June, 2009

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    Windows 7 Available for Half Price Until July 11

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    You can be one of the first to get Windows 7 and get it for half off by pre-ordering. Get Windows 7 at Microsoft Store or from online retailers for a limited time. Windows 7 is coming on October 22, 2009. You can: Pre-order a Windows 7 Home Premium Upgrade for $49 or Windows 7 Professional Upgrade for $99 at Microsoft Store. That's about half off the estimated retail prices. Want more info? Go to the Windows team blog and find out all the details. The offer begins June 26, 2009...
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    Reflections On How to Assess Development Teams

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    For me, software companies have two things that are of value. Intellectual property (IP) is the first. And the capabilities to create and complete as a team. And of the two, I have come to believe that the second is usually more important. Great software companies are about teams. Microsoft Architect Clint Edmonson has put together some reflections on how to go about building teams of talented developers in blog post Leveling Up & Leveling Out: Assessing Your Team’s Skills . He’s pulled together...
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    Blend 3 – Great Feature #2 – Master/Details Screens

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    In yesterday’s post , I wrote about how to generate sample data from, well, nothing.  This is a great boon to designers, developers, and anyone else that holds a stake in envisioning an application design.  However, in order to get their input, the sample data needs to be tied to some user interface elements.  Blend 3 provides strong support for this without requiring you to write code to make it work – just drag and drop from the data tab onto the artboard and you’re good to go. ...
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    Developing for Windows Mobile 6.5 and Windows Marketplace for Mobile

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    At last you can now download the latest SDK for Windows Mobile 6.5. Check out these features http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=20686a1d-97a8-4f80-bc6a-ae010e085a6e Overview The Windows Mobile 6.5 Developer Tool Kit adds documentation, sample code, header and library files, emulator images and tools to Visual Studio that let you build applications for Windows Mobile 6.5. This document contains important information about this package. For general...
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    Register Now for Worldwide Partner Conference

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    Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) is an annual gathering that provides the partner community with a forum to learn about the latest Microsoft programs, strategies, and cutting-edge technologies. Connect with thousands of decision-making partners and Microsoft executives —and prepare to take advantage of new business opportunities, innovative solutions, and overall new business development strategies. Everything you need to succeed in an ever-changing economy. When: July 13 –16, 2009 Where...
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    Windows Azure Business Details to Be Announced at WPC

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    Corporate Vice President Allison Watson said the financial details and how partners can help sell Windows Azure will be released at Worldwide Partner Conference July 13-16 in New Orleans. Windows Azure is a cloud services operating system that serves as the development, service hosting and service management environment for the Azure Services Platform. Windows Azure is currently in Community Technology Preview. Commercial availability for Windows Azure will likely be at the end of calendar year 2009...
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    More resources to help you get compatible with Windows 7

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    Astute readers of this blog (and who amongst you isn't?) might have detected a recurring theme about Windows 7 and app compatibility. We really, really, really, really, really want you to be compatible with Windows 7, and so, at the risk of piling on, here's another resource we're providing to help you get there. Our ISV Application Compatibility Team has asked us to inform you that i n an ticipation of the release of Windows® 7 and Windows Server® 2008 R2, Microsoft wants to give ISVs a head...
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    Partners Provide Support for Oracle ADO.NET

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    The ADO.NET team recommends using third-party data providers to connect with Oracle databases. Himanshu Vasishth, program manager ADO.NET OracleClient wrote in a blog posting System.Data.OracleClient Update that OracleClient will be deprecated in .NET Framework 4. This will have no impact to existing applications and your applications will continue to work as expected. Developing new applications which use OracleClient will be supported; however, warnings will be raised if the applications are compiled...
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    Do you suffer from S.H.Y.N.E.S.S., F.O.M.S., G.R.I.P.E.S, or O.M.G.I.G.P.?

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    Do you suffer from S.H.Y.N.E.S.S., F.O.M.S., G.R.I.P.E.S, or O.M.G.I.G.P.? Internet Explorer 8 has your cure. Even Bobcat Goldthwait likes the new Internet Explorer 8 videos . TechFlash explains in Bobcat Goldthwait: Microsoft IE ads better than Police Academy . The campaign is part “ Browser for the Better ” campaign in which Microsoft Corp. and Feeding America join forces to fight hunger in the United States. For every completed download of Internet Explorer 8, Microsoft’s Browser for the Better...
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    Great New HowTo Videos on Windows Azure

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    There are some great new “How Do I” videos on Windows Azure and Live Services. They are free, task-oriented, and “bite-sized” to get you up to speed quickly Love that they are a great way to see the Azure Services Platform in action without the CTP Here’s some more info that’s super helpful: Azure Webcasts – microsoft.com/events/series/azure.aspx Azure Training kit – www.microsoft.com/azure/trainingkit.mspx Azure SDK - http://www.microsoft.com/azure/sdk.mspx Sample projects to review – Check out...
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    Blend 3 – Great Feature #1 – Sample Data

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    I’ve spent the past year touring the US talking about all things XAML : WPF, Silverlight, Visual Studio, and Expression Blend.  I started the year a complete Blend neophyte,  but thanks to watching Brad Cunningham and John Bowen of InterKnowlogy work their magic at XamFest, I learned enough of Blend 2 to not break my apps. Then at MIX09, I got a peek at Blend 3 and started using it heavily.  Over the last 3 months, I’ve learned quite a bit about it and would like to share those experiences...
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    Architecture Journal Addresses Turbulent Times

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    The latest edition of Architecture journal share architecture strategies, IT behaviors, and-for sure-success stories. The issue responds to the challenge to make our architectures follow the pace of business that these days is particularly changeable and unstable. The current edition is here .   Architecture in Turbulent Times A review of how the crisis is changing the business agenda, how architectural priorities are altered as a consequence, and a method for maximizing architecture decisions...
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    Certified for Microsoft Dynamics: Chat with Christian Lindberg

