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Introduction:I thought getting used to C# 2.0 (as a programming language), ASP.NET 2.0(as web development platform) and SQL Server 2005 would be good enough of a thing as far as - understanding next release of .net framework (i.e. ver 2.0) was concerned. You bet! I was wrong. I felt like knowing INDIGO would be good enough for sure and I'd be able to use it whenever the time would come. I had read introductions about Avalon, Win FS etc and thought good GOD this .NET 2.0 is becoming massive as far ...
This is the best roundup I have seen of the new features in Windows Vista that appeal to the IT Professional.
Windows Workflow Foundation is the programming model, engine and tools for quickly building workflow-enabled applications on Windows. It consists of a Microsoft® WinFX® name space (System.Workflow), an in-process workflow engine, and designers for Microsoft Visual Studio 2005. Windows Workflow Foundation is available (currently as Beta) for both client and server versions of Windows. Windows Workflow Foundation supports a wide range of scenarios including workflow within line-of-business ...
This reminds me of the EF Hutton commercial when everyone stops what their doing and listens attentively when EF Hutton talks. Here's the story: On my way from school on Monday afternoon, I was travelling down the street at an intersection and the light was green and bam all of a sudden I find myself facing the same direction that I came. I drive a Toyota Tundra truck and the driver of the vehicle that struck me was driving a Honda. Needless to say, I was in shock that I got hit and that the impact ...
This 2.1 update includes over 60 improvements, including new support for .NET 2.0 and Visual Studio 2005. VistaDB is a small-footprint, embedded SQL database alternative to Jet/Access, MSDE and SQL Server Express 2005 that enables developers to build .NET 1.1 and .NET 2.0 applications. Features SQL-92 support, small 500KB embedded footprint, free 2-User VistaDB Server for remote TCP/IP data access, royalty free distribution for both embedded and server, Copy 'n Go! deployment, managed ADO.NET Provider, ...
Just wanted to get an idea of how many people might use VistaDB and whether we should consider a database library in the RapidDB system for VistaDB? Let me know if you are using it already or are planning to use it in the future. Normally getting a database into RapidDB takes around 2 days of work, if the database system doesn't have significant exceptions to the norm (such as Oracle). Oh, and of course, I get a free copy of the system for developing the layer if I include the following press release ...
We've been investigating alternatives to MSDE for a recent project. Firebird was one of the alternatives we investigated. Today I saw in a blog post another possibility that we will consider: VistaDB for .NET VistaDB 2.1 database for .NET has been released This 2.1 update includes over 60 improvements, including new support for .NET 2.0 and Visual Studio 2005. VistaDB is a small-footprint, embedded SQL database alternative to Jet/Access, MSDE and SQL Server Express 2005 that enables developers to ...
This 2.1 update includes over 60 improvements, including new support for .NET 2.0 and Visual Studio 2005. VistaDB is a small-footprint, embedded SQL database alternative to Jet/Access, MSDE and SQL Server Express 2005 that enables developers to build .NET 1.1 and .NET 2.0 applications. Features SQL-92 support, small 500KB embedded footprint, free 2-User VistaDB Server for remote TCP/IP data access, royalty free distribution for both embedded and server, Copy 'n Go! deployment, managed ADO.NET Provider, ...
Found this via Dare. In this post, Sean from the IE RSS team writes: Our years of experience in with HTML in Internet Explorer have taught us the long-term pain that results from being too liberal with what you accept from others. Hence, we’ve adopted the following overriding principle for IE 7 and RSS platform in Windows Vista: We will only support feeds that are well-formed XML. This principle allows us to build a more predictable feed parser. As a platform, it's important that applications ...
This is Microsoft’s new electronic paper format, an alternative to the PDF format. Office 2007 supports 'Save As' to both of these formats via Add-ins, download 'Save As PDF or XPS' here. For more details on the XPS file format, see Jeff Bell's blog post: Unlike the Office Open XML Formats, XPS does not attempt to capture the full structured richness of an Office document. As an electronic paper format, it is all about a high fidelity representation of the output only. Because of this, creation of ...
Just made reservations for Doug and Michelle's wedding in June. We're looking forward to a wonderful trip to the Northeast to see Maine! We'll probably extend the trip out into the following week if vacation schedules allow for it. That would also be convinient to roll into TechEd 2006 the following week in Boston. I may then be back in Boston for the Worldwide Partner Conference the following month, in the week leading up to Festivus Clevelandus, or, the wedding of Ed and Lorrie.Speaking of things ...
If you live in the GTA area, then you definitely don't want to miss this event. We are organizing a special event for our developers, and after the event you will even get a chance to play on the new Xbox 360s before they even hit the stores!! Below is the event abstract. We will have some great speakers from the gaming industry and Microsoft (you'll have to show up to see who the are!). Game development, food, coffee, xbox 360....what are you waiting for!!!! X05 Developer Track - Join us for a unique ...
For sometime now my home PC hasn’t really been behaving itself. It’s been slow in parts and mysterious errors have surfaced in commonly used applications. A whole bunch of those repair and optimisation utilities have been thrown at my PC over the years but the simple fact was that the machine was suffering from to much clutter. I had released a while ago that I had never completely rebuild my machine from scratch I had always upgraded my PC with each new version of Windows from 98 to ...
Well, I am rather late on this topic. Microsoft Corporation has completed 30 years on September 23, 2005.It has been a fabulous growth from a company which started with 2 inspiring men Bill Gates and Paul Allen in 1975, the company has grown from a crumb to a champion in the Computer World.I remember hearing about Microsoft as early as my 4th or 5th grade when I was roughly around 9 years. But, I seriously started working on Microsoft Technologies from 1994 that was during my school finals.From then, ...
It sure would be nice to have those *nix features, and Vista's timeframe could give it the time needed to get those features done... Has somebody created a “sym” for NTFS (i think “sym” is the command to create a link)? It would solve so many directory maintenance problems, like when I try to keep up-to-date on Paul Wilson's ORMapper stuff, it comes as a complete “WilsonDotNetPremium&... that obviously is mapped to his preferred directory structure... with symbolic ...

