September, 2008

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    SQL Server 2008

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    I attended the second batch of SQL Server application compatibility labs at the New York City MTC.  The labs provided a great opportunity to test the compatibility of applications with the released SQL 2008 Server. The ISVs that participated in the lab guided by the MTCs SQL gurus were either keen on getting a jump start on the adoption of SQL 2008 or they just wanted to see what would be involved to upgrade to the new version of SQL. Either way, the upgrade from SQL 2005 went mostly very smooth...
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    jQuery Adds to Visual Studio

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    Scott Guthrie has announced on his blog entry, jQuery and Microsoft , jQuery library will ship as part of Visual Studio . jQuery JavaScript library will be distributed as-is, and without forking or changing the source from the main jQuery branch. The files will continue to use and ship under the existing jQuery MIT license. jQuery is a lightweight open-source JavaScript library that in a relatively short span of time has become one of the most popular libraries on the Web. A big part of the appeal...
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    Visual Studio Team System “Rosario”, better together – Development Edition and Database Edition

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    In recognition of the need to provide a more integrated version of Visual Studio for Software- and Database-Developers, Visual Studio 10 will combine the two versions into one. This means that by default, the Visual Studio Developer edition will also contain the functionality targeted towards Database Developers. For current msdn subscribers there is even more good news. Starting October 1st, 2008 Development Edition and Database Edition MSDN subscribers will have access to both products.     ...
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    Silverlight 2 Developer Runtime Release Candidate Posted

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    The first release candidate for Silverlight 2 has been posted. The release updates tool support for Visual Studio and Expression Blend. There are some breaking changes between Beta2 release and this release candiate. The end-user edition has not been posted to allow developers time to update applications before sites go live. You can download the release candidate and tool support from Silverlight 2 RC0 Is Available . Read about breaking changes from Silverlight Version 2 RC0 Released!! The...
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    .NET 3.5 SP1 and ADO.NET -- What is new and exciting?

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    After looking into the new features of WPF in .NET 3.5 SP1, I will highlight the new features for data access in this post. In short, there were great improvements and additions to ADO.NET in the service pack. Specifically the introduction of the ADO.NET Entity Framework and Data Services in combination with the ADO.NET Entity Designer in Visual Studio are exciting features that are worthwhile a closer look. ADO.NET Entity Framework The ADO.NET Entity Framework is the next evolution of ADO.NET, raising...
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    Workshop Highlights Document Interoperability

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    A two-day workshop is planned around the Document Interoperability Initiative (DII). The goal is to share information with the developer community and solicit feedback on how we can work together to improve interoperability. The workshop includes presentations by the Office product team explaining Open XML interoperability, document format interoperability topics, hands-on labs with a pre-release version of 2007 Office System SP2, and discussion time. For more information and registration links...
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    Software+Services, Windows 7 Resonate at PDC2008

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    At Microsoft Professional Developers Conference (PDC2008), you’ll hear two primary themes resonating throughout the conference: Software+Services and Windows 7. Tim Sneath explains What You’ll Hear at PDC2008 in his blog, "It’s been three years since the last PDC. That's a lifetime in the software world. This year, we’ll be announcing a raft of new technologies that will impact every developer who focuses on Microsoft platform, whether your focus is Win32 or .NET, whether you specialize in server...
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    .NET 3.5 SP1 and WPF -- What is new and exciting?

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    I was looking into .NET 3.5 SP1 for a while now and I was, still am, pretty excited about all the new stuff that is in there for developers such as the ADO.NET Entity Framework, ADO.NET Data Services, and support for SQL 2008's new features. One area that slipped my attention so far (even though I feel like having ADD with all the new great technologies coming out constantly) was the improvements in WPF that just recently caught my attention. I guess the reason why I find this area of .NET 3.5 SP1...
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    Windows HPC Server 2008 Released

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    Windows HPC Server 2008 has been released to manufacturing (RTM). HPC 2008 is the second release of our integrated high performance computing (HPC) offering and a major step forward along our long term vision of making HPC an effective and seamless tool for all scientists, engineers and business analysts. The release for Windows HPC Server 2008 was announced during the keynote of 2008 High Performance on Wall Street event today in New York. A wide range of software vendors in various verticals...
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    Simplify Creation, Deployment, Management of IE-8 Pacakges

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    The Internet Explorer Administration Kit (IEAK) 8 Beta simplifies the creation, deployment and management of customized Windows Internet Explorer 8 packages. IEAK 8 can be used to configure the out-of-box Internet Explorer 8 experience for your users to manage user settings after you deploy Internet Explorer 8. Here is a quick overview of the tools included: IEAK Toolkit. The IEAK Toolkit contains helpful tools, programs, and sample files, such as bitmaps and a sample sign-up. Internet...
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    Take Your Development Skills to the Next Level

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    Learn new development skills with free step-by-step training plans and premium technical content, and get valuable discounts on select certification exams and Microsoft Press training kits. Through a solid foundation of premium technical content from renowned experts, Ramp Up provides step-by-step guidance and in-depth learning content you need to build your portfolio of professional development skills. Ramp Up offers you access to a community of peers who can support both your learning and your...
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    Windows Essential Business Server Goes RTM

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    Windows Essential Business Server (EBS) has been released to manufacturing (RTM) with general availability on November 12 according to the team blog: The Essential Business Server Team Blog . The EBS brings Windows Server and related technologies to medium-size organizations with few or no IT support staff. EBS is an all-in-one server stack designed to meet the needs of medium-size businesses. The server bundle can be configured with support from Microsoft's channel partners. The server is...
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    XamlFest Houston - Coming October 6 + 7

