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In this Issue: Alex van Beek, René Schulte(-2-), Peter Kuhn, Kunal Chowdhury(-2-, -3-), Alex Golesh(-2-, -3-, -4-), WindowsPhoneGeek, Jesse Liberty, Nigel Sampson, Jeremy Likness, and Paul Sheriff. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Entity Framework 4.1 Code First, Silverlight, and Shared Models with REST+JSON" Jeremy Likness WP7: "Windows Phone Mango–What’s New? (“Silverlight/XNA Interoperability” - Part 7 of 8)" Alex Golesh LINQ: "LINQ Deferred Execution–Oops!" Jesse Liberty Shoutouts: My friends at ...
Cihan Biyikoglu had just announced the SQL Azure Federation Products Evaluation Program had just been opened for nomination. If you are interest in data partitioning, or you had been run into the problem to shard your data, or the 50GB SQL Azure database was not enough to your application, then you can raise your nomination here and hopefully can play with the cool feature earlier than others. I had sent my nomination, god bless me. Hope this helps, Shaun All documents and related graphics, codes ...
Late last week it came to my attention that in Exchange 2010 SP1, Microsoft made some major changes to the way we export mailboxes to PST files. While I usually say that I embrace change, I don't when it comes to applications I manage. For those familiar with Exchange 2007, the Export-Mailbox cmdlet was a nice and easy method to take some email and dump it into a PST. All you had to do was provide yourself full access to the mailboxes you were looking to export and run the cmdlet. Well goodbye Export-Mailbox, ...
When we originally deployed OCS 2007 R2 in our environment, we only built one OCS 2007 R2 Access Edge Server. So, recently, we built three more OCS 2007 R2 Access Edge Servers for high availability and additional capacity purposes. To load-balance all of our Access Edge Servers, we use a hardware load-balancer. Please note a load balancer is required for arrays of OCS 2007 R2 Access Edge Servers. For more information about load balancers for OCS 2007 R2, please click here. Here are a few things we ...
Windows Phone 7 and Windows Phone 7.1 codename Mango was the topic of the event held today in Helsinki at the Finnkino movie theater Tennispalatsi. Microsoft Finland had invited two top notch speakers from Redmond namely Brandon Watson and Jaime Rodriguez. Following the recent public announcement of the new version of the platform this was one of the first events on the subject. The keynote of the event mostly concerned the overall vision and idea of the Windows Phone 7 platform but the following ...
Several attendees asked me to share the roadmap slide from the developer track at Tech.Days 2011 this week. This is my summary as of May 23rd 2011. Beta Extra Small compute instance Windows Azure VM Role CTP Windows Azure Connect Windows Azure Traffic Manager SQL Azure OData Service (labs) SQL Azure Reporting (Limited CTP) SQL Azure Data Sync (labs) AppFabric Service Bus enhancements (labs) Announced SQL Azure Backup and Restore SQL Azure Federations SQL Azure codename “Austin” AppFabric Developer ...
Today's $10 Deal of the day from Apress at http://www.apress.com/ is Beginning WF Windows Workflow in .NET 4.0 Indexed by feature so you can find answers easily and written in an accessible style, Beginning WF shows how Microsoft's Workflow Foundation (WF) technology can be used in a wide variety of applications. More http://www.apress.com/97814... ...
After you install and configure Microsoft Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange on your Exchange 2010 Hub Transport Servers, you can use the Exchange PowerShell Send-MailMessage cmdlet to test your Forefront configuration on one or more Hub Transport Servers without having to stop the Microsoft Exchange Transport service. Also, you can use the PowerShell cmdlet to test your file filters using different types of e-mail attachments to ensure Forefront is working as designed. Here are a couple of examples ...
TechEd 2011 got us talking about the next Visual Studio version called vNext. The update adds multiple small and subtle performance improvements as well as major new ALM tools. These tools focus on helping developers work in the so called Virtuous Cycle, which consists of development and operation in a continuous loop. The major tools concentrate on requirements gathering, agile planning, stakeholder feedback, test coverage analysis and much much more. You can see the full session by Cameron Skinner ...