WWF

I have started maintaining a list of resources for Windows Workflow Foundation. Planning to keep it updated on a regular basis.. Please let me know your feedback on this list - any suggestions are highly welcome!

 

Apparently I have not been under as much of a rock as I thought. WWF (no relation to World Wrestling Federation :) ) has only recently been announced with what appears to have been very little fanfare. There is what appears to be a fairly in depth article by Dino Esposito called “Getting Started with Microsoft Windows Workflow Foundation: A Developer Walkthrough” available here. And Microsoft already has a site up here on MSDN linking off to all sorts of interesting WWF goodness ...
UPDATE: September 29, 2008 This post is relatively old and at that time, this was the only theme available. Currently there is a Zune theme for Windows XP which is pretty cool and gives the Vista Look n Feel. I would recommend not going for any third party "Vista look for XP" since they consume a lot of memory resources as well as result in leakages / spyware. The same can be downloaded from here Ever had a chance to look at the Windows Vista ("Longhorn") Screens? Waiting to explore the rich graphics ...
This is an excellent article describing what really happened to Longhorn / Vista's feature set, and a big reason for all the delays. Definitely worth the read. Windows is broken and Microsoft has admitted it. In an unprecedented attempt to explain its Longhorn problems and how it abandoned its traditional way of working, the normally secretive software giant has given unparalleled access to The Wall Street Journal, even revealing how Vice President Jim Allchin, personally broke the bad news to Bill ...
I got waaay behind on reading my "MSDN Just Published" feed. So after browsing through the > 100 articles mentioned (yes, I "filtered" them via headlines first), I found a few that sounded relevant and interesting. I'll throw them at you randomly: Common ASP.NET 2.0 Conversion Issues and Solutions Windows Vista - get the Beta Coding4Fun - Some Assembly Required: Is that you? Writing Better Software for Cool USB Hardware Coding4Fun - In the Box: Giving Computers a Voice MSDN TV: Intelligent Applications ...
Let me preface this by saying that I have no insider knowledge on this topic, and that this post represents my personal opinion and forecast - tea leaves and crystal balls, as it were. I believe that the BizTalk Adapter Framework, as we know it, is approaching end-of-life. Already. With "v2" still six months out. Why? Because Microsoft is doing the right thing. They're embedding the foundation technologies into the operating system, where they belong, and as a result BizTalk Server will continue ...
I don't understand why Microsoft continually use years for their product names.  It seems to always get them into some kind of trouble. So, I complain about this and what do they do?  They create “Vista”!  ARRRGGHHH!  So now I'm torn...year-oriented names or bad product names????  Tough choice.
Okay, so I just went through some hell that really made me realize how much I take the advances of Windows XP for granted. I have an older computer in my office which is equiped with an ATI 7500 All-In-Wonder TV/video card. I have beat this computer to the ground and the last time I rebuilt it, I didn't bother with the bells and whistles... until yesterday. I decided I wanted to set up the TV on this computer again. Trick is that the computer is so old that some of the hardware (integrated sound ...
“It was ambitious beyond the state of the art. We won't do that again. We'll be ambitious within the state of the art.” ...MS CEO Ballmer on Windows, Vista's scale back and delay: Newsweek September 26th, 2005 pg. E6. WHAT? I thought it was up to Microsoft to define the “State of the art” and for the rest of us to follow like a bunch of Lemings. Mr. Ballmer's statement baffles me, but it may very well define the difference between Google and MS. --chaz ...
I'll summarize the conceptually daunting amount of Windows Vista information Microsoft presented at PDC 2005. I'll address three key themes in this article: changes en route from Longhorn client to Windows Vista, aspects of Vista that are slated to be ported to "down-level" releases of Windows (Windows XP and Windows Server 2003), and an overview of the reasons why individuals and organizations are likely to find Vista appealing even though many of its key features will also be available on earlier ...
More interesting information to come out of this weeks PDC include more information on Windows Presentation Foundation or WPF which was formerly known as Avalon. The WPF development tool will use cross-platform standards, so you can use them to write normal apps that will run on different platforms or even Web-based apps with multiple browser support. Even as it steers developers toward the forthcoming edition of Windows, Microsoft is building tools to write applications for Mac OS X and the Web, ...

