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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 ...
In this Issue: Rudi Grobler, Roy Dallal, Hannah Watkins, AfricanGeek, Kunal Chowdhury(-2-), Beth Massi, Mohamed Mosallem, Michael Crump, and Jesse Liberty. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Communicating between two local Silverlight Applications" Michael Crump WP7: "Designing for Steam Achievements, a Windows Phone 7 app" Hannah Watkins LightSwitch: "Relating and Editing Data from Multiple Data Sources on the Same Screen" Beth Massi Shoutouts: My Friends at SilverlightShow have their top 5 posts from ...
Technorati Tags: Team Foundation Server 2010,Power Tools,TF254027 Error Recently moved from TFS 2010 server to another TFS 2010 server and trying to configure a backup plan using the Backup plan wizard that comes along with the TFS Power Tools. The tool allows you to set up Team Foundation Server backups - The tool can schedule backups for the following databases that your deployment of Team Foundation Server uses: the configuration database the database for each team project collection the databases ...
A new release of Microsoft All-In-One Code Framework is available on July 13th. We expect that its 17 new code samples would reduce developers’ efforts in solving the following typical programming tasks. Download address: http://1code.codeplex.com/r... Alternatively, you can download the code samples using Sample Browser or Sample Browser Visual Studio extension. They give you the flexibility to search samples, download samples on demand, manage the downloaded samples in a centralized ...
DISCLAIMER: I did not get this product for free. I bought it with my own money. However, if Razer wants to give me a keyboard for a review then I would gladly accept it. =) Official Product Page While I have been “Searching for the Perfect Developer’s Laptop” I have discovered that PC Gamers have it pretty good. For example, check out my “A Developers Review of Cooler Master Storm Laptop Cooler SF-19” article. Did you notice that this was a Gamers product? Developers actually have something in common ...
Have you ever get the following error when you run Central Administration in SharePoint Server? I hope you haven’t yet and make yourself ready to fix this error for future Config Error There is a duplicate 'system.web.extensions/scri... defined Problem: I have installed SharePoint 2010 in a server and recently I got this error in my server when I tried to run central administration. I was stuck here to resolve this issue as it was my staging server and I can not re-build ...
In exploring the SQL Server site at microsoft.com, I came across the Learning Center option. It is a wealth of information to become familiar with the features and capabilities of the platform. It has as I mentioned, a wealth of information. Available for versions 2008 R2, 2008 and 2005. Go check it out here: http://www.microsoft.com/sq... A sample clipping of what the site displays: ...
SQL Server “Denali” CTP3 has become available for download and testing. Here is where you go for it: http://www.microsoft.com/sq... And when you get there this is what the site looks like. Once there, click on the Download CTP3 link. This will take you to another screen. Select Language and version, this will take you a sign in with your Live ID, and then you will get to the following screen … Pay close attention to the banner in red: The Akamai download manager will ...
After done mapping for my entities I wanted to test the basic CRUD operations. I stuck with a problem of inserting a data to tables in many to many relation, so I wanted to look at the generated sql by the NHibernate to find out, what is really generated to investigate the problem in my mappings. The NHibernate have a property called show-sql to show the generated statements. I enabled it in the config: var configure = new Configuration(); configure.SessionFactoryNam... configure.DataBaseIntegrati... ...
I was checking the Windows Azure Appfabric June CTP; I was looking at the Azure Service Bus queues and topics. I noticed something interesting to me and hope we can take advantage of these new capabilities in applications like RFID. Working on BizTalk RFID or any RFID project for that matter, you would have noticed using duplicate tag elimination events during tag processing. For any one new to RFID, when RFID device reads tags it can read the same tag information more than once at a given interval. ...
Okay, so the title may have been a little misleading. I'm not going to show you how to avoid warning CA0060, but how to avoid your build failing because of this warning. This is only helpful if you are running FxCop as a Post-build Event. When FxCop fails due to its inability to find indirectly referenced assemblies, it exits with error code 512 (0x200 - Assembly Reference Error). So all you need to do is check that error code, send out a simple warning message, and reset the error code to 0. The ...
If you aren't sure what is actually in the backup file, or even if you think you are sure--execute this statement from a fresh query window: RESTORE FILELISTONLY FROM DISK = 'X:\MDD\Clients\Lg\H4\H4L.bak' The information about the mdf/ldf files will show up looking like this: In this example, I was restoring a database to a different server with different filegroups, directory setups, etc.--so I had to 'MOVE' the location paths to represent the drives I had available. If I were restoring to the same ...
