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I usually do a bullet points from major conference events like this one from Mix11. The purpose of this post is to get you up to speed quickly with news and links you may enjoy. Build – Day 1 Keynote Windows 8 takes about half the amount of RAM to run compared to Windows 7. Windows 7 usage by consumers is now greater than Windows XP. Like the Metro Interface? Well, you better as the interface is similar to the Windows Phone 7. You can unlock your touch-enabled PC by tapping certain spots on a picture. ...
Demostration of Windows 8 Lots of great stuff going on with Windows 7 installs Touch First, Mouse Second – Wow, that is going to be interesting Demo of a netbook from two years ago running Windows 8 using only 380mb of RAM, nice. Steven even said it was his daily use machine for a year, Microsoft needs to buy him a nicer machine. Windows 8 Start still feels like Windows Mobile and Windows Media Center had a child We decided every time they said “SUPER”, we are drinking They are very nervous and the ...

As usual when I attend a conference, I like to take quick notes to remember what it was all about and take some time later to analyze it. Since Windows 8 is going to be the next big things, let me share my notes with you!

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Our engine is written in almost pure C++ with some part in C# that run on Mono. The code base is huge which mans that we’re primarily looking for platforms that support C++ development. Looking at the current set of platforms on the market this is really not a big issue with Windows Phone being the only platform that does currently not support native development. Sadly this means that we’re currently not planning a Windows Phone release in the near future. Looking at other platforms, about a year ...
In the world of custom web application development a critical component of our success is the hosting environment and services. We can choose to deploy our web applications using 3rd party hosting providers such as GoDaddy.com, Rackspace, DiscountASP.NET, or another provider, or we can choose to deploy to on premise servers either virtual or physical. In either case the web application must be serviced up to consumers by a web server software such as Internet Information Service (IIS), which is included ...
On the 9th Sep, the SQL Azure team announced that the new version of SQL Azure had just been release. In this version not only the SQL Azure engine had been upgraded, the SQL Azure Management Portal had been upgraded massively. Below are the features and improvements available in this release: Foundational updates for scalability and performance. Co-administrator support, which enables customers to specify multiple database administrators. Increased capability for using spatial data types, which ...
Introduction You might have noticed that the Silverlight 5 (Release Candidate) is out. One of the new features included in the RC is the ability to call P/Invoke. In this short demo, we will write a Silverlight 5 application that uses the feature. Tools needed: Visual Studio 2010 SP1 or Visual Web Developer Express 2010 SP1 is required to develop a Silverlight 5 RC Application. After you have installed VS2010 SP1 or Visual Web Developer Express 2010 SP1, then you will need to download and install ...
In this Issue: Michael Washington, Tony Champion, Ollie Riches, Gill Cleeren, Koen Zwikstra(-2-), Peter Kuhn, Xianzhong Zhu, Mike Taulty, Pete Brown, Sumit Dutta(-2-), Asim Sajjad, Dhananjay Kumar(-2-), Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Silverlight Spy September 2011 Update" Koen Zwikstra WP7: "Windows Phone 7 on-demand training available" Peter Kuhn LightSwitch: "Quick And Easy Data Management With LightSwitch" Michael Washington PivotViewer: "Extending your CXML Trading Cards in Silverlight 5" Tony ...

Python Tools for Visual Studio has now been released at http://pytools.codeplex.com/Wikipage?ProjectName=pytools

(You will also need Iron Python from http://ironpython.codeplex.com/)

 

