October, 2009

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    Build Tests from Models with New Developer Tool From DevLabs

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    Spec Explorer has been released on DevLabs to help you build out testing using Model-Based Testing techniques. The new tool helps you modeling software behavior and generating test suites. It helps you build thorough, consistent, and extensible tests. Models can be viewed as graphical renderings to understand and analyze the expected system behavior and communicate it to others. Model size can be scoped with regular expressions. The generated test suites can be run standalone in the Visual Studio...
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    Roadmap for Windows Azure Transition From CTP to Business

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    Windows Azure team has announced the transition from the Community Technology Preview (CTP) to the release and had provided information for developers who want to continue development. Transition from CTP to Business Windows Azure will go live at Professional Developers Conference (PDC09). The conference marks transition from a CTP to a business. For your planning purposes, this post maps out the key stages of that transition that you should be aware of. At PDC 2009, on November 17, 2009, a number...
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    Join in the Fun at the MSDEV Booth at PDC

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    Please come and drop by our booth (Booth # MPS08) at Professional Developers Conference (PDC09) in Los Angeles, CA November 17-19. Several of the members of the US DPE Evangelism team will be on hand along with members of the US Solution Partners team.  We will also have several of our partners talking about how they have used Microsoft technology to build really cool solutions and they will be explaining about interesting opportunities we have for partners to participate in local and online...
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    NEW series on Patterns-Based Development with Silverlight

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    Rob Bagby has started a new series (blog posts and screencasts) on Patterns-Based Development with Silverlight .  The series illustrates various design patterns while building a sample application (see screenshot below).  The patterns covered include the Repository, the Pipeline, the Service Agent and Model View ViewModel. Thanks for checking out this post! Cheers, Murray Gordon ISV Architect Evangelist Microsoft Corporation        http://blogs.msdn.com/MurrayG US ISV...
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    Disable SQL Azure Firewall

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    Ok, the title of this post is a little scarey, but some developers have been trying to do this at least while initially testing SQL Azure. A little background first... As you may have heard over on the SQL Azure blog , an October CTP was released for SQL Azure which includes (along with other features) the ability to choose which IP addresses can connect to SQL Azure for additional security. The default firewall setting is to block all incoming connections, so you'll need to open up some acceptible...
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    Outlook Format Documented, Released Under OSP

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    Microsoft is releasing documentation for the .pst file format – the format in which data is stored in Microsoft Outlook Personal Folders. As more and more information is stored and shared in digital formats, the ability for people to reuse their data across various applications and platforms has become increasing important.  Providing access to the documentation will facilitate interoperability, enabling customers and vendors to access their data in .pst files across a variety of platforms. ...
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    New Video - CWRMobility and the ZuneHD

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    Link To Video Erik van Hoof from http://www.CWRMobility.com stopped by at the CRMUG Summit to show me his companies Dynamics CRM product called CWR Mobile CRM running on his new ZuneHD. Interesting to see how a ZuneHD can be used for business applications as well as consumer applications. John O'Donnell Microsoft Dynamics ISV Architect Evangelist Microsoft Corporation (b) http://blogs.msdn.com/jodonnell (b) http://blogs.msdn.com/usisvde (t) http://www.twitter.com/jodonnel
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    New Video - End of week overview of Dynamics Communities event

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    Click here to watch video During the week of September 14th the Dynamic Communities team ran a successful event in Illinois focusing on Dynamics CRM, Dynamics GP, Dynamics AX and Dynamics NAV. I met with two of the organizers to get their feedback at the end of the week. If you work with a Microsoft Dynamics product and are not part of a user group consider joining a group at http://www.dynamiccommunities.com/ The opportunity to network with your Microsoft Dynamics peers is one not to be...
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    Developers, Architects, Decisions Makers Converge on PDC09

