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[Source: http://geekswithblogs.net/E... As Cory pointed out, my original task to execute T4 templates under MSBuild (replacing property markers in the T4 script with evaluated values from the build, see: An MSBuild task to execute T4 templates), fails under MSBuild 3.5. This is down to a change in the object model in the framework. All the useful classes are internal and all the useful properties are private, so they have to be reflected over - which makes my code brittle. I've updated ...
So I’ve been trying to do some custom build numbering for my Team Build project and was confronted with a lot of let’s say “uninformation” and some great information also. I really didn’t want to create a custom task that I would need to maintain so I set on a long search for the Truth… needless to say I didn’t find it. But here is the information I found that should get you you to the right place. There is a great custom task created by the MSBuild team that used to be on GotDotNet but is now MSDN ...
Yeah Baby! I've been waiting for this announcement. Visual Studio Team System Development/Database Edition Merge As part of the VSTS 2010 announce on Sept 29, Visual Studio Team System Development Edition and Visual Studio Team Database Edition will be merging into a single product. On October 1st, customers who purchase VSTS Developer Edition or VSTS Database Edition will get the features available in both products. Here's the official messaging: In the next release of Visual Studio Team System ...
In case you didn’t know, as part of the slew of information that Microsoft in this week one very cool announcement was made. VSTDE and VSTDBE are now both available to MSDN subscriber that have one of those versions. If you do, make sure you download the one you didn’t have (DBPro if you had Dev and Dev if you had DBPro) and install the other on top of the current VS you have. They functionality of the other version will just become available in VS. It’s as simple as that. Kudos to Microsoft for ...
Yes folks, we're finally back after a slightly longer than intended break. I've known George for years, and he's one of my closest and also farthest away friends. We get to hang out about once or twice a year for the MVP Summit and my birthday jam. George is a very busy dude between work and his XNA Development website, but I'll let him tell you all about both of those, and everything else, in these NINE Questions with George Clingerman: 1. Where are you from? (How did you end up there?) I’m from ...
Powershell Demonstration & End-User Reporting With SQL Server 2008 When: October 21, 2008 Time: 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM Visit www.mnssug.org Topic One: Powershell Demo Speaker: Rajib Bahir, e2D Powershell is the newest tool added so that DBAs can batch things easily and do other admin related chores. I will show how we can work with SQL server in command prompt. Rajib Bahir is a BI/SQL developer consulting for e2D and iCSQL. He is also training others on SQL courses at Minneapolis Community Technical ...
I had a very frustrating experience last week trying to align the baselines of adjacent pieces of text in a WPF app. The problem seems to be that this is supported behaviour in a flow document, but not in general UI (e.g. the visual tree of a Window). After a lot of fiddling, head scratching and googling we discovered that the easiest way to do this is to have two TextBlock elements inside an outer TextBlock. The following markup: produces this end result: The TextBlock has magically communicated ...
Website: http://cvnug.wi-ineta.org Date: October 9 Location: Chippewa Valley Technical College - Room 176 Presentation Information: Mike Benkovich from Microsoft will show us how Visual Studio 2008 enables developers and IT operators to dramatically reduce the amount of time, effort and code required to develop and deploy real-world Web applications. ASP.NET 3.5, Visual Studio 2008 and IIS 7 each provide much improved administration and management support, on top of dramatically improved performance. ...
Matthieu Laban with 3D graphics, Denis opens "SilverlightBooks", Tim Heuer on the mouse wheel, Koen Zwikstra on Custom Controls, Manish Dalal on Attached Properties, Terence Tsang with Random Moving Rotator, Jordan Knight on Snapshotting your data, and Gerard Leblanc with more Image Effects. Emil Stoychev a SilverlightShow reports that LinkLabel control is now live on CodePlex!. I posted about the control, but now it's on CodePlex, so go have at it... others already are! From SilverlightCream.com: ...
