June, 2009

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    Blend 3 – Great Feature #3 – Silverlight Element Binding

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    In yesterday’s post , I wrote about how to build a master/details screen from sample data using 0 lines of imperative code.  Towards the end of that post, I mentioned that the user interface elements which displayed the details were connected to the selection in the master list via Element Binding, and I mentioned that this was new feature for Silverlight, but not for WPF.  So, while this isn’t a Blend 3 feature per se , I’d like to show you how the element binding is set up in XAML and...
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    Free Online Training Courses Offered for Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1, .NET Framework 4.0

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    This free online video training series, Looking at Visual Studio 2010 and .NET 4.0 in the Technology Community Preview ,  for developers is an early look at the new Visual Studio 2010 and the .NET Framework 4.0. It includes sessions covering Visual Studio 2010, .NET 4.0 Framework, ASP.NET AJAX 4.0, Velocity, Parallel Computing, Test Driven Development, and Visual Studio Team System 2010. Each session is a half hour to hour long.  Here are the sessions and released dates: Introduction to...
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    How to Get Started Testing, Publicizing Your Applications on Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2

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    ISVs wants to show the world you’re ready for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. Microsoft offers several tools and ways to get the word out. What are they? If you have a Web application , you should be testing under Windows Server 2008 R2. If you have a Windows client application , you should be testing under Windows 7. You can test your existing applications. We have found that nearly all Vista-compatible applications are compatible with Windows 7. And those that work with Windows Server 2008...
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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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    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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    GoDaddy Hosting available now for Microsoft BizSpark Startups

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    Awesome news for Microsoft BizSpark Startups. Now you can get great hosting deals for your solutions at special rates only available to BizSpark Startups. Check out the details of the offer at the following link https://www.godaddy.com/Hosting/bizspark.aspx If you haven’t heard of BizSpark, you can check it out here: http://www.microsoft.com/bizspark/ . You can also read about Startups using Microsoft at the Microsoft Startup Zone . BizSpark is a program for Startup ISV’s (Independent Software Vendors...
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    ISVs Rule – Total Computer Video

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    I recently had the pleasure of getting to chat with Vincent Tedesco and Al Perez – both of Total Computer – about their solutions for law enforcement and public safety applications.   If you’re interested in hearing about how our leading edge technologies can be applied for a specialized vertical, I encourage you to check out the videos I’ve posted here and here . Cheers!
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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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    Build Out Your Web Servers Using Free Tools in Web Platform Installer

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    Scott Guthrie, corporate vice president .NET Developer Division, describes the Microsoft Web Platform Installer that makes installing and configuring web server and web development stacks really easy in his posting Microsoft Web Platform Installer . ISVs can use Web Platform Installer to be sure customer sites are ready to accept your software. And you can use it to help build out your test servers. It is a free tool that you can download from the Microsoft site for Web . Here’s the direct link...
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    Neverfail Software Developers Adopt Hyper-V, Add Customer Value

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    Paddy Falls, CTO of Neverfail Software spent a few minutes to talk with me about how Neverfail adopted Hyper-V . Falls describes the customer benefit, how the development team incorporates virtualization in the dev process. He talks about the upcoming versions of Hyper-V that is part of Windows Server 2008 R2 and System Center Virtual Machine Manager and the added value the new versions bring to his customers. Neverfail is a leading global software company providing affordable data protection...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Extend Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1 Using SDK

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    The Visual Studio 2010 SDK Beta 1 provides tools and templates for building Visual Studio extensions. By using the Visual Studio SDK, you can build your own tool windows, create menu commands, and add extensions to the new Visual Studio editor and other features. It lets you create extensions to Visual Studio itself like those you can find on VS Gallery .  ISVs often use extensions to help developers on their teams incorporate their company’s coding guidance and methods. Jason Zander, General...
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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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    Online Training Courses Offered for Windows Server 2008 R2

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    MSDev.com is providing a set of free online courses for developers for Windows Server 2008 R2. Built on the proven foundation of Windows Server technology, the R2 release expands on existing technology and adds a host of new features. In this series of webcasts, you’ll get to know Windows Server 2008 R2, learn about what’s changed and get a jump start on developing for this new platform. Introducing Windows Server 2008 R2 is for developers. Sessions include: Introduction to New Features . This session...
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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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    ISVs Rule – CosmoCom Video

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    I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Steve Dellutri – CTO and Founder of CosmoCom – about their hosted and on-premise solutions for distributed call centers. Steve and his team have done a great job in architecting a solution that’s proven adaptable to changes in deployment topology and customer demand over the long haul. If you’d like to hear more on topic, check out the videos I’ve posted here and here . Cheers!
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    XAML and Bing Maps for Enterprise

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    My friend (and fellow XAML guy) Rob Cameron has posted two screencasts that explain how to get started using XAML and Bing Maps.  XAML, of course, is a markup language often used for building user experiences on WPF and Silverlight , and this technology can do some amazing things with geographic data (as I’ve blogged about extensively.) To get a sense of what Rob’s up to, take a peek at Xaml and Bing Maps for Enterprise - Part 1 (in which Rob does some fancy geocoding, threading and databinding...
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    Add Bing Maps Visualization To Your Applications

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    You can add maps to your application for customers to visualize geographic and location-based information by combining online maps with your data. Virtual Earth has a new name, Bing Maps . But there is no change in the enduring values of useful functionality, global coverage, performance, reliability, and a bit of “wow” factor for your Web sites and applications. You have access to rich tool sets, user forums, and enterprise-level Microsoft support for building solutions to gain, and show, more...
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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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