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Got this off Wininsider.com
Microsoft has released a connector for integrating SharePonit and MS CMS 2002. I just cant wait to see it in action.
Hmm need to go find myself a MS CMS Server now.......
One of the nice things about SharePoint is that there are many ways of accessing the data. The most obvious is of course the web interface, but to accomplish thight integration with for example Office 2003, SharePoint offers a bunch of web services. These web services provide identically functionality as you get using the web interface; everything you can do in the web interface is possible using the web services! A nice example of the use of these web services is the integration with Office 2003. ...
I needed a q&d app that could recurse subdirectories, find a given string in a given file type and then insert a new string just before the found string.... Specifically I was doing a horrible hack on a bunch of Sharepoint aspx templates, but it got the job done... I haven't seen anything quite like this available on the net so I thought I'd throw it out there.... What it does: It's a console app that recursively crawls all the folders in a specificed directory tree, then searches for aspx files ...
I have two articles on the front page of the ASP.NET Developer Center on MSDN. The first: Using JavaScript Along with ASP.NET - I used to be a big JavaScript user during my ASP 3.0 days and I was one day thinking why I didn't use JavaScript as much with ASP.NET 1.0/1.1. I think for me, was that it wasn't as easy to use as it was with ASP 3.0 and I looked at how I would accomplish the same sorts of tasks I did in the past, but now with the use of server controls. The Forgotten Controls - HTML Server ...
So in my attempts to better my English writing skills (English is my second language), I have decided to enter the bloging word. I also just got the Whidbey cds so I will soon start to dig into the new version of ASP.Net. I am pretty exited about the whole thing and will try to post about my learning experience about one a week. Once I decide on all my posting categories, I will post in more detail my intents with this blog. Also feel free to correct any grammatical mistake that I make. Thank you ...
Programming the Windows Shell is considered a very difficult discipline, only for one reason: Missing docs. I was hit by this again recently. The details shown under a file name in Tile View on Windows XP are determined like this: GetUIObjectOf is called to obtain an IQueryAssociations interface. This interface's GetString is called with the constant ASSOCSTR_TILEINFO. The format of the string returned is of the form "prop:{fmtid1} pid1;{fmtid2} pid2 Unfortunately, the docs on GetUIObjectOf don't ...
Are you going to DevDays? The focus for DevDays 2004 is on building secure applications. The Web Track wll include topics like Threat Modeling, Countermeasures and the OpenHack reference application. If you are an attendee or speaker and want to better prepare for the event, there is a great guiide on MSDN called “Improving Web Application Security: Threats and Countermeasures”. Chapter 2 is on Threats and Counter Measures and Chapter 3 is on Threat Modeling. You can read the paper online ...

Dino has written a new and nice article regarding how to write a side bar tile for longhorn.. Hosted on MSDN