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Date: October 28 Join MSDN Events for the latest tips, tools and technical information you need to build powerful applications and engaging user experiences. We’ll show you how SQL Server 2008 delivers new development capabilities, including support for Spatial Data types, a fresh storage mechanism and more. You’ll also learn how to leverage the Silverlight platform to build next generation applications for consumers and business, and how Visual Studio Tools for the Microsoft Office System (VSTO) ...
It is now past 10:00 PM, and my first day of Nothin but .net is over. It's been a very intense day. Jean-Paul Boodhoo is taking us off the beaten paths of MSDN style development, and tries to stretch our minds to think out of the box. First, we spent quite a while verifying the prep exercises. A good effort was made by everyone to finish it. The solution that got selected as the starting point for our source repository was the design that adhered best to the open/closed principle. This design used ...
Rob Houweling with a Jeff Paries Sneak Preview, Devin Rose with "Mountain Pass Tower Defense", Shawn Wildermuth's "Dirty Little Secrets", Pete Brown's SL/Facebook application, Mike Taulty on Drawing outside the Control, SL/WPF Sharing Libraries, Remix UK Code, Andy Beaulieu presentation demos and slides, Terence Tsang with Advanced Image Carousel, Michael S. Scherotter updates his Ball watch to SL2, Jesse Liberty with a common starter app, Lee with Select All Checkbox, and Gerard Leblanc with more ...
I found a great series of on demand webcasts on the MSDN website. It took me a while to track down the full series but here are the links: MSDN Webcast: Windows Communication Foundation Top to Bottom (Part 01 of 15): Overview (Level 100) MSDN Webcast: Windows Communication Foundation Top to Bottom (Part 02 of 15): Contracts (Level 200) MSDN Webcast: Windows Communication Foundation Top to Bottom (Part 03 of 15): Contract Versioning (Level 200) MSDN Webcast: Windows Communication Foundation Top to ...
Last week I delivered a 5 day course on WCF/WF and Bizalk (http://www.ordina.be/SOA) About 25 students where introduced to the world of SOA with Microsoft technologies. Thanks to all of them, I had a great time ! Hope you enjoyed it. Many asked me for links to resources on WCF. Here's a compilation of the best : Dasblonde Webcast series : http://www.dasblonde.net/20... Microsoft Nuggets by Mike Taulty : http://www.microsoft.com/uk... ...
Martin Mihaylov continues with DataGrid, Rabeeh Abla with a Mesh Viewer, Gerard Leblanc on animations, Dan Wahlin on Input Controls, Jeff Wilcox on SL Unit Test, Michael S. Scherotter on high DPI issues, Terence Tsang with Flip Rotator, Sandy Place with Dynamic WCF Client Proxy, and Jeff Paries on SL/Twitter a new way. Karl Shifflett has released an updated version of XAML Power Toys V2... this is of use to those WPFers and Silverlighters alike. Page Brooks at SilverlightContrib has some information ...
Using() Statement in 3 seconds and a bug in Reflector The boring, known accross the board definition from the MSDN site: Defines a scope, outside of which an object or objects will be disposed The more interesting definition from Tom: The using() Statement generates a try{} finally{ //virtual call of the dispose method } block with null check! Let's take a deeper look. Let's write two test methods first: //Testmethod for Using public static void UsingTest() { using (SqlConnection con = new SqlConnection()) ...
Well, like most, I downloaded Google Chrome and gave it a whirl. So far, I like it. There are things that bother me - but overall - I like it. Here are some of my likes: It is faster. It does seem to deal with JavaScript quite a bit faster than other browsers. Pages load faster than before for me. This is probably the biggest plus of the whole thing really. The look and feel of the application is more modern looking (again, from my perspective) and it provides more real estate for browsing by default ...
A client recently contacted me regarding a legacy application, written when I was at a previous company, that was now refusing to save customer records due to a failure to validate e-mail addresses. The application runs on Windows Professional 2000, and is a web application with minimal ASP content, and a HTML generation engine written in Visual Basic 6.0. From the Application Log error messages the client provided it was clear that the issue was with a COM object, VBScript Regular Expressions v5.5. ...
