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Today's $10 Deal of the Day from APress at http://www.apress.com/97814... is SharePoint 2010 as a Development Platform. "This book takes an in-depth, all-encompassing approach to programming concepts, the extensibility interfaces, and how to embrace SharePoint as a toolkit full of features available to web developers. " ...
When developing WCF services that interact with a custom Security Token Service (STS), you will need to create at least one X.509 certificate. If you have access to a trusted certificate authority – e.g. a Windows Active Directory domain – then this task is pretty simple. But if you don’t, or maybe you would just rather create a set of self-signed certificates, here is an approach that works well for me. This particular scenario utilizes three separate certificates. The first one is named “localhost” ...
Today the release candidate of Microsoft’s Silverlight 5 was released to the public. If you want to know “What’s new in Silverlight 5” then check out this page on Silverlight.net and continue reading the article below. Getting Started First, we are going to need to download the required tools to install the Silverlight 5 RC. Before getting started, please note that you can install the Silverlight 5 RC on top of the final release of Silverlight 4. If you have the Silverlight 5 Beta installed, then ...
Is technical talent more important than Team Dynamic? I don’t think so. Read on and tell me if you agree. The Art of the Interview For my job, I conduct quite a few technical interviews. Rarely will I have a week go by where I’m not digging into someone’s brain trying to find out what they know and how they think. However, understanding their technical knowledge is only part of the challenge. We also must understand whether or not they code quickly, and whether or not they they will be a good fit ...
I have recently started to update a very successful SAP CRM integration I originally built 5 or 6 years ago. We have recently started the implementation of CRM 2011 so the business has decided to take the opportunity to change the data that they want to synchronize between the 2 systems. Luckily the integration is both modular and to a large degree dynamic. The core logic should remain relatively untouched and only the SAP and CRM connection dlls should need any real work. The changes to the SAP ...
I found a blog post by Davy Brion (one of my favorite bloggers on the ‘net) that spoke about the .NET world’s current state. He mentioned that Microsoft’s products (such as WebMatrix and LightSwitch) are mainly geared toward what he calls “low-end” developers. At the same time, Microsoft is backing off on other products that more experienced and seasoned programmers like, such as IronRuby, IronPython, and the DLR (Dynamic Language Runtime). I certainly agree with some of his points. Applications ...
Check out the Top Five most popular news at SilverlightShow for SilverlightShow Top 5 News for August 22 - 28, 2011. Here are the top 5 news on SilverlightShow for last week: Who says Silverlight can’t run on a tablet Papa's Perspective: Fundamental MVVM apps portal – a Silverlight based app store Tablet Development with Microsoft Silverlight Free SilverlightShow Webinar: WCF RIA POCO Domain Services Visit and bookmark SilverlightShow. Stay in the 'Light ...
To start, I love Red Gate Software’s Tools. I have loved them since the first time I started using SQL Backup and SQL Compare when I first started Geekswithblogs.net. I think they create quality products and have been a “Friend of Red Gate” for years. So know that this review is coming from a “fan boy” of sorts. What is SQL Compare? Well the name sort of says it all, this product compares SQL databases. But not just databases, but backups, snapshots, and source control using their product SQL Source ...
From Joe Healy’s Dev Fish Blog but worth repeating!! What’s a Windows Phone Camp? For those who went to our "Windows Phone Garage" series last year, its one of those. For those new to the scene, its a free, full day event chocked full of everything you need to know to develop a Windows Phone application. Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or just getting started with phone app development this full-day event is for you. Interested in profit? We’ll also lead discussions on how to monetize your applications ...
Welcome to my blog! This is my first blog, so I’m learning as I go. I’m excited though. Let’s get started with some background on me. I started down the IT road as a QA tester for a large financial firm. At the time I was in the middle of getting my BS degree and wanted to get my hands dirty a bit. So I moved to a developer role in the same company. I was working on the Siebel CRM implementation for said company and did that for about a year. I wanted to get into some real-deal coding (building from ...
In this Issue: Asim Sajjad, Thomas Martinsen, Johan Danforth, Kunal Chowdhury, Loek van den Ouweland, XAMLNinja, WindowsPhoneGeek, Erno de Weerd, Sumit Dutta, and David Yack. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Update XAP file" Thomas Martinsen WP7: "WP7 Ad Control and OutOfMemoryException" David Yack Shoutouts: Michael Palermo's latest Desert Mountain Developers is up Den Delimarsky is working on an 'alternative non-approval based Marketplace for Windows Phone': [Weekend coding] MetroPack – desktop Cydia ...
