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A couple of days ago, Microsoft release a Training Kit for TFS 2010.  The training kit contains presentations, demos and labs to get to know the platform better and understand the purpose and capabilities of the product.

The download is available here:  http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=27152

There are plenty of posts and articles out there that provide retrospectives of, and pay homage to, Steve Jobs’ tenure as Apple CEO. I’m not an expert on Apple or Jobs, and this is not one of those posts. But Steve Jobs’ resignation from the CEO post does mark the end of a related era I know something about. It’s the era that Bill Gates and Steve Jobs defined together. And now that both of them have ended their CEO runs and receded to roles as Chairmen of the Board, it’s important to consider just ...
Introduction: One of the concerns that I keep hearing from customers is, “We can’t deploy Silverlight because it won’t run on a tablet.” I usually reply to that question stating, “What do you mean it can’t run on a tablet?” They usually looked puzzled and say, “You mean Silverlight *CAN* run on a tablet?” Yes, there are many devices that Silverlight can run on. Today we are going to take a look at the Motion CL900 Tablet. FYI: I have no affiliation with Motion Computing. Why this tablet? When I first ...
Here is the screenshot of final output. Here is what PoC is doing 1. There is Silverlight application hosted in CRM on custom area-subarea. This in-turn needs two web resources 2. There is Custom button added in Ribbon 3. Third web resource is hosting JavaScript function 4. On click of Custom Button on CRM Ribbon function in JavaScript web resource is called which in-turn calls the method in C# code of Silverlight application. String input is passed to this method 5. C# method is converting the input ...
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Here is the slide deck I used The following are the links I made a reference to in addition to those in the deck. MSDN LightSwitch Samples Printing from LightSwitch (Michael Washington) LightSwitch Help Site ...
Using Xslt along with XPath we can transform any xml document in the way we want and use it e.g. to create the html page. At this time, we have Xslt 2.0 and XPath 2, but unfortunatelly .Net Framework doesn't support them. We can only use Xslt 1. We have two ways to work with Xslt 2. One is to use a 3rd party library, e.g. XQSharp or Saxon. The second option is to manually implement the missed in Xslt 1 functions. How to do it I want to show in this post. First is the sample code. The goal is to create ...
Check out the Top Five most popular news at SilverlightShow for SilverlightShow Top 5 News for August 14 - 21, 2011. Here are the top 5 news on SilverlightShow for last week: The Top 5 WPF and Silverlight Gotchas Can Microsoft ‘fix’ JavaScript and make HTML5 applications viable? The LOB Chronicles - Exploring User Experience (UX) Slides for our upcoming 'Deep-DIVE in Silverlight FIVE' webinar Mango Baby Steps: Unit Testing your WP7 app Visit and bookmark SilverlightShow. Stay in the 'Light ...
Business operation framework is the investments Microsoft is making towards SOA and becoming Cloud ready. SysOperation framework is the future replacement for RunBase batch framework. The only reason Microsoft have not depreciated RunBase Batch is because there is still a lot of existing code base using Runbase. SysOperation framework follows the MVC pattern and it ensures that the server side code is executed by the .NET framework. That’s why it is necessary to generate incremental IL when you make ...
Our SharePoint team at work noticed that our SharePoint 2010 farm wasn’t returning search results based on the contents of OneNote files that were saved in document libraries. I did a little research and found a solution, by putting together steps from different posts. First, some details: we’re running SharePoint 2010 SP1 (with the June 2011 CU) on Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1. However, this issue was seen before we applied the service packs and cumulative updates, so I’m not sure what effect, if ...
I recently had the pleasure of creating a course for Pluralsight on MVC Scaffolding. For the next 24-hours the course will be completely free! Click here to view the course now. I’ve divided the course up into three modules. In the first module, I cover everything you need to know to be quickly productive with MVC Scaffolding. This includes mastering the command line, understanding one-to-many relationships, and scaffolding Actions and Unit Tests. In the second module, I do a deep dive on customizing ...
Resolve "Tools Install Dir in registry is missing" and Remote Tools issues on Windows 7 (64-bit) system after Platform Builder is installed by exporting [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWAR... Builder] from an 32-bit system, changing "Program files" entries to "Program Files (x86)" or create REG file with content listed below and import into the registry. Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWAR... Builder] [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWAR... ...
