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Creating mobile applications is challenging, but Microsoft just made it easy for most people to create their own Windows Phone apps. People talk about Indie gaming. The Windows Phone App Studio allows people to create apps to share with their family and friends (as long as they have an App Studio account) using a WYSWYG style web site. Whether you want an app for your kid’s team, an app that introduces your company or an app for an upcoming event the App Studio can allow you to build them on your ...
It is always interesting to find out what technology I will have to work with next. One of the latest that I’ve had to learn is PHP and since I am running Windows 8 I had to get it working in that environment. At first I tried just downloading the Apache server files and running that, but then you have to deal with possible collisions between Apache and IIS. In the end I found out that it is easier to setup PHP for IIS. The first thing you need to make sure that the IIS feature installed. Then you ...
I heard someone mention the other day that they have forgotten more programming languages than most developers have learned and it made me remember all the suggestions to learn a new language every year. I have probably even made this suggestion before. As I thought about it I realized that it isn’t important for it to be a language that your learn, it is just important that you learn something new. Experiment with a new platform, study data theory, join the enemy’s camp and understand their point ...
Thank you to everyone who came out for last night’s presentation. Hopefully we will have a little better turnout next month when we are back on our regular night. I will post out the topic and the registration as soon as we get confirmation. For those interested in last night’s presentation you can find the slides here. I am also planning on making a white paper post here with the full presentation content. See you next month. del.icio.us Tags: Chicago Information Technology Architects Group,Smartphones,Enterpris... ...
I have recently been working on an application for a client that needs to read QR codes. This has lead to some interesting findings. There are a couple of approaches you can use. One is to take a picture and evaluate it for a code and the other is more like the Bing Vision feature. Both of them can be accomplished by leveraging theSilverlight ZXing library from Codeplex. In order to have QR code images to test I would suggest going to QRStuff.com. It is a site where you can freely generate QR images ...
I recently created a DLL and I wanted to reference it from a project I was developing in Visual Studio. In previous versions of Windows, doing so was simply a matter of dropping the DLL file in the C:\Windows\assembly folder. That would add the DLL to the Global Assembly Cache (GAC) and make it accessible in Visual Studio. However, as is often the case, Window 7 is different. Even if you have Administrator privileges on your machine, you still do not have permission to drop a file in the assembly ...

If you installed the latest MVVM Light version for Windows 8, you may encounter an issue where code snippets are not displayed correctly in the Intellisense popup. I am working on a fix, but for now here is how you can solve the issue manually.

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For those out there that are interested… I am now one of the hosts of the Driven2Distraction podcast. Being a fan of podcasts like .Net Rocks and Hanselminutes for years now, I have always wanted to be involved in the recording of a podcast and now that time has finally come. What makes the Driven2Distraction podcast different from all the others out there is its uniquely South African flair. It’s focus is towards Software Development in the Southern Africa – and has a mix of “what happening locally” ...
I have been working with Database Development and the aspects that come with it, the pain and the joy of moving from Dev to QA and then on to Production. Source Control has a place in Dev, and that is where the baselines should be established. Where am I going with this? I have been working with Redgate’s Source Control 3.0, and I am seeing some features that are great for the process of moving from Dev to … well something that allows for quite a level of control. We are not only talking about scripting ...
At http://shop.oreilly.com/cat... O'Reilly are offering a series of books on geo-location at 50% off until April 5, 2012 14:00 PT. HTML5 Geolocation Truly revolutionary: now you can write geolocation applications directly in the browser, rather than develop native apps for particular devices. This concise book demonstrates the W3C Geolocation API in action, with code and examples to help you build HTML5 apps using the "write once, deploy everywhere" model. Along the way, ...
Introduction I’m currently working on broadening the content in the Windows Azure Service Bus Developer Guide. One of the features I have been looking at over the past week is the support for transactional messaging. When using the direct programming model and the WCF interface some, but not all, messaging operations can participate in transactions. This allows developers to improve the reliability of messaging systems. There are some limitations in the transactional model, transactions can only ...
I would like to invite you to a fascinating webinar on extending applications to HTML5 and Mobile that we are doing in collaboration with Jeffrey S. Hammond, Principal Analyst serving Application Development & Delivery Professionals at Forrester Research.The webinar is free and it will will introduce the substantial changes brought on by the move to Web Applications and Open Web architectures, and the challenges it places on application development shops. We’ll also introduce how we at Gizmox ...
If you’re familiar with SSRS and development you are probably aware of the SSRS web services. The RS utility is a tool that comes with SSRS that allows for scripts to be executed against against the SSRS web service without needing to create an application to consume the service. One of the better benefits of using this format rather than writing an application is that the script can be modified by others who might be involved in the creation and addition of scripts or management of the SSRS environment. ...
I’ve had my 15” Mac Book Pro for a little over a year now, and its hands-down the best laptop I’ve ever owned…hardware wise. And I tried, I really really tried, to like OSX. I even bought Parallels so I could run Windows 7 and all my development tools while still trying to live in an OSX world. But in the end, I missed Windows too much. There were just too many shortcomings with OSX that kept me from being productive. For one thing, Office for Mac is *not* Office for Windows. The applications are ...