I'm down in Los Angeles this week for my first ever Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference! This is the biggest industry conference I've ever attended, with more than 15000 people from around the world! It's also a bit different too because I don't know *anybody* here. WPC is more of a business/sales/marketing type of conference, not so much technical. As a result, its an entirely different crowd than the usual suspects at TechEd, PDC, etc. That's not a bad thing though! I'm meeting some great people ...
Hi there, Recently we had a requirement to integrate a RESTful Service with BizTalk Server. Well no biggie. You can use WCF – Custom Adapter and use webHTTP binding and add a webHttp Endpoint behavior. Wala. Easy to say, little bit tricky to do. That all is fine, but what if you want to have a polling receive location which needs to go and do an HTTP GET to a RESTful Service. Aahh!! That’s even more trickier. Bunch of you reading this post would have already thought about some or other way of doing ...
Technorati Tags: TFS 2010,Team Foundation Server 2010,Technology Humour A little bit of humour would not hurt... What are your selfish reasons for upgrading to TFS 2010? Cheers, Tarun ...
Introduction One of the features that I’m surprised to see hardly no one talk about is “Communication Between Local Silverlight-Based Applications”. This is not new to Silverlight as it has been around since Silverlight 3. In other words, this will allow you to have two Silverlight applications running on the same PC talk to one another without using Web Services, etc. I originally was looking into this for a pet project that I was going to use with Kinect, but found this very valuable and decided ...
In this Issue: Kunal Chowdhury(-2-), Kevin Hoffman, Pontus Wittenmark, Peter Kuhn, András Velvárt, Rudi Grobler, WindowsPhoneGeek, Jesse Liberty, Nigel Sampson, Stephen Price. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Color FromArgb using hex values" Stephen Price WP7: "SurfCube on Mango Part 1 – Passing the Smoke Test" András Velvárt Shoutouts: Pete Brown posted about the redesign of the Silverlight.net site... I like it ... check it out for yourself: he New and Improved Silverlight.net Site Michael Washington ...

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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, ...
Hace unos días recibi un email de Microsoft con noticias sobre Visual Studio, y algo que me encanto fue ver que por fin tenemos soporte para HTML y CSS 3 en el editor de VS. Así que, me di la tarea de leer el contenido de los blogs recomendados en el artículo y tome la decision de traducir el contenido del blog de Scott Hanselman’sa español (por supuesto con algunos cambios), para que toda la comunidad que no tiene aún un buen conocimiento de inglés pueda aprovechar el contenido. Inicamos… La gente ...
UPDATE! July 8th, 2011 -- I’ve been reading Chris Poteet’s blog for a while (probably since Day of .Net Ohio in 2008 or 2009) and he recently started a new blog covering odd user interface quirks and inconsistencies with SharePoint. He’s titled the blog, Unexpected Error. Well, today Chris was kind enough to mention me for follow Friday on Twitter and I followed the link to his blog again – and was stunned to see that I had written a post this week that is pretty much the same one he wrote two weeks ...
For a generic guide on using a custom diff tool in TFS from My Eclipse:http://msdn.microso... Combine this information with the guide provided on Beyond Compare's website: Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-qformat:yes; mso-style-parent:""; ...
I found out last night that I have been awarded with the Microsoft MVP Award for my contribution to the Silverlight community. It is a honor, a privilege and one of the biggest moments in my professional life. I cannot tell you how excited that I am to be acknowledged by Microsoft for doing something that I love. According to Microsoft, this award is given by Microsoft to outstanding members of Microsoft's technical communities based on contributions made during the previous 12 months to offline ...
IE9 Toolbar’s Browser Mode allows us to test for different versions of IE. This feature has been there right from IE8 Developer Toolbar. But, I always thought that the testing was just limited to the different versions of IE i.e. IE7, IE8 and IE9. One of the advantages of having a technical boss is that, he points to the right set of information when needed. @harishV pointed out that you can test even for other browsers such as Chrome, Firefox, Safari from within the IE9 Developer Toolbar. For the ...
There comes a time when computers die. So it was with our HP MediaSmart Home Server. At the age of 4, I was not expecting it to die. Oops. It has never really been an easy life before the death of that machine. It’s anemic 512MB of memory got upgraded to 2GB. The 500MB primary drive got expanded with two 1TB drives. The power supply fan started sounding like my lawn mower, so it had to be replaced. Things seemed stable until the primary drive croaked – and me unable to locate the recovery disk – ...
