October, 2008

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    Web Slices, IE8 and S+S

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    RSS or really simple syndication has become a great tool to provide updates to a website subscriber. An RSS feed requires the web site to duplicate some content to be published as an XML file or feed, that a software running on the client (IE, Outlook or readers) downloads for consumption. RSS has become a great technology that showcases Software + Services model. A Web Slice allows users to subscribe to a portion of a Web page. The Web Slice format consists of the minimum HTML annotations necessary...
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    Coming Soon! Accelerators for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0

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    The Microsoft Dynamics CRM Team is pleased to announce the upcoming availability of eight no-cost add-on solutions for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0. Each accelerator showcases how the Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 platform can be configured and extended to broaden marketing, sales and service capabilities. Microsoft Dynamics CRM customers and partners can further configure these Accelerators to meet their specific business needs. Accelerators for Marketing, Sales and Service Analytics Support...
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    New Contest: Dare to Dream Different Challenge

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    Do you dream of a world where thermostats use weather forecasts to minimize energy usage and to run your sprinkler system, retail kiosks checkout items from inside your basket and send out-of-stock items home, your refrigerator reorders groceries, home appliances negotiate with each other to reduce power consumption, or the treadmill monitors your health and provides advice from your doctor? Would you like to make this fantasy world real by using the power of our easy to use developer tools? Then...
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    New Screencast: Creating Outlook Context Menus and a Meeting from an Email

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    I recently published a new screencast for Office developers.  This brief (12 minute) screencast walks through creating your own context menu entry when you right click a selected item in your inbox.  The code uses the selected email to then create a new meetings request, something people have been asking for for a while now. You can view the screencast here: Outlook Context Menus and Creating a Meeting from an Email Here's my current VSTO related screencast's: Using Office 2007 Icons in...
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    SharePoint Development with Team Foundation Server (TFS)

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    Do you develop applications on SharePoint? Or SharePoint webparts?  Do you use TFS?  Would guidance around using TFS to develop custom SharePoint products?  Well, the SharePoint and TFS teams are working together to bring you that information.  You can find the first installment on there developer center at: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/sharepoint/cc990283.aspx Using Team Foundation Server to Develop Custom SharePoint Products and Technologies Applications This article discusses...
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    Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 BizTalk Adapter Now Available

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    The Microsoft BizTalk® Server 2006 adapter for Microsoft Dynamics® CRM 4.0 is now available. This adapter has the same functionality as the previously released 3.0 adapter, with the following updates: Supports both 32-bit and 64-bit deployments of Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 Supports form-based authentication Supports multi-tenancy With this adapter, you can integrate Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 with any other non-Microsoft business application using the BizTalk server mapping capabilities...
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    BI Roadmap for SQL Server Redefines Self-service Tools, Reporting, Data Warehousing

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    The roadmap for business intelligence (BI) applications written in SQL Server was announced at the Microsoft Business Intelligence Conference this week in Seattle. Codename Kilimangaro The next version of the SQL Server, code-named Kilimanjaro, is scheduled for release in the first half of 2010 with a focus on self-service and reporting capabilities for BI. A community technology preview (CTP) should be available within the next 12 months. Codename Gemini The self-service features are...
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    Dive into Surface Programming at PDC

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    If you are like me then you probably saw some of the demos of the Surface table and/or saw them live in an AT&T store, or at one of the Microsoft MTCs. Like me, you then probably thought: "wow, this is cool..." and you were wondering if you can get your hands on the SDK to see how to develop programs that use the touch interface. Well, at least I did ;-). Unfortunately, until now you could only get access to the SDK if you got your own Surface table and honestly, the $10,000 it currently...
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    Surface SDK to be available at PDC later this month

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    Saw an article today at silicon.com that announced "the long-awaited software developer kit for the Surface tabletop computer will be made available to those attending Microsoft's Professional Developer Conference (PDC) at the end of the month." Here's the link to the article: http://software.silicon.com/os/0,39024651,39299687,00.htm Background is that Microsoft recently made the pledge on the PDC website , as part of a listing for a session focused on writing Surface applications. Here...
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    Certified for Microsoft Dynamics - Conference Call

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    Learn more about the benefits of certifying (slide-deck) your solution for Certified for Microsoft Dynamics which is Microsoft’s highest standard for partner-developed solutions. Log into PartnerSource for call-in information . Learn how you could get into the next Business Solutions catalogue. Sanjay Jain Microsoft Dynamics ISV Architect Evangelist Blogs : Team’s Blog + Sanjay’s Blog
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    Running SQL Server 2008 in a Hyper-V Environment

