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Some Background The AdventureWorks database has been around for over a decade; a staple amongst sample databases. The first version of the AdventureWorks database appeared in time for SQL Server 2000. Microsoft has been good at keeping the AdventureWorks sample database up to date as new versions of SQL Server are released. Case-in-point: SQL Server 2012 is at RC0 and yet you can already find a version of AdventureWorks for it (albeit, it really isn’t that different from the SQL Server 2008 R2 version). ...
Today's $10 Deal of the day from APress at http://www.apress.com/97814... is Applied ASP.NET 4 in Context"Applied ASP.NET 4 in Context answers the commonly asked question, "Yes, but how does it work in reality?" Through a series of carefully constructed examples, the book shows how ASP.NET works in a real-world context, showing how technologies and best practices can be drawn together to create well-crafted web applications." I have read other books by Alan Freeman and I know he is an excellent ...
I ran into this particular issue and didn’t find any answers to this specific question online. Here’s how I was able to accomplish this. A couple notes about my scenario: I used slsvcutil.exe to generate my service. I could not get connected to a service through “Add Service Reference” when connecting from outside the ISA server protected connection. This connection was tested and successfully retrieved data from a Windows Phone 7 device. I figured on the scale of success this was the platform that ...
It was full of engineers & IT professional who were eager-to-learn about SharePoint and the presentation was exactly for them. This was my 2nd Presentation on the Community Day as I already descried about it in my previous post. Sorry to post this in late and this is just to share my feelings with you. Robiul, SoftwarePeople started the presentation for the ASP.Net Developer who are completely unfamiliar with SharePoint. He diverted his presentation to others audience who are little bit familiar ...
This article is a Part 6 of the Interview Questions series. Part 1: BizTalk: Questions for interview without answers Part 2: BizTalk: Interview questions and principles Part 3: WCF: Questions for studying and interviewPart 4: WCF: Questions for studying and interview: DiscoveryPart 5: WCF: Questions for studying and interview: Routing Service Part 6: BizTalk: Advanced Questions Note: There is BizTalk Administrator interview questions by Tord Glad Nordahl. It is time for fun! These questions are for ...
Daytona - Iterative MapReduce on Windows Azure Overview MapReduce is a framework for processing highly distributable problems across huge datasets using a large number of compute nodes. It is a generic mechanism that comprises 2 steps: Map step: The master node takes the input, partitions it up into smaller sub-problems, and distributes them to worker nodes. The worker node processes the smaller problem, and passes the answer back to its master node. Reduce step: The master node then collects the ...
Today's $10 Deal of the Day from APress at http://www.apress.com/97814... is Beginning WF Windows Workflow in .NET 4.0."Indexed by feature so you can find answers easily and written in an accessible style, Beginning WF shows how Microsoft's Workflow Foundation (WF) technology can be used in a wide variety of applications. " ...
Yikes... left off all my information last night! In this Issue: Jay Kimble, Charles Petzold, Peter Kuhn, Adam Kinney, Ollie Riches, Abhinaba Basu, Mike Taulty, Erik Mork, Kunal Chowdhury, Cheryl Simmons, Beth Massi, Joost van Schaik, Timmy Kokke, David Catuhe, Igor, and Dhananjay Kumar. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "New version of Babylon engine for Silverlight 5 and Silverlight 5 Toolkit" David Catuhe WP7: "A behavior to show the Windows Phone 7 camera as background" Joost van Schaik Beth Massi: ...
Aims of this Chapter Consider what doing interaction design involves Explain some advantages of involving users in development Explain the main principles of a user-centred approach Ask and provide answers for some important questions about the interaction design process Introduce the idea of a lifecycle model to represent a set of activities and how they are related Describe some lifecycle models from software engineering and HCI and discuss how they relate to the process of ID Present a lifecycle ...
