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ASP.NET Enterpise Manager is a web based database management system designed specifically for the management of Microsoft SQL databases through a web browser, without the need for any desktop database management systems such as Microsoft’s SQL Server Management Studio. ASP.NET Enterprise Manager is included as default with an installation of Plesk for Windows, meaning that if you are a customer who uses Plesk based Windows hosting, you will most likely have used ASP.NET Enterprise Manager at least ...
Hi Everyone, By now you are very well aware of the Windows Phone and the development environment that you get after installing Windows Phone SDK on your computer. And if you have tested the tools you might have seen the Windows Phone Emulator which looks like the Test Phone Microsoft showed when they launched Windows Phone last year. Since the launch of the first Windows Phone, we have enough options to choose from on what type/size/memory/color/specs that we want in the phone that we use. Among ...
Today's deal of the day from APress at http://www.apress.com/97814... is Beginning Silverlight 4 in C#"Discover the tools needed for Silverlight 4 development, the roles each plays, and how they interact to produce a seamless result." ...
If you are not following Shawn Wildermuth or haven't bought the Essential WP 7.5 Application Development with Silverlight I would highly recommend. I am not going to talk about why we need a smartphone or how smartphone is taking over all the World, We all know how it started and where it took and where is going to take us in the future. Since we all know the future of the Mobile Eco systems I think it will be a good time to be a part of. lets jump into our series of blog posts of Windows Phone 7.5 ...
Scribe - Test Scribe is a documentation power tool designed to construct documents directly from TFS for test plan and test run artefacts for the purpose of discussion, reporting etc. Scribe only works with Microsoft Test Manager, so if you needed to generate documentation for TFS Builds, what options do you have? You could potentially modify the Build Process template to generate report documentation as the build is executed or you could use the TFS data warehouse to extract data to create rich ...
I originally heard about this website several years ago when I was attending user groups with Rob Reynolds and Dru Sellers. At the time it was still early on in my career and I didn't feel it was the right time to start something like this. Now, 5 years later, I feel it's tje right time to start giving back, or at least trying to, and hopefully help someone like so many have helped me along the way.I am a programmer in Topeka, Ks. I moved here after graduating from Kansas State University and began ...
I’m not sure I have ever thrown this down in writing. I probably have said this 800 or 900 times, but I think that HTML 5 in SharePoint 2010 sucks. The support is terrible in the two most prevalent web browsers at the enterprise level – Internet Explorer and Firefox. If you can’t even get the video tag to work in IE 9 or the latest version of Firefox then that’s a huge fail for the product with HTML 5. What I think needs to be done in the product to improve HTML 5 support so that we can move towards ...
A little more than three months ago, Microsoft hosted the //build/ conference at which they unveiled the upcoming version of Windows (commonly called Windows 8, though I don’t know if the marketing folks have accepted the fact that that is the name most of us are expecting for it yet). They released to the developer world a build of it called the Windows Developer Preview (and Windows Server Developer Preview) along with various tools for creating the new “Metro style” apps. I wasn’t able to make ...
Yesterday I received my copy of “Pro Windows Embedded Compact 7” by Avi Kcholi. http://www.apress.com/97814... It’s a great book for people that have some experience and knowledge Windows Embedded Compact 7 and want to learn the “black magic” behind device driver development on this operating system. The book guides the reader trough different aspects of drivers (and BSP) development, starting from the foundation and reaching some advanced topics that are not covered in the on-line reference. ...
Agile taught us to release early and release often, Agile also taught us to get the end user involved more frequently and directly. Goes without saying that release notes are an important part of any release. But what you don’t want to be doing is manually putting together the release notes with each frequent release you do. TFS lets you manage the application lifecycle with great ease & minimal administrative overhead, if your team is already checking in the code against work items and if you ...
