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Another great opportunity to ask Microsoft engineers your technical questions is coming up on Tuesday, June 30th. These chats are your opportunity to get advice and answers from the engineers at Microsoft. You may want to review the transcripts from previous chats to get an idea what these chats are all about. Title: Windows CE Live Chat! When: Tuesday, July 28, 2008 9:00 - 10:00 A.M. Pacific time Add to Calendar Description: Do you have tough technical questions regarding Windows CE or Windows Mobile ...
I'm a big fan of being a self-starter, always learning, and trying new stuff. A big percentage of what I've learned in the software biz has been ratting around in other people's code... I had one Fortran IV class back in '67 and I sucked at it. I had some 1-on-1 help from a great guy teaching me BASIC in '68, and since then it's been Assembly (how many people bought their own copy of MASM?? -- twice??), Pascal, C, C++, C#, various databases, and forgetabout all the OS versions from mainframes to ...
My presentation on the Windows Azure Platform is online on MSDN Chopsticks. See http://www.microsoft.com/be... In this presentation you get an overview of the Windows Azure Platform, the ideas behind it and the business value of using this platform. The vision of Microsoft on cloud services and the implementation towards developers will become clear. We will discuss the architecture of Azure and the paradigm shift from building traditional on-premises applications ...
The project I am currently on encompasses a large push to clean-up and standardize the client's Reporting library. Currently, there are around 70 odd reports that were created and/or worked-on by an assortment of consultants and employees over the span of several years. This process was very organic, responding to the needs of the moment without any over-arcing design philosophy or guidance. As a result, there is very little consistency in how these reports are structured, or how the settings are ...
Microsoft announced at 1:40pm PST yesterday that Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 have officially been “Released to Manufacturing” which is to say all the bits have been finalized and signed off on. You can read announcements here, here and here. And, of course, all over the twittersphere. Bits hit TechNet +, volume licensing download sites and MSDN on August the 6th. I can now rebuild my laptop for the last time (until that Windows 8 beta is released). Congratulations Microsoft. Some critics ...
In this Issue: Michael Wolf, Brad Abrams, Tim Heuer, Nigel Sampson, Timmy Kokke, and Christian Schormann. Shoutouts: The Expression Encoder blog has an announcement that may be of interest to some of you: Microsoft Expression Encoder 3 is available for download The Silverlight SDK has a list of the new controls in SL3 and links out to the MSDN page for each: New controls in Silverlight 3 From SilverlightCream.com: Silverlight Out of Browser deep dive Michael Wolf takes you through a very thorough ...
Looks like we’ll all be running the final release build of Windows 7 soon! I found out that Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 were released to manufacturing today. I think the Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 teams a big round of applause! UPDATE: Straight from the Windows 7 team blog: “Developers with MSDN Subscriptions will be able to download Windows 7 RTM in English on August 6th…” Could the days move any slower until August 6th???? Have a day. :-| ...
In this Issue: Sergey Barskiy, Michael Washington, Katrien De Graeve, Brad Abrams, Chris Klug, Kirupa Chinnathambi, Tim Heuer, Koen Zwikstra, John Papa, David Anson, and Jeff Blankenburg(2). Shoutout: Chris Bernard and Sara Summers have announced Dynamic Prototyping with SketchFlow in Expression Blend ... this should be good! In this Issue: From SilverlightCream.com: Silverlight Isolated Storage DatabaseSergey Barskiy has an Isolated Storage Database for Silverlight 3 out on CodePlex. It is Object ...
In this Issue: David Anson, Expression Blend and Design Blog, Scott Marlowe(2), Michael Washington, Soul Solutions, Gavin Wignall, Bill Reiss, Timmy Kokke(2), and Jeff Blankenburg(2). Shoutout: The Swiss MSDN Team blog has a post: Welcome to SurfaceTwitter, a multi-touch Twitter client for the Microsoft Surface! ... wow would that be cool to have... but hmm ... hard to carry around :) For those of you that mentioned it, I not only added a SketchFlow tag, but I retagged all the older SketchFlow articles ...
REadyBoost is one of the very usefull feature that was introduced in Windows Vista. Recently I asked few of my colleagues and friends about this feature and only couple of them knew about it, so thought of adding a blog post on this one. You can increase the performance of your machine by using a high speed USB flash drive to supplement your RAM. Upgrading RAM on a machine can be expensive plus the machines have their limitations on how much can you add more. Even though it won’t be same as upgrading ...
