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Scott Dorman Microsoft MVP, Software Architect, Developer, Author April 2007 Entries
Adobe Flex going open source
According to eWeek, Adobe Systems has announced that the Flex Web framework is being released to the open source community. Flex is a framework for building cross-platform rich internet applications for the web and also enables the new Adobe Apollo applications for the desktop. The next release of Flex, code-named "Moxie", will be released sometime in the second half of 2007 under the Mozilla Public License (MPL). However, in June the first public pre-release version will be released and Adobe will ......

Posted On Friday, April 27, 2007 12:25 PM

Microsoft Malware Protection Center
The portal officially launches in early July and will have additional features such as malware sample submission. In the meantime, it lists things such as the most active families and variants for malware, most active email threats, and the top adware/spyware removed. It also provides links to download the latest defintions for Windows Defender and Microsoft Forefront Client Security. It will be interesting to watch this portal over the rest of the year. It has a lot of potential and is certainly ......

Posted On Thursday, April 26, 2007 2:17 PM

Microsoft release first public beta for "Longhorn"
According to eWeek, Microsoft will release the third beta, which is also the first pubic beta, for Windows Server "Longhorn" today. So far, Longhorn remains on track for RTM in the second half of 2007. More than 10,000 people have already tested the product either directly through Microsoft's technical beta program or through Community Technology Previews through TechNet or MSDN subscriptions. Windows Server "Longhorn" will build on the improvements made in Windows Server 2003 R2, and add the ability ......

Posted On Thursday, April 26, 2007 1:38 PM

WM6 Devices To Gain 'Virtual BlackBerry' Support
Redmond Developer News just published an article saying that Research In Motion (RIM) will be making available later this year software that provides Windows Mobile 6 devices a "virtual" BlackBerry experience. The software will feature email, browsing, instant messaging, and other capabilities and will also let WM6 devices take advantage of BlackBerry services, such as BlackBerry Enterprise Server. The application also provides support for the BlackBerry Mobile Data System, a feature that will enable ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 25, 2007 8:20 PM

Visual Studio user settings per project/solution - update
The other day, I posted about a feature request submitted to Microsoft Connect. Well, it ended up getting 21 votes before Microsoft closed it as "Closed (Won't Fix)". The comment they left was Thanks for reporting this suggestion. Unfortunately we will not be able to address this in time for the upcoming release of Visual Studio (codename Orcas) but we will track this suggestion in our future release feature request database. Now, I don't mind the fact that they said they won't be able to address ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 25, 2007 8:12 PM

WPFwiki
The guys over at Xceed, makers of the powerful yet free Xceed DataGrid for WPF have just launched the WPFwiki. The wiki was created to be a community resource for developers working with Windows Presentation Foundation. Even though the site was just launched, the idea started in 2003 when the WPF DataGrid was just starting to be developed. As the developers encountered problems and questions that they felt would be of common interest, it was recorded in a database along with the answer. In March ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 25, 2007 7:54 PM

Tech·Ed 2007 Schedule Builder

The Tech·Ed 2007 Schedule Builder is now live! It doesn't list the Birds-of-a-Feather sessions yet, but hopefully they will be added soon. You can get to the builder at:

https://www.msteched.com/Sessions.aspx

Posted On Tuesday, April 24, 2007 10:00 AM

Visual Studio user settings per project/solution
In a recent email discussion between a few of the Subtext developers and myself, we talked about the need to have the Visual Studio editor settings (like tab size, curly brace location, etc.) stored with each solution as well as globally. The problem here is that many of us use the same development machine for our "real work" and our personal or open source projects. For some people this might not be a problem, but for most of us, it is. The real issue comes about when one client mandates a certain ......

Posted On Monday, April 23, 2007 11:12 AM

FeedGhost
I've just found a new blog reader that promises to completely change the way you read blogs. The biggest difference between FeedGhost and other blog readers is that it works on a subscription basis. What this means is that when you subscribe to a blog, the state is kept synchronized across all machines that you have FeedGhost installed. The price of the subscription is $20 per year, which gives you access to any FeedGhost products or upgrades as they become available, use of the synchronization service ......

Posted On Saturday, April 21, 2007 2:03 PM

Visual Studio "Orcas" Beta 1
Microsoft has just released Beta 1 of Visual Studio "Orcas". For those that don't know, "Orcas" is the next generation development tool for Windows Vista, the 2007 Office System, and the web. The Beta 1 release consists of multiple products including Visual Studio Professional Edition, Visual Studio Team Suite and Visual Studio Team Foundation Server, which are available as ISO images. You can also download VPC images with the software pre-installed. To download either the ISO images or the VPC images, ......

