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I’ve heard people mention, a few times, how they would like for Microsoft to provide a blank template for ASP.NET MVC. The request seems strange because this is something that anyone can do themselves. This isn’t just creating an MVC project and deleting all the items, which I would agree is tedious. Rather, you can create a custom template of any type for reuse and sharing. This blog post shows how to create a custom project template, using the need for a blank MVC template as the use case. Creating ...
Silverlight 5 is now out - upgrade to it by going to http://www.microsoft.com/silverlight

Url is now http://www.microsoft.com/silverlight/
There are a lot of reasons why the 2011 holiday season is a great time to take a look at Azure development. There are a number of offers and releases that allow you to start to explore cloud-based development on the Microsoft platform, best of all; they are all pretty much free to take advantage of. $0 Spending Limit on Azure Trial & MSDN Accounts Ever since the introduction of billing for Windows Azure it has always been an issue for many developers wanting to learn Azure that, if you are not ...
When Rob Conery left Microsoft I gave a blog retrospective on possible reasons behind his exit. Today I’m happy to reload the cannon and aim it square at the latest Microsoftie to hand in his blue badge – Phil Haack. Phil has been a huge part of why Microsoft MVC is a success, and his contributions have changed the way web development is done on the Microsoft platform. So why leave, and why leave to Github? Couldn’t he have just switched to the TFS team if he liked code repositories so much? Well, ...
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I just finished reading new book on Microsoft BizTalk 2010 written by BizTalk colleagues Kent Weare, Richard Seroter, Thiago Almeida, Sergei Moukhnitski, and Carl Darski. There are many good books that explore core BizTalk features for beginners, intermediate, and advanced developers. This one stands out by the fact that it covers relatively less documented aspect of BizTalk development – integrating with different line of business applications. The subject is vast and diverse so attempt to fit it ...
It's always exciting when a new application you've worked on goes live. The last couple of weeks have seen the 'soft' launch of a new service offered by the UK government called 'Tell Us Once' (TUO). You can probably guess from the name what the service does. Currently, the service allows UK citizens to inform the government (as opposed to Register Officers, who must still be notified separately) just once of two types of 'change-of-circumstance' event; namely births and deaths. You can go, say, ...
As someone who works a lot on Silverlight and as someone who have presented lots of trainings / talks over Silverlight; i am been getting a lot of questions based on future of Silverlight. Is Silverlight dead? http://www.zdnet.com/blog/m... These are often from end-clients, managers, architects or even consumers. Sometimes also from guys who have little exposure to Silverlight; but still want to engage in the conversation as it is "happening" ...
From you with new with WebMatrix, check out here . In this tutorial, I will show you how to create web page using WebMatrix with the following:1. Open the Web Matrix by double clicking the icon on your desktop.If you can’t see the “Add New File” dialog box when the application opens you may need to open it by selecting “New File” from the “File Menu”.2. If it’s not already selected under templates select “General” and on the right hand side select “ASP.Net Page”.3. Next you need to specify the location ...
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Generate create script for all Foreign Keys Original article: http://connectsql.blogspot.... SELECT 'ALTER TABLE '+OBJECT_NAME(F.PARENT_OBJE... ' ADD CONSTRAINT' + F.NAME + ' FOREIGN KEY'+'('+COL_NAME(FC.PARENT... ')'+'REFRENCES '+OBJECT_NAME (F.REFERENCED_OBJECT_ID)+'(' +COL_NAME(FC.REFERENCED_OBJ... FROM SYS.FOREIGN_KEYS AS F INNER JOIN SYS.FOREIGN_KEY_COLUMNS AS FC ON F.OBJECT_ID = FC.CONSTRAINT_OBJECT_IDGet ...
Tell Us Once (TUO) is the award-winning, cross-government programme that lets people inform central government and local authorities just once of a birth or death. By March 2012 it will be in service in over 95% of councils in England, Scotland and Wales. It has provided a permanent solution to the long-standing and frustrating issue of people having to notify the government multiple times. Several years ago, research showed that people had to make up to 44 contacts when reporting a death to government ...