Hello, I've not been blogging for the past 2 months maybe because of being extremely busy. Anyways, one of the topics that I've faced is that the government in my country decided to not use daylight saving anymore. So, in order to make sharepoint understand this you'll probably have to do it manually like this: Go to edit the timezone.xml file found in \Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\14\CONFIG Take a backup in case something went wrong and then search for your city ...
EPS or Encapsulated PostScript is a standard graphics file format for exchanging images, drawings or even layouts of complete pages. An EPS file internally contains a description of such an object or layout using the PostScript page description language. The purpose of an EPS file is to be included in other pages. Sometimes EPS files are called EPSF files. EPSF simply stands for Encapsulated PostScript Format. EPS files have the extension .eps or .epsf. This page discusses: the basics of the EPS ...
BMP is a standard file format for computers running the Windows operating system. The format was developed by Microsoft for sotoring bitmap files in a device-independent bitmap (DIB) format that will allow Windows to display the bitmap on any type of display device. The term “device independent” means that the bitmap specifies pixel color in a form independent of the method used by a display to represent color. General information Since BMP is a fairly simple file format, its structure is pretty ...
Looks like bloggers figured out I'd post the submittals first, because today I got hammered with posts. In this 2nd in a row Submittal-only Issue: Alex Golesh(-2-, -3-, -4-, -5-), René Schulte, Alex van Beek, Kunal Chowdhury(-2-), Rudi Grobler. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Silverlight 5 Multiple Window Support" Kunal Chowdhury WP7: "Augmented Mango - SLARToolkit for Windows Phone" René Schulte WP7: "Windows Phone Mango–What’s New? (“New Sensors & Tooling Enhancements” - Part 3 of 8)" Alex Golesh ...
“Design Patterns 100? is a prerequisite for .NET Developers. (Part 5 – Excerpts from July 2010 – PhillyNJ.NET Presentation) Continuing our discussion from Part-4 we ask. What are the “Gang of Four” (GoF) Behavioral Patterns and where can we find them in the .NET Framework? Chain of Responsibility Pattern – A way of passing a request between a chain of objects Command Pattern – Encapsulate a command request as an object Interpreter Pattern – A way to include language elements in a program Iterator ...
“Design Patterns 100? is a prerequisite for .NET Developers. (Part 4 – Excerpts from July 2010 – PhillyNJ.NET Presentation) Continuing our discussion from Part-3 we ask. What are the “Gang of Four” (GoF) Structural Patterns and where can we find them in the .NET Framework? Let’s look at a list of the Strutural Patterns as defined by the GoF. Adapter Pattern – is used to match interfaces of different classes Bridge Pattern – is used to separate an object’s interface from its implementation Composite ...
With the release of the Windows Phone Developer Tools 7.1 Beta, Visual Basic joins C# as a supported development language for XNA. I’ve been busily converting my samples to VB recently. They aren’t all done yet, but quite a few are (only three remain that I plan to convert). Rather than make anyone wait, I’ll share what I’ve completed so far and will add more when I have the remainder finished. Without further ado: Content Pipeline Extension Sample: VB Source Code – Related Blog Post DragAndDropGame: ...
At IdentityMine, we had the chance to develop a few applications featuring the new Windows Phone 7 features coming up in the update codenamed “Mango”. This series will showcase a few of the new features included in Mango that we used in those apps. Part 1: Adding a new live tile to the start page. Part 2: Starting a Bing Maps navigation. Read the rest of this entry » ...
Here are the updated links for quick reference: Windows Phone SDK Beta Download Center: http://go.microsoft.com/?li... Go live license– http://go.microsoft.com/?li... WPDT 7.1 Documentation Windows Phone Developer Tools 7.1 Release Notes: http://go.microsoft.com/fwl... What’s New in Windows Phone Developer Tools: http://go.microsoft.com/fwl... Code Samples for Windows Phone: http://go.microsoft.com/fwl... App Hub Links Announcement: http://create.msdn.com/en-U... ...
