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Another great opportunity to ask Microsoft engineers your technical questions is coming up on Tuesday, November 24th. These chats are your opportunity to get advice and answers from the engineers at Microsoft. You may want to review the transcript from previous monthsto get an idea about what kind of topics are discussed. Title: Windows CE Live Chat When: Tuesday, November 24, 2009 9:00 - 10:00 A.M. Pacific Time Add to Calendar Description: Do you have tough technical questions regarding Windows ...
Interestingly I had two instances last week when I thought different parts of Microsoft were re-inventing the wheel. The first was while listening to Episode 496 of Dot Net Rocks, where they were talking about project Trident from Microsoft Research. My first thought as they were describing the "visual workflows" was that MS Research had re-invented SSIS. Then as they described the versioned catalogue of workflows it sounded more like the way DTS used to store it's packages. But when they started ...
I’m going to be looking at a few different languages and blogging my thoughts. I am not a language dork so it will probably be mostly wrong. The languages I care about are c# (which is what I mostly use), javascript (which I love) and ruby (which everyone else loves). This post is part of a series comparing the language features of the C#, Javascript and Ruby programming languages. Part 1: Installation and hello world Part 2: Variables Part 3: Classes Installation C# is installed by installing visual ...
The second day keynote at PDC 2009 in Lost Angeles was shared by Steven Sinofsky and Scott Guthrie. Steven is the President of Windows and Windows Live Division and it really must have been a great day for him as he came out for the first time in a major conference with the new Windows 7 launched and the old Vista problems just fading away into Microsoft’s past. There is a lot of excitement for Windows 7 and there is excitement for the new Windows 7 APIs that are available for developers to work ...
What a difference a day makes…at least to some. While the Day 1 keynote at PDC seemed mostly like a news update on last year’s announcements, and a somewhat dry one at that, Day 2 gave developers some real “red meat.” It began with a presentation by Steven Sinofsky on Windows 7’s progress since its launch last month, including demos of the diverse array of hardware on which it now runs. Sinofsky then offered the ultimate crowd pleaser: he described the specs for a multi-touch Microsoft-designed laptop ...
I just got done with my NotAtPdc Session On "Getting to Know the Entity Framework". Of course like a good live presentation, my demo broke. The problem was in the connection string. When I did the model first development, I named the model something different for some reason and that caused the connection string to be out of sync in the actual application. Someone had mentioned that was the problem in the chat, but I didn't see it until after the demo was over. So, in case anyone else happens to ...
Today we are happy to be able to announce the availability of some Silverlight 4 book content. For existing Silverlight developers looking to get up to speed quickly with the features we are releasing the Silverlight 4 Overview. This is a little over 50 pages of content covering the new Silverlight 4 features. For the rest of this week using code SL4DaveBlog at checkout you can get the new Silverlight 4 content for only $5 almost half off the normal price. More details on the book site http://www.silverlightjumps... ...
I am doing my "Getting to the Entity Framework" talk at NotAtPDC this year. It will be a virtual event via live meeting and will start at 1:30 CST tomorrow, November 19, 2009. You can get all the details at the NotAtPDC site: http://www.notatpdc.com/Sch... I will also be doing a quick 15 minute quick start on Entity Framework tomorrow night at the monthly Philly.Net metting with a discussion panel to follow: http://phillydotnet.org/ If you are all interested in checking out what Entity ...
I've been very frustrated with the lack of flexibility with wordpress.com hosted blogs, so I am yet again moving. This time I wanted to host my own instance of Subtext but discovered that geekswithblogs.net uses Subtext and figured I would give one last attempt to a hosted community online :) I guess I just don't want to deal with running my own server just for a blog. The most important thing I wanted back was Syntaxhighlighter which was about impossible to use with wordpress.com without paying ...