Aims of this chapter Discuss how to plan and run a successful data gathering program Enable you to plan and run an interview Enable you to design a simple questionnaire Enable you to plan and execute an observation Summary Four Key Issues Setting Goals – outline what the objective of the exercise is The relationship with participants – get participants to give permission to have their data used if necessary Triangulation – Use more than one data gathering technique to tackle a goal Pilot Studies ...
Today's $10 Deal of the Day from APress at http://www.apress.com/97814... is Beginning WF Windows Workflow in .NET 4.0 "Indexed by feature so you can find answers easily and written in an accessible style, Beginning WF shows how Microsoft's Workflow Foundation (WF) technology can be used in a wide variety of applications." ...
Ok, I think this is the coolest contest I have seen. Red-Gate is sending a DBA to Space! If you have mad SQL skills, you should definitely look into this contest. More Information: Red Gate, a U.K.-based software company, has launched a campaign that will reward a database administrator (DBA) with the ultimate getaway: a seat on a commercial flight into space, courtesy of Space Adventures, Ltd But first, DBAs must unravel a Gordian knot of a plot involving morphing Martians, pets in peril, alien ...
So its been a few weeks since Microsoft’s Build conference, where they unveiled Windows 8 and shared what the developer story will be. I had blogged about Day 1 of the conference here, but I wanted to share some video I took with my colleagues Winson Woo and Jim Russell as my thoughts now that a bit of time has lapsed. So first, a video captured right after we got our hands on the Samsung tablet given to all attendees. Yes the tablet is nice, but this conference is all about the OS. Windows 8 as ...
In this Issue: Michael Washington, Gill Cleeren, Chris Koenig, Kunal Chowdhury(-2-), Ryan Alford, and Shawn Wildermuth(-2-). Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Relative Source Binding in Silverlight" Kunal Chowdhury WP7: "Maintaining a Project with Two Windows Phone Versions" Shawn Wildermuth LightSwitch: "Tree Control: Hierarchical Data with LightSwitch" Michael Washington Shoutouts: Michael Palermo's got his latest Desert Mountain Developers up From SilverlightCream.com: Tree Control: Hierarchical Data ...
In September we will start to deliver monthly workshops on the Windows Azure Platform to help Microsoft partners who are developing software products and services and would like to explore the relevance and opportunities presented by the Windows Azure Platform for Cloud Computing. Overview: The workshops are designed to help partners such as yourself understand what the Windows Azure Platform is, how it is being used today, what resources are available and to drill into the individual technologies ...
As a part of continuous integration we are using deployment of database scripts, which makes very important to make the scripts re-runnable. Some checks for DDL elements are not obvious, and I decided to put hem in one place.Most answers were found on StackOverflow --Column does not exists if NOT Exists(select * from sys.columns where Name = N'CreatedDate' and Object_ID = Object_ID(N'MyTableName')) --Check if primary key does not exists IF NOT EXISTS (SELECT * FROM INFORMATION_SCHEMA.TABLE_CO... ...
In this Issue: XamlNinja(-2-), Ollie Riches(-2-), Michael Washington, Bart Czernicki, Chris Craft, Colin Eberhardt, Kunal Chowdhury, Jasim Schluter, Pete Vickers, Samuel Jack, and Mike Ormond. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Creating Inner Shadow Effects for WPF and Silverlight" Samuel Jack WP7: "WP7Contrib: Transient caching with In Memory Cache Provider" Ollie Riches LightSwitch: "Using OLAP for LightSwitchUsing OLAP for LightSwitch" Michael Washington Shoutouts: The folks at SilverlightShow have ...
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 ...
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 ...
This article is a Part 5 of the Interview Questions series. Part 1: BizTalk: Questions for interview without answers Part 2: BizTalk: Interview questions and principles Part 3: WCF: Questions for studying and interviewPart 4: WCF: Questions for studying and interview: DiscoveryPart 5: WCF: Questions for studying and interview: Routing Service Part 6: BizTalk: Advanced Questions WCF, Routing Service Q&A • What are the features of the Routing Service (RS): Protocol bridging; Message transformation; ...
