December, 2009

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    12 Days of RIA – Day 1 – Solution

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    ISVs I work with have expressed a lot of interest in the recent announcements about building Line of Business applications on the RIA stack, and so I thought it would be a good idea to blog about building a simple app that demos how to do RIA from the ground up, and points out obstacles and workarounds found along the way. There are several very bright people posting in depth on this topic, including (but not limited to) Brad Abrahms, Dinesh Kulkami, David Poll, Mike Taulty and Tim Heuer. Everything...
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    How to Create Extensions to Visual Studio 2010

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    The Visual Studio team has made it easier than ever to build extensions to Visual Studio 2010. The Visual Studio 2010 SDK has been reduced from 100K to just 10K. In fact, the SDK’s install time has also gone from 20 minutes to just over a minute. The SDK now has project templates to assist you in building Visual Studio extensions that include adding visuals to the editor (including WPF), offering menu commands, and tool windows. Deploying your extensions is easier too. The extension project...
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    Developer Learning Center for Parallel Computing Now Live on MSDN

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    Parallel Computing Developer Center on MSDN is now live. The new site provides a more guided experience, helping developers to find content appropriate to your needs. You’ll find sections on Getting Started with Parallel Computing and a code gallery at Updated .NET Parallel Programming Samples and links to videos. The content on the site is now almost entirely RSS-driven. So you’ll be able to keep up to date as new content is developed.   Bruce D. Kyle ISV Architect Evangelist | Microsoft Corporation...
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    List Your Application as Windows 7 Compatible

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    Computer World posted an article that describes the number of applications that are now Windows 7 compatible. The article is at No application compatibility woes for Windows 7 – yet . To quote a bit of the article: A spreadsheet for IT professionals ( download here) listing information lists which applications are compatible with Windows 7 or not. Of the more than 13,000 apps on the list, 82% are compatible with Windows 7 today. That includes the 23% that have been certified compatible under Microsoft...
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    PHP and IE8 Web Slices

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    Bruce Kyle just told me that Microsoft has published a blog post on PHP and IE8 web slices that might be of broad interest, and so I'm blogging about it here. The post (on our interoperabiilty blog) explains how a PHP web site can easily enable content to be shared as a web slice. It includes simple code snippets and images that show the end product working on a PHP web site running on Windows as well. Enjoy (and thanks Bruce!) jmp
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    Web Platform Installer welcomes Joomla!

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    It is with great pleasure that I note that Joomla! is now available by way of the Microsoft Web Platform Installer ( http://www.microsoft.com/web .) For those of you unaware of the Web Platform Installer, it's a simple way to get your workstation or server set up for popular web applications. Some of these apps are from Microsoft (e.g., SQL Server Express), some aren't (MySQL), and some are agnostic (e.g., Joomla!, which runs on PHP in IIS or Apache.) For those of you unfamiliar with Joomla...
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    Free Support for Windows Azure Early Adopters

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    A new TechNet blog has launched for tech-savvy business decision makers at ISVs, web services and web design companies interested in Windows Azure Platform, Windows web platform and learning how to grow their business by partnering with Microsoft. The blog is Windows Azure Platform, Web Hosting and Web Services . The first posting, USA Early Adopters: Check out Front Runner for Windows Azure , describes how early adopters can benefit from Front Runner. “This program is a no-brainer if you want to...
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    How Do They Do That?: Ferrari GT on Windows phone

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    Ever wonderered how games are developed for Windows Phone? - Check out this content and learn how Ferrari GT was brought to the Windows Phone 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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    Check out the new Dynamics CRM Developer Center on MSDN

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    Check out the new look of the CRM Developer Center on MSDN ! There is new information on just about every tab, pointers to accelerators, whitepapers, and other downloads. Also, take a few minutes to read the latest technical article: Plug-ins, Part 2: Development and Deployment . 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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    Case Study - News Cooperative Creates Touch-Friendly Mobile News Service for Windows Phones