To me the answer of whether or not you need version control is simple - do you have users? If the answer is yes, then you need version control. Note that "version control" is not the same as "source control". Source control refers to maintaining history of your source code. Version control (also known as "configuration control" or "configuration management") is more than that. Version control, as its name indicates, means tracking versions of your software. The best way to illustrate the purpose ...
Agility needs to get onto the next level – that´s what I tried to explain in my previous articles. After a reality check – what´s missing from Agile practice? –, and some general musings about how a next level of Agility could look like, here now some very tangible suggestions. Crank up the frequency Current Agile practice is suffering from too little attention to Acceptance. To change this, very, very clear Acceptance dates need to be set. Acceptance can only get into a real pulling mode, if dates ...
In November Alex Groß (http://therightstuff.de/) was in Uganda for holidays and we hijacked him to speak to us on some .NET geek stuff. In the image above you see Allan Rwakatungu, Jude Opima, Myself and Alex Groß. More pictures http://www.flickr.com/photo... These are some of the topics that were discussed. Test Driven Development. Alex shared a great amount detail and a step by step tour of how you can work with unit tests and went on to show MSpec as a BDD tool. ...
Let´s get real about software development: It´s never going to be a quietly flowing river. Never. And that´s why the current approaches to software development like XP, Scrum, and Kanban will always cause pain. Their basic assumption is you should be able to isolate a team for a while to work on features. Leave it alone during an iteration or a sprint to complete a set of features, or at least sit still until the current feature is done. Certainly that´s what we all want as developers: being able ...
It's been a long time since I've done a post or had any motivation to do so. Much of that is due to events that turned my life upside-down for a time. However, I can concentrate on other things now that I'm shaking off the shackles and things are looking brighter. With that in mind here are a couple of random tips for Visual Studio. These tips work specifically in Visual Studio 2010; however, it's possible they may be relevant to past and future versions. Tip #1: Editor does not work correctly for ...
I read two blog posts recently that got me to thinking. The first is a post entitled Programming Isn't Fun Anymore by Eric Allman. The second is a response to the first by Dean Wampler called Programming can be fun again. These brought the question to my mind as to whether or not new and young programmers are missing out on some of the fun parts of programming. Eric’s post explains that some older programmers are realizing that most development work (especially in the OOP world) involves learning ...
For a while I’ve been working on an idea and whitepaper around analyzing source code to measure the size and complexity. There are some tools around which can do this but my differentiator is that I was interested in BizTalk projects and wanted to look at how these could be measured. Note however this can be easily used for non-BizTalk projects too. The aim is to be able to understand the size and complexity of a solution and to allow some real metrics to contribute to your understanding of the Total ...
Microsoft just released the version 5 of Silverlight! It’s a great news and I really want to congratulate the whole team on this impressive collective effort. The official announcement is on the Silverlight team blog! Read the rest of this entry » ...
Of late am getting stung with a glucose 'ed question...Yes it was the engine that dragged me to rejuvenate...!!------------... out the Basic Elements of Configuration Management ??"------------------------... Initially, it wasn't influencing me to give a thought process. But later, it did.When i tried to dig into this question , a few were gushing out. They are (Click the Image for clear view)- Version ...
Daytona - Iterative MapReduce on Windows Azure Overview MapReduce is a framework for processing highly distributable problems across huge datasets using a large number of compute nodes. It is a generic mechanism that comprises 2 steps: Map step: The master node takes the input, partitions it up into smaller sub-problems, and distributes them to worker nodes. The worker node processes the smaller problem, and passes the answer back to its master node. Reduce step: The master node then collects the ...
I am not the fastest typist… I know it. Up till about a year ago I was a two finger typist and my two fingers could fly over the keyboard doing all sorts of acrobatics getting me up to a whopping 30 odd words per minute. Not bad for two fingers but barely close to some of my friends who speed away at 90+ words a minute using both hands. So it bugged me…. I mean I would like to consider myself a professional developer and feel that if I will be typing most of days then I should at least be doing it ...
