, I'm one of those people that made a mad rush to the download the latest CTP of PowerShell v2 when it came out this week, but I was cautioned in advance and if you are interested, you should read this first as well: The PowerShell V2 CTP is not for everyone. You should read this PowerShell Team blog entry ( http://blogs.msdn.com/powershell/archive/2007/11/02/ctp-watch-this-space.aspx ) to find out what it is and what it isn't and then make an informed decision before installing the CTP....
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    Windows Live Messenger IM Control and Presence API Beta now available

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    Today we announced the Windows Live Messenger IM Control & Presence API availability in production – get it now for your blog or website – great way to connect with customers! - Messenger IM Control allows a user to publish their presence and receive messages via the web from anonymous users without Messenger client installed via a control they can place on any website, the messages received are surfaced within the Messenger Client. - The Presence API is a JSON API which returns the...
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    Sync Framework Available Now as CTP

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    The first community technology preview (CTP) for the Microsoft Sync Framework (MSF) has been released. The release consists of Sync Framework Runtime Sync Services for File Systems Sync Services for ADO.NET In addition, the preview includes documentation, datasheet, and the Microsoft Sync Framework SDK. Have you wanted to support mobile and remote workers more effectively? Mobile and remote workers use laptops, Smartphone, PDA, or even SmartClient. The Microsoft Sync Framework is...
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    F# is coming to Visual Studio

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    F# (pronounced "F sharp") is a functional programming language developed at Microsoft Research that targets developers dealing with concurrency and those in areas of finanical, scientific and technical, and academics. S. "Soma" Somasegar, corporate vice president of Microsoft's Developer Division has written a blog entry entitied F# - A Functional Programming Language that explains Microsoft's interest in the language. In addition, he has announced that F# would be be fully integrated into Visual...
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    Visual Studio 2008 to Release by the End of November!

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    Today during his keynote address at the Microsoft TechEd Developers 2007 in Barcelona, S. Soma Somasegar, Corporate VP of Developer Division announced that the .NET Framework 3.5 and Visual Studio 2008 will release by the end of November. Read more in this blog post So, get ready to start building those production apps in Visual Studio 2008 and taking advantage of LINQ, or the new WPF designer, or any of the other great new features!
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    “Get a Date…”

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    SQL Server 2008 introduces some long awaited new data types for representing dates and times. These include separate types for date and time, a high precision datetime type (datetime2), and a type that includes timezone information (datetimeoffset). The following table (from the books online) describes all the date and time data types: Data type Format Range Accuracy Storage size (bytes) User-defined fractional second precision...
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    Just Released: BizTalk Server 2006 extensions for Windows Workflow Foundation SDK

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    ISV's often ask whether to use BizTalk Server or Windows Workflow Foundation (WF) for a process related solution. The answer to use WF when building an application and BizTalk when a server product is required. Because the programming model for BizTalk and WF are so different, ISV's are required to choose at the start of a project. And it just became easier to make the choice. Just released, the long awaited BizTalk Server 2006 extensions for Windows Workflow Foundation SDK . Use WF modeling and...
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    CAML or LINQ, which would you prefer?

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    So, you are developing an application to run on SharePoint 2007, or WSS 3.0, and you hate to use CAML.  Up until now it would be an issue, but thanks to Bart de Smet you can now use LINQ (part of .NET 3.5) to querying your SharePoint lists just like any other database. Bart has a project up on CodePlex ( http://www.codeplex.com/LINQtoSharePoint ) that will install the necessary items onto a box with Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2 to allow you to use LINQ against a SharePoint server, local or remote...
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    Test tools now available for Windows Server 2008 applications

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    For those developing on the Microsoft platform, there are free tools now available to test your applications for Windows Server 2008 compatibility. You can get ahold of these by enrolling at http://www.innovateonwindowsserver.com . You can get the bits at http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008 . Innovate on Windows Server 2008 is the development portal that includes key marketing information and resources such as the Application Compatibility Cookbook, “Works with” and Certification Test Tool...
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