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    Professional Developer Conference (PDC09) launches in Los Angeles,CA November 17 –19. Pre-sessions begin November 16. PDC is the definitive developer event focused on the technical strategy of the Microsoft developer platform. At the PDC, you’ll have the opportunity to learn from and connect with the people behind the technology.  If you’re a developer, architect or technology leader involved in making strategic technology decisions, this is the conference you need to attend. Are you focused...
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    Office and SharePoint Sessions at PDC

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    Following last week's SharePoint Conference, the next opportunity to learn about development on the Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 platforms is at the Professional Developers Conference next month (November 17 - 19). There are quite a number of exciting sessions to consider attending. Developing .NET Managed Applications Using the Office 2010 Developer Platform Overview of SharePoint 2010 Programmability Developing Solutions for Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 Using the Client Object...
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    Editor Choice - Architecture Journal Editor Explores Infrastructure, Silverlight, Web Resources

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    Architecture Journal editor has chosen several articles that may be of interest. Topics represent forward thinking regarding how you architect your systems. The Architecture Journal is an independent platform for free thinkers and practitioners of IT architecture. New editions are issued quarterly with articles designed to offer perspective, share knowledge, and help you learn the discipline and pursue the art of IT architecture. Scalibility: 10 Ways to Take your Site from One to One Million Users...
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    Windows Phones Now Available in Stores Worldwide

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    A new generation of phones from leading manufacturers and mobile operators offer an intuitive user interface, powerful Web browsing, and access to an online library of downloadable services and applications. Windows ® phones — a new brand for phones running Microsoft’s Windows Mobile 6.5 operating system — are now available in retail stores worldwide in a broad range of styles and prices. For more information, see the Windows Mobile team blog post, New Windows Phones are Here! The new phones are...
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    How to Get Started with Multi-Core: Parallel Processing You Can Use

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    One of the great features of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 has been the ability to support processing on machines with multiple cores. Both Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 support 256 processors. Computers with that kind of processing power aren’t available at commodity prices. Yet you probably have a 64-bit computer with dual cores and many with quad cores. In order to take advantage of all those processors, you need the ability to write parallel code and to debug that code. And in the...
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    IronRuby, IronPythom CTPs Support .NET Framework 4 Beta 2

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    IronRuby and IronPython Community Technology Previews (CTPs) for .NET 4.0 Beta 2 are the third preview of IronRuby and IronPython running under the Dynamic Language Runtime that is built directly into .NET 4.0. This release allows you to use IronRuby objects and types as .NET 4.0 dynamic objects from within C# and Visual Basic code. These binaries are roughly equivalent to the functionality found in IronRuby 0.9 and IronPython 2.6. This release is all about the integration between .NET 4.0 and DLR...
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    Join in The New Efficiency Launch Event Live for Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2

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    Experience The New Efficiency Microsoft launch event live from San Diego October 26 virtually. This online event is good way for IT Pros and developers to attend a launch event “virtually” if they could not get to one of the live events. You’ll learn about Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, and Exchange Server 2010. View and download 18 IT Professional and Developer focused live sessions from San Diego starting at 9am PDT October 26 . Focusing on Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, and Exchange Server...
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    Thanks to Our ISVs Worldwide

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    With Windows 7 becoming generally available today, I wanted to thank the ISVs, developer partners, and developers for the work you’ve done in making the Windows 7 launch an unqualified success. Windows 7 represent a milestone for Microsoft. Thousands of you have registered your applications in Front Runner and Green Light . And if you haven’t, you too can join in the launch by being compatible with Windows 7. Steve Ballmer, Microsoft CEO, said, “What's special about Windows 7 and the way it came...
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    New Video - BuyDesign From TDCI Overview Part Two

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    Click here to view video Configuration with Microsoft Dynamics NAV The BuyDesign Configurator and Guided Selling solutions transform Microsoft Dynamics NAV into a uniquely powerful solution for configure-to-order manufacturers. Seamlessly embedded in Microsoft Dynamics NAV, the Configurator is accessed through the sales and production documents and also supports variants, charge items, kitting, and much more. In this video, see how easy it is to for your sales partners to create a configured...
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    New Video - BuyDesign From TDCI Overview Part One

