Gold Coast

Over the years, this blog has been about many different things related to software development with Microsoft technologies. Since my current role focuses on Dynamics CRM / XRM, that's what it's primarily about right now.

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    OQuery – A fluent API to build OData url queries sans LINQ

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    Yesterday, I blogged about a solution to compose OData / WCF Data Service queries using LINQ for situations where LINQ enabled client libraries don’t exist (i.e. JavaScript and Windows Phone 7). http://blogs.msdn.com/b/devkeydet/archive/2011/02/02/data...
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    Data Services (OData) Client for Windows Phone 7 and LINQ

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      The WCF Data Services Team released a client library to make it easier to interact with OData services from Windows Phone 7.  http://bit.ly/wp7odatalib The major caveat (and bummer) with the library is that “LINQ support in the client library...
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    My first time being the interviewee

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    I’ve interviewed customers over the years for Ch9, but this is the first time I was interviewed.  Zhiming Xue (aka “Dr. Z”) interviewed me about my WP7 app .  Check it out if you are interested: http://channel9.msdn.com/Shows/ARCast.TV/ARCastTV...
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    Code Coverage for Silverlight and Windows Phone

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    As part of building my WP7 app , I spent a fair amount of time trying to get code coverage working for my unit tests. I tried a number of different approaches including using the Silverlight Unit Test Framework and NUnit + dotCover. I finally landed on...
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    SHAMELESS PLUG: My First WP7 Marketplace App

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    UPDATE: A great majority of people never look at an app unless it is free.  Even though the manual rate lookup feature of my app is free through trial mode and never times out, I decided to publish an identical version of the app with trial mode...
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    REMINDER: Developer Dinner on Parallel Computing in Reston, VA

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    Dr. Z , who now runs the Developer Dinner Series for Partners, just posted a reminder about the dinner next week: Monthly Developer Dinner Event -- Parallel Computing, Oct. 27, 2010, Reston VA The dinner is from 6-8pm.  Don’t miss it!
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    Watch PDC10 via Live Broadcast for FREE

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    For the first time, the Microsoft Professional Developers Conference (PDC) will be broadcast live for anyone to watch without having to pay a conference fee. The player/agenda is live now at http://player.microsoftpdc.com/ . Go check it out!
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    First Published Government App for Windows Phone 7

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    Pat, who is one of my teammates, just blogged about a project he’s been working on with Sunlight Labs .  It’s an app called Congress for Windows Phone 7.  Check it out: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/publicsector/archive/2010/10/17/introducing-the...
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    bit.ly plugin for Windows Live Writer

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    If you use a custom bit.ly account for shortening urls and then tracking clicks across things like twitter, facebook, emails, blogs, etc., then you’ll surely find the bit.ly plugin for Windows Live Writer useful.
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    Windows Phone 7 and SharePoint 2010

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    I always hesitate to publish a blog post that is just a link to someone else's.  However, sometimes you just want to make sure people know certain posts exists.  This is one from Paul Stubbs (@PaulStubbs on twitter) qualifies: Developing Windows...
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    Big Windows Phone 7 Announcements Today!

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    You will be able to watch the announcements live today starting at 9:30 eastern from: http://bit.ly/wp7live If you prefer not to watch the video, but just check in on what’s being announced, check out engadget’s liveblog: http://bit.ly/ewp7live Don’t...
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    Share your ideas about phone apps with a Government focus

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    Joel just published a blog post on my team’s blog about a site we’ve created to get more people thinking about building apps with a government focus: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/publicsector/archive/2010/10/07/citizen-phone-app-ideas.aspx Check it out and...
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    The unofficial biography of Microsoft, ASP.NET, Ajax, and jQuery

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    The Microsoft Ajax strategy has been a bit of a winding road.  Even if you’ve kept up with the evolution, as I have, you might be a little confused.  Today, Scott Guthrie published a blog post announcing that Microsoft’s first submissions to...
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    Don’t miss the DC Windows Phone 7 Developer Launch this week!

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    Windows Phone 7 Developer Launch Windows Phone 7 is here – and with it comes a new world of opportunity for passionate, creative developers. Windows Phone 7 gives you the power to build complex, robust applications using consistent hardware specs, a comprehensive...
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    YOU’RE INVITED: Windows Phone 7 Developer Event

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              Windows Phone 7 Developer Launch Windows® Phone 7 is here – and with it comes a new world of opportunity for passionate, creative developers. Windows Phone 7 gives you the power to build complex, robust applications...
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    Windows Phone 7 and Government Apps

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    Joel Reyes, our team’s Windows Phone 7 Champ, just put up a blog post talking about Government Apps on Windows Phone 7.  Check it out. http://bit.ly/d5liKP Part of my team’s job this year is to get out and encourage developers to build citizen facing...
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    Silverlight and Accessibility

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    Just found this via the Silverlight SDK blog .  There’s a new QuickStart guide on Silverlight and Accessibility.  The link on their site is bad, but here’s the correct link: Making Silverlight Applications Accessible
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    San Francisco, Open 311, Silverlight and Windows Azure

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    "City of San Francisco, CA has launched their Open 311 solution called HeyGov! for San Francisco . HeyGov! is a SaaS (Software as a Service) offering from Microsoft Partner, ISC , that provides a new and engaging way for citizens and governments communicate...
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    jQuery Code Snippets for Visual Studio 2010

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    Very cool find!  I just heard about it. “131 Visual Studio 2010 Code Snippets for use with jQuery ” http://jquerysnippets.codeplex.com/
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    Police Department Protects Citizens ... with Windows 7

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    Pat Weikle, who is an Architect Evangelist on my team , just blogged about some great work he was a part of: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/publicsector/archive/2010/07/08/police-department-protects-citizens-of-vernon-hills-illinois-with-windows-7.aspx Here...
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    Does jQuery ship with SharePoint 2010? (and why you should be using an Ajax CDN)

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    jQuery is one of the most popular javascript libraries used by ASP.NET developers.  In fact, jQuery ships with Visual Studio 2010.  It is in the “Scripts” folder of a new “ASP.NET Web Application” or “ASP.NET MVC 2 Web Application” project template...
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    SIEMENS: Powering Postal Automation Systems with .NET

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    I’m sure you’ve heard of SIEMENS .  However, what you may not know is that they create the hardware and software that run in many mail facilities including the United States Postal Service .  About a year ago, Vlad and I made a trip out to their...
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    Open Government Data and Bing Map Apps

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    The Bing Maps team is running a King of Bing Maps contest .  Chris Pendleton just published a blog post on Bing Map App Development Resources over on the Bing Maps blog.  If you aren’t familiar with Bing Map Apps, they are mini applications...
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    June Developer Dinner on Windows Identity Foundation

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    Have you heard people talking about things like “claims-based authentication and authorization” or “federated identity” and wondered what the heck that’s all about?  Do you have a need to host a solution outside of your firewall, say Windows Azure...
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    My Gov2.0 Expo presentation on Bing Maps / OData

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    You can find my deck here: http://cid-1f72da7294089597.skydrive.live.com/browse.aspx/Public/Gov2.0Expo I plan to have my OData + Entity Framework + SQL 2008 spatial demos packaged/cleaned up some time this week.  I will also record a deeper walkthrough...
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