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I have always been a fan of Google Reader. I have been using it since it first came out and have never tried another feed reader. Yesterday they decided to update the UI to fit their new G+ look and in my opinion, made the application almost impossible to use. I have three main machines I use on a daily basis. A Dell XPS desktop with dual 24 inch monitors, a Toshiba Protégé with a 13 inch display, and a 11 inch MacBook Air. When I am at my desk all day, the Dell is awesome for getting development ...
UPDATED Jul 3rd 2013: Added Art of Unit Testing Version 2 UPDATED Apr 11th 2013: Added Instant TFS 2012 and Project Server 2012 Integration How-to UPDATED Jan 12th 2013: Added Prof TFS Server 2012, TFS 2012 Starter, Pro ALM with VS 2012 and VS 2012 Cookbook UPDATED Dec 8th 2011: Added Kanban book by David Anderson “Send me a list of books to read” – that is what I am often asked. No more, as this list is an answer to those request! I have divided it into different subject areas, and each area hold ...
DropkicK (DK) has been in development for over two years and has been used for production deployments for over a year. Dru Sellers originally posted about DK back in 2009. While DK isn’t yet as super easy to grok as some of the other ChuckNorrisFramework tools and offers little in the idea of conventions, it is still a stellar framework to use for deployments. DK works well in environments where you know all of the environments you will deploy to ahead of time (although not required due to the ability ...
Just in line with the release of the Visual Developer Preview and the availability of the Visual Studio Developer Preview 11 ALM virtual machine, now we have access to the Developer Preview Training kit. Download the Training kit here: http://www.microsoft.com/do... ...
I was supposed to be a lawyer. At least that's what my mom used to tell me. And here I am, many years later, a lowly software developer. How boring, right? For the past 15 years, my life has resembled a Dilbert comic. Every single day. Sometimes I was almost sure that Scott Adams was stalking me and that Dilbert was really me. After all, so many of those comics were bang on. Even my daily horoscopes weren't that accurate. However, I soon came to realize that working in the IT field, the same scenarios ...
You must have heard about it. Windows 8 will all about Metro. Sure, you can run ‘old-school’ applications on the platform, but most attention these days is about the new user interface. The UI is based on the design language Metro, a design philosophy we first saw in Windows Phone. Nowadays you see more and more of Metro. The Microsoft website is loosely based on it, the Zune mediaplayer uses it and so on. So it wasn’t a surprise to see that Windows 8 is all about Metro. In this screenshot you see ...
For (almost) all developers, there’s no greater feeling, then knowing your source code is (relatively) safe. The same counts for T-SQL script. Especially if you know that you need the same code next year (argh). So first thing I did after the initial release of scripts, was looking for a way to check-in T-SQL from SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS). So a colleague of mine, Dries (Blog | Twitter), dropped by with a solution: TFS MSSCCI Provider 2010 from the Visual Studio Gallery. It’s a free plugin ...
It was another engaging presentation at this month’s CITAG meeting as Joe Hummel presented functional programming and its implementation using F#. Some times it is fun to attack a mind bending problem and this was one of those times. Leaning about functional programming caused about the same brain cramps as moving from procedural to object oriented for the first time. Of course when you start to get it the effect is almost euphoric. I would suggest that if you haven’t looked into functional programming ...
BizTalk Server 2010 - Using the WCF-SQL adapter to make multiple stored procedure calls A recent project that I was working on required that I take an incoming flat file, containing multiple transaction records, and load these transactions into a database. Within the source file were multiple instances of any of seven transaction types. The database had a separate table for each transaction type, each with its own stored procedure for inserting a record. So thats seven transaction types and seven ...
Policy injection block has been deprecated in Enterprise Library 5.0, however the ExceptionHandling application block contains ExceptionHandlingCallHandler which was usually found useful when used in conjunction with the Policy Injection App Block. The purpose of this CallHandler is to handle exceptions using the policies defined in app.config/web.config for the ExceptionHandling app block. One possible way of using the ExceptionHandlingCallHandler is to use the ExceptionHandlingCallHandler attribute ...
