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    Windows Live Messenger Library Beta Released

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    The Windows Live Messenger Library allows third parties to securely provide web based instant messaging to their users. The WLML is a JavaScript client library; thirdparty.com has full control over the user experience. The library exposes the core text-based messaging functionality, contact list and presence management. WLML works cross browser and cross platform on Windows and Macs. Key Takeaways · End Users can now interact and share experiences with their Messenger contacts in more places...
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    Learn SharePoint 2010 Administration in Free Video Training

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    A new series of videos by MSDEV prepares you for SharePoint 2010 Administration. Sessions are available free and on-demand....
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    Getting Started on Line-of-Business HTML5 App – Part 9 Show-Hide Wizard Using jQuery

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    image17In the previous part in the series, we explored how you can select your element or attribute. But now, what kinds of things can you do with it?

    You can change the structure of your HTML on the fly. It can be based on user response or to a query to your Web service. You can show, hide, animate, add, remove, fade, animate, change font weight, stylize using CSS. You can see all these live at Tutorials:Live Examples of jQuery.

    In my own example, I’ll show how you can build out a wizard on a single HTML5 page.

    By building out your data on a single page, you can do all kinds of things without having to move the current state of your user entry from page to page. Instead, you can keep it on a single page, and submit the entire data when the user is ready.

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    '7 Days of Windows 7' Means Hardware Deals

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    PC Magazine reports of great deals on Windows 7 hardware for the first 7 days after the release of Windows 7.   With the big launch just a day away, Microsoft is trying to make moving to Windows just that more enticing, and more importantly, affordable. The week following the launch will comprise what the company is calling 7 Days of Windows 7 , with deals on netbooks, laptops, and desktops. BestBuy is offering a total home makeover package: An HP netbook, laptop, and desktop trio for just ...
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    Download Visual Studio 2010 Express for Windows phone 7

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    Windows Phone Developer Tools Preview is available now as a free single download at Windows Phone Developer Tools . It includes: Visual Studio 2010 Express for Windows Phone Windows Phone Emulator. XNA Game Studio 4.0 We are also announcing that not only is this preview available for free, we will make the final version free as well! One cool thing about this download package is if you already have another version of Visual Studio 2010 RC installed this will act as an add-on to...
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    Getting Acquainted with NoSQL on Windows Azure

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    imageNoSQL databases are often employed in public, massively scaled Web site scenarios, where fast fetching of relatively simple data sets matters most.

    NoSQL provide some or all of the following features:

    • Key-value stores.
    • Document stores.
    • Wide column stores.
    • Graph databases.

    This post describes the main features of NoSQL, provides some general guidance on when to use NoSQL, and how you can get started using NoSQL on Windows Azure. I’ll go in depth on how you can use MongoDB and sones GraphDB in your Azure application, and explain how you can get started with those technologies. I’ll also explain how two Azure offerings fit some NoSQL traits.

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    SQL Azure Capacity Grows to 50 GB, Data Sync Service Offered

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    Several announced were made about SQL Azure at TechEd North America this week.

    Microsoft announced it will offer spatial data support and access to 50GB of SQL Azure Database capacity allowing for higher scalability, flexibility and easier management of applications and services. Further enhancements to management capabilities include the public preview of SQL Azure Data Sync Service, which provides more flexible control over where and how data is distributed and synced across multiple datacenters, and Microsoft SQL Server Web Manager, a lightweight and easy to use tool to help develop, deploy, and manage data-driven applications on the cloud.

    Here’s some more details.

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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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    Free SQL Server 2008 R2 Online Training Course Available on Channel9

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    ch9 DPE’s Platform Evangelism team has just shipped the RTM release of the SQL Server 2008 R2 Update for Developers Online Training Course on Channel9.  This free resource is the online companion to the SQL Server 2008 R2 Update for Developers Training Kit.  Developers can now browse all of the presentations, demos, hands-on labs and videos included in the training kit online.  You can download individual pieces of content, or download the entire training kit. 

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    SQL Server 2008 Trial Version Download Up

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    Now that SQL Server has shipped, you can now download trial versions of SQL Server 2008 . Download a free, fully functional 180-day trial version of SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 Feature Pack today. To help make the most of your evaluation, you will receive five e-mails during your evaluation period that, depending on which download option you select, contain resources specifically designed for IT professionals and developers. Before downloading and installing SQL Server 2008, click here...
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    Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 is Now Available

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    Microsoft is proud to announce the availability of Visual Studio 2008 in volume licensing, retail, and MSDN download. This exciting new version was released to manufacturing (RTM) on November 19, 2007 and at that time active MSDN subscribers were able to download it right away. With its inclusion on the January 2008 volume licensing price list, the product is now available to sell and ship to your customers via Open, Select, Enterprise Agreement (EA), and Full Packaged Product (FPP). The Features...
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    Windows Azure Security Best Practices – Part 7: Tips, Tools, Coding Best Practices

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    imageWhile writing the series of posts, I kept running into more best practices. So here are a few more items you should consider in securing your Windows Azure application.

