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In this Thanksgiving Day Issue: Andrea Boschin, Samidip Basu, Ollie Riches, WindowsPhoneGeek, Sumit Dutta, Dhananjay Kumar, Daniel Egan, Doug Mair, Chris Woodruff, and Debal Saha.Happy Thanksgiving Everybody! Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Silverlight CommandBinding with Simple MVVM Toolkit" Debal Saha WP7: "How many pins can Bing Maps handle in a WP7 app - part 3" Ollie Riches Shoutouts: Michael Palermo's latest Desert Mountain Developers is up Michael Washington's latest Visual Studio #LightSwitch ...
The software industry lives within an interesting paradox. IT in the enterprise moves slowly and cautiously, upgrading only when safe and necessary. IT interests intentionally live in the past. On the other hand, developers, and Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) not only want to use the latest and greatest technologies, but this constituency prides itself on gauging tech’s future, and basing its present-day strategy upon it. Normally, we as an industry manage this paradox with a shrug of the shoulder ...
In this Issue: Colin Eberhardt, Sumit Dutta, Morten Nielsen, Jesse Liberty, Jeff Blankenburg(-2-), Brian Noyes, and Tony Champion. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "PV Basics : Client-side Collections" Tony Champion WP7: "Pushpin Clustering with the Windows Phone 7 Bing Map control" Colin Eberhardt Shoutouts: Michael Palermo's latest Desert Mountain Developers is up Michael Washington's latest Visual Studio #LightSwitch Daily is up From SilverlightCream.com:Pushpin Clustering with the Windows Phone 7 ...
Over the next few weeks, we'll be performing experiments on SmartAssembly to confirm or refute various hypotheses we have about how people use the product, what is stopping them from using it to its full extent, and what we can change to make it more useful and easier to use. Some of these experiments can be done within the team, some within Red Gate, and some need to be done on external users. External testing Some external testing can be done by standard usability tests and surveys, however, there ...
Microsoft has just announced the Windows Azure SDK 1.6 and the Windows Azure Tools for Visual Studio 1.6. Now people can download the latest product through the WebPI. After you downloaded and installed the SDK you will find that The SDK 1.6 can be stayed side by side with the SDK 1.5, which means you can still using the 1.5 assemblies. But the Visual Studio Tools would be upgraded to 1.6. Different from the previous SDK, in this version it includes 4 components: Windows Azure Authoring Tools, Windows ...
Welcome back once again, in Part 1 of Load and Web Performance Testing using Visual Studio 2010 I talked about why Performance Testing the application is important, the test tools available in Visual Studio Ultimate 2010 and various test rig topologies, in Part 2 of Load and Web Performance Testing using Visual Studio 2010 I discussed the details of web performance & load tests as well as why it’s important to follow a goal based pattern while performance testing your application. In part 3 I’ll ...
NOTE: This information applies to LightSwitch Beta 1 ONLY. This post originally copied from here. Visual Studio LightSwitch has a bunch of screen templates that you can use to quickly generate screens. They give you good starting points that you can customize further. When you add a new screen to your project you see a set of screen templates that you can choose from. These templates lay out all the related data you choose to put on a screen automatically for you. And don’t under estimate them; they ...
I ran into a frustrating scenario today, while working with SharePoint 2010’s Managed Client Object Model. My application queries a SharePoint document library using the file’s name (the FileLeafRef field). Given that this field is unique, I was expecting only one result with the following code: 1 CamlQuery qry = new CamlQuery(); 2 3 //filter the results to only get back the item with the filename we're looking for 4 qry.ViewXml = string.Format( 5 "<Query><Where>... ...
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: ...
The updates are installed, all you want to do now is get connected, authenticated and get going. The first step needed here is to open Visual Studio 2010, once opened then you need to get to Team Explorer. Once there, you will click on the Connect to Team Project button on the toolbar. If you had a connection defined to another TFS environment, this will be adding one more, so you click on Servers… On the next dialog, you will click on Add… Then you will proceed to provide the details of your Team ...