Have you heard about NY State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo’s lawsuit against Intel? Cuomo is alleging that Intel has engaged in anti-competitive practices which have prevented other companies (primarily AMD) from selling their products, and PC makers from using them in their machines. My own opinion, detailed in this post, is that Cuomo is doing a bit of grandstanding here in his zeal to continue the NYS AG office’s activist role, established when Elliot Spitzer still held that office. I am a registered ...
I have been converting my current client’s development environment to a VPC instead of taking over my main machine as we did to get the project kicked off. I decided to go with Windows Virtual PC now that it has RTMed, but quite a bit has changed. Once I had Windows 7 installed and VS 2008 configured, I started looking for a multiple monitor solution for VPCs. In the past, I had just lived with the limitation of running virtual and not getting the benefit of dual monitors. This time I wanted something ...
I have always been a fan of Dolly Parton. I love it when pop culture and technology come together. If you love Dolly Parton and IE8, here’s some great things to check out. Check out how Dolly Parton promotes Microsoft, IE8 and Web slices!!! The Story One of the most-honored female country performers of all time, the ageless Dolly Parton is an international music icon. In conjunction with today’s international release of Dolly’s new CD/DVD set, Live From London, Dolly has added a Silverlight-based ...
In this Issue: Bart Czernicki, Jesse Bishop, XAMLNinja, Andrea Boschin, Jeff Prosise, and Victor Gaudioso. Shoutouts: Michael Washington's reported that the Open Light Group's DotNetNuke SketchFlow Viewer featured on Channel 9 Mark Tucker has been doing the Casual game series on Shazaml! Mark presented on the topic at Desert Code Camp last weekend, and is sharing the video: Video: Creating a Silverlight 3 Casual Game using Blend 3 and Triggers, Actions, and Behaviors To prove that he really still ...
We were recently looking at ways to improve the performance of one of our BizTalk Servers, a server which is only using BizTalk Server 2004 Standard Edition. In our scenario, the server was often maxing out the single CPU it had, under peak load this resulted in time outs on the front end system that was calling our BizTalk web services. There did appear to be any design or tuning changes that would make a hude difference to this busy system, so we started looking into licensing costs and the idea ...

The crew over at Microsoft have been working on putting together a RIA Services Community site where everyone can contribute resources and engage in discussions about .NET RIA Services.  It’s live now and ready for you to check out. You’ll find downloads, overview documentation, blog post references, and other resources.

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I guess I’m one of those people who rarely reads manual, and outside of technical documentation, I rarely read an application’s user manual. So I’m using Windows Live Writer, and I’m trying to embed a picture in my draft blog post. Well, whenever I do that, the picture always come in scaled down (if it’s even a tad large, like 300 pixels wide), like the picture below: Well, obviously with technical and text-heavy images, scaling down is bad (can’t read much). I can go to the HTML source, but I can’t ...
I grew up in New York, and I’ve grown up with the Cuomo family. I liked Mario Cuomo and thought he was a good governor. He was one of those guys in the 1980s that I characterized as a Macho Liberal: someone with compassionate beliefs and a street-tough approach to pursuing them. A Macho Liberal wasn’t a wimp, nor was he a bully. He was someone ready to fight and hold his ground while trying to do good. Sound naive? Hey, give me a break: I was a teenager and an idealist. And I was living under a Republican ...
StarterKits for Silverlight and the Expression Tools Lately I’ve seen some tweets passing by with links to various StarterKits. I’ve decided to "Bing” around a little and find out what these people were talking about. There are quite a few StarterKits available on various topics. I’ve listed a few below, old and new ones, that I find relevant to my fields of interest: Silverlight and the Expression Blend, Design and Web. Building a Zune Website with Expression Blend 3 StarterKit In this lab you will ...
For those that wish to attend the PDC Underground but do not live in the US, please use your local address during PDC (for example the address of your hotel).  While the PDC Underground is designed for local developers, all are welcome.  A chance for the local developer community to meet their counterparts around the world is a greeat opportunity.
