May, 2009

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    Free Online Course Helps You Get Started with Windows Mobile 6 Development

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    Ramp Up your skills from wherever you’re at to the next step. Ramp Up is a series of free, online, community-based learning program that will help you build professional development skills. Join Ramp Up (it's free!) and help advance your career. So for everyone wanting to add skills to your resume, anyone interested in learning a new skill, or wanting to get started in the business of programming, Ramp Up provides you the know-how. And toolkits are available for nearly free or for very cost effective...
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    Connected Systems Roadmap for WCF, WF, ‘Dublin’

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    A set of features in Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0, improves Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) and Windows Workflow Foundation (WF) , collectively known as connected systems . Windows Server extensions for connected systems, code-named "Dublin” ,  provide an improved hosting and management experience for WCF and WF applications. The integration of WF and WCF in the .NET Framework 4.0 will make it simpler to develop distributed service-oriented apps. You will be able to build stateful...
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    Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1 Ships This Week

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    Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1 (Professional, Suite and Team Foundation Server) is available today to MSDN Subscribers through MSDN Subscriber Downloads and to the general public on Wednesday, May 20 th through Microsoft Downloads. MSDN Subscribers can download the beta from here . You can download a datasheet that provides an insider’s view of the coming features as XPS or PDF . For more information, see Somasegar’s blog posting Visual Studio 2010 and .NET FX 4 Beta 1 ships! Here are the key features...
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    5 Startups Create 5 Business Applications during 2nd CRM Incubation Week

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    The 2 nd Dynamics CRM Incubation Week was held at the MTC in Boston, MA . Five teams out of 30 nominations were assigned adedicated CRM expert advisor and was given a 24/7 lab with required hardware, software and networking resources. Day1 started with CRM Platform training, delivered by six advisors. Right after training each team started working on their business idea with their advisor, and continued refining the business concept and solution prototype throughout Day2, Day3 and Day4. During...
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    Post Provides Keys to Windows Mobile 6.5 Development

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    For ISVs interested in what’s happening with Windows Mobile development , Rob Cameron has written a blog post, TechEd 09 Update on Windows Mobile 6.5 Development . You’ll want to know how your application can qualify for the Windows Mobile Marketplace and how you can get started writing to Windows Mobile 6.5. You’ll also want to know about the new Widget Framework in Windows Mobile 6.5 . Widgets enable web developers to write application-like experiences that run outside of the existing browser,...
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    Roadmaps for Major Products Announced at TechEd

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    The product roadmaps for the coming year were announced at TechEd this past week. The products include lots of important technology for ISVs. Date not announced: Silverlight 3 . introducing more than 50 new features, including support for running Silverlight applications out of the browser, dramatic video performance and quality improvements, and features that radically improve developer productivity. Currently in publicly available beta. Also includes Microsoft Expression Blend 3 Preview...
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    Microsoft Bans memcpy()

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    For those writing in C, you will be interested in a posting on The Security Development Lifecycle (SDL) blog titled Please Join me in welcoming memcpy() to the SDL Rogues Gallery . Memcpy’s drawback comes when the source to be copied contains more bytes than its destination, creating overflows that present attackers with opportunities to remotely execute code in the underlying application. memcpy() will soon join strcpy(), strcat(), strncpy(), strncat(), gets() and others banned in coding at Microsoft...
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    Windows Taskbar in 10 Minutes – Part IV: Preview and Window Peek

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    I posted the fourth, and last, part of my Screen-Cast series on implementing the Windows 7 Taskbar features in less than 10 minutes :-) (well, I ran little over this time , sorry but I also wanted to show the Windows Peek feature). The short video shows how to leverage the Windows 7 Taskbar Preview and Window Peek for your application. You can find the screen-casts @ Part IV -- Preview and Window Peek: In this Screen-Cast, I show you how to leverage the Preview and Window Peek for your application...
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    You’re Invited for Half-Day Windows 7 Application Compatibility Lab in Atlanta May 25 - 29