Once you have configured your online preview, then you can proceed to connect to it using Visual Studio 2010. In order to get Live ID authentication working and such, there is an update you need to apply. This is something that can be accessed through the Administration page, and then clicking on download software. Clicking on that link will take you to the Visual Studio ALM + Team Foundation Server Blog. From this page, you will be able to download the needed component to connect and authenticate ...
During the last months, I was (for some reasons that are not related to programming) working for a dev shop where software development was done the 'traditional' way: You just write your application's production code, do it as good as you can, and hopefully it will be good enough and no problems will occur in production (this is HDD: Hope-driven development). Anyway, after I had finished this contract, I felt the need to review some core aspects of what I think is Test-driven development. And while ...
You must have heard about it. Windows 8 will all about Metro. Sure, you can run ‘old-school’ applications on the platform, but most attention these days is about the new user interface. The UI is based on the design language Metro, a design philosophy we first saw in Windows Phone. Nowadays you see more and more of Metro. The Microsoft website is loosely based on it, the Zune mediaplayer uses it and so on. So it wasn’t a surprise to see that Windows 8 is all about Metro. In this screenshot you see ...
BizTalk Server 2010 - Using the WCF-SQL adapter to make multiple stored procedure calls A recent project that I was working on required that I take an incoming flat file, containing multiple transaction records, and load these transactions into a database. Within the source file were multiple instances of any of seven transaction types. The database had a separate table for each transaction type, each with its own stored procedure for inserting a record. So thats seven transaction types and seven ...
I meant to post this way back in September, but am now just 'catching up', if you will, and cannot let this one just sit. There's a great Leonard Cohen Song entitled Hallelujah. It always conjures up memories for me of a surgery I had in September of 2000. Used to conjure up very sad memories, but now conjures up happy thoughts--very happy ones indeed. "Hallelujah" I've heard there was a secret chord That David played, and it pleased the Lord But you don't really care for music, do you? I remember ...
UPDATE The below sample just showcases the locality sample. The complete set of attributes exposed which include PostalCode, CountryRegion, Address etc., are available at http://msdn.microsoft.com/e... This is the third in the series of posts I am doing on HTML5 for ASP.NET Developers Geolocation is one of the popular features of HTML5 that’s being touted as a favorite for building location aware applications. It helps to a great extent not just for Web Applications that run ...
We’ve all been inundated with images from the various Occupy Wallstreet demonstrations that have been occurring throughout the United States. Hordes of people frustrated with how their country’s financial systems have imploded due to corporate greed. I’m not American, so really I can’t comment on the situation – its an internal family issue that’s really none of my business. After all, Canada’s economy weathered the global recession very well and we avoided the disaster that befell other countries. ...
Hi Everyone, This is a place for .NET lovers like us can go and learn more about all Microsoft Cloud technologies. This website makes it more easy, simple and actually fun to know what the technologies are, how they work and what we can do for it in the perception of both business and personal entities. Here is what you have to do (to make it much easier, follow the steps) 1. Go to http://www.microsoftvirtual... this website 2. Login with your Windows Live ID (Create one if you ...
Here are a bunch of links for BUILD material related to Game Dev. Go Nuts, Be Awesome. Downloads: Windows 8 Developer Preview Visual Studio 11 Developer Preview MSDN: Direct3D 11.1 DXGI 1.2 WDDM 1.2 Feature Level 11.1 DirectXMath Channel9: Direct3D PLAT-751T 3D Graphics for Metro Style Apps and Games PLAT-752T Tuning GPU usage for any form factor HW-218T: Understanding the Windows 8 graphics driver model TOOL-761T: A lap around DirectX game development tools XINPUT PLAT-754T: From touch to gamepads: ...
Full Disclosure: I was one of the technical reviewers on this book. I think my friend Tomislav did a great job on this book and it would make a valuable addition to the bookshelf of anyone that is working with MDX. I really enjoyed reading this and there were even a couple of interesting techniques that I have added to my toolkit. As far as I know there are not any other MDX books on the market quite like this one. It's more aimed at the intermediate level of MDX user and assumes that you have some ...