SQL Server “Denali” is at CTP3 – and would therefore very much welcome feedback. SQL Azure continues an aggressive cycle of release - and would therefore very much welcome feedback. Which is why we have https://connect.microsoft.c... A great place to give feedback and to to see what others care about. For SQL Azure (and the Windows Azure Platform in general) we also have http://www.mygreatwindowsaz... Thanks in advance… ...
This post on the Windows Azure blog caught my eye as a) it includes UK early adopter eTVMedia and b) its an interesting look at the wider picture of adopting Windows Azure – including coming up with the business strategy and transitioning a traditional company to Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). It touches on: organizational structure: Looking at the trend to create new entities to pursue SaaS packaging and pricing: A SaaS app does not necessarily mean a move away from upfront billing changing from ...
I was recently asked to review Studio for Wijmo MVC by Component One and, overall, I am impressed. There are 2 major components of this. The first is Wijmo Complete which is a collection of over 30 UI widgets (very similar to jQuery UI). The second is Wijmo Scaffolding for MVC which builds upon the scaffolding that was released as part of the MVC 3 Tools Update (note: is does *not* build on top of powershell-based MVC Scaffolding which Microsoft released earlier this year). Some of the Wijmo widgets ...
In this Issue: Shawn Wildermuth, Beth Massi, Ryan Alford, WindowsPhoneGeek(-2-), Jeremy Likness, John Papa(-2-), Jeff Wilcox, Mike Ormond, Ollie Riches(-2-), and Mijail Cisneros. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Silverlight 5 Incompatibility: Play by the Rules" Jeremy Likness WP7: "Windows Phone Mango Custom application Theme Step by Step" WindowsPhoneGeek LightSwitch: "How to Allow Adding of Data to an Auto-Complete Drop-down Box in LightSwitch" Beth Massi Shoutouts: Mike Ormond posted about the next ...
I’ve learned, from conference sessions and user group meetings, that Agile is best learned in action – being part of a game or activity that explains Agile, having lively discussion with people, or (best yet) being part of an Agile project. We still get a large amount of learning from books though, and so while Agile books may do a good job explaining the methodologies and techniques, its never as good as having some context to stand it up against. Enter Agile Project Management with Scrum by Ken ...
So, it took a bit of time to arrive, but 2 weeks ago I received my GWB Influencers shirt in the mail. Perfect timing for my talk at Dev4Devs at Microsoft ...
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Peter Norvig and Sebastian Thrun are offering a free on-line course on AI later this year in conjunction with Stanford University. The course is broadly based on Peter Norvig's book "Artificial Intelligence: A modern Approach" written jointly with Stuart Russell. Along with my colleagues on the Rules Fest committee, we have been following this with interest. In a few days, well over 100,000 people have signed up (112,774 at the time of writing, and still increasing fast). The course broadly overlaps ...
I had added some code behind to a SharePoint 2010 master page and it worked beautifully! I followed Andrew Connell’s blog and article on MSDN. I had actually created two more master pages with an identical code behind as they each needed the same bits. I had each inherit from the same code behind file. Everything worked great until we were having some problems with one of our developers opening a css file form the VPN. So I thought I would just change the master page in SPD temporarily to use a css ...
For a period of time, I have access to both an MSDN and a TechNet subscription. Both offer Microsoft software for download. I wondered what the similarities and differences were between the two subscriptions. I copied the two download lists into Excel and aligned them. Most of the material I would never use. Some products I have never heard of. I present the lists, current as of today, for your reviewing pleasure. TechNet MSDN Applications (63) Applications (79) Access 2.0 Access 2003 Access 2003 ...
One of the things that is important to learn when you are developing any application is how it will interact with the environment it lives in. I’m not talking about simply interacting with files or database but with major resources. With WP7 there are a number of things such as the photos, browser, maps and the phone itself that your application may be concerned with. The WP7 development API includes a number of access points to give your application greater reach. These APIs can be found here. They ...
The August ‘11 TFS Power Tools are ready for download. Brian Harry has a good summary of the update here. The big visible changes are: 1. The ability to use the shell extensions against a TFS not on the same domain as your PC. You now get a credentials prompt. 2. Work Item Search!! The Work Item Tracking toolbar now contains a search box. I know my friend and fellow MVP Etienne Tremblay has been asking for this for about 5 years! 3. Rollback IN THE UI!! TFS 2010 introduced rollback. However, you ...
In my last post I did show how you can consume much less memory if you read values into a list which have often the same value. The IndexedList class uses internally a reference cache similar to the String.Intern method. But what if we do read value types such as int, enum, int64, … into a list which do repeat themself also very often? Can we store an enum which can have four values in less memory than an integer? Sure we can. Lets have a look at the following data Row Values 0 1 1 2 2 3 3 1 4 2 ...