Download Vista Icons and pretend you are living in the future. Or download a single executable from Crystal XP.

This is a recurring theme from a number of PDC 05 attendees. I think the answer is two fold : The first one can be found at : http://msdn.microsoft.com/w... The second is that vNext BizTalk 2004 must be a different beast offering more on top of what now is offered. The designers must be made more friendly (anyone who attended the BizTalk 2004 futres will have seen a glimpse of that), the toolset be increased ...
From Microsoft's website Overview Windows® Workflow Foundation is the programming model, engine and tools for quickly building workflow-enabled applications on Windows. It consists of a Microsoft® WinFX® name space (System.Workflow), an in-process workflow engine, and designers for Microsoft Visual Studio 2005. Windows Workflow Foundation is available (currently as Beta) in both client and server versions of Windows and it includes support for both system workflow and human workflow. ...
I was skimming the Bill Gates PDC keynotes video and saw an extremely cool Vista feature. You can actually plug in USB thumb drives and let Windows (via a program called SuperFetch) use them as if they are physical ram upgrades. So if your system has 512 megs of ram and you need an extra 512megs, just plug in your 512meg flash drive and BAM! You got it! (I'm sure its not as fast as real ram, but it has to be faster than writing to disk). /me claps ...
Just left the Keynote for today. And I’ve finally found something at this PDC that I’m really excited about. Yes, Monad is a great shell. Expression looks fantastic, and I hope that the designer types will love it. Office 12 is the office system we’ve been waiting for since 2000. Windows Vista is very flashy, but while flash is pretty it doesn’t help me do my job (I know there’s a lot in Vista other than just flash). And, of course, I want Visual Studio 2005. But I’ve ...
Another exciting announcement to come out of the PDC is the introduction of Windows Workflow Foundation or WWF (not to be confused with a bunch of big bloke in tights getting all snarly) So what is a 'workflow?' It is not always possible to completely automate a process in code, often a point in a process will require interaction from a human, device or perhaps even another system. A workflow is the steps in a path a of process that takes into account points where interactions take place. An obvious ...
The atmosphere was electric, charged by the thumping of rock/rap and dance music. The audience sat with anticipation as they waited for the Keynote to start. The lights dimmed and a hushed silence swepted across the audience, as we where now only seconds away from the entrance of the man himself. Bill Gates entered with a thunderous applause from the awaiting audience, the PDC had now official started. Check out the KeyNote online at PDC 2005 KeyNote Bill gave a quick history lesson, where we were ...
Gadgets are mini data driven applications that can reside on the new Windows Vista SideBar and SideShow (the new Auxiliary display technology of Windows Vista). If you dell exited about gadgets, check out the new Microsoft gadgets portal with code samples, ideas, blogs and more gadgets related information. ...
Finally, we can talk about it publicly – Windows Workflow Foundation (formally known WinOE) Beta 1 is out. You can download the bits, hands on labs and get more information in: http://msdn.microsoft.com/w... ...

my life just got really interesting.

Introducing “.Windows Workflow Foundation.