I am a reformed former JavaScript hater. In the 90s and early 2000s I muddled through JavaScript compatibility issues, poor performance and a lack of development & debugging tools. When ASP.NET came out, promising to hide me from the complexity of browser incompatibilities, I fully embraced server-side web development. This approach may have worked in 2002, but it does not today. The world's expectations have been reset by Ajax, Google Maps, mobile web sites, high performance JavaScript engines, ...
It’s been quite a while since I’ve done a GeeksWithBlogs.net Influencers review. This time, I had the opportunity to check out Red Gate’s SmartAssembly 6.1, which is a integrated collection of tools for modifying and manipulating assemblies. Now that phrase, while accurate, is quite a mouthful. So what all does it actually do? SmartAssembly has the ability to: Do strong name signing; Add automated error reporting; Add feature usage reporting; Merge dependencies (e.g. libraries) into the main assembly ...
In my previous post I have shown how we can use a C# function in the XSLT. Now I want to go one step further and use in the transformation the ASP.NET controls along with their events. Let's start from the sample xml data: <files> <file Id="F58C2962-AC0D-4C55-80A8... Name="file 1" Path="D:\Temp\" Extension="iso"/> <file Id="FDC1358E-D9C8-4A70-ABE0... Name="file 2" Path="D:\Temp\" Extension="jpg"/> </files> I want to create a table from it and for each ...
After an incredible trip to Chattanooga, TN (my first trip to Tennessee, by the way), I finally made it back home to Pittsburgh and found some time to upload my two DEVLINK talks (slides and code). I tried something a little different this time by adding my code to GitHub and my slides to SlideShare. We’ll see how that works out – but I’m optimistic. So without further adieu, I present to you my 2011 DEVLINK talks. Talk #1: Greenfield Development with CQRS (and Azure, and MVC, and a bunch of other ...
Introduction: One of the concerns that I keep hearing from customers is, “We can’t deploy Silverlight because it won’t run on a tablet.” I usually reply to that question stating, “What do you mean it can’t run on a tablet?” They usually looked puzzled and say, “You mean Silverlight *CAN* run on a tablet?” Yes, there are many devices that Silverlight can run on. Today we are going to take a look at the Motion CL900 Tablet. FYI: I have no affiliation with Motion Computing. Why this tablet? When I first ...
Business operation framework is the investments Microsoft is making towards SOA and becoming Cloud ready. SysOperation framework is the future replacement for RunBase batch framework. The only reason Microsoft have not depreciated RunBase Batch is because there is still a lot of existing code base using Runbase. SysOperation framework follows the MVC pattern and it ensures that the server side code is executed by the .NET framework. That’s why it is necessary to generate incremental IL when you make ...
In this Issue: Shawn Wildermuth, Beth Massi, Ryan Alford, WindowsPhoneGeek(-2-), Jeremy Likness, John Papa(-2-), Jeff Wilcox, Mike Ormond, Ollie Riches(-2-), and Mijail Cisneros. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Silverlight 5 Incompatibility: Play by the Rules" Jeremy Likness WP7: "Windows Phone Mango Custom application Theme Step by Step" WindowsPhoneGeek LightSwitch: "How to Allow Adding of Data to an Auto-Complete Drop-down Box in LightSwitch" Beth Massi Shoutouts: Mike Ormond posted about the next ...
In this Issue: AfricanGeek, Dhananjay Kumar, Erno de Weerd, Jesse Liberty(-2-), Den Delimarsky, Austin Andrews, John Papa, Morten Nielsen(-2-), Andrej Tozon(-2-), and Michael Washington. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Papa's Perspective: Fundamental MVVM" John Papa WP7: "Connecting Windows Phone 7, Zune, a Proxy Server and an Intranet Web Service" Erno de Weerd LightSwitch: "Using WCF RIA Services With LightSwitch: I Know You're Scared, I Understand" Michael Washington Shoutouts: Michael Crump is ...