There is no one best branching strategy, the branching strategy that best fits the requirements of your enterprise is the best strategy for you. The ALM rangers have comprehensive guidelines to help you decide what might work best with your enterprise. A couple of parameters you need to consider while thinking about the branching strategy are, What is the length of the Iteration your team will be delivering in. Agile – Weeks, Waterfall – Months. Would you have multiple versions of the applications ...
Motivation Often you want to have the possibility to call a special abstract or virtual Initialize-method in a constructor of a base class to set individual initializing things in an override of this Initialize-method in a derived class. This is similar to the GOF-Pattern “Template Method”. But with C# this ends up with a warning “Virtual member call in constructor”. Why we get this warning? To show the effect of this approach, lets have a look at the source and the calling graph during runtime: ...
I was recently helping a client do some capacity planning for an upcoming TFS Lab Management deployment. I was being kind of lazy so I just sent them over the Capacity Planning Calculator spreadsheet that the great folks in the ALM Ranger team released with their LM guidance: http://ralabman.codeplex.com/ Less than a day later and they're calling me up telling me the spreadsheet doesn’t make any sense. So I fire it up, punch in some numbers for a fictional team, and sure enough the numbers it’s giving ...
I am here to take your attention on size of .Net object when we call a service. This will help when you want to find out the size of .net object in a service call. This might happen when you face a buffer overrun problem. While trying to debug a service call, where we suspect a buffer overrun situation, we wanted to find out the size of object being returned by a service call. However finding size of .net object is not trivial and if you thought that you can do it with sizeof(object), and then you ...
Unlike the release of VB.NET with .NET 4.0, the next release of VB.NET doesn’t have the anything like as many new features, which is almost certainly because the language is really maturing and a lot more parity has been achieved between C# and VB.NET. Async The big new feature for both languages is the introduction of the await/async keywords. I won’t go into detail here because they are covered in lots of other places (including the VB.NET team blog). Yield One if the freebees we get because of ...
I have seen a lot of articles about gestures but they require third party libraries or complex coding approaches. What I am going to present here isn’t strictly elegant or necessarily the best approach, but this is the way we would catch this type of event when we were still dealing with message loops. For the app that I have been working on I need to take action on the double-tap of a list item. The first question you have to ask your self is what a double-tap really is. It is in simplest terms ...
Today is a weird day. I just got the news, as I woke up, that Steve Jobs passed away last night. This news affected me more than I thought it would. I felt the need to write about these emotions, and about my history with Apple. This is probably more for myself than for the reader, so feel free to skip ahead if you don’t like this, but it felt appropriate to keep a few thoughts at this time. Read the rest of this entry » ...
Introduction To save on hosting costs and simplify maintenance, Software as a Service (SaaS) providers typically rely on schema separation to host multiple customers' records. This implementation relies on a specific SQL Server and SQL Azure feature called a schema object. A schema object behaves like a container, or a namespace in programmatic terms, allowing multiple tables (and other objects) to be stored with the same name in a single database. However schema separation comes with its own set ...
Welcome to my new blog on this site. My current blog is still on: http://hassanfad001.blogspo... and will be moved soon to this site. Stay tuned for all information about: - Visual Studio (VS) - Team Foundation Server (TFS) & Team Foundation Service (Hosted TFS) - Visual Studio Application Life Cycle Management (ALM) - Microsoft Test Manager (MTM) - SharePoint (SP) - Community & MVP Program related staff and Microsoft Technologies at all. - ....ect Thanks. Hassan ...
