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The Membership API came in .NET 2.0 and was a huge enhancement in building web applications with users, managing roles, permissions etc., The Membership API by default uses SQL Express and until Visual Studio 2008, it was available only through the ASP.NET Configuration manager screen (Website – ASP.NET Configuration) or (Project – ASP.NET Configuration) and for every application, one has to manually visit this place to start using the Security and other settings. Upon doing that the default SQL ...
Most of us have seen the Windows 8 news regarding support for native HTML5/JavaScript applications. The press has pushed this as a potential threat to the .NET developer community because JavaScript and HTML5 were called "our new developer platform". The press release refers to "Web-connected and Web-powered apps built using HTML5 and JavaScript that have access to the full power of the PC.".Microsoft has also been hush on details related to these comments. Before we buy the hype and start worrying ...
The vast majority of Red Gate is on the first and second floors (the second and third floors in US parlance) of an office building in Cambridge Business Park (here we are!). As you can see, the building is split into three sections; the two wings, and the section between them. As well as being organisationally separate, the four divisions are also split up in the office; each division has it's own floor and wing, so everyone in the division is working together in the same area (.NET and DBA on the ...
I registered a domain name today: (dearpeeps.com, dearpeeps.net, dearpeeps.info & dearpeeps.org) for an idea… The idea came to me this morning on the bus. Idea: Where could you go if you want to ask a question about something that you’d feel like sounding out a friend about? You could go to a particular forum, you could maybe go to a craigslist discussion, or a google or yahoo discussion… but each of those choices involves going to a part of a bigger whole – and a fair amount of people wouldn’t ...
I had a distinct pleasure of catching up with Russ Fustino of Toolshed fame who is the new amazing community leader for GrapeCity while I was at TechEd11 I was invited by Microsoft to help with Microsoft Expression Blend booth (more on that). Check out the entire blog post and video: GrapeCity Russ Cam Episode #8 (Video) / TechEd Atlanta 2011 – Part 2 (blog) Scott Hanselman, Microsoft Principal Web Community Architect, Mary Jo Foley, author of the “All About Microsoft” Blog on ZD NET , Colin Blakey, ...
Preamble Microsoft’s first introduction of upcoming Windows 8 spurred lots of discussions among developers. The most noticeable part of the demonstrations at D9 conference and Computex show, as well as on YouTube, is, of course, the new touch-centric UI. So why is it controversial among developers? Let’s take a look at Microsoft’s press release: Today, we also talked a bit about how developers will build apps for the new system. Windows 8 apps use the power of HTML5, tapping into the native capabilities ...
A few years ago I wrote a post describing how I creating many of my blog posts. When I had a new question/issue that required some research, Usually I do a Google search, open a few articles and extract what is useful from them. Usually I was not able to find exact answer, so I had to make a solution of my problem based on the ideas from different articles add my own ideas, combined the ideas from different sources, and finally describe my sollution in a blog post. Recently I realized, that from ...
More of a note-to-self, but may be useful to other ReadyNAS users who aren’t quite at home with Linux. As I’m doing a lot of coding with different environments, and I want easy SCM, git is a fine choice. Git runs through IP addresses, so I can access remote servers inside VMs without any weird config needed. It integrates natively with XCode for iOS programming, and msysgit is a simple UI for Windows (there is also a VS extension for git). Setting up git on the ReadyNAS is straightforward, but there ...
In this Issue: Rudi Grobler, Roy Dallal, Chris Rouw, Sean Nolan, Peter Kuhn, WindowsPhoneGeek(-2-), Jesse Liberty(-2-), Mike Taulty, Paul Sheriff, Xpert360, and Vikram Pendse. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Storing Files in SQL Server using WCF RIA Services and Silverlight – Part 1" Chris Rouw WP7: "XNA for Silverlight developers: Part 12 - Mango (1)" Peter Kuhn From SilverlightCream.com: Slide-out keyboard support on Windows Phone Rudi Grobler has a quick post up discussing the slide-out keyboard ...
In the month of May we met again for the .NET Usergroup, and I presented some introductory material into software design and architecture. The talk was aimed at looking into new ways of software design and managing of complex software components by using domain driven approach. I talked about best practices, coding patterns and DDD, TDD and DataObjects.NET (http://dataobjects.net). I advocated for best practices presented by the best practices team http://msdn.microsoft.com/e... ...
I wanted to get familiar with SharePoint 2010 because I have noticed how the market is starting to demand it. Also, most of the SharePoint 2010 guides on the net are outdated. They show everything from registry hacks/editing xml files to installing hot fixes/service packs. My guide uses the latest bits as of 6/7/11 to create a SharePoint 2010 server inside of an Virtual Machine. This will be more than enough to begin creating Silverlight Web Parts inside of SharePoint 2010. NOTE: I did not want to ...
This is a quick introduction to moving from our own internal assembly repository to using NuGet. It’s terse for a reason, just a note to self and those I work with: What we had One source of builds external to our code repository Didn’t check in external builds Used DVCS to share single feed Rake task to update and copy latest builds local checkout (this location is excluded from VCS) Automatic updates if changed in central repository and version not incremented Caused problems when changes were ...
(A picture that I took on 6/3/2011 waiting for the keynote by Charles Petzold to begin at the Bijou Theater in Knoxville, TN) Day One (Thursday Night) I headed out on Thursday morning with my friend Daniel Heisler for CodeStock. We were driving from Birmingham, Alabama so it was going to take us about 4.5 hours to get in. After stopping a few times, we finally arrived at the Knoxville Hilton. After checking into our rooms, we met Rafe Kemmis and Spede Bryan in the lobby and headed over to Barley's ...
In last couple years, I am seeing more and more discussion on why companies in the west should look for better alternatives (especially on IT outsourcing). Many times such discussions are propaganda from companies of competing countries but many are genuine concerns as well. Concerns like: why they continue to face challenges in outsourcing, quality problems, debate on “Offshore Vs Nearshore”, etc. Everyone has their own share of challenges with many common factors but I consistently see everyone ...
In my previous post, I covered how field, method, and other types of signatures are encoded in a .NET assembly. Custom attribute signatures differ quite a bit from these, which consequently affects attribute specifications in C#. Custom attribute specifications In C#, you can apply a custom attribute to a type or type member, specifying a constructor as well as the values of fields or properties on the attribute type: public class ExampleAttribute : Attribute { public ExampleAttribute(int ctorArg1, ...
Within each division in Red Gate, development effort is structured around one or more project teams; currently, each division contains 2-3 separate teams. These are self contained units responsible for a particular development project. Project team structure The typical size of a development team varies, but is normally around 4-7 people - one project manager, two developers, one or two testers, a technical author (who is responsible for the text within the application, website content, and help ...