C#: The difference between out and ref. Today we had an interesting discussion about out and ref in C#. Here is a very quick elevator pitch summary: The MSDN documentation (http://msdn.microsoft.com/... is very good on that and it says: "The out keyword causes arguments to be passed by reference. This is similar to the ref keyword, except that ref requires that the variable be initialized before being ...
I was trying format my dropdown list to should the decimal numbers as pecentange. But the MSDN article is not completed. It turned out that {0:P2} is what I'm looking for. Here is the full list regarding the string format: Data Formatting for DataTextFormatString Format String Description {0:Cn} Currency. Displays numeric values in currency format with a leading dollar sign; n indicates the number of decimal places. If n is omitted, the default currency precision is two decimal digits. {0:Dn} Decimal. ...
Michael Washington on Silverlight Desktop for DNN, Corey Schuman with Play/Paus button, Shawn Wildermuth on Project Rosetta, Koen Zwikstra on disposing of objects, Mike Snow on Full-screen mode and creating shadows, and Ken with XAML on demand. Shawn Wildermuth uploaded a new version of the code for his SL2/Data Services article on MSDN. Shawn also announed the addition of my friend Erik Mork to the staff of Silverlight Tour... now that's advantageous for all involved, and congratulations to both ...
C# (or .NET): Primitive Types, Value Types, Reference Types and System.ValueType. I think this is one of the most important topics in .NET, but it is interesting to see what kind of misunderstandings are out there. Even with programmers who have used .NET for years. DISCLAIMER 1: The goal of this blog entry is not to give another in depth, all-encompasing overview - but rather a summary of the conversations I've had with people and a summary of some confusing MSDN documentation. Also I won't address ...
UPDATE : September 29, 2008 The update from the Web Development Team is that, this behaviour is only related to Click Once Deployment. However, when you create a website/project, the runtime targeted is 3.5 SP1 if it is present without any manual effort (if you are using the .NET 3.5 option from the version selector in Visual Studio 2008 while creating the website/project) If you are wondering what the post title is all about, it is precisely about it I had an interesting question on how to target ...
I recently went to check the configuration of my SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services instance (which is a named instance called "SQL08") and it came up with a "connect" dialog and when I clicked on the "find" button I got an "invalid namespace" error. I found a few threads on the MSDN forums about this and eventually a Microsoft guy came up with a solution. The post at the end of this thread http://forums.microsoft.com... had the solution which worked for ...
Koen Zwikstra with Silverlight Spy, John Papa on UserControl from Popup Control, Shawn Wildermuth on his SL2 Data Services Article, Pete Brown with an install experience, Jonas Follesø on Presentation Model and HTML Bridge, and Martin Grayson with Parts 2 and 3 of his Dragging, Docking, Expanding Panels and His Media Player. From SilverlightCream.com: New Spy: HTTP Monitor and Install improvements Koen just keeps making SilverlightSpy better and better ... lots of good improvements in this latest ...
There is an interesting discussion "BizTalk, From Hub/Spoke to ESB" in the MSDN BizTalk forum: [http://forums.microsoft.com/MSDN/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=3478379&SiteID=1]

Check out my new live search component to the right here -> I came across this on Heather Solomon's blog, thought it was cool so had a play and set one up for my blog. To start with get yourself over to http://search.live.com/site... select the advanced option. I think it only works if you have your blog on a custom domain like blog.steveclements.net as www.geekswithblogs.net/stev... doesn't work. I also created a live search macro for geekwithblogs.net and used and existing one for msdn ...
Erik Mork interviews Bill Reiss, Terence Tsang with Flash & Sl 3D Text Space, Shawn Wildermuth's ADO.NET & SL2 article in MSDN Magazine, Silverlight SDK reports on tutorials on their site, Christ Hay with a SL2 Spectrum Emulator, Mike Snow on centering your app, and Jesse Liberty on PodCast-a-rama! Rob Bagby has announced MSDN Events in Colorado, Albuquerque, Phoenix and Las Vegas in September and October 2008 ... I've signed up for the one in Phoenix, so come on down! From SilverlightCream.com: ...
