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Patterns and practices guidance for SharePoint 2010 Development

New information from the Patterns and practices Developer Center

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff770300.aspx

Posted On Wednesday, June 30, 2010 12:07 PM | Comments (0)
Windows Live Essentials beta now available

There have been updates on what this beta and the changes to the tools to include more social elements.

Go ahead and give it a go:  http://explore.live.com/windows-live-essentials-beta

Posted On Thursday, June 24, 2010 3:41 PM | Comments (0)
What happens when you combine Agile and SharePoint 2010?

You get 21Scrum!

Andrew Woodward (@andrewwoody) has been working hard at getting his passion for process and development into a solution that drives the principles of Scrum.  He and Sam Dolan (@pinkpetrol) have worked on a look that is functional and appealing.

Good job, Andrew!

21Scrum is now live!  Go check it out … http://www.21scrum.com

Give the Tour section a go. Explore and enjoy!

Posted On Monday, June 21, 2010 12:25 PM | Comments (0)
I say Windows Live Messenger on iPhone, you say so what?

Microsoft has released Windows Live Messenger for iPhone.  It looks pretty nice!

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http://itunes.com/apps/windowslivemessenger

Posted On Monday, June 21, 2010 11:48 AM | Comments (0)
Changes to SQL Azure Pricing

From their website …

SQL Azure Pricing

  • Web Edition:
    • Up to 1 GB relational database = $9.99 / month
    • Up to 5 GB relational database = $49.95 / month**
  • Business Edition:
    • Up to 10 GB relational database = $99.99 / month
    • Up to 20 GB relational database = $199.98 / month**
    • Up to 30 GB relational database = $299.97 / month**
    • Up to 40 GB relational database = $399.96 / month**
    • Up to 50 GB relational database = $499.95 / month**
  • Data transfers = $0.10 in / $0.15 out / GB - ($0.30 in / $0.45 out / GB in Asia)*

    * No charge for inbound data transfers during off-peak times through October 31, 2010

    ** SQL Azure 50 GB Business Edition Database and 5 GB Web Edition Database will be available starting on June 28, 2010.

    Source: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsazure/pricing/#sql

    Posted On Sunday, June 20, 2010 5:58 PM | Comments (0)
    What am I reading?

    My reading focuses very much around the technologies I work with.  During TechEd 2010 North America I found some very good reads that are helping me prep for the new things out and also to establish recommended practices in their implementation.

    Here are the titles.

    Professional Application Lifecycle Management with Visual Studio 2010 (Wrox Programmer to Programmer)

    Professional C# 4.0 and .NET 4 (Wrox Programmer to Programmer) Professional SharePoint 2010 Development (Wrox Programmer to Programmer)
    Professional SharePoint 2010 Administration   Professional SQL Server 2008 Internals and Troubleshooting

    It looks like a spot for Wrox, but they have hit hard and early with great content, and some friends happen to have participated in their creation.

    Posted On Sunday, June 20, 2010 4:13 PM | Comments (1)
    SQL Server 2008 R2 Best Practices Analyzer available for download

    SQL Server 2008 R2 Best Practices Analyzer is a diagnostic tool that gathers information about the server and the SQL Server instances installed (2008 and 2008 R2).  It checks for configuration settings following recommended best practices and reports on configuration settings that deviate from those recommendations.

    Download: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=0fd439d7-4bff-4df7-a52f-9a1be8725591

    Posted On Sunday, June 20, 2010 4:01 PM | Comments (0)
    Great article/video on TFS/Source Control in InfoPath 2010

    Philip Newman and Christopher Brotsos from the InfoPath program management team show how you can use Team Foundation Server (TFS) to manage source control for your InfoPath forms with code.

    Great piece of information … http://blogs.msdn.com/b/infopath/archive/2010/06/10/using-tfs-for-source-control-in-infopath-2010.aspx

    Posted On Saturday, June 19, 2010 10:34 PM | Comments (0)
    TFS Tools: Telerik’s TeamPulse

    A couple of months ago I was having a conversation about which tools people were using to manage theirs development projects, aside from TFS.  Most of the answer had just the standard TFS tools, some other had been custom developed and some mentioned running a very early beta of TeamPulse.

    What caught my interest on this tool is the fact it is a Silverlight 4 app, therefore the richness of the interface, not only in look and feel, but in value and functionality.

    Give it a try by visiting the website  http://www.telerik.com/team-productivity-tools/teampulse.aspx

    Posted On Saturday, June 19, 2010 7:03 PM | Comments (0)
    TFS tools: Scrum Master’s Workbench

    EMC provides us with 2 great tools, I have talked about the experience of deploying Scrum for Team System Template Version 3.  Now they have released the Scrum Master’s Workbench.