Game development is a great career but we all can't be the next John Carmack. And let's be honest, even though you've got a great resume and a smashing portfolio, the odds are slim you'll get that coveted game programmer job. To sharpen your skills and expand your portfolio why not take a look at Microsoft's XNA Game Studio? XNA Game Studio is a library built on top of the DirectX framework to ease game development for students and hobbyists while still providing enough flexibility to create games ...
I am practicing Test Driven Development (TDD) now for some two years or so, and soon this technique of writing software felt so natural, that I hardly could imagine doing it another way or even imagine a reason why I should do so. But on the other hand, I know that not questioning something anymore and not being self-critical from time to time is a certain recipe for running into a disaster sooner or later. So I asked myself: What makes TDD such a natural way of writing software? and What are your ...
Forgive this interruption of the normal tech content presented here. But there’s a dangerous man in my neighborhood, posing as a package delivery man, ringing doorbells, then pushing his way in, tying up whoever is there, and stealing their property as they watch. One incident involved a 3-year old being present. If you live in the West Village, please be vigilant. The following is from Marilyn Dorato, president of the local block association: ___________________________... From: Marilyn ...
I love Test Driven Development. I use this development approach wherever I can. It makes my code a lot better and gives me the confidence that I indeed have crafted a good and reliable piece of code. However, some things are quite hard to test-drive, simply because they have so many dependencies that you would need to make extensive use of a mocking framework (and probably inspecting some things via Reflector...). In such a case, you usually decide to not have unit tests, because the time and amount ...
While I was planning to write about the same topic and have the draft ready in my Windows Live Writer waiting to complete, I found an interesting question in StackOVerflow and couldn’t just resist to answer: ORM/Persistence layer Advice The question starts with: I'm starting a new project and I'm looking around for either a very good ORM or for a non-SQL-based persistence layer. Then follows up with a REALLY GOOD summary of what he believes about each known ORM he knew out of his own findings and ...
Like many developers I have chosen to upgrade to Windows 2008 to test enterprise scenarios. I have a virtual environment that I want to test in isolation from my local machine. I'm currently trying to test some email functionality that will notify users in a windows workflow. In Windows 2003 this is really easy to do because you have the ability to setup a POP3 server to setup one or more email accounts to test this type of functionality. Unfortunately, I discovered two key missing features in Windows ...
In this Issue: Stefan Olson, Ning Zhang, Gavin Wignall, Jeremy Likness, Jeremiah Morrill, David Kelley, Sergey Barskiy, Jeff Wilcox, and Rob Bagby(2). Shoutout: Get the info direct from Tim Heuer: Silverlight Live Streaming service update From SilverlightCream.com: Selecting an obfuscator for Silverlight If you're looking at obfuscating your Silverlight, read Stefan Olson's post carefully... he dug deep into a range of obfuscators and has reported his findings.Silverlight Design Time: Toolkit October ...
Another great opportunity to ask Microsoft engineers your technical questions is coming up on Tuesday, October 27th. These chats are your opportunity to get advice and answers from the engineers at Microsoft. You may want to review the transcript from previous months to get an idea about the topics that are discussed. Title: Windows CE Live Chat! When: Tuesday, October 27, 2008 9:00 - 10:00 A.M. Pacific Time (16:00 - 17:00 GMT) Add to Calendar Description: Do you have tough technical questions regarding ...
Postings for blogs i write with Windows Live Writer. To support syntax highlighting a plugin must be used. Actualle source code is formatted with the plugin Code Snippet plugin for Windows Live Writer. Tested formatters The following formatters are tested, but in my opinion thats not a good decision: Insert Code for Windows Live Writer i miss the capability to specify a box which includes the source code content. Live Writer Source Code Formatter Plugin not convincing. Untested formatters The following ...