I love stackoverflow, its great for finding answers for questions you need answered right away! Or its good to be able to help others get over annoying speed bumps. but Code Review ( http://codereview.stackexch... ) is a lot more interesting in terms of actually becoming a better programmer. You get to reflect on other peoples code, offer up alternative ways of coding, and see other peoples alternatives. The only problem at the moment is there’s just not quite enough code to review ...
Today's $10 Deal of the day from Apress at http://www.apress.com/ is Beginning WF Windows Workflow in .NET 4.0 Indexed by feature so you can find answers easily and written in an accessible style, Beginning WF shows how Microsoft's Workflow Foundation (WF) technology can be used in a wide variety of applications. More http://www.apress.com/97814... ...
[Updated with an answer to Question 3] Once again I want to thank everyone who came out for my talk on IntelliTrace and Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate yesterday at Tech Ed 2011! After querying some MVPs and some product group members, we’ve come up with answers to some of the questions that were posed yesterday: Question 1: Can you turn on call logging in IntelliTrace dynamically? The example I was given was the application under test takes a while to spin up and makes a bunch of calls that they don’t ...
The second programming book I read on holiday was Growing Object Oriented Software Guided By Tests by Steve Freeman and Nat Pryce. To sum up early: its a very, very good book on TDD. When I first came across TDD, I immediately saw it as a good idea. Don't write any code without first having a test to cover it and you get automated tests to run any time which prove your system works and document how. Awesome! Getting stuck in with TDD threw up a few questions I couldn't find easy answers to, though: ...
He who fails to plan, plans to fail. – unknown In many ways, one of the most dreaded tasks of every iteration is the Sprint Planning Meeting. This meeting is a very important meeting, but many, many things can go wrong and make this meeting a very long and very painful experience. However, this meeting is critical to the success of the team. If the team doesn’t know what they’re doing at the beginning of the iteration, how can they commit to getting the work done? To hopefully help ease the pain ...
This article is a Part 4 of the Interview Questions series. Part 1: BizTalk: Questions for interview without answers Part 2: BizTalk: Interview questions and principles Part 3: WCF: Questions for studying and interviewPart 4: WCF: Questions for studying and interview: DiscoveryPart 5: WCF: Questions for studying and interview: Routing Service Part 6: BizTalk: Advanced Questions Q&A: WCF, Discovery · When the WS-Discovery standard gets approval first time? · Is the WS-Discovery using the XML format ...
This has been kind of a crappy week for me. Kids are all puking like crazy so I’m up most nights taking care of them. Fun times being a day! (I have 4 kids in case you didn’t know!). And while my kids have been puking, the community has been busy puking too. Puking up a ton of awesomeness! Yeah…probably not the best analogy but I’m tired. I did want to take the time to point out one thing that resonated loudly with me this week. You’ll see some interviews with Kris Steele by Steven Hurdle. In that ...
WCF services under Azure have a nasty habit of not really telling you what you need to know. Having fought through this – and having been challenged to find exactly what I needed in a Google search, I thought I’d add some more specific info here. Before I do, let me say thanks to Steve Marx, whose blog posts and forum answers pointed me in the right direction. Here are the exceptions that surfaced: ConfigurationErrorsException: Could not create Microsoft.WindowsAzure.Diag... ...
The title of this blog post is a lie. I don't actually love MFC C++, in fact I think it's safe to say I hate it. Hate may actually not be a strong enough word... but it's the best I can do at the moment. Recently, I had the pleasure of having to come up with a printing solution for Windows Mobile 6.5 devices. For those of you not in the know (which until recently included yours truly) there's no printing capability in Mobile IE 6. As in... NONE. There's no print option hiding on a menu somewhere, ...