Oh No! Not another geek who is going to tell us how to build a virtualized lab environment! We already know all there is to know about this crap! Hah! Yes this is another geek doing this build, but rest assured, it’s not you, it’s me! This is my view and take on this subject, where this blog will function as a “diary” to log my time, remarks and build guide on how I built it. Besides, I’ve built similar environments hundreds of times so I want to add a bit of a twist J. Seeing as my move abroad is ...
MVPs Rob Miles and Andy Wigley are back! Microsoft Learning hosted a Windows Phone 7 Jump Start (plus an update course) last year and it was an absolute smash. Now that "Mango" has made such a huge splash, they have put together another great course. This two-day live virtual class, Building Applications for Windows Phone Mango Jump Start, is specially tailored for developers looking to build cool applications and games for the new Windows Phone Mango Platform. Get in the pizza/popcorn/healthy fruit, ...
Since exchange versions from 2007 and up put more emphasis on the webservices for use in the distribution of the offline address book, out of office, the scheduling assistant and autodiscover (a.k.a outlook connectivity to exchange) the correct configuration of the virtual directories and IIS components is the main key to a healthy exchange environment. It is for this reason that I have compiled a quick reference as to how these components should be configured in order to function properly and so ...
When you want to store millions of strings in a list you will notice in your memory profiler that the biggest memory consumers strings and lists are. If you e.g read many lines from a file with repetitive data inside it you can use a reference cache to consume the actual memory for the same string only once. The CLR offers String.Intern to do exactly that but the string reference cache is cross AppDomain static which is mostly never a good choice. Where could you use this? If you parse log files ...
I’m on vacation this week, and I didn’t intend to write a blog post. But after the sea changes in the mobile computing industry and, ironically, my extra time to ponder it, I really couldn’t stay silent. In the space of four days, Google may have effectively taken Android “private” and HP seems to have euthanized webOS in public. It’s really hard to believe all of this is happening. But we can at least have a go at understanding what it means and what might, or might not, come next for Microsoft ...
Jimmy Bogard has blogged about his experiences after his hosting providers switched a number of servers from external IP addresses to NAT-ted internal ones. As Jimmy speculates, this was probably because the provider had exhausted their allocation of public IP addresses. MSMQ and cached DNS To get things working, they had to restart sender and receiver MSMQ servers. To explain why, here’s some background: MSMQ makes use of two caches: A MSMQ-specific list of IP addresses and QMID values. This is ...
Last time we did have a look into the issues you get if you create many class instances. The more class instances you have the more complex is your object graph which means more work for the GC. If the GC has more work there is less CPU time for your application left which does make it slower. An easy way to fix this issue is to create a struct which is a value type which is copied by value and does not add complexity to your object graph. Common wisdom suggests that your structs should not get bigger ...
While developing applications for Windows Azure, we are all aware that we need to create Web and Worker Roles and use the Azure Compute Emulator (previously known as the Development Fabric) for running and testing applications in the local IIS server. However to run unit tests against libraries that are being consumed from your web/worker roles we need to perform some preliminary steps before we can start using the CloudStorageAccount class within our Unit Tests. The First step is to start the Storage ...
I originally started looking for how to make a TextBox have autocomplete capability. Strangely all the articles said that it couldn’t be done. The last thing you want is for your applications to make your users struggle entering information when every other application gives them a quicker entry method. So what is the solution? The TextBox tag has an InputScope property which if you set it to Text it builds a dictionary list as the user types. For the other InputScope types it mainly changes the ...
I'm not a desktop application developer. I wrote only one app using the WinForms, but I must tell, it was interesting experience. Now I'm writting second WinForms app and second time, I needed the possibility to updating the progress bar in an app. So I think this is a good opportunity to put on the blog the code snippet for that to have a place where I can have some useful code for future references. Ok, so let's go to the solution details. As every desktop application developer know (or should ...
Check out the Top Five most popular news at SilverlightShow for SilverlightShow Top 5 News for August 8 - 14, 2011. Here are the top 5 news on SilverlightShow for last week: Understanding the Microsoft Shift on Silverlight and HTML5 Building a CRM Demo using RadControls for Silverlight and OpenAccess ORM Create PDF in Silverlight New book coming soon: Real World .NET 4 and C# Mango RTMs! Now what? Visit and bookmark SilverlightShow. Stay in the 'Light ...