Most of us have probably used or know of the System.Diagnostics.Debugger... For more information on Debugger.Break checkout this link http://msdn.microsoft.com/e... Online documentation states that if no debugger is already attached, user would be prompted to attach one to executing program when the break is hit. For some reason however, this didn’t work for us when our desired breakpoint was in an OnInstall() function of an installer class. Further ...
Today a new set of tools targeting the Windows Phone 7 “Mango” release is available. This toolset is being called Windows Phone Developer Tools 7.1 This by not means can be translated into the actual product name for the final release! The download is available at Create.MSDN.com [might take a few hours to appear on that site] Direct Download Link Documentation and What’s New is on MSDN: http://msdn.microsoft.com/e... Using these tools a developer can write WP7 application for 7.0 ...
Last night I gave a talk at the St. Louis .NET User Group regarding .NET Reactive Extensions (Rx) and their basic use. While Rx has been around for a number of years and I’ve seen a number of presentations at various conferences and industry events I still feel it isn’t as widely understood or adopted to the level I feel it’s capable of. My recent interest in Rx has been due to my heavy involvement with some very complex Silverlight and RIA Services applications. In these environments (especially ...
Much has been talked about the new release of ASP.NET MVC, i.e. MVC 3 and the new Razor syntax and the ability to simplify the development. Razor uses the @ prefix for switching between code and HTML and that kind of simplifies it when compared to using <%: symbol as with the case in MVC and ASPX engines. Here is a nice article from David Ebbo on how all of these fit together Not just that, Razor comes with a lot of goodies. The Helper classes simplify in doing some of the common tasks, doing ...
I’m crazy excited about the technology industry right now. We’re seeing evolution happen in real time, and at all levels. From the major platforms, we’re seeing Google’s overall story taking shape, Microsoft playing catch-up but showing with WP7 and Windows 7 that they are very much still a competitor, and Apple continuing to bolster their empire beyond fanboys with their quality technology and innovations. Then there’s the software platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Linked In, and others that are ...
This is a placeholder for the folks who attended the Microsoft UK tech days developer track on the Windows Azure Platform and asked me to share my decks asap. I will create a much more detailed posting once both days are done. Download decks: New Old or Pink – it is all good Windows Azure Platform Roadmap The main links from the day are: Connect with my team if you are an ISV (or similar) in the UK – http://bit.ly/ukisvfirststop (Including our blog, LinkedIn group and Microsoft Platform Ready assistance ...
Just reminder of a post I wrote back in December. Don’t forget that there is a variety of free ebooks available for download on a number of different developer and IT topics. Developer subjects include Programming Windows Phone 7, Moving to Visual Studio 2010, and Introducing SQL Server 2008 R2. IT topics include Deploying Windows 7, Understanding Microsoft Virtualization Solutions and First Look at Office 2010 just to name a few. Have a day ...
VSCommands2010 adds multiple convenient features to Visual Studio 2010. For instance, one feature of VSCommands2010 I use frequently is the ability to visually "Group" partial classes in Solution Explorer. This comes in handy especially with the relatively large number of files in our .Net 4.0 solutions. I did however run into an interesting problem as I attempted to upgrade VSCommands to the latest version. Updates to the tool were successfully downloaded to disk as evidenced by the progress bar, ...
The Short Story: There is an undocumented (as of this writing) limitation to SharePoint 2010’s managed metadata columns: they only allow ~250 entries into one column, for one item. If you exceed this limit, you’ll most likely get this error: <nativehr>0x81020030&... URL 'SitePages/Test Page.aspx' is invalid. It may refer to a nonexistent file or folder, or refer to a valid file or folder that is not in the current Web. We haven’t identified ...
Oh this is just too cool… check out the new Debugger Canvas Power Tool for Visual Studio 2010. You have got to watch the demo video. It’s called the Debugger Canvas and the best news is that it’s going to be available for download from the Microsoft DevLabs next month. It looks like this could really revolutionize the way we debug code in Visual Studio. There is a lot to like here. I like being able to see all the code in the call stack. I like being able to save the status of an object for comparison ...
