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IntelliTrace is a new and very interesting feature of Windows Azure Tools SDK, June 2010 release. It, along with its other features, enables debugging of application in the cloud. This feature is available in Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate only. IntelliTrace provides an enhanced picture of the application compared to the traditional debugging. Traditional Debuggers provides the current state of the application with very limited information of the events occurred in the past. While, IntelliTrace ...
In this Issue: Joseph Cooney, Matthias Shapiro, Ramani Sandeep, Andy Wigley(-2-), Chris Rouw, Michael Washington, Brian Noyes, Roger Peters, Sergey Barskiy, Timmy Kokke, and Phil Middlemiss. Shoutout: Koen Zwikstra announced Document Toolkit 2 Beta 2 available Rob Eisenberg announced Caliburn v1.1 Released! I missed this post by Andy Wigley of his material from TechEd: Programming Silverlight for Windows Embedded from .NET I hope you didn't miss the release of the Silverlight PivotViewer Control ...
I have moved this project from CodePlex to GitHub at https://github.com/danemorg... I have a posted a project on Codeplex at http://efrepository.codeple... It is a T4 template to give you a data layer that follows Repository and Unit of Work patterns that is also ready for Dependency Injection (DI). DI frameworks allow you to build code that is more testable and allows for a greater separation of concerns (SoC). This is not the only use for them, but it is a big one and what they are ...
Visual WebGui published Brinks Bolivia's success story of how they developed their new billing system with VWG to allow access via the web with a friendly user interface. Brink Bolivia looked to build an application that would allow them to track their services in order to send customers reliable invoices and to generate parameterized reports about the status of each service which is a key for administrative decision-making. They decided to use Visual WebGui for the following (and other) reasons. ...
Something that I had the privilege to review has been released. Willy-Peter Schaub goes into great detail about the release, along with links and summaries of all the other great VS ALM Rangers content. http://blogs.msdn.com/b/wil... http://vsarchitectureguide.... Visual Studio 2010 Architecture Tooling Guidance Practical guidance for Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate, focused on modelling ...
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This is one I have to jot down. If you’re using tools like Reflector, or just want to open up any of the files in the c:\windows\system32\AppFabric directory, you’ll run into some issues – like, the tool that you’re using complaining that “can’t find c:\windows\system32\appfabr... errors. On x64 systems, you need to replace the path with: C:\Windows\SysNative\AppFabric This is the FileSystem redirector virtual path as described here: http://msdn.microsoft.com/e... ...
While there are many programmers moving their infrastructures to platforms like .NET and away from VB6 and COM, there are still applications out there that are written in VB6 and possibly a plethora still using COM. And, it is likely that we’ll be seeing and supporting VB6 and COM-based applications for the foreseeable future. As a result, maybe you shouldn’t file away your VB6 and COM troubleshooting skills just yet. Even if you have a good strategy for preserving binary compatibility from version ...
Microsoft publishes way too many tools to check all of them out. One pretty cool debugging tool is Application Verifier which you can download here. The official docs mention that it is only meant for unmanaged code. But it does work in mixed mode applications as well so you can try to hunt down your managed heap corruption, double closed handles, … with this tool. When you start it the first time you select the executable you want to check and then enable from the right menu the checks you want ...
I recently had the need to read storage files and extract streams from them for a prototype. Originally I was able to do this executing StgOpenStorage via PINVOKE from .NET which worked great. However, due to time constraints and legacy code we really needed to implement this in VB6 as an added feature to an existing OCX with tons of other functionality built in. I ended up using Desaware’s Storage Tools 2.5 to read the streams from the structured storage files which worked great. Desaware provides ...
Fellow MVP Jochen Dieckfoß has posted a tutorial about Silverlight for Windows Embedded development using the new tools included in the Windows Embedded Compact 7 CTP on his blog “Discover the Windows Embedded Experience”: http://discovertheexperienc... This tutorial is very useful also because it allows you to compare the differences between the current version and the new one and, more specifically, allows you to appreciate how the ...

There have been updates on what this beta and the changes to the tools to include more social elements.

Go ahead and give it a go:  http://explore.live.com/windows-live-essentials-beta

Overview (taken from the link) For IT professionals, SharePoint Server 2010 helps to drive productivity by offering an array of enhancements, scalable unified infrastructure, and flexible deployment options. These 20 presentations and their accompanying videos cover many areas of interest to IT pros. Core architecture Understanding SharePoint 2010 Topology SharePointTopology.pptx Learn about the new changes in the requirements and capabilities of SharePoint 2010 at the topology level, and the impact ...