Ron Jeffries challenged me to show how Flow-Design and Event-Based Components can help software development. This is the problem he posed in the Software Craftsmanship discussion group: Solve bowling scoring. Here is the specification. Note that this is a simpler version than the one Bob Martin often uses. I'll take questions if you have any. Given a list of the rolls of a legal game of ten pin bowling, which you may assume are provided without error or omission, produce the total, final, score of ...
Introduction The official Kinect SDK has been out for a while now and I haven’t seen many people actually doing “how-to” post to get others started developing for it. I decided that I would help kick-start the movement by creating a series called, “Kinecting the Dots”. This is going to be a series of blog posts covering questions or concerns that I’ve seen in the community. I am planning on answering questions so if you have one that you want answered then please contact me by using the form above. ...
One of the things that I have really enjoyed in the process of working with SQL Azure is the SQL Azure Management options. Mind you, it does not have a built-in backup tool, yes there are other options. redgate SQL Azure Backup Currently, Red Gate has a SQL Azure Backup tool (since it is Beta, it is free for the time being). Obviously, in order to use the tool the network/ip address from which you will be connecting has to be enrolled into the Azure Firewall for your account. The first step … connect. ...
The message may also say something line: Unable to update app: Error posting to URL: https://appengine.google.co... 409 Conflict Another transaction by user Your.Name is already in progress for app: your-appName, version: x. That user can undo the transaction with "appcfg rollback". Basically this means that in the midst of your previous deployment of the application, the process was interrupted. The Google SDK interprets this as a deployment ...
In this Issue: SLMPerf, Peter Kuhn, Kunal Chowdhury(-2-, -3-), WindowsPhoneGeek, Mike Taulty, Beth Massi, Andrea Boschin, and Alex Golesh. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Reactive Extensions RTW" Mike Taulty WP7: "Windows Phone 7 (Mango) Tutorial - 21 - Small Demo of Accelerometer Application" Kunal Chowdhury Training: "Using SharePoint Data in your LightSwitch Applications" Beth Massi Shoutouts: My friends at SilverlightShow released their list of the top 5 posts on SilverlightShow for June 20 - 26, ...
My team at work has been growing and evolving. With that came a group of guys that challenge me to do more and learn more … faster. So, one of them is a virtualization junkie (no, geek does not apply). And I have seen him do some pretty cool stuff on his home gear. I have some gear just laying around and I decided to give some stuff a go. Enter VMware Go, deploying VMware’s Hypervisor remotely was one thing that attracted me. How complicated can it get? Right? I already have a background with virtualization, ...

Just received notification from Microsoft.

My first MVP- in SCVMM! - MS Technical Computing group was folded into Azure Virtualization.

Thats all for now!

I’m quite happy , just recieved the mail that I’m MVP again ...
I just got a great news from Microsoft that I’m re-awarded as Microsoft MVP (Most Valuable Professional) for this year. This is my 3rd year in a row as an MVP and I’m of course very happy about and feel honored by it. Woohoo!! Here’s the Proof =} “Dear Vincent Maverick Durano, Congratulations! We are pleased to present you with the 2011 Microsoft® MVP Award! This award is given to exceptional technical community leaders who actively share their high quality, real world expertise with others. We appreciate ...
So you downloaded and installed SP1, but now you want to verify that SP1 actually installed! Looking at Outlook's Help Screen under Help->About, it isn't readily apparent that SP1 is installed. Like me, you probably expected to see 14.1.something. Perhaps 14.0.something SP1, right? If you click on that "Additional Version and Copyright Information", another window will pop up and show you a bit more useful info (if you don't have the version numbers committed to memory) That window *does* give ...
Windows Phone Developer Tools 7.1 Beta 2 was released on 6/29/2011. Are you ready for it? If not then let my guide help you get your system prepared and go through a few new features. Download links: Web Installer of Windows Phone 7.1 Beta 2 SDK ISO Image of Windows Phone 7.1 Beta 2 SDK - (723 MB) To get started you are going to need to remove the previous version of your Windows Phone Developer Tools 7.1 Beta 1. This kicks off the process of uninstalling the Beta. Once it is uninstalled then you ...
The "scour" or Rootkit.Win32.TDSS virus has a long history which can be found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wik... Here is the primary symptom: after searching for something in your web browser using google, one of the results that you click on redirects you to scour.com. If you've executed ClamWin, Malwarebytes, McAfee, Norton, etc. to find and isolate the virus without any luck--this isn't really a surprise, since this virus attaches to existing system drivers. I only know of one reliable package ...