My group has been working with http://www.nationalrail.co.uk and one of the first deliverables is this beauty, an add-in which integrates Microsoft Outlook 2007 and 2003 with the UK’s National Rail timetable web service to deliver Software + Service in action! Interestingly, the add-in is built using .NET 3.5SP1 which is a fairly hefty dependency to take, but it enabled the application to be delivered much more easily against Outlook. You can find out about Outlook development at our development ...
In this Issue: Steve Strong(2), Christian Schormann, Gavin Wignall, Kirupa Chinnathambi, Laurent Bugnion, Expression Blend and Design Blog, and Brad Abrams. Shoutouts: Koen Zwikstra answers questions about Silverlight Spy and Silverlight 3 RTW Laurent Bugnion also answers similar questions about Silverlight 3, Blend 3 and the MVVM Light Toolkit ... see the link below for installing MVVM Light From SilverlightCream.com: Bing Maps Silverlight Control Part 4: Drawing Circles To Scale Somewhere along ...
In this Silverlight 3 is RTW Issue: Pete Brown(2). Pete is the only one that's submitted any SL3 links to me, so I thought I'd give him the 'Cream post and list all the announcement and resource posts and get them out of my system :) I have tagged everything in my cloud at WynApse.com as "Silverlight 3", and everything going to my MSDN Social bookmarks is the same. Silverlight Cream already has a tag for version 3, so it's all good! There are a potful of SL3 posts out there already and I'll get to ...
The Plugin The Silverlight 3 browser plugin is now available. You can download it from here. The Tools To get the Silverlight 3 tools for VS.NET 2008 go here. Note that if you’re upgrading to Silverlight 3 on a development machine you *must* install the tools first before you can install the runtime. If you have an MSDN subscription, Blend 3 should be available to you either today or tomorrow. For those without a subscription but who want to try it out, you can get a trial version here. The Launch ...
I’ve had this tendency to deploy CLR Functions manually by providing the dll and scripts to the data management team. This has generally worked out great, and I’ve always thought I’d have a dba available to perform the database duties. Imagine my surprise when I could not contact anyone today. Apparently database administrators take their holidays and vacations seriously (it’s Independence Day weekend for my non-American readers). Another developer asked me why I couldn’t deploy my clr functions ...
This podcast accompanies the July 1st, 2009 edition of the MSDN Flash newsletter. It includes an interview with Gary Short discussing technical debt and the roll refactoring can play in repaying that debt, plus a discussion of my teams new YouTube channel. Show Notes: Three Men and a Whiteboard discuss ASP.NET MVC Fun look at IE8 web accelerators with Tesco Anti-Patterns to Avoid in Entity Framework N-Tier Applications Web Site Improvements Using jQuery and jQuery UI Great screencasts on WCF, Silverlight ...
In this Issue: Andrej Tozon(2, 3), Jonathan van de Veen, Corey Schuman, and Al Pascual. Shoutouts: I'm with Jesse on this one: So Much Is Happening The Silence Is Deafening! Remember when Mike Snow said he was writing a book on Silverlight Game Programming? Have you noticed his blog has slowed down? Well... the book is NOW: Game Programming with Silverlight. Shawn Wildermuth announces that My Sillveright-Prism Article is Live! -- in MSDN Magazine... very cool, Shawn! What a weekend... essentially ...
I was going to put this on twitter but it’s a bit longer to tweet. Last week I shared some videos on Google Reader and twitter from Microsoft’s MSDN Chopsticks video website. If you don’t know it, it’s a VERY nice videos website with much content on very interesting topics and very recent products as well as different experience levels of content. http://www.microsoft.com/be... Today, some other friends on twitter noticed the Chopsticks site and were wondering why it doesn’t allow ...
[UPDATED: July 1st. Show 5 is also now available in which Gary Short discusses technical det and the role of refactoring] [UPDATED: July 1st. Hoster is having some issues.Alternative download is available] This podcast accompanies the June 17th edition of the MSDN Flash newsletter. It includes a twenty minute interview with Sara Ford, the Program Manager of codeplex.com, Microsoft's open source project hosting web site. We discuss her famous Visual Studio Tips (for VS 2008 and VS 2005) , how people ...
