March, 2009

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    C# moved to #1 for Programming Book Sales According to O’Reilly’s Radar

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    Book sales is probably not the most accurate measure for the usage of different programming languages, but with no doubt, the sales of books is strongly correlated with the interest and uptake of the languages. I found it very interesting to see a recent publication on O’Reilly’s radar by Mike Hendrickson, discussing the state of the Computer Book Market in 2008. While the overall market for programming books was down 5.9% during 2008 certain books for programming languages are still experiencing...
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    Partners Build Demos for Windows 7 in a Fraction of the Time with Windows Demo Toolkit

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    Are you Gold Certified or Certified partner who wants a way to demo your software on Windows 7? If so, the brand new Windows Demo Toolkit (WDT) is a collection of resources that makes demoing the Windows operating system as easy as possible. You can use WDT to create engaging and reliable demos in a fraction of the time. WDT is available exclusively for Certified and Gold Certified Partners. The heart of the Windows Demo Toolkit is the Foundation Suite, a deployment of Windows 7 Beta tailored...
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    Windows Version 6.1?

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    If you're running Windows 7, you may be wondering what "version" of Windows you are really running? There's a blog post here that describes how we got to the name "Windows 7". The long and short of it is that Windows 7 is a major new release, however internally we still retain the same major version number as Vista. Vista was 6.0, Windows 7 is 6.1. If you execute winver.exe, ver.exe or use the GetVersionEx() API you will see "Version 6.1" or dwMajorVersion == 6, dwMinorVersion == 1. The primary...
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    Highlight on Visual Studio 2008 Quality Features

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    One of the features, coming with Visual Studio out of the box which is widely under-used is the static code analysis tool FxCop. The free tool provides static code checking to help with many different aspects of managed code development. In tough economic times the consistent  use of static code checking tool can not only avoid common mistakes but also save real $$$ by cutting some of the maintenance cost that would occur from bugs and bad coding practices. Considering 70% of all costs during...
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    Team System 2010 Roadmap

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    With Visual Studio 2010 on the horizon I’ve been asked a number of times what’s in store for the next release of Team System. Bill Mauer is hosting a webcast later this month to articulate exactly that. If you’re interested, please register to attend and please feel free to forward this on to those you know who may also be interested. Microsoft’s Product Management organization recently released more detailed information on the upcoming Visual Studio Team System 2010 release (formerly code name Rosario...
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    Compare How Your Site Renders in Various Browsers Using Expression Web SuperPreview

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    Designers and developers want their Web applications to render as intended in various browsers. You can now code your markup, and compare to Firefox, Safari, IE6, Internet Explorer 8 and even to your PhotoShop comps to make sure that your design is pixel-perfect. Expression Web SuperPreview simplifies testing and debugging layout issues across different web browsers and platforms. You can view your pages in multiple browsers simultaneously or view how a page renders in a browser and compare it...
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    First Look at New Office 14 Roadmap

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    Chris Capossela , senior VP of the company's information worker group, expalined what is coming in the next version of Office System in an interview with Information Week in Microsoft Opens Office 14 Kimono, Slightly . You'll find the focus will be on collaboration, new developer scenarios, and evolving Office's role in Microsoft's "software plus services" strategy via new Web applications, and improved mobile access. Office Web Applications , lightweight browser-based versions of the full client...
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    Win7 Logo Program - an update for ISVs

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    The Windows 7 launch is coming up soon, and we're doing everything we can to help ISVs get their apps compatible and certified for our new consumer OS. Those who wish to be notified as program updates are made available and when tools are released can opt-in to receive email notifications via the following link: http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=9653015 The final documentation of the Windows 7 Logo Program , which can be found at the following link: http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=9630189...
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    ASP.NET MVC eBook Tutorial Available for Free

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    Scott Guthrie has announced on his blog that an end-to-end tutorial is available now as a free eBook. The tutorial is a chapter from Professional ASP.NET MVC 1.0 book now in production written by Scott Hanselman, Rob Conery, and Phil Haack for Wrox . You can preorder the book now from Amazon. The tutorial starts by using the File->New Project command in Visual Studio to create a brand new ASP.NET MVC project, and then incrementally adds functionality and features. Along the way it covers how...
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    You're Invited to Mini-XAMLFest Salt Lake City -- May 1

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    Update... XAMLFest for Salt Lake City has been moved to May 1. 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 Visual Studio and Expression Blend help designers and developers work together to deliver great user experiences? If so, join us at this Mini-XamlFest! Mini-XamlFest is a day-long interactive event where you’ll learn about the platforms the...
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    Get Started With eBook on Windows Embedded Standard

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    You can now receive an introduction to working with Windows Embedded Standard (WES) 2009 through an eBook. The eBook are the first chapters of a Preparation Kit for a new Microsoft Certification Technology Specialist (MCTS) exam. The kit is a six-chapter book that should be of interest to anyone wanting to work with WES 2009. The kit's six chapters are as follows: Creating and customizing the configuration Managing the development environment Integrating embedded enabling features...
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    IE 8 Performance

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    With IE 8 being expected to be released any day now http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/biz/archives/2009/03/12/2003438292 the discussions are not only focusing around the new features such as Accelerators or WebSlices, but also on the question of performance. How will IE8 compare to competitive browser technology? For the Internet Explorer 8 performance published, the Top 25 websites in the world were used as measured by comScore to reflect the sites users are most likely to visit on the web. The following...
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    Soma Provides Catalog of Development Tools

