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I had written earlier about the WebMatrix v2 Beta release that happened recently at the BUILD Conference As I had mentioned earlier, WebMatrix is a light weight tool for Web Development, Profiling, Database management, Optimization and also deployment. Its an end to end tool for web developers. Web Matrix is different from Visual Studio in the sense, it doesn’t require web developers to master C#, ASP.NET and other programming techniques. Web Matrix uses a simple Razor syntax and HTML markup for ...
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The nice thing about unintended changes is that you never think it could happen until you get bitten by a nasty change. Microsoft did publish a complete list of breaking changes here which is complete to my knowledge. But although the intentional changes are listed there are side effects which can cause you to search for hours your (non) fault. One change was to create a new GAC for .NET 4 assemblies to prevent breaking applications which rely on the structure of the GAC introduced with .NET 2.0. ...
I have been watching the influencer interviews with Richard Campbell as well as the Build Sessions recently published on Channel 9. Like most of you, I am trying to learn as much as I can about this new platform in the shortest amount of time. That is why I’m going to share my list of Killer Build Interviews and XAML Sessions. Note: Click on the image thumbnail to watch the video. First up, Interviews. Working at Telerik means that you get big influencers and great hosts at events like Build. I have ...
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A colleague asked me if it’s possible to set the parameters of a Report in the URL, so that he could send it to an end-user. I didn’t know the answer, and after some research I came to the conclusion that it’s possible. Just like your used to, you pass parameters into the Report by modifying the URL. An example of a normal Report URL looks like this: http://<ServerName>/R... In order to use parameters in the URL, you need to use the Service URL. The Service URL has the possibility to add ...
I remember when Windows Framework Extensions (WinFX) came out there was ill-informed remarks that Microsoft had killed off the Dot Net Framework. The truth was that Microsoft had extended the framework. A similar problem seems to be arising with Windows RT and Windows 8 - the truth is that Microsoft is again extending the Dot Net Framework. I suggest that you read LHotka's article at http://www.lhotka.net/weblo... This article explains the tremendous extension to to the Dot Net Framework ...
A number of people have spotted this announcement on the SQLCAT blog already: http://sqlcat.com/sqlcat/b/... but if you have not seen it yet, I’m very proud to say that I’ve been made an Analysis Services Maestro! If you have not heard about the Maestro program you can find out more details about it here; as Chris has said, it’s basically something like an MCM for Analysis Services. The course itself was a fair bit of ...
Once again, in this series of posts I look at the parts of the .NET Framework that may seem trivial, but can help improve your code by making it easier to write and maintain. The index of all my past little wonders post can be found here. This post continues a series of Little Wonders in the BCL String class. Yes, we all work with strings in .NET daily, so perhaps you already know most of these. However, there are a lot of little fun things that the String class can do that often get overlooked. ...
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In Windows Azure, we have the DiagnosticMonitorTraceListener which can be used for writing diagnostics to Local resource (like a local storage in the Worker or Web Role) which can then be ultimately stored in Windows Azure Table/Blob storage (transferred automatically by the Diagnostics Monitor in Windows Azure based on config settings). We could either configure the Diagnostic Monitor using Code (in Role Startup) or we can use a config file for the same (called diagnostics.wadcfg). The code configuration ...
C++ is a very powerful language. Well written native C++ code can perform much better than managed languages like C# and Java due to optimizations that the managed systems are not able to perform during run-time compilation (if this is done at all, that is). This is great for developers who work on gaming technology for instance. For people concerned with game logic, performance isn’t necessarily priority number one, but productivity and the ability to express oneself without too much head banging. ...
