June, 2008

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    Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 Virtual PC Image posted to MBS Partnersource

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    We have posted the VPC image for Dynamics AX 2009 to Partnersource which includes many additional software components to use in sales demonstrations. You can get the link from this url - http://blogs.msdn.com/controlpanel/blogs/posteditor.aspx?SelectedNavItem=Posts&sectionid=9654&postid=8658378 Thanks John O'Donnell | Microsoft Dynamics ISV Architect Evangelist | Microsoft Corporation http://blogs.msdn.com/jodonnell | http://blogs.msdn.com/usisvde
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    Security Development Lifecycle Resources Help ISVs

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    It turns out that less than 10% of vulnerabilities disclosed through June 2007 were targeted at Operating Systems. More than 90% of vulnerabilities targeted at the application layer. In his blog entry How Vulnearable are Software Applications? , S. Somasegar , Senior Vice President at Microsoft's Developer Division, addresses the Security Development Lifecycle (SDL) as a way softwae companies can address the threat. He says, "All software development organizations need to really think about security...
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    Innovation Fuels Next-Gen PC Design

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    Industrial designers have been competing for the Microsoft-sponsored Next-Gen PC Design Competition. Inspiration for the award-winning design separates the interface from the PC. And it looks like a napkin holder. In popular imagination, the humble napkin is, of course, much more than an absorbent piece of tissue for dabbing one’s mouth between the main courses of a restaurant meal. It’s an impromptu idea pad for sketching out business plans, design blueprints and other creative endeavors over...
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    Force directed layout --> tag cloud?

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    When I'm not doing mapping, I occasionally digress into other application scenarios. Of late, tag clouds have been all the rage, and yet, when recently faced with the challenge of implementing one, I realized that the layout algorithm is non-trivial. In the past, force directed layouts had been helpful, and so I thought of applying them here. If you're not familiar with the concept, the idea is to model an arbitray graph with nodes as charged particles connected by spring edges (see http://en...
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    Map your Data – Part 3

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    Sorry I've been away from this, but time to get back at it.  There have been a number of highly positive developments on this topic in the interim - can't wait to share them with you. In my first post in this series, I motivated why you might want to use WPF/SL to plot data on map.  In my second post , I showed how you could find the correct x+y pixel coordinate to plot a geocoded lat+long point on a canvas in WPF/SL. I’ll get to the options available to render a map soon, but before that...
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    New Site Focuses on Environment, Sustainability

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    A new site shows how software can technology can help people and businesses foster environmental sustainability. The site, Microsoft Environment: Innovating to Improve Our Planet , includes a white paper showing Windows Server 2008 power savings, a video to help make energy-conscious decisions about personal computer purchases, and more. A page on technical guidance describes Microsoft data center best practices, and how power management, virtualization are used to help the environment. The Make...
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    Map your Data – Part 8

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    While the MapPoint Web Service SDK is highly cool and nice and lightweight, I gotten lots of requests about using this technique with Virtual Earth. At first I thought “sure – no problem – I’ll just grab a VisualBrush from the .NET Web Browser control and then point it to a web page hosting the VE control.”  It turned out to me much trickier than I expected (hardcore WPF folks are probably snickering at the naivete of my attempt…) Fortunately for me, I have friends who are much smarter than...
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    BizTalk Server 2006 R3 Timeline and Features

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    If you are interested in using BizTalk Server with the launch wave of 2008 products like the latest .NET Framework, SQL Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 and Visual Studio 2008, you will need to wait just a little longer. BizTalk Server 2006 R3 will be following just after the 2008 wave of releases. This updated version of BizTalk Server will be designed for the latest versions of Windows Server, the .NET Framework, Visual Studio, and SQL Server. Along with support for the 2008 wave of products, the...
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    Windows Vista Facts Speak to Many Advantages

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    When we released Windows Vista, security was clearly a top priority. However, one of the implications of the increased focus on security was that compatibility with Windows Vista was not where we wanted it to be at launch. Over the past eighteen months, Microsoft and our partners have made tremendous progress in compatibility, performance, and battery life. Here are updates on a few key facts: Windows Vista now supports more than 77,000 printers, cameras, speakers and other devices. More...
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    Incubation Weeks Redux

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    I was fortunate enough to have participated in 2 Incubation Weeks at the Microsoft Technology Centers in Boston and Silicon Valley , and would like to personally thank everyone who participated in and supported the events. If you're not familiar with the concept, Incubation Weeks are intended to help startups explore early-stage development of their product/service ideas using Microsoft tools and technologies (see http://www.masshightech.com/stories/2008/06/16/weekly12-New-Microsoft-software-incubation...
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    SQL Server 2008 RC 0 Available on Download Center

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    You can get the release candidate of SQL Server 2008 from Microsoft Download or through your MSDN subscription. To download, see SQL Server 2008 RC0 Download . You can also download it through your MSDN subscription . The released version is scheduled for third calendar quarter this year. This release includes support for upgrading failover clusters from previous versions of SQL Server, as well as several bug fixes and minor improvements that we have made in response to the extensive customer...
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    Resources to help justify Team System for your Organization

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    We recently put this list of resources together for an ISV. Here's some great info, if you are in the process of evaluating or trying to bring Visual Studio Team System (VSTS) into your organization. These links provide great support when you are creating a cost benefit analysis. All of my ISV's have gone through this process in order to get management to approve a new Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) solution. Cost Benefit Analysis – ROI, Case Studies, ALM Best Practices, ALM Assessment...
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    Develop Real World Apps with S+S Blueprints