In this Issue: Tony Champion, Kevin Hoffman, Pete Brown(-2-), Mike Gold, Jeremy Likness, Xpert360, Den Delimarsky, Sumit Dutta, Asim Sajjad, Vikram Pendse, and Michael Crump. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Silverlight 5: Remote control and MediaCommand Support" Pete Brown WP7: "Extracting a SQL CE DB from Isolated Storage in WP7 Mango" Michael Crump PivotViewer: "To CXML or not to CXML" Tony Champion Shoutouts: Michael Palermo's latest Desert Mountain Developers is up Michael Washington's latest Visual ...
Today the release candidate of Microsoft’s Silverlight 5 was released to the public. If you want to know “What’s new in Silverlight 5” then check out this page on Silverlight.net and continue reading the article below. Getting Started First, we are going to need to download the required tools to install the Silverlight 5 RC. Before getting started, please note that you can install the Silverlight 5 RC on top of the final release of Silverlight 4. If you have the Silverlight 5 Beta installed, then ...
Introduction By now, most of you have heard that Windows Phone 7 – Mango release will support Local Databases (SQL CE) using Linq to SQL. But what you probably haven’t heard much about is how to extract the .SDF that is created in isolated storage to your local computer and view the contents. I find this extremely important for debugging application and making sure my database is setup exactly like I want it. So, that is what we are going to do today. Getting Started with a sample application: For ...
Today, I was testing a Web site for deployment and encountered the problem described in the subject of this post. However, the process leading up to realizing the true problem was far from clear. This post describes my initial experience, steps I took to isolate the true problem, and what I did to fix it. To put this in context, My project is an ASP.NET 4.0 Website. Bump! While testing, I encountered a System.Web.HttpException with the following message: File does not exist. with the following stack ...
I am a reformed former JavaScript hater. In the 90s and early 2000s I muddled through JavaScript compatibility issues, poor performance and a lack of development & debugging tools. When ASP.NET came out, promising to hide me from the complexity of browser incompatibilities, I fully embraced server-side web development. This approach may have worked in 2002, but it does not today. The world's expectations have been reset by Ajax, Google Maps, mobile web sites, high performance JavaScript engines, ...
It’s been quite a while since I’ve done a GeeksWithBlogs.net Influencers review. This time, I had the opportunity to check out Red Gate’s SmartAssembly 6.1, which is a integrated collection of tools for modifying and manipulating assemblies. Now that phrase, while accurate, is quite a mouthful. So what all does it actually do? SmartAssembly has the ability to: Do strong name signing; Add automated error reporting; Add feature usage reporting; Merge dependencies (e.g. libraries) into the main assembly ...
If your question is, what is this? or perhaps more around … what does this mean? Let me explain a bit about it. Microsoft has been providing this type of services through partners within a given competency to clients that are looking to deploy and implement Microsoft products like SharePoint, Exchange or the strategy behind Windows and Office deployments. The way it works, well you purchase your products and perhaps those products come with Software Assurance and they have training/service credits. ...
Here is the screenshot of final output. Here is what PoC is doing 1. There is Silverlight application hosted in CRM on custom area-subarea. This in-turn needs two web resources 2. There is Custom button added in Ribbon 3. Third web resource is hosting JavaScript function 4. On click of Custom Button on CRM Ribbon function in JavaScript web resource is called which in-turn calls the method in C# code of Silverlight application. String input is passed to this method 5. C# method is converting the input ...
In this Issue: Sigurd Snørteland, Kunal Chowdhury, Todd Brix, MIke Ormond, XAMLNinja, Ollie Riches(-2-), WindowsPhoneGeek, John Papa, Jesse Liberty, Morten Nielsen, and Gill Cleeren. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "apps portal – a silverlight based app store" Sigurd Snørteland WP7: "Windows Phone: Adding Mango features to a 7.0 WinPhone App" Morten Nielsen Expression Blend: "Expression Blend Drawing Tips" John Papa LightSwitch: "Cleaning a LightSwitch solution" Gill Cleeren Shoutouts: Michael Palermo's ...
In this Issue: Michael Washington, Gill Cleeren, Chris Koenig, Kunal Chowdhury(-2-), Ryan Alford, and Shawn Wildermuth(-2-). Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Relative Source Binding in Silverlight" Kunal Chowdhury WP7: "Maintaining a Project with Two Windows Phone Versions" Shawn Wildermuth LightSwitch: "Tree Control: Hierarchical Data with LightSwitch" Michael Washington Shoutouts: Michael Palermo's got his latest Desert Mountain Developers up From SilverlightCream.com: Tree Control: Hierarchical Data ...
