July, 2009

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    CodePlex Offers More Than 10,000 Open Source Projects

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    CodePlex has passed the 10,000 project mark shortly after the site's three year anniversary in late June. The projects contain almost 160 million lines of code hosted across ten Team Foundation Servers. In June, the website had just under three million visits and close to 10 million page views. The most popular license used by the projects hosted on CodePlex is the Microsoft Public License , followed by the GPL v2 and with the MIT license rounding out the top three. For more information, see CodePlex...
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    Preview of Windows Azure SDK for PHP Submitted for Zend Framework

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    PHP developers can now use the July CTP of PHP SDK for Windows Azure to build your applications. As part of the announcement , our development partner Realdolmen has formally submitted the SDK to be included as part of Zend Framework which will enable speed dial for millions of PHP developers that use Zend Framework to target Azure for their web application development & hosting. The SDK enables PHP developers to take advantage of the Microsoft Cloud Services Platform  – Windows Azure.with...
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    ISVs Get Ready for Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2 With Front Runner

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    Getting your applications ready and telling your Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 story just got easier with Front Runner . Front Runner is an early adopter program that helps you get your apps compatible with the latest Microsoft technologies. Front Runner brings you technical expertise and marketing benefits in an easy-to-use site. Once you join the program, Front Runner helps you lets your customers know that you are developing on the very latest Microsoft Technologies. The early adopter...
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    Check Out the Killer Apps for Surface

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    Fast Company has assembled a set of videos that show off the capabilities of Surface. As developers find ways to make Surface's gorgeous multi-user interface shine, more and more companies are turning to the device to reinvent their customer experience. The posting Killer Apps for Microsoft Surface: The Complete Guide includes videos of: Surface DJ by Vectorform Tonegrid by Stimulant Table Toss by Razorfish Staff Directory by Razorfish Jewelry by Phenomblue The Pits by Phemonblue XRay by Stimulant...
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    Community Preview Updates .NET Services

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    An updated Community Technology Preview (CTP) of the .NET Services Software Development Kit (SDK). The latest .NET Services SDK CTP delivers support for Windows 7 RC, expedites the set-up experience, improves service security and reliability, and follows-through on the planned removal of the.NET Services Workflow Service. This CTP release continues support for Web standards and interoperability. The release makes it simpler for developers to connect cloud applications and services across platforms...
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    Developers Enhance Skills, Advance Career, Link with Community

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    Thrive is a one-stop community hub for career advice, job postings, technical resources, and local connections. Whether you’re seeking new ways to differentiate yourself on the job, or you need to re-tool your existing skill set for that next big role, Thrive has the resources to help you get there faster. Advance Your Career Check out our wide range of training resources - learn at your own pace, join up with other developers, or take online courses to refresh your skills. Or check out the...
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    Top 100 Tips for Startups

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    My son Ryan shared a post with me from the July 4 weekend from a blog entitled What Would Dad Say? Frequently Wrong, Never in Doubt . The post is for those who are starting out in your own software business, typically underfunded microISVs like Ryan.  It provides some basic advise on the mindset and todo list of today’s entrepreneurs. Although the post is called Happy Independence Day to All Independents, or Who Want to Be , the authors are looking for a better title. Here is some of the top...
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    Getting Started Tutorials Featured in 31 Days of Silverlight

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    Jeff Bankenburg has launched a series of 31 blog posts on Silverlight development during July. The topics will range from 100-level to 300-level in difficulty, but all of them will be written so that a beginner could start from scratch to create them. Jeff covers Drag & Drop, Event Handling, and even Collision Detection. This is an extensive list of tutorials, and I hope that it will help you see how useful and powerful these technologies can be. Here are links to the first two: Day #1: Mouse...
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    Video Explains How Attachmate Earned ‘Compatible with Windows 7’ Logo

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    Attachmate was among the very first to earn the Compatible with Windows 7 software logo. In this video, Product Marketing Manager Kris Lall and Test Lead Chinh Vu talk with me about the whole application certification process. Kris tells why the logo is important to Attachmate and the customer benefits. Chinh explains the process, how it is different from other logo tests, and what steps he took to get the logo. Attachmate earns Compatible with Windows 7 Software Logo For more information about how...
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    Players Become Gamers with Kodu

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    Kodu is a new visual programming language for Xbox 360 made specifically for creating games. It is designed to be accessible for children and enjoyable for anyone. The programming environment runs on the Xbox, allowing rapid design iteration using only a game controller for input. Launching on the Xbox Live Community Games Channel , this intuitive game lets players choose from a variety of visual building blocks in order to develop their own unique creation. Playgrounds created in Kodu are expressed...
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    Video Explores NewsGator Social Networking on SharePoint

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    Kirk Evans has posted a new Channel9 interview about NewsGator Social Sites. Kirk talks with Brian Kellner, VP of Products for NewsGator Technologies , about the capabilities of NewsGator Social Sites .  Social Sites is an enterprise social computing platform built upon SharePoint 2007.  Laura Kellner, VP of Marketing for NewsGator, walks us through a detailed look at many of the features of Social Sites. For more information about how to get started writing applications for SharePoint...
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    Try Your Hands at Surface Development

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    You can now take try out Surface without having to invest in a new Surface machine in the new Microsoft Surface QuickStart Program . A new entry level titled "Microsoft Surface Community Members" provides access to the SDK and simulator, as well as training and other resources, without any commitment required. You develop using a Workstation Version of the SDK. So your applications run on a PC using a simulator. The program has additional benefits including marketing campaigns, Web presence...
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    Internet Explorer 8 Brings Value to Users

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    There are four big areas we think about building in a browser for a billion customers around the world. And these four areas have been put into Internet Explorer 8 . For ISVs, there are compelling reasons for your customers to use IE8 and for you to add support for Web slices, accelerators. You should know too that Internet Explorer 8 will be made available via using Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) starting August 25. For more information, see IT Professionals: Prepare for Internet Explorer...
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