The Beta 2 version of DPE’s Visual Studio 2010 Training Kit is now live (you can find it at http://tinyurl.com/Beta2Tra... A training kit includes presentations, hands-on labs, and demos. This content is designed to help you learn how to utilize a variety of Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 technologies. The Beta 2 release of the Training Kit contains 15 presentations, 19 hands-on labs, and 13 demos. Many technologies are covered in this release, including: C# 4, VB 10, F#, Parallel Extensions, ...
Well finally I am dedicating myself (again) to starting up a blog about good practices in Business Intelligence using SQL Server 2005 & 2008. So just to prove to myself that this isn’t a fad I’ve downloaded the Microsoft Live Writer to help me publish this thing. Now all I need is to make things look a bit sexy and we’ll be off! I hope at least some of these articles will appear in your google searches to help you out of some annoying and tricky situations in SSIS, SSAS, SSRS & the SQL Server ...
I am not the biggest fan of Mondays but today is different. Today is a good day. Today we announced the availability of Beta 2 of Visual Studio 2010 and revealed the official launch date: Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 will launch on March 22nd 2010 We have also tinkered with the packaging/licensing (to make things easier for you). We announced new packaging, licensing and pricing of Visual Studio 2010 and MSDN. The best bit (IMHO) is: We include Go Live rights to allow you to evaluate in ...
Imagine some newbie or junior web developer walks up to you and says, “What tools would you suggest I use to become a better web developer?” Assuming they’re already using either Visual Studio or Web Developer Express, what utilities or resources do you find indispensible for working with ASP.NET or just web development in general? Maybe you have a favorite online resource site that you recommend, Stack Overflow for example, or maybe you have a favorite utility like Chris Pederick’s Web Developer ...
Visual WebGui 6.3.11 was released after we had a major breakthrough with an issue that had been with us from day one of the Visual WebGui designer. I guess most of you are used to reopening the designer after certain actions. You can imagine that we had sleepless nights thinking about this issue as we aim at perfection and this issue is far from being some thing you can live with. The issue I am talking about is this issue, which as its id (642) indicates is a long standing issue that has a few related ...
I wrote on my main blog a small review for Office Live Apps - the Google Docs alternative from Microsoft.
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Just stumbled across some pretty cool functionality with Jet Brains ReSharper 4.0 (you may already be familiar with it, but who cares, it’s still cool!) Basically, ReSharper has a Surround With tool that allows you to surround a selection of code with… more code. It comes with a bunch of predefined templates, like if..else, using, while, try..catch blocks, but you can edit existing templates and also create and organize your own custom templates. To get to the Templates Explorer, select ReSharper ...
Today (technically yesterday, since it’s 3:26 AM already while I’m starting this), Mr. Adam Mohamed Meligy finally arrived home, after staying 9.5 days in nursery. This –dear audience- given Mr. Adam arrived to our world only in October 5, 2009, a date that the entire world will (sooner or later) always remember! Mr. Adam is now taking a personal cover, pretending to be a normal baby, while he is pretty professional, he cannot sometimes hide his special natures, being relatively quiet compared to ...
I threw this out on Twitter the other day, and maybe I'm the only person that has been using it because I didn't get any response :( I first posted to Live Labs Customer care about not being able to generate a new link a month ago and haven't gotten any response. Now today I can't seem to log into Customer Care for ThumbTack. The Thumbtack site is just a blank page... guess shame on me for not pulling my links out of that when it started acting hinky a month ago, but the promo page is still advertising ...
A big THANKS to everyone who attended my session today at NoVA Code Camp. Hopefully, I provided attendees with at least an introductory knowledge of Unity Application Block, Dependency Injection and Inversion of Control that will allow them to start loosening dependencies in their applications. Please feel free to contact me with any questions. The code samples and slides for both sessions can be found HERE. Also, lately I’ve been experimenting with posting my code via my Windows Live SkyDrive account. ...