There have been some great announcements at the Tech-ed North America 2011. The announcements have been around, Enhanced User Experience Agile Planning Tools Lightweight Requirements Stakeholder Feedback Code Review Features Continuous Integration Agile Quality Assurance Aligning Quality Assurance Some buzz words you will be hearing overtime with vNext will be code review, search code blocks, my Work Hub, context switching, intellitrace in production, scom integration with TFS…. Agile Planning No ...
Mondays had been good to me recently. Mondays at work are usually quiet, and occasionally I may even be able to sneak in a nap if you want to. Yeah, I have it good. But this Monday would prove to be a bit trickier than normal. It started out normal enough, I was rushing to work, and hoping for one more day full of naps. As I settled in and logged on to my system, I saw an email from one of the clients. It said he was not able to connect to his SQL Server 2008 instance. Also, he had tried using the ...
8:39 AM Supporting the Exchange and Lync communities. Exchange 2010 News Certification News: Microsoft Certified Master:Exchange 2010 Overview of the Cert FAQ Resources: Microsoft Exchange team blog Gary Siepser’s PowerShell examples Bhargav Shukla’s blog Jedi Hammond’s blog (exchangemaster.wordpress.com) Mike Pfeiffer’s blog (mikepfeiffer.net) C7 Solutions team blog (c7solutions.com) Tim McMichael’s blog Mike Lagase’s blog Pasted from <http://www.microsoft.co... ...
Thanks to everyone who attended my Intro to F# presentation at the Cap Area Cloud Computing User Group meeting on May 19th 2011. I apologize for the slight delay in getting the presentation materials uploaded. In the Demo project source code, I have included both Normal and Async source samples. It will make it easier to understand what code changes were necessary to transform it to Async Workflow and parallelize it. In addition, I have included some F# script files (.fsx) so you can try out some ...
Microsoft has just released a new SSIS 2008 transform component called SQL Server Integration Services Balanced Data Distributor. As the download site states “this transform takes a single input and distributes the incoming rows to one or more outputs uniformly via multithreading”. Sounds like we got a component to evenly distribute some data across multiple destinations. Frankly, I though we could do this even before using either a Script Component or the Conditional Split, alas this component has ...
We had a process ot using BizTalk to take in a reference file, then send data in via a table_type parameter in a stored procedure. The stored procedure uses a MERGE statement to insert and update; the update part of which does a CHECKSUM first to determine whether an update is even necessary. Then it happened, we had a reference row that should have been updated by the latest file, but it wasn't done. We checked the incoming and outgoing BizTalk Message in and out of the pipeline; everything looked ...
Materials for the PHILLNJ.NET Presentation – August 24, 2010 On August 24, 2010 I demonstrated the “Repository Pattern” which is a Enterprise Architecture Design Pattern and the foundation of Domain Driven Design (DDD) which is primary in loose coupling your applications design. At this presentation I demonstrated the use of the “Repository Pattern” combined with other subjects such as Unit Testing, Custom Mocking with LINQ & Generics. I also gave out a limited number of CD with the code and ...
Granted, if you are just transforming data in the same SQL server, why would you do it in SSIS instead of just using Pivot and Unpivot in T-SQL query? But what about in the case where data comes from various sources? What I had fun doing was the ability to skip using Linked server, pull in data from different sources, like XML over web service. Another point that made me happy was the ability to simulate ROW_NUMBER() function with the merged data by using a Script Component. Anyway, I highly recommend ...
One of the several hats I wear at work is one of configuration manager for the internal data management application my employer uses. This app currently has 11 solutions of active code which need to be built whenever we release to the QA environment. The QA releases typically occur a minimum of 3 times per month and take approximately 30 minutes from source control "Get Latest" to the final step of the deployment onto the QA servers. A few years ago, my team automated the post-build deployment steps ...
You probably have already visited Channel 9, and if you have not I would recommend to definitely check it out. There are literally thousands of videos about development using Microsoft technologies (and more). You can watch the videos on the site using Silverlight player or you can use links on each video page for downloading. This usually works fine if you are interested in just one or a small number of videos, but it might become somewhat tedious if you want to download a bunch of them. I recently ...
