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Microsoft has released a number of training kits that have hands-on labs, articles, presentations and loads of information. The have become available for a range of products. They have also been updating them as more features or service packs come out. The links to them are listed below: Visual Studio 2010 and .NET 4 Training Kit http://www.microsoft.com/do... Windows Azure Training Kit http://www.microsoft.com/do... SQL Server 2008 R2 for Developers ...
To kick off the WPC earlier today, Microsoft brought in Japanese artists New Order. They were fantastic, blending a version of the video below with some WPC-specific shots, and then coming live to the stage to perform a great dance number. The version of the song at WPC was in English, but still sounds great in its original language (if anyone finds video from the WPC performance, please post a link in the comments!) Update: Someone pointed out this video as well, and the performance at WPC used ...
There are a few great features in the TFS Power Tools that I wasn't aware of, such as TreeDiff which let's you… Read more at http://blog.danskingdom.com... ...
Check out the Top Five most popular news at SilverlightShow for SilverlightShow Top 5 News for July 4 - 10, 2011. Here are the top 5 news on SilverlightShow for last week: Strange times in the world of Microsoft developers New eBook released 'Silverlight in the Azure cloud' by Gill Cleeren Getting Started with Node.js and Mango How to Create a Circular Loader using XAML Update Your Windows Phone to Mango Today Visit and bookmark SilverlightShow. Stay in the 'Light ...
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 ...
Based on the ScottPletcher solution from http://www.experts-exchange... --SELECT dbo.GetMax(23, 45, 64, 22, 18, 224, 74, 138, 1, 98, 11, 86, 198) --Naturally adjust data type to match what you actually need for your specific values I’ve created a set of functions (e.g. GetMaxOfDates3 , GetMaxOfDates13 )to find max of up to 13 Date values. CREATE FUNCTION GetMaxOfDates13 ( @value01 DateTime = NULL, @value02 DateTime = NULL, @value03 DateTime = NULL, ...
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 ...
Giovanni Bassi published the original NuGet package for LINQ to Twitter (L2T), which I'm appreciative of. Since then, I have yet to do a release myself, but that is changing now. The current version of LINQ to Twitter is stable enough for a release, so the time is right. I think there are a few aspects of a LINQ to Twitter NuGet package that aren't as simple as point at a project and your done, so I'll document my process here in case anyone else is interested. Getting Started I had played around ...

At http://searchsecurity.techtarget.co.uk/tip/How-to-stop-SQL-injection-and-prevent-data-compromises there is a free download on measures to combat SQL Injection Attack. (free registration is required).

One very important thing to note is that SQL Injection Attack is not confined to IIS / SQL Server but has occurred on many non-Microsoft systems.

