September, 2009

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    Silverlight Screencast – How to create a Resource Dictionary

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    Jason Campbell, User Experience Evangelist at Microsoft, just posted a new screencast on how to create a Resource Dictionary for your Silverlight applications. Here’s the link to the screencast: http://www.silverlightswitch.com/2009/resource-dictionaries/ If you are developing application in Silverlight and need to create Resource Dictionaries, it is definitely worth checking out. There’s the various places you can find other info from Jason and the technologies he focusses on in his role at Microsoft...
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    New Silverlight Training Offered on MSDEV

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    MSDEV brings you a series of training videos on Silverlight 3 at Microsoft Silverlight 3 Series .This series of on demand web seminars will walk through the technology fundamentals, data, graphics, and .NET RIA Services of Silverlight 3. The series includes eight courses lasting between half an hour and an hour. All are free on demand Web Seminars Microsoft Silverlight 3: Technology Fundamentals . This session is a walkthrough of Silverlight 3 solution in Visual Studio with an emphasis on "all...
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    Extend Your Web Site Reach with Web Application Toolkit

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    Web Application Toolkit for Internet Explorer 8 helps you leverage the new features in Internet Explorer 8 (Web Slices, Accelerators and Visual Search Providers). You’ll be able to extend the reach of your Web site and services to users who are not on your site. The kit include sample projects and the following controls: ASP.NET Web Slice control : Enabling users to subscribe to your content directly within a Web page ASP.NET Accelerator control : To facilitate the access to your Web application...
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    Let Us Know You’re Windows 7 Compatible, Get Windows 7 Free

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    Be one of the first to get Windows 7* BEFORE it launches to the public on October 22nd. Here’s all you have to do to be eligible to receive a copy of Windows 7: Join Front Runner Profile your solution at: www.msdev.com/frontrunner Attain application compatibility with Windows 7 Gain “Front Runner” status** before October 21st 2009. It’s that easy. Profile today. Front Runner is an early adopter program that helps you get your applications compatible with the latest Microsoft technologies (“Application...
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    Research Releases Early Version of Future Multi-, Many-core OS

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    ETH Zurich in Switzerland and Microsoft Research Cambridge in the UK are exploring how to structure an OS for future multi- and many-core systems. The result of work for the past two years and was released. The teams have released the first snapshot of Barrelfish online under a BSD style license. You can download it from the team’s site, The Barrelfish Operating System . Barrelfish is written from scratch, almost all in C or assembler, and it runs on 64-bit x86 platforms. The team is coming up with...
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    Developer Training Kit Includes Updates for SQL Azure

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    An update to the Windows Azure training kit includes new SQL Azure hands on labs and presentations that you can use as overviews of the service. SQL Azure Database, a part of the Windows Azure platform, is a cloud-based database service built on Microsoft SQL Server technology.   With SQL Azure organizations will benefit from a pay-as-you grow model with enterprise-class availability, data protection, scalability, and security. The new labs include: Building ASP.NET MVC Applications with...
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    Update Your Server Application Certification

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    If you have passed the Works with Windows Server 2008 application certification Microsoft will pay for you to certification to Works with Windows Server 2008 R2 . No charge through October 31. You have your choice of testing partners too. By developing your applications to comply with Microsoft-recommended practices, you can help your customers  deploying your application on the Windows Server 2008 R2 platform.  First step is show support for the Windows Server 2008 R2 OS by completing...
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    State Machines, Literate Programming Explored by Microsoft Research’s AsmL

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    AsmL is the Abstract State Machine Language . The language was developed by the Foundations of Software Engineering (FSE) group at Microsoft Research. It is an executable specification language based on the theory of Abstract State Machines . The AsmL compiler compiler targets .NET code. The compiler was originally developed by the FSE group as well. In addition to the compiler itself, there is an add-in for Microsoft Word that facilitates literate programming. AsmL is useful in any situation where...
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    SOA Explored in Latest Architecture Journal