Ever wanted to have a simple jQuery menu bound with ASP.NET web site map file? Ever wanted to have cool css design stuffs implemented on your ASP.NET data bound controls? Ever wanted to let Visual Studio generate logical layers for you, which can be easily tested, customized and bound with ASP.NET data controls? If your answers with respect to above questions are ‘yes’, then you will probably happy to try out latest release (v5.0) of Employee Starter Kit, which is intended to address different types ...
In this Issue: Tony Champion, Gill Cleeren, Alex van Beek, Michael James, Ollie Riches, Peter Kuhn, Mike Ormond, WindowsPhoneGeek(-2-), Daniel N. Egan, Loek Van Den Ouweland, and Paul Thurott. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Using the AutoCompleteBox" Peter Kuhn WP7: "Windows Phone Image Button" Loek Van Den Ouweland Training: "New WP7 Virtual Labs" Daniel N. Egan Shoutouts: SilverlightShow has their top 5 most popular news articles up: SilverlightShow for Jan 24-30, 2011 Rudi Grobler posted answers ...
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Your Team Needs You The introduction of Agile into a corporation has many impacts on the team, and many impacts to the executives leading those teams. In my experience, many Agile projects fail, not because the team did their best, but because the executives that should have been supporting the team failed to do so. This lack of support can be manifested in many ways. I’ve seen executives fail by doing the following: Failure to help with the prioritization process Failure to pay attention to the ...
There is a growing consensus that the Scrum community should do a better job of promoting Agile engineering practices along with the project-level guidance provided by the Scrum process. I agree. But I feel cautious about a debate that seems based on the assumption that any Agile technique is the de-facto standard for developing software. It's true that Agile has been around for over a decade, but its adoption isn't a given. Many development teams have a fundamental misunderstanding of what Scrum ...
I just got back from Codemash yesterday, and still on an adrenaline buzz. Here's my take on this years encounter: The Awesome Nearly everybody in one place Codemash is the ultimate place to catch up with community friends. This is my 3rd year visiting and I've got to know a great number of very cool people through various conferences, Give Camps and other community events. I'm finding more and more that Codemash is the best place to catch up with everybody regardless of technology interest or location. ...
I’ll start off this blog entry with a little background which is necessary for you to understand my situation. I moved from to the UK to Germany about three years ago and while I can converse in German, English is still very much my first language and the language I want my content delivered in. I happily purchased a HTC HD7 when WP7 was released here in Germany thinking foolishly that Microsoft really would get internationalization and localization as it’s at the heart of their business and developer ...
Today's Apress $10 deal of the day is Beginning WF: Windows Workflow in .NET 4.0 "Indexed by feature so you can find answers easily and written in an accessible style, Beginning WF shows how Microsoft's Workflow Foundation (WF) technology can be used in a wide variety of applications." I am reviewing this book. At $10 for the PDF, this book is a bargain ...
Last month a friend of mine invited me to join BeyondRelational.com and asked me to nominate myself as a .NET Quiz Master. In order to qualify I must submit an interesting question related to .NET and their .NET team will review the information and will select 31 quiz masters for the .NET quiz category. This seems insteresting to me so I go ahead and submit one entry. Luckily I was selected as one of the 31 Quiz Masters in the .NET category. I hope to be able to keep up the good work there for years ...
I feel compelled to post this blog because I find I’m repeatedly posting this same code in silverlight and windows-phone-7 answers in Stackoverflow. One common task that we feel we need to do is burrow into the visual tree in a Silverlight or Windows Phone 7 application (actually more recently I found myself doing this in WPF as well). This allows access to details that aren’t exposed directly by some controls. A good example of this sort of requirement is found in the “Restoring exact scroll position ...
In this Issue: Martin Krüger, Vikas, Kevin Dockx, Brian Noyes, Kunal Chowdhury, Gergely Orosz, Garry McGlennon, René Schulte, Matias Bonaventura, Bart Czernicki, and Dennis Doomen. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "How to: create a nonrectangular ChildWindow - part 1" Martin Krüger Prism: "Prism Training Kit: Updated to Prism 4.0" Matias Bonaventura Shoutouts: Component Ways has a releast of their xamlDataGrid for Silverlight... might be worth a look ... check out the feature set and download the eval. ...