Posted On Friday, April 20, 2007 10:44 PM

New skins available for GWB
There are a few new skins available for GWB bloggers, bringing the total number of skins up to 21. The skins are: AnotherEon001 Back In Black (new) Blue BlueBook Cogitation Day Dreamin' (new) Dirtylicious (new) GreenBook Informatif (new) KeyWest Leafy Lightz Minty (new) Naked Orange Piyo Rain RedBook Scarlet and Grey Terrafirma (new) WPSkin Check them out ......

Posted On Friday, April 20, 2007 7:12 PM

Birds-of-a-Feather session - "Code Style and Standards - Best Practices"
I just received notification from INETA that my Birds-of-a-Feather session, "Code Style and Standards - Best Practices" has been accepted for TechEd 2007. The session is currently scheduled for Tuesday, June 5 at 1:00 PM. I want to thank everyone that voted for my session, I greatly appreciate it and hope to see you there. Just to get everyone thinking a little bit about the topic, discussions about code style and standards usually end up in very heated debates and end up in a stale-mate at best ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 18, 2007 11:27 PM

Windows Live Writer and Subtext
Jeff has updated his original post about configuring Windows Live Writer for .Text so that it shows how to configure WLW for use with Subtext. The nice thing is that this is very simple and really just involves running through the wizard and selecting "Another weblog service" as the blog type. Don't forget to check out Jeff's post on configuring pings in Windows Live Writer ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 18, 2007 3:15 PM

CC.NET Vista Sidebar Gadget
Simone Chiaretta has just released a beta version of his new Vista Sidebar Gadget for monitoring Cruise Control.NET. This gadget uses the CC.NET REST-like API and connects to the XmlStatusReport service that comes as part of CC.NET. CC.NET Vista Sidebar Gadget docked to the sidebar CC.NET Vista Sidebar Gadget undocked on the desktop CC.NET Vista Sidebar Gadget settings page The look of the gadget is excellent, and provides the same monitoring capabilities currently available in the CCTray application. ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 17, 2007 12:54 AM

Windows XP phase out
According to APC magazine, Windows XP is due to be phased out by the end of 2007. Microsoft plans to stop OEM copies as an option for system builders. What this will mean is that starting next year, any new computer bought from a retailer must come with Windows Vista. Dell has indicated that it continue offering Windows XP on select system until later this summer. This is an interesting move by Microsoft, in that it will force Vista on the consumer market whether it is ready for it or not. On one ......

Posted On Monday, April 16, 2007 11:19 PM

Snap Preview Anywhere is now Snap Shots
The folks at Snap have done it again. Snap Shots works exactly like Snap Preview Anywhere, but is a lot better. They have taken all of the feedback received about SPA and created Snap Shots. The really cool thing about Snap Shots is that it is a lot more contextual than SPA, and delivers instant, relevant and highly concentrated content based on the URL associated with the Snap Shot. WikiShot™ StockShot™ Approved URL: www.wikipedia.com/ENTRY Approved URLs: finance.yahoo.com/q?s=TICKE... ......

Posted On Monday, April 16, 2007 11:10 PM

Microsoft Silverlight
Microsoft officially announced Microsoft Silverlight, a cross-browser, cross-platform plug-in for delivering the next generation of media rich experiences and rich interactive applications for the Web. In other words, Silverlight is the official release name for WPF/E. For those of you who are wondering where Microsoft came up with the name Silverlight, it is named after David Silverlight. David is the creator of XML Pitstop and Community Credit. He is also a central figure in NonProfitways.com and ......

Posted On Monday, April 16, 2007 10:43 PM

Updated skin...
With the upgrade of GWB to Subtext, I thought about updating my blog to one of the newer skins. There were several in the running, but eventually I decided to keep the original skin. I think this look gives a nice, clean feel and is easy to read. As a concession, I did rearrange the "News" section so the badges were grouped together in a way that makes more sense. As part of this slight cleanup, the Community Credit and Code Project badges now actually link to my profile on both of those sites ......

Posted On Saturday, April 14, 2007 10:40 PM

Windows Live Writer and GeeksWithBlogs
For those of you that use Windows Live Writer to publish posts you will need to reconfigure the blog settings to support Subtext. This is a one-time change and simply involves running the "Edit Weblog Settings" wizard. This wizard will pick up all of the existing settings, so you don't actually need to change anything. One benefit that Subtext provides is that we can now publish images in the post directly...no need to upload them first. If you aren't already running Windows Live Writer, I encourage ......