Hello fellow geeks! I'm kicking off this new blog with an issue that was a real nuisance, but was relatively easy to fix. During a recent Exchange 2003 to 2010 migration, one of the users was getting an error on his Windows Phone 7 device. The error code that popped up on the phone on every sync attempt was 86000C09 We tested the following: Different user on the same device: WORKED Problem user on a different device: FAILED Seemed to point (conclusively) at the user's account as the crux of the issue. ...
We have created a new section on our site: SilverDiagram Learn In this site you will find: Links to our codeplex extensions / samples. How to… videos, right now: How to build the codeplex samples. How to create custom shapes. Link to articles / post / documentation. I hope this will make easier to let you get started with SilverDiagram SDK. More videos and samples coming soon… ...
In this Issue: WindowsPhoneGeek, John Papa, Mike Taulty, Erno de Weerd, Stephen Price, Chris Rouw, Peter Kuhn, Damian Schenkelman, Michael Washington, and Manas Patnaik. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Binding to View Model properties in Data Templates. The RootBinding Markup Extension" Damian Schenkelman WP7: "Storing Files in SQL Server using WCF RIA Services and Silverlight – Part 3" Chris Rouw LightSwitch: "Saving Files To File System With LightSwitch (Uploading Files)" Michael Washington Shoutouts: ...
When we migrate some BizTalk apps from BizTalk 2006 R2 to BizTalk 2010, and we ran into issue when a .net component called inside the orchestration. In the .net component we are trying to retrieve some promoted property and we also checked in the BizTalk group hub to validate it was promoted, no issues there. Only when we try to access the data into the .net component we had issue. We just moved all the assembly what we had in BizTalk 2006 R2 to BizTalk 2010, didn’t recompile anything in BizTalk ...
I have had some time this week to try out some tools that I have been meaning to try out. This week I am trying out the SP 2010 Diagnostic Studio. I installed it successfully and tried it on my development evironment. I was able to build a report and a snapshot of the environment. I decided to turn my attention to my Employer's intranet environment. This would allow me to analyze it and measure it against benchmarks. I didn't want to install the Diagnostic studio on the Production Envorinment, lucky ...
Recently I had several questions concerning how to process files that carry a header and trailer in them. Typically those files are a product of data extract from non Microsoft products e.g. Oracle database encompassing various tables data where every row starts with an identifier. For example such a file data record could look like: HDR,INTF_01,OUT,TEST,3/9/2011 11:23 B1,121156789,DATA TEST DATA,2011-03-09 10:00:00,Y,TEST 18 10:00:44,2011-07-18 10:00:44,Y B2,TEST DATA,2011-03-18 10:00:44,Y B3,LEG ...
In my quest to read all the books I have lying on my bookshelf I have finally got round to finishing C# Concisely (ISBN 0-321-15418-5). While this book was fairly old, I found it to be quite useful for a student wanting to learn C# for the first time, and a nice way to review and make I hadn’t missed something when I was learning the language. The book is simple and explains the basic concepts in a clean manner, but is really intended for the beginner programmer – it also had a few chapters dedicated ...
Technorati Tags: Team Foundation Server 2010,Team Foundation Utilities,TFS2010 Oh no! Did you just check in a changeset in to TFS and realized that you need to roll back the changeset because the changes were suppose to go in a different branch? Or did you just accidently merge a wrong changeset in your release branch? There are several ways to undo the damage, Manual: Yes, we all just hate this word but for the record you could manually rollback the changes. Get Specific version on the branch and ...
Much has been talked about the F12 developer toolbar in IE and the support it provides for web developers. Starting IE8, the Developer Toolbar is a menu item that helps you view the page source, scripts, profiling and many other details of the rendered page. It even allows script debugging from within and that makes it a truly powerful web developer tool bar. With IE9, the developer toolbar got even better with the Networking Tab that allows you to inspect the traffic/time taken and drill down into ...
If you need to explore big amount of another’s C# code, C# outline add-in may be helpful. It allow you to collapse statements between { and }. Here is a sample screenshot: This add-in available for Visual Studio 2010. Also, it’s not compatible with some other plugins like Presentation Zoom – outline nodes displaces, if both installed ...
Erik Russell and Giles Marino were our speakers for the June 2011 IASA South East Florida Chapter meeting. Attendees filled all available seats at the Microsoft office conference room where the event was held. This highlights the high interest in Enterprise Architecture as a career track and chartered project role. Also in attendance were our Board of Directors and Alex Funkhouser, President, Sherlock Technology. Rainer Habermann, Chapter President, kicked off the meeting by introducing our speakers ...