May, 2008

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    Full screen Silverlight apps

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    At the end of last week, a question came up about whether Silverlight was capable of delivering apps that go beyond the browser frame. I thought I had recalled a sample that did this up on the Silverlight gallery but couldn't locate it, so I did a little more digging. I'm pleased to inform you that if you have a requirement for this, it's pretty simple and easy to do. The trick lies in setting the Application.Current.Host.Content object's IsFullScreen property to true - the only thing you'll need...
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    XNA Game Platform CTP Released for Zune

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    XNA Community Games Platform team has delivered the first community technology preview (CTP) of XNA Game Studio 3.0 , enabling developers to build games for Zune. XNA Game Studio 3.0 allows all game developers to create unique and imaginative games for the entire family of Zune media devices. This feature gives game developers access to the majority of the XNA framework APIs while retaining a seamless sense of integration with the Zune media experience. Using these tools, developers will have...
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    SQL Server 2008 Jumpstart Training Materials Available

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    You can learn the with content from the new SQL Server 2008 Jumpstart event. The site contains presentations, recordings, hands-on labs and demonstrations for the SQL Server 2008 JumpStart technical training event. There are five tracks: Overview Sessions , Database Infrastructure and Scalability , Business Intelligence Part I & II , Developer & Software + Services , and Application Compatibility & Upgrade . --> Overview Sessions Database Infrastructure and Scalability...
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    Programming SharePoint for .NET Developers Webcast Series

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    Paul Andrew announced in this blog post on Monday that we are going to be hosting a series of Webcast to help .NET developers learn how to develop on SharePoint. You can read more in Paul’s post, but in case you just want to sign-up for the sessions here they are: Date Topic and Signup URL Presenter May 20 th 9AM PST Web Parts Robert Bogue May 21 st 9AM PST Data Lists Robert Bogue May 27 th 9AM PST ...
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    Map Your Data - Part 2

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    The fundamental barrier to using WPF or Silverlight to plot data on a map is knowing where to plot geocoded points on a rectangle. A geocoded point is simply a latitude+longitude pair (I'll show you how to obtain these later), but translating these to an arbitrary rectangule is non-trivial, especially if that rectangle covers a wide region of the earth's surface. Thankfully, the MapPoint Web Service SDK provides a great boilerplate function for this which translates geocoded points to a pixel...
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    Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 - Integration and Development with .NET Framework

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    We are happy to announce the availability of Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 classes for our ISVs. For details see here . You may register here . Location Dates Dallas, TX June 12-13, 2008 Reston, VA June 16-17, 2008 Redmond, WA June 25-26, 2008 Sanjay Jain Microsoft Dynamics ISV Architect Evangelist Blogs : Team’s Blog + Sanjay’s Blog
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    Map your data - Part 1

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    Over the past year, I've been doing lots of work using WPF and Silverlight to plot data on maps, and of late, I've had the good fortune to tap into the power of SQL 2008's geospatial capabilities to enhance my applications. As I think these experiences are of general interest to ISVs, I'm going to blog about them. As I'll be going into technical detail, I'll provide digest summaries here with pointers off to detailed entries + code on my personal blog. Let me begin by providing the general premise...
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    Mythbuster -- Software Factories for ISVs

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    In this post I address, and clarify, the top 5 myths that I often hear about Software Factories, especially in regards to small software development projects and organizations! When talking to friends, colleagues, and customers about Software Factories within smaller companies, I often hear very similar objections why Software Factories seem not relevant to them. In reality however, many of those reasons are actual myths and in this post I will bust the myths that I hear most commonly. · Myth...
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    Cool Embeddable XAML Designer Component

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    Several of the ISVs I work with have a requirement to provide customized WPF forms for display within their line of business applications. These requirements range from the simple cases (e.g., load a few descriptors from a database and dynamically create a few UIElements) to the complex (e.g. enable free form layout of UIElements with free form bindng to a domain model and callbacks into a scriptable validation layer.) If you have requirements that are anywhere beyond the really simple case, you...
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    Big Picture for .NET Framework 3.5 SP1

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    Your company may be in the same state as many of my ISVs. Getting ready to launch a new product before summer. And while you are heads down doing testing, bug fixes, many are thinking about their next generation products to ship next winter and spring. And high on their list to consider, figure out, and to incorporate into their architectures are the features of .NET Framework 3.5 SP1, aka Extensions. This release ties together the the display of the data in ASP.NET controls, with your Web...
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    Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 has been RTM'd and released on Partnersource

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    I am very pleased to announce that Dynamics AX 2009 has been RTM'd L ive on Partner Source Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009!!!! Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 is AVAILABLE NOW for download from Partner Source https://mbs.microsoft.com/partnersource/support/selfsupport/productreleases/DynamicsAX2009release.htm
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    Multi-tenant Sample Uses Online Storage Provider

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    LitwareHR has been updated to support SQL Server Data Services (SSDS) as the online storage provider. LitwareHR is the Software as a Service (SaaS) reference application that demonstrates how to create multi-tenant applications on the Microsoft platform. The application includes source code to show you how it was done. The latest update includes a new data model that works with SSDS flexible entities, new infrastructure for data access to SSDS including hi-latency scenarios, cross container search...
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    Big Picture of .NET Framework 3.5