Let’s all welcome Samuel Mathew to the Dynamics Blogging community

 

Till later,

John

Overview of the “AdventureWorksDesignPatterns” Project (I’ll be posting on this series here. It will be based on the presentations I’m creating for the PhillyNJ.NET user group a subgroup of PhillyDotNet) This is the start of a long series on “applied design patterns”. The intent to demonstrate design patterns in real code. I am not endorsing or “pushing” any specific methodologies. But I will be stressing various points of views many of which are part of various methodologies you may have heard of. ...
When I joined Red Gate back in 2007, there were around 80 people in the company. Now, around 3 years later, it's grown to more than 200. It's a constant battle against Dunbar's number; the maximum number of people you can keep track of in a social group, to try and maintain that 'small company' feel that attracted myself and so many others to apply in the first place. There are several strategies the company's developed over the years to try and mitigate the effects of Dunbar's number. One of the ...
My name is Brent Caskey and I have been in IT since 1999. I currently work for Dell in the Support Services group. The posts that you will see here are either related to cases I have worked or something that I have seen in the lab. I currently support Hyper-V, Windows Clustering, Exchange Server, and Windows Core Services (AD, DNS, RDS, etc.). If I’m not working on a customer case, then I am teaching or developing a training class. Currently I’m teaching Exchange Server and Hyper-V classes that I ...
This past week was an interesting experience. My first trip to Washington DC on Washington business. As part of the Association for Competitive Technology (http://www.actonline.com) I joined 27 other small software developer company owners from around the country to visit and educate congressional staffs. I already knew 1/2 dozen of the people attending from my activities in the Microsoft developer community and had the pleasure of renewing friendships with them and making new friends with others. ...
If you've just joined this series, I highly recommend you read the previous posts in this series, starting here, or at least these posts, covering the CLR metadata tables. Before we look at custom attribute encoding, we first need to have a brief look at how signatures are encoded in an assembly in general. Signature types There are several types of signatures in an assembly, all of which share a common base representation, and are all stored as binary blobs in the #Blob heap, referenced by an offset ...