In this post i show you how you can migrate your existing project to MVC4 and make compitable for vnext. for visual studio 2010 you can install the MVC4 in your own system through WPI for migrating the project see the reference http://www.asp.net/learn/wh... for vnext visual studio 2011 not working with MVC3 project without installing MVC3 for it (vnext). for getting MVC3 in Vnext get the setup from here. this can provide support for MVC3 in Vnext http://www.microsoft.com/do... ...
All seats were taken at the September IASA Chapter meeting. I opened the meeting with a short introduction of the officers and members of the board of directors as well as mentioning the benefits and opportunities of an IASA membership. Quent Herschelman followed with an introduction of the IASA educational programs and announced the exciting news that the chapter will host an IASA core training in January 2012. You can find more details and can sign up for the training on the IASA global web page. ...
Saturday, November 5, 2011 at the AT&T Foundry in Plano, TX Dev-ing. Mobile. Cloud. APIs. Good food. Awesome prizes. Interested in building your own app? This hackathon will introduce you the the latest cutting edge tools to deploy your own app with a website backend, fully hosted in the cloud. Alternatively, you can come pitch your idea and scout for developer talent, who can help you build your app! Mobile App Hackathon is an event produced by the AT&T Developer Program and Apigee that ...
A number of people returned from the recent Dreamforce conference. One told me that this is now the largest IT conference. This information was followed up with the statement that Microsoft is missing the boat and will soon go the way of Novell. This got me to thinking. Does this statement hold any water? Any large company definitely has the possibility getting tunnel vision. Microsoft is not immune to these issues. But is it possible that their culture might could as an anti-virus. There is one ...
Introduction One of the things that we all look at before we ship software is the performance of our apps. Last November, I posted a quick and easy way to do it in Silverlight. Today, I am going to walk you through doing it in Windows 8 for your Metro XAML applications. After the Build event was over, I was interested in learning how to do this for my Windows 8 Metro Apps. I started watching videos from the Build RSS Feed and noticed this one from Tim Heuer that did just that. Let’s get started Click/Touch ...
Yesterday I wrote this post but forgot to mention about something that is very close to my heart ASP.NET MVC. ASP.NET MVC has been evolving rapidly and within 2 years, we already have had 4 major releases (MVC 1, MVC 2, MVC 3 & MVC 3 Reloaded ) So, it doesn’t go as a surprise that MVC 4 is on the cards and the developer preview was unveiled at BUILD Conference. What does MVC 4 offer for web developers? Enhanced Default Project Template If you are bored with the vanilla blue template that comes ...
Last week I attended Build Windows conference and have been spending a considerable amount of time thinking how things have changed for developers. The initial reaction from most people was “Oh My God” with all the focus on WinRT and Metro UI and little mention of .Net, Silverlight, WPF, etc. You could almost feel the equal parts panic and excitement racing through the crowd. I was fortunate enough to have brought along my “Keep Calm and Carry On” T-Shirt to Anaheim. I wore it on Wednesday as it ...
I had dinner the other night with my good friend Josh Smith, and of course we started talking about Windows 8. Something he said was pretty much spot on: He said that Windows 8 feels as if it has split personalities. There are the WinRT “Metro-style” apps and there is the “classic” Desktop, which looks and feels like Windows 7++ (optimized for touch, and actually a real delight to use with my fat greasy fingers). Read the rest of this entry » ...
Introduction I’m sure by now you have heard that the Silverlight 5 Release Candidate has been released. I recently had a chance to Guest Blog for the Microsoft MVP Award Program Blog on “Getting Started with the Silverlight 5 Release Candidate”. Now before we get started learning about it, let’s look at a few new features: What is new in the Silverlight 5? Multiple Window Support - Trusted app can create additional Windows. Ancestor RelativeSource Binding – Enables a DataTemplate to bind to a property ...
Check out the Top Five most popular news at SilverlightShow for SilverlightShow Top 5 News for September 12 - 18, 2011. Here are the top 5 news on SilverlightShow for last week: Build 2011: What Is WinRT, and Is Silverlight Dead? Top 10 Moments from BUILD Day 1 Keynote and what wasn't said If Silverlight is Dead... Doug Seven's thoughts on the future of existing Microsoft technologies WinRT vs. Silverlight - Part 1 - XML Namespace Visit and bookmark SilverlightShow. Stay in the 'Light ...