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    Each release of .NET Framework adds to previous releases of .NET. And as features come out, they are slowly evolving the architecture for new applications and for updating applications in production. It's no longer about stitching together a set of libraries together to build an application. It's about choosing what features to incorporate in order to declare the intent of your application in a way that is quicker to build and provides more flexibility. This means providing your applications with...
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    Windows Server 2008 as a development workstation

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    When I'm not messing with WPF and SL, I write software that needs to run on servers (behing WCF endpoints, usually.) I started experimenting with using Windows Server 2008 directly for this purpose, and I'm pleased to report that this experiment was quite succesful. What many folks don't know is that you can get the full desktop UI experience working on Windows Server 2008 (complete with Aero Glass if you like.) There are detailed postings out there that tell you everything you'll need to do for...
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    Enterprise Library 4.0 Assists Developers with Guidance, Code

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    The patterns & practices team has shipped Enterprise Library 4.0 , a collection of reusable software components, known as application blocks , designed to assist software developers with common enterprise development challenges, such as logging, validation, data access, exception handling. The new released includes integration with the Unity Application Block, Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) 2.0 support, performance improvements, Visual Studio 2008 support, and pluggable cache managers...
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    Create Managable Apps Using a New Health Modeling Tool Available for VSTS

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    You customers may be using System Center Operations Manager 2007 to monitor your environment, but what about your applications? Architects, developers and IT Pros have a new tool available to build highly manageable applications that can be monitored by Operations Manager. Making your applications managable make it easier and less expensive for customers who deploy and manage your applications. Manageable apps increase customer satisfaction after the purchase. Or if you host your app, your operations...
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    Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 Platform for xRM Business Applications

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    Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 is built on a sophisticated line-of-business application platform that provides the basic services required by ISVs and developers to build upon. While this ability is clearly applicable in CRM-type scenarios, Microsoft Dynamics CRM also supports a wide range of other business applications (xRM-type scenarios, helping people manage all kinds of connections and relationships of all forms: government to citizen, politician to constituent) with the essentials required for...
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    VSTS 2008 Licensing Whitepaper published

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    Brian Harry, of the Visual Studio team, posted a link to a new whitepaper the team has published on Visual Studio Team System 2008 licensing. So, if you’ve been trying to figure out just what you need to be properly licensed for Visual Studio, here’s your the information you need. Brian’s blog post Download the whitepaper
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    Nationwide Partner Briefings Offered for Citizen Service Platform (CSP)

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    The Citizen Service Platform (CSP) helps governments of all sizes more responsively deliver services to citizens via the Internet. The Platform is an extensible package that enables fast, repeatable implementation of local and regional government solutions. It leverages existing investments and can grow as new requirements arise. Built with Microsoft infrastructure components, it uses open standards and includes a set of common transactions that enable delivery of critical services to citizens...
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    Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 Performance and Scalability White Papers

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    Microsoft Dynamics CRM is designed to meet the performance and scalability requirements of large enterprises. The benchmark test results detailed in these white papers can help customers and partners understand various aspects of performance and scalability in version 4.0. See here for more details. Sanjay Jain Microsoft Dynamics ISV Architect Evangelist Blogs : Team’s Blog + Sanjay’s Blog
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    June Webcasts for Developers

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    Three sets of webcasts can help prepare you and your company for Microsoft’s emerging technologies. The webcasts are offered by ISV Innovation. Software + Services The Microsoft Software-Plus-Services (S+S) model blends locally installed, full-package software with Internet-delivered or hosted applications. The idea? Augment organizations’ on-premise software investments with components, add-on technologies, and complete applications—hosted by you, or Microsoft. This hour-long seminar on June...
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    Microsoft Dynamics Platform Adoption Stories: Client Profiles

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    In this Microsoft Dynamics Platform Adoption Stories series, I will continue to share success stories of my managed ISVs, highlighting their platform adoption experience, their Aha moments and advice to newer ISVs to be successful. Enjoy the next one… here for my conversation with Kevin Wydra, VP & Director R&D with Client Profiles , a successful ISV, in the legal industry with their flagship application CRM4Legal .     Prior Stories: ·        ...
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    Windows HPC 2008 Training Available During June

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    Microsoft invites you to participate in our HPCPAL Jumpstart technical training series for IT Pro's and Developers. This one day immersion style event will help you get the technical information you require to start deploying and developing HPC solutions leveraging Windows HPC Server 2008. You'll discuss clustered computing solution scenarios with Microsoft HPC technology specialists, review HPC platform technology roadmap, experience the advancements coming in the area of cluster management,...
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    SharePoint Fire Starter Event Comes to Redmond

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    Join the product team and experts for an all-day SharePoint Server Fire Starter Event in Redmond, WA June 11. The event includes an introduction to SharePoint, a whirlwind on how SharePoint works with Visual Studio, Silverlight and SharePoint together, Web Parts, Web Services, Workflow, Event Handlers, and Page Branding. For more details, see SharePoint Web 2.0 Fire Starter Event . To register, click here .
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    Second Beta for Windows HPC 2008 Ships

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    The second version beta of the high performance computing platform, Windows HPC 2008 has been released on the web. The release was announced on the Ryan Waite's entry on Windows Server Division WebLog . Windows HPC Server 2008 combines the power of the Windows Server platform with rich, out-of-the-box functionality to help improve the productivity and reduce the complexity of your HPC environment. Windows HPC Server 2008 can efficiently scale to thousands of processing cores and provides a comprehensive...
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