One of the things that is important to learn when you are developing any application is how it will interact with the environment it lives in. I’m not talking about simply interacting with files or database but with major resources. With WP7 there are a number of things such as the photos, browser, maps and the phone itself that your application may be concerned with. The WP7 development API includes a number of access points to give your application greater reach. These APIs can be found here. They ...
Recently, I gave a presentation on Flow at Agile Executives. It was a fun meeting and a fun topic and lead to several realizations on my part. First, when Alistair Cockburn is in the audience, I get a bit nervous. Second, Lean and Agile aren’t incompatible, they’re complimentary. Let me explain. The Sterility of Lean Lean tends to think of people as nothing more than metrics. Cogs in the grand scheme of things. Little focus is placed on the human aspect of software development when talking about ...
MVPs Rob Miles and Andy Wigley are back! Microsoft Learning hosted a Windows Phone 7 Jump Start (plus an update course) last year and it was an absolute smash. Now that "Mango" has made such a huge splash, they have put together another great course. This two-day live virtual class, Building Applications for Windows Phone Mango Jump Start, is specially tailored for developers looking to build cool applications and games for the new Windows Phone Mango Platform. Get in the pizza/popcorn/healthy fruit, ...
My Epiphany – Part 1 After reading Continuous Delivery, by Jez Humble and David Farley, I couldn’t help but think “wow! this is the key to becoming truly agile!”. I submit that may be a little overstated, but nonetheless by minor epiphany has grown into an outright passion for enabling rapid development AND delivery of small bite-sized pieces of applications. As we’re all well immersed into the Agile way these days (or, at least, we’re all trying!!), our common goal should be to provide customers ...
Part of the fun of being a consultant is that the technology you use changes from day to day. Recently it is WCF which, while knowing the concepts of since it came out I haven’t used up until now. The nice thing is that it really isn’t any harder to develop for than a normal ASP.NET web service. A couple of the attributes change and which project type you start with is different, but it is still message based services. Just like the method of a web service needs a Webmethod attribute a method in ...
While developing applications for Windows Azure, we are all aware that we need to create Web and Worker Roles and use the Azure Compute Emulator (previously known as the Development Fabric) for running and testing applications in the local IIS server. However to run unit tests against libraries that are being consumed from your web/worker roles we need to perform some preliminary steps before we can start using the CloudStorageAccount class within our Unit Tests. The First step is to start the Storage ...
The saga goes on. There is always something more to learn. While I thought that ManipulationCompleted would do the trick from me it turned out it won’t. It turns out that if you want to figure out what PanoramaItem you are on when the user navigates between PanoramaItems the SelectionChanged event in conjunction with the SelectedItem on the Panorama works pretty well. private void Panorama_SelectionChanged(o... sender, SelectionChangedEventArgs e){ PanoramaItem item = (PanoramaItem)Panorama.Sele... ...
Everyone has a journey. You start off young & stupid, and 2 decades later, you're closer to understanding the nature of reality. That’s one of the main goals in life, to seek knowledge (justified, true beliefs – pick any 2 J ). I must have read 5000 books in my life. From some of my readings it could be construed that reality computes itself, It from Bit. From others, it can be concluded that Entropy is decreased by increased rates of computation, and in the short span of human civilization, ...
Creating a WP7 application with a Panorama page is fairly simple. Teaching it to do tricks is another thing altogether. As with most development controls the key is to learn the event model along with the object model. Knowing what manipulation means, when it happens and what the different levels it occurs at can be a great benefit. This was the case when I wanted to make sure that a particular item was updated before the user got to a particular PanoramaItem. The visibility of a PanoramaItem does ...
I’m a big fan of client-side development using HTML / CSS / JavaScript for about the past 2 or 3 years – really ever since I dug into jQuery and really began to appreciate the power that the technologies on the client-side possess. Nowadays, everything is HTML / CSS / JavaScript – it’s in all the articles, all the techies are talking about it, and it’s on everyones’ resumes. In looking at candidate resumes or listening to presenters speak about web technologies, we constantly hear “HTML / CSS / JavaScript”. ...
This morning I got the information that the Windows Azure Tools for Visual Studio 2010 - August 2011 Upgrade had been released. The version of this new upgrade is 1.4.40727.1601 with the Windows Azure SDK v1.4.20407.2049. This upgrade includes some awesome features that I was looking forward for a long time, which are: Profiling the application running in Windows Azure. New ASP.NET MVC 3 web role template. Multi-configuration files in one cloud project. More validation in the service package and ...