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    The latest Architecture Journal ( Journal 21 ) focuses on Service Orientation Today and Tomorrow. Eight articles discuss aspects such as business alignment, service modeling, governance, federation, infrastructure, reusability, convergence, and coexistence with cloud computing and event-driven complementary approaches (among others), and they're accompanied by guest columns that analyze other tangential aspects. Architecture Journal 21 Articles Design Considerations for Software plus Services and...
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    Simple API for Cloud Application Services Project

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    Microsoft, Zend and others have launched the Simple API for Cloud Application Services project, a new open source initiative that allows developers to use common application services in the cloud. In essence, this project will allow you to write basic cloud applications that work in all of the major cloud platforms. The first deliverables will include interfaces for file storage, document database, and simple queue services from platforms like Amazon Web Services, Windows Azure, Nirvanix Storage...
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    LIVE WEBCAST: Real World Azure - Sept 29

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    TechNet Events Present:  Real World Azure Come spend a morning with us on September 29th to explore Windows Azure™ – Microsoft’s platform for building and deploying cloud based applications – from a real world point of view!  During this event, we’ll review critical lessons Microsoft IT has learned migrating internal line-of-business applications to Windows Azure™.  What is Windows Azure™? When should I use it? How does it apply to my job?   Whether you’re an IT Professional,...
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    Extend Web Applications with New Toolkits

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    You can extend your Web application with a set of samples, templates, and documentation. The extensions are packaged as Web Application Toolkits and are available on MSDN’s Code Gallery. Web Application Toolkits help you get up and running quickly and easily. One of the key criteria around the Web Application Toolkits is to enable Web Developers run right out of the box. Once you have the prerequisites installed using the Web Platform Installer , the goal of Web Application Toolkits is for a Web...
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    Web Companies Can Get Design, Developer Tools and Support for No Upfront Cost

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    A new program, WebsiteSpark , launched today provides Web professionals with Microsoft software and solutions, together with related tools, training and support, to help their businesses succeed. The WebsiteSpark Program also helps you get new business opportunities by connecting Web professionals and hosters with customers, partners and other professionals with complementary technologies. WebsiteSpark is the latest in the “Spark” programs and is for companies with up to ten employees and owners...
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    Register Now for PDC, Save $300

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    The Professional Developers Conference (PDC) is the definitive developer event focused on the technical strategy of the Microsoft developer platform. Attendees come from around the world to learn about the future of Microsoft developer technology directly from the people who make it happen. If you're a developer, architect or technology leader involved in making strategic technology decisions for your company or organization, the PDC is for you. Register between now and October 13 to receive $300...
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    Windows 7 Compatibility Seminar, Drop In Clinics Available in Redmond in October

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    Windows 7 application compatibility experts are on hand for free seminars and drop in clinic. You can get help getting the Compatible with Windows 7 software logo for your products. Both events follow the The New Efficiency launch events. The events are for ISVs and enterprise developers with an application that you’d like to have run on Windows 7, we’ll help. Technical Seminar is October 13. Drop in Clinics are available October 14 or 15. Register now. Space is limited. The events are being held...
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    Silverlight Comes to Windows Embedded CE

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    Silverlight comes to Windows Embedded CE 6.0 R3 for handheld devices and gadgets. Windows Embedded CE will also support touch and gesture features similar to those coming in Windows 7 and includes improvements for Web browsing. You’ll use familiar tools such as Visual Studio and Expression Blend to bring your software to small footprint devices. The new Platform Builder for Windows Embedded CE 6.0 R3 is based on Microsoft's Visual Studio programming software, and helps you create rich user interfaces...
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    Microsoft BizTalk Server Adapter for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4