Nice table comparing Windows Azure Queues vs. Windows Azure AppFabric Service Bus – note the comment regarding in WAZ SDK 1.5 Queue message size is now 64KB

Of course, I like the name of the blog too.

Comparison of Windows Azure Storage Queues and Service Bus Queues « Microsoft Technologies Rocks !!!

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What a week it has been! The BUILD Conference just concluded http://www.buildwindows.com... and there were tons of announcements. This is one of the reasons I am passionate about this company. Even when I was outside Microsoft, the momentum and the focus they have on Developer audience simply amazes me and they continue to do it, years later. Windows Developer Preview BUILD is a developer conference which premiered the first Windows Developer Preview bits. Clearly, the developers ...
Recently I was assigned a task of helping a developer to cope with an unusual input file processing. The file we needed to load into SQL Server had double quotes surrounding those fields that contained comma(s). So a short excerpt from it would resemble something like: 123,ABC 456,"D,E,F" "7,89",GHS Since SSIS’s Flat File Connection does not support alternating text qualifiers, the chief difficulty stems from the fact if we even only remove the quotes, the file structure becomes broken because the ...
Do you know what happens when you create a new instance of a class? Why do we need a value type and a reference type? Do you know what is meant when the .NET framework is referred to as a “managed” platform? What is managed versus unmanaged code? Why do we need a .NET runtime? What is a memory leak; is that like an oil leak? All of these are questions that you should be able to answer as a Microsoft developer. If you can’t answer them all, then keep reading as the next series of research blogs that ...
One benefit of my recent experience on a BA flight was that I got plenty of time to read through “Microsoft BizTalk 2010 Line of Business Systems Integration”. I’d promised the publisher weeks ago that I would take a look and publish some comments, but August has been such a busy month for me, and they have had to be patient. I should point out that, for the sake of transparency, that with another BizTalk book about to be released (next week) which I helped co-author, I have an urgent and obvious ...
We have a requirement for a list of itineraries with multple itinerary items show only single itinerary in the list with details of one of the items selected based on some custom sorting logic. So I needed to group by itinerary ID and sort by custom Comparison and select the first in each group. Below is a LinqPad file that I've used for testing: void Main() { // http://smehrozalam.wordpres... // http://stackoverflow.com/qu... ...
Over the past few years I’ve written a number of blog posts on performing various actions against a site collection or web application (display site collection admins, find all SPShell admins with database, find closed web parts). Invariably with every post I get some comments along the lines of “this is great, how can I run this against every site in the farm”. Well today you get your wish (sort of). Below you will find a template script that traverses all sites within your local farm. Isn’t that ...
A few weeks ago I ran into an error while setting up our test farm. I was creating the service applications and when I got to PowerPivot, I got the following error: I was able to work around this error by using PowerShell to create the service application. Background First, some details of our installation: two web front ends, two application servers, and one SQL server. All are running Windows Server 2008 R2 x64 with Service Pack1. The SQL Server is 2008 R2 with SP1. The SharePoint servers are SharePoint ...
At times it is quite tough to be on the bleeding edge. I have been using the Samsung slate that Microsoft gave us at the Build conference last week for about 5 days now, and in fact I even left my laptop (a Touchsmart TX2 that I like a lot but that is getting old a bit) at the hotel. One issue I had today is that the Bluetooth keyboard stopped working. I tried removing and reading it from the Devices dialog, but it didn’t work. Read the rest of this entry » ...

Just a quick note: When you create a new WinRT application for XAML/C# in Visual Studio 11, you will notice that the References folder is empty.

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I'm sitting is a nice new hotel in Redmond - the Hotel Sierra is well worth considering if you are staying in the area. I'm sleep-deprived and jet-lagged, and it's raining hard outside, but hey, I just got to play with one of the Samsung tablets they handed out at Build, and was not disappointed. Microsoft is doing something trully remarkable with Win8 Metro. On the other hand, I am deeply disappointed with the UK flag carrier, British Airways. Indeed, I've lost patience with them big-time. So forgive ...

Last week, Microsoft held their long awaited Build Windows (or simply "Build") conference in Anaheim CA. About 5000 people packed the convention center to discover the latest version of the Windows operation system: Windows 8.