Los servicios de almacenamiento de Windows Azure, son expuestos nativamente desde una interface REST lo cual permite su uso desde cualquier tipo de aplicacion y plataforma.Los servicios del API REST permiten Windows Azure Storage sonQueue Service APIOperationDescriptionList QueuesLists all queues under the given account.Create QueueCreates a new queue under the given account.Delete QueueDeletes a queue.Get Queue MetadataReturns queue properties, including user-defined metadata.Set Queue MetadataSets ...
ALM (Application Lifecycle Management) permite la gestion y control de los procesos involucrados en el desarrollo de soluciones dentro de una empresa, estableciendo buenas practicas y un marco medible, ALM se consigue mediante una combinación práctica y efectiva de servicios y herramientas, que ayudan a organizar y gestionar el ciclo de puesta en producción de los servicios o aplicaciones de software.El desarrollo de aplicaciones en Windows Azure se puede beneficiar enormemente del soporte de TFS ...
Un servicio de hospedaje en Windows Azure, consiste en una aplicación diseñada para correr en la Nube de Microsoft y unos ficheros XML de configuración que definen cómo debe funcionar.El modelo del servicio es determinado por la configuración almacenada en los ficheros ServiceDefinition.csdef y ServiceConfiguration.csfg y que son utilizados por Windows Azure para saber como la aplicación ha de funcionar. Y los cuales hemos visto en las entradas sobre Gestión de Servicios Azure. ¿Qué es un Rol?Para ...
I was very optimistic when I first saw Metro style apps coded in C# on Windows 8, because for the most part they are not much different than the well known XAML/C# pair on Silverlight or WPF. This led me to brag a bit about probably having a port of MVVM Light ready “in a few days”. Of course I didn’t take in account that I would have a great time the week after //build in Seattle, with fantastic weather and tons of friends to have dinner and conversations with. Needless to say, the few days turned ...
El modelo Cloud Computing cuenta con una serie de caracteristicas, las caracteristicas esenciales son 5:1. Auto-Servicio bajo demanda: el consumidor podrá aprovisionar recursos computacionales en forma unilateral, según lo requiera, y sin requerimiento de interacción humana con el proveedor del servicio.2. Permitir el acceso desde la red (pública, privada, híbrida, comunitaria): todos los recursos que ofrece la nube están disponibles en la red, y el consumidor no sólo puede acceder a ellos a través ...
El NIST define 4 modelos de despliegue dentro del entorno de Cloud ComputingNube Privada Una Nube privada es la implementación de servicios de la nube sobre los recursos que se dedican a su organización, ya sea una implementación dentro de las instalaciones de la organización (on-premises) o fuera de ellas (off-premises) . Con una nube privada, obtendrá muchos de los beneficios de los servicios de una nube publica — incluyendo autoservicio, escalabilidad y elasticidad — con el control adicional y ...
El Instituto Nacional de Estándares y Tecnología y su laboratorio de tecnología información, NIST por el acrónimo en idioma inglés, han definido Cloud Computing de la siguiente manera:“Cloud Computing es un modelo para habilitar acceso conveniente por demanda a un conjunto compartido de recursos computacionales configurables, por ejemplo, redes, servidores, almacenamiento, aplicaciones y servicios, que pueden ser rápidamente aprovisionados y liberados con un esfuerzo mínimo de administración o de ...
I’ve been a bookworm for years and have amassed a significant volume of books of all kinds. Most of my collection is technology related, but volumes of Conan, manga, astronomy, philosophy, genetics, personal productivity, science fiction, fantasy, and just about everything else abound. After getting my Kindle Christmas before last, and later, my iPad, I’ve grown steadily more comfortable with reading and utilizing digital printed media. This comfort level, coupled with my semi-new found desire to ...
Here is the interesting problem of the week... finally figured it out! All of a sudden this Monday, our clients started getting "Service Unavailable" errors all of a sudden. I looked deeper in to it, and it turned out the Application Pool on IIS6 for the ASP .Net app had crashed. So I restarted it, and everything started working again. But this started happening intermittently about twice daily. Big problem. The event log on the server showed: Application pool 'XXX' is being automatically disabled ...
