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There are a number of other file formats that achieve similar things as PDF. Below I have listed some of them and try to explain the differences or similarities of these alternatives. These are the comparisons that are made: PDF versus XPS XPS is as yet the most serious alternative to PDF that has come to market. You can find more information about XPS here. That page also contains a comparison between both file formats. PDF versus PostScript PDF was developed by Adobe, the company that also created ...
This past week was an interesting experience. My first trip to Washington DC on Washington business. As part of the Association for Competitive Technology (http://www.actonline.com) I joined 27 other small software developer company owners from around the country to visit and educate congressional staffs. I already knew 1/2 dozen of the people attending from my activities in the Microsoft developer community and had the pleasure of renewing friendships with them and making new friends with others. ...
The Vancouver Canucks have advanced to the Stanley Cup playoffs, vanquishing the San Jose Sharks in the process. After the game, Joe Thorton was interviewed. Here’s what he said: Yeah, it stings knowing that we got so close to the Stanley Cup playoffs. But like our coach said to us, we need to just learn from this experience. It’s ok that we didn’t make the next round, we’ll all grow as a team and individuals. Or how about the Pittsburgh Steelers player who, after losing the SuperBowl to Green Bay, ...
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... ...
Scott Klein, co-founder of Blue Syntax Consulting and SQL MVP, was our speaker at the West Palm Beach .Net User Group May meeting. Scott spoke and demonstrated code on Azure’s AppFabric. We would like to thank Scott for making time to share with us despite his busy schedule. We would also like to thank our sponsors: CompTec for hosting our meeting and Sherlock Technology for the free pizza/soda. Below please find a few photos of the event ...
I’m crazy excited about the technology industry right now. We’re seeing evolution happen in real time, and at all levels. From the major platforms, we’re seeing Google’s overall story taking shape, Microsoft playing catch-up but showing with WP7 and Windows 7 that they are very much still a competitor, and Apple continuing to bolster their empire beyond fanboys with their quality technology and innovations. Then there’s the software platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Linked In, and others that are ...
For Microsoft these days, great things are happening at the macro level, and yet there’s fits-and-starts progress down below. This year’s Tech Ed North America conference represented, in event-form, that very duality. On the one hand, this was the largest Tech Ed in my memory, with 10,000 attendees. But the customary Microsoft 2-day, all-morning keynote format was shortened to a Day 1, 90-minute talk on Cloud and Visual Studio. Microsoft’s cloud push reached an almost fever pitch; but various new ...
Well not really that long ago, this is actually a brand new for me. I just decided today to start blogging about my experiences as an IT professional. Since none of you know me, I am a systems engineer for a NJ based energy company. My main areas of expertise are in Microsoft server technologies specifically Exchange, Active Directory and plane old Windows Server along with vSphere and many more. My job responsibilities entail life-cycle management, developing infrastructure standards and solutions ...
Geeks With Blogs has been given the opportunity to host a blogger’s lounge at MS TechEd 2011 this year. I highly encourage anyone who loves to blog about technology, Developer or IT Pro, to head on over and introduce yourself. I have been blogging off and on (as life and time permit) with this group for a long time now and you couldn’t find a better bunch of guys that are passionate about both community and technology and their site really supports this. Be sure to say hi to Jeff and John. They are ...
In this Issue: David Catuhe, Andrea Boschin, Kunal Chowdhury(-2-), Colin Eberhardt, Mike Ormond, Doug Rathbone, John Garland, Jesse Liberty, Mike Taulty, and Pete Brown. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "ItemsControl from scratch to your own controls" Andrea Boschin WP7: "Metro In Motion #5 – SandwichFlow" Colin Eberhardt Shoutouts: Alan Cruz sent me a link to his Social Network site he's developed in Silverlight... this is another 'sign yourself up' thing... I did it, nothing bad happened :) ... Alan ...

This is a very nice addition and will make development across the various WebSSO protocols that much easier.

Announcing the WIF Extension for SAML 2.0 Protocol Community Technology Preview! - Claims-Based Identity Blog - Site Home - MSDN Blogs

