January, 2010

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    First Look at Workflow in .NET 4

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    Windows Workflow Foundation programs coordinate with a minimal ceremony. It provides a programming model, in-process workflow engine and rehostable designer to implement long-running processes as workflows within .NET applications. In .NET Framework 4, Windows Workflow Foundation introduces a significant amount of change from the previous versions in .NET 3.0 and 3.5. In fact, the team revisited the core of the programming model, runtime and tooling and has re-architected each one to increase...
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    Visual Studio 2010, .NET 4 Release Date Set

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    The release date for Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 has been set as April 12 according to a one-line post on a Developer Division’s Marketing and Communications Manager Rob Caron’s blog . Visual Studio 2010 features built-in tools for Windows 7 and Microsoft SharePoint 2010, new drag-and-drop bindings for Silverlight and Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF), and interoperability with technologies such as the database, ASP.NET model view controller, Unified Modeling Language (UML), Microsoft...
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    Get Started with Visual Studio 2010 Virtual Machines

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    New Visual Studio 2010 virtual machines are available for you and your customers to download and try. This VM is available in the virtualization platform of your choice (Hyper-V, Virtual PC 2007 SP1, and Windows [7] Virtual PC). Hyper-V is highly recommended because of the performance benefits and snapshotting capabilities. Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate and Team Foundation Server 2010 – Beta 2, WITH SAMPLE DATA This virtual machine includes everything you need to learn and demonstrate the application...
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    Azure benefits through MSDN and BizSpark!

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    On January 4 th , the Windows Azure Platform launched commercially (i.e., customers must begin paying for the service) in the following countries: Austria Belgium Canada Denmark Finland France Germany Ireland India Italy Japan The Netherlands New Zealand Norway Portugal Singapore Spain Sweden Switzerland United Kingdom United States MSDN Premium subscribers and BizSpark members in the countries listed above are now able to sign up for a special introductory Windows Azure platform...
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    Free Developer Training for WPF 4

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    What’s New in Windows Presentation Foundation 4 presents a series of short, “how-to” videos to introduce the various new features that have been added to WPF with .NET 4.0. Each video provides a code-focused look at how you can leverage a new feature or set of features in your WPF applications. Each video from MSDEV is shorter than 15 minutes. Learn about: New Windows Presentation Foundation Controls. This video introduces three new controls in WPF – DataGrid, Calendar and DatePicker. You’ll see...
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    Free Windows Azure Training Events Nationwide

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    Come join in a 15-city tour of Windows Azure events for developers and IT Pros. Join your local MSDN Events team as we take a deep dive into cloud computing and the Windows Azure Platform. For more details and for other events in your area, see MSDN Live Events for Developers . Windows Azure Training Events Agenda Windows Azure for IT Pros Windows Azure for Developers SESSION 1: The Next Wave: Windows Azure The future of highly available, high-performance...
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    Best Practice to Minimize you Windows Azure Compute Hours!

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    Starting 1st of February you will be charges for the use of Windows Azure deployments. In order to minimize you usage and cost you can find best practices to minimize your usage by: Understand how we charge Take advantage of the introductory offers Develop and test locally Delete applications you no longer need from the cloud Use the right number of instances of an application You can find more information here . Gunther’s blog
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    Word (.docx and .docm) Custom XML Scanning Tool

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    To assist you with determining if you have documents that may be affected by the recent court ruling on Custom XML and Word 2007 ( more info here ) we have released a tool that will scan your .docx and .docm files to determine if they contain Custom XML markup or not. You can get more info and the tool, including source, from this post by Gray Knowlton.
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    Free Developer Training for Windows Mobile 6.5

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    A new series of videos from MSDEV will help you develop your applications for Windows Mobile 6.5. This series of Web seminars will lead you through common application development scenarios in Windows Mobile 6.5. Some of the topics that will be covered are embedded databases, SMS messaging, touch-screen-enabled Gesture APIs, and building GPA-aware applications. The series includes these videos: Getting Started with Application Development for Windows Mobile 6.5 Using SQL Server Compact Edition with...
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    Future of Enterprise Library Discussed in Video