The ASP.NET MVC framework was just released as a preview when I started to write my first book (ASP.NET 3.5 Social Networking). In the early days of design decisions for my book I was faced with the problem of building with the MVP pattern or the new MVC pattern/framework. At that time there was next to nothing regarding the use of the ASP.NET MVC framework (proper or improper). Shortly after I got started with my project (which I chose to do in MVP) I was asked to do a review for the ASP.NET MVC ...
The previous BAM portal post reminded me of some BAM classes I re-use but never blogged about... Here is my small-scale proven semi-automated alternative based on the mapper pattern and nullable fields. The core functionality comes from a 'BAM gateway class' which is composed with a IMapper<A,B> instance, responsible for mapping strongly typed activities to an object array. This object array contains the activity property names and corresponding values just like the eventstreams likes them, ...
ADVERT ALERT but hopefully a useful one … Don’t delay, buy today! And that ends my attempt at marketing and coming up with catchy slogans. What do you mean, it has been used before! :-( More seriously, I just got confirmation that some great offers put together in the UK for Visual Studio end this month. You can see the detail at the offers site but I think the following pictures do a better job of summarising the three offers on that page that expire June 30th: “Step Up” – shown as “Get a lot more ...
I went to update a webservice reference in a web app and was greeted with a strange and somewhat disconcerting message… The components required to enumerate web references are not installed on this computer. Please re-install Visual Studio. Luckily, I didn’t have to reinstall Visual Studio as was suggested. Instead I just did what Joshua Morgan suggested on the MSDN forums: I ran: "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 9.0\Common7\IDE\devenv.exe /resetskippkgs" and it worked for me. And that’s ...
As the technical editor for the UK MSDN Flash I get surprisingly free rein to decide what content to place in it . I suspect one day they will notice – but I will enjoy it while it lasts. Every 3 months or so I do a special edition of the Flash, and this week I chose to go with “Open Source Frameworks and Libraries”. I have written before on Microsoft and Open Source and the rosy future I see ahead and I decided it was time (long overdue?) to give some of the great OSS for .NET developers wider visibility. ...
Yesterday I've tried to reproduce the scenario 'Configuring a Static Port to Behave as a Dynamic Port' from the excellent MSDN article 'Consuming and Hosting WCF Services with Custom Bindings in BizTalk Server' but with a twist: instead of writing the BTS.OutboundTransportLocation context property inside a custom pipeline component I've tried doing this from inside orchestration. It didn't work. I had to do it differently. Let me explain... If you manually promote a custom value for the BTS.OutboundTransportLocation ...
Another great opportunity to ask Microsoft engineers your technical questions is coming up on Tuesday, June 30th. These chats are your opportunity to get advice and answers from the engineers at Microsoft. You may want to review the transcripts from previous chats to get an idea what these chats are all about. Title: Windows CE Live Chat! When: Tuesday, June 30, 2009 9:00 - 10:00 A.M. Pacific time Add to Calendar Additional Time Zones: http://www.timeanddate.com/... ...
After a short break Visual WebGui is back to present a live Webcast on MSDN this Tuesday, June 16th at 9:30 AM PST. The upcoming webcast: Designing Creative DHTML, Silverlight UIs: Simple, Visualized & Intuitive will show off the new point and click Visual WebGui Control & Theme Web Design Tool and demonstrate its fastest, most intuitive way of developing and designing without Javascript, HTML, CSS, or XAML. Join us tomorrow for a short hour that can potentially save you a lot of time! Click ...
I recently upgraded to Windows 7 for my primary dev machine, however I recently run into a few problems trying to a developer version of Commerce Server 2009 get working locally. I think however I finally managed to hack it sufficiently to get it working. Here is how to do it [please not however these are registry hacks, and render your product unsupported, so you should do so carefully and only on non-production machines. Please back up your registry before making any edits]: You can only install ...
This is the third podcast pilot to accompany the fortnightly MSDN Flash newsletter. This is an example of a “bonus edition” which we will from time to time interleave with the regular fortnightly podcasts. The good news is we now have a permanent subscription courtesy of Feedburner which will work with ITunes and regular RSS readers. Feedback good and bad is always welcome. And yes, the audio quality isn't going to win a prize. Still working on that :-) Enjoy. Show Notes: This is an interview with ...