In my current job as a Senior ALM Consultant, part of what I do is help organizations get TFS set up and configured. While a single server installation is pretty easy (and using the basic configuration to install TFS on Windows 7 is even easier), there are a few pitfalls and points of frustration when setting TFS up in a two-server configuration. For the purposes of this discussion, I am assuming the following setup: - A database server (Data Tier) with SQL 2008 R2 to house the TFS Databases, Reporting ...
Consider the following code piece, it may look fine at the first glance but could pop out access violation under stress test In the user mode applicatio BYTE buffer[ 256 ]; // On stack DWORD read; while (<condition>) { if (ReadFile(hDriver, buffer, sizeof(buffer), &read, NULL) && (read > 0)){ // Do something } } And inside the kernel mode driver: ULONG DRV_Read( HANDLE hOpen, //@parm [IN] HANDLE returned by XXX_Open PUCHAR pBuffer, //@parm [IN,OUT] Pointer to valid memory. ULONG ...
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 ...
Here are the links every developer should have handy. From time to time we all should read on basics: Visual Basic Programming Guide http://msdn.microsoft.com/e... C# Programming Guide http://msdn.microsoft.com/e... Windows User Experience Interaction Guidelines http://msdn.microsoft.com/e... N ...
Mei Liang - one of the owners of All-In-One Code Framework was interviewed by Robert Green - the famous host in Channel 9 Visual Studio Toolbox, to introduce All-In-One Code Framework and demonstrate Sample Browser Visual Studio extension. http://channel9.msdn.com/Sh... All-In-One Code Framework Sample Browser and Sample Browser Visual Studio Extension give you the flexibility to search samples, download samples on demand, manage ...
Microsoft has added new security features surrounding mapped drive usage in Windows 2008. Previously, with Windows 2003, we could utilize mapped drive not only from Windows explorer but also from the command line. Now, we can continue to map a network drive from Windows explorer; however, command line applications and batch scripts no longer have access to the mapped drive. No worries... there is a workaround. In order to utilize mapped drive from command line, we must take the following steps: Map ...
To remove all source control from a TFS project (not a VS project!) - you must use the 'tf destroy' tool. If, like me you try to delete the top-level directory/project node in Source Control Explorer (within VS), then you'll likely get the following error: TF10169: Unsupported pending change attempted on team project folder $/MyProject. Use the Project Creation Wizard in Team Explorer to create a project or the Team Project deletion tool to delete one. So, this (removing source control) is useful ...
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 ...
I really dig video games. It is the reason why I love working with technology. I don’t play games like I used to, but I try and keep up by reading the latest news on the web and by watching Review on the Run. The other day, my video game hobby crossed paths with my professional life with a review on Reviews on the Run where two of the reviewers, Jose Sanchez and Ben Silverman, did a review on a web game that I reference in my recent HTML5 presentations: The World’s Biggest Pacman. I was really excited ...
There’s a new format for TechDays 2011 this year. Damir posted all the details on the Canadian IT Pro blog, but in a nutshell: Only 3 cities this year: Toronto, Vancouver, and Montreal Greater online content and year-long updating of content (so TechDays becomes an online content hub of sorts) While it is unfortunate that some cities aren’t going to get an event this year, I think there’s still some great opportunity within those markets. For instance in Winnipeg there’s already a group of us talking ...
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:""; ...
Motivation Encouraged from the article “Using NuGet without committing packages to source control” I decided to wrap the NuGet-call in a MSBuild target instead of using a pre-build event. Because we also trigger FxCop and StyleCop via targets this fits better in our project management. Create the targets-file First at all we need a targets-file for integration. It is located in a DevTree beside the NuGet-executable beneath a special tool-folder: The content is quite simple: <Project xmlns="http://schemas.micro... ...
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 ...
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 – ...
Welcome to this first instalment of the series! This series of articles is aimed at giving you a hold and a sort of “Best practices” to starting any kind of migrations. Whilst each technology or project has its quirks and traps most of the process you’ll need to go through is, roughly, the same. This first article will describe what’s called the preparation process. Although most IT professionals have the tendency to just into thing (or “forget about the manual, I’ll make it up as I go along!) it ...
An error that happens frequently when trying to upgrade your 2007 CCR or other form of the cluster is represented by the following error prompts: Move-ClusteredMailboxServer: Database Recovery Storage Group/Mailbox Database is not in the final expected state: final state is Failed, expected Online. Cluster Common Failure Exception: The cluster resource coudl not be brought online by the resource monitor. 0x8007139A setup.com /upgradecms failing with error code : "0xc00713a0" "1002" ---------------------------... ...
When the EMC (exchange management console) is launched, it returns the following error: ---------------------------... Microsoft Exchange Warning ---------------------------... The following warning(s) were reported while loading topology information: get-PublicFolderDatabase Completed Warning: Object AAA-EX01\Second Storage Group\Public Folder Database has been corrupted and it is in an inconsistent state. The following validation errors have occurred: ...
Initial troubleshooting As always, one of the first things to check is the event viewer to see if an event was generated detailing the error. Additionally check the %windir%\debug for the adamsetup.log and adamuninstall.log (this last one is only created during the uninstall process). These two logs will tell you where the setup is failing and what should be checked. It also pays to know that setup errors are written to the registry. If you cannot find the following key there was no failure as the ...
Alot of calls I get are related to the information store service of the exchange server not starting. Since troubleshooting why this services does not start is often related to alot of stress (after all, your users and managers will be pounding your door as they cannot access their email) it is always handy to have some reference as to where you can start and what direction it can take. This is my basic modus operandi so feel free to give suggestions on how to improve it :). First of all you need ...
We are proud to announce the arrival of a key milestone through the All-In-One Code Framework project. With strong partnership, dedication and commitment, and big supports from the community, All-In-One Code Framework has now exceeded its Fiscal Year 2011 ? target of 1 million downloads - 10 times over our last year's download number! All-In-One Code Framework reduces the efforts of developers in solving typical programming tasks. Sample codes are made available for download; reducing the time developers ...
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 thing that’s really got me pumped about the Mango OS update is the inclusion of SQL Compact baked right in. We don’t need to include extra assemblies to get database functionality for our apps, as SQL Compact is a native component in Mango! Before we get all excited thinking we’ll have a full on visual designer experience when developing our apps, realize that this is still an isolate storage based data file that you’ll be using LINQ to SQL to access. There’s no visual designer (yet), which means ...
The installation process took some getting used to. but understanding the purpose and work done with the Azure Companion helped tremendously. There are 3 different ways from getting this in place, using the With SSL package, the Without SSL, and the source code version. It is always helpful when someone has gone through the trouble of documenting their steps. So, in implementing my Intentional Thinking 2.0 blog site running WordPress on Azure, I followed the post/article published by John White. ...
ARM supports unaligned access and CE provides a kernel IOCTL_KLIB_UNALIGNENABLE (refer to http://msdn.microsoft.com/e... for details). Application can use this IOCTL or its helper function, KLibUnalignedAccessEnable, to enable/disable unaligned access. But for some reason, this IOCTL does not work in CE7 under user mode, a workaround is to delegate to a kernel mode library/driver to issue the IOCTL. Or you can use following code to enable it on startup #include ...
String Resources For string resources we will use local/global resources connecting to DB using DbResourceProvider from “Creating a Data Driven ASP.NET Localization Resource Provider and Editor” http://www.west-wind.com/pr... It also has DbResourceControl, that shows controls with Localizable attribute and connect them to editor. From http://guysmithferrier.com/... and http://www.guysmithferrier.... ...
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, ...
When you generate an MSI you need to set at least Product Version Product Code Package Code Upgrade code is not mandatory but in reality it is also a must or you will not be able to create upgrade msi packages. One interesting thing about ProductVersion is that you can choose to set a 4 digit version like 1.1.1.0 but MSI will only use the first three digits for version checking. Its format is major.minor.build. This is important if you decide to create a update or upgrade package. Have a look for ...
I was included in a very happy group of developers that yesterday was awarded (or re-awarded -- is that a word?) Microsoft MVP in their area of expertise. In my case, it was a re-award. My first was in 2007, so this is my 4th re-award. I'd like to take space in my blog to personally thank my Lead, Allen Li, and the folks on the Silverlight team for once again including me in the list with the cool kids. Also the Silverlight team for their steadfast support of the MVPs by keeping us in the loop. Re-awards ...