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    Powerful Configuration and 2D Engineering Visualization with Microsoft Dynamics NAV The BuyDesign Configurator and Guided Selling solutions transform Microsoft Dynamics NAV into a uniquely powerful solution for configure-to-order manufacturers. Seamlessly embedded in Microsoft Dynamics NAV, the Configurator is accessed through the sales and production documents and also supports variants, charge items, kitting, and much more. In this video, see an example of how easy it is to create a configured...
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    '7 Days of Windows 7' Means Hardware Deals

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    PC Magazine reports of great deals on Windows 7 hardware for the first 7 days after the release of Windows 7.   With the big launch just a day away, Microsoft is trying to make moving to Windows just that more enticing, and more importantly, affordable. The week following the launch will comprise what the company is calling 7 Days of Windows 7 , with deals on netbooks, laptops, and desktops. BestBuy is offering a total home makeover package: An HP netbook, laptop, and desktop trio for just ...
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    Bing is Searching Twitter…. And Windows 7 is HOT

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    Microsoft revealed a nice little coup in its dual quests to make search more dynamic. At the Web 2.0 conference in San Francisco, the company's digital head, Qi Lu, announced that three-month-old Bing has reached an agreement to crawl all of Twitter's public results in real time. Bing's Twitter search — Bing.com/Twitter — is already live.   It is probably less surprising that Windows 7 is currently one of the hottest topics :-) with the public release today.   You can read more at the time...
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    Visual Studio 2010, .NET Framework 4 Beta 2 Training Kit Videos, Labs Available

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    Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 is now available publicly. You can download the edition you want to try from Download Beta 2 . You’ll have your choice of each edition in Visual Studio 2010 or .NET Framework 4, including the free Express versions. Although this is a community preview, Beta 2 comes with a “go live” license which means you can start using the product for production related work. Team Foundation Server (TFS) is now available with all versions of Visual Studio 2010.  You can get started...
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    Expect the Unexpected

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    They come from different backgrounds, using different platforms and different languages to accomplish different goals. The common denominator is a need to build quickly on a reliable, versatile framework. They use the .NET Framework. Check out their stories and tell your own. Join the growing, global crowd of developers using the .NET Framework to make your vision a reality. Read about Al Perez, Chief Architect at Total Computer and their success story with Microsoft technologies here .
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    Watch Windows 7 Events

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    On Thursday October 22, customers can walk into a retail store and purchase a copy of Windows 7. And to celebrate the event, you can watch events online. There are more than 50,000 developers from 17,000 companies supporting Windows 7 plus more than 5,500 independent software vendor (ISV) partners in 93 countries committing to Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 through Green Light and Front Runner . Press Event, WebCast At 11 am Eastern (8 a.m. Pacific) October 22, Steve Ballmer will host...
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    Is Your Application Listed in Windows 7 Compatibility Center?

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    Microsoft has announced the availability of two great tools to help your customers determine if you are ready for Windows 7: Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor Windows 7 Compatibility Center The announcement was made on the Windows Team Blog at Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor and Windows 7 Compatibility Center now available . Both tools are available at www.windows.com/compatibility . ISVs who have declared applications in Front Runner or on the ISV App Compat site are included. Also applications that have passed...
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    Video Shows How to Publish Your Web Application to Windows Azure

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    Windows Azure goes live on November 17. Between now and then, you can still try out Windows Azure under the Community Preview. To help give you step by step instructions on how to move your Web application to the cloud, MSDEV has put together a video Publishing Wepages to Windows Azure Platform Tutorial . IMPORTANT: To get ready to work on the tutorial, you will need to get your own Azure Invitation Code under the no-cost Community Technology Preview (CTP) program. See Windows Azure for Developers...
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