I checked the SMTP headers on an email sent from the Biztalk 2010 SMTP send port.

X-Mailer: Microsoft CDO for Windows 2000

Really?  CDO Really?

We had a requirement where a user profile property will be updated from the event receiver of a custom list. The user profile property which we can had “user can override” and “Allow users to edit”, however we were getting an error “Attempted to perform an unauthorized operation” The code was running under RunWithElevated delegate. We traced the user id which was Sharepoint\System. The system account in use will be the App pool Identity under which the current Sharepoint site is running. We took ...
Welcome to the hidden treasure of “MTM.config.exe” Navigate to “C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 11.0\Common7\IDE” and open the 1. Can I change the number of Action Recording steps selected when a Bug is created? When you are exploratory testing using Microsoft Test Manager or performing a feedback session using Feedback Manager and decide to raise a bug or create a test case, the last 4*10 Action recordings are selected by default. You can change the number of action recordings selected ...
What could you build with the XBox Kinect? Well we want to know! Connect your Kinect to your PC and build an application using your favorite .NET language. Kinect for Developers is a 2-day workshop for developers, artists and technicians interested in Kinect hacking or 3D scanning. This hands on workshop will teach you the basics of programming for Kinect and the potentials for developing on video and depth sensor cameras. Expect live demonstrations, presentations, food, and lots of hacking. You ...
As someone who works a lot on Silverlight and as someone who have presented lots of trainings / talks over Silverlight; i am been getting a lot of questions based on future of Silverlight. Is Silverlight dead? http://www.zdnet.com/blog/m... These are often from end-clients, managers, architects or even consumers. Sometimes also from guys who have little exposure to Silverlight; but still want to engage in the conversation as it is "happening" ...
Don’t miss out on these great session with Markus Egger in the Dallas office! Where: Microsoft Dallas Office – 7000 SR-161 (George Bush Turnpike), Dallas, TX 75039 When: Tuesday, December 13, 2011 – 1:30 – 4:30 PM Signup for this FREE event in Dallas Join Markus Egger, Microsoft RD and one of the longest running MVPs, for an afternoon of free information. CODE Magazine and EPS Software are in a unique position to share information based on real world experience in projects that are either our own ...
About a month ago'ish I read some very sad news. Microsoft announced that they were killing off the DryadLinq (or LINQ-to-HPC) project in favor of Hadoop. I was one of the first users of DryadLinq outside of Microsoft, back when it was a pre-alpha project inside Microsoft Research. My company had a running HPC cluster and my boss convinced me to install DryadLinq on it to see what I could make it do. I worked with it for a year, and being a big LINQ and PLINQ fan, really enjoyed how easy it was to ...
I often use the VS 2010/TFS 2010 evaluation virtual machines that Microsoft publishes every 6 months with the latest bits. It’s a great timesaver to use an image where everything is already setup and also contains a bit of sample data that is useful when you want to demo something for customers. There is one thing that has always been a, albeit small, but still very annoying problem and that is that the builds always partially fail when you start using the image. When you want to demo the powerful ...
I came across a challenge last week, wherein I was asked to remove the path information from the dll files which were build inside my project. For those who don’t have an idea about what I am talking about, here is a quick introduction. The dll/exe files which are build by Visual Studio contains the Win32 PE header information, and this is true for all the dll and exe on Win32 platforms. Read about it at (http://en.wikipedia.org/wi... To check the headers in your dll/exe files ...
Lync mobile client is now available for Windows Phone Microsoft Lync lands in the Windows Phone Marketplacehttp://www.neowi... Lync Mobile Feature Comparisonhttp://unifiedcol... More detailed Mobile Client Comparisonhttp://technet.mi... ...
This is another x64 issue where I was really surprised that it does exist. When you compile in VS2010/MsBuild a managed target for which the corresponding serialization assembly is generated you will find that all works until you try to compile for 64 bit. There you will get: "SGEN : error : An attempt was made to load an assembly with an incorrect format: xxxx.dll." Here is the 32 bit SGen is called for the 64 bit target which cannot load a 64 bit assembly. I have no idea why MS did not provide ...

