November, 2007

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    Sneak Peak - SQL Intellisense

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    In the spirit of continuing to wet your appetite for the next CTP of SQL Server 2008, I thought I would give you a glimpse of the T-SQL Intellisense functionality that is coming for SQL Server Management Studio...
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    “Time” for ADO .NET

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    A few days ago I described the new date and time data types coming in SQL Server 2008. To get the complete picture, we need to see what it looks like to use those new types from .NET Code. The necessary changes to ADO .NET come in a few places, namely extensions to the SqlDbType enum and data access functions, additional type mappings, and a completely new .NET Framework type. Let's start with the new type – System.DateTimeOffset. This new type is equivalent to the similarly named new type...
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    VB6 to VB.Net migration tool

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    For ISVs that still have code in VB6 and are planning to migrate VB.Net 2005. Code Architects are in process of releasing VB Migration Partner tool. The tool can convert VB6 applications to VB.NET. It offers tons of improvements over other migration utilities on the market. It can convert nearly all the 60+ controls in the VB6 toolbox and can handle challenging features such as Gosubs, arrays with nonzero lower index, graphic and print methods, auto-instancing variables, deterministic finalization...
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    Windows Server 2008 Test Tools

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    Free tools are now available to test your applications for Windows Server 2008 compatibility. These tools are available by enrolling with the Innovate on Windows Server 2008 site. This development portal includes key marketing information and resources such as the Application Compatibility Cookbook, test tool downloads and demos, developer resources, and links to pre-release Windows Server 2008 software. If you want to go a step further, you can get your application validated with a Works With...
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    WSV renamed Microsoft Hyper-V Server

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    As blogged about on the Windows Server blog , what was previously referred to as Windows Server virtualization or codename "Viridian" has now been officially named Microsoft Hyper-V Server. The aforementioned blog posting also lists the various Windows Server 2008 SKUs and some minor licensing changes with respect to virtualization that you should take a look at. Note: Hyper-V Server is still slated for 180 days after the release of Windows Server 2008.
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    Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 Videos

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    Ben Riga has been highlighting a number of Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 videos on channel9.msdn.com. Check them out at these links: http://blogs.msdn.com/benriga/archive/2007/11/15/phil-richardson-chats-up-crm-on-channel-9.aspx http://blogs.msdn.com/benriga/archive/2007/11/16/phil-dives-deep-into-crm-4-0-on-channel-9.aspx http://blogs.msdn.com/benriga/archive/2007/11/20/giving-workflow-foundation-something-to-do.aspx We also have a launch video on facebook - check it out here: ...
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    Reference architecture for building S+S applications now available

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    The latest architecture for building S+S application has been released. This release extends LitwareHR, our reference S+S application and provides guidance on the full spectrum of client, server, and service. This release has been named Litware V2 , a multitenant sample application. Based on frequent requests, also included in the release is a new Multi-Tenant Database Performance Guide, which provides tests results and guidance to compare the performance and scalability of different extensibility...
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    Microsoft Enterprise Service Bus Guidance for BizTalk Server 2006 R2

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    The Microsoft ESB Guidance extends the functionality of BizTalk Server 2006 R2 to provide a range of new capabilities focused on building robust, connected, service-oriented applications. The following are some of the core capabilities that the ESB Guidance provides to enhance BizTalk Server 2006 R2: Policy driven mediation: Itinerary-based service invocation that supports lightweight service composition at the time of message publication. The Itinerary mechanism dynamically resolves...
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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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    Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 RC0: VPC Image

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    We have released the Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 RC0 VPC image. You can download this image from Partner Source . If you need access then work with your PAM (Partner Account Manager). Contents of VPC Image Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 (RC0) Microsoft Dynamics CRM Laptop and Desktop Client Microsoft Dynamics CRM SDK (C:\CRM Tools\SDK) Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 Enterprise Edition (SP2) Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Internet Explorer 7 Microsoft Office Professional 2007 Microsoft...
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    Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 Launch Tour 2008 — ISV Opportunities