In this Issue: Andy Beaulieu, Brian Mains, Patrick Cauldwell, Timmy Kokke, Karl Shifflett, Silverlight Web Services Team, and John Papa. Buncha Shoutouts today. I've got more, but they can wait: Tim Heuer has a post up on the NET RIA Services roadmap update. Unni has an interesting post in case you're having trouble with flyout menus in Blend: TabletPC and the Blend menus Jaime Rodriguez points out that Wintellect just released Programming differences between WPF and SIlverlight, a WHitePaper Shawn ...
[Source: http://geekswithblogs.net/E... Often in BizTalk deployments you need to do additional work after installation. Typically your full install process may need to: Install BizTalk artifact assemblies to the GAC Install application dependencies to the GAC Register an application source name in the registry, for logging to the Event Log Create FILE send or receive locations on the local filesystem Add application store configuration settings to Enterprise Single Sign-On (SSO) Add log4net ...
After attending DDD SouthWest I went on a weeks holiday before I got a chance to blog out a “thank you” for a great event. Guy Smith-Ferrier and his team did a sterling job delivering a great multi-track event. For me it was: Extremely well organised Good food Great location (an amazing school in Taunton – nothing like the school I went to!) Lots of tracks, lots of choice, lots of knowledgeable speakers Fun yet professional Guy has written up a summary which included a link to some statistics about ...
I have been sitting on a long list of part finished posts on Visual Basic “stuff” intended for my other blog http://blogs.msdn.com/goto1... Last week I finally started to finish them and get them published. Enjoy. Virtualization and Visual Basic 6.0 applications There may be some circumstances where upgrading a VB6 application is not feasible, for example it may rely on a control that simply does not work in the target operating system. I came across a couple of articles on MSDN that discussed the ...
Back in February we did our first special edition of the UK MSDN Flash focused on Free Software for developers (Which was our most popular edition for years!). The next special edition will be June 17th and the focus will be Open Source Software for developers with a bias (slight!) towards some of the great work on Codeplex and a heavy bias towards frameworks that you can include in your application or help you get the job done. The technical author will be Sara Ford (fingers X’d) who is the programme ...
I was trying to set up the cellular emulator with the windows mobile emulator on my laptop when the cellular emulator spat out "COM3 in use, please verify". I knew it was another classic case of some application holding a port and another application failing because of it. Such problems are usually solved by changing the order of installing those application. To find a solution I binged around (yes! I bing :) and found this msdn forum link. No surprise that many people had already gone through this. ...
It’s not often we get stuff for free but Microsoft has decided to give away a complete book, not just afew sample chapters. All you have to do is go to this link , press the ‘Sign Up’ button, leave some details about yourself, if you’ve registered with MSDN before it’ll just pick up you existing details and then pdf will download. So what’s the catch? Well you will be signing up to Microsoft Press Book Connection monthly newsletter and learn about new books on Microsoft SQL Server 2008 and other ...
June 9, 2009 – Twin Cities Developers Guild Meeting, featuring Mike Benkovich When: 6:00 PM. Where: New Horizons of Minnesota (4510 West 77th Street - Edina, MN 55435) MAP Mike Benkovich Topic: Advanced Debugging with Visual Studio 2008 The system’s down, things are broken, what do you do? Before they panic you whip out your trusty Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 instance and attach to the troubled process. Use the tool the way it was meant to be used, quickly to identify the issue and save the day. ...
If you’re needing access to MSDN library from a 3g tethered, or low bandwidth at a location, MSDN Library is now published in a mode that lowers the payload… http://msdn.microsoft.com/e... Much more detail on Scott Hanselman’s blog on the HOW… http://www.hanselman.com/bl... ...
This is how the start up screen in Visual Studio 2010 looks like. I think many of you already observed that there is complete change in the startup screen and also notify the screen is developed using the WPF. This screen made me really happy not only for what I can do with the screen, rather then what is the level of customization the Microsoft is providing the startup screen itself. Let me walk you through the start page. In start page there are 3 main options named Welcome, Projects and Visual ...
