May 2009 Entries

Bingo Bing :)
Our new search engine, more than just search, it would be a decision engine. In a bid to provide better search experiences, we will be releasing a new decision engine next week. The official name is Bing. I think it is a cool name and this would definitely improve the traditional experience people find with Search. Today, people go to search engine to find results which are assumed the best. But these are mostly rated based on the number of links, word presence, meta tags etc., However, in a day ......

Posted On Thursday, May 28, 2009 11:02 PM | Comments (3)

Windows Vista SP2 and Windows Server 2008 SP2
The Windows team put up quick work and released the SP2 for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 despite the parallel Windows 7 work that has been keeping them busy. So if you are running Windows Vista SP1 or Windows Server 2008, you can install SP2 released from http://www.microsoft.com/do... or better turn on automatic updates and it should do the update sometime during this month. Currently it is available for 5 ......

Posted On Thursday, May 28, 2009 12:44 PM | Comments (2)

Error: Could not load file or assembly 'System.Transactions, Version=2.0.0.0, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=b77a5c561934e089' or one of its dependencies. The module was expected to contain an assembly manifest.
Recently, I was trouble shooting an error for my friend. Despite having all the necessary framework and service packs installed, this error “Could not load file or assembly 'System.Transactions, Version=2.0.0.0, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=b77a5c561934... or one of its dependencies. The module was expected to contain an assembly manifest.” was surfacing, every time we tried connecting to a SQL Server instance using SQL Server Management Studio. At first, I thought the issue must be with SQL ......

Posted On Wednesday, May 27, 2009 6:27 PM | Comments (1)

Finding installed version, edition and service pack version of SQL Server
Today I wanted to find the version of SQL Server 2008 installed in my machine. I did a quick search and the first support article from Microsoft had the answer to it http://support.microsoft.co... I just modified it a little bit with column headings so that if you are using it in an SP, returning it etc., it would help. So the modified query is as below SELECT SERVERPROPERTY('productvers... as 'Product Version', SERVERPROPERTY ('productlevel') as 'Service Pack Version', SERVERPROPERTY ('edition') ......

Posted On Wednesday, May 20, 2009 5:20 PM | Comments (1)

Some important links
Update for .NET 3.5 SP1 (Important if working with Dynamic Data) http://support.microsoft.co... ASP.NET Compilation Enhancement Fix http://code.msdn.microsoft.... (for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008)https://connect.micros... (for Windows XP and Windows Server 2003) Microsoft .NET RIA Services May 2009 Preview http://www.microsoft.com/do... ......

Posted On Tuesday, May 19, 2009 4:22 PM | Comments (2)

PPTs opening very slowly? – Check your printer drivers - Microsoft Office 2007 PowerPoint
Recently I seemed to have issues with opening PPT files. I am running Office 2007 for a long time now and one of the things that I use most with respect to my work is PowerPoint files. Over the last 2 weeks I saw a certain weird behaviour with PPTs specifically related to printer options. Every time, I try to open the PPT or unlock the system with the PPTs open, they try to print to my default printer. The specific error message would state that the default printer could not be accessed. I dismissed ......

Posted On Tuesday, May 19, 2009 4:02 PM | Comments (2)

Visual Studio 2010 and .NET 4.0 Beta 1 Download today
After the tremendous amount of interest the VPCs of the Visual Studio 2010 and .NET 4.0 generated, the Beta 1 bits would be available for download for MSDN Subscribers later today. The general public would also be able to download the bits starting this Wednesday. Visual Studio 2010 combines the power of .NET 4.0 and the tremendous enhancements done to areas such as Web Development, WPF as well as native development and provides the best so far platform for developers. While some of the features ......

Posted On Monday, May 18, 2009 7:56 PM | Comments (2)

ASP.NET Sessions at Tech.Ed India 2009
I am back from delivering Tech.Ed India 2009, particularly the web platform track where I delivered three sessions across 2 days. In addition, we also had Stephen Walther from the ASP.NET Team deliver sessions on ASP.NET 4.0, ASP.NET MVC and ASP.NET AJAX. Over the next few posts, I would like to get all the content that we discussed during Tech.Ed India and possible videos so that even if you missed the action over there, you could benefit right here. To begin with, the sessions focussing on ASP.NET ......

Posted On Monday, May 18, 2009 6:18 PM | Comments (3)

Twenty 20 Action in my Tech Ed Sessions
Twenty 20 is the happening thing at the moment and most of you attending Tech Ed might worry on missing out watching it, although majority of the matches would happen only in the late evening and you can still catch up after attending TechEd. However, to keep your Twenty20 interests alive, I am planning to maintain the theme for my sessions around Twenty20. Although you wouldnt be able to see live matches, you would still deal with the raw data that you keep analyzing over and over again from websites ......

Posted On Tuesday, May 12, 2009 7:45 AM | Comments (1)

Cannon PI – Title Sequence – Microsoft Web Platform
http://www.microsoft.com/web/ Cheers ......

Posted On Monday, May 11, 2009 4:01 PM | Comments (2)

My sessions at Tech Ed India
If something has been keeping me busy of late, its Tech Ed India preparation. I am delivering four sessions - three in the Web Platform Track and one in the Middle Tier Platform Track. Just to recollect, Tech Ed India is happening this year at Hyderabad - May 13 - 15 with keynote by Steve Ballmer. Precisely, I am talking on the following ASP.NET Dynamic Data - Creating data driven websites at the speed of your thinking Web Deployment with Visual Studio 2010 A day in the life of an ASP.NET Request ......

Posted On Thursday, May 7, 2009 8:03 PM | Comments (16)