December, 2009

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    Windows Azure platform AppFabric Update

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    The Service Bus and Access Control features of the Windows Azure Platform, once known as .NET Services, are now known as “Windows Azure platform AppFabric”. Of course, they are still on track to be commercially available this January alongside Windows Azure and SQL Azure. This update reflects our vision of enabling developers to build, scale, manage, and connect applications both on-premises and in the cloud. AppFabric has two components. Windows Azure platform AppFabric currently includes...
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    Get Plugged In! Find a Windows Azure Platform Program That is Right for You

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    Get Plugged In! Find a Windows Azure Platform Program That is Right for You In order to help our partners gain the most out of their experience on the Windows Azure Platform we are fully integrated into the partner enablement-focused programs across the company. Learn more about these programs and find the ones that are right for you, and then join to get inside information on the Windows Azure Platform, in-depth training, and marketing collateral to help sell to your customers. Front Runner...
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    Azure Partner Resource Guide

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    New Resource: Partner Resource Guide In our efforts to better assist you in navigating our programs, readiness resources, and sales materials, we have developed a Windows Azure Platform Partner Resource Guide. This guide can be your first stop to finding out more information about how to get plugged in as a partner and get the most out of your Windows Azure Platform experience. Check out the Resource Guide here . A few key items you will find in the guide are: Windows Azure Partner...
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    Apress Offers New Windows Azure Platform Book for Devs

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    Master Microsoft’s brand-new cloud-computing technology with Windows Azure Platform by Tejaswi Redkar . You’ll learn how to utilize Azure’s four core components— Windows Azure, .NET Services, SQL Services, and Live Services—both separately and together to build flawless cloud computing services. Purchase your copy in eBook format or through Amazon today! Apress would like to offer a special discount to all our loyal .NET customers. If you’ve previously bought the eBook version of our other Azure...
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    Guide Explains How to Build On-Premises, Cloud Identity Aware Apps

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    Windows Identity Foundation (previously known as “Geneva” Framework) makes federation and claims-based identity first-class citizens in the .NET Framework. Developers can now rely upon a single, consistent model for creating identity-aware applications on ASP.NET and WCF. We just published a guide that provides step-by-step instructions on how to use Windows Identity Foundation in Windows Azure solutions, so that on-premises or partner identities can be seamlessly used regardless of where your resources...
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    Mark Your Calendars for Microsoft BI Conference

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    Mark your calendars for the 2010 Microsoft BI Conference the week of June 7, 2010 in New Orleans, LA. The Microsoft BI Conference is collocated with TechEd North America 2010. The conference will focus on the following categories: Empower Your Users – Microsoft Excel (including PowerPivot for Excel), SSRS (Report Builder), Microsoft Visio, Search/FAST Improve Organizational Effectiveness - SharePoint Server 2010 (including PerformancePoint Services, Excel Services, Visio Services) Increase IT and...
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    Explore BI Features of SQL Server 2008 R2

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    SQL Server 2008 R2 delivers several breakthrough capabilities that will enable your organization to scale database operations with confidence, improve IT and developer efficiency, and enable highly scalable and well managed Business Intelligence on a self-service basis for your users. You can download the latest SQL Server 2008 R2 preview as well as Microsoft's complete Business Intelligence platform, including the new PowerPivot for Excel 2010 add-in now. SQL Server 2008 R2 Content from PDC09 You...
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    Take a Tour of Data Center in a Container

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    Frank Arrigo takes you on a tour of what the cloud physically looks like by walking you through a container that was shown at Professional Developers Conference (PDC09) . The container is similar to one that is placed in data centers that host your Windows Azure applications. Bruce D. Kyle ISV Architect Evangelist | Microsoft Corporation
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    Share Real-time Premium Data with Codename "Dallas"

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    Microsoft® Codename "Dallas" is a new service allowing developers and information workers to easily discover, purchase and manage premium data subscriptions in the Windows Azure platform . Dallas was announced at Professional Developers Conference (PDC09) . Dallas is an information marketplace that brings data, imagery, and real-time web services from leading commercial data providers and authoritative public data sources together into a single location, under a unified provisioning and...
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    New: NYC Microsoft Architecture Meetup

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    Come and join us for the inaugural meetup of the NYC Microsoft Solution Architects :-) in January at the Microsoft office in NYC http://bit.ly/73M7j9 . Click here to check out The NYC Microsoft Solution Architects! Hope to see you there…. Happy holidays! Gunther :-)
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    Windows 7 Boot Camp Videos Now Live

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    Windows 7 Boot Camp pre-con event videos to Professional Developers Conference (PDC09) are now live. Yochay Kiriaty has posted links to the videos on the Windows 7 blog posting, The Windows 7 PDC Boot Camp Recordings Are Online . The videos include: Multi-core processing. Arun Kishan described his work around the thread and process allocation that frees the kernel from its thread dispatcher locks and gives Windows 7 the ability to scale seamlessly to many (256) cores. Arun also talked about the new...
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    Windows 7 Multitouch Videos

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    One of our managed ISV partners Iconics created a channel on YouTube ( http://www.youtube.com/iconews ) to showcase some of their videos. They've got some spectacular videos of how they use multitouch on Windows 7 in their products. Let us know if you have a channel where you share videos like this as well.
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    Free Silverlight 4 Training Now on Channel 9

