October, 2008

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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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    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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    Microsoft is now the leader in Enterprise Search (Gartner)

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    Congrats to guys at Microsoft's Enterprise Search Group. According to Gartner, Microsoft is now the leader in Enterprise Search . You can check out the report at http://mediaproducts.gartner.com/reprints/microsoft/vol6/article4/article4.html . Kudos for all the hard work across Enterprise Search Group spanning Search Server Express , SharePoint and FAST ESP. Here's a screenshot of the Magic Quadrant. Not Microsoft is in the top right quandrant, commonly referred to as the magic quadrant. Microsoft...
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    Enabling Offline capabilities by Microsoft Sync Framework (RTM)

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    One of the values of Microsoft Software + Services strategy is enabling offline capabilities to your online software assets. Software + Service paradigm allows you to work offline with your data and then automatically synchronizes it on the cloud. Disconnected or occasionally connected software which is the right solution for many road warriors and also for folks who work from home and not have the same kind of bandwidth and don’t/can’t be always connected. Microsoft Sync Framework is a comprehensive...
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    Surface at PDC

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    Surface is one cool piece of technology and it's certainly one of the coolest from Microsoft. Unfortunately, since it was first announced access to the SDK has been reserved for initial launch partners like AT&T and Harrah's . Now, those attending the 2008 PDC will be among the first to gain public access to the SDK and learn about developing on the platform. And I'm pretty sure the SDK will be included on the shiny new 160GB hard drives we're giving away to every attendee. How cool is that?...
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    Download Windows Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio

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    With the new Windows Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio , we make it easy for Visual Studio and .NET developers to build, debug, test, and deploy Web applications for our cloud platform. You can build an ASP.NET Web application using the same tools and techniques you use today – the experience is the same. The tools include a developer cloud environment that runs on your machine, so you can test and debug your applications before deploying them. The tool will also make it very easy to deploy...
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    Forrester ranks Microsoft Dynamics CRM ahead of Salesforce.com

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    Recently, Forrester announced the results of its rankings for its CRM Sales and Customer Service Wave reports. Forrester ranked Microsoft Dynamics CRM as the #1 solution in the Direct Sales Management category, beating out Salesforce.com, Oracle Siebel, SAP CRM, and all others in SFA. Also, Dynamics CRM was ranked as #1 in the “Record Customer-Centric” category over Salesforce, Oracle, and SAP. This category focuses on complex B2B relationships where customer service is driven from within the CRM...
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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 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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    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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    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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    Live platform

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    Web 2.0 has already changed the way users think about the web sites they visit, raising expectations for information sharing and collaboration. Microsoft’s Live Platform lets you easily put the social and collaborative capabilities into your website to create rich experiences online, and helps consumers keep those experiences synchronized, online and off, across all their devices. Live platform enables you to add compelling, sticky web capabilities, and dramatically increase audience engagement on...
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    Windows 7 Beta To Ship Early 2009

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    Early version of Windows 7 was unveiled at Professional Developers Conference . Windows 7 extends developers’ investments in Windows Vista and encourages the creation of new applications and services for the Windows platform. Attendees receive a pre-beta version of Windows 7; the delivery of the beta version is scheduled for early 2009 to MSDN subscribers. Demos at PDC shows multi-touch user interfaces where gestures to move between items. Ribbons are added to many of the commonly used tools within...
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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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    Windows Azure Services Platform Starts Next Generation Software Development for ISVs

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    Microsoft has announced the Azure™ Services Platform . Azure offers independent software vendors (ISVs) the ability to provide their customers a range of choices in user experience over the Web or on connected PCs, servers, and mobile devices. ISVs can take advantage of the Azure Services Platform to deliver software as a service without having to maintain data centers or build new capabilities on existing investments in on-premises applications. Ray Ozzie, Microsoft chief software architect,...
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    Silverlight 2 Release Updates Now Available

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    Silverlight 2 has been released to the Web. You can download Silverlight 2 and the Visual Studio 2008 and Expression Blend 2 tool support to target it from Get Started . Silverlight 2 is small in size (4.6MB) and takes only 4-10 seconds to install on a machine that doesn't already have it. It does not require the .NET Framework to be installed on a computer to run - the Silverlight setup download includes everything necessary to play video or run applications. Silverlight 2 includes a rich...
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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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    New Screencast: How to Send Just a few Slides from PowerPoint as an Email Attachment

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    Ever wanted to send someone just one or two slides from a PowerPoint deck?  Have you gone through the painful process of deleting all the slides you didn't want to send and then saving it as a new deck, then sending it?  Or maybe you've copied the ones you wanted and then pasted them into a new deck before sending?  Worse yet, did you copy them and past them directly into the email as images and thus make your email to big to send?  Ok, you get the picture.  This is a common...
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    Dynamics Sessions @ PDC2008

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    It’s no secret that the nature of software development is radically changing. Come to PDC2008 to experience Microsoft’s vision for cloud computing and building applications that seamlessly bridge the gaps between PC, Web, and phone, and be the first to see the full range of advances in Windows 7, the next major version of the Windows client operating system. Here are five Dynamics Sessions you don’t want to miss at PDC2008 …. Case Study: Bridging On-Premises with the Cloud David Shutt...
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    ASP.NET MVC Goes Beta

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    ASP.NET MVC , the model view controller architecture for Web applications based on .NET 3.5 Framework, is now available as a beta release. The release supports both Visual Studio 2008 and Visual Web Developer 2008 Express SP1. ASP.NET MVC is an alternative, not a replacement, for ASP.NET Web Forms that offers the following benefits: Clear separation of concerns Testability - support for Test-Driven Development Fine-grained control over HTML and JavaScript Intuitive URLs For example...
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    Who is behind the Microsoft Dynamics CRM SDK, communities and all those great whitepapers?

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    Over the last few years our documentation for Microsoft Dynamics CRM has got better and better. With every passing month we see new SDK updates and whitepapers talking about scaling Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 to 24 thousand users with sub second response times. It was time to track down the people behind this great content and get them talking on camera about the work that they do. First on camera was the Microsoft Dynamics Community and Content Strategy Team . This is the team responsible for...
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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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    Must See PDC Sessions for ISVs

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    Microsoft PDC is coming next week. I've spent several days in the last couple weeks watching many of the practice sessions. Here's my list of must-see sessions that apply to ISV decision makers and architects. In my opinion, there are several important themes for ISVs: Cloud Services. How should you build next generation applications for the cloud? What changes are needed to current applications? How can new technology around identity make life easier? How to connect to data? Updates to...
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    Virtual Machine Manager 2008 Supports Hyper-V, VMware

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    System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 has been released. ISVs use Virtual Machine Manager to manage testing and customer support environments without the cost of separate computers for each type of environment. Virtual Machine Manager is part of a suite of software that supports virtualization. It is designed for Windows Server 2008 and Microsoft Hyper-V Server yet supports VMware virtual environments. System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 provides a management solution for the virtualized...
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    Build Surface Apps Without Needing the Surface Device

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    You'll no longer need to buy a Surface device to get the SDK, allowing more of you to get started writing touch-based apps platform. The Surface SDK will be made available at Professional Developers Conference next week. Jared had talked about this in his blog entry, Surface at PDC . Coupled with a piece of table top-like hardware that has cost about $15,000, Surface applications respond to touch, natural gestures, and physical objects. Interactivity is enabled. Objects placed on the display can...
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