Introduction I don’t do web programming… I have been programming client applications for years and consider myself a WPF/Silverlight developer. The web thing always seemed a bit scary in its stateless environment with limited functionality and cross browser headaches. That was until recently when apparently HTML5 was going to kill Silverlight and I eventually decided that I would need to get educated and up to date. Since that decision I have re-accustomed myself with HTML, CSS & JavaScript. ...
Jon Skeet has started a new series of blogs on Async focussing on the underlying technology beneath the Async CTP and Async methods coming in C#5.0. http://msmvps.com/blogs/jon... Jon's blogs have a clear and deceptively easy to read style that belies the complex topics being discussed and is perfect for demystifying the technology behind Async so they are well worth the investment, and I'm looking forward to them hugely ...
Lately, I have been taking some time to learn some new technologies. For me, the best way to learn a new technology is to jump head first into a project: Daily deal websites such as GroupOn, LivingSocial, DealFind, etc. have really taken off over the last 6 months. With so many sites out there, my inbox was being flooded with emails from all these daily deal websites. This seemed like it might be a fun project, so I set out to build a daily deal aggregator. First, I built a Windows Phone 7 app. I ...
This past week the company I work for re-launched our external facing internet site, all powered by SharePoint 2010. I already blogged about it, but have you ever wondered, what does it take to build a great looking site? There are 3 basic levels of Branding in SharePoint 2010: Low Effort Remember the themes in SharePoint 2007? well its incredibly easy to build them in SharePoint 2010.The best examples out there are the ones that use Power Point 2010 to produce color schemes and styles and apply ...
This pas week, the company I work for re-launched our external facing Internet site, complete powered by SharePoint 2010! Check it out at www.imaginets.com. I get two concerns when clients look at doing something like this, either internally or externally: You can't really get a great looking site with SharePoint. We can't justify a great looking site. Well if you facing the same issues consider the great looking site that was put together by some very talented guys. If you think it can't be done ...
Hi there, After the successful launch of the new website for Tellago, today we announce the new series of webinar’s called the Tellago Technology Updates. Today in the fast growing IT Industry it is very difficult to stay up-to-date with the latest and greatest Technologies out there in the market. Doesn’t matter if you are a Developer or an Architect or CTO for a company but you are every now and then challenged to evaluate new technologies and implement them. Understanding that challenge, we at ...

Kids really catch onto technology fast now a days.  Somehow he found the On button on the phone, and then started moving the lock slider around.  Finally he was able to drag it to the bottom of the screen, and baam!  Unlocked! 

He then moved my GPS on/off icon to a different screen.  I couldn't find it until I took a few minutes to track it down.  Now we'll see how long before my 7 year old figures out my Apple password for the App Store...

