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August 2009 Entries

Sorry, not cracked the problems listed at the end of my last 64 bit dev blog. But added a new one. My BizTalk project required the reading of data from an Excel spreadsheet – don’t ask…. Now previously I have used: the Microsoft.ACE.OLEDB.12.0 provider. This allows you to treat the spread sheet as any normal data source. See sample below 1: string strConn = "Provider=Microsoft.ACE.OLE... + "Data Source=E:\\DEMO\\FileLocs\\... + "Extended Properties=Excel 12.0;"; 2: DataSet ds ......

Over the last few months I have made the move to 64 bit – Windows 7 RTM on my laptop and Windows 2008 standard server with hyper-v on my dev box. I’m also running 64 bit Office 2010 and a number of other 64 bit goodies. But it is in the area of development I’m really having ‘fun’. So first off it was time to setup a 64 bit dev image: Windows Server 2008 R2 Std (64 bit) SQL Server 2008 (64 bit) Visual Studio 2008 (32 bit only) BizTalk 2009 Developer Edition (64 bit) Windows SharePoint Server 3.0 (64 ......

Before we had Azure and the various bits and pieces that became Azure at PDC 2008 Microsoft had a number of disparate groups working on various ‘cloudy’ projects. these included BizTalk Services, Red dog, Mesh and the Live framework to name a few. Then at PDC 2008 with the wave of a marketing teams wand they all be became Azure or Azure Services or Azure platform or …well anyway the over-arching message was that they were all part of Azure!! Furthermore we were presented with the vision below… Now ......

IDG News Service — Microsoft on Tuesday released technology previews of SQL Azure, the database for its Azure cloud infrastructure platform, and SQL Server StreamInsight, its entry in the CEP (complex event processing) arena. Microsoft issues SQL Azure, CEP platform previews | ITworld ......

Lewis Hamilton led an all-McLaren front row with laps to spare in a hot European Grand Prix qualifying session. Team mate Heikki Kovalainen was just 3 one hundredths of a second slower but Hamilton, still out on the track and with the fastest first and second sectors, abandoned his final run with pole secured. All in all, a great start to McLaren and Mercedes’ 250th race together. Pitlane Fanatic » McLaren Claim Front Row - Qualifying Analysis ......

As previously mentioned I have lived with Beta and RC before arriving at Release. Downside has been the re-builds. The upside and this is Goodie #2 is the ability to use VHD’s mounted as ‘real’ hard drives has been a saviour! I have setup a number of Virtual drives and when I boot in I re-mount them. I have a Data drive (docs and outlook achieve), Software Installs drive (my downloads drive really), Code drive and finally and iTunes drive. Once a week I copy off each VHD to my NAS at home. So when ......

I’ve been living with Windows 7 for sometime – through Beta, RC and now Release (Thanks to MSDN). I have to admit it is a much better option than Vista. Furthermore I’m now running the 64 bit with now driver issues. Now my setup is not your standard run of the mill Dell or HP box..I’m running it on an Everything Apple MacBook Pro 17” laptop under bootcamp and it just works and works well! So Goodies 1: Boot camp 2.1 64 bit, Leopard to run Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit on a MacBook Pro…. del.icio.us Tags: ......

BizTalk Server 2009 standard edition has a two CPU limit on it so you would think even if it was on a box with four CPU’s you’d only need two licenses. Not so you’d need four!! Read here a quote from the Microsoft BizTalk Server 2009 pricing and licensing FAQ: The BizTalk Server 2009 STD engine can technically use only two processors on the server, even if it consists of more processors. For deployments where BizTalk Server 2009 is used, you need to buy the same number of processor licenses that ......

 

Galen Ward: Google is supposed to be an unbiased search engine, but they are hurting consumers by using their dominance to become a king maker for their own, increasingly inferior products.

New Google is the old Microsoft - TechFlash: Seattle's Technology News Source


Mary-Jo Foley comments on Doug Purdy’s blog….. It’s been awfully quiet on the Microsoft service-oriented architecture (SOA) front for the past nine months or so. But on August 17, Product Unit Manager Doug Purdy broke the silence to provide an update on Microsoft’s “Oslo” modeling platform and strategy. Microsoft shifts gears (again) with its Oslo modeling platform | All about Microsoft | ZDNet.com ......

Doug Purdy at Microsoft blogged this latest info on Oslo today…. I haven’t posted anything about “Oslo” since ~May. Before I mention what we have been up to, I want to give a little recap. Back in September of 2008 (previous to PDC 2008), I wrote a post titled, What is Oslo?. Beyond my typical hyperbole, this post remains a fairly accurate description of what “Oslo” is and how we describe it. That said, this description does not outline how the project developed prior or after PDC 2008. Back in September ......

For clarity it is best to start with what a filter is and relate it to a function. So here are both descriptions: Function: A function is a named sequential set of Powershell commands grouped into a code block that my be called once or many times by its name from anywhere in the rest of the script. Filter: A filter is similar to a function but is used in an entirely different manner. A filter is an output target for a pipeline and its job is to filter and then present that data. Filter Syntax: Filter(Keyword) ......

BizTalk WCF adapter and multipart messages - The discussion http://icio.us/itsrcp Charles Young : Complex-Event processing (CEP) Explained for BizTalk Users http://icio.us/ynmuwp BizTalk Azure Adapters SDK - Home http://icio.us/45rlk4 Sending Messages From Azure Service Bus to BizTalk Server 2009 « Richard Seroter’s Architecture Musings http://icio.us/cnxkbg Issue 7 of BizTalk HotRod is Out http://icio.us/h520f1 ......

I’m one of those people who ‘cross-dresses’ when it comes to computers. I have Apples and I put Windows on them as well as Leopard. Now this is out of design and necessity. I work very much in the Microsoft space but love Everything Apple – both hardware and software. So it is no surprise I have been using Windows 7 for many months. I have only installed it using Bootcamp on my Laptop a Mac Pro 17”. All was well both 32 bit and latterly 64 bit. Come the great day I swiftly upped it to RTM – no problems. ......