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    Building Software-plus-Services (S+S) applications is getting easier with S+S Blueprints. S+S is about providing your customers with choices of on premises or hosted applications. The S+S Blueprints are a series of open source frameworks and guidance packages to make it easier to build real-world S+S applications. Blueprints include source code, utilities, guidance, structured step-by-step workflow-based guidance and tools delivered within Visual Studio 2008. Each Software-plus-Services Blueprint...
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    Microsoft Dynamics Platform Adoption Stories: Logotec S+S

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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… Click here for my conversation with Jerzy Dryndos, Founder and CEO of Logotec Engineering to discuss their experience of leveraging Power Of Choice of Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 Platform to provide a Software + Service based Mobile solution to Microsoft...
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    Windows Roadmap Updated

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    Bill Veghte, Senior Vice President at Microsoft, explores the plans for Windows XP, progress with Windows Vista , and the view toward Windows 7 in an open letter to Windows customers. Security and other critical updates continue for Windows XP through 2014. Although the “end of sales” date is June 30, Veghte explains how customers can purchase Windows XP and under what circumstances. That said, there are several compelling reasons for Windows Vista, including security and compatibility. PCs...
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    Best Practices Security Tools Help ISVs Protect Against Web Attacks

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    Microsoft Security Advisory (954462): Rise in SQL Injectsion Attacks Exploiting Unverified User Data provides advice and tools to protect against a rise in SQL injection attacks. A recent escalation in attacks on Web sites exploits unverified user data input. The attacks target Web sites that do not follow secure coding practices for accessing and manipulating data stored in a relational database. But the vulnerability is not exploited in Web applications that follow best practices to verify user...
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    Map your Data – Part 5

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    In my last post , I showed how to process WKT emitted by SQL 2008 spatial types in WPF/SL.  The next step in turning our freshly parsed lat+long pairs into System.Windows.Shapes. private static List<System.Windows.Shapes.Polygon> CreateMapPolygons(MyModel model, Style polygonStyle) {     if (model           == null) return null;     if (model.MapBricks == null) return null;     if (polygonStyle   ...
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    Microsoft Dynamics Platform Adoption Stories: Proscape

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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… Click here for my conversation with Derek Pollock, Co-founder and President and Steve Chin, VP Business Development and Alliances of Proscape , to discuss their experience of adopting Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 Platform to provide a Software + Service...
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    Distributed Caching Architecture = Codename "Velocity"

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    Microsoft project code named "Velocity" provides a highly scalable in-memory application cache for all kinds of data. By using cache, your application performance can improve significantly by avoiding unnecessary calls to the data source. By using distributed cache, your application can scale to match an increasing demand with increasing throughput. "Velocity" distributed cache is provided in the form of a cache cluster, simplifying your application code by managing the complexities...
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    Architecture Explorer Validates Application Code in Next Visual Studio Team System

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    The ability to model architecture of an application and validate it against application code will be added to the next version of Visual Studio Team System, code named Rosario . A new feature will allow you to create a visual map of your application's architecture and the compare it with the back-end code. The feature, called Architecture Explorer, lets you create new architecture and new contstraints depending on the needs of the application and its code as part of the overall lifecycle development...
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    Silverlight 2.0 Beta 2 is released

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    Microsoft Silverlight is a cross-browser, cross-platform, and cross-device plug-in for delivering the next generation of .NET based media experiences and rich interactive applications for the Web. Silverlight 2.0 Beta 2 is release, you can start on Beta 2 by Install Visual Studio 2008 then Install Silverlight Tools Beta 2 for Visual Studio 2008 This add-on to Visual Studio 2008 allows you to use .NET to create Silverlight 2 Beta 2 Web sites. The Silverlight 2 Beta 2 Runtime and the Silverlight...
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    Microsoft Dynamics Platform Adoption Stories: Bottomline Technologies

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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… Click here for my conversation with Dan Gangai, Director of Product Management of Bottomline Technologies to discuss his experience of adopting Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 to provide Create!form , an advanced document processing solution for Microsoft...
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    Map your Data – Part 9

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    I realize that I had forgotten to cover geocoding, so I’ll discuss it here now.  Geocoding is simply the process of assigning latitude+longitude(+altitude) to geographic features. Many times when building apps of this type, you’ll be provided with vast quantities of geocoded data points in an easy-to-consume format.  Other times, you’ll be lucky to have an address. If that’s your situation, the MapPoint Web Service SDK provides geocoding that, given an address, will: return a lat+long return...
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    Windows Embedded Standard 2009 Launches

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    Today we launched Windows Embedded Standard 2009 , the successor to Windows XP Embedded. You can get info at the launch site , but here’s just a few of the key facts: Built on the trusted, secure Windows XP kernel – now with SP3. Additional embedded features (write filters, custom shell, etc.). 12000+ components to choose from for customized OS images. New functionality: NETFx 3.5, Silverlight, IE7, WMP 11, RDP 6.1. 10 years of professional support, starting at RTM in September...
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    46 New Tutorials Available on ASP.NET AJAX Control Toolkit

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    The ASP.NET team has just a new series of 46 tutorials that will explore techniques for implementing the different controls in the ASP.NET AJAX Control Toolkit. These tutorials are geared to be concise and provide step-by-step instructions with plenty of screen shots to walk you through the process visually. Each tutorial is available in Visual Basic and Visual C# versions and includes a download of the complete code used. You can access each tutorial from ASP.NET AJAX Control Tutorials . The...
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