September, 2008

Most Recent Posts
  • US ISV Evangelism

    Visual Studio Team System “Rosario”, better together – Development Edition and Database Edition

    • 0 Comments
    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.     ...
  • US ISV Evangelism

    Preview 5 of ASP.NET MVC Supports Form Posting

    • 0 Comments
    Scott Guthrie has announced the latest version of ASP.NET MVC in his blog posting, ASP.NET MVC Preview 5 and Form Posting Scenarios . ASP.NET MVC now works with both Visual Studio 2008 and Visual Web Developer 2008 Express SP1 edition. The newer version includes all of the features in Preview 4, plus assistance for form posting scenarios, including: The ability to publish a single action URL and dispatch it differently depending on the HTTP Verb. Model Binders that allow rich parameter...
  • US ISV Evangelism

    Silverlight 3 to Support Streaming HD Flash Video Encoding

    • 3 Comments
    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...
  • US ISV Evangelism

    The Mojave Experiment - now with Silverlight!

    • 0 Comments
    Many of you might have heard of the Mojave Experiment, and some of you might have snickered at that site's use of another rich client technology. :) (In case you haven't, the Mojave Experiment documented the reactions of users to an operating system called "Mojave." Reactions were generally favorable, but the surprise came when users found out that "Mojave" was really just Vista. Quite an interesting experiment in perceptions.) Well, snicker no more - we've updated the Mojave Experiment site...
  • US ISV Evangelism

    Software+Services, Windows 7 Resonate at PDC2008

    • 0 Comments
    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...
  • US ISV Evangelism

    jQuery Adds to Visual Studio

    • 0 Comments
    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...
  • US ISV Evangelism

    Details Explored for IE-8 Compatibility Mode for Apache Servers

    • 0 Comments
    There's been several blog postings here about how to set your web pages so they will display in Internet Explorer 8 out-of-the-box as they would have in Internet Explorer 7. The challenge is that Internet Explorer 8 renders pages in a more standards-compliant manner by default. And that change can affect how pages that were tweaked for Internet Explorer 7 work. Hanu Kommalapati has written a blog entry that explains the steps to set backwards compatibility in the Apache 2.2 HTTP Server configuration...
  • US ISV Evangelism

    XamlFest Houston - Coming October 6 + 7

    • 0 Comments
    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...
  • US ISV Evangelism

    Build Your Applications Using Silverlight 2

    • 1 Comments
    "User experience has never been a top concern when developing line-of-business (LOB) apps, but Silverlight 2 might change that," according to Anthony Lombardo who writes in Dr. Dobbs Portal. His article, Building Line-of-Business Apps with Silverlight 2 , describes how to gve your application "a perfect mix of usability and appeal." He describes building a Silverlight 2 application using ASP.NET 3.5 including authentication, roles, and profiles. He then shows how to store user defined settings...
  • US ISV Evangelism

    Windows Client Scenarios - Part 1

    • 0 Comments
    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...
  • US ISV Evangelism

    Free Tool for LINQ Development

    • 0 Comments
    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...
  • US ISV Evangelism

    Windows HPC Server 2008 Released

    • 0 Comments
    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...
  • US ISV Evangelism

    New PDC Topics Published

    • 0 Comments
    We just published over 50 new sessions on our way to over 200 total sessions at Professional Developers Conference in October. Learn what’s in store for the future of ASP.NET. Have some fun with XNA and game development, or go in-depth with IronRuby. Hear how the NBC Olympics site was built and about lessons learned. Other topics include: Live Mesh, Office Communications Server, SQL Server 2008, FAST, Silverlight, Oslo, Visual Studio Team System, Virtualization, SharePoint, Dynamics, and more...
  • US ISV Evangelism

    New Release of F# Includes Visual Studio Integration

    • 1 Comments
    The September community technology preview (CTP) of F# marks an important step along the path to integrate the F# language into Visual Studio. F#, a functional programming language for the .NET platform, combines the strengths of functional programming with the breadth of frameworks and tools available with .NET and Visual Studio. F# has appeal for developers who work with scientific and technical computing. But mainstream developers can take advantage of the power of F# too. Ted Neward provides...
  • US ISV Evangelism

    Silverlight 2 Developer Runtime Release Candidate Posted

    • 0 Comments
    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...
  • US ISV Evangelism

    eWeek Describes Vision Behind Oslo

    • 0 Comments
    "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...
  • US ISV Evangelism

    Conference Showcases Business Intelligence

    • 0 Comments
    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...
  • US ISV Evangelism

    Multi tenant data access architecture blueprint

    • 0 Comments
    The Multi Tenant Data Access (MTDA) Blueprint, part of the Software-plus-Services Blueprint program, provides guidance on writing a SQL Server based, single instance, multi-tenant data access layer. The blueprint consists of: The base blueprint that generates the scaffolding of the solution and tenant management. An optional Unit tests blueprint for adding a test project to the solution, with basic fixtures. An entity definition blueprint to help you create entities with...
  • US ISV Evangelism

    From Visual Studio 2008 Team System to "Rosario"

    • 0 Comments
    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...
  • US ISV Evangelism

    Expert Windows Driver Developers Hold Conference

    • 0 Comments
    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...
  • US ISV Evangelism

    Map Your Data - Part 12

    • 0 Comments
    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...
  • US ISV Evangelism

    Windows Essential Business Server Goes RTM

    • 0 Comments
    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...
  • US ISV Evangelism

    Windows Ads Show 'Life Without Walls'

    • 0 Comments
    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...
  • US ISV Evangelism

    .NET 3.5 SP1 and ADO.NET -- What is new and exciting?

    • 0 Comments
    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...
  • US ISV Evangelism

    Microsoft, Cray and Intel team up for cheaper supercomputer

    • 0 Comments
    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...
Page 1 of 2 (34 items) 12