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    Link to content - http://www.microsoft.com/casestudies/Case_Study_Detail.aspx?CaseStudyID=4000005570 News Cooperative Creates Touch-Friendly Mobile News Service for Windows Phones As newspapers seek a way to thrive in the world of digital media, The Associated Press is assisting by identifying new outlets and revenue streams for member news providers. Its first response is AP Mobile, which delivers international, national, and local news from more than 1,000 content providers to Windows...
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    Windows Phone Case Study - Leading Photo Sharing Site Drives Revenue by Solving Camera-Phone Dilemma

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    Link to Content - http://www.microsoft.com/casestudies/Case_Study_Detail.aspx?CaseStudyID=4000005615 Leading Photo Sharing Site Drives Revenue by Solving Camera-Phone Dilemma Taking pictures with a camera phone is easy. Getting those photos off the phone so you can do something with them, however, has proven to be prohibitively difficult for many consumers. Photo sharing site Photobucket has changed that with its Mobile Uploader from Ontela, available now on Windows® phones. The easy-to-use...
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    Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 Software Development Kit (SDK) V 4.0.11

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    Link to content - http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=82E632A7-FAF9-41E0-8EC1-A2662AAE9DFB&displaylang=en Brief Description This package contains the complete software development kit for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0. Overview The Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 Software Development Kit (SDK) is for developers, system customizers, and report writers. This SDK documentation contains information for developers writing server side code, custom business logic, integration...
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    Security and Authentication in Microsoft Dynamics CRM: Field-level Security in Microsoft Dynamics CRM: Options and Constraints

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    Link to download - http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=471f8670-47b3-4525-b25d-c11a6774615c Brief Description While Microsoft Dynamics CRM does not provide for true field-level security, there are a number of options available for using supported custom logic to control of access to data at a more granular level than provided out of the box. This document discusses some of the key options and constraints available for implementing this type of solution...
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    Accessing the Windows Marketplace for Mobile from a Windows Phone 6.0 and 6.1

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    If you have been looking at your friends Windows Phone 6.5 devices and wishing you could access the Windows Marketplace for Mobile from your Windows Phone 6.0 and 6.1 device well now you can. You can download an installer from this location - http://www.microsoft.com/windowsmobile/en-us/downloads/get-marketplace.mspx 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...
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    Accessing the Windows Marketplace for Mobile without a Windows Phone

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    If you have not yet bought a new Windows Phone device or even if you have, you can now access the Windows Marketplace for Mobile from your desktop browser by going to http://marketplace.windowsphone.com . 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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    The Microsoft Mobile Enterprise Application Platform

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    Link to content - http://www.msteched.com/online/view.aspx?tid=9e01231b-7828-4f3f-8ea3-4cf0ff43cfd7 Gartner says the market for Mobile Enterprise Application Platforms tops $1 billion and that 95% of organizations will be choosing them instead of going with point solutions. Spend some time with Rob and learn about Microsoft's MEAP solution stack. John O'Donnell Microsoft Dynamics ISV Architect Evangelist Microsoft Corporation (b) http://blogs.msdn.com/jodonnell (b) http://blogs.msdn...
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    New Video - Utilize your companies expert knowledge with Cincom Acquire Part Two

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    Video Link - Utilize your companies expert knowledge with Cincom Acquire Part Two In part two of this two part video Jim Wilson from Cincom Acquire demonstrates their technology being used in many different scenarios. As these demonstrations show, this technology can be used to deliver expert systems for use in many industries and can empower your users with the expert knowledge that your company veterans have built up over the years. John O'Donnell Microsoft Dynamics ISV Architect Evangelist...
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    New Video - Utilize your companies expert knowledge with Cincom Acquire Part One