Just received notification from Microsoft.

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

Thats all for now!

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 ...
Among the new content in the release, is a set of ALM docs and labs. The ALM content referenced above is: o Using Code Analysis with Visual Studio 2010 to Improve Code Quality o Introduction to Exploratory Testing with Microsoft Test Manager 2010 o Introduction to Platform Testing with Microsoft Test Manager 2010 o Introduction to Quality Tracking with Visual Studio 2010 o Introduction to Test Planning with Microsoft Test Manager 2010 All ALM labs point to the latest version of the VS 2010 RTM VM. ...

If you're like me you've been using SSRS 2008 for a long time with TFS and have constantly had to delete the bin folder in order for builds to work.  This has irritated me to no end.  Well today is my lucky day!  There is a hotfix that actually fixes the bug!    Go here:  http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2438347

Just to remind myself, the list of claim types and their encodings are listed here at the bottom. http://msdn.microsoft.com/e... Where for example: i:0#.w|contoso\scicoria ‘i’ = identity, could be ‘c’ for others # == SPClaimTypes.UserLogonName . == Microsoft.IdentityModel.Cla... Table for reference: Table 1. Claim types encoding Character Claim Type ! SPClaimTypes.IdentityProvider ” SPClaimTypes.UserIdentifier # SPClaimTypes.UserLogonName $ SPClaimTypes.DistributionLi... ...
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 ...
On June 27th Microsoft released Service Pack 1 for Microsoft Office. The download can be found at: http://www.microsoft.com/do... As always, with any installation of a hotfix or service pack, become informed on what the changes/improvements are so you are prepared in the event of mitigation steps being needed. The information for the Service Pack can be found as KB2460049 here http://support.microsoft.co... ...
The default root bus driver, BusEnum, enumerate and active drivers one by one in synchronized manner. It is not only slowing the boot time but in the even if any of driver's init function (XXX_init) get hanged, the whole system won't boot at all. There is a sample of enhanced root bus driver, BusEnum2, on the http://msdn.microsoft.com/e... The page provides the sample code and the detail explanation of the design concept. With multi-threaded BusEnum2 on CE7 with SMP enabled ...
This is the presentation I did June 29, 2011 at PHILLYNJ.NET. It is the first in a multi-part of a series on the Applied Design Patterns. The solution files are working code with design pattern notes in the comment blocks. After the overview and higher level discussions on Enterprise Design Patterns I reviewed the low level Database Access Library of code. With walk-throughs of the the code and unint test. After that we went through the ProductPhotoConsoleTest Application that performed intergration ...
It’s here – the brand new - Windows Phone SDK 7.1 Beta2. This time it has ability for your to Flash your Developer Unlocked phone to Mango Beta! How awesome is that? Mega-Ultra-Mango-Awesome!! The Windows Phone SDK includes the following Windows Phone SDK 7.1 (Beta2) Windows Phone Emulator (Beta2) Windows Phone SDK 7.1 Assemblies (Beta2) Silverlight 4 SDK and DRT Windows Phone SDK 7.1 Extensions for XNA Game Studio 4.0 Microsoft Expression Blend SDK Preview for Windows Phone 7.1 WCF Data Services ...
Last night, (Tuesday, June 28), at the KC .NET User group meeting, George Westwater gave a terrific presentation on NoSQL. The best way to define it (the best way is to see George explain it, and he says he will record his presentation and make it available through his blog – link above) is databases that does not use relational technology. And his point, and this is true – I have been around awhile – is that non-relational databases have been used for over 50 years in the business. He points out ...