Overview Windows HPC Server 2008 is infrastructure for high-end applications that require high performance computing clusters – i.e. for scaling out parallelizable across many compute nodes in a grid. These compute nodes can be coordinated by a head node , which in turn can be proxied via a service broker node that exposes a SOA WCF interface for job scheduling. Additional functionality includes the ability to coordinate between job processes running on nodes via MPI (message passing interface). ...
One of the main attraction points to this offering in my review is how does it fit into the work I do and solutions I recommend. Right off, the fact it has capabilities described as Silverlight focus/MVVM , makes it something that intrigued me. I tested the different capabilities it has from using it in WinForms and WPF as well, and Silverlight. One of the main points is the C1DataSource, it shows a level of simplicity through the property dialogs that allows you to move right along with, for example, ...
On November 28th, 2011 I had the opportunity to give a presentation at the St. Louis .NET User Group on my experiences developing software for the Windows Azure and SQL Azure platform. Having been at PDC in 2009 for the announcement of Azure and been able to work on a number of Azure projects since that time I frequently see many Azure talks that are either: A) too high level and marketing oriented as they never tell you anything important or B) too low level and focused on a specific feature that ...
My newest course was published yesterday on Pluralsight on KnockoutJS. The course can be viewed here. It is divided up into 4 modules. The first module gives an introduction to Knockout and shows a “Beyond Hello World” demo. The second module discusses the different types of observables you have in Knockout and demos of each. The third module focus on bindings including templating and custom bindings. The fourth module brings everything together with data features while shows a few more advanced ...
Using a simulated dialog window is a nice way to handle inline data editing. The jQuery UI has a UI widget for a dialog window that makes it easy to get up and running with it in your application. With the release of ASP.NET MVC 3, Microsoft included the jQuery UI scripts and files in the MVC 3 project templates for Visual Studio. With the release of the MVC 3 Tools Update, Microsoft implemented the inclusion of those with NuGet as packages. That means we can get up and running using the latest version ...
As an individual who does not use Internet Explorer as their primary browser, there is a great feature that you may never notice that allows you to easily copy files to and from a document library: the Open in Windows Explorer link. In browsers such as Chrome or Firefox this link may not appear. I know this isn’t a major groundbreaking feature, but it’s really easy to overlook and it’s worth knowing about, especially when you need to create a local copy of a full document library. In this quick blog ...
The software industry lives within an interesting paradox. IT in the enterprise moves slowly and cautiously, upgrading only when safe and necessary. IT interests intentionally live in the past. On the other hand, developers, and Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) not only want to use the latest and greatest technologies, but this constituency prides itself on gauging tech’s future, and basing its present-day strategy upon it. Normally, we as an industry manage this paradox with a shrug of the shoulder ...
SQL Server team has released the new SQL Server Data Tools CTP4. Congratulations and Thanks to Gert Drapers and his team with this great milestone. To lear more about this SSDT CTP4 Release, check: What’s new in SQL Server Data Tools CTP4?http://blogs.msdn.com/... Server Data Tools CTP4 vs. VS2010 Database Projectshttp://blogs.msdn.c... VSDB->SSDT ...
Microsoft Lync Server 2010 communications software and its client software, such as Microsoft Lync 2010, enable your users to connect in new ways and to stay connected, regardless of their physical location. Lync 2010 and Lync Server 2010 bring together the different ways that people communicate in a single client interface, are deployed as a unified platform, and are administered through a single management infrastructure. Workload Description IM and presence Instant messaging (IM) and presence ...
While looking for a free alternative to Sketchflow I landed on the Cacoo web site. Any developer who decides to use the free Visual Studio tools may find themselves doing the same search. The base functionality of Cacoo is free although there are certain features that have fees attached to them such as extended stencils and templates. Cacoo doesn’t seem to have a template for WP7. It does have templates for iOS and Android development so I started with the Android template and started modidfying ...