OK this is just a first post to see how Windows Live Writer works. I’m sure as I become more familiar with it the easier it will be.

I am new to the world of contracting and am finding it very similar to my permanent roles I’ve had. Anyone have any advice for a new contractor in the software development and/or software configuration management role?

 

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For the last decade, I have repeatedly, in my imitable Microsoft fan boy style, offered an alternative view to commonly held beliefs about Microsoft's stance on open source licensing. In earlier times, leading figures in Microsoft were very vocal in resisting the idea that commercial licensing is outmoded or morally reprehensible. Many people interpreted this as all-out corporate opposition to open source licensing. I never read it that way. It is true that I've met individual employees of Microsoft ...
So, day 1 of DevWeek. Lots and lots of Windows 8 and WinRT, as you would expect. The keynote had some actual content in it, fleshed out some of the details of how your apps linked into the Metro infrastructure, and confirmed that there would indeed be an enterprise version of the app store available for Metro apps.) However, that's, not what I want to focus this post on. What I do want to focus on is this: Windows 8 does not make .NET developers obsolete. Phew! .NET in the New Ecosystem In all the ...
Financial Apps feel the need for speed – this can come via parallelization, and via infrastructure - fast messaging and non-blocking distributed memory management. This blogpost gives an overview + examples of various technologies that can squeeze performance out of your trading apps and clock cycles out of your modeling apps. Low Latency via Infrastructure ZeroMQ · ZeroMQ is a messaging library - ‘messaging middleware’ , ‘TCP on steroids’ , ‘new layer on the networking stack’. not a complete messaging ...
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In my last blog I talked about a new WP7 utility application. My intention at the time was to build a Wi-Fi strength meter, but after some research, I discovered that Microsoft has that part of the phone sandboxed. Its not a big deal now, but I hope they unlock those features in a future update as it could lead to some real cool applications. So what now? Well at first, I felt I was at a crossroads on application ideas. I still plan to release Mixtio Reader, but until I get some other issues worked ...
In my previous post I introduced the architecture of message bus based system, the dispatcher mode and the pulling mode. I also explained a bit about the channel mode and transport extensibility of WCF. And then, in order to make the following sample simple and easy to use I created an in process and in memory message bus. In this post, I will demonstrate how to create a WCF transport extension over this memory message bus, for the most common MEP – Request Reply mode. Before we go to the implementation, ...
Yes, Bob is my uncle too. I also think the points in the Manifesto for Software Craftsmanship (manifesto.softwarecraftsma... are all great. What amazes me is that tend to confuse the term “well crafted” with “perfect”. I'm about to say something that will make Quality Assurance managers and many development types as well until you think about it as a craftsman – “Stop trying to be perfect”. Now let me explain what I mean. Building software, as with building almost anything, often involves ...
Myth 3: The source of all bad code is inept developers and stupid people When you review code is this what you assume? Shame on you. You are probably making assumptions in your code if you are assuming so much already. Bad code can be the result of any number of causes including but not limited to: using dated techniques (like boxing when generics are available) not following standards (“look how he does the spacing between arguments!” or “did he really just name that variable ‘bln_Hello_Cats’?”) ...
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This is the fourth entry in a series of descriptions & demos from the “Using HTML5 Today” user group presentation. For practical purposes, the original XHTML standard is a historical footnote, although XHTML transitional will probably live on forever in the default web page templates of old web page editors. The original XHTML spec was released in 2000, on the heels of the HTML 4.01 spec. The plan was to move web development away from HTML to the more formal, rigorous approach that XHTML offered, ...