Hi Installing the Basic Configuration of TFS 11 from the BUILD Please follow the URL Below http://blogs.msdn.com/b/vis... Thanks Abhishek Lohani ...
If you're working with large chunks of data, eventually you'll probably use a foreach loop to iterate through an enumerable data source and execute the same actions on each item (for example, do something to every DataRow in a DataSet). With the new Task Parallel Library (TPL) in .Net 4 you can execute these loops in parallel for a noticeable improvement in speed. .Net has had support for parallel programming since the 1.0 version, but the developer had to do (sometimes...) extensive work to create ...
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Something that took me a while to learn is how to be balanced when deciding on how to architect an application. Since at my current job I was thrown into a hybrid Architect/Developer position due to the small size of the company and my team, I didn’t really have any experience with doing it. After almost a year at it I decided to look back and see what I have done and how I can learn from mistakes and successes. Remember Why You Were Hired Why did your company hire you as a developer? If you answered ...
In Windows Azure, we have the DiagnosticMonitorTraceListener which can be used for writing diagnostics to Local resource (like a local storage in the Worker or Web Role) which can then be ultimately stored in Windows Azure Table/Blob storage (transferred automatically by the Diagnostics Monitor in Windows Azure based on config settings). We could either configure the Diagnostic Monitor using Code (in Role Startup) or we can use a config file for the same (called diagnostics.wadcfg). The code configuration ...
Today we did the marshmallow challenge. For those that are not familiar with this challenge, it is a fun way to get teams to experience simple lessons in collaboration, innovation and creativity (that’s what their website says) and I would agree with them. So the exercise works as follows… You are given 20 sticks of spaghetti one yard tape one yard string one marshmallow The purpose Build a structure that is as high as possible with the marshmallow at the top within 18 minutes that does not collapse ...
Yesterday I wrote this post but forgot to mention about something that is very close to my heart ASP.NET MVC. ASP.NET MVC has been evolving rapidly and within 2 years, we already have had 4 major releases (MVC 1, MVC 2, MVC 3 & MVC 3 Reloaded ) So, it doesn’t go as a surprise that MVC 4 is on the cards and the developer preview was unveiled at BUILD Conference. What does MVC 4 offer for web developers? Enhanced Default Project Template If you are bored with the vanilla blue template that comes ...
Last week I attended Build Windows conference and have been spending a considerable amount of time thinking how things have changed for developers. The initial reaction from most people was “Oh My God” with all the focus on WinRT and Metro UI and little mention of .Net, Silverlight, WPF, etc. You could almost feel the equal parts panic and excitement racing through the crowd. I was fortunate enough to have brought along my “Keep Calm and Carry On” T-Shirt to Anaheim. I wore it on Wednesday as it ...
One benefit of my recent experience on a BA flight was that I got plenty of time to read through “Microsoft BizTalk 2010 Line of Business Systems Integration”. I’d promised the publisher weeks ago that I would take a look and publish some comments, but August has been such a busy month for me, and they have had to be patient. I should point out that, for the sake of transparency, that with another BizTalk book about to be released (next week) which I helped co-author, I have an urgent and obvious ...

Last week, Microsoft held their long awaited Build Windows (or simply "Build") conference in Anaheim CA. About 5000 people packed the convention center to discover the latest version of the Windows operation system: Windows 8.

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As I write this post, Microsoft’s Windows 8-focused //build/ conference has just ended. The apprehension so many developers had around the show is now dissipated, the developer platform and tools have been detailed, and we have all been able to work with the operating system, and develop apps for it, on a touch device, for about 72 hours now. Most people, myself included, like what they saw. The OS is touch-friendly without being an iOS copycat; our developer skill set investments are nicely protected; ...