When it rains it pours! Microsoft has also made available its website dedicated to “gadgets” that will work in the Windows Vista sidebar as well as start.com and Windows SidesShow.
Well, this is certainly the Office 12 and Vista PDC. Enough has been said about Vista everywhere else, but the Windows Presentation Foundation (formerly Avalon) is interesting. It’s going to change the way we build UI’s for desktop apps for years to come. And those pesky designers are going to have quite a bit more to do with it. Fortunately, they’ve got some cool tools to help them out and to help Designers and Developers work together ...
Bill Evjen recently mentioned this in his blog from PDC. Using a USB memory stick will allow Vista to add it to the larger pool of available memory for the computer! Wow. Wow is right... imagine being able to stick a 2 gig USB drive in your machine and have it automatically increase your overall memory pool! I think that's pretty awesome, but... I am concerned about the impact speed will have on this... USB drives will have to get a hell of a lot faster, won't they? Or am I missing something obvious ...
Want to understand the magnitude of the Vista platform?Want to watch really cool demos of many Vista technologies?I really, really (did I say really?) recommend watching the keynote from the PDC. It's a 3:30 web cast featuring great information to Windows Vista and Office 12 technologies. You will learn about key technologies as Atlas, InfoCards, WCF, WPF, WPF/E, Peer to Peer and much more.If you have the time, try watch it all, but if you are really short on time I tried to mark a few important ...
Word is the build of Vista being given out at the PDC is 5219. And even though the build is labelled as Beta 2, it is not the official beta 2 build. This is reported to be just a pre-beta 2 build. You can read more about it here.
Today Microsoft released the long awaited Windows Workflow Foundation at PDC. You can get all the details from the Windows Vista Development Center for Workflow. Microsoft’s awesome new Windows Workflow Community Site is located at http://www.windowsworkflow.... WinWF will provide a framework for building and hosting workflows inside Windows. It will be part of the WinXF namespace along with Windows Communication Foundation (Indiago) and Windows Presentation Foundation (Avalon). The Beta Code ...

Microsoft released a comprehensive guide for developing Windows Vista based applications that utilize better the power of the platform:

http://msdn.microsoft.com/windowsvista/top10/

 

[via Stefan Gossner] September 13, 2005 Live webcast starts at 8:30 A.M. Pacific In a live keynote from Los Angeles at the world’s premier event for software developers, Microsoft Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates unveils the next generation of software application opportunities, featuring important technical previews of the next version of Microsoft Office, code-named "Office 12," and Microsoft Windows Vista, formerly code-named "Longhorn." http://www.microsoft.com/ev... ...
After Bill Gates spoke, Jim Allchin came out and gave a presentation geared at developers with the promise of showing lots of code (which was done by Don Box and company). Here are some of the highlights from Jim's presentation: First Jim showed everyone an IBM computer from the Microsoft museum with Windows 1.03 loaded. He then showed us the OS booting up and then pulled up the game of Reversi. Funny, I remember all those screens he showed ... I must be getting old. The point of showing that is ...
After Bill Gates keynote, Microsoft allowed us to go down to the distribution center and receive “The Goods” as they call it. This is a five disc set which includes a mass amount of software including: Windows Vista Beta 1 Visual Studio 2005 Team System Beta 2 SQL Server 2005 June CTP Virtual PC 2004 Virtual Server 2005 R2 Beta WinFX & Other Stuff Windows Vista CTP: PDC 2005 There is a spot for a sixth disc, but it is empty in my set. I am unsure if that is intentional or if there ...
I just read this announcement a little while ago but it looks like the company I work for is on the list of Microsoft ISV clients that are confirming that they will be creating new version of our software which leverage the upcoming Windows Vista framework. Very neat. I look forward to getting into the guts of Vista and WCF (even though it may not be for a while). I'm not saying which company I'm talking about though, I'll let you figure that one out. Hint: I work in the CRM industry. Read all about ...
Highlights Vista gets more of it's bits! Vista now has more 3D experience + the sidebar is back WPF & WCF now looking mature - Microoft Max is a great GUI experience - www.Microsoft.com/MAX LINQ - see here http://www.microsoft.com/pr... Office 12 looks stunning plus has real features - check out storin Power Points slide by slide on WSS then composing a new presentation from those slides - also if the 'master' is changed so is the developed presentation. ...
It was interesting that they only allowed photography of Bill Gates for the first minute of his presentation. Also, you weren’t allowed to use your laptops in the crowd as well – so I ended up taking my notes on paper instead of doing it with Microsoft Word like I normally do. Oh well. So, there was a lot said at the Bill Gates keynote, so I will only go through what I think were the highlights of the presentation. Video – Bill started off with a bit of humor and presented a video ...
Seems I missed the excitement of the power outage today; the cabbie relayed the story to me as we creeped up I405, feeling the after-affects of the heavy congestion that was only worsened by the lack of traffic signals. Unfortunately I had to reserve the my room at the hotel that is the further from the Convention Center, but that Sheraton Universal City is treating me well (better than Scoble at the Westin, it seems, but not as good as Casey Chesnut from the Channel 9 crew). I'm posting the my schedule ...