Here are some links I found useful when I was setting up mine:

Setting up multiple Hotmail account:  http://community.spiceworks.com/how_to/show/714

Setting up Gmail as the Outlook sync account:  http://www.google.com/support/mobile/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=138636

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 ...
For those that attended TechEd NA 2011 last week in Atlanta it should be no surprise that more and more companies are betting on the Azure platform, whether it is Windows Azure or SQL Azure. There have been developments, changes and improvements for every aspect of the Windows Azure platform in general. And with that tools from 3rd parties to enhance or extend the experience. That is the case when we look at SQL Azure Backup from Redgate. A way to simplify and sync your SQL Azure data to local SQL ...
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 ...
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 ...
Been a busy week for me, wish it was full of XNA stuff and that is why I’m busy (and that the notes are late…again) but not the case. I’m just going to have to figure out a better way of integrating the XNA Notes into some of the stuff going on lately or maybe change my life situation so these things aren’t going on. I’m working on figuring it out both ways. But you don’t come here to read about my personal stuff, you come to see what the XNA community has been up to! So without further ado, here’s ...
June the 23rd the Belgium user groups have another free event. It’s called the Community Day and this year they will celebrate their 5th anniversary! To celebrate this they invited some collegue-usergroups from across the border to speak there as well. Timmy Kokke from Sixin (http://www.sixin.nl) and myself will be there to talk about a number of items. I will be doing a talk on MVC 3 (not so interesting for regular readers of this blog) and a talk on Surface Development (which fits this blog more ...
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... ...
A couple of days ago I had the wonderful surprise to find a mention (and a link!) to MVVM Light on USAToday.com. The article talks about the new USA Today app available for Windows Phone 7. MVVM Light is mentioned as well as JSON.NET just after the high quality of the development tools is mentioned: “That same high bar for tools extends into the community as well. MVVM Light and JSON.Net were extremely useful moving past mundane tasks and instead getting to the business of building our app.” – Tim ...
In this Issue: Rudi Grobler(-2-), Michael Washington, Ashish Patil, Oren Gal(-2-), Andrea Boschin, WindowsPhoneGeek, Jesse Liberty, John Papa, Mike Taulty, and Paul Sheriff. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Getting Driving Directions in a Silverlight Application" Oren Gal WP7: "Creating a Windows Phone 7 Trial Application: Advanced Buy Now Implementation" WindowsPhoneGeek LightSwitch: "Using The Document Toolkit for LightSwitch" Michael Washington Shoutouts: SilverlightShow posted their top 5 articles ...
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 ...
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 ...
All right this is a repeat, but it well worth you having the email I have recieved from those nice people at JetBrains. Following recent developments in the .NET decompiling tools market, JetBrains is happy to offer its own decompiler called dotPeek that brings a host of powerful ReSharper features to everyone, completely free of charge. You can download an early dotPeek build right now. dotPeek offers: Decompilation of .NET 1.0-4.0 assemblies to C# Code syntax highlighting and code insight features ...
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 ...
In this Issue: Kunal Chowdhury, Joost van Schaik, Xpert360, Tony Champion, Paul Sheriff, Vangos Pterneas, Jesse Liberty, Jeremy Likness, Mike Taulty, and Pete Brown. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Binding on Style Setter in Silverlight 5" Kunal Chowdhury WP7: "Debugging Windows Phone 7 device network access with just a laptop" Joost van Schaik Training: "MVPs Chat It Up on Twitter - Tony Champion's Pivot of the results" Tony Champion From SilverlightCream.com: Binding on Style Setter in Silverlight ...
Geeks With Blogs has been given the opportunity to host a blogger’s lounge at MS TechEd 2011 this year. I highly encourage anyone who loves to blog about technology, Developer or IT Pro, to head on over and introduce yourself. I have been blogging off and on (as life and time permit) with this group for a long time now and you couldn’t find a better bunch of guys that are passionate about both community and technology and their site really supports this. Be sure to say hi to Jeff and John. They are ...
In this Issue: David Catuhe, Andrea Boschin, Kunal Chowdhury(-2-), Colin Eberhardt, Mike Ormond, Doug Rathbone, John Garland, Jesse Liberty, Mike Taulty, and Pete Brown. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "ItemsControl from scratch to your own controls" Andrea Boschin WP7: "Metro In Motion #5 – SandwichFlow" Colin Eberhardt Shoutouts: Alan Cruz sent me a link to his Social Network site he's developed in Silverlight... this is another 'sign yourself up' thing... I did it, nothing bad happened :) ... Alan ...
In case you missed it, the Windows Phone Hackathon was last night. TechEd attendees and community folks from around Atlanta showed up to get some free training on Windows Phone development (Silverlight, XNA, Azure) and have some Q&A with various subject matter experts (and free help with their projects.) We had a really good turnout, with most people in the Silverlight room learning about making apps. We had a few folks in the XNA room, some who were brand new to XNA and others who were already ...

