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It’s been a while since I’ve blogged. I suppose sometimes when one’s personal life gets busy, there are some things that fall by the wayside. So what all has happened since I last blogged? Business has been good with lots of lessons learned. I had hoped I would have had an important announcement several months ago concerning the business I own, but that simply hasn’t materialized yet. Will keep everyone posted. Ensuring your business has a good sales pipeline and stays ahead in the technology curve ...
In this Issue: Jeremy Likness, Vikram Pendse, David Burela(2), Paulio, David Anson, Jesse Liberty, and Brett Balmer. Shoutout: Jeremy Alles has a Minor update to the Silverlight MVVM frameworks explorer Seema Ramchandani posted his materials PDC video, TechEd Iceland, VS2010, profiling, Silverlight 4 Gavin Wignall blogged about Metia launch Silverlight banner with Deepzoom and Smooth Streaming! Andrew Myhre posted about his Silverlight Preloader Project on Google Code Jim Lynn has a post up about ...
In this Issue: Damian Schenkelman, Alexey Zakharov, Jeremy Likness, John Bruin, Andrej Tozon, Fons Sonnemans, Adam Kinney, Andrea Boschin, Al Pascual, Giorgetti Alessandro, Rob Eisenberg, Gill Cleeren, and Jeff Blankenburg. Shoutouts: Gavin Wignall has announced the Launch of the MSUK Partner Festive Game If you're in the UK, Tesco has this technology working: Silverlight-powered Virtual DVD now available from Tesco András Velvárt announced an interview by Karen Young when he was in Berlin: Another ...
I have just completed a first round of updates to my popular blog post from September Entity Framework 4.0 Resources – documentation links, best blog posts and more Pop a comment here or better still in the main post if I missed something cool! (Which no doubt I have) The following were added: Overview blog posts/articles What’s New in Entity Framework 4, Part 2: Modeling Changes (Nov/Dec 2009) Renovations to .NET 4.0's Entity Framework (Nov 2009) Entity Sequel (Dec 2009) 5 Steps to having a great ...
Welcome to my blog. My name is Carlos Santos and have been doing software development since 1996. I've been a solutions architect for various teams, done training classes, been selected from hundreds of MCTs to work at TechEd twice and developed and validated test for BrainBench. My goal here is to talk about the design tradeoffs I've faced during the development of existing and new systems. I'll be talking about various things, ranging from solution architecture (And the decisions at each of the ...
While at TechEd Europe in November 2009 I had a chance to catch up with David Robinson, Program Manager in the SQL Azure team and discuss... SQL Azure :-) We cover the "reboot", large databases, the new support for SQL Azure in SQL Server Management Studio, customer feedback and futures. V2 hints include: - bigger database - automatic partitioning - spatial data types You might also want to check out the slides of a SQL Azure session I recently delivered based on the session David gave at TechEd ...
This podcast was recorded at TechEd Europe in November 2009. I get a chance to sit down with Mike Flasko, Program Manager in the Data Services team. We had both presented on Entity Framework during the conference which is where we started the discussion before we moved on to talk about Data Servies and some of the announcements around Data Services, RIA and WCF which would be happening the following week at PDC. Definitely worth a listen (IMHO). Listen/Subscribe: Download/Play MSDN Flash Show 014 ...
While at TechEd Europe in November 2009 I had a chance to catch up with the two lead developers of the Pex team Peli de Halleux and Nikolai Tillmann to talk about Code Contracts. Code Contracts contains a common library (System.Diagnostics.Contracts) for expressing pre-conditions, post-conditions and invariants which any tool writer can take advantage of. A number of tools are available on devlabs including a documentation extracter and a static analysis tool. Code Contracts works with .Net 4 and ...
[NOTE: Shows 12 and above are not currently available on ITunes while I finalise the switch of podcast hoster] While at TechEd Europe in November 2009 I had a chance to catch up with the two lead developers of the Pex team Peli de Halleux and Nikolai Tillmann. Pex enables white box testing. It looks at your code, finds all the branches and determines which inputs will result in those branches being executed. Pex attempts to exercise every reachable statement in your code. It works with Visual Studio ...