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    You’re invited to the next Windows 7 AppCompat Labs at Microsoft Technology Centers in Atlanta. The purpose of these labs is to assist you in verifying that your applications will run on Windows 7 and provide feedback to the Windows product group as issues arise. Your company is invited to participate in a half-day, complimentary Windows 7 AppCompat Lab ($1,000 value). This offering will give you the opportunity to test your application on Windows 7 to determine compatibility and performance characteristics...
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    Open Source SDK Bridges PHP to Windows Azure

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    As part of Microsoft’s commitment to Interoperability, this open source project is an effort bridge PHP developers to Windows Azure. PHPAzure is an open source project to provide software development kit for Windows Azure and Windows Azure Storage – Blobs, Tables & Queues, The Azure Services Platform’s support for XML, REST and SOAP standards means that any of the Azure services can be called from other platforms and programming languages. The PHP SDK for Windows Azure focuses on REST and provides...
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    Device Vendors Begin Testing Compatibility with Windows Logo Toolkit RTM

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    The toolkit needed for you to test your systems and devices for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 has been released. The toolkit for device manufacturers, Windows Logo Toolkit , has been released to manufacturing (RTM) that to obtain logos for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. The toolkit also supports earlier operating systems. As one of my readers has pointed out, the names of the programs for device manufacturers and OEMs are similar to that for software vendors. The beta release of a separate...
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    Submit Applications to Windows Mobile Marketplace

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    You can now submit your Mobile applications to the Windows Marketplace for Mobile . Marketplace will go live in the second half of the year. Windows Mobile users to browse, buy, download, and install apps on their handsets. To add an app to Microsoft's store, you’ll need to pay a fee and register your application. Microsoft's mobile app store is expected to launch alongside Windows Mobile 6.5 later this year, Marketplace also will offer a 24-hour period for users to return apps. Additionally, Windows...
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    Surface Gets Update

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    A service pack for Surface developers has been released. Service Pack 1 to allow for faster and easier development of innovative, natural experiences on the Microsoft Surface platform. The SDK supports development on any .NET framework and is optimized for WPF and XNA. SP1 gives users more visual feedback about where they’ve touched and where they should have touched to select a specific item. The innovations are being shown at TechEd this week. For more information about Surface, see the Surface...
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    .NET RIA Services Simplifies Web Development Efforts

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    Microsoft .NET RIA Services simplifies the traditional n-tier application pattern by bringing together the ASP.NET and Silverlight platforms. RIA Services provides a pattern to write application logic that runs on the mid-tier and controls access to data for queries, changes and custom operations. It also provides end-to-end support for common tasks such as data validation, authentication and roles by integrating with Silverlight components on the client and ASP.NET on the mid-tier. .NET RIA Services...
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    Windows 7 Taskbar in 10 Minutes – Part III: JumpList

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    I posted the third part of my ScreenCast series on implementing the Windows 7 Taskbar features in less than 10 minutes :-) (well I ran little over this time ;-), sorry). The short video shows how to leverage the Windows 7 JumpList feature for your application. You can find the screencast @ Part III -- JumpList: http://channel9.msdn.com/posts/GLenz/Windows-7-Taskbar-in-10-Minutes-Part-III-Jumplists/ . The source code is available here .   Part II -- Icon Overlay: http://channel9.msdn.com/posts...
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    Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2 Anticipated for Holiday Release

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    The release of Windows 7 is anticipated to be available to customers in time for the holiday shopping season. In addition, Windows Server 2008 R2 Release Candidate (RC) is now available with the final product releasing to market in the same timeframe as Windows 7. “Microsoft is committed to ensuring that IT professionals and developers continue to have the platform and technologies to drive maximum value and business results. Getting the most out of IT investments is even more important in today...
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    Learn More About NUMA, Parallel Computing in Webcast

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    Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 and Microsoft Windows 7 (x64) provide new Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) for High Performance and Parallel Computing solution developers. Join Phil Pennington when he presents  how to leverage Non-Uniform Memory Access (NUMA) for "minimizing resource contention and maximizing locality". Then, we present the new User-Mode Scheduling (UMS) platform technology upon which the futuristic C++ Concurrency Runtime provides sophisticated new Parallel...
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    Simplify User Access, Secure Collaboration Across Organizational Boundaries with ‘Geneva’ Beta 2