In the hours since Steve Jobs death was announced, the world has seemingly fallen into a conjoined state of mourning…well, at least according to my Twitter feed. Quotes Steve made over the years fill the stream, along with reports of people gathering at Apple stores with some garnering memorials outside their doors. Very rarely has someone from the corporate world garnered such a response to their passing. Even more rarely does a corporate individual get a statement from the US President. But its ...
I was informed that my presentation on “Getting Started with the Kinect SDK” is now live on UserGroup.tv. The video quality is not that great, but that is my fault. Our camera quit working and someone had to record the session with an iPad2. Abstract: This talk is also designed for people who want to get started developing with the official Microsoft Kinect SDK. I will walk the user through downloading the bits and starting a new project. We will take a look at several great free open-source tools ...
El Instituto Nacional de Estándares y Tecnología y su laboratorio de tecnología información, NIST por el acrónimo en idioma inglés, han definido Cloud Computing de la siguiente manera:“Cloud Computing es un modelo para habilitar acceso conveniente por demanda a un conjunto compartido de recursos computacionales configurables, por ejemplo, redes, servidores, almacenamiento, aplicaciones y servicios, que pueden ser rápidamente aprovisionados y liberados con un esfuerzo mínimo de administración o de ...
The time has come to begin the project. I am pleased to announce Card Roulette. All posts on the topic will include the tag "Card Roulette". The concept is fairly simple. One day, I was watching a biography of the man that invented the theory of card counting in Black Jack. While I was impressed with the math, I always felt that it was misleading. You're not really counting card, just keeping a few simple statistics. This nagged on me for a few weeks until I came up with the concept of playing Roulette ...
In this Issue: Shawn Wildermuth, Ollie Riches, Oscar Agreda, Samidip Basu, Dan Wahlin, Walt Ritscher, Laurent Bugnion(-2-), Andrej Tozon, András Velvárt, Vikram Pendse, Michael Crump, Andy Beaulieu(-2-), Michael Sync(-2-), Above the Fold: Silverlight: "The MVVM Dashboard" Oscar Agreda WP7: "SurfCube on Mango Part 4 – fighting with the ListPicker control" András Velvárt Windows 8: "Why I’m Excited About Windows 8" Dan Wahlin LightSwitch: "Creating LightSwitch Custom Controls" Michael Washington Shoutouts: ...
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Saturday, November 5, 2011 at the AT&T Foundry in Plano, TX Dev-ing. Mobile. Cloud. APIs. Good food. Awesome prizes. Interested in building your own app? This hackathon will introduce you the the latest cutting edge tools to deploy your own app with a website backend, fully hosted in the cloud. Alternatively, you can come pitch your idea and scout for developer talent, who can help you build your app! Mobile App Hackathon is an event produced by the AT&T Developer Program and Apigee that ...
I'm back... what did I miss?? Oh wait... you're expecting info from me about my week I guess :) I had an awesome time: Met tons of people that I didn't already know. Renewed friendships with another ton of people I only see a couple times a year Went to Billy Hollis' PreCon and learned a lot of cool design information that I have yet to transcribe or assimilate entirely Went to Tim Huckaby's party and was "B8 ed" ... although that looked better on the girl wearing the TShirt when I got there Didn't ...

Last week, Microsoft held their long awaited Build Windows (or simply "Build") conference in Anaheim CA. About 5000 people packed the convention center to discover the latest version of the Windows operation system: Windows 8.

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We recently implemented an email archiving solution at work. One of the requirements was that we configure automatic purging of messages older than 6 months in Exchange. One of our IT managers spent the better part of a month moving items out of the only copy of his PST into his mailbox so that they could be captured by the archive system and free him from his PST. For whatever reason none of these messages were captured by the archive system and were purged by Exchange as per the items older than ...