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    Take advantage of the new Silverlight 4 training course on Channel 9 Learning Center where you will learn about the latest features of the Silverlight 4 Beta, announced at the Professional Developers Conference 2009. Some of the new and highly anticipated features include Printing, Webcam and Microphone support, custom right-click, rich text, HTML support and access to local files with trusted applications. The course contains a video and a technical feature overview that allows you to drill down...
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    12 Days of RIA – Day 7 – Search

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    I got a bit ahead of myself with my desire to move on to styling the app, and decided instead to focus on a few more pieces of business app functionality first. And so, I’d like to show an approach for doing searching on more than one attribute. I want to disclaim this a bit, as I haven’t completely thought through the depths of what should or shouldn’t be done here, but I do want to offer this as a utilitarian approach. In taking a look at the data, I saw that Artist and Album were very simple ...
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    Summary: ISV Software Architecture Workshop in NYC!

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    ISV Software Architecture Workshop Dec 10 th 2009, Microsoft NYC Context: The second ISV Software Architecture Workshop organized in NYC this year took place on December 10 th . The turnout was great and it is great to see that almost half of the participants were repeat offenders who already attended the first event in March 2009. The intended impact of the event is NSAT on the one hand and Microsoft technology adoption on the other and I think we this event we had a big impact...
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    The Architecture Journal – Taking BI Beyond the Business Analyst

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    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. The Architecture Journal reaches over 50,000 subscribers worldwide.
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    Software Escrow as a Service with EPS, Silverlight and Azure

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    I recently had a chance to sit down with Markus Egger of EPS Software and Code Magazine . We talked about how they created a unique software escrow service ( Tower48.com ) using Silverlight and how they architected their solution to run on Windows Azure. We recorded this interview and it’s available to view on Channel 9: http://channel9.msdn.com/posts/jbienz/Software-Escrow-as-a-Service/
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    12 Days of RIA – Day 6 – Pagination

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    Even though we parameterized the query for Artists in the last step, it could still return a large number of entities depending on the data in question. RIA provides a means to handle this via the DataPager control and what Brad Abrahms calls “connect-the-dots” data binding. I wanted to do the same for the artists query, but I wanted to also keep the view neat, so I began with a slight layout tweak to the layout. In the Grid that contains the artistDataGrid, I added an additional auto-sized row for...
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    Microsoft buys Opalis to strengthen cloud management capabilities

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    Moving to strengthen its management tools related to virtual environments, Microsoft Friday said that it has purchased IT process automation vendor Opalis for an undisclosed sum. Microsoft said the acquisition, which had been rumored for nearly two months, adds to its System Center portfolio needed tools that can manage highly automated and scalable virtual environments. The tools complement Microsoft's strategy to stretch its management tools across on-premises environments and the cloud  ...
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    Windows Azure – Great Resources

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    PDC was a major milestone for the Windows Azure Platform, with Ray Ozzy announcing “production” and Bob painting a future vision in the keynote – there is a lot of new content, information and messaging to digest. New services were announced including “Dallas” as we as some old favorites being re-branded into the AppFabric. If you want to get started, or need some more information on any of the technologies, then the links below will provide3 you with a wealth of resources to jump start your development...
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    12 Days of RIA – Day 5 – Read Only Data

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    Opening Artists.xaml, I’d like to make it so I can search for an artist, and then see all their associated albums and tracks. This is a simple 3-level hierarchy as evident in the data model and the object model created from it. Accordingly, I’d like to start with this by adding 3 data grids to view before doing any styling work. I first did a little refactoring of the layout on this page, wrapping the StackPanel that holds the 2 TextBlocks into a Grid. VS2010 now has a nice interface for editing...
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    Code Project Offers Free Windows Azure Tokens

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    Code Project is offering a limited number of free Windows Azure tokens. The Code Project has exclusive access to a limited supply of Azure Services Platform Tokens. Best of all, they are free ! Grab your token before they run out, then enter our competition for your chance to win an Amazon Kindle. There are two ways to enter: Follow the simple directions on the site to create a trial Windows Azure account, then upload the CodeProject Sample App . Every day your app runs in December you'll get an...
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    12 Days of RIA – Day 4 – Navigation

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    Now that I had a model built over the Chinook database tables, the next step I planned to take was to make use of it in the client. The client app generated by the Silverlight Business Application template functions just as the Silverlight Navigation apps do on Silverlight 3. The white area of MainPage.xaml contains a navigation frame, which hosts the Home.xaml and About.xaml navigation pages. MainPage.xaml is intended to be extended and customized to add new views over the data entities provided...
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    12 Days of RIA – Day 3 – Domain Service

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    Now that we have a model built over the Chinook database tables, the next step to take is to build a domain service that exposes those entities to the client tier (as I mentioned in my previous post.) The RIA services team encourages you to do this in the Services folder of the server-side project, so I did just that by adding a new item and using the Domain Service Class web template as shown: I was then asked which entities I wanted to expose. As there are lots of foreign keys across these...
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    12 Days of RIA – Day 2 – Model

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    As I mentioned in my previous post, I’ll be using the Chinook Database for this series. Chinook provides a nice set of tables dealing with music, each with non-trivial data and non-trivial relationships (as shown below): It’s not quite an ERP system, but it’s not as small or overused as some of the others I’ve mentioned. I’m running SQL Server 2008 Express, but you could use MySQL, Oracle, SQL Server Compact Edition, or the XML File to the same end. Back in Visual Studio, the Silverlight...
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