[This is the fifth in a series of posts on getting started with the new features in Entity Framework 4 based on the demos I did in my session at TechEd Europe in Berlin last week (Nov 2009).] Entity Framework v1 did not support a commonly implemented ORM feature called Lazy Loading. Entity Framework 4 adds that feature. In Beta 1 it was known (confusingly IMHO) as Deferred Loading. In Beta 2 it is (thankfully IMHO) known as Lazy Loading. You run up against the absence of Lazy Loading in v1 when you ...
[This is the fourth in a series of posts on getting started with the new features in Entity Framework 4 based on the demos I did in my session at TechEd Europe in Berlin last week (Nov 2009).] Complex Types make it easier to work with objects, allowing the grouping of related properties in Entities and the reuse of these groupings across Entities. The first release of Entity Framework included Complex Type support but did not expose this capability through the Entity Data Model Designer. The good ...
In this Issue: Chris Klug, Gavin Wignall, Jeff Handley, Brad Abrams(2), Mike Flasko, Karl Shifflett, Jeff Wilcox, Nikhil Kothari, and Colin Blair. Shoutouts: John Papa posted the material from his PDC Session: MVVM and Prism Demo for PDC09 Silverlight Session, and while you're at it, here's the video: Video of my Prism and MVVM at PDC Jeff Weber posted that a New Silverlight 3 Book Uses Farseer Physics Joe Stegman posted the slide deck for his PDC 2009 Out Of Browser Session András Velvárt announced ...
Tibi has delivered another round of intervenes with some of the presenters at PDC. Vittorio Bertocci, Sara Ford, Ted Malone, Brad Abrams, Ade Miller and Don Box shared their ideas on the latest and greatest technology, and also their visions of the future. Tibi also interviewed Jon Flanders and Paula Januszkievicz at TechEd in Berlin. The interviews are here. Update: It seems there is a permissions issue with Azure Storage Tables at the moment, so you get an error when you try to view videos. Hopefuly ...
[This is the third in a series of posts on getting started with the new features in Entity Framework 4 based on the demos I did in my session at TechEd Europe in Berlin last week (Nov 2009).] Entity Framework 4 relies significantly on the Text Template Transformation Toolkit (T4) to generate code from the EDM. I thought it would be useful to show a really simple example of T4 in action which is nothing to do with Entity Framework. In a Visual Studio 2008/2010 solution, add a new item of type Text ...
[This is the second in a series of posts on getting started with the new features in Entity Framework 4 based on the demos I did in my session at TechEd Europe in Berlin last week (Nov 2009).] Code generation from the Entity Data Model (EDM) has changed significantly in version 4 of the Entity Framework. The product does retain a backwardly compatible model of code generation but also now includes T4 templates for code generation. This is a fantastic addition to the Entity Framework as many developers ...
[This is the first in a series of posts on getting started with the new features in Entity Framework 4 based on the demos I did in my session at TechEd Europe in Berlin last week (Nov 2009). ] When adding an Entity Data Model to a project you are given the option to: Generate the Model from an existing database (SQL Server, Oracle etc) or Start with an Empty Model and create your conceptual model (sometimes referred to as Application Model or Domain Model) first – adding new Entities and Associations ...

I published my TechEd demo for download at www.devitect.net/techeddemo/techeddemo.zip

 

 

It is Friday 13th Nov 2009 - which means it is the last day of TechEd Europe in Berlin. Overall I have had a good week – high quality sessions, lots of time with customers and colleagues and a very smooth conference throughout. I spent the week doing a bunch of things. 9am Monday I was presenting on Entity Framework 4 after 4 hours of sleep and using a brand new VPC after my original failed to load following yet another blue screen from the host (the machine will be flattened next week – perhaps ...
Some pictures from the awesome TechEd Europe. My favourite – “Xmas Lunch” on the Thursday: The rather large entrance The Berlin wall (outside a restaurant!) The amazing hands on lab area: A typical session (AJAX in this case): The expo: The community doodle wall: I suspect Andrew Fryer was at work: And a panel discussion: ...