This week I’m at the Microsoft Build/Windows conference. Now I’ve been to many conferences throughout the years and this is the first conference where I literally knew nothing about including the agenda. When I signed up for my badge on arrival we got a conference guide with all the hours of the session but no sessions. Very secret, very cloak and dagger. This created a huge buzz but also upped the expectation quite a bit… So with the tabled laid out and the expectation high I sat down and waited ...
I've just installed the Windows 8 Developer Preview. These are some first impressions: Installation of the preview was quite smooth and didn't take too long. It took a few minutes to extract the files onto a virtual image, but feature installation then seemed to happen almost instantaneously (according to the feedback on the screen). The installation routine then went into a preparation cycle that took two or three minutes. Then the virtual machine rebooted and after a couple of minutes more preparation, ...
Fantastic afternoon session by Jensen Harris on how to create a successful metro app. One of the big pushes will be the Windows 8 marketplace. Part of having a successful app is ensuring it adheres to best practices on design and usability to ensure a fantastic user experience. Because Windows 8 will have such a different approach to UX, including touch-first, its important that considerations are made up front. Here are my notes. Metro Style Design Use the Templates and Guidelines Templates will ...
As an MCT it is always exciting when I travel to conferences because it becomes a reunion. Well, one more chance this year to make it so, but this time (unlike the last MCT Summit) I am also presenting. Thanks to Chris Harrison (@GeekTrainer) for the gentle nudge! Follow @MCTSummitNA too! The topics I will be presenting are (at least the ones I got confirmation on): Requirements Management: From Vision to Mission to Success Session Level: 300 Team Foundation Server and SharePoint Technologies have ...
A big thanks to my lively audience at the NxtGenUG Birmingham group tonight who provided excellent feedback. I enjoyed the live coding to try to explore the limits of the framework, even though it was interrupted by my PC turning itself off and leading me to thinking I'd trashed my SSD drive. You can find my presentation online at Prezi.com over here, and the source code for the demos is available here. During the presentation I mentioned there were some additional blogs and articles that are well ...
I usually do a bullet points from major conference events like this one from Mix11. The purpose of this post is to get you up to speed quickly with news and links you may enjoy. Build – Day 1 Keynote Windows 8 takes about half the amount of RAM to run compared to Windows 7. Windows 7 usage by consumers is now greater than Windows XP. Like the Metro Interface? Well, you better as the interface is similar to the Windows Phone 7. You can unlock your touch-enabled PC by tapping certain spots on a picture. ...

As usual when I attend a conference, I like to take quick notes to remember what it was all about and take some time later to analyze it. Since Windows 8 is going to be the next big things, let me share my notes with you!

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What's a Windows Phone Camp? A free, full day event chock-full of everything you need to know to develop a Windows Phone application. Whether you're a seasoned veteran or just getting started with .NET development this full-day event is for you. Interested in profit? We'll also lead discussions on how to monetize your applications and generate profits with your apps. Don't miss the new Windows Phone 7.5 (codename "Mango") features as well - with detailed sessions in the afternoon around Fast Application ...
We're 10 minutes away from the Build keynote, and I'm going to be live blogging the event. Now, to be clear, you shouldn't just read this - I mean, the keynotes are streaming live online. But I want to capture my thoughts on the announcements as they happen. So without further ado, let's start!And we're done! Great keynote, lots of content! However, we still don't have our schedule! LOL...off for lunch.11:16 - The path to RTM: Beta, RC, RTM, GA - Driven by quality and not a date, I'm ok with that.11:11 ...
I have just gotten involved in a project that has been around for a while but developed with a different methodology to the one I am used to. One of the first things I noticed is that there were very little comments if any in the project. When bringing this up with one of the other developers on the team he defended the position of having no comments because as a team they felt that comments were an anti pattern. The motivation was as follows… Motivation 1) We name our methods and parameters so that ...
Hi Please refer the link below before building a Custom Adapter in Biztalk . Wizards used from code plex site to build custom Adapter in Biztalk having defect that is not reproducable in System Testing or Integartion Testing that should be reproduce with soak testing or live testing i.e To Save the Cost of Quality of the software developed please refer the below link to fix defects in Requirement stage to coding stage /bloggingabout.net/blogs/we... ...