Kalam, Stallman discuss open source software... The first to meet the President was Richard Stallman, the leading light of the free and open source software (FOSS) movement. Ironically, the people waiting in the Presidential anteroom for the interaction to end were people from Microsoft. ...... Besides explaining the political philosophy of FOSS movement, Dr. Stallman said he also spoke to the President about the real intention behind Microsoft's plan to spread the use of computers in schools which ...
Seems there are some more words coming out about XBOX 2.0. Details include: XBOX 2 might not include a hard drive, but instead depend on flash memory. They are not sure that XBOX 1 games will work on XBOX 2 IBM will be the chip supplier (already knew that) Scary ... I have been making a huge investment in XBOX 1 games and controls and wouldn't want to really upgrade. I doubt game vendors will have XBOX 1 and XBOX 2 versions of their new games that come out after the release of XBOX 2. Yikes, I think, ...
This thread (http://neopoleon.com/blog/... over at Rory's blog reminds me of a story ... This reminds me of a situation I found myself in while working at a well-know software vendor. We had just acquired another company and I was on the transition team. One of the most critical tasks was to migrate over all of the acquired company's CRM data into our system. Several weeks went by and this task was still outstanding. We has a meeting with the group of programmers working on doing the ...
Awhile ago, I wrote a book called the Visual Basic .NET Bible with Jason Beres. It was a fun book and it has been translated into something like more than eight languages already, which is cool. I like to look at the translations and see what they did - since they don't involve the original authors at all. The latest translated version of the Visual Basic .NET Bible that I found out there is the Spanish release. The interesting thing here is that the title of the book is just Microsoft Visual Basic ...
BizTalk Orchestration DesignerVisually define and build robust, distributed business processes. Long-Running TransactionsEnsure transactional integrity on asynchronous transactions that span minutes, days, or even weeks. Concurrency and SynchronizationInitiate several independent business processes simultaneously and synchronize them at defined meeting points. Advanced Process CorrelationManage multiple independent simultaneous instances of business processes. Business Process State ManagementTrack ...
BizTalk EditorEasily define and edit document schema for any structured document type, including XML, electronic data interchange (EDI), and flat files. BizTalk MapperBuild document maps that allow applications and business partners who use different document definitions to communicate with each other. BizTalk Orchestration DesignerVisually define and build robust, distributed business processes. BizTalk Messaging ManagerUse this wizard-based tool to rapidly define trading partner relationships. ...
Using C#: using System.Data.SqlClient;...Sq... oSQLConn = new SqlConnection();oSQLConn.Co... = "Data Source=(local);" + "Initial Catalog=mySQLServerDBName;" + "Integrated Security=SSPI";oSQLConn.Ope... Using VB.NET: Imports System.Data.SqlClient...Dim oSQLConn As SqlConnection = New SqlConnection()oSQLConn.Con... = "Data Source=(local);" & _ "Initial Catalog=mySQLServerDBName;" & _ "Integrated Security=SSPI"oSQLConn.Open() If connection to a remote server (via ...
Microsoft's new site!!
Well not really, just pre-emptive action agaisnt a possible DOS attack by MyDoom.B.
You'd think my name, Andy Johns wouldn't be the kind of name people would get wrong often.... I mean in college I knew a guy named Andy Schexnyder (ok, I have no idea if I'm spelling that correctly, I lost contact with Andy S. years and years ago) and there's a name I can understand if people misspell or mispronounce.... but Johns? J-O-H-N-S simple right? Unfortunately not so, I did a Proof of Concept project for a large financial company with Microsoft. The other day we revisited them and did a ...
So my current project is a Sharepoint gig. I'm not really a Sharepoint guy, I think of my area as more of an AppDev type, large scale systems, etc.... but Sharepoint is big now so I've picked it up..... Not too complicated of a project, some custom workflow stuff built around the event mechanism of Document Libraries (can't take credit for thinking that one up, I ripped off a non-working but nearly-there demo of a workflow we got from Microsoft for Sharepoint 2003 beta. A few tweaks and I can use ...
There are so many things going on in February that I am sure I will miss something as I attempt this round-up. First, there is still a chance to catch Rob on the ASP.NET Exposed tour in New York, Boston and Houston. And good authority tells me that keeping an eye on the site for additional dates for the tour is not a bad idea! This week also brings Paul Litwin to the DotNetUsers in Seattle and Steve Walther to ASPRockville and ASPVienna - if you are in the Maryland/DC area I would not miss the opportunity! ...
Don't you hate it when you can't find an answer to your problems after searching Google? I know I do. I've been trying to get the Front Controller pattern (implementation) working, but seem to be having a lot of issues. Hopefully, others will run across this post instead of wading through the hundreds of dead-end forum posts and walk-throughs. I'm sure there is one place that answers all my questions, but as of now, I'm left to the wonderful world of Google. Anyway, while working on this solution, ...

