December, 2009

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Surface SDK Now Broadly Available

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    The Microsoft Surface team has announced the broad availability of the Microsoft Surface Software Development Kit (SDK) Workstation Edition. You can download it from Microsoft Surface SDK 1.0 SP1 Workstation Edition . The Microsoft Surface SDK 1.0 Service Pack 1 (SP1) Workstation Edition enables you to create and test Microsoft Surface touch-enabled applications on a workstation instead of on a Microsoft Surface unit. The SDK includes a simulator (called Surface Simulator) that replicates the Microsoft...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    How to Run Ruby on Rails on Windows Azure

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    Simon Davies has put together a post on Running Ruby on Rails on Windows Azure . One of the new features in Windows Azure announced at Professional Developers Conference (PDC) enables Worker Roles to receive network traffic from  both external and internal endpoints using HTTP, HTTPS and TCP. This new feature enables many new scenarios, such as running existing applications that receive traffic over sockets in Windows Azure. This means you have the choice of several languages for building their...
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    Everything Developers Need to Know About Azure

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    MSDEV has come up with another great set of training for Windows Azure. This set of videos quickly immerses you in the world of the Windows Azure . You’ll learn what Azure is all about, including the fundamental concepts of cloud computing and Windows Azure. You’ll learn why you should target Windows Azure, and see the tangible business benefits you can gain by deploying your apps to the cloud. You can get the videos at Everything You Need to Know About Azure as a Developer . See: Windows Azure Overview...
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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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    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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    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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    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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