As Harry Hill might say, "I like Visual Studio. And I like Eclipse. But which one is better? Only one way to find out…" For a lot of people a lot of the time, the question is irrelevant. If you are doing Java development, you are going to pick Eclipse, and for .NET development you are going to pick Visual Studio. But both IDEs are extensible, and have communities providing extensions for other languages, so if you are using another language it might not be so clear cut. And if you are a language ...
I try, I really try, to keep this blog as much about technology and as little about other topics, but honestly its too annoying to try and keep multiple blogs. So, here we are. As you can tell by the title, this will be a religious-based post. If you’re not down with that, that’s kewl…please view another of the fantastic tech-themed posts on my blog or on another GeeksWithBlogs contributor’s blog. Rob Bell. Rob Bell is the pastor of a church in Michigan. I actually used to mock Rob Bell because (sorry ...
Sometimes, the way that LINQ to Twitter materializes queries into entities isn’t immediately clear. It’s easy to get confused until you see the patterns or make a correlation between the Twitter API results and their representations as LINQ to Twitter entities. In this post, I’ll explain some of the logic behind the design of LINQ to Twitter entities and demonstrate an example of one of the more oddly designed entity types, Search. Note: They'll be talking about MVC3 during multiple sessions at Tech-Ed. ...
If you are: a senior technologist (Application Architect, Senior Developer or similar) with strong experience in developing solutions using the Windows platform (Visual Studio, SQL Server, IIS etc) fancy working for Microsoft UK and are not put off by these pictures of my team (and it is before 1st May 2011) then I would highly recommend you check out the job posting for two positions as Architect Evangelists in my team. My personal ideal “new colleague” would also: Enjoy online FPS gaming and be ...
After several months of research, review and revision, a white paper I wrote for the SQL Azure team, “NoSQL and the Windows Azure Platform”, has been published by Microsoft. If you go to http://www.microsoft.com/wi... and do a find within the page for “NoSQL” you’ll see a link for it. If you’d rather download the PDF directly, you can do so by clicking here. The 25-page (not including cover and TOC) paper provides an introduction to NoSQL database technology, and its major subcategories, ...
Last week at MIX11, Preview 4 of WCF Web API was released. If you missed it, you can watch the video here. One way to get Preview 4 and start playing with it is to download it here. However, an even easier way to to just grab the bits from NuGet: When you download the latest Web API bits, there are a couple of sample applications that show off the latest features of the Web API (these are in the CodePlex download, not the NuGet packages). The first one is a Contact Manager “Simple” project which ...
Singapore .NET User Group - April UG Meeting UG Meeting will be held on 18th April 2011 on next Monday, at Level 21 Auditorium from 1900hrs – late. Light refreshments will be served before the session. From the trenches: Lessons learnt working on Azure Mahesh Krishnan, Principal Consultant, Readify 1900 hrs – 2000 hrs Mahesh Krishnan, from Melbourne, Australia speaks about the lessons learnt working on one of the largest Azure projects in Australia. The application which is set to go live soon uses ...
If you are: Involved in developing software products (aka an Independent Software Vendor) or Considering a “move to the cloud” or both! Then you should consider joining one or both of these Microsoft UK created LinkedIn groups intended to foster discussion amongst your peers in the industry. Both groups are fairly new but growing and there is already some great discussion happening on them. UKISVDEV - Developers, Software Architects and CTOs in UK ISVs This group is for UK based developers, software ...
[These days I’m mainly active on my teams blog – but I will highlight the best over here] A great article by Ulf Avrin to help companies prepare for a move to the Cloud. Read the full article Introduction Cloud services is definitely passed the hype stage and into the mass adoption stage of the technology life cycle. Therefore an ISV must understand what Cloud means for them, in every aspect of their business. And the changes are not small! There are threats, and change management might be difficult, ...
Internet Explorer has made huge strides in the last couple of years. Microsoft has at last begun to lay the ghost of IE6 to rest with a solid, fast, standards compliant, reasonably up-to-date (not quite the same thing) forward-looking browser with the cleanest UI in the business. However, one issue clouds the horizon. Other browsers, most notably Google Chrome, rev much faster that IE. The importance of this is that, by bringing out new versions on shorter (much shorter, in some cases) timescales, ...
I am very excited to help share this news with you today! I feel as excited today as I was when Windows Phone 7 developer story was revealed at MIX10 last year. I see so many more application scenarios with the new tools and features in Windows Phone 7. There has been a few announcements made at MIX11 – let me recap some of what I find important. There was not a disclosure or showing of any new end-user features. There is a commitment to delivering the next update later this year as a free updates ...
This one almost slipped away from me. It is only a week until the next CITAG meeting. This month Mike Vogt will be discussing ORM Frameworks and what they mean to the amount of code that our development teams have to write. I am sure we will get into a discussion of the truths and myths around these products. Come out and join us for a night of discussion and meet a few of your peers in the process. Register here. del.icio.us Tags: CITAG,Chicago Information Technology Architects Group,ORM,ORM Frameworks ...
With MIX2011 starting today I thought it was quite ironic that I have spent the last few days watching MIX2010 (I guess that means I am at least a year behind the world ). One of the presentations that I really enjoyed had very little to do with programming, but I found extremely entertaining and almost immediately useful. It was title “The Art, Technology, and Science of Reading” and was presented by Kevin Larson who works in Microsoft’s Advanced Reading and Technology team. So, if you have the ...
This post is from a very good friend of mine, Billy Hollis. He’s got some interesting food for thought and I think you’ll enjoy his perspective! For over 15 years now, our industry has been struggling with a crucial tradeoff. We can get broad reach via standards, or we can get the best possible user experience with applications that take advantage of particular devices or platforms. It's a stereotype that people in software development tend to be code and technology centric and not user centric. ...
In almost every field, people should never take things for granted, and remain content with their skill level. In the world of information technology, it's doubly true. Some technology folks may sometimes develop a certain comfort level after staying in one organization for a long time. They may also remain so busy with usual daily tasks where thoughts of self improvement may not even occur for months. Sometimes, people may feel that adequate knowledge of certain technologies, are sufficient. In ...
Hi folks - for the few followers I have, I thought it was about time to get back to you. My blog will be interspersing my traditional .NET focussed entries with some more less traditional, but important to my day to day focus at work, entries about such crazy things as technology strategy, management challenges, program management learnings or reminders from simpler times and fun stuff such as mobile applications, cloud and non .NET technologies. Well enough for now. I'll be back soon ...
New York City was always this fantasy far away that I couldn't touch. I'm not sure it's really New York, but a place that was outside of St. Louis. A place that was outside this whole midwestern bubble I lived in when I was a kid. All I had was school and baseball, because well everything else wasn't so great when I until after I turned 18. When I was 18 I had this really great summer and it felt like everything was changing. It was the beginning of my life. I had no idea what that summer meant, ...
Some of you have probably already seen Google’s April 1st announcement of their technology to use “Motion Sensing” to control Gmail. I betcha Google probably didn’t think of Kinect when making that spoof or perhaps they did which is why it sound plausible in a remote way. Anyways the FAST crew have brought responded to the spoof with demoing their Software doing just that. i.e. having motion control for Gmail using a Kinect and custom software of theirs. Actually this seems very feasible if you could ...
Today is April Fool's day...and apparently I fooled quite a few people with my post earlier today! Sorry if you were outraged, concerned (or maybe you were happy and elated?) but I am not losing my MVP status. I'm still an XNA MVP and hope to remain one for as long as XNA is around. I really love the technology and this community! Something that was NOT an April fool's joke however, there are now two new XNA MVPs (well only two knew that I'm aware of, if there's more, please make yourself known!). ...