Here we go! After the Microsoft team released version 5 of Silverlight yesterday, MVVM Light is available for this version of the framework too. I did not create the installer yet (that will take a few more days), but you can download the source code and build it yourself easily.

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For a while I’ve been working on an idea and whitepaper around analyzing source code to measure the size and complexity. There are some tools around which can do this but my differentiator is that I was interested in BizTalk projects and wanted to look at how these could be measured. Note however this can be easily used for non-BizTalk projects too. The aim is to be able to understand the size and complexity of a solution and to allow some real metrics to contribute to your understanding of the Total ...
Whenever I do use Visual Studio and try to compile something under 64 bit I run into problems. It seems that most MS Devs for Visual Studio and the relevant tool chain are still mainly writing 32 bit applications. Here are some of the latest issues I did run into. COM applications targeting x64 are still using x32 as target platform for the MIDL compiler by default Resolution: You have to select in the UI MIDL – Target Environment X64 by yourself. Alternatively you can edit the vcxproj file directly ...
Microsoft just released the version 5 of Silverlight! It’s a great news and I really want to congratulate the whole team on this impressive collective effort. The official announcement is on the Silverlight team blog! Read the rest of this entry » ...
UPDATE 10.01.2012: The issue has been resolved by Microsoft and will be addressed in patch soon. Here is the full description from the Connect site: “We've identified the rootcause. This bug was introduced in the compatibility GDR patch released for VS 2010 to work against 2011 TFS Server. We shall be releasing a patch soon. Till then, please follow the workaround mentioned to unblock yourselves. “ When setting up a physical environment for a new test controller on our TFS 2010 server, I ran into ...
Yesterday, Microsoft announced the forthcoming release of BizTalk Server 2010 R2 on the BizTalk Server blog site. This is advanced notice, given that this new version will ship six months after the release of Windows 8, expected in the second half of next year. On this basis, we can expect the new version of BizTalk Server to arrive in 2013. Given the BizTalk team’s previous record of name changes, I wonder if this will eventually be released as BizTalk Server 2013. Microsoft has been refreshingly ...
If you haven't already checked out WebMatrix , go check it out now. It's awesome for a variety of reasons. It’s very cool feature.Anyway, one of the cool features of WebMatrix (and Visual Studio 2010) is the ability to publish straight from the IDE to a compatible web host. Not all web hosts support Web Deploy but I know HostForLife.eu support this technology.Here is a quick walk-through with screenshots showing the publishing process from WebMatrix. I try to publish Orchard CMS here. J OK, let’s ...
Daytona - Iterative MapReduce on Windows Azure Overview MapReduce is a framework for processing highly distributable problems across huge datasets using a large number of compute nodes. It is a generic mechanism that comprises 2 steps: Map step: The master node takes the input, partitions it up into smaller sub-problems, and distributes them to worker nodes. The worker node processes the smaller problem, and passes the answer back to its master node. Reduce step: The master node then collects the ...

I was recently made aware of a couple of people having issues with WCF services (or ASP.NET applications) when using the MVVM Light project template for Silverlight. There is a blog post and a StackOverflow question, so what exactly is happening there?