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Its been a while since I blogged. Its been hard balancing blogging time, work and many other activities. Most my days and even evenings have been cluttered with a number of tasks ranging from mundial to critical. There is some which have been most interesting include very nice lessons I took from from some of the people I respect in the industry. I will try and highlight some of the things I did in below. 1) The DataObjects.NET contribution programme. From February this year I quickly responded to ...
For Microsoft these days, great things are happening at the macro level, and yet there’s fits-and-starts progress down below. This year’s Tech Ed North America conference represented, in event-form, that very duality. On the one hand, this was the largest Tech Ed in my memory, with 10,000 attendees. But the customary Microsoft 2-day, all-morning keynote format was shortened to a Day 1, 90-minute talk on Cloud and Visual Studio. Microsoft’s cloud push reached an almost fever pitch; but various new ...
If you are trying to get up to speed on Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4.0 you can get a training kit from Microsoft website for free. It is 411 MB exe file and after install you can navigate thru presentations, labs and demos. http://www.microsoft.com/do... N. Overview The Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 Training Kit includes presentations, hands-on labs, and demos. This content is designed to help ...
At TechEd this year, there's only a few sessions and expo booths aimed squarely at devs rather than sysadmins and DBAs, but one of the things I picked up on was what's going into Visual Studio vNext. There's no shiny new UI features (that they've announced so far...) but they are doing a whole lot of work improving the performance and memory usage of VS - parallel builds (already supported in core MSBuild, just not used in VS up to now), and spinning off a separate process to do each build. This ...
Ok, so you have locked your SQL down. No users allowed. But then there is this information worker for whom the IT department made a special SSIS package. And they loaded the package in to the SQL server and created a SQL Agent job for it. Well no problem so far. But now the user wants to be able to start the job when ever he needs to. Hmmm, huge problem. Because you need to have SA equivalent rights. What?? Yes, you read it right. SA equivalent !! Hell no! Ok a sql geek will now say, that's wrong, ...
Well not really that long ago, this is actually a brand new for me. I just decided today to start blogging about my experiences as an IT professional. Since none of you know me, I am a systems engineer for a NJ based energy company. My main areas of expertise are in Microsoft server technologies specifically Exchange, Active Directory and plane old Windows Server along with vSphere and many more. My job responsibilities entail life-cycle management, developing infrastructure standards and solutions ...
Woke up this morning and decided to finally stop by the Alumni Lounge. I had been meaning to check it out, but I had been so busy with such great presentations and hanging out in the Blogger’s Lounge that I never got around to it. I truly wish I had stopped in sooner! There’s nice bottles of soda with glasses for ice so you can have it nice and cold as well as a hot beverage bar. And this morning there were delicious cinnamon rolls (the nemesis of my beltline, alas!) and other treats and candies. ...

At http://www.ssmstoolspack.com/  there is SSMS Tools Pack which is an add-in for Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) 2005, 2008, 2008 R2, 2011 (Denali) CTP1 and their respective Express versions.

The setup has separate sections for SQL 2005, SQL2005 Express, SQl 2008 and even for SQL 2011.

Welcome to my new blog. This blog will be where I share with all of you everything new that I learn about software development in general. I have been in the industry for about ten years, but recently came to the conclusion that I needed to really focusing on developing my skills more than I had been. Not that I hadn't been before. When a Microsoft conference would come around I would always catch the keynote, watch several of the sessions, and spend my evenings learning about the newest technologies ...
** Source available at http://mergeworkitems.codep... ** Half a year ago I wrote about about Merging Work Items with a custom check-in policy. The policy evaluated the pending changes and for all pending merges, it traversed the merge history to find the associated work items and let the user add them to the current changeset. I promised to post the source to the check-in policy (and I’ve got a lot of requests for it), but I never did. This was primary for two reasons: The technical solution ...
It has been a couple of weeks since I last posted about TechDays. Today I completed the final review of all the decks for the Windows Azure developer tracks for Monday and Tuesday. All except for the keynote (always troublesome) and the roadmap session (equally troublesome) are now final – which gives me a warm and likely misplaced feeling that we are in good shape. Yesterday we had the T-1 week meeting in which everyone was smiling. Good stuff. In my case, it was also my first experience of using ...