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    Sneak Peak - SQL Intellisense

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    In the spirit of continuing to wet your appetite for the next CTP of SQL Server 2008, I thought I would give you a glimpse of the T-SQL Intellisense functionality that is coming for SQL Server Management Studio...
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    Microsoft Dynamics CRM: Future of Business Application Development Platforms

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    Microsoft Dynamics CRM is a complete CRM Suite of Sales, Service and Marketing modules but the most attractive part to ISVs is its rich Platform capabilities. As more and more ISVs are adopting this as a platform of choice , they are able to build their solutions faster, cheaper and better than building from scratch using a traditional development platform. Microsoft’s Ben Riga along with Jason Hunt from Invoke Systems presented a good session in MIX’07 this week discussing the beauty of this...
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    Roadmaps for Major Products Announced at TechEd

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    The product roadmaps for the coming year were announced at TechEd this past week. The products include lots of important technology for ISVs. Date not announced: Silverlight 3 . introducing more than 50 new features, including support for running Silverlight applications out of the browser, dramatic video performance and quality improvements, and features that radically improve developer productivity. Currently in publicly available beta. Also includes Microsoft Expression Blend 3 Preview...
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    How to Get Started Leveraging Windows Server 2008 R2 Features

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    With all the talk about Windows 7 on the client, we haven’t talked much about the server platform that will shortly follow Windows 7. The release candidate updates for Windows Server 2008 R2 gives you some way to stand out from your competition and provide a better experience for your customers. You can get the release candidate for Windows Server 2008 R2 from Windows Server 2008 R2 Release Candidate as either a Web download or virtual hard drive image. Windows Server 2008 R2 provides new virtualization...
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    Join for XAMLfest Recorded Sessions, Online Live June 1 – 5

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    XAMLfest Online will be delivered via a combination of live and recorded content. Recorded content can be accessed at any time, but each recorded session should be viewed prior to its related live session. Live sessions will take place twice daily for a duration of 2 hours each. Morning sessions will focus on designer-oriented content, whereas afternoon sessions will focus on developer-oriented content. All participants are invited to attend both sessions, but those choosing to attend only morning...
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    What makes a good Architect?

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    So, about a week ago I posted an article about our ArcReady & ArcCouncil events. This got me to thinking, what really does make a good architect? Every organization is different for sure, but I believe that there are some common skills that an architect must possess. You have to have a good understanding of technology and how it all fits together. Not a deep understanding per se, just a broad technical understanding. For instance, you need to know enough about WCF and how and where it can be...
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    Oslo-SOA & BPM

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    On October 30 th at our 5 th annual SOA & Business Process Conference we will unveil the future direction of our SOA and business process platform with the public announcement of Oslo. Oslo is a set of technology investments across our Application Platform for building service oriented and model driven applications. We will begin talking about some of these broad investment themes and priorities of our strategic vision at the conference, which stretch well beyond 2009. Oslo is the first specific...
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    Visual Studio 2008 Comparisions Available

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    It's been a popular request to find how to compare the various versions of Visual Studio 2008. Here are some links to compare features: Visual Studio Team Edition comparison matrix Professional verses Standard comparison matrix
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    Microsoft Dynamics CRM “Titan” Developer Workshops

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    Our partner machine is starting to roll on Dynamics CRM “Titan” and I’d love to help you get on board. If you are Microsoft Gold Certified Partner Level member and want to build your industry vertical or horizontal solution on CRM "Titan" drop me an email and I would be happy to assist you. One of the benefits of being a Microsoft partner is the awesome training. Last week I got an opportunity to meet several Microsoft Dynamics CRM ISVs in Dallas while co-presenting “Titan” Developer Workshop...
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    “All together now…”

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    One of the features I have missed most in SQL Server is the ability to pass multiple "rows" of data to a stored procedure. This is especially useful in the canonical Order/Order Line Items scenario where you want to insert a header row and multiple child rows into their respective tables in 1 transaction. It applies, however, anytime you want to pass lots of rows/sets/arrays of data to the database at once. You can of course support this scenario today using transactions from the client with multiple...
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    Video Carousel – Silverlight 1.0 RC

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    Some of my colleagues will be more than a little surprised to see me blogging about Silverlight… It's a great technology, don't get me wrong, but on my team I'm better known for my passion of PowerShell and things plumbing related… certainly not web, graphics and video! Alas, despite the potentially gratuitous use of video and graphics, I had a need for demonstrating Silverlight and the MediaElement for a community service project I'm working on. Intrigued by an earlier version of a Silverlight video...
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    Cookbook, Guide Can Assist in Windows 7 Application Compatibility Tests

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    A new cookbook and developer guide and help you make sure your applications are ready for Windows 7. DevReadiness provides links to the documentation, videos, and developer kits. For example, you'll find: Windows 7 Application Compatibility Cookbook . Provides a step-by-step guide on how to verify the compatibility of your applications with the new operating system and provides an overview of the few known application compatibility issues in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. Windows...
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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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    Review IE 9 Enhancements in Developer Beta Guide

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    ie9The Internet Explorer 9 Beta Guide for Developers provides a look at the features and improvements in Internet Explorer 9 Beta. By using this guide, web developers and designers can prepare to take advantage of these enhancements.