For several years, I use TDD (Test-Driven Development) to produce code. I no longer plans to work without using TDD. The use of TDD significantly increases code quality, but does not guarantee that the code is the code that corresponds to the requirements specifications (write the "right code" with BDD as opposed to the write "code right" with BDD). Dan North has described in an article in published in 2006 the foundations of the BDD (Behavior-Driven Development). In this article, he introduces the ...
Now that we have shown the EDMX with XPO/XAF and how use SpecFlow and BDD to run EasyTest scripts, let’s put it all together and show the evolution of a project using all the tools combined. I have a simple project that I use to track my priorities throughout the day. It uses some of Stephen Covey’s principles from The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. The idea is to write down all your priorities the night before and rank them. This way when you get started tomorrow you will have your list of ...
UPDATE: Thanks for the feedback and comments. I have adjusted my table below with your recommendations. I had missed a point or two. I wanted to do a series on creating an entire project using the EDMX XAF code generation and the SpecFlow BDD Easy Test tools discussed in my earlier posts, but I thought it would be appropriate to start with a simple comparison and reasoning on why I choose to use these tools. Let’s start by defining the term ORM, or Object-Relational Mapping. According to Wikipedia ...
Was working @ home and then arrived nice and early on Monday armed with all this good stuff I did on the weekend. Login,Headphones On, Check Mail and make cup of tea. Goto load up Solution I was working on the weekend@ home What the !!!... If you edit the unloaded Project you will find something like this For some Murphys rule reason even after hitting VS2010 with SP 1 my work box has lost MVC3 so thats why {E53F8FEA-EAE0-44A6-8774-FF... is unknown This site has a list of the VS system guids ...
Goal: Enabling HTML5 validation and IntelliSense for Visual Studio 2010. By default it is set to XHTML 1.1. HTML5 support only came included with SP1 of Visual Studio 2010. However since HTML5 is not an official standard as yet and some of the 30 new elements are not suported in all browsers, so only a subset of the entire HTML5 specification is supported; support for both intellisense and validation for HTML5 with SP1. How to: After installing SP1 you have to tell Visual Studio to start using the ...
I want to bring the Patterns and Practices group to the attention of those who have not already been exposed. I have been a fan of the P&P team since they came out with the original Application Blocks which eventually turned into the Enterprise Library. Their main purpose is to assemble guidance and tools that make it easier for all of us to build amazing solutions. I would simply suggest you spend some time exploring the information and code libraries that they have produced. Free resources ...
If you want to increase your knowledge about Windows Embedded Compact and want to hear my voice, you can go to the brand new Windows Embedded Compact 7 Online Training website and check all the videos (many of them recorded by me, so be prepared for a funny accent!) showing many of the features and tools of this real time embedded OS from Microsoft. So, buy the pop-corn, sit on your most confortable chair and enjoy the show!I'm sorry to communicate that the content is not longer available on Microsoft's ...
UPDATED March 24th 2016: Test Data Retention is now added to TFS 2015 Update 1, see this post for more information.UPDATED Apr 15th 2013: Corrected to VS2012 Update 2 UPDATED Mar 23rd 2012: Added information about VS 11 UPDATED Mar 21st 2012: Added info and link to VS/TFS 11 tool for getting the Test Attachment Cleaner, now included with the TFS Power Tools UPDATED Mar 17th 2012: Added sql queries for TFS 11 Beta. Changed structure after Adam’s advices. Updated information. UPDATED Jan 9th 2012: ...
Microsoft has just announced the Windows Azure SDK 1.6 and the Windows Azure Tools for Visual Studio 1.6. Now people can download the latest product through the WebPI. After you downloaded and installed the SDK you will find that The SDK 1.6 can be stayed side by side with the SDK 1.5, which means you can still using the 1.5 assemblies. But the Visual Studio Tools would be upgraded to 1.6. Different from the previous SDK, in this version it includes 4 components: Windows Azure Authoring Tools, Windows ...