I have had a bit of a “SQL Azure” day at TechEd Europe. I sat through David Robinsons excellent intro to SQL Azure development (smooth, on time, great Q&A), caught up with David afterwards to exchange stories on SQL Azure and find out what I will be missing at PDC next week and then grabbed the chance to capture a short 10minute podcast which I will publish up on Channel 9 next week. David did his demos using a new version of SQL Server Management Studio which works with SQL Azure and announced ...
On Monday at 9am (9th Nov 2009) I presented a session on Entity Framework 4 to several hundred attendees at TechEd in Berlin (DEV305). I have presented EF to developers many times before but this was the first time I had shown the new EF 4 in any detail. I was really interested in the questions and feedback after the session. The tone was much more positive. Developers recognise that we are addressing their concerns with v1 and that v4 includes many very welcome improvements. They just want to get ...
No? Nor me. (If you are wondering what Mocking is, check out my previous post on Mocking, Stubs and Test Doubles.) I am at TechEd Europe this week in Berlin, speaking on Entity Framework 4.0 and manning the .NET Framework stand. Behind the .NET Framework stand is the Pex and Code Contracts stand manned by the two lead developers of Pex, Peli de Halleux and Nikolai Tillmann. I looked at Pex many months back but was completely unaware of a great new feature they added in September 2009 – Stubs and ...
Tools and Techniques for the Windows CE developer I’m opening this blog after two presentations at TechEd EMEA, one in 2008 in Barcelona called “Go embedded!” which was presenting some specific challenges encountered in embedded projects – and another one this year in Berlin called “Windows CE Tools and techniques to face the embedded challenge”. These two talks have a logical articulation, first the “what” and then the “how”. I decided to cover the “Tools and Techniques” subject after several recent ...
I will make a short appearance at Tech Ed Europe. Due to the amount of work we have right now, I cannot spend more than a couple of days in Berlin, but I still hope to meet many of you all. Read the rest of this entry » ...
There seems to be enough confusion about the betas and ctps of Entity Framework 4 to warrant a brief post. Hopefully this should clear things up nicely. Put simply: Most of Entity Framework 4 (EF4) will ship with .NET Framework 4 and Visual Studio 2010 (.NET4/VS2010), however not all of it will. Most of EF4 is therefore in the beta releases of .NET4/VS2010, however not all of it is. The missing bits of EF4 appear in EF4 Feature CTP releases “soon after” the release of a beta. Right now (Nov 6th 2009), ...
Next week I will be presenting Entity Framework 4 at TechEd Europe. At least that is what I hope to do. However my Lenovo T61P seems to have some other plans. A year back the screen packed in. The nice IBM man replaced it. All was well. Last week the screen packed in again. The nice IBM man replaced it. All was well … with the screen. However since then I am getting blue screens (whenever I really don’t want them) and drive errors and the odd bit of corruption of files. I need to flatten – but now ...
So just after a year of being in Australia I have finally managed to organise my first industry presentation on Commerce Server 2009. I will be presenting at SharePoint Saturday Melbourne on Saturday 14th November. My talk will cover an introduction to using Commerce Server 2009 alongside MOSS FIS. This follows on from the great success the Commerce Server product team had presenting this topic on at the SharePoint Conference in Vegas. So if you would like to come along and here my talk, please register ...
Tiberiu “Tibi” Covaci, the CloudCasts international correspondent was in Bulgaria last week for the DevReach 2009 conference. During a hectic few days he managed to pin down some of the main presenters and technology influencers for his “Five Minutes With…” interview series. The interviews with Chris Sells, Richard Campbell, Christian Weyer and Carl Franklin have been published with four more to be released later this week. Tibi will also be at TechEd Berlin, OreDev in Malmoe and PDC in Los Angeles, ...
This is one of a series of posts on my preparations for sessions on Azure and ORMs at Software Architect 2009. [Initual release 22nd Sept 2009] [Updated 23rd Sept, with links from Julie Lerman] [Updated 2nd Oct, with slidedeck section] [Large Update 15th Dec – including PDC09 content, my new posts and plenty of stuff from Julie L, Tony and others] This is my attempt to pull together all (ok – most) of the improvements in Entity Framework 4.0 and aggregate useful resources against each. It is very ...