After writing this post, I realized that it is obnoxiously long, and maybe includes a little bit too much hand-holding. Nevertheless, I decided to post this very detailed step-by-step walkthrough of implementing a simple AJAX form in MVC3 with Razor. I'm probably going also post a shortened version of this topic for those that don't need a complete walkthrogh. So I've been attempting to dive into ASP.NET MVC 3 lately, and have hit plenty of bumps along the way. This is my first encounter with any ...
This is a very through book about Dot Net that I have completed reviewing. I commend it to all C# development teams and to individual developers with at least a year's worth of C# experiance. The only drawback is that there should be a VB.NET equivalent book for the benefit of the many programming shops that have chosen VB.NET. For further details about the book see: http://oreilly.com/catalog/... One very interesting thing I found (on page 835) was that the C# lock keyword can give rise ...
Our summer break is over and with the dog days of August we are getting back to setting up presentations of interest to Chicago area IT Architects. This month we will have Michael Kappel presenting on a topic we have been trying to get organized for a while. SOLID is an acronym for five object oriented design and development principles that everyone should know. Michael is going to give a platform agnostic discussion of these five key principles. Please join us by registering below. Register here ...
Though software fundamentals, patterns, and anti-patterns are by far more important and intellectually stimulating to discuss, sometimes it's difficult to move to a new set of terms. When I first learned to program, .NET was pre v1.1 and the java community was getting ready for v1.4. Naturally, I preferred java because of its price, stability, and all my college classes were java. When I got work developing .NET (a few years later) I had to interpret some of the key words from java to .NET. For instance, ...
In this Issue: Mike Talbot, Michael Crump, Kunal Chowdhury, Cheryl Simmons, Joost van Schaik(-2-), Shantimohan Elchuri, Jesse Liberty(-2-), Peter Torr, Pete Vickers, Derik Whittaker, and Den Delimarsky. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Wordle Like Tag Cloud for Silverlight" Mike Talbot WP7: "Speed and distance calculation extension methods for Windows Phone 7" Joost van Schaik Shoutouts: Check out Pete Brown's interview on .NET Rocks: My .NET Rocks Interview Koen Zwikstra announced a July update: Silverlight ...
Here is what I am currently working on, a mod called Niln for the PC game The Elder Scrolls: Oblivion. Niln is designed to be a new settlement on the outskirts of the Imperial City featuring around 10 new buildings with new NPCs all featuring brand new voice overs. Included are about 5 seperate quest lines for the player to complete. Here are some screen shots: There are two primary ways you can get information about the mod other than this blog. They are: http://nilnmod.wordpress.com http://www.moddb.com/mods/niln ...
Overview Shadows of the Damned is 'a survival horror' game developed by Japanese studio Grasshopper Manufacture, known for it's visionary founder Suda51 and the games Killer7 and No More Heroes. The cover art (US) touts the game as 'A Suda51 Trip' and as my first Suda51 experience, I was treated to a unique game with a few flaws. Design It's hard to even begin to talk about Shadows of the Damned without first touching on the uniqueness of the direction of the game. Now, I'm no stranger to a unique ...
In this Issue: XamlNinja(-2-), Ollie Riches(-2-), Michael Washington, Bart Czernicki, Chris Craft, Colin Eberhardt, Kunal Chowdhury, Jasim Schluter, Pete Vickers, Samuel Jack, and Mike Ormond. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Creating Inner Shadow Effects for WPF and Silverlight" Samuel Jack WP7: "WP7Contrib: Transient caching with In Memory Cache Provider" Ollie Riches LightSwitch: "Using OLAP for LightSwitchUsing OLAP for LightSwitch" Michael Washington Shoutouts: The folks at SilverlightShow have ...
As of today, the official release of Lightswitch is now available. Visit: http://www.microsoft.com/vi... or you can download from your MSDN subscription. What is Lightswitch? It is basically a simple to use application generator that can be used to build applications within minutes in many cases. If you have an existing, well structured (primary keys, relationships) SQL Server database you are just a few clicks away from an administration tool and well on the way to a full ...