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Whew ... I can finally talk about it! For about 2 or 3 months now, I have been working on a Microsoft/Reuters joint ad campaign that is going to be coming out in about a week and a half, but which was announced only this week in San Francisco. Microsoft is doing their first ad campaign focused on Windows Server System - a brand that encompasses quite a few components (such as Windows Server, SQL, BizTalk, etc.). The focus of the ad was to focus on what real people in real companies are doing with ...
Ok, big pressure now. I've got a forum to spill all my random thoughts, insightful notions, and technical mumbo-jumbo.... so what shall we talk about, hmmm? First off who the heck am I? Well, I'm not this guy, or this guy, or this guy. I'm this guy..... Ok, gotcha with that last one then? Well, it seems my name is common enough that I blend in and Google has as hard time picking the real me out. If you search hard enough you can find a few links to old technical groups I've contributed random bits ...
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A new build of ShadowFax is out : Build 1.23.2004 (via Christian Weyer) For information, ShadowFax is an SOA (Service Oriented Architecture) reference application by the Patterns and Practices (PAG) at Microsoft ...
The inventor of the wiki and one of the founders of Extreme Programming (XP) joins the Microsoft Prescriptive Architecture Team!!! Read about it here...Very cool!!!!
Here are a few links that I found recently. SharePoint links Microsoft Whitepaper on Extranet access to SPS using ISS Server Portal on the web @ SharePointSollutions Non-SharePoint (i.e Fun Stuff) ... Modified Mag NFS community. device from Tight Audio ...
OK, I know that this is not a popular view to have but I can't get over the stupidity of this latest virus. It baffles me why people would open an email from someone they don't know and execute the attachment. Maybe I don't understand something, or maybe i am just underestimating the stupidity of the average internet user. The number of infected people truly made me laugh this morning. I think that if you are stupid enough to open this message, download the attachment, and execute it you deserve ...
There's this CNET article today that features Don Box on Longhorn. Well theres nothing pheonomenoly new there, but I ask you "Box is leading the work on the "plumbing" part of Longhorn, called "Indigo," which is effectively the successor to Microsoft .Net " - Thats interesting. I guess in future we can expect run-away headlines like "Microsoft Builds successor to .NET", ".NET done with", "Microsoft looks beyond .NET", ".NET is obsolete" etc. etc. Well you get the drift. All that is required is some ...
I know this is my second article today about the same thing but I really can't stress enough how cool I think the idea behind WinFS is. With WinFS you can take disparate stores of information, such as MSN Messenger contacts and Outlook contacts, and share them across all applications in Longhorn. However, since third party applications, like Lotus and other email and collaboration applications, will not be designed to take advantage of these new features, many people think that the real purpose of ...

This will help. Microsoft Win32 to Microsoft .NET Framework API Map just published on MSDN...

Brad posted chapter 3, “The .NET Base Class Libraries” from Kate Gregory's Microsoft Visual C++ .NET 2003 Kick Start on CodeGuru and Developer.com.  So, choose your favorite site and check it out. 
I just finished looking through the winning submissions for the PDC Screen Saver Contest. The source code for the top three is available here. My favorite was the second place finisher because of its utilisation of WinFS. I was really impressed by the level to which contact, meeting, and task data are integrated into the core of the operating system. The concept of the screen saver was also very creative, providing information for someone who has left there desk in an office setting. Samples like ...
Never too early to start thinking about TechEd! Thanks Dave for giving the heads up that INETA will be coordinating the TechEd BOFs. The PDC BOFs were great and even kept me at the conference center late. I will be encouraging folks I know who are attending to submit BOF ideas. ...
Looks like BOF's will be an ongoing feature of the Microsoft conferences. The planning for BOF's at Teched2k4 has started and there is a site at www.ineta.org/bof although it has not been publicized yet. For PDC we did have enough submissions and had to turn down a number of people, this time it would be nice to have many more to choose from and combine. On a purely logistical front, we will need more volunteers to help. It is helpful to have someone able to monitor each room to welcome the host(s) ...
Next up, Löwy Guest Op Generates More Response by Robert Teixeira of Tampa. Robert, like me, seems to like a lot of Juval's input into the community, but I think he's made the same critical mistake that a lot of people made after reading Juval's article. I've talked to Juval and a number of Microsoft employees about this topic and I believe that I have a firm grip on what Juval was talking about. First of all, the Microsoft teams that determine what features will be added in the next version of each ...
Wow, I don't think that I have ever had an issue of VSM that was as “thought provoking” as this one. First up: Special Issue 2003 or 1983 by Mark Nelson of Seattle... So, Mark points out some problems with his experience with what seems to be architects. First off, I'd have to say that everyone should question any sentence with the word “architecture” in it - I know I do. For those who understand what architecture and design principles are truly about, I'm sure you know what I mean. I've met a lot ...
Well, I'm behind on my reading, so excuse the belated commenting... Patrick Meader, Editor in Chief of VSM, made his monthly comments in the December 2003 issue of the magazine. I couldn't let this one pass me up, though... Patrick talks about how VB will be getting a bit of a face-lift to bring it back to what it was intended to be from day one: a developer tool for non-programmers. Of course, those weren't his words, they're mine; but, let me clue you in on some of his words: ... the next version ...
Via Microsoft Monitor ... http://www.microsoftmonitor... Microsoft Business Solutions saw year-over-year growth of 41 percent to $190 million. Microsoft attributed much of the growth to licensing sales of Navision and Business Contact Manager. BCM is a client-relationship management add-on to Outlook that ships with three of the six Office 2003 versions. I would consider BCM a direct competitor to ACT! and Goldmine, so over-time sales could be significant. Early BCM success ...
Recently released, the Authorization and Profile Application Block provides an infrastructure for role-based authorization and access to profile information. The block enables you to: Authorize a user of an application or system. Use multiple authorization storage providers. Plug in business rules for action validation. Map multiple identities to a single user. Access profile information that can be stored in multiple profile stores. The hits just keep coming! If you aren't taking advantage of the ...