Saw this on Twitter tonight: Rob’s blog posts always generate some colourful comments, so when I see a tweet with his name and “Bridges were burnt”, I’m thinking this is going to be quite the talk. The talk in question is titled “The Next Big Thing or Cool-Kid Koolaid? Slicing Through the Rhetoric of MVC vs. WebForms”. Since Rob was part of the MS-MVC team at one point, getting his view of the MVC vs. Webforms debate does sound intriguing and I’m sure many attended thinking that’s what they were ...

I finished implementing version 0.1/beta1 of a multitouch behavior for Windows Phone 7 and need beta testers.

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In this Issue: Colin Eberhardt, Kunal Chowdhury, Victor Gaudioso, Joe Gershgorin, Nick Gravelyn, Teresa Burger, Kyle McClellan, Karl Shifflett, and Jesse Liberty. Shoutout: Check out Pete Brown's interview with Jeff Handley, Deepesh Mohnani, and Dinesh Kulkarni: Pete at Microsoft: WCF RIA Services Team Interview Andy Beaulieu has a sneak preview video up: Boss Launch 2: Zombie Attack for WP7 Matt Hidinger has a preview video up about his WP7 app as well: BusTrack Windows Phone 7 App From SilverlightCream.com: ...
A couple of months ago I was having a conversation about which tools people were using to manage theirs development projects, aside from TFS. Most of the answer had just the standard TFS tools, some other had been custom developed and some mentioned running a very early beta of TeamPulse. What caught my interest on this tool is the fact it is a Silverlight 4 app, therefore the richness of the interface, not only in look and feel, but in value and functionality. Give it a try by visiting the website ...
Now that the Windows Phone 7 development tools have been out for a while, let’s talk about how you can use them. Windows Phone 7 ( WP7 ) has two application types that you can create, either Silverlight or XNA, and you can’t really mix the two together. The development environment for WP7 is a special edition of Visual Studio 2010 called Visual Studio 2010 Express for Windows Phone. This edition will be installed with the WP7 tools, even if you have a full edition of VS2010 already installed. While ...
At Web Directions last week in London (10th and 11th June 2010) I promised several folks I would put up a blog post to more information on IE 9. True to my word (albeit a little later than I had hoped), here is what I was thinking of: Install First up, Install Preview 2 and try out the demos I was showing at the conference. Remember that IE9 Preview installs side by side with IE8/7 etc. It is not a beta nor is it intended to be a full browser. It is a … preview :-) Including good old SVG-oids :-) ...
With the release of the Visual Studio Pro Power Tools (and many other new extensions having been released), my list of favorite Visual Studio extensions has changed. All of these extensions are available in the Visual Studio Gallery. Here is the list of extensions that I currently have installed and find useful: Bing Start Page CodeCompare Collapse Selection In Solution Explorer Collapse Solution Color Picker Completion Extension Analyzer Find Results Highlighter Find Results Tweak (Available from ...
I keep getting this The current webpage is trying to open a site in your Trusted sites list. Do you want to allow this? Solution is here http://forums.techarena.in/... To turn it off, open your browser, go to Tools > Internet Options > Security > select Trusted Sites > click Custom Level to view the browser settings. "Websites in less privileged web content zone " could be set to prompt. You may want to change the setting to enable or disable instead ...
Microsoft just released the Visual Studio 2010 Pro Power Tools extension and it is awesome. A summary of all the features can be found here and it is available in the Visual Studio Gallery here. There are a bunch of great features but, in my opinion, the best one is the replacement for the Add Reference dialog. This gives sub-string search capabilities as well as the ability to add multiple references without having to continually re-open the dialog. For this feature alone, you should install the ...
There is a set of Pro Power Tools released yesterday for Visual Studio 2010. Check them out here. Brian Harry did a feature summary description on his blog. Check it out here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/bha... ...
Yesterday I did a presentation about Windows CE at the University of Padua Even if the picture seems to suggest that I just showed and empty slide, I illustrated the new features of the OS and did a quick demo of Silverlight for Windows Embedded on Windows Embedded Compact 7 (I’ve to get used to this new name), showing the new tools that provide a better integration between Expression Blend and Visual Studio for the development of Silverlight applications (I hope to be able to write more on this ...
Lately I’ve been doing some tests on migrating our TFS 2008 installation to TFS 2010, coupled with a machine and domain change. One particular topic that was tricky is user accounts. We installed first a new machine with TFS 2010 and then migrated the projects in the old server. The work items were migrated with the projects. Great, but if I try to edit one of the old work items I cannot save it anymore because some fields contain old user names (ex. OLDDOMAIN\user) which are not known in the new ...
In this Issue: Miroslav Miroslavov, Chris Klug, Beau, Christian Schormann(-2-), Dan Wahlin, Pete Brown, Michael S. Scherotter, Philipp Sumi, Andy Wigley, and Phil Middlemiss. Shoutouts: Mark Tucker set about learning Caliburn, and in the process is writing a Caliburn Book: Chapters 1-3 Jesse Liberty has a great link-laden post up about why we should all be learning/using Blend: Why Developers Should, Must, Do Care About The New Expression Blend be sure to read what he says about WP7 development, ...