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This was a very interesting event, I had never spoken in an event with so many developers in one place. It was cool! I had two talks, one on HTML5 and IE9 where I demonstrated the HTML5 and CSS3 coverage in IE9 and performance improvements, the second on ASP.NET MVC Best Practices where I talked about a fraction of things that you need to be aware of and possibly use when you are developing an MVC application. The HTML5 and IE9 talk was more of a showcase and focused on new features that will continue ...
Renaming SharePoint service app databases When you install SharePoint 2010 and use the wizards, you will be asked which services you’d like to install. By default all but Lotus-Notes-Connector are preselected. SharePoint will install the services and assign a plethora of databases to serve these services. Alas, horror of horror, all these databases are named by Microsoft and all end with GUIDs. DBAs and other keepers of standards abhor it. Sometimes they even go a step further and want the DB names ...
Microsoft are offering Office 2010 Home And Student for up to 3 PCs in 1 home for a very attractive price.Suite includes Word, Excel, Power Point and OneNote plus a wireless mouse.See http://emea.microsoftstore.... ...
Build 2011 announced the September release of the Windows Azure Service Bus. For those of you who have just tuned in, the WA Service Bus is part of the AppFabric middleware that enables almost seamless connectivity between applications that are restricted to limited connectivity options by their firewall or custom security protocols. By leveraging the service bus one can build distributed applications on cloud or hybrid solutions featuring on-premise and cloud apps while maintaining the worthwhile ...
I have just recived this from the Author of that excellent product NMAP:"Um, what people WANT when they download Nmap is Nmap itself. Not tohave their searches redirected to Bing and their home page changed toMicrosoft's MSN.Speaking of which, Microsoft emailed me today. They said that theydidn't know they were sponsoring CNET to trojan open source software,and that they have stopped doing it. But the trojan installer usesyour Internet connection to obtain more "special offers" from CNET,and they ...
Upgrading a SharePoint farm can reveal hidden issues that may not be causing any visible consequences in your current environment. This was especially the case in a recent customer visit to assist with an upgrade from SharePoint 2007 to SharePoint 2010. During the upgrade we encountered the error “Failed to create field: Field type <field name> is not installed properly” while attempting to upgrade hundreds of SharePoint lists and document libraries. The issue my customer faced related to a ...
MS knowledge base article which is of interest: Consider the following scenario: You have multiple servers that are running Microsoft Exchange Server. The servers that are running Exchange Server are hosted in a VMware ESX environment. The servers that are running Exchange Server are part of a Windows Network Load Balancing cluster. Windows Network Load Balancing is configured to run in unicast mode. In this scenario, Windows Network Load Balancing may not work correctly. For example, network traffic ...
And here is the new and improved multi tenancy guide for Exchange 2010 SP2! Remember that this is no longer using the /hosted switch but your environment will still be supported until the next Exchange version comes along. http://www.microsoft.com/do... ...
Overcoming the Asp.Net FileUpload limitations. In asp.net 2.0 and up, Microsoft introduced the FileUpload control. As you’ll see in the code below, usage is simple. Park it on the form in design mode, and use the FileUpload.SaveAs(URI) method to save it in a URI of your choice. Add a button, name it Upload (btnUpload) and that’s it. Now write the code as I have and try it. <% @ Page Language ="C#" AutoEventWireup ="true" CodeBehind ="Default.aspx.cs" Inherits ="FileUpload._Default" %> <! ...
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The Microsoft team will be conducting an event in Cebu regarding Windows Azure this coming December 8, 2011 at 8:30 am to 5:00 pm. So if you are new to Azure and want to learn this new exciting developer platform then don't hesitate to join and register!For more details please visit: http://www.microsoft.com/ph... you guys there! =} ...
Overview Windows HPC Server 2008 is infrastructure for high-end applications that require high performance computing clusters – i.e. for scaling out parallelizable across many compute nodes in a grid. These compute nodes can be coordinated by a head node , which in turn can be proxied via a service broker node that exposes a SOA WCF interface for job scheduling. Additional functionality includes the ability to coordinate between job processes running on nodes via MPI (message passing interface). ...
Last week I get the information directly from Microsoft, that at build machines SDKs must be installed to guarantee that MSBuild works well in some circumstances. We have the problem, that a self-containing build should include all necessary build artifacts – particularly Silverlight stuff. I tried to encapsulate the special steps in own targets and a build was finally possible (see my former posts). But at local machines without installed Silverlight stuff it gives problems for problems. Because ...
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