For years, one of the popular parts of TechEd has been the Birds-of-a-Feather (BOF) sessions hosted by INETA. A BOF session is a conversation among a community of peers around a topic about which the participants are passionate. There may be some participants who are more knowledgeable than others, or have more experience; some who have less. Some folks will be well known, some will not. Some folks may want to just listen. The point of a BOF session is to bring together people who share an interest ...
I was asked to present at the BizTalk Users Group in Sweden on June 4th. I presented on the new enhancements to the Windows Application Server role known as Dublin. The two sessions are now online on Channel 9. The first session is a walk-through of the value proposition of Dublin and Workflow Services. The second session is a little deeper dive into tracking and monitoring. Details on each session are below. Session 1: Inside the Windows Application Server Enhancements known as Dublin (1/2) Abstract: ...
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Here are some powerpoint presentations from sessions at TechEd 2009 and TechReady 7.

TechEd 2009 - BizTalk Server Presentations

TechReady 7 - BizTalk Customer Advisory Team Presentations

Have you ever attended a TechEd? I haven’t until now, and I just realized how much I missed. By being there, I realized and learned in those 5 days more than in months of being at home. I got to meet people that share the same interest in passion in computers, a lot of Microsoft employees working on the products that I am using every day, and real Icons in the IT world. It is amazing to see how many people share the same passions as I do. I was thinking about making a list of all the peoples I’ve ...
Just a quick reminder for the SBUG meeting next Tuesday. We will be joined by: - Tony Meleg from the Dublin Team doing an overview of Dublin following on from the TechEd Dublin sessions - John Plummer from Microsoft UK hosting a Q&A session Remember this is an in person meeting at Cardinal Place, but for those who cant make it in person we will also have live meeting available so you can still log in and join us. The full event details are on the following page: http://sbug20090526.eventbr... ...
Microsoft is accepting submissions for the waitlist for the Office 2010 Technical Preview. This is an especially great opportunity if you are already running Exchange 2010 in the lab and want to see how using Outlook 2010 will enhance the experience with things like mail tips, conversation view and universal inbox. The preview is slated to kick off in July. If you attended TechEd 2009 this year, you get priority seeding in to the preview. Sign up in one click at the TechEd event site with your login ...
For those of you that haven't read the outcomes from TechEd – the Visual Studio 2010 beta is now available for download on MSDN (for subscribers only). The public release of the beta will be on Wednesday 20th May. For those who spend most of their time on SharePoint, such as me this release is rumoured to have increased support for the SharePoint platform, including F5 debugging, and WYSIWYG web part functionality, and a server browsers for tracking down all those lists, and document libraries within ...
Reflections on techEd 2009 - Los Angeles This was the first techEd I have ever attended. I heard some complainants about various events not being on the agenda this year, but I was impressed. All of the sessions that I attended were good with one exception that will remain nameless. I was impressed by Dan Holme's session on admin tools. Some of the tools that were demonstrated were written/constructed by Dan for the Bejing Olympic games. I was very impressed. I have already started using the tools ...
Last Monday, Microsoft used the TechEd keynote to announce their plans to include a Complex-Event Processing (CEP) engine in SQL Server 2008 R2. This article attempts to explain CEP from the perspective of a long-time user of BizTalk Server and to address the question as to why BizTalk architects and developers might have a reason to take an interest in the forthcoming CEP engine. Read on at http://geekswithblogs.net/c... ...
I don’t know Joel personally, but some recent posts of his caused a stir within the community, and he seems like a pretty interesting dude… so that makes him a perfect candidate for a NINE Questions interview. Unfortunately, I never got a pic from him with this interview, so this placeholder pic will have to do for now. I know you’re all chomping at the bit to read my latest interview, so without further ado, I give you these NINE Questions with Joel Oleson, aka SharepointJoel. 1. Where are you from? ...