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    Attend this webcast on Fri Nov 30, 2007 2:00 PM ET to get an overview of the Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 launch and find out more about the opportunities for engagement for ISV partners including sponsorships for the 2008 Launch Tour. For more details see the recent post from Ben Vollmer . Sanjay Jain Microsoft Dynamics ISV Architect Evangelist
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    ISV Video on MOSS 2007 published

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    What’s New: SharePoint Expert Mauro Cardarelli from Jornata SharePoint is all the buzz. You can find out how ISV applications can benefit. Spend a few minutes with SharePoint expert Mauro Cardarelli from Jornata as he talks with Jason De Lorme at Microsoft discussing how ISVs are successfully building solutions on Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 . Mauro discusses the key strategies for ISVs to extend and integrate with SharePoint, avoid pitfalls and scope out what your SharePoint solutions...
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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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    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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    Office Developer Conference 2008

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    Office Developer Conference 2008 You won’t want to miss the Microsoft Office System Developer Conference 2008, coming to the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose, CA, February 10-13, 2008. Bill Gates will be there – how about you? To learn more and register for this conference, please click here . If you register before November 30 th , you can get a 10% discount off your registration fee by contacting your ISV Architect Evangelist for a discount code. -Suresh
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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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    Silverlight 1.1 Development with Visual Studio 2008

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    By now I'm sure you have all heard that Visual Studio 2008 has RTM'd and is available for MSDN subscribers to download in the MSDN download center.  If you are also interested in developing Silverlight 1.1 applications in .NET you have no doubt found that the existing Silverlight 1.1 Tools Alpha for Visual Studio 2008 bits don't work with the RTM version of VS2008.  Have no fear, the team has released a new version of the bits today.  So, to get started with Silverlight 1.1 you need...
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    Visual Studio 2008 SDK released

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    Many of you were glad to see us announce the Visual Studio Shell as an option for the development and customization tools you ship with your products. Well I am happy to share that the Visual Studio Extensibility team has released the first version of the Visual Studio 2008 SDK which includes support for developing for the VS Shell along with many other features, samples, etc. Check out the MSDN Developer Center for more information and then download SDK and give it a look-see...
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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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    Visual Studio 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5 shipped!

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    Start pointing your browsers at MSDN and grab the RTM bits of VS 2008 & .NET 3.5, they've shipped !! Read more about the RTM bits in Somasegar's blog .
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    Dynamics CRM Partner Launch Briefings

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    Be sure to sign up for the launch briefings for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0! Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 Launch Tour 2008 – ISV Opportunities Nov 30, 2007 11:00 AM Pacific Attend this Live Meeting to get an overview of the U.S. Dynamics CRM 4.0 launch and find out more about the opportunities for engagement for ISV partners including sponsorships for the 2008 Launch Tour. http://www.msreadiness.com/CourseDetail.aspx?id=8758 Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 Launch Tour 2008 – VAR Opportunities...
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    Windows Live Quick Applications Beta

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    Windows Live Quick Applications Beta provides customizable out-of-the box solutions for specific Web scenarios. Each Quick App is built on Windows Live services and is offered as a source code download for you to use today. Play, learn and use the websites currently on WL Quick Apps Contoso ISV (Systems Integrator / Consultancy) Adventure Works Resorts (Social Network) Contosos Bicycle Club (Membership Organisation) Contoso University (Education)
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    Acropolis code, documentation, samples available

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    Although there won't be any future versions of Acropolis , the team has released the final community technology preview (CTP) online. There is an ongoing forum, code, documentation, and samples available for those who may be interested. Perhaps I am over simplifying it, but Acropolis was to be a set of tools as the next generation Smart Application. The idea was about composing Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) applications from reusable parts and services. Acropolis might have replaced the...
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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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    New TFS and Web Testing Guidance Released

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    The Patterns & Practices team has released two new documents.  The first is a guide to help you get the most out of Team Foundation Server.  The second will aid all of you web application developers who have been looking for better ways to performance test your apps: Team Development with Visual Studio Team Foundation Server This guide shows you how to make the most of Team Foundation Server. It starts with the end in mind, but shows you how to incrementally adopt TFS for your organization...
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