The wonderful people of Sams Publishing were kind enough to send me a few books to review recently, and one of them was C# 4.0 How-To by Ben Watson. There were a couple things about this book that really compelled me. The format (this is a first How-To book by Sams for me so I assume it goes across the board) was very much like a focused blog. It was broken up into small posts about each topic. The other thing that compelled me was the amount of code samples. This is not a book that you can sit down ...
Jason Morris called it ‘decompression’. After 10 months of planning and three packed days of presentations here in San Jose, Rules Fest 2010 is now in ‘boot camp’ mode. More than half the attendees stayed for today’s sessions, and are currently spread between four boot camps – JBoss Rules, IBM JRules, OpenRules and Jess. My role as MC and catwalk model (don’t ask!) came to an end last night, and I am sitting in my hotel room, shattered, happy, but also with a distinct feeling of the ‘bends’ as I ...
Agile is one of those super buzzwords that everyone knows. The problem starts when you ask people what it means. It seems that the more people I ask, the more answers I get. One of my standard interview questions is, what development process do you use where you are today? I am always frustrated when they say, we “do” agile. My canned response is “What does that mean?” Very few developers can answer that question. I get the standard, “we have daily meetings and we don’t do requirements.” That hardly ...
The thing to realize is that the destination is never the most important part of the journey. It’s the journey itself. When you start a journey, you are never fully sure where it is going to end up. We started the journey down package management for .NET three times with Nu[bular] (we in this context means the nu team, not me in particular, I was only involved in the last reboot) before we decided to try an existing infrastructure with Ruby Gems. I have always said that I would use the best tool ...
Any ramblings and blog posts associated with the UNISA COS 261C tag should be considered study notes for my lectures... Today I managed to start my revision for my Unisa Formal Logic 2nd Year Subject. It has been more than a semester since I did the original work and I have less than 30 days before the actual exam. Below is an outline of the subject material as well as any exam related material for the subject. Outline of Subject There will be 2 sections to the subject… Propositional Logic Quantifiers ...
Its hard to find much technical information on the Windows Hosts file, beyond what is pretty much common knowledge. Some questions I had recently that were hard to find the answers to: Q. How big can the hosts file be? A. I still haven’t found an answer to this one, but apparently pretty darn big. The MVPs.org Hosts file is over 600Kb and still growing (it is designed to block certain malware related sites). Q. How long can a single line in a hosts file be? A. It seems the answer to this question ...
In this Issue: John Papa, John McFetridge, Andy Schwam, Tim Heuer, Nigel Sampson(-2-, -3-), Shawn Wildermuth, Dave Relyea, Jesse Liberty, and Sigurd Snørteland. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Silverlight 4: Drag and Drop DataGrids with Access to the Data Being Dropped" Andy Schwam WP7: "Windows Phone 7 For Silverlight Developers: Life Cycle " Jesse Liberty Shoutouts: Ian Griffiths announced free Silverlight Printing Video training at PluralSight until Sunday. From SilverlightCream.com: What’s Wrong ...
It’s that time of the year when the local Winnipeg technology communities start ramping up! There are two group events this month to be aware of: .NET UG – September 21 Amir Barylko presents Iron Ruby and .NET: A Match Made in Heaven! Ruby is an awesome language that is quite popular nowadays. The beautiful expressive syntax of Ruby and the tools and frameworks that have been built around it (Rake, Rails, Sinatra, rSpec, Cucumber, etc) makes it an excellent candidate to match a wide variety of our ...
Recently we had a project where we needed to render certain questions on the screen dynamically based on answers to previous questions on previous screens. For questions that need to dynamically be visible/invisible on the same screen, this can simply be controlled with jQuery. However, in this case, based on the user’s input on previous screens we know there are certain questions that will not be applicable before the current screen even loads. In this case, we could use jQuery to set those questions ...