If you are looking at ways to improve the success of your software projects I highly recommend checking out the Dev Practices sessions from TechEd 2009 on TechEd Online. There are a combination of Tech Talks, Panel Discussions available to view even if you aren’t at TechEd. I’ll try to filter some noise and point you to some that I’ve enjoyed: Agile Software Development panel Let’s talk Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) Agile: A Process or an Excuse? – featuring Joel Semeniuk from Imaginet Resources ...
WM 6.5 News from TechEd 2009 Video - http://vimeo.com/4636547 14mins - Widgets will be available only through Marketplace. This is due to inherent security risks of hosting HTML. [Would be less of an issue if it was Silverlight :) ] 41mins - Student's DreamSpark access to Mobile Marketplace mentioned, more details to come soon. Also though out the video the MVPs mentioned improved controls that pick up the UI style and Touch behaviours from the OS. Can't wait to see more of those in detail when the ...
Following on from the news about Microsoft's CEP engine, Richard Seroter attended yesterday's TechEd session on the new engine and has blogged very detailed notes. See http://seroter.wordpress.co... I'm delighted to see that Microsoft is disclosing much the same level of information publically that they made available internally a couple of months ago. Now all we need is CTP 1. Richard notes that the session was sparsely attended. CEP has ...
I am going to be blogging the sessions I attend at TechEd 2009 in Los Angeles right here on my humble blog. They will be almost exclusively messaging and mobility related - ‘cause that’s how I roll! I will also tweet as much as I can (I only have two arms) under @ntpro. You can also follow general TechEd 2009 tweets by searching hash tags #teched and #tela09. Great blog post from the team the runs the hands on labs (HOL) at TechEd. Three days away – it is almost time. Technorati Tags: Twitter,tweet,Exchange ...
I’ve known Shawn for a few years now, mostly through his work with the developer community and of course his affiliation with INETA. I figured it was time you got to know him as well. Here are NINE Questions with Shawn Weisfeld: 1. Where are you from? I was born in Brooklyn New York and moved to South Florida when I was still in grade school. After graduating from high school I moved to Orlando to go to college at the University of Central Florida. There I was introduced to my first User Group, the ...
In the next few weeks, I'll be wrapping up my current assignment in South Dakota, taking a week for TechEd and then (assuming all goes well) starting my next assignment. In the middle of all this, I'm also studying for one of the MCSD -> MCPD Enterprise Application Developer upgrade exams (there are 2.) As you can imagine, all of this (coupled with my recent Mafia Wars addiction) is rather time consuming, so I'll be cutting back on the blog entries for a while, aside from the occasional announcement ...
If you're going to TechEd 2009, be sure to stop by the INETA booth while you're there. Not only will you get a chance to meet some of the new Board Members, but we'll also have members of our Speakers Bureau present throughout the week as well.
I’m currently on my first INETA Board of Directors Conference Call and I thought I’d keep people updated on what’s going on, as there’s some really good stuff being discussed. I know one of the perception problems, is that INETA is a black hole, which is on the top of my list to help change, and hopefully by doing this, that perception will change. If you’d like to write content for the various code magazines, there are opportunities for you! Community Night (aka Birds of a Feather) at TechEd is ...
I’ve uncovered a fiendish plot tonight to try and dissuade Canadians from going to TechEd this year! I wanted to check the dates to see if they coincided with any of the upcoming NIN|JA tour dates, but when I went to the TechEd site at www.microsoft.com/events/Te... I saw…THIS: I tried refreshing…I even tried opening up another browser, but to no avail. So I did what anyone else would do: I turned to Twitter. However, it wasn’t enough that Andrew Duthie took my constructive critique of his ...
We Are the Masters of the Twitterverse How did we ever survive without social networks? I asked myself that today and couldn’t come up with an answer I liked. If I need to find contact information for that DBA I worked with three jobs ago, it’s off to LinkedIn or Plaxo. When I’m wondering about that guy from high school who was going to be a world famous rock star, Facebook is only a couple of clicks away. Out of town for a conference? No worries, I just check Twitter to see where my friends are. ...