    What is this tool about?  Many times it is challenging for a Scrum Master to keep tabs on the items going on when there are many places to look.  This tool allows for us to connect to any Team Foundation Server project and interact with the work items using task board, item list and control project iteration path information.

    Crispin Parker, who I would define as the voice of SfTS and the Workbench, has recorded a number of webcasts explaining the way to work with the tool.

    Here is the link to the Workbench site:  http://consultingblogs.emc.com/crispinparker/archive/2010/06/17/scrum-masters-workbench-goes-gold.aspx

    Posted On Saturday, June 19, 2010 5:00 PM | Comments (0)
    Updated VM for Information Worker 2010 available.

    Updated image available for Demo and Evaluation of Office 2010, SharePoint 2010, Project 2010 and integration with Exchange 2010 and Office Communicator 2007.

    There is the traditional download available from the Download Center.

    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=751fa0d1-356c-4002-9c60-d539896c66ce&displaylang=en

    We also have the option of working with the Microsoft Download Service (Akamai Download Manager).

    Posted On Saturday, June 19, 2010 9:51 AM | Comments (0)
    Excellent find at TechEd North America 2010: A guide to claims based identity book

    I am completing a couple of days at TechEd NA 2010 in New Orleans this week.  There were many interesting finds, discoveries, re-syncs and so on.  But the following book is an outstanding find.  I have the hard copy of it, but found out too there is a pdf version of the document.

    Here is the link: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff423674.aspx

    Posted On Wednesday, June 9, 2010 10:58 PM | Comments (0)
    Visual Studio 2010: Pro Power Tools

    There is a set of Pro Power Tools released yesterday for Visual Studio 2010.  Check them out here.

    Brian Harry did a feature summary description on his blog.  Check it out here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/bharry/archive/2010/06/07/announcing-the-first-visual-studio-pro-power-tools.aspx

    Posted On Wednesday, June 9, 2010 9:23 PM | Comments (0)
    Welcome to Twitter: Visual Studio Product Team

    Visual Studio Team on Twitter … @VSDeveloper

    Microsoft Visual Studio Team on Twitter.

    Posted On Wednesday, June 9, 2010 9:13 PM | Comments (0)
    TechEd and SharePoint Conferences announced for 2011

    Microsoft TechEd 2011 in Atlanta, GA.  The date: May 16-19, 2011

    http://northamerica.msteched.com/Registration?fbid=ZsOmXKZapLz

    SharePoint Conference 2011 in Anaheim, CA.  The date:  October 3-6, 2011

    http://www.mssharepointconference.com/Pages/default.aspx

    Posted On Tuesday, June 8, 2010 12:46 PM | Comments (0)
    Managing TFS Workspaces

    You are the administrator (or since you may be the one that knows the most about it) and you need to do some cleanup on what is connected and perhaps even cleanup after people that have left the organization and left some code checked out in their workspace.

    What permissions do I need?

    You will need to have Administer Workspaces permission to perform the following tasks.

    The commands.

    In order to execute the commands, you will need to open a Visual Studio Command Prompt, once there you will be able to use the tf command.  This has a nice set of options, which I will be providing a listing for later on in another post.

    To list all workspaces registered:

    tf workspaces /collection:<url to your TPC> <workspace>;<owner>

    To delete a specific workspace:

    tf workspace /delete /server:<url to your TPC> <workspace>;<owner>

    If for any reason a workspace has embedded spaces, then surround that with “” (double quotes).

    Posted On Thursday, June 3, 2010 3:52 PM | Comments (0)
    A little tidbit on Team Build 2010 and error MSB3147

    The problem?

    Performing a build on a ClickOnce solution would not be successful due to the setup.bin not being located.

    Ok, now what?

    Researched from corner to corner, install, re-install, update.  Found some interesting posts to fix the issue, but most of them were focused on Team Foundation Server/Team Build 2008, and some other on 2005.  The other interesting tidbit was the frequent indication to modify the registry to help Team Build find the bootstrapper.

    Background info:  This was a migration I posted about a few days ago, a 32 bit TFS implementation to a full 64 bit TFS implementation.  Now, the project has binaries and dependencies on X86 (This piece of information became essential to moving from a failed build to a successful build).

    So, what’s the fix?

    The trick in this case was to go back into the Build Type and check the properties/configuration.  Upon further investigation, I found the following:  Once you Edit the Build Definition, then select Process, expand 3. Advanced and look for MSBuild Platform, switch from Auto to X86.  Ran the Build, and success!

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    Posted On Tuesday, June 1, 2010 8:23 PM | Comments (0)
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