Another great opportunity to ask Microsoft engineers your technical questions is coming up on Tuesday. Title: Windows CE Live Chat! When: Tuesday, May 26, 2009 9:00 - 10:00 A.M. Pacific time Add to Calendar Additional Time Zones: http://www.timeanddate.com/... Description: Do you have tough technical questions regarding Windows CE or Windows Mobile for which you're seeking answers? Do you want to tap ...

Are you interested in learning about Windows Mobile Application Development from the ground up and looking for some easy-to-use content that helps you get started? We have good news for you. We have just launched the MSDN RampUp track for Windows Mobile Application Development on MSDN.

There's a new Windows Mobile RampUp track available on MSDN

I can't believe I've been writing packages for Visual Studio and didn't know about the series of blog articles on Visual Studio Exensibility by DiveDeeper or about the VSXtra project. Since I want a quick index of the LearnVSXNow! series, I'm posting links to every article. This is a series every managed package framework developer should read. LearnVSXNow! How to start VSX programming? Creating an empty package Creating a package with a simple command Creating a package with a tool window Basic ...
Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1 was made available to MSDN subscribers to download yesterday and will be available to the non-subscribers (general public) tomorrow. There are many cool new features in the different team editions of Visual Studio. If you are looking at the tools and have any questions (or answers) be sure to visit the Visual Studio 2010 forums on MSDN, you should get answers to your questions very quickly there: http://social.msdn.microsof... ...
*Moved to: Why is the VS2010 iso so small?The reason is simple, it has no MSDN documentation in it. I for one never install the MSDN documentation and just use the online version and have always found it a pain to have it inside the same installation, but may people find it useful. And, why is there no Offline MSDN documentation? The answer is simple, it is not ready yet…Read more...Follow my new blog on http://blog.hinshelwood.com ...
Most awaiting Visual Studio 2010 and .NET 4.0 Beta 1 is available for download now, which include ASP.NET 4.0 enhancements, support for SharePoint development , more support for parallel programming , Cloud computing etc., Here is the quick list of features for developers in Visual Studio 2010 1) Inline Call Hierarchy for better code understanding : This one of the most interesting features of the Visual studio 2010 for developers. This features enables developers to understand the code easily. This ...
The big news today is that Microsoft released Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1 to MSDN subscribers! I don't know when it will be publicly available but if I will let you know as soon as I know something. As I mentioned in my last post, I went to Seattle last week and met with the Entity Framework group to discuss the upcoming new features and changes to the ADO.NET 4.0 Entity Framework release. There are a TON of cool new features and enhancements and I will post again tomorrow listing many of them, so ...
For those of you that haven't read the outcomes from TechEd – the Visual Studio 2010 beta is now available for download on MSDN (for subscribers only). The public release of the beta will be on Wednesday 20th May. For those who spend most of their time on SharePoint, such as me this release is rumoured to have increased support for the SharePoint platform, including F5 debugging, and WYSIWYG web part functionality, and a server browsers for tracking down all those lists, and document libraries within ...
Monday 18th 2009 will be remembered as the day I successfully took on a rootkit virus on the main TV (MCE 2005) and won AND when I (and lots of other MSDN Subscribers) got their hands on Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1. It is available for download now to subscribers. I went for Visual Studio Team System 2010 Team Suite Beta 1 (x86) - DVD (English) and plan to install on a shiny install of Windows 7 RC. MSDN Library for Visual Studio 2010 is available online. 2 hours to go… Enjoy ...
Microsoft has released Beta 1 of VS.NET 2010 and the .NET framework 4.0 to MSDN subscribers today, with the rest of the world getting access to it on Wednesday. The bits will go live as of 10:00 AM PST (so in a few minutes from the time I’m writing this). For more information on where to download the beta and how to provide feedback, visit the Visual Studio 2010 Product Page . (Note: at the time of me posting this, clicking the link results in a “page not found” message and a redirection to live ...
*Moved to: Visual Studio 2010 Supports UMLJust in case you have been living in a shed at the bottom of the garden, Visual Studio 2010 is to support UML. As you can see from my diagram, my UML skills are a little, erm, crude. But I think you will get the picture and if you want to do better then just download Visual Studio 2010 on Wednesday if you are not an MSDN subscribe, and if you are… well you can get it today :) Read more...Follow my new blog on http://blog.hinshelwood.com ...