In this Issue: Mark Monster, Gavin Wignall, Fernando Cerqueira, Silverlight Tips, Mark Tucker, Mike Taulty, Robbe Morris, Brad Abrams, Christopher Bennage, and Victor Gaudioso. Shoutouts: The Silverlight Blog reports Silverlight Spikes AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Matches Live to Your Computer From SilverlightCream.com: Silverlight 3 – Local Messaging Explained + Enhancement Mark Monster has a great detailed post up on Local Messaging, and adds in an enhancement of his own.Using Images and Video in Blend ...
Thought it might be fun to try the new Live Writer plug-in Polaroid Picture find at http://bit.ly/1mrYyW ...
If you want to discover something more about Windows Embedded CE 6.0 R3 and you live close to Padua, Milan or Bologna (or you want to travel to those cities, of course!), you can register for those Arrow, Microsoft and Freescale sponsored events: http://www.silverstar-celdi... If you read my blog and come to those events, let me know that ...
Did you ever wonder why your system at random times hangs? Sometimes it comes back after a few seconds (could simply be paging) but at least once a day I wish I would be able to know why the system is responding so slowly. Before going into kernel land I must confess that I have never written a device driver so my knowledge to kernel mode debugging is quite limited but on the other hand if you did not do this either you will have a much easier time to follow me. Some hangs seem to be Heisenbugs which ...
After my last successes with TextBox Button Inovker Behavior, which was downloaded more than 700 times in 7 days and recommended by Silverlight sites like http://silverlike.net/invok... http://silverlightcream.com/, http://geekswithblogs.net/W... , I got motivation to share with you one more. This time my behavior will not be so useful and probably won’t be so famous but I hope It will be helpful for someone. What I did What I did this time is a simple behavior ...
In this Issue: Gavin Wignall, Manish Dalal, Jeff Wilcox, Terence Tsang, and Mark Tucker . Shoutouts: Rishi, the author of nRoute had to move his site. Last night I transitioned all his links in the database to point to the new site, so feel free to re-acquaint youself with his posts. András Velvárt has another thought and comment-provoking post up Silverlight is slowly becoming the real WPF/Everywhere ... check it out and join in the discussion! Particularly if you have a touch system, check out ...
Woohoo! I won another Community-Credit prize! If you’re unfamiliar with Community-Credit.com, check it out here and find out how you too can track points you rack-up for making contributions to the development community. My points this month were mostly from speaking at various code camps and user groups in the area, plus tasks associated with running FredNUG. I’m sure this gem will provide some needed stress relief during those intensive sprints in the future. 3rd Place: The Live Action Flying Duck ...
In my opinion Internet Explorer, which is one of the worst product from Microsoft! (Sorry, no offense! its just my opinion and I guess most others feel the same who thinks browser should be more innovative in making us more productive) How much time it takes to load the about:blank page. why Ctrl+E doesn't go to search box? sick of useless extensions/accelerators, why cant i do paste and go in address bar? why can’t i drag a tab out of tab group? does it ever pass ACID3 test ? Does it ever pass ACID ...
Here’s a great list of new Windows Azure related “How Do I” screencasts. Leverage Concurrency in Windows Azure Table Storage? Windows Azure table storage is designed to support many users at the same time. In this session, you’ll learn how Windows Azure table storage supports concurrency, and you’ll learn a few strategies to help you deal with any concurrency violations. Use Paging in Windows Azure Tables? To improve application usability, many applications need to support viewing data page-by-page. ...
Today John Stame posted this info on Netflix’ use of Silverlight. “Celebrating the 70th Anniversary of The Wizard of Oz, and the re-release by Warner Brothers of an HD version of the movie, Netflix has launched a website to stream the movie for FREE to anyone in America on October 3rd. Netflix also hosted a free, live concert and outdoor movie screening on Tuesday, September 29th, in New York City’s Central Park at Rumsey Playfield. The concert featured songs from “The Wizard of Oz” performed by ...
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