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    Brief Description The Microsoft® BizTalk® Server Adapter for Microsoft Dynamics® CRM 4.0 enables integration between Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 and other business applications. Overview Microsoft® BizTalk® Server Adapter for Microsoft Dynamics® CRM 4.0 enables integration between Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 and other business applications. This lets you do the following operations: Use Microsoft Dynamics CRM as a send adapter. Discover and use the schema of any Microsoft Dynamics...
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    Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 on Windows 7 & Windows Server 2008 R2

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    The Microsoft Dynamics CRM Product Team has issued a statement on their blog saying that Dynamics CRM 4.0 is compatible with Microsoft Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2. The product will be officially be supported on Windows 7 when it lauches on October 22 this year. Congratulations to the Dynamics CRM product team on ensuring Dynamics CRM 4.0 and Windows 7 work well together. You can read the official statement here John O'Donnell Microsoft Dynamics ISV Architect Evangelist Microsoft...
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    Security and Authentication in Microsoft Dynamics CRM: The Microsoft Dynamics CRM Security Model

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    Brief Description This white paper, The Microsoft Dynamics CRM Security Model, serves as the core architectural component of a larger "nuts and bolts" article on Security and Authentication in Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0. Overview This white paper, The Microsoft Dynamics CRM Security Model, serves as the core architectural component of a larger "nuts and bolts" article on Security and Authentication in Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0. The paper details the security model leveraged by Microsoft...
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    New release of Microsoft Dynamics Statement of Direction document

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    The August 2009 version of this document is now available to partners. Summary The latest edition of the SoD white paper is now available and provides details of the program of rapid innovation through to the release of Microsoft Dynamics CRM “V.Next”. This whitepaper covers both planned and recently released innovation for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0, Online and “V.Next”. It is the primary communication mechanism for all things relating to the Microsoft Dynamics CRM roadmap. Availability...
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    Windows Azure World Tour Comes to Reston, Dallas, Silicon Valley

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    You are invited to join Dave Chappell when he discusses Windows Azure and Cloud Computing across the United States. Chappell is leading authority on cloud computing and has written the white paper for Microsoft describing the Windows Azure Platform architecture. See Azure Services Platform . Cloud computing looks like the biggest change to hit our industry in many years. The advent of cheap, scalable computing power available over the Internet will affect almost everybody who works in IT. But taking...
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    Best Practices For Developing on SharePoint Shared

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    As ISVs, you may want to extend your application into your customer SharePoint sites. The patterns & practices team has put together guidance to assist you  building collaborative applications that extend your line-of-business (LOB) systems. The recently published guidance. This guidance will help architects and developers design and build applications that are both flexible and scaleable. It shows you how to provide IT Pros with the information they need to maintain those applications and...
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    APIs Released for Azure Services Management

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    The Windows Azure Service Management API has been released to help you manage your deployments, hosted services and storage accounts. This is a REST-based API which users can code against in their toolset of choice to manage their services. This is a REST-based API that uses X509 client certificates for authentication. Users can upload any valid X509 certificate in .cer format to the Windows Azure developer portal and then use it as a client certificate when making API requests. The following operations...
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    Free Caching Servers Can Improve Performance for AJAX Applications

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    Microsoft has launched Microsoft Ajax CDN (Content Delivery Network) service that provides caching support for AJAX libraries (including jQuery and ASP.NET AJAX ).  The service is available for free, does not require any registration, and can be used for both commercial and non-commercial purposes. These are "edge cache" servers that are placed around the world at key Internet network points.  These "edge cache" servers can be used to cache and deliver all types of content...
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    Get Trained, Get a Free SQL Server 2008 Standard Edition

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    When you take selected SQL Server 2008 training through a Learning Solutions partner between now and December 31, 2009, you will receive a free, fully licensed copy of SQL Server 2008 Standard Edition (worth US$850) while supplies last. The offer includes one client access license (CAL). These are instructor led training classes offered by Microsoft Certified Partners for Learning Solutions, the premier training providers for Microsoft. Course 2778A : Writing Queries Using Microsoft SQL Server 2008...
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