Last month at the Microsoft WPC I had the opportunity to see Richard Branson do a live Q&A during one of the morning keynotes. I honestly knew very little about Branson, other than he headed up Virgin – which was, what, a music, mobile phone, and airline company that was also looking into space travel? My education into all things Branson was about to begin. You can see the entire video of the Q&A from the WPC site here, but what was really awesome was the initial intro video that gave a ...
The protocol 'net.msmq' is not supported If you get this error you need to do the following steps :- You can just do the following if everything is right in place for you :- 1. Open IIS -> Your Website -> Advanced Settings -> Enabled Protocols This will have only http. You need to add net.MSMQ separating it by a comma like this : http,net.MSMQ 2. If it still doesnt work you need to do the following for activating MSMQ in your machine :- Open visual studio command prompt as administrator ...
Drama ensues... For more than a week I have been stressing, sleeping bad and being generally grumpy at the lack of feedback... Hell, even my girlfriend got news that she was accepted for a job in Belfast (Tourism Ireland!) before I got news from Microsoft. I did finally get some feedback but in all honesty it was not what I wanted to hear :). While you interviewed very well and your technical skills were strong we have unfortunately selected another candidate for the position. It was a close call ...
The Microsoft SQL Server team has been interacting on a regular basis with developers and users in the form of surveys. If you have 15mins spare and would like to do your bit to help shape the roadmap for SQL Server then please pop over to http://www.zoomerang.com/Su... And… My own simple one question version if you only have one minute to spare. Apologies in advance for stuff I left out! Related Links: More details of the survey are posted on the ADO.NET team blog ...
When you have an application that navigates to more than one level of pages you find situations where you don’t want to go back to the previous page. Originally I was thinking that the answer was to capture the OnBackButton event and force the navigation back to the main page, but through several posts I found that this would not pass certification. Here is a link that really helped to figure out a more appropriate solution. To be a little more complete here is example code that you can use use for ...
In September we will start to deliver monthly workshops on the Windows Azure Platform to help Microsoft partners who are developing software products and services and would like to explore the relevance and opportunities presented by the Windows Azure Platform for Cloud Computing. Overview: The workshops are designed to help partners such as yourself understand what the Windows Azure Platform is, how it is being used today, what resources are available and to drill into the individual technologies ...
I often get asked about how we are using Windows Azure internally and under NDA I can share some of the details – but its great to be able to point publicly at some of the excellent work that has been going on. And they are genuine technical case studies … hurrah! :-) How Microsoft IT Deployed a Customer Facing Application to Windows Azure in Six Weeks Learn how the Microsoft IT Volume Licensing team gained experience with Windows Azure by focusing on a straightforward, isolated customer-facing application ...
A new blog has appeared from the engineering team to have a two-way dialog with you about design choices, real-world data and usage, and new opportunities that are part of Windows 8. We showed you a preview of Windows 8 in June, demonstrating the user experience and providing an update on ARM SoC support. The next major event for Windows is our BUILD conference in September, where we will provide developers with more details about the full spectrum of tools and capabilities available to make the ...
Several Outlook 2010 users with Exchange 2010 mailboxes reported the following issues. When creating a new message and adding a Universal distribution list to the To: field, they attempt to expand the membership of the DL and they get an “Cannot perform the requested operation. The command selected is not valid for the recipient. The connection to Microsoft Exchange is unavailable. Outlook must be online or connected to complete this action.” error message. In addition, if they tried to look at the ...
I have a client that desired to have the MOSS 2007 capability of My Links but in no way wanted My Sites in SharePoint 2010. I took some steps that gave them the capability of My Links by creating a personalized web part that could be linked to in a modal. It worked, However, in addition, they didn’t want users without web admin rights to see the SharePoint ribbon. The result was that admins could use the web part and the personalization data would be kept by SQL in the personalization database. Members ...
In this Issue: Michael Washington, Andrej Tozon, András Velvárt, Michael Crump, Nigel Sampson, Ben Gracewood, Jeremy Likness, Den Delimarsky, Austin Andrews, Morten Nielsen(-2-), and Alex Sorokoletov. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Using Attribute Validation in Silverlight with WCF RIA Services Example" Jeremy Likness WP7: "SurfCube on Mango Part 3–Share on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn" András Velvárt LightSwitch: "How To Create a Simple Control Extension (Or How To Make LightSwitch Controls You Can ...
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