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    The Microsoft Enterprise Library is a collection of reusable software components (application blocks) designed to assist software developers with common enterprise development challenges. Application blocks are provided as source code plus documentation that can be used "as is," extended, or modified by developers to use on complex, enterprise-level line-of-business development projects. Grigori Melnik and Bob Brumfield discuss the future of Enterprise Library. Enterprise Library v5 preview...
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    How Companies Use Web Slices, Accelerators

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    Web slices and Accelerators are important new features in Internet Explorer 8 . What you may not know is how easy they are to implement and how much value they bring to your Web sites. Hear what country music star Dolly Parton has to say about Internet Explorer 8. Business Value of Web Slices, Accelerators Many companies and ISVs and those hosting applications online are finding Web Slices and Accelerators help increase customer awareness and responsiveness to their Web applications. For example...
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    Free Developer Training for Visual Studio 2010, .NET 4

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    A new series of on-demand videos covers some of the new features in Visual Studio 2010, as of the Beta 2 release, and some of the new language features in .NET languages including C#, Visual Basic.NET, and F#, as of version 4 of the .NET framework. The videos are available from MSDEV today. Topics available today include: Parallelism ADO.Net Data Services F# Office Programmability Topics available next week include: ASP.NET AJAX ASP.NET MVC ASP.NET Web Forms Managed...
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    Free Developer Training for SharePoint

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    MSDEV presents a series of hour-long videos provide you with the fundamentals of Microsoft Office SharePoint Services (MOSS). Topics include Installation & Configuration, Administration, Security and Customizing Workflows. See: MOSS Overview for the Technical Decision Maker MOSS Installation and Configuration MOSS Administration MOSS Security MOSS: Customizing Workflows All are available now. See Microsoft Office SharePoint Server Fundamentals . Bruce D. Kyle ISV Architect Evangelist | Microsoft...
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    Children Create Video Games Using Kodu from Microsoft Research

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    Microsoft is introducing children to programming and helping them advance their design, math, and problem-solving skills wth Kodu . With Kodu, budding developers string together simple and intuitive cartoon icons that define the rules of their game world, rather than using complex programming language. The result: Anyone from seven to 70 can create a game in minutes. Kodu is a game developed by Microsoft Research that invites users to create their own worlds while teaching them the basics of game...
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    Scientific American Reveals Technology Behind Project Natal

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    In developing the Project Natal motion-tracking system, Microsoft researchers accumulated a vast amount of biometric data to help develop accurate movement technologies. Scientific American magazine reveals how Microsoft studied the human body to train its latest motion-tracking gaming technology to work without the need for controllers in Binary Body Double: Microsoft Reveals the Science Behind Project Natal for Xbox 360 . Project Natal was the world’s first gaming device to combine an RGB camera...
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    View Local, National Technical Events on MSDN

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    The MSDN Events and TechNet Events landing pages will now incorporate all US technical audience events. You can get a comprehensive view of local and national event offerings in their community. New to the sites’ functionality are zip code search pulling in all events in a 300 mile radius; Keyword/topic search; Microsoft Virtual earth with event locations plotted across the US; and an event video teaser. The sites also feature presenter bios, a customer poll, evangelist blog postings by state, an...
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    SQL Server 2008 R2 To Ship in May

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    SQL Server 2008 R2 will be generally available in May. The release date was announced on Data Platform Insider blog . 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. Download the SQL Server 2008 R2 November CTP, as well as Microsoft's complete Business Intelligence...
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    New Video - Peak 15 Systems builds Tour Operator Software using Microsoft Dynamics CRM