One of the earliest lessons I was taught in Enterprise development was "always program against an interface". This was back in the VB6 days and I quickly learned that no code would be allowed to move to the QA server unless my business objects and data access objects each are defined as an interface and have a matching implementation class. Why? "It's more reusable" was one answer. "It doesn't tie you to a specific implementation" a slightly more knowing answer. And let's not forget the discussion ...
One of the things I’ve had to give up in order to have some development time at night is gaming. It’s something I refused to admit for years but I’ve just had to face the facts. I’m no longer a gamer. I just don’t have hours and hours of free time to pour into gaming and when I do have hours and hours of free time I want to pour them into game development. That doesn’t mean I don’t game at all! I play games pretty much every day. It just means I’ve moved more into the casual game realm. It’s all ...
In my early development days, I used Microsoft Access for building databases. It made things easy since I only needed to package the database with the installation package so my clients would have access to it. When we began the development of a new package in Visual Studio .NET I decided to use SQL Server Express. It was free and provided good tools - also free. I thought it was a tremendous idea until it came time to distribute our new software! What a surprise. The nightmare Ah, the choices! Detach ...
Figuring out which software licensing options best suit your needs while being cost-effective can be confusing. Some businesses end up making their purchases through retail stores which means they miss out on volume licensing opportunities and others may unknowingly be using unlicensed software which means their business may be at risk. So let me help you make the best decision for your situation. You may want to review this blog post that lays out licensing basics for any organization that needs ...
You’ve likely heard about how Office 365 and Windows Intune are great applications to get you started with Cloud Computing. Many of you emailed me asking for more info on what Cloud Computing is, including the distinction between "Public Cloud" and "Private Cloud". I want to address these questions and help you get started. Let's begin with a brief set of definitions and some places to find more info; however, an excellent place where you can always learn more about Cloud Computing is the Microsoft ...
I’ve decided to create a sub-series of my Little Wonders posts to focus on C++. Just like their C# counterparts, these posts will focus on those features of the C++ language that can help improve code by making it easier to write and maintain. The index of the C# Little Wonders can be found here. This has been a busy week with a rollout of some new website features here at my work, so I don’t have a big post for this week. But I wanted to write something up, and since lately I’ve been renewing my ...
I recently worked in an environment with several servers. Locating the correct SharePoint log file for error messages, or development trace calls, is cumbersome. And once the solution hit the cloud, it got even worse, as we had no access to the log files at all. Obviously we are not the only ones with this problem, and the current trend seems to be to log to a list. This had become an off-hour project, so rather than do the sensible thing and find a ready-made solution, I decided to do it the hard ...
Microsoft is running another Dream Build Play contest and once again I’m entering. (You can enter too by registering here –> https://www.dreambuildplay.... I’ve entered every year since the inaugural launch in 2007. Every year I had a fantastic game idea. Every year I worked really hard on it. Every year I never finished and never submitted. So why am I doing this yet again? Because I want to be part of something. I miss the old XNA community of yore and with lack of announcements ...

Useful advice for SP2010 development


Master List of SharePoint 2010 Custom Development Best Practices
http://nikspatel.wordpress.com/2011/06/22/sharepoint-2010-development-best-practices/