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    You're Invited to XamlFest SoCal - January 14 + 15

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    Description Are you excited about the WPF but concerned about the learning curve? Have you seen Silverlight but don’t know where to get started? Or are you curious about how tools like Visual Studio and Expression Blend help designers and developers work together to deliver great user experiences? If so, join us at XamlFest! XamlFest is a two day interactive event where you’ll learn about the platforms the tools and processes used to deliver differentiated user experiences. It’s a chance...
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    You're invited to XamlFest CT - February 12th + 13th

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    Description Are you excited about the WPF but concerned about the learning curve? Have you seen Silverlight but don’t know where to get started? Or are you curious about how tools like Visual Studio and Expression Blend help designers and developers work together to deliver great user experiences? If so, join us at XamlFest! XamlFest is a two day interactive event where you’ll learn about the platforms the tools and processes used to deliver differentiated user experiences. It’s a chance...
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    App Certification Gets Easier for Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2

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    Big changes have happened for certifing your application for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. The changes are posted in the Windows Application Quality Cookbook on Codeplex. Certification is important from two standpoints. One is so you can use the logos to show your customers your application is compatible. The other is for partner points. Certifying your applications on various Microsoft platforms is central to getting to Certified Partner or Gold Partner. The proposed program for Windows...
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    You're invited to XamlFest Denver - November 24 + 25

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    Just in time for Thanksgiving, the next stop on the XamlFest US Tour is Denver. You're invited to come spend 2 days with us as we explore WPF, Silverlight, Visual Studio, Expression Blend, and the technology that unifies them - XAML. The invitation appears below - hope to see you there! Description Are you excited about the WPF but concerned about the learning curve? Have you seen Silverlight but don’t know where to get started? Or are you curious about how tools like Visual Studio and Expression...
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    Team Foundation Server Works with Other Tools

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    Visual Studio Team Foundation Server (TFS) offers source control, data collection, reporting, and project tracking, and is intended for collaborative software development projects. It sits on a server in your organization as a project repository. It works great with the standard, professional, and Team System versions of Visual Studio. You create projects, check in code, build your projects, all because you connect to TFS. And you can customize it to work the way your team works. But as Somasegar...
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    Silverlight 3 to Support Streaming HD Flash Video Encoding

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    An upcoming version of Silverlight , named Silverlight 3, will be able to play high-definition videos used in Flash and music in iTunes' AAC format. The version add to the variety of streamed HD video and high-fidelity music that broadcasters are expected to bring online. Silverlight 3 won't be able to play .flv or .swf content. An early preview of Silverlight 3 will be shown at the International Broadcasting Conference (IBC) 2008 in Amsterdam this week. Scott Guthrie, Vice President, Microsoft...
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    Getting Ready for Windows 7 Part 1: Why Be Ready for Windows 7?

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    Windows 7 offers a real opportunity for ISVs to add value for your users. As part of our commitment to deliver a predictable experience, we remain on track to RTM Windows 7 in the second half of July, general availability is still planned for October 22, and this week we are announcing that Windows 7 will be available to businesses through Microsoft Volume Licensing partners on September 1. Readiness for Windows 7 includes first being compatible and then taking advantage of some of the features in...
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    Installing VS 2008 Beta 2?

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    I'll trust that many of you have heard the buzz and kicked off your downloads of Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2 with .NET FX 3.5 Beta 2??? A quick gotcha for you bleeding edge types; we all know that thou shall not run beta software on their production systems , right? Ok, so I'm the first to admit I have sinned. I'm a sinner… I fly without a net sometimes and put faith in my fellow Microsoft dev-div brethren. Not only do I run VS 2008 Beta 2 on my prod laptop, but I installed it side-by-side with VS...
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    The Function / Feature Wars are OVER!

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    Hi! I have been wanting to open a discussion with the ISV community for quite some time on the topic of user experience. In my role as an ISV Architecture Evangelist at Microsoft, I have the great privilege of working with many ISVs. Over the last year a couple of trends have begun to emerge. In almost every vertical that I work with ISVs in, it is becoming increasingly difficult for them to differentiate their products from their competitors. The traditional ground for differentiation for...
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    Porting WPF to Silverlight - 3rd of a series...

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    I love maps and mapping applications. As I was digging into WPF, I became aware of the MapPoint Web Service SDK and thought it would be a nice idea to put them together. I started by having the MapPoint Render Service plot pushpins on a map and return the rendered result to my WPF app, but I quickly discovered that I was making lots of web service calls. It just wasn't practical to call out to the cloud every time I wanted to change the points on the map - there had to be a better way. As I looked...
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    Porting WPF to Silverlight - 4th of a series...

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    Well, before I get to my adventures with slwsdl.exe and making web service calls, I'd like to discuss controls in Silverlight 1.1. The good news is that (unlike Silverlight 1.0) there is indeed a control model in Silverlight 1.1 - you can find the supported control set via the Orcas Object Browser under agclr's System.Windows.Controls namespace. ...by the way, I'm guessing that the use of "ag" as a prefix throughout Silverlight refers to "Argentum", which is the Latin name for silver (abbrevatiated...
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