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    Have you wondered how well SQL Server 2008 will run in a Hyper-V environment? The SQL Server team has published a white paper with performance metrics of running certain workloads with and without Hyper-V. The goal of this document is to help address two key areas of running SQL Server in a Hyper-V environment: · System resource overhead imposed by running SQL Server in a Hyper-V environment · How well Hyper-V scales running SQL Server 2008 The results show that SQL Server 2008 on Hyper...
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    .NET 3.5. SP1 best practices – When to use the ASP.NET MVC Framework

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    With the release of the ASP.NET MVC Framework on Codeplex the question I get asked frequently from my ISV is how to decide when to use the Web Forms based or the Model View Controller (MVC) based architecture. As with all solutions in life, there is NO silver bullet and it boils down to the solution architect to weigh the benefits and liabilities of both approaches to decide on the best fitting solution for the given business problem. In a nutshell, these are the benefits for each of the two: Advantages...
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    New Common Service Locator library

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    Just read about a great new library from Glenn Block . The new library is on Codeplex and it provides a shared interface for IoC ( Inversion of Control ) containers. The library allows developers to build applications and frameworks which leverage IoC / Service location without being tied to a particular implementation. It was a collaborative effort between P&P ( Patterns and Practices ), MEF ( Managed Extensibility Framework ) and several IoC authors including Chris Tavares (Unity), Jeremy Miller...
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    C# Explored with Anders Hejlsberg

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    Computerworld interviewed Anders Hejlsberg who is the lead architect for the C# languages about C# and its future. In an interview in The A-Z of Programming Languages: C# , Anders describes the reasons for the development of the Common Language Runtime (CLR) and C#. "There were several elements that we considered key design goals, like support for the next level up from object oriented programming, to component based programming where properties and metadata attributes were all first class in...
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    Meet the ISV Evangelism Team at PDC

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    We're in the final countdown to the PDC, taking place later this month in Los Angeles (Oct 27-30). We'll have several members of the ISV team there including John Pelak (112 posts, Mr. Windows Client), Jared Bienz (36 posts, our Silverlight guy) , Murray Gordon (37 posts, Podcast man), Jason De Lorme (28 posts, Captain Virtualization), Warren Wilbee (61 posts, Community Catalyst), and me. We are hosting an " ISV Developers " booth in the exhibit area, along with the people that create and run...
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    Hyper-V Server Available for FREE

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    Today a new product from Microsoft; Hyper-V Server 2008, became available for download free of charge . This is the same Hyper-V technology available as a role in Windows Server 2008, but it's important to understand that Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 is a stand-alone product. It operates with no GUI, which is similar to Windows Server 2008 running Server Core mode with the Hyper-V role. Of course any guest operating systems you host in Hyper-V it will require the appropriate license.
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    Webcast Explores Features of Internet Explorer 8.0

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    Internet Explorer 8 is the next version of the world’s most popular browser for Windows PCs and balances user experience, standards-support and developer platform investments to provide a window to the new Web – the Web of Online services. Come and learn more about the new features offered in Internet Explorer 8.0. The Webcast is November 6 at 9 am Pacific. Register to attend at Internet Explorer 8.0: Explore the New Features in IE 8.0 .
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    Visual Studio 2010, .NET Framework 4.0 Roadmaps

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    Gunther and I have been blogging about several of the new features that are coming in Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4.0. So far, we've mentioned: Enhancements to connected systems . Visual Studio Team Architect Enhancements . And how the Visual Studio Database and Developer Editions are merged . But these are details to an overall investment that in key areas for Visual Studio 2010 and .NET FX 4.0. In addition, there's more about how you can use Visual Studio 2010 to: ...
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    WCF, WF, Application Server Enhancements Announced -- CTP Available at PDC

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    Significant enhancements to Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) and Windows Workflow Foundation (WF) in the .NET Framework 4.0 release and an enhanced set of application server capabilities in Windows Server codenamed “Dublin" have been announced in a blog posting, The Road to PDC - .NET Framework 4.0 and “Dublin” . The enhancements extend the power of Microsoft’s application server and simplify the development, deployment, configuration, management, and scalability of composite applications...
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    Visual Studio Team System 2010 – Team Architect

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    Two days ago the product team of the next version Visual Studio Team System (VSTS) started to lift the curtain on the next version named VSTS 2010. Furthermore, every day this week the team is publishing screen casts packed with information on the new features that will be in this new version. Each day the VSTS team focuses on another skew of the Team System Suite. so, yesterday the focus was on the Team System Architect Edition, which I find the most interesting anyway ;-) (yes, I might be biased...
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