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    During Convergence 2009 , I got an opportunity to sit down with Christian Lindberg, Microsoft. Christian is driving an important initiative called CfMD (Certified for Microsoft Dynamics) for our ISVs. Christian shared his deep insight including What is this program, How to get it, What are the benefits to ISVs and Customers, and How to get started... See the video here . Additional Resources: · VeriTest/Lionbridge, the administrator for CfMD · Partner Solution Profiler · Microsoft...
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    Robotics Developer Studio Updated

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    Robotics Developer Studio has been updated and offers DSS Log Analyzer, new simulation sensors, and tutorials. For a list of the new features, please see What’s New . The Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio 2008 R2 (Microsoft RDS) is a Windows-based environment for academic, hobbyist, and commercial developers to easily create robotics applications across a wide variety of hardware. ISVs use RDS to write concurrent and distributed applications. RDS includes a lightweight REST-style, service-oriented...
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    FREE Azure Platform Training at Atlanta MTC on July 7th

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    I just got notice about a FREE Microsoft sponsored training event on the Microsoft Windows Azure Services Platform . The event will be provided by RDA Corporation . You can read all the details below. Click the “Register now.” button or goto to this url http://info.rdacorp.com/forms/AzureTraining09 With the announcement of the pricing model right around the corner at the WWPC , this is a great opportunity to get up to speed on developing for the Azure Platform. The WWPC or 2009 Worldwide Partner...
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    ‘Geneva’ Demo Shows Vision of Claims-based Identity, Authentication, Authorization, Code

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    For those of you looking for a demo that you can use to show both the vision and see the code behind Code Name “Geneva” identity frameworks , the identity team has announced FabrikamShipping.  The team posted links to the demo and a walkthrough in a blog posting Announcing FabrikamShipping, in-depth semi-realistic sample for Geneva Framework . "Geneva"  simplifies user access to your applications and services. FabrikamShipping is a semi-realistic sample web application that demonstrates...
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    Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 AIF Web Services Screencast

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    Application Integration Framework (AIF) enables companies to integrate Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 and communicate with external business processes and partners through the exchange of XML over various transport media. AIF enables both business-to-business and application-to-application integration scenarios. Click here for screen-cast. Following enhancements are new in AX 2009. · Create, read, update, and delete (CRUD) operations are now supported. · The...
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    Win ‘Will Code for Green’ Contest Using Bing API

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    Some smart developer, team, or Web company will walk away with $10,000 this summer for the most creative and useful Web application using Bing API that either helps your customers: Protect the ecology of the Planet Earth or Cope with the worsening global economy Submit your URL for your contest entries at Will Code for Green before August 12. Three overall runners up will receive $3,000 each. Web-based applications must use the Bing API (which is free) but can also use any other technology platform...
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    Learn Better Design with Expression Videos

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    Arturo Toledo on the Expression team has developed a series of videos to help you with better user experience design. The first of 13 videos has been published to the Silverlight blog at Principles of Design Series: Learning about Balance using Expression Design . In this video Arturo demonstrates Balance , a principle of design that will help you achieve harmony in your designs and compositions. Watch it to learn more about Balance while exploring Expression Design. To see the others in the series...
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    Community Preview for “Oslo” Released

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    A new community preview of “ Oslo ” has been released May CTP. "Oslo" is the code name for Microsoft’s next generation modeling platform. This CTP includes: "Quadrant" – a visual modeling tool "M" – a modeling language Repository – a SQL Server 2008 database to store models UML domain models and a loader to import UML diagrams in XMI format into the repository CLR domain models and a loader to import .NET assemblies into the repository Oslo consists of four primary components...
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    New Storage Features Come to Windows Azure

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    New storage features have been released as part of Windows Azure. The Windows Azure storage team announced the update on their blog at New Windows Azure Storage Features – May 2009 . Features described include: Entity Group Transactions for Windows Azure Table – It is now possible to perform a transaction across entities stored within the same table and same partition. Copy Blob for Windows Azure Blob – We now allow applications to copy a blob from a source blob to a destination blob within the same...
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    You’re Invited for Half-Day Windows 7 Application Compatibility Labs Across the US

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    You’re invited to the next Windows 7 AppCompat Labs at Microsoft Technology Centers across the US in June. 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...
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    Free Training for Getting Started as a Developer

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    While I suspect that most who read this blog are seasoned developers, others are here looking for tips on how to get started and how to take the next step as a professional or hobbyist. For those who would like to start at the beginning, Microsoft provides free training courses online and free tools at Development for Beginners . Find your path to success in a centralized learning environment specifically targeted to beginning programmers at Development for Beginners. The rich array of content starts...
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    General Availability for Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2 Set for October

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    Windows 7 will be generally available (GA) on October 22. Windows Server 2008 R2 will be broadly available about the same time. Steve Guggenheimer, Corporate Vice President, OEM Division, has announced the general dates at Computex, the largest computer exhibition in Asia and the second largest in the world. Windows 7 will be released to manufacturers (RTM) in the second half of July. The announcement was also made on the Windows Team blog at The Date for General Availability (GA) of Windows 7 is...
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    Four New ‘How Do I?’ Videos Published for Azure Services Platform

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    Four new Azure Services Platform  “How Do I” videos (HDIs) have been published. The “How Do I” videos are free, task-oriented, and “bite-sized” to get you up to speed quickly. You can see the Azure Services Platform in action without the CTP. Windows Azure Leverage Concurrency in Windows Azure Table Storage? Windows Azure table storage is designed to support many users at the same time. In this session, you’ll learn how Windows Azure table storage supports concurrency, and you’ll learn a few...
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