This is a very nice addition and will make development across the various WebSSO protocols that much easier.

Announcing the WIF Extension for SAML 2.0 Protocol Community Technology Preview! - Claims-Based Identity Blog - Site Home - MSDN Blogs

In this Issue: Michael Washington, Kunal Chowdhury, Mick Norman, Mike Hole, John Garland, Jeff Prosise, Jobi Joy, WindowsPhoneGeek, Jesse Liberty, Nigel Sampson, Mike Taulty(-2-), and Pete Brown. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Enhanced Touch Manipulations for Silverlight and Windows Phone" John Garland WP7: "Tile Maker" Mike Hole LightSwitch: "This Is How LightSwitch Does MVVM" Michael Washington From SilverlightCream.com: This Is How LightSwitch Does MVVM Michael Washington's latest LightSwitch post ...
This has been a fantastic week of XNA activity and news. Standing ovation the the XNA Team for the interaction they’ve been having with the community as well as the new features they’ve been rolling out for Xbox LIVE Indie Game developers. Simply outstanding and I can’t wait to see what might be coming next. It’s also been a fun week to watch people’s Dream Build Play projects inch ever closer to completion. With the submission deadline coming up in June this is the crunch time for many developers. ...
In this Issue: Morten Nielsen, Kunal Chowdhury, John Papa, Jesse Liberty, Mike Taulty(-2-), and Pete Brown. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Custom Cursors in Silverlight" Morten Nielsen WP7: "Coming in Mango–Sql Server CE" Jesse Liberty Silverlight 5 Beta: "Silverlight 5: Using the SoundEffect Class for Low-Latency Sound (and play WAV files in Silverlight)" Pete Brown Shoutouts: Khawar Yunus sent me this link to his app... I'm not going to tell you to make a login, but I did.. and the app is a pretty ...

News is a bit old now, but I have been awarded an MVP from Microsoft for the second year in a row.

The MVP programme is a superb offering from Microsoft, and it's a great community to be a part of, so thanks again guys!

 

 

In this Issue: Chris Rouw, Kevin Dockx(-2-), WindowsPhoneGeek, Jesse Liberty, Jeremy Likness, Telerik Phone Team, Mike Taulty(-2-), Pete Brown, and András Velvárt. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Locking and Unlocking controls in a Silverlight LOB Application" Chris Rouw WP7: "WP7 ToDo Lists App Built with RadControls" Telerik Phone Team Just too cool not to list: "Kinect + Bing Maps–the gestures" András Velvárt Shoutouts: The SilverlightShow folks sent me their top 5 from last week: SilverlightShow ...
Michael’s “Mega Collection of Silverlight 5 Beta” Demos I’ve decided that today I would release a set of Demos for the Silverlight 5 Beta to help the community get up to speed quickly with the new features. In order to make the Silverlight 5 developer-base grow I will be creating demos of every feature as it is available. Here is my first set of contributions to make this happen. To download all the demos in one file then click here. For separate downloads then click below. Please note: All of these ...
Hey guys, I'm new here and nice to meet my fellow GeeksWithBlogs bloggers here. This is the first time I really spent my time looking for a blog community for the developers and IT professionals. I usually blog at my own site but I have not have that much of tine to maintain it. so I have chosen to look around and to lighten my burden a little bit. I've been looking around for quit a while before I decided to try my luck with GeeksWithBlogs (GWB). I know it doesn't give out account just for any applicant ...
In this almost entirely submittals Issue: Andrea Boschin, Manas Patnaik, Alex van Beek, Michael Washington, Kunal Chowdhury(-2-, -3-), Michael Crump, Richard Waddell, Jeremy Likness, Mike Taulty, Alexandra Rusina, and Pete Brown. Above the Fold: Silverlight 5 Beta: "Silverlight 5: Debugging Bindings with Xaml Breakpoints" Pete Brown Silverlight: "Dynamic Types to Simplify Property Change Notification in Silverlight 4 and 5" Jeremy Likness LightSwitch: "Using The LightSwitch Filter Extension" Michael ...