Continuing my “From Soup to Nuts” series or sometimes referred to as “The Busy Developers Guide” series, I will take a look at the Surface 2.0 SDK recently released by Microsoft. Before you read ahead, here are the other articles in this series: The Busy Developers Guide to the Kinect SDK Beta. The Busy Developers Guide to Mango. What is it? With the Microsoft® Surface® 2.0 SDK, you can easily create applications to take advantage of the next generation Surface computing device or any Windows touch-enables ...

Ive recently done some user group sessions around BizTalk and Behaviour Driven Development and Acceptance Testing.

Ive uploaded the videos and samples for these sessions to the following codeplex site.

http://biztalkbddsample.codeplex.com/

They will also be on CloudCasts soon

Enjoy

 

Introduction One of the first things I wanted to do after installing the Azure AppFabric June CTP was to create an AppFabric application that used the Bing Map SOAP services. That was when I hit my first roadblock. There is currently no option in the AppFabric Application Designer to add a reference to an external service. After asking around in the forums I learned that I should build an external service to do this. There is currently very little documentation on creating external services for Azure ...
Last day of WPC, so what should we start with? You guessed it – KEYNOTES! But Thursday was all about the regional keynotes, so all the Canadian partners packed into a room to hear from Canadian Microsoft executives. In Canada there are three different groups within Microsoft Canada – Small/Medium Business, Enterprise Business, and DPE. While in the past partners were slotted into one of the different groups, now moving forward we’re all just identified as playing in a certain area, not committed ...
In this All Submittal Issue: Michael Washington(-2-), András Velvárt(-2-), Gill Cleeren, and Kunal Chowdhury(-2-). Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Tip: Network change events in Silverlight" Gill Cleeren WP7: "Windows Phone 7 for Silverlight Developers: Portrait and Landscape & Themes" András Velvárt LightSwitch: "Creating Visual Studio LightSwitch Custom Controls (Beginner to Intermediate)" Michael Washington From SilverlightCream.com: Creating Visual Studio LightSwitch Custom Controls (Beginner ...
As I do almost every year, I rearranged my home office. This time I moved my desk against the wall and added a shelve to support my main monitors. This allows me to work from my two macs when I am at home, and RDP into my Windows development laptop (below the monitors). I mainly use the macs for graphics work and photography now. The MacBook Air is still goes with me each day and sometimes I bring the iPad as well. Without better pen support, the iPad is just my couch app device or car device for ...
I wanted to take this time to introduce myself. My name is Roger O'Dell Jr. My development training is in .NET, but my current job requires me to work with Java and Android. I have been doing mobile development now for almost a year. And what a year it has been. I had the opportunity to go to a Microsoft Conference in Overland Park, KS last year. While I was there, I was one of the lucky few who was introduced to Windows Phone 7. Coming from an ASP.NET background, I found the new Windows Phone to ...
A very brief answer is F# is the latest Dot Net Language included in Visual Studio! There is a good introduction on Wikipedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wik... At http://www.ctocorner.com/fs... there is "The F# Survival Guide" The Microsoft F# development Center is at http://msdn.microsoft.com/e... ...
Today's $10 Deal of the day from Apress is Expert SQL Server 2008 Development "Focuses on sound development and architectural practices that will help you become a better developer, capable of designing high-performance, robust, maintainable database applications." www.apress.com/media/catalo... ...
In this All-Submittal (but not all current submittals) Issue: Rod Falanga, Colin Eberhardt, and Kunal Chowdhury(-2-, -3-). Above the Fold: Silverlight/VS2010: "Creating Silverlight Application on network share : The Official Microsoft Silverlight Site" Rod Falanga WP7: "Windows Phone 7 (Mango) Tutorial - 22 - Local Database Support, Create DataContext" Kunal Chowdhury Just plain interesting:: "From Silverlight To HTML5" Colin Eberhardt Shoutouts: The SilverlightShow folks announced some training ...
One of the tough tasks in web development and in particular CSS styling, is to find the RGB and hexadecimal value of uncommon colours. As a web developer working in CSS, I longed to give that nice blue/green tinge colour for my UI and always struggled with the hexadecimal value. Particularly in finding the same for colours I find in other sites. Thanks to the IE9 Developer Toolbar which has this nice colour picker, one can find the hexadecimal code (and the RGB equivalent) from any web page. To demonstrate, ...