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I recently had the pleasure of being the guest on Joe Stagner’s podcast. We discuss several new technologies in the Microsoft technology stack including the new WCF Web APIs, MVC 3, and more. We also talk about being a Microsoft MVP and working for a Managed Microsoft Gold Partner. The direct link to the podcast is: http://www.msjoe.com/2011/0... Thanks to Joe for having me on the show ...
While I have been using Linq to Object for a couple of years now I had not investigated Linq to SQL up to this point. I figured I would put together my take on this technology’s use. Linq is a wonderful syntax for navigating an object graph without having to walk the graph object by object and member by member. It is concise and compact but for someone who has never seen its syntax you would swear you went from reading English to obscure mathematic notation. If you want to learn about the general ...
This week was a busy one for the XNA Community and one that had a series of ups and downs. You might have noticed by now (or maybe you haven’t and I shouldn’t be pointing this out..) that I tend to only point out the ups. That’s very much on purpose and something I thought long and hard about before I started doing XNA Notes. It’s too easy to let the bad stuff spread like a virus and seem overwhelming (something to do with human nature and there’s probably a science and psychology behind it). When ...
For the last three years the Chicago Information Technology Architects Group has been the only community in the Chicago area for Software Architects, Enterprise Architects, Infrastructure Architects and Database Architects. Suddenly this is changing. The first change was a special interest group created by member of the Chicago .NET Users Group (CNUG). This has just started in the last couple of months. Now it was just announced that IASA is finally launching a Chicago chapter. This is something ...
Employee Info Starter Kit is an open source ASP.NET project template that is intended to address different types of real world challenges faced by web application developers when performing common CRUD operations. Using a single database table ‘Employee’, it illustrates how to utilize Microsoft ASP.NET 4.0, Entity Framework 4.0 and Visual Studio 2010 effectively in that context. Employee Info Starter Kit is highly influenced by the concept ‘Pareto Principle’ or 80-20 rule. where it is targeted to ...
Photo by parl, 'Risk.’ Under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-N... License This has been a busy week for Microsoft, and for me as well. On Monday, Microsoft launched Internet Explorer 9 at South by Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, TX. That evening I flew from New York to Seattle. On Tuesday morning, Microsoft launched Visual Studio LightSwitch, Beta 2 with a Go-Live license, in Redmond, and I had the privilege of speaking at the keynote presentation where the announcement was made. Readers ...
This month’s meeting was outstanding. We had a record turnout for John Sprunger’s presentation on mobile architectures. I guess that is what happens when you put up a presentation on the most popular topic in technology. I invite everyone to join us for next month’s event. And while I love to see new faces it is always great to have people come back and continue the conversation. Here are some resources from last night’s presentation. Presentation slides Whitepaper Case study Stay tuned for information ...
The much anticipated RTM release of Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) happened today. IE9 preview release was first showcased at MIX 2010 and post that there were 7-8 Platform Preview releases. Also, IE9 Beta came out in September 2010 with close to 10 million downloads within a month. More recently, the RC version was out with much improved performance. Today, marks the launch of IE9 RTM. What this means is that, within an year, the IE Team has shipped the stable product, much faster than the earlier cycles ...
The phone revolution that is under way at the moment is insanely interesting and continuously full of buzz about directions, failures, and promises. The movement started with Apple completely reinventing what a smart phone was all about and now we have the followers. Though – don’t dismiss the followers, they are usually the ones that come out with the leap frog products when most of the world is thinking about jumping on. Remember the often used analogy – the USA invented the TV – but it was Japan ...
A new release of Microsoft All-In-One Code Framework is available on March 8th. Download address: http://1code.codeplex.com/r... You can download individual code samples or browse code samples grouped by technology in the updated code sample index. If it’s the first time that you hear about Microsoft All-In-One Code Framework, please read this Microsoft News Center article http://www.microsoft.com/pr... or watch the ...
After feeling pretty good about my deployment skills of Management Reporter for Dynamics GP a few weeks ago, I ran into two additional lessons learned that I wanted to share. First, on another new deployment, I got the error shown below which says “An error occurred while creating the database. View the installation log for additional information.” This problem initially pointed me to KB 2406948 which did not provide resolution. After several hours of troubleshooting, I found there is an issue if ...
Someone recently asked me “is cloud computing going to change the way we perceive data?”. My first instinct was “off course”; but I restrained myself and thought for a moment. Then my answer was “no”. Why do I feel that way? Technology and business have evolved quite a bit in the past few decades; however, the need to effectively view and utilize data hasn't changed. It is not uncommon to see many organization to rely on multiple database management systems (DBMS). Applications and systems are often ...