I took this test a few weeks ago and thought I would offer some pointers on how to prepare for this test. I've been doing Silverlight development for over a year full time now, so that obviously helped out a lot. There are some questions about using a ViewModel and setting the right DataContext. So if you've only done code behind, you will be at a disadvantage. A great resource is the Practice Testing Software from Self Exam Engine. I spent around $100 on this software but it was worth it. Many of ...
Step by Step Installation Guide to Install Windows 8 Developer Preview on Virtual Box Microsoft revealed Developer Preview of Windows 8 on 13th September 2011. Windows 8 is adhering Metro Design Gudielines. Without going much into deep technical discussions on features of Windows 8 , in this post I have targeted to show you installation steps of Windows 8 on virtual box. So to start with go and dowanlaod Windows 8 developer preview from below link. Choose appropirate link as for your system (32 bit ...
This week I’m at the Microsoft Build/Windows conference. Now I’ve been to many conferences throughout the years and this is the first conference where I literally knew nothing about including the agenda. When I signed up for my badge on arrival we got a conference guide with all the hours of the session but no sessions. Very secret, very cloak and dagger. This created a huge buzz but also upped the expectation quite a bit… So with the tabled laid out and the expectation high I sat down and waited ...
I've just installed the Windows 8 Developer Preview. These are some first impressions: Installation of the preview was quite smooth and didn't take too long. It took a few minutes to extract the files onto a virtual image, but feature installation then seemed to happen almost instantaneously (according to the feedback on the screen). The installation routine then went into a preparation cycle that took two or three minutes. Then the virtual machine rebooted and after a couple of minutes more preparation, ...
I am like everyone else when it comes to Preview OS Software. I don’t want it on installed on my primary machine and I don’t want to lug around another laptop to try stuff. I am not a fan of booting of VHD (which I will explain in a second). Scott Hanselman made a great post on how to do this if you are interested however. The main issue that I see with this approach is that the bootloader on my MAIN MACHINE is replaced with the Windows 8 Preview one. Yikes! I don’t want any preview software with ...
I kept getting this error whenever I try and do a Windows Update. This used to happen, particularly if I haven’t done a WU for a very long time. The usual suspects are anti-virus, firewall and sometimes, pending windows updates which would get resolved when I do a restart of the machine. I am running a Windows 7 SP1 64 Bit OS. This time, I connected a machine after almost 6 months and had a truck load of windows updates to be done. I tried restarting multiple times but every time, I run the WU wizard, ...
I was recently discussing some common flaws in application architecture with David Adsit (codeobsession.blogspot.com/) about wisdom in development. Have you ever looked at a system and seen somethings done that were either technically or procedurally difficult, and thought, "wow, it must have taken a lot of work and a lot of proficiency to get that done" but then said to yourself, "but doing it was a bad idea". One of the things that experience teaches that you don't get to pick up from simply gaining ...
Our engine is written in almost pure C++ with some part in C# that run on Mono. The code base is huge which mans that we’re primarily looking for platforms that support C++ development. Looking at the current set of platforms on the market this is really not a big issue with Windows Phone being the only platform that does currently not support native development. Sadly this means that we’re currently not planning a Windows Phone release in the near future. Looking at other platforms, about a year ...
We're 10 minutes away from the Build keynote, and I'm going to be live blogging the event. Now, to be clear, you shouldn't just read this - I mean, the keynotes are streaming live online. But I want to capture my thoughts on the announcements as they happen. So without further ado, let's start!And we're done! Great keynote, lots of content! However, we still don't have our schedule! LOL...off for lunch.11:16 - The path to RTM: Beta, RC, RTM, GA - Driven by quality and not a date, I'm ok with that.11:11 ...

Back in June of 2009, I joined an Indianapolis based Company called Apparatus. But there are times when we find forks in the road (Muppet movie reference). So the end of the road has come for my being at Apparatus on Sept. 24th.  It has been a couple of years of great experiences.

The future looks fun, entertaining, packed with community interaction and time to take ALM and SharePoint to another level.  Stay tuned.