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    Video Link - Peak 15 Systems builds Tour Operator Software using Microsoft Dynamics CRM Peak 15 Systems have worked with Microsoft Dynamics CRM to transform it into a system that can be used in the Tour Operator industry. In this video James O'Leonard and Tim Klooster from Peak 15 System talked to us about why and how they built their solution on the Microsoft Dynamics CRM platform. John O'Donnell Microsoft Dynamics ISV Architect Evangelist Microsoft Corporation (b) http://blogs.msdn.com...
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    FastCGI v1.5 Released for IIS 6 and IIS 5.1

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    I’m pleased to inform you that Microsoft has released FastCGI version 1.5 for IIS 6 and IIS 5.1, as per Ruslan’s posting on blogs.iis.net up on http://blogs.iis.net/ruslany/archive/2010/01/18/fastcgi-extension-1-5-for-iis-5-1-and-iis-6-0-rtw.aspx . FastCGI is the handler for PHP requests on IIS, and now features: Monitor changes to a file (php.ini as an example). Will recycle FastCGI processes for the process pool. Real-time tuning of MaxInstances setting. Set by default now. STDERR stream...
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    NEW Tool to Ease Migration from MySQL to SQL Server

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    Microsoft Previews Tool to Ease Migration from MySQL to SQL Server Microsoft has released a new preview version of a tool that enables users of the MySQL database to migrate to Microsoft's SQL Server . On Jan. 11, Microsoft released a Community Technology Preview (CTP) of the Microsoft SQL Server Migration Assistant (SSMA) for MySQL toolkit. This tool dramatically cuts the effort, cost and risk of migrating to SQL Server. A new addition to the SSMA family is the CTP version 1.0 for MySQL that provides...
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    Free Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Toolkit Offered

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    Search Engine Optimization (SEO) just got easy with SEO Toolkit , an extension for IIS. The IIS Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Toolkit helps Web developers, hosting providers, and Web server administrators to improve their Web site’s relevance in search results by recommending how to make the site content more search engine-friendly. The IIS SEO Toolkit includes the Site Analysis module, the Robots Exclusion module, and the Sitemaps and Site Indexes module, which let you perform detailed analysis...
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    Build WPF Data Controls for Outlook Add-ins Easily with VS2010

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    Learn how you can use drag-and-drop data binding and the new WPF designer in Visual Studio 2010 to quickly create controls without writing one line of XAML yourself. http://blogs.msdn.com/bethmassi/archive/2009/12/21/build-wpf-data-controls-for-outlook-addins-easily-with-vs2010.aspx
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    New Video - Mid America Consulting Group talks about the benefits of building applications on Dynamics CRM

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    Video Link - Mid America Consulting Group talks about the benefits of building applications on Dynamics CRM Sanjay Jain talked with Mandar Pikhani, Raymond Wong and Lenin Lopez of Mid America Consulting Group at a recent XRM Acceleration Lab in Chicago Mid America Consulting Group worked with their advisor to see how Dynamics XRM could be used to build line of business applications. During the week the team worked with our offshore developers to finalize their security model. As mentioned in...
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    Why MySpace Uses SQL Server

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    MySpace uses SQL Server for more than 400 databases within the company. In an article in SQL Server Magazine thing month, they explain why MySpace chose SQL Server. The article is MySpace Answers the Question: Why SQL Server? The article discusses the architecture, scaling issues when moving from one million to three million users, data integrity and replication. See how MySpace runs their data center on SQL Server.   Bruce D. Kyle ISV Architect Evangelist | Microsoft Corporation  
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    Boost Your Business in the New Year in Microsoft Partner Network

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    The Microsoft Partner Network offers programs to help software companies bring your ideas to market. There’s no cost to join. Enrollment Re-enrollment Microsoft Partner Network membership, you can create new opportunities, increase demand, and achieve your business objectives. Leverage unique resources to help drive business innovation and form a trusted foundation for strategic decision making, increased agility, and long-term competitive advantage. Why Join? By partnering with Microsoft, you can...
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