For Immediate Release Iron Speed, Inc. Kelly Fisher +1 (408) 228-3436 kfisher@ironspeed.com http://www.ironspeed.com Iron Speed Version 7.0 Generates SharePoint Applications New! Support for Microsoft SharePoint speeds application generation and deployment San Jose, CA – June 8, 2010. Software development tools-maker Iron Speed, Inc. released Iron Speed Designer Version 7.0, the latest version of its popular Web 2.0 application generator. Iron Speed Designer generates rich, interactive database and ...
The Windows Azure team had just announced the release of the latest version of its tools and SDK (v1.2) at the TechED 2010 New Orleans. You can download it here. The biggest new feature/improvement of this version of the SDK would be Visual Studio 2010 RTM and .NET 4.0 support. It gives us the facilities to build our azure-based applications on top of .NET 3.5 and 4.0 as well. So the guys who is working on, like me, or is going to be working on .NET 4 would better to have this SDK installed I think. ...
In the past three weeks, I've noticed that my laptop (dual core 2.1GHz, 2Gb RAM) has become amazingly sluggish. I only uses for communications and data lookup workflows, so the slowness was tolerable. But today I finally got fed up with the suckyness and decided to get to the root of the problem (I do have strong performance roots after all). It actually didn't take all that long to figure it out. About a year ago I converted to Google Chrome (away from FireFox). One of the great tools Chrome has ...
I have good news! Microsoft has released the June 2010 Windows Azure Tools + SDK. These new tools extend Visual Studio (both VS 2010 & VS 2008) for Windows Azure development. With these tools you can create, configure, debug, build, run, and deploy scalable web apps on Windows Azure. At first glance what I see as some of the most interesting points of interest are the fact that Visual Studio 2010 RTM is fully supported as well as .NET 4 support. You can choose to build your apps with the .NET ...
short answer: Quite probably, as SQL Azure is very similar to SQL Server longer answer: Object Relational Mappers (ORMs) that work with SQL Server are likely but not guaranteed to work with SQL Azure. The differences between the RDBMS versions are small – but may cause problems, for example in tools used to create the mapping between objects and tables or in generated SQL from the ORM which expects “certain things” :-) More specifically: ADO.NET Entity Framework / LINQ to Entities can be used with ...
Yey – we have a public release of the Windows Azure Tools which fully supports Visual Studio 2010 RTM and the .NET 4 Framework (When did that go public!?) And the biggy I have been waiting for – IntelliTrace support to debug your cloud deployed services (Requires VS2010 Ultimate) Download today http://bit.ly/azuretoolsjune New for version 1.2: Visual Studio 2010 RTM Support: Full support for Visual Studio 2010 RTM. .NET 4 support: Choose to build services targeting either the .NET 3.5 or .NET 4 framework. ...
Next week marks the first full week of June. Summer will feel in full swing and it will be a pretty big season for technology. In seeming acknowledgement of that very fact, both Apple and Microsoft will be holding large developers conferences starting Monday. Apple will hold its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in lovely San Francisco and Microsoft will hold its Tech Ed conference in muggy, oil-laden yet soulful New Orleans. A brief survey of each show reveals much about the differences ...
It is a horrible sight to watch a project fail. There are few things as bad. Watching a project fail regardless of the reason is almost like sitting in a room with a "Dementor" from Harry Potter. It will literally suck all of the life and joy out of the room. Nearly every project that I have seen fail has failed because of political challenges or management challenges. Sometimes there are technical challenges that bring a project to its knees, but usually projects fail for less technical reasons. ...
I have been interested in functional programming since college. I played around a little with LISP back then, but I have not had an opportunity since then. Now that F# ships standard with VS 2010, I figured now is my chance. So, I was reading up on it a little over the weekend when I came across a very interesting topic. F# includes a concept called "Automatic Generalization". As I understand it, the compiler will look at your method and analyze how you are using parameters. It will automatically ...
Definitions: You will need to know the meaning of these terms below. I have given a small description to the acronyms but you can google and know more about them. #1:WGS-84- World Geodetic Systems (1984)- is a standard reference coordinate system used for Cartography, Geodesy and Navigation. #2: EPGS-European Petroleum Survey Group-was a scientific organization with ties to the European petroleum industry consisting of specialists working in applied geodesy, surveying, and cartography related to ...
The .NET Framework version 4 includes enhancements for ASP.NET 4 in targeted areas. Visual Studio 2010 and Microsoft Visual Web Developer Express also include enhancements and new features for improved Web development. This document provides an overview of many of the new features that are included in the upcoming release. This topic contains the following sections: ASP.NET Core Services ASP.NET Web Forms ASP.NET MVC Dynamic Data ASP.NET Chart Control Visual Web Developer Enhancements Web Application ...