    Here are some tools, coding tips, and best practices:

    • Running on the Operating System
      • Getting the latest security patches
      • If you can, run in partial trust
    • Error handling
      • How to implement your retry logic
      • Logging errors in Windows Azure
    • Access to Azure Storage
      • Access to Blobs
      • Storing your connection string
      • Gatekeepers patterns
      • Rotating your storage keys
      • Crypto services for your data security
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    How to Get Started with Multi-Core: Parallel Processing You Can Use

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    One of the great features of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 has been the ability to support processing on machines with multiple cores. Both Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 support 256 processors. Computers with that kind of processing power aren’t available at commodity prices. Yet you probably have a 64-bit computer with dual cores and many with quad cores. In order to take advantage of all those processors, you need the ability to write parallel code and to debug that code. And in the...
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    Build Skills, Knowledge at SharePoint Conference 2009

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    SharePoint Conference 2009 will be the conference to learn about SharePoint 2010 . Be the first to learn about the improvements we’ve made to the platform and how many of those investments can be quickly implemented to add value to your organization and businesses. If you’re an IT Professional , an IT Decision Maker , an Architect or a Developer you’ll find a deep set of technical content to give you a kick start for SharePoint 2010 and further your skills and knowledge with SharePoint Server 2007...
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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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    Imagine Cup

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    Imagine Cup is the world’s premier student technology competition, sponsored by Microsoft. This annual competition inspires students to create innovative solutions that can help solve some of the world’s toughest problems. In addition, it gives universities, colleges, and secondary schools the opportunity to gain international acclaim as technology leaders. To give you some perspective, here are some inspirational words to the finalists of Imagine Cup 2010 from First Lady Michelle Obama .  If...
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    Get started with Microsoft Test Manager

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    I been getting a lot of questions lately about the testing story for Visual Studio 2010. Here’s a little summary and resources to get you started. Products that include Testing features Three products provide testing functionality in Visual Studio 2010: Visual Studio Test Professional : This is primarily for the generalist tester who wants to create manual test cases, run these tests and view the results as part of a test plan. This SKU includes the new application called Microsoft Test Manager....
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    Getting Acquainted with Node.js on Windows Azure

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    node.jsNode.js at its root is a command line tool that lets developers run JavaScript programs by typing node my_app.js.

    Node provides a JavaScript application programming interface (API) for accessing the network and file system. It works well to develop scalable networked programs where low response times and high concurrency are important.

    As with any technology, it’s good to understand where the technology has strengths and where it shines.

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    Windows Azure Security Best Practices -- Part 2: What Azure Provides Out-of-the-Box

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    image[5]In Windows Azure Security Best Practices -- Part 1: The Challenges, Defense in Depth, I described the threat landscape and introduces the plan for your application to employ defense in depth.

    In this part, I explain that security with Windows Azure is a shared responsibility, and Windows Azure provides your application with security features than you may have employed in your on premises application. But then, it also exposes other vulnerabilities that you should consider. And in the end, you should be proactive in your application development to secure your application.

    This section is meant to provide an overview of what Windows Azure provides. For more in depth information, see Global Foundation Services Online Security. The Global Foundation Services team delivers trustworthy, available online services that create a competitive advantage for you and for Microsoft’s Windows Azure.

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    Game Building Tutorials for Windows Phone 7

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    My office mate, Kenny Spade has created a series of tutorials about developing games on Windows Phone 7. If you’re new to developing games using XNA it’s a great place to start. Kenny plans to publish his posts (almost) every Monday. The four current postings are listed below: Introduction to XNA – What you get with File – > New Project (TriangleShooter) Using Multi-Touch for Movement (TriangleShooter) Advancing Movement with Multi-Touch (TriangleShooter) Basic Collision (TriangleShooter) Please...
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    Guide for How to Test Your Application for Compatibility with SQL Server 2012

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     ISVs are getting ready for the release of SQL Server 2012 by checking code to be sure it will support the new release. Microsoft provides tools that will help you in your testing.

    This article provides the steps you can take to be sure your application is customer-ready for SQL Server 2012.

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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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    Windows Identity Foundation SDK 4.0 Supports Visual Studio 2010

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    Windows Identity Foundation SDK 4.0 package has been released. The updated WIF works with .NET Framework 4.0 and Visual Studio 2010. The announcement was made on the Federated Identity and the Identity Metasystem Team 's blog at Announcing the Windows Identity Foundation SDK 4.0 targeting Visual Studio 2010 . The new kit includes out of the box WIF templates that work with Visual Studio 2010 and samples that work with .NET Framework 4.0. You can download the WIF SDK 4.0 setup package from here ....
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    Windows Azure Security Best Practices -- Part 1: The Challenges, Defense in Depth

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    imageEvery conversation I have with developers about moving their application to the cloud revolve around two main issues.

    1. One is business. What are the economies of scale around moving your app to the cloud?
    2. And close on its heals, come the questions around security. “How secure is the cloud, especially Windows Azure? What benefits does Windows Azure provide? What do I need to do to secure my application?”

    And also, often unstated, “How do I make my user experience as easy as for users as it is for on-premise applications?”

    This post describes the threat landscape and introduces the plan for your application to employ defense in depth in partnership with Windows Azure.

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    Windows Azure Security Best Practices – Part 5: Claims-Based Identity, Single Sign On

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    Windows Identity Foundation logoClaims-based identity is a simple but powerful way of handling identity and access for your web sites and web services, whether you work on-premises or you are targeting the cloud. You can create more secure applications by reducing custom implementations and using a single simplified identity model based on claims.

    Windows Identity Foundation (WIF) is a set of .NET Framework classes. It is a framework for implementing claims-based identity in your applications.

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