Anna Wrochna on justifying/aligning text, and Ronnie Saurenmann on WCF without a web server. If you find yourself in Austrailia, take a look at DevSTA Challenge 2008... it hasn't started yet, but it looks cool, and great prizes! From SilverlightCream.com: Silverlight and text-align:justify. Anna takes a pretty good shot at getting text justified on a page... her results are very nice, but wow... what a bunch of work! Serving Silverlight applications on client PCs without a web server using WCF 3.5 ...
Just a reminder that the Tampa Bay IASA August meeting is tonight starting at 6:30 PM. Web Service Software Factory Modeling Edition The Web Service Software Factory (WSSF) Modeling Edition focuses on building the server side of a web services infrastructure, using either ASMX or WCF services. The new release uses three Domain Specific Languages (DSLs) to model services: service contract, data contract and host models. Through use of these DSLs, WSSF helps developers construct a scalable, extensible ...
Scott Barnes on Submitting SL Bugs, Shawn Wildermuth on SL Firestarter in NYC, Jason Cooke Templatinging the Calendar, Jonas Follesø on SL2 apps using WCF, and Mike Snow on detecting alt-shitshift-control-windows and apple keys, delcaring a User Control from a XAML Page, and Creating Smooth Tile Transitions. Don't forget about the Silverlight Write and Win Contest at SilverlightShow. Ivan reported to me this morning that one of the articles in my SC posts from yesterday was entered in the contest ...
Tomorrow, Russ Fustino will be speaking at an MSDN event in Columbia. It's the only MSDN event in South Carolina this quarter. So, if you're around tomorrow be sure to attend ...
I had trouble with someone's Silverlight site... I dropped my buddy Tim Heuer an email and asked him if it was me or what... he said it was me... sigh... I still disagree, but as this progressed, Tim offered up that there is a problem folks are reporting that I appeared to be on the edge of... so I figured what the heck, let's help! After an email exchange last night, we realized I needed .NET 3.5 SP1 installed.. oops... so I tried that and it pooted...hmmm Tim says "Oh if you have VS2008 on there, ...
On the project I just completed I was in need of the ability to quickly package a site definition, web parts, and workflows for a custom SharePoint site. I ended up using 3 different techniques in order to package the 3 different solutions. Which in the long run I wouldn't recommend, but overall I now have a much deeper aspect of the different techniques I used. I will detail the pro's and con's I found for all of them and you can make your own decision as to which one you would use to suit your ...
So there I was, trying out a multithreading example and stepping through the process. It was much like a lot of the same code I'd written to practice the methodology. Unfortunately, it wedged when I attempted to update a control from my new thread that was created in the main UI thread. I would expect this to be a problem, of course, but wasn't sure how to handle it (I think previous versions of .Net would have allowed me to update the control cross-thread). I look at the error and this is how it ...
Murray Gordon (who recently left Charleston to join Microsoft in Atlanta!) told me about an MSDN and TechNet event going on next week in Columbia. See the links below for more info and to register! TechNet: Vista, PowerShell, Group Policy MSDN: WPF, Vista (for Developers), Visual Studio 2008 and Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 Enjoy ...
One my colleague got a new PC and had a problem opening file using simple code(just from MSDN example ): FileInfo fi1 = new FileInfo(relativePath); if (!fi1.Exists) .... It showed that file doesn't exist. We've tried also File.Exists(relativePath), changed the path to absolule- the same result- file is visible in Windows Explorer, but doesn't exist in code. Note that directory was shown in debugger as existing. We've created(using Windows Explorer) a new Text file, named "test.txt" and tried to open ...
Yes, color... I took a quick look through Google to get an idea of colors vs moods, and just grabbed the first site that popped up. The site isn't important, but I wanted to give credit. I was more interested in the correlation such as: Blue: Calm, harmony Black: Formality, elegance Green: Nature, Jealousy Purple: Royalty Red: Love, danger (whoa... interesting juxtaposition) White: Reverence, Innocence Yellow: Joy, Optimism And why did I go on this search? ... I was looking to see if I could find ...
