March, 2009

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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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    MySpace Announces Support for Silverlight, Windows Mobile

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    MySpace has announced support for Windows Mobile and Silverlight. The MySpace application for Windows Mobile will be available on Windows Mobile 6.1 phones in the summer and via Windows Mobile Marketplace for Mobile and on the Web in the fall. Also an open source kit that can help you create OpenSocial applications using Silverlight to run on the MySpace Open Platform was released. For more information, see MySpace Developer Platform Silverlight . Michael Scheroetter shows an example including...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    Data Scenarios Highlight Latest Preview to ASP.NET AJAX 4 on CodePlex

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    ASP.NET AJAX 4 adds to client-side data scenarios for both page and component developers. JSON data from the server can be rendered as HTML UI on the client in a highly manageable and efficient way, using ASP.NET AJAX templates. A new DataContext component provides full change tracking and identity management on the JavaScript objects and arrays. Changes to the data resulting from user interaction with the client-rendered UI can be tracked in the DataContext, and uploaded to the server at any...
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    You're Invited to Xamlfest Minneapolis/St. Paul - April 14 + 15

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    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 XamlFest! XamlFest is a two day interactive event where you’ll learn about the platforms the tools and processes used to deliver differentiated user experiences. It’s a chance...
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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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    Greetings from MIX 09

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    Well, I had the good fortune to get to attend MIX 09 with Ashish Jaiman this week, and would like to report to you on all the stuff my colleagues haven't posted already. First and foremost, it was great to see designers in attendance - in greater proportion than in years past I'm told. I'm hoping that they were pleased by what we previewed in Blend 3. Features like Sketch View, Behaviors, Design Time data improvements, and rich Creative Suite imports are built to help them - I'm very hopeful they...
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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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    Internet Explorer 8 Arrives with Developer Tools, Accelerators, Web Slices and More

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    Dean Hachamovitch’s keynote at MIX09 marked the official release of Internet Explorer 8 . He's responsible for the development of IE8. Internet Explorer 8 provides enhanced security and performance, making it faster and easier for people to complete common tasks online. For developers, IE 8 ships by default as Microsoft’s most standards compliant browser and benefits from work the company is doing with standards bodies to bring increased measurement and consistency. You can get Internet Explorer...
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    SQL Server Data Service Announcement

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    Wow, there's been so much exciting information coming out of Mix09. In my opinion, one of the most significant announcements for ISVs building real world applications is the ability to host *relational databases* in the Azure cloud. This is truly a game changer. The SDS team has a few great blog posting s describing, but here are some relevant highlights: We’re on track to deliver a public CTP mid-calendar year 2009 and ship in the second half of calendar year 2009. The core engine is based...
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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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    Silverlight Tools Now Available for Mac Developers on Eclipse

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    Microsoft also announced that Soyatec, a France-based IT solutions provider and Eclipse Foundation member, is making available a community technology preview (CTP) of Eclipse Tools for Silverlight ( Eclipse4SL ) support for Macintosh. With this Eclipse plug-in, Mac developers can create rich Internet applications (RIAs) for the Silverlight platform. This project is funded by Microsoft as part of Microsoft’s continued commitment to openness and interoperability. For screenshots and demo, see the...
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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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    Commerce Server 2009 Ships

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    Commerce Server 2009 is now available to MSDN subscribers. The announcement was made on the team blog, Microsoft® Commerce Server 2009 is Now Available on MSDN! . Commerce Server 2009 delivers the ability to increase your business reach by making it possible to sell via multiple channels by using an out-of-the-box shopping site, SharePoint Commerce Services, and the Multi-Channel Commerce Foundation. The new out-of-the-box shopping site leverages SharePoint Commerce Services, which provides a...
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    ASP.NET MVC 1.0 Released

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    Today at the MIX'09 conference, Microsoft announced the release of the ASP.NET Model-View-Controller (MVC) framework. ASP.NET 1.0 MVC works on top of the existing ASP.NET 3.5 SP1 runtime. ASP.NET MVC gives developers the following advantages: A clear separation of concerns separating the UI or view from the business and application logic Facilitates test driven development (TDD) Gives the designer/developer more control over HTML and JavaScript Intuitive and consistent URLs This...
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    Join Internet Explorer 8 FireStarter Event in Redmond or Online

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    So you already downloaded Internet Explorer 8 and love the Web Slices feature. But did you know there’s lot more to IE8 than just Web Slices? Come attend the Internet Explorer 8 FireStarter event in Redmond, WA on March 26th and learn why Internet Explorer 8 is the browser designed for the way your customers really use the web. Enhanced tools and options make it fast and easy for you to build add-ons or deploy in your organization. Learn about Accelerators, SmartScreen filter, deployment best practices...
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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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    Beta Updated for System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2

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    The latest beta of latest update to System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) 2008 R2 has been updated. The R2 version supports live migration that lets users move virtual machines (VMs) from one machine to another within a virtual host cluster with little or no downtime. Host processors must be from the same manufacturerand all hosts must have access to shared storage. The SCVMM 2008 R2 beta also includes improved support for clustered shared volumes. Previously, SCVMM 2008 supported just...
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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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    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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    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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