May, 2009

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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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    How To Get your Windows 7 Release Candidate Product Key

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    Many people have asked what they need to do in order to get the Product Key for the Windows 7 Release Candidate DVD or Download. It’s a pretty straightforward process, but can get confusing. Unfortunately there’s no one stop page that generates the key. Even after you get the key, you can only use that key to activate 3 times (so only 3 separate machines). Upside is that you can get a key for each Windows LiveID you have. Also once you’ve gone through the registration process you can quickly go back...
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    How to Get Started Leveraging Windows Server 2008 R2 Features

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    With all the talk about Windows 7 on the client, we haven’t talked much about the server platform that will shortly follow Windows 7. The release candidate updates for Windows Server 2008 R2 gives you some way to stand out from your competition and provide a better experience for your customers. You can get the release candidate for Windows Server 2008 R2 from Windows Server 2008 R2 Release Candidate as either a Web download or virtual hard drive image. Windows Server 2008 R2 provides new virtualization...
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    How to Download, Install, Walkthrough Visual Studio 2010 Team System, Team Foundation Server Betas

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    The files to download Visual Studio 2010 Beta are quite large. And downloading them can be a challenge. Brian Keller has written a blog post Using a download manager to quickly download Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1 and produced a video on Channel 9, named 10-4 Episode 20: Downloading and Installing Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1 , that shows you how to download and install Visual Studio 2010 Beta. Download, Install The posting describes use of Download Manager , a powerful, easy-to-use and absolutely free...
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    Ramp Up Adds ASP.NET Training Tracks for ASP, PHP, Those Getting Started

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    Ramp Up is a free online learning program for developers. We’ve just launched three ASP.NET tracks. These tracks, along with the other currently offered ones (eg, Windows Mobile 6, SharePoint for Developers, Visual Studio 2008), teaches the important skills in a guided path , making the learning process easier and more efficient. The easy-to-access content (provided by subject-matter gurus) is specifically tailored for the Ramp Up program, and offered in a variety of forms (article, v-lab, codecast...
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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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    Sample Application Combines WPF, Silverlight, REST Services

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    One of the questions I’m often asked at XAMLFest events has been how a developer can write rich Internet applications (RIA) that are portable between Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) and Silverlight . And while there are differences, there are many more similarities. And a lot depends on back-end REST Services. This week, my colleague Michael Scherotter published the New York Times Silverlight Kit on Codeplex so it now includes source code. The kit provides a basis for working with REST Services...
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    Silverlight and WPF Controls

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    WPF and Silverlight have been out for a while now, and the number of controls available for these platforms is surprising. Consider this rather comprehensive list of Silverlight controls by Tim Heuer with at least 17 vendors and over 160 controls. Or this list of around 30 tools and libraries for WPF. If you need to quickly check out and try out many of the available controls, Mike Taulty’s Control Browser is here to help. It shows all the built-in controls for both platforms as well as the controls...
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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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    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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    Top 10 Scenarios; ISVs Add Customer Value with Windows 7 Features

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    With the release candidate of Windows 7 publicly available soon, we thought you might like a sheet that helps you decide which features of Windows 7 to incorporate in your application. Scenario Windows 7 Features Customer Value 1 Desktop Application · Scenic Ribbon · Enhanced Taskbar · Gadgets Enhancement Richer desktop application experience 2 Office Automation / Knowledge Management Application · Library ...
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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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    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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    Pledge Support for Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2 to Participate in the Coming Launch

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    Microsoft will help you tell customers about your plans to make your solutions compatible with Windows 7 and/or Windows Server 2008 R2. Visit the Windows Compatibility Center and let us know how soon you intend to support customers who deploy your client and/or server applications on the new platforms. Then, during the Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 global launch time frame, Microsoft will publish a list of all the currently compatible and future compatible applications to help customers. This...
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    Windows 7 Software Logo Toolkit Ready Now For Compatibility Tests

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    Microsoft is pleased to announce the public availability of the Beta release for the Windows 7 Software Logo Toolkit.  The toolkit allows ISVs to submit and receive the Compatible with Windows 7 logo for your products. Improvements, including self-test for applications, instant approval of passing applications, and a streamlined waiver process dramatically speed up the logo testing and the submission process. Fees for logo submissions have also been eliminated.  As a valued logo partner...
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    Get the Windows API Code Pack for the Microsoft .NET Framework

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    The Windows API Code Pack for Microsoft .NET Framework (formerly VistaBridge) is a source code library that provides access to the new Windows 7 features from managed code. These features are not available to developers today in the .NET Framework. Download the free code pack and check out this video of the Code Pack in Action . The features included in this version (v0.85) of the library are: Support for Windows Shell namespace objects, including the new Windows 7 libraries, Known Folders and non...
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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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    PHP on Windows, SQL Server Training Kits Updated

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    For those of you who write PHP applications, the kit that helps show you how to integrate with the Microsoft stack has been updated. You can download the kit from PHP on Windows Training Kit (April 2009). The PHP on Windows Training Kit includes a comprehensive set of technical content including demos and hands-on labs to help you understand how to build PHP applications using Windows, IIS 7 and SQL Server 2008. This release includes the following: PHP & SQL Server Demos Integrating...
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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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    ITPros Use Application Compatibility Toolkit to Test Your Applications for Windows 7

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    If your application works with Windows Vista, odds are very good that it will work with Windows 7 . And you would be testing it for Windows 7 compatibility using the Windows 7 Software Logo Kit. The beta is due out real soon, and you’ll be able use it to get the Compatible with Windows 7 Logo for use in your marketing materials. But what are your customers using to test your applications? And what will the ITPros find when they test those few remaining application that work only on Windows XP? Your...
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    The Role of Sketching in Software Development

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    It only been since 2006 that we seriously started to drive WPF adoption, and Silverlight 2 hit the web just a scant 11 months ago. Still, in such short time ISVs have created some amazing things with these platforms. Unfortunately, though the platforms themselves have seen some serious adoption, inclusion of design in the software development lifecycle still has a long way to go. The good news is that methodologies and best practices are starting to emerge and I look forward to some great articles...
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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 & .NET Framework 4.0 Beta 1 Available Through Microsoft Download

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    Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1 is available to the public. You can download it from the Visual Studio 2010 site. You can options to download either the Visual Studio 2010 Professional Beta or the Visual Studio 2010 Team System Beta . There are other download options as well. You can download a datasheet too as XPS or PDF . Since I wrote the posting Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1 Ships This Week , I’ve found some another great resources on what’s new in Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4.0. Visual Studio...
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    SharePoint SDKs Updated

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    Two updated software developer kits for SharePoint have been released that go along with the SP2 product updates for Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007 and Windows SharePoint Services (WSS) 3.0 . The SDKs include bug fixes and an updated editor for the "Microsoft Business Data Catalog." There’s also updates for you to customize federated search results, and seven new how-tos. If you are only writing code that utilizes the Windows SharePoint Services platform, you can download...
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    How to Upgrade to Windows 7 Release Candidate

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    Now with Windows 7 Release Candidate coming available, developers are asking me about the upgrade path. Questions like, "Will I be able to upgrade directly from XP?" and "When will the Beta expire." The Microsoft Windows 7 Release Candidate (RC) is available for download to managed Beta program participants, including MSDN and TechNet subscribers. If you are not among those who participated in one of the managed Beta programs, you can get the RC Tuesday, May 5, when it will be available through...
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