In PerformancePoint 2007 you have the capability to setup custom properties and pass them into dashboard objects. This is especially useful for simplifying dashboards where you are linking scorecard KPIs to report views. Alyson Powell Erwin outlines how to do this in the PerformancePoint MSDN blog: http://blogs.msdn.com/perfo... This is very handy. By setting up a custom property that contains measure names for ...
*Moved to: Ooooh, RTM DelightWell, MSDN will be busy today… Visual Studio 2008 Beta 1, Team Foundation Server 2008 Beta 1 and .NET Framework Beta 1 have all been released today. This is grate news as I have been using the Beta for about as long as it has been available and all those applications I have waiting in the wings can now go live :), Or at least get into the final phase of development. Can you imaging a better data capture application than one that builds itself (ASP.NET Dynamic Data) or ...
We've waited a good long while, but RTM is finally here for both the ADO.NET Entity Framework as well as ADO.NET Data Services! Both are now available as part of the Visual Studio 2008 SP1 (tools and runtime) and .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 (for just the runtime without tools) releases that were announced this morning. You can check out more information as well as the downloads at http://msdn.microsoft.com/data (keep checking back as I will continue updating content all week to reflect the releases) and ...
Michael Washington with an add-on for SL Desktop already, Mike Snow beginning Terrain tutorials and applying a XAML template to a class, Michael S. Scherotter on SL and Code Analysis and add-on support to paging demo, Ashish Shetty on distinguishing SL and .Net assemblies, Peter McGrattan with updated Pie Chart, and Joel Neubeck on updated VideoPlayer and confined collisions From SilverlightCream.com: Send Emails from SilverlightDesktop Michael Washington reports that a Silverlight Desktop user has ...
Web Service Software Factory Modeling Edition The Web Service Software Factory (WSSF) Modeling Edition focuses on building the server side of a web services infrastructure, using either ASMX or WCF services. The new release uses three Domain Specific Languages (DSLs) to model services: service contract, data contract and host models. Through use of these DSLs, WSSF helps developers construct a scalable, extensible web service framework from the service interfaces to the translation of domain data ...
For those of use with MSDN or Technet subscriptions, SQL Server 2008 is available for download now and you have probably heard this from multiple sources already. (is there an echo in here?) But for anyone that wants to work with the BI tools and who already has VS.NET 2008 installed you will need to wait until VS.NET 2008 SP1 is released (see http://support.microsoft.co... which will hopefully only be a few days. This is because BIDS in 2008 is based on the VS.NET 2008 SP1 build. If you ...
Thanks to all who attended the NxtGenUG Oxford meeting last night, always good to see a different user group in operation. Apologies for not achieving the promised 20 minutes to create a CI server from a completely clean Win2003 server installation - but 26 minutes isn't too shoddy. As promised you can download the slidedeck for my CI Factory talk from here. Make sure you view it with the speaker notes as they give all the background information. On the 'Demonstration' slide the notes include the ...
So this is a step up I suppose from getting "Stupid Prizes" from Community-Credit in the past...how about winning an MSDN Subscription or an XBox for your participation in the developer and user group community? I plugged in my points and ended up one of ten winners this quarter for the INETA Community Champion program. I found out yesterday after getting home from an exhaustive day of memory and cognitive tests related to my brain-aches when I opened up the latest INETA newsletter. Congratulations ...
Hi, I just finished a very small module to gather RSS fields from Database and show them in my page. THIS POST FROM MSDN was really helpful and it is just what I wanted. I tried a lot to use asp:Repeater and XSLT togather to format my feeds but I found no way to do that. At last I came back to XML control in ASP.NET and did following: Made a small parser class to transform my SqlDataReader to XmlDocument object Used Xml Control to combine XmlDocument and XSLT to transform the result ...
Whenever I run into a weird bug or workaround I like to do a short post about it. Doing so helps the community and it is also self-serving in case I run into it a year or so later after I've long forgot about it. Today is one of those times. My latest disk batch came for my MSDN subscription and I decided to upgrade Expression Blend and Web to version 2. Granted I haven't really used these tools too much, but I plan on doing so in the future. The installation of Blend went without a hitch, but Web ...