June, 2009

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    Using SharePoint to Deploy Office Add-Ins

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    I’ve been asked many times how to deploy office add-ins using SharePoint. If you go searching the web you’ll find some great resources on deploying document level add-ins via SharePoint, like this great post by Microsoft MVP Craig Bailey, complete with video walkthrough.  However, what about add-ins that require an installation?  Hw do you publish an Outlook add-in, or a PowerPoint add-in to SharePoint so that you can point your users to the SharePoint site for the installation and updates...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    ‘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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2 Online Videos Available

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    Want to get started with Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 and want to learn the tricks of the trade? Here’s a list of presentations, demos, and training videos. The videos are aimed at ITPros so do not expect to see code. Many of these videos also apply to developers and testers who administer networks for development. Viewing the videos, you will learn valuable skills to set up server core, live migration of virtual machines in your test centers, how to provision virtual machines, how your customers...
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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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    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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    ASP.NET MVC Ships for Visual Studio 2010 Beta

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    You may have noticed that ASP.NET MVC templates were not shipped as part of Visual Studio 2010 Beta. MVC will ship “in the box” when Visual Studio 2010 is released. You can download the update for MVC from ASP.NET MVC For Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1 . It contains the tooling and assemblies for ASP.NET MVC 1.0, but with the placeholder version 1.1. See MVC 1.1 for VS2010 Beta 1 Released on Jason Zander’s WebLog for additional details. ASP.NET MVC is a free, fully supported, web framework that provides...
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    Begin Testing Applications for Windows Server 2008 R2 Compatibility

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    Your server applications may not be instantly compatible with Windows Server 2008 R2 just because they run perfectly on Windows Server 2008. Changes have been made to the kernel and APIs to support virtualization, scalability and networking. Your software applications that are designed for Windows Server 2008 may run perfectly on Windows Server 2008 R2 or could require a hotfix or perhaps a more specific update. To ensure compatibility, you should start testing on the available Windows Server 2008...
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    Microsoft Dynamics AX receives placement in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant

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    Recently Microsoft Dynamics AX product has been positioned in the Midmarket (100-1,000 employees) ERP Magic Quadrant by Gartner . Gartner concludes that Microsoft Dynamics AX delivers low TCO through integration with other Microsoft products, and, most importantly for the midmarket, Microsoft is adept at managing its channel of resellers. You may see the press-release from Microsoft and access the detailed report at Microsoft Dynamics Analyst Evidence Kit (would need PartnerSource Access)....
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    Windows 7 Compatibility Tech Support for Developers Offered Online

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    ISVs can now get free technical support for application compatibility issues with Windows 7. To get support, ISVs can post their problem on an MSDN Forum. This forum is monitored by CSS engineers who will respond to issues by e-mail. For more information, see Application Compatibility for Windows Development . Give your application the green light Once you determine that your application is compatible, you can register it online and receive marketing benefits. Register your application at...
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    How to Build Out-of-Browser Clients with Silverlight 3

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    The launch of Silverlight 3 is coming soon and provides a great way for you to create applications that run outside the browser. With Silverlight 3 they can be run in a browser or it they can be detached from the browser and run from the desktop. John Papa describes Building An Out-of-Browser Client With Silverlight 3 in his article in MSDN Magazine. He shows you how to create a data-driven application with Silverlight 3 using its out-of-browser features. The sample is a Twitter client that allows...
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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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    Short Flight over VSTS 2010 and “Oslo

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    Gunther Lenz, ISV Architect Evangelist, shows in this quick screencast how to define a simple model using the modeling language "M", compile the definition into an Image and install this image into the Repository. After that he shows how to use Quadrant to use the defined language. More information can be found on his blog . http://channel9.msdn.com/posts/GLenz/See-Visual-Studio-2010-and-Oslo-in-Action/
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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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