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    S. Somasegar, Senior Vice President Developer Division, has provided a catalog of developer tools that have been released or updated in the past few months. The catalog includes 36 links to products. You'll find the catalog at his blog at Deliverling Ongoing Value . He writes, "I thought it would be a fun exercise to catalog many of the tools and technologies that we have made available to you since we shipped VS 2008 and .NET FX 3.5." Here's a quick list of links. For details see Deliverling...
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    Silverlight 3 Beta, Expression Blend 3 Preview Unveils Desktop Experience for Users

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    Scott Guthrie announced the first beta of Silverlight 3 and Expression Blend 3 Preview in his keynote at MIX09 . Silverlight 3 Beta This continues Silverlight’s track record of rapid innovation by introducing more than 50 new features and benefits, including support for running Silverlight applications out of the browser, dramatic video quality and performance enhancements and developer productivity improvements. Desktop Experience. The most significant leap forward is the Silverlight out...
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    Application Lifecycle Management Workshops Help ISVs Realize Full Potential of Team Foundation Server

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    Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) is the cornerstone of great software. ALM combines best practices in business and software engineering. ISVs who use ALM tools get to market quicker with higher quality software. Microsoft offers Visual Studio Team Foundation Server (TFS), a team collaboration platform that combines a team portal, version control, work-item tracking, build management, process guidance, and business intelligence into a unified server. A series of workshops will help you understand...
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    Port Your XNA Games to Run in Silverlight

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    If you're a game developer who already has your XNA games running on PC or the Xbox 360, you should easily be able to port these games for playing in the browser using the SilverSprite library on CodePlex. SilverlSprint help you run your XNA game in Silverlight 2, though there is a limitation: the games can have SpriteBatch-based graphics, meaning no 3D games. Since XNA Game Studio is C#-based and Silverlight can do C#, it is possible to easily port an XNA game to the browser using the SilverSprite...
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    Try Out PowerShell in Windows 7 in Your Development Efforts

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    Been trying out Windows 7? Try out the Windows PowerShell 2.0 graphical scripting editor. PowerShell is used by ISV developers and testers to build out, install applications, and run tests against your own code. You have access to .NET Framework from within PowerShell. And you enabled your own applications from within PowerShell. PowerShell 2.0, with the Group Policy Management Console (available as a separate download), allows IT Pros to use scripting to manage Group Policy Objects and to...
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    Business Action World Tour Demonstrates How to Get To Market Faster

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    Differentiating your line-of-business applications from those of your competitors has never been more important. Microsoft Dynamics CRM can help you get your application to market quicker. And while you can certainly use it to develop customer relationship applications, you can also build a wide range of business applications. Dynamics CRM includes the essentials required for building, delivering and maintaining multi-tenant Software+Services applications. And delivering those applications can get...
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    Share Your ASP.NET, PHP Apps in Windows Web Application Gallery

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    Today at MIX 2009 , we announced the release and availability of the new Windows Web Application Gallery and the Web Platform Installer 2.0 Beta . Windows Web Application Gallery The Windows Web Application Gallery provides a streamlined way for users to explore, discover, install and deploy popular Web applications on the Microsoft Web Platform. With this release, Web developers can now submit ASP.NET and PHP applications into the Gallery for distribution to millions of Microsoft Web Platform...
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    How To Get Started With Silverlight 3 Beta Desktop Experience

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    Silverlight 3 provides your users with a way to access your application right from the desktop. They don't need to access it through the browser. Chris Koenig wrote a blog posting that describes how you can provide a desktop experience for your application Silverlight 3 Out-of-Browser Support . He shows you how to create an application, explains the required settings in the Deployment.ApplicationIdentity node, and then installs the application locally. Silverlight 3 is currently in beta for...
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    SQL Data services features - going relational

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    Today we announced the details of our plans to accelerate the delivery of core relational database features as part of SDS. SQL Data Services Team blog and the Data Platform Insider Blog We will be announcing technical details of the TDS based SDS service at MIX 2009 – www.visitmix.com
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    Windows Azure SDK Updated for .NET, PHP, FastCGI, ADO.NET, Full Trust

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    Scott Guthrie, Corporate Vice President .NET Developer Platform, announced updates for Windows Azure this week at MIX09. This included support for you to host .NET applications or PHP applications. You can also run ASP.NETapplications that require full trust and additional capabilities on the machine. In addition, raw ADO.NET support has been added within the Azure cloud, which means that you now have a relational API and a relational support. You can use whatever data access layer you want, whether...
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    Join In with MIX09 Live Content Online

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    MIX09 is the major event of the year for Web developers. And MIX Online is a community for web designers and developers who build and believe in the innovative web. The latest announcements, live streaming keynotes, and more starts March 18 (Wednesday) 9 am Pacific (noon Eastern). You can see it from your workplace or home at http://live.visitmix.com Also, as a special offering for the viewing audience at home, 30 minutes after Scott Guthrie walks off the stage, he will come back for a live, intimate...
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    Getting Started with Oslo Using 'M'

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    A community technology preview was released for Microsoft project code named "Oslo" in January and now there are some great places to learn about how to get started using it. The whole idea of modeling helps you describe the problem you are solving closer to the world that your users need, rather than in code constructs. ” Oslo ” is the codename for Microsoft’s forthcoming modeling platform that helps you build your own models. Modeling is used across a wide range of domains and allows more people...
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    SPLA Update Announcement Reduces Costs for ISVs

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    This week Microsoft announced cost-reducing updates to the Services Provider License Agreement (SPLA) . Announcements were made at the Microsoft Hosting Summit 2009 . SPLA is used by ISVs who have a hosted offering. The idea is to license Microsoft products on a monthly basis. This means that instead of buying a license for Windows Server and SQL Server for example, you can pay based on usage. SPLA offers a monthly usage-based cost. Therefore you pay only for what was made available the previous...
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