Scott posted a nifty custom functoid sample for BTS 2004...

 BizTalk 2004 makes it's predecessors (and the competition) look like a horse and wagon compared to a bullet train...IMHO

A recent study by the Yankee group gave some interesting insight into the disconnect between what customers want and what major software vendors (i.e. Oracle, Microsoft, SAP, etc) are delivering. The reason for customer dissatisfaction can be found in the disconnect between those attributes the study's subjects listed as most important for the "perfect" ERP vendor and those associated with software makers. Many of the vendors, especially Oracle and PeopleSoft, were seen as cutting edge in technology ...
AITF was a success! Juval Löwy, Michael Wheaton, and Dan Malks came and spoke to a group of developers and managers, and they all loved it. This forum was more focused on software development than I'd like for the future, but I had to minimize the scope because of other things going on at work. I must say that if you haven't experienced one of Juval's talks, you're missing out. Juval is very eccentric and opinionated, which is always a good thing in my book. He's worked with Microsoft on a number ...
Registration is now open...DevDays 2004, coming to 32 US cities this March, promises to be one of the most rewarding events of the year for professional developers. With a focus on building secure smart client and Web applications using Microsoft® Visual Studio® .NET, this event will help you add power and security to your applications the moment you walk out the door. No matter which track you attend, you'll be able to see a local expert build a real-world application, see the application ...

From MSDN....“Understanding how a WSDL file describes your Web service is the key to understanding how XML Web services work in general. This article is for .NET developers who want to demystify the WSDL files that Microsoft ASP.NET generates by examining the seven major elements that compose a WSDL file.”

Good stuff...

If you haven't done so already... Check out these samples that “show you how to build VSMacros projects, add–ins, and wizards to make your teams more productive and to bend Visual Studio .NET 2003 to the ways you like to work.”

Here's an article on MSDN that talks about how to develop apps when you're not an administrator on the machine. I haven't read thru the whole thing, yet, but it looks pretty good. I don't have this problem right now, but I know my organization is thinking about moving this way. From an enterprise point of view, it makes sense...I still hate it, though. I have had problems in other areas most Microsoft developers take advantage of. For instance, not having administrator access to SQL Server or not ...
I'm sure you've all seen this, but I just had to mention it. It seems that Google's getting crap for some of its practices. As I read thru the post, I thought it was pretty trivial, but slowly, the case started to get built up. By the end of the post, you're wondering what the heck is wrong with these people. There is a laundry list of allegations, which I suggest you check out. I guess Google figures that, if they're growing like Microsoft,then they can act like them, too :-) ...
Well, here's another set of Gartner predictions...“Predicts 2004: Developing Java and .NET AD Strategies.” For most Microsoft-centric enterprises, a move to .NET technology will be a question of when, not if. Meanwhile [J2EE] will span a range of projects, including high-profile e-commerce infrastructures. Here are the key predictions: .NET technology adoption will increase significantly The gap between increasingly mission-critical [J2EE] AD efforts and developer skills sets will grow J2EE will ...
Recently I had the issue of dealing with SPS2003 and Extranet access. The issue is ofcourse no issue at all, but just the problem of how to add external users (i.e. ppl outside your Windows domain) and users of the Portal. Here are a couple of links that would aid anyone else who wants to achieve this. Google indexed discussion @ microsoft.public.sharepoint... Whitepaper on how to Expose WSS through MS Small Business Server. And there is a whole email thread on this subject at sharepoint@yahoogroups.com ...