If you're like a lot of people I've known, worked with, and been, you have a history of either installing Visual Studio (or getting a computer from IT with Visual Studio already installed), selecting a preset option from the "what kind of development work do you do?" menu, and coding away. I spent years occasionally hearing words like "CodeRush" and "Resharper" without really knowing what these things were or giving a second thought to how a productivity tool like them could help my work. A couple ...
Welcome to my new blog about user interfaces! In this first entry I will try to give you an overview what you can expect to find here in the future. With the increasing performance of embedded hardware and the spread of smartphones there´s a growing wish for highly interactive user interfaces also in other environments where embedded systems are in use. These may be HMIs for industrial application, health care systems and many more. If you want to develop such a system (or if your boss wants you ...
The new mobile framework we released today extends to Enterprise Mobility the revolution that Visual WebGui brought to Enterprise RIA Applications. Just like Visual WebGui for Web, the new Enterprise Mobile framework also provides a classic .NET development paradigm within Visual Studio. This allows leveraging existing development skillset for building HTML5 mobile applications and extending enterprise IT to the post PC era. The new framework is optimized for enterprise mobility and supports the ...
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The new HTML standard is part of a proliferation of challenges and opportunities that developers face today: Browser Wars v2.0 Going back 10 years ago, Internet Explorer could claim 95% of the browser market (http://en.wikipedia.org/wi... Today you have to include IE, Firefox, Chrome and Safari to get past the 95% support mark (http://marketshare.hitslin... And this only includes desktop browsers! Safari, the Android browser and Opera all have strong market shares in the mobile/tablet ...
Prior to SSIS 2012 it was not possible to re-use or share the same cache across packages. What that meant is if you created a cache you will be able to consume it only in the very package where the cache was instantiated. Therefore, a developer could take only two routes from here – either make as much heavy ETL processing as possible inside the same package where the cache resides, or populate yet another cache object in every other package where it is needed. The latter was especially harmful leading ...
We are looking to hire someone with (but not necessarily all of!) :- - Good web skills Javascript / Html / CSS + any javascript frameworks Jquery / Knockout etc - ASP.NET MVC 4 (or earlier) - ASP.NET Webforms ( any exposure ) - SQL Server / NHibernate ( or other ORMs ) - Webservices -WPF ( we do a number of inhouse windows apps ) - A love of software development and good development techniques! You can see what we do at http://www.outpostcentral.com Drop me an email at keith dot nicholas AT outpostcentral.com ...
Continuing my series of lessons learnt from practical experiance...

For some time my development PC has been running slow when acessing certain web sites such as Hotmail, yet when I used my wife's PC, same site performed OK. The problem I eventually tracked down to an HTML testing add-on, turned it off, restarted Firefox and then Firefox performance improved dramaticly. One particular area of improvement was that Silverlight no longer crashes when uploading a file to Hotmail.
Myth 1: Sloppy code is like a loan (technically) Technical debt is commonly thought of like this: We can just borrow technical debt from the software development process like you would from a bank (by the way in our metaphor the loan agents at the technical debt bank work for our company). Then later, we will pay off that debt in incremental payments. Again, we own the collectors and can put off their demands until later. Although technical debt can be a useful term and the metaphor works for describing ...
After months of plotting and planning and organizing the logistics to host a full day workshop for the local area .NET developers/enthusiasts (refer to my post, Trials and Tribulations of Running a Full Day Workshop), CTTDNUG's Mobile + Cloud App Workshop went off without a hitch! Not without some minor bumps along the way, believe you me. In the 24 hours leading up to that event, I had my fair share of concerns. Mainly the weather. Environment Canada had issued a severe weather alert that resembled ...
Learning Outcomes Identify the addressing mode used in a given instruction Give examples of instructions in which specific Pentium addressing modes are used Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of different instruction formats Addressing Addressing mode used in an instruction indicates the way in which the operand is accessed. The most common addressing modes include Immediate Direct Indirect Register Register Indirect Displacement Stack General Note Typically we have two operands in binary operations ...
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It is highly significant that a Go-Live licence is now available for Visual Studio 11 beta. The key sentence is "Visual Studio 11 Beta and .NET Framework 4.5 Beta meet our high standards for pre-release software, so we support application design, development, test, and deployment in test and production environments.".Full details of the Go-Live at http://www.microsoft.com/vi... is still on-going with VS11. I intend to install VS11 on my development PC. ...
Applied WPF 4 in Context (http://www.apress.com/9781... starts with a simple introduction to WPF and then shows a complete WPF application from sketch to completed code. This APress web site states "This book can be used by a junior developer to learn WPF and understand how to architect a layered application, and it can also be used by a senior developer as a reference for developing scalable WPF applications. " - this summerises the book very effectively as it is indeed an excellent book ...
Last week I was asked to mask or obfuscate a large volume of data residing in a production database for our software quality assurance team to use in testing some functionality. The data resided in various tables and in several columns per table. Yet, this procedure would need to be done over and over again as the data gets depleted. Yet, the masking supposed to be hidden from the QA people and centrally controlled. I proposed to use SSIS. The next day I did a web scan to just find out that noting ...