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Technorati Tags: Windows 8 Just like many thousands of geeks around the world I downloaded the Windows 8 preview from Microsoft’s website: http://msdn.microsoft.com/e... and spent some time playing with it. Being an embedded developer I don’t have any powerful machine lying unused in my office, so I installed Windows 8 on a very low-spec machine, a 1.6GHz Atom with 1GB of RAM and a 120GB HD (taken from an old mac). First of all I must say that I’m pretty impressed by the responsiveness ...
.Net has several methods of serialization and sometimes it causes a lot of confusion even for experienced programmers. I believe the best article to describe the different methods is Aaron Skonnard’s Serialization in Windows Communication Foundation(MSDN Magazine > Issues > 2006 > August) (by some reason it’s not highly rated by Google and other articles are coming first for Serialization related requests) There is also a brief comparison table in StackOverflow What are the differences between ...
As I write this post, Microsoft’s Windows 8-focused //build/ conference has just ended. The apprehension so many developers had around the show is now dissipated, the developer platform and tools have been detailed, and we have all been able to work with the operating system, and develop apps for it, on a touch device, for about 72 hours now. Most people, myself included, like what they saw. The OS is touch-friendly without being an iOS copycat; our developer skill set investments are nicely protected; ...
If you’ll be at the Sharepoint Conference this year, here’s something you’ll want to tuck into your back pocket. See the following information on some cool Sharepoint solutions and some fun stuff to boot, courtesy of my employer. From Oct. 3 to 6 at the SharePoint Conference 2011 in Anaheim, Calif. Neudesic experts will be on hand to demonstrate innovative “SharePoint Plus” solutions. “SharePoint Plus” solutions enhance social, mobile, business intelligence and user experience capabilities to Microsoft’s ...
We recently implemented an email archiving solution at work. One of the requirements was that we configure automatic purging of messages older than 6 months in Exchange. One of our IT managers spent the better part of a month moving items out of the only copy of his PST into his mailbox so that they could be captured by the archive system and free him from his PST. For whatever reason none of these messages were captured by the archive system and were purged by Exchange as per the items older than ...
Programming for Metro Metro is the future http://zd.net/rnT9VZ .NET is for old apps. WinRT replaces WPF & WCF. XAML is big. There were no Silverlight sessions. HTML 5 and Javascript ( Blend for HTML) are back in fashion – I wont dwell on this because web apps are (inconsistently) simplistic in concept and over-complex in development. Yes, all those XAML skills are portable, Silverlight (RIP) apps can run as Metro apps with a bit of fidgeting with namespaces – you just need to know what controls ...
Step by Step Installation Guide to Install Windows 8 Developer Preview on Virtual Box Microsoft revealed Developer Preview of Windows 8 on 13th September 2011. Windows 8 is adhering Metro Design Gudielines. Without going much into deep technical discussions on features of Windows 8 , in this post I have targeted to show you installation steps of Windows 8 on virtual box. So to start with go and dowanlaod Windows 8 developer preview from below link. Choose appropirate link as for your system (32 bit ...
This new book targets embedded developers that want to use the latest release of the Windows CE/Windows Embedded Compact OS family. It has been written by Samuel Phung (that wrote also the excellent “Professional Windows CE 6.0”), Thierry Joubert and David Jones (that released many very useful tools for Windows Embedded in the past). They are great developers and also very good trainers and writers, and I’m pretty sure that they will provide a great amount of knowledge to people wanting to discover ...
The Visual Studio 11 Developer Preview was released to MSDN subscribers yesterday, and will be available in general release tomorrow (9/16). There's way too many new features to list them all here (for all the product highlights go to http://msdn.microsoft.com/e... but here are a few that interest me the most: Enhanced multi-monitor support .NET Framework regular expression syntax in Find and Replace IntelliSense enhancements for JavaScript JavaScript breakpoints ...
The Azure AppFabric Service Bus Brokered Messaging functionality has shipped to production, and is available in Azure data centers across the world. This means that we now have point-to-point queuing and publish-subscribe messaging available in the cloud in the form of Queues, Topics and Subscriptions. Be aware that there are substantial changes in the classes in the Microsoft.ServiceBus.Messaging namespace, which means I will have to re-record webcasts and repost blog posts. I’ve spent quite a bit ...
In the BUILD event, Microsoft had just announced the latest Windows Azure SDK 1.5, Visual Studio Tool for Windows Azure SDK 1.5, and the Windows Azure AppFabric SDK 1.5. You can find them simply from the Web Platform Installer. One thing I found for now is that, the database had been changed for the local storage emulator in this version. That means you need to recreate the storage database by running the DSInit command from the folder (let’s say you installed the SDK in driver C) C:\Program Files\Windows ...
There are two ways that I found to this but I found the second one better for readability. 1. Test Run Configuration file 2. DeploymentItemAttribute I am interesting in the “DeploymentItemAttribute” because its more readable gives flexibility to add either on the Test Class level so that more than 1 test can get the files or at Test Method level. I have a solution contains multiple project one of the project requires xsds to be there with the assembly. So 1. select the all the files scattered in ...
This week I’m at the Microsoft Build/Windows conference. Now I’ve been to many conferences throughout the years and this is the first conference where I literally knew nothing about including the agenda. When I signed up for my badge on arrival we got a conference guide with all the hours of the session but no sessions. Very secret, very cloak and dagger. This created a huge buzz but also upped the expectation quite a bit… So with the tabled laid out and the expectation high I sat down and waited ...
I've just installed the Windows 8 Developer Preview. These are some first impressions: Installation of the preview was quite smooth and didn't take too long. It took a few minutes to extract the files onto a virtual image, but feature installation then seemed to happen almost instantaneously (according to the feedback on the screen). The installation routine then went into a preparation cycle that took two or three minutes. Then the virtual machine rebooted and after a couple of minutes more preparation, ...