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    One of the biggest challenges facing ISVs how to deal with the identity of the users and what information they are allowed to have access to. When you add the idea of securing access between organizations, it gets more complex. But users want single sign on. They don’t really want to have to log in using separate credentials. And they want their identity to work across multiple vendors. ‘Geneva’ Beta 2 Announced Enter Microsoft Code-Name “ Geneva ,” our open platform that dramatically simplifies...
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    Windows 7 Taskbar in 10 Minutes – Part II: Icon Overlay

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    I posted the second part of a ScreenCast series on implementing the Windows 7 Taskbar features in less than 10 minutes at Channel9. The short video shows how to leverage the Windows 7 Taskbar Icon Overlay feature for your application. I will use the happy/sad icons shown below to indicate the mood of my demo application using the Windows7 taskbar. You can find the screencast @ Part II – Icon Overlay: http://channel9.msdn.com/posts/GLenz/Windows-7-Taskbar-in-10-Minutes-Part-II-Icon-Overlay/ . The...
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    DevLabs Releases Axum -- Programming Language for Parallel Processing

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    Axum enables developers to easily build scalable and reliable applications for multi-core and many-core scenarios using the power and convenience of the .NET Framework. Axum makes use of several concepts to enable safe parallel programming. The language was released through DevLabs , an experimental part of developer tools at Microsoft seeking developer responses on inspirational technologies. Axum is a language that builds upon the architecture of the Web and principles of isolation, actors, and...
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    Follow TechEd Events Online

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    TechEd North America today begins in Los Angeles for developers and ITPros. You can expect announcements across several product lines. You can view the keynote this morning online and follow sessions at Microsoft Tech-Ed Online . For example, as the Windows Mobile team has announced on their blog, the official debut of Windows Mobile 6.5. See The Road to Tech Ed 2009 for more information. Architecture Journal has a special TechEd edition: The Architecture Journal 19 - TechEd Special Edition . There...
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    Join for XAMLfest Recorded Sessions, Online Live June 1 – 5

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    XAMLfest Online will be delivered via a combination of live and recorded content. Recorded content can be accessed at any time, but each recorded session should be viewed prior to its related live session. Live sessions will take place twice daily for a duration of 2 hours each. Morning sessions will focus on designer-oriented content, whereas afternoon sessions will focus on developer-oriented content. All participants are invited to attend both sessions, but those choosing to attend only morning...
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    New Samples Show How to Get Started with Real Applications on Azure Services Platform

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    Three new sample applications have been published to CodePlex. The applications include source code. And you can test out the applications on your local machine and in the cloud. There is a getting started page that walks you through the steps of getting your application up and running. Bid Now Sample : An online auction site designed to demonstrate how you can build highly scalable consumer applications. This sample is built using Windows Azure and uses Windows Azure Storage. Auctions are processed...
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    Open Government Data Initiative Empowers Developers, Citizens

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    Microsoft has introduced  the Open Government Data Initiative , a program to help government agencies host their data on Microsoft's forthcoming Windows Azure cloud computing platform and make it available to developers through a programmatic API. Microsoft is releasing a free, open source software development kit that gives agencies, or third parties with access to that data, the tools they need to host their data in Azure and provide programmatic interfaces to the data via REST. By default...
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    Windows 7 Taskbar in 10 Minutes -- Part I: Progress Bar

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    I posted the first part of a ScreenCast series on implementing the Windows 7 Taskbar features in less than 10 minutes at Channel9. The short video on Channel 9 showing how to leverage the Windows 7 Taskbar features for progress and status in your application. You can find the screencast @ http://channel9.msdn.com/posts/GLenz/Windows-7-Taskbar-in-10-Minutes-Part-I-Progress-Bar/ . The source code is available here . Enjoy the ride��..
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