Posted On Saturday, April 14, 2007 10:00 AM

GeeksWithBlogs is now running Subtext

The guys at GWB did an outstanding job migrating GWB to Subtext. Excellent work, Jeff, John, and Dru! They migrated over 1000 blogs and 3 years worth of content to the new site, so this was not a trivial change. There may be a few wrinkles to iron out, but so far everything is looking good. Hopefully these guys will be able to take the rest of the weekend and relax, I'm sure they've earned it.

Posted On Saturday, April 14, 2007 9:51 AM

Gravatars are back
For those of you who don't know, a gravatar is a globally recognized avatar. This is an image that follows you from blog to blog and appears next to your name when on you comment on gravatar enabled sites. In general, gravatars help identify your posts on blogs in much the same way as a normal avatar does for web forums. The gravatar site had been down for a long time, causing speculation that it was shutting down. Those rumors have turned out to be absolutely untrue, and the Gravatar site is back ......

Posted On Saturday, April 7, 2007 12:16 AM

C# 3.0 Anonymous Types
Anonymous types are a new language feature introduced in the C# 3.0 release. For those that remember your set theory, an anonymous type is described as a tuple type that is automatically inferred and created from its object initializer. An object initializer specifies the values from one or more fields (or properties) of an object. Another way to look at this is that the object initializer specifies the named parameters that passed to an object. All of this happens at compile time, so anonymous types ......

Posted On Friday, April 6, 2007 1:29 PM

C# 3.0 Type Inference
One of the new language features of the C# 3.0 language release is type inference. Wikipedia has an excellent discussion on type inference, including a non-technical and technical explanation. C# 3.0 introduces the concept of type inference with the var keyword. At first glance, this looks a lot like the old Variant keyword of Visual Basic. It isn't! One of the compelling features of C# is that it is a strongly typed language whose variables are statically typed. The var keyword doesn't change this; ......

Posted On Friday, April 6, 2007 12:32 PM

Detecting if IIS is installed and ASP/ASP.NET is registered - Article
I have finally turned my previous post in to a new article on Code Project. This article provides a definitive way to determine which version of IIS is installed, what IIS subcomponents are installed, and also if ASP or ASP.NET has been registered with IIS. This article provides a single class that encapsulates the various methods required for determining this information ......

Posted On Friday, April 6, 2007 11:47 AM

Detecting installed .NET Framework versions and service packs, update

I have updated my article on Code Project for detecting what versions and service packs of the .NET Framework are installed. This is a relatively minor update that fixes a few typos I discovered while writing my latest article.

Posted On Friday, April 6, 2007 11:43 AM

Tech·Ed Birds-of-a-Feather deadline near
Apparently, this Friday (April 6) is the last day to submit Birds-of-a-Feather (BOF) session topics for Tech·Ed 2007. Having attended several BOF sessions over the last few years, I decided to submit one of my own for this year. The topic I chose is titled "Code Styles and Standards - Best Practices?". The idea for this session is to talk about code standards and style guidelines, which can usually be a very volatile topic. I hope that by getting a group of relative strangers together we can talk ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 4, 2007 10:47 PM

Real Technology Heroes
In an excellent tribute to the Budweiser "Real Men of Genius" commercials comes Real Technology Heroes. Just like the original Bud commercials, this site salutes those geeks that don't get recognized...but should. That's right, we salute you, Mr. "select * from table examples" guy and you Mr. "I can write my own version of .NET faster than Microsoft" guy, and all of the others that deserve recognition. Stand up and be recognized! Submit your own Real Technology Hero and be eligible for the monthly ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 4, 2007 10:30 PM

Tech·Ed Technical Tracks Summary, Updated
There are 14 core tracks and 2 virtual tracks at Tech·Ed this year, which will cover more than 1,000 sessions. In case you're wondering, a virtual track is a collection of sessions or labs that share a common theme but span several tracks. Microsoft has revised the technical tracks slightly since my original post, so I have updated my summary. Architecture Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) Office Business Applications Software as a Service (SaaS) Business Capabilities Software+Services Industry ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 4, 2007 9:31 PM

Expression products now part of MSDN
When Microsoft announced the new Expression product line, a decision was made to keep these out of the MSDN subscriptions. The theory behind this was that these tools are designed for graphics designers and didn't have a place in the MSDN subscriptions. This decision was widely criticized by the development community and Microsoft has finally realized their mistake and announced that Expression Web and Expression Blend will now be available at no extra charge to all MSDN Premium Subscribers, including ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 4, 2007 8:19 AM

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