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    Hi everyone. Jared Bienz and I picking up the Xaml flag this year and hitting the road. We'll be hosting events called "XamlFests" around the US, and you're invited. Our first event will be in Houston on 10/6 + 10/7 - complete details appear below. Hope to see you there! jmp Description Are you excited about the WPF but concerned about the learning curve? Have you seen Silverlight but don’t know where to get started? Or are you curious about how tools like Expression Blend...
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    Windows Ads Show 'Life Without Walls'

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    The Seinfeld/Bill Gates Ads served as an icebreaker in a conversation about Windows. Now the campaign goes into the next phase. Ads tonight in the United States promote a new Windows tagline that communicates what Windows is all about — Life Without Walls . New TV spots called “I’m a PC” celebrate all of us who use Windows. Life Without Walls underscores truth about Windows and reflects our passion to connect people to each other, to the devices they use, and to enable the experiences they want...
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    Microsoft, Cray and Intel team up for cheaper supercomputer

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    Great article on how Microsoft, Cray and Intel have teamed up for cheaper supercomputers. Cray has announced its first supercomputer that runs on the Windows HPC Server 2008 (HPCS) operating system. The low-cost machine is designed for data-intensive science, engineering, and business tasks. High-performance computing is a key focus area for Microsoft this year, so this is very exciting. Business & Technology | Microsoft, Cray and Intel team up for cheaper supercomputer | Seattle Times Newspaper...
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    Conference Showcases Business Intelligence

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    We invite you to join us for the second annual Microsoft Business Intelligence Conference 2008 , which will showcase market-leading Microsoft business intelligence (BI) products, solution expertise, and customer successes. The conference will be held from October 6–8 at the Washington State Convention & Trade Center in downtown Seattle. Space is limited, so register today . The conference is designed to educate you on every aspect of the Microsoft BI offering with over 100 technical and business...
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    From Visual Studio 2008 Team System to "Rosario"

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    The next version of Visual Studio 2008 Team System is currently referred to with the Codename "Rosario".  In a series of blog posts I will explore the new features of this new release. Today, I will start with a very high level overview to get a feel on what we can expect. VS 2008 Team System is the back-end of VS 2008 and it offers features such as: Version control management Work-item tracking Build environment Reporting and Business Intelligence on project status, performance, and...
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    Cray Ships Windows HPC Server 2008

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    Cray Inc. has introduced the new Cray CX1 supercomputer pre-installed with Windows HPC Server 2008 . U.S. list prices start at $25,000 fits into standard office environments and workflows. The new product is expected to drive high productivity computing farther into the mainstream in a broad array of markets including financial services, aerospace, automotive, petroleum, life sciences, government, academic and digital media.
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    Expert Windows Driver Developers Hold Conference

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    Windows Driver Developer Conference (DDC) provides an opportunity for expert driver developers to gain deep, technical insight into the driver framework and tools for producing high-quality drivers. The focus for 2008 is on key operating system concepts and internals, device driver development, and technology-specific implementation. It will include a preview of a limited set of Windows 7 advances that are relevant to driver developers. Session titles have been released to the conference site...
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    Windows Client Scenarios - Part 1

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    I've been spending a lot of time of late on Windows Client technologies (Native Windows, WPF, Silveright, and IE8), and have been thinking about some not-so-obvious scenarios where these could be applied. As I started to catalogue them, I thought they might be interesting+useful to this community, and so I'm going to blog about them in no particular order here. The first scenario I'll talk about is providing Media Center enhancements for Silverlight enabled websites. If you're building a site...
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    Map Your Data - Part 12

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    Well, a lot has happened since my last post in this series... First and foremost, SQL Server 2008 has shipped! It's great to have our geospatial database in production now, and you can download the RTM trial bits from http://www.microsoft.com/sql , or get the full Developer Edition from http://msdn.microsoft.com if you have an MSDN subscription. Second, I had been experimenting with parsing Well Known Text representations of SQL Server 2008 spatial types in the mistaken belief that I wouldn...
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    Microsoft to join OMG

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    While Model Driven Software Development (MDSD) was a core objective for Microsoft for many years, the decision to not use the OMG standards in the modeling tools (with exception of Visio) for developers was always a topic for heated discussion. Like in all discussions there were pros and cons at the time for that decision and very often it was more a discussion driven by "religion" than by facts. Nevertheless, UML is a standard and with the evolution from UML1.0 to UML2.x there were many...
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    eWeek Describes Vision Behind Oslo

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    "Microsoft's Oslo tools and language platform is poised to push the company past .NET and into the cloud," according to an eWeek article Microsoft's Distributed Destination: Oslo . The article describes the thoughts behind Oslo and the advanced thinking that began eight years ago. "'Advance' may be putting it mildly. The trio thrust Microsoft into a decadelong effort to emerge as a driving force in the world of distributed computing and to push Microsoft’s core enterprise technologies to become...
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    Silverlight 3 to Support Streaming HD Flash Video Encoding

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    An upcoming version of Silverlight , named Silverlight 3, will be able to play high-definition videos used in Flash and music in iTunes' AAC format. The version add to the variety of streamed HD video and high-fidelity music that broadcasters are expected to bring online. Silverlight 3 won't be able to play .flv or .swf content. An early preview of Silverlight 3 will be shown at the International Broadcasting Conference (IBC) 2008 in Amsterdam this week. Scott Guthrie, Vice President, Microsoft...
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    Free Tool for LINQ Development

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    I was reading through my latest issue of MSDN magazine last night and came across a cool little tool that I thought I would blog about today.  The tool is mentioned in the “Toolbox” section of the magazine, which happens to be the first thing I read because it usually has something interesting that I haven’t heard of before…like LINQPad. If you are developing with .NET 3.5 and you’re using LINQ you will love this little lightweight utility.  LINQPad is essentially a SQL Query window that...
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