In this Issue: Kunal Chowdhury, David Anson, Cheryl Simmons, Ryan Alford, Peter Kuhn, Ollie Riches, Mike Hole, Allen Lee, WindowsPhoneGeek, Mike Taulty, Sumit Dutta, Asim Sajjad, Dhananjay Kumar, and Vikram Pendse. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Silverlight 5 PInvoke fun - System Font Dialog" Peter Kuhn WP7: "Adding a map image to a secondary live tile" Mike Hole Expression Blend: "Silverlight 4 – Custom Busy Indicator Using PathListBox" Ryan Alford Shoutouts: Michael Palermo's latest Desert Mountain ...
Para los que quieren smartphones con Mango, cada vez hay más a la venta. La compañía Taiwanesa HTC es la segunda en sacar lanzar smartphones con Windows Mango. Mango es la última versión del sistema operativo para celulares de Microsoft. Este sistema operativo ahora si podrá competir contra iPhones y smartphones con Android. Los dispositivos HTC Radar y Titan saldrán primero a la venta en Europa y Asia, para nuestros países latino americanos Nokia parece prometedora. Microsoft debe ahora apurarse ...
A big thanks to my lively audience at the London .Net Users group last night who provided excellent feedback. They even led me to some live coding to discover how the TaskEx.WhenAny deals with the tasks which didn't complete first - apparently they are immeadiately disposed of and their results are lost. Let's hope the release documentation for the Async libraries makes this very clear. I also must thank EMC Consulting for providing the facilities and beer, and Adgistics for providing the pizza, ...
To start, I love Red Gate Software’s Tools. I have loved them since the first time I started using SQL Backup and SQL Compare when I first started Geekswithblogs.net. I think they create quality products and have been a “Friend of Red Gate” for years. So know that this review is coming from a “fan boy” of sorts. What is SQL Compare? Well the name sort of says it all, this product compares SQL databases. But not just databases, but backups, snapshots, and source control using their product SQL Source ...
From Joe Healy’s Dev Fish Blog but worth repeating!! What’s a Windows Phone Camp? For those who went to our "Windows Phone Garage" series last year, its one of those. For those new to the scene, its a free, full day event chocked full of everything you need to know to develop a Windows Phone application. Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or just getting started with phone app development this full-day event is for you. Interested in profit? We’ll also lead discussions on how to monetize your applications ...
Introduction Have you ever wondered how to update the Application Tile in your Windows Phone 7 Mango application? Me too. But before we dig in, let’s look at the properties of a Tile. Microsoft defines each one as listed below: Title. A string indicating the title of the application. The Title must fit on a single line of text and should not be wider than the actual Tile. Approximately 15 characters will fit in the title before being truncated. BackgroundImage. An image displayed on the front of ...

Well simply put - flat out on a big Government IT project. This is due to go live next month and I'll be writing a number of pieces here on it.

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The time has come to unveil the new project for the blog. I know, I know. I can hear the excitement. I try to go everywhere I can to preach the gospel of XNA. As I do, the #1 question I get is, "Have you ever published a game?" Every time, I have to respond with, "I haven't actually published anything. I have some ideas, but I've stuck mostly with research and teaching." Over time, this wears on you. I mean, as the saying goes, those who do, teach. Thus, it's about time I practice what I preach. ...
In this Issue: Andrea Boschin, Shawn Wildermuth, Kunal Chowdhury, Peter Kuhn, Loek van den Ouweland, XAMLNinja, Ollie Riches(-2-), WindowsPhoneGeek, John Papa, Den Delimarsky, and Sumit Dutta. Above the Fold: WP7: "Fun With New Live Tile API" Shawn Wildermuth Expression Blend: "Icons or other visuals with XAML instead of bitmaps" Shoutouts: Michael Palermo's latest Desert Mountain Developers is up Gill Cleeren posted his SilverlightShow Advanced Silverlight 5 webinar files From SilverlightCream.com: ...