"SQL Server-related performance problems come up regularly and diagnosing and solving them can be difficult and time consuming. Read SQL Server MVP Jonathan Kehayias’ Troubleshooting SQL Server: A Guide for the Accidental DBA for descriptions of the most common issues and practical solutions to fix them quickly and accurately." Please go to http://www.red-gate.com/pro... RedGate produce some superb tools for SQL Server. Jonathan's book is ...
Welcome back once again, in Part 1 of Load and Web Performance Testing using Visual Studio 2010 I talked about why Performance Testing the application is important, the test tools available in Visual Studio Ultimate 2010 and various test rig topologies, in Part 2 of Load and Web Performance Testing using Visual Studio 2010 I discussed the details of web performance & load tests as well as why it’s important to follow a goal based pattern while performance testing your application. In part 3 I’ll ...
Welcome back, in part 1 of Load and Web Performance Testing using Visual Studio 2010 I talked about why Performance Testing the application is important, the test tools available in Visual Studio Ultimate 2010 and various test rig topologies. In this blog post I’ll get into the details of web performance & load tests as well as why it’s important to follow a goal based pattern while performance testing your application. Tools => Options => Test Tools Have you visited the treasures of Visual ...
Hello all bloggers and readers of Geekswithblogs.net. To introduce myself, my name is Christopher Bonnevault, I am a consultant for Valtech. I work with the platform. Net since 2002 mostly in Asp.Net. I am very interested by agile methods, and this blog will be an opportunity for me to share with you some feedback about the different tools that I use in my projects. English is not my native language, so I am sorry in advance if my posts are not always understandable ...
A very intriguing issue came to me to debug .Net code called from X++ code in AX 2012. This was indeed a challenge to be nailed down. Luckily the tools and some concepts helped me to achieve this task. Here it goes... We need to do a seamless debugging from AX debugger to Visual Studio back and forth. To enable this we need to first see if the dll to be debug is present in GAC then we might need to uninstall it from it due to the order of preference .NET loads the assemblies. The assemblies are first ...
I was listening to .NET Rocks episode #713 and it got me thinking about a number of SharePoint related topics. I have been working with SharePoint since the 2001 product came out and have watched it evolve over the years. Today SharePoint is one of the most powerful and flexible products in the market. Of course that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for improvement (a lot of improvement in fact) and with much power comes much responsibility. My main gripe these days is that you have to develop on a ...
This is the third of a three part series that deals with the issue of faking test data in the context of a legacy app that was built with Microsoft's Entity Framework (EF) on top of an MS SQL Server database – a scenario that can be found very often. Please read the first part for a description of the sample application, a discussion of some general aspects of unit testing in a database context, and of some more specific aspects of the here discussed EF/MSSQL combination. Lately, I wondered how you ...
To quote Scott Hanselman…. Visual Studio 2010 is really extensible and that's allowed many folks on the team to try out new features for Web Development without having to rebuild Visual Studio itself. One of those "playground" extensions is called "Web Essentials" by Mads Kristensen. Mads handles HTML5 and CSS3 tools for our team. You might remember Mads from when we released the Web Standards Update a few months back. Get it here: Scott Nanselman blog ...
Performance testing is almost always conducted to address one or more risks related to expense, opportunity costs, continuity, and/or corporate reputation. But not everyone thinks their application requires investment in performance testing. We presented few of our clients who were heavily focussed on functional requirements but did not care too much about the Non-functional requirements with a short questionnaire, User’s will be happy if the website loaded in <= ___ seconds. How many extra seconds ...
I decided it was time to share some of my favorite tools and tricks that I use to make my time in Visual Studio more productive. Naming Standards If you do not already know the name and website IDesign.net, then I suggest you explore them and get to know them well. This is the architecture and design site started by Juval Lowy and now has such .NET architects as Michele Leroux Bustamante, Brian Noyes, Mark Michaelis, Dino Esposito, Miguel A. Castro. I had the luxury of seeing some of their presentations ...