This walkthrough describes how to convert a Visual Studio .NET 2002 or Visual Studio .NET 2003 Web project to a Visual Studio 2008 Web application project. The Visual Studio 2008 Web application project model is like the Visual Studio 2005 Web application project model. Therefore, the conversion processes are similar. For more information about Web application projects, see ASP.NET Web Application Projects. You can also convert from a Visual Studio .NET Web project to a Visual Studio 2008 Web site ...
This tutorial will show you how to build a plug-in for Windows Live Writer. Windows Live Writer is a blogging tool that Microsoft provides for free. It includes an open API for .NET developers to create custom plug-ins. In this tutorial, I will show you how easy it is to build one. Full source and binaries are now hosted on CodePlex. Open VS2008 or VS2010 and create a new project. Set the target framework to 2.0, Application Type to Class Library and give it a name. In this tutorial, we are going ...
I am running an HP Envy 15, 16GB and 500GB (7200 RPM) Hard drive. Had a VM configured from another environment, created the virtual machine config file on Virtual Box, everything seemed ok. Fired it up, and it was s l o w, it took close to 10 minutes for it to load, and about 5 more to see Windows was in the process of loading before the BSOD. Thought, maybe, just maybe it will not happen again … oh was I wrong. Frustration had already hit an all time high with this configuration and the number of ...
I have heard of people wanting and needing to add projects created in Expression Blend to Team Foundation Server. Here is the recipe: 1) Create your project in Expression Blend … click OK 2) Select the option to open your recently created project in Visual Studio. Once that option is selected, your solution will open up in Visual Studio, close Expression Blend at this point. Now, I want to add this project to Source Control … Next, I connect to my TFS environment, and pick the location to save my ...
Looks and design is becoming more and more important for customers and organizations event when we deal with internal enterprise applications. However, many web developers who work on business apps end up not investing resources on the design. The reason may be that they ran out of time so with their client's pressure there was no choice but to skip past the design process. In some cases, especially in sall software houses, there are no trained professional designers and the developers have to do ...
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[This is actually a response to Bill’s blog post, but since it isn’t possible to leave this as a comment on his blog it’s a post here.] There are many different ways to implement the Dispose pattern correctly. Some are (in my opinion) better than others. In Bill’s blog post he presents a particular pattern, which is an excerpt from his book (Effective C#). The issue centers around the fact that a reader took the code sample presented in the book and ran FxCop (Code Analysis) on it, which generated ...
Ahh, I am experiencing the intimidation of my very first post - visible by the whole world. Ok, here goes. This first post is nothing exceptional. It is simply a recommendation based (fittingly, I suppose) upon the job search you may be gearing up for. I find myself in this very situation right now. And, I will take my own recommendation after posting this entry. Job-Seekers: To the left you will notice two links under "Recommended Learning". I have found these links to be invaluable when it comes ...
In this Issue: Mike Snow, Victor Gaudioso, Ola Karlsson, Josh Twist(-2-), Yavor Georgiev, Jeff Wilcox, and Jesse Liberty. Shoutouts: Frank LaVigne has an interesting observation on his site: The Big Take-Away from MIX10 Rishi has updated all his work including a release of nRoute to the latest bits: nRoute Samples Revisited Looks like I posted one of Erik Mork's links two days in a row :) ... that's because I meant to post this one: Silverlight Week – How to Choose a Mobile Platform Just in case ...
I made a mental note from earlier in the year. Microsoft literally buys computers by the truckload. From what I understand, it’s a typical practice amongst large software vendors. You plug a few wires in, you test it, and you instantly have mega tera tera flops (don’t hold me to that number). Microsoft has been trying to plug away at their cloud services (named Azure). Which, for the layman, means Microsoft runs your software on their computers, and as demand increases you can allocate more computing ...
Have you ever wanted to connect to the “Windows Internal” database that WSS V3 uses? While “Windows Internal Database” is Microsoft SQL Server 2005 in a limited edition (just like MSDE, WMSDE before it), the familiar access tools to the DB went missing, and connecting using standard ways doesn’t work either. It doesn’t work right out of the box. First, you need SQL Management Studio Express. Install and start it. Specify the following connection string: \\.\pipe\mssql$microsoft##s... Please ...
I've attempted to install WSS 3.0 with SP1 several times as both stand-alone and server farm with no luck on Windows Server 2008. When I get to step 5 of Configuration wizard it begin installing and publishing services but on Step 5 I get the message "Failed To Register Sharepoint Services". The detail behind this message reads "An exception of type Microsoft.SharePoint.SPExce... was thrown". Then I Run the command psconfig -cmd configdb -create -database <whatever_unique_name> Click on Start ...