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    Video Link - Utilize your companies expert knowledge with Cincom Acquire Part One In part one of this two part video we talk to Jim Wilson and Gregor Newland from Cincom Acquire about their product offering. While initially targetted as being a product configurator this technology can easily be used as an expert system to deliver the knowledge needed in many different industries. In part two we will show a number of demonstrations of how this product can be used. John O'Donnell Microsoft...
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    Support Ending for Windows XP, Windows 2000 in July

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    Support for all editions of Windows 2000 (Server and Professional) and Windows XP SP 2 ends on July 13, 2010. This transition date marks the natural progression in the support of these products, and is in accordance with the Microsoft Support Lifecycle policy for Business and Developer products. After this date, public support for these products ends and Microsoft will no longer provide any assisted support or security updates. Customers running Windows 2000 will need to upgrade to supported products...
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    Jon Box Explains Accelerators, Web Slices, Search Providers in IE8

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    Want to learn why you should look at the Internet Explorer 8 for developing better user experiences? We have just the guy to explain and give ideas around the new features of Internet Explorer 8. In this episode, Keith and Woody sit down with Jon Box, Microsoft Architect Evangelist, to get the scoop on how to use Accelerators, Web Slices and Search Providers in IE8 to keep users informed and updated. You can hear the podcast on Deep Fried Bytes: Episode 41: Developing Better User Experiences with...
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    Dec 7th - 11th - Introduction to Microsoft Dynamics - Why ISVs are Partnering with Microsoft Dynamics to reduce time to market

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    Dear Partner • Are the costs and time of developing compelling business solutions holding your company back? • Have you wondered if there is a better way to build business solutions? • If your company could save up to 70 percent of its development time and get to market faster, would you be interested? If the answer to these questions is "Yes" then you should consider attending a series of webinars that explain why you should seriously...
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    New Video - Selling more and faster with Dynamics CRM and BIGMACHINES

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    Video Link - Selling more and faster with Dynamics CRM and BIGMACHINES Tim Handorf from BIGMACHINES and Mike Snyder from Sonoma Partners talked with me about their work integrating BIGMACHINES into Dynamics CRM 4.0 to enable easier and faster selling. As part of this video Tim also talks about why they partnered with Sonoma to get their new solution to market very quickly. John O'Donnell Microsoft Dynamics ISV Architect Evangelist Microsoft Corporation (b) http://blogs.msdn.com/jodonnell ...
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    New Video - Vidizmo delivers a SCORM compliant Interactive Video based learning solution

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    Video Link - Vidizmo delivers a SCORM compliant Interactive Video based learning solution Larry Gregory talked to Nadeem Khan of Vidizmo at a recent Microsoft BizSpark Incubation Week in Reston , hosted by Sanjay Jain . Vidizmo developed a SCORM-compliant Interactive Video based learning solution that mashes up various content and applies search to the contents of the video and associated media assets. Very powerful and unique approach. John O'Donnell Microsoft Dynamics ISV Architect Evangelist...
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    Ajax Control Toolkit Merges into ASP.NET Ajax

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    ASP.NET Ajax Library has entered Beta. The Ajax Control Toolkit is merging into the ASP.NET Ajax Library. The ASP.NET Ajax Library consolidates ASP.NET Ajax and the Ajax Control Toolkit into a single open source project. The Ajax Control Toolkit and Ajax Libraries, components of many web development strategies, make it easy for developers to use the Ajax programming model in their websites and web applications. The ASP.NET Ajax Library project will be released under a BSD license and can be used...
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    CLR 4 Compatibility in Silverlight 4

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    I was watching a great presentation that Ward Bell put together recapping PDC '09 and stumbled on one of his last slides which purports; ".NET 4<br/> Same CLR in Silverlight & .NET" and was a bit perplexed, so I dug into the concepts behind that title a bit. It turns out that Ward was referring to a new feature in .NET 4 called "assembly portability". Richard Lander does a great job explaning this on the CLR Team Blog . In summary; you can compile Silverlight 4 Class Library projects...
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