Resolve "Tools Install Dir in registry is missing" and Remote Tools issues on Windows 7 (64-bit) system after Platform Builder is installed by exporting [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWAR... Builder] from an 32-bit system, changing "Program files" entries to "Program Files (x86)" or create REG file with content listed below and import into the registry. Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWAR... Builder] [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWAR... ...
I was recently asked to review Studio for Wijmo MVC by Component One and, overall, I am impressed. There are 2 major components of this. The first is Wijmo Complete which is a collection of over 30 UI widgets (very similar to jQuery UI). The second is Wijmo Scaffolding for MVC which builds upon the scaffolding that was released as part of the MVC 3 Tools Update (note: is does *not* build on top of powershell-based MVC Scaffolding which Microsoft released earlier this year). Some of the Wijmo widgets ...
In this All Submittal Issue: Michael Washington, SilverlightShow(-2-), Mark Monster(-2-), Oren Gal, Andrea Boschin, Sigurd Snørteland, Peter Kuhn, Mijail Cisneros, Kunal Chowdhury(-2-), Gill Cleeren Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Why Visual Studio Debugger is not working for my Silverlight Application?" Kunal Chowdhury WP7: "Cache as Fallback using Reactive Extensions" Mark Monster LightSwitch: "Using WCF RIA Services In LightSwitch To Simplify Your Application UI" Michael Washington Shoutouts: Michael ...
For a period of time, I have access to both an MSDN and a TechNet subscription. Both offer Microsoft software for download. I wondered what the similarities and differences were between the two subscriptions. I copied the two download lists into Excel and aligned them. Most of the material I would never use. Some products I have never heard of. I present the lists, current as of today, for your reviewing pleasure. TechNet MSDN Applications (63) Applications (79) Access 2.0 Access 2003 Access 2003 ...
The August ‘11 TFS Power Tools are ready for download. Brian Harry has a good summary of the update here. The big visible changes are: 1. The ability to use the shell extensions against a TFS not on the same domain as your PC. You now get a credentials prompt. 2. Work Item Search!! The Work Item Tracking toolbar now contains a search box. I know my friend and fellow MVP Etienne Tremblay has been asking for this for about 5 years! 3. Rollback IN THE UI!! TFS 2010 introduced rollback. However, you ...
In my previous posts I have shown how to get xml data from database and deserialize it. But sometimes we want to work with the xml and do some operations on it. To working with xml, in the .net framework there are two tools for it. One is to use the XmlDocument class and second is the linq to xml with the XDocument class. I personally prefer to work with linq to xml, so I must convert the XmlDocument object to XDocument which I have after I took the xml from database. To convert the XmlDocument to ...
A new blog has appeared from the engineering team to have a two-way dialog with you about design choices, real-world data and usage, and new opportunities that are part of Windows 8. We showed you a preview of Windows 8 in June, demonstrating the user experience and providing an update on ARM SoC support. The next major event for Windows is our BUILD conference in September, where we will provide developers with more details about the full spectrum of tools and capabilities available to make the ...
This post will focus upon introducing the concepts of AI algorithms, and is summerized from "Artificial Intelligence, A Modern Approach" – by Norvig and Russell - 3rd edition - http://aima.cs.berkeley.edu/ . Overview General Definition: study of agents that receive percepts from the environment and perform actions Weak AI hypothesis - assertion that software could simulate thought-like behavior - Can machines think – is considered an ill-defined question (does a submarine swim?). Strong AI hypothesis ...
I’ve written about Visual Studio LightSwitch several times in this blog and in my Redmond Review column, including this month’s piece, “LightSwitch: The Answer to the Right Question.” All throughout, I’ve been pretty clear in my support of the product. A little over two weeks ago LightSwitch shipped, and I think it’s off to a very good start. To help it along, I wrote a series of five whitepapers on LightSwitch for the product team, and they were just published by Microsoft. You can find them all ...
DevProConnections and WindowsITPro are now accepting nominations for the 2011 Community Choice Awards. These awards allow you to nominate developer products and services for special recognition. We’d like you to consider nominating Visual WebGui and as a thank you, will be giving away a few licenses. All you have to is click the links below and in the “Add-In” category on the DevProConnections survey (category # 1) and “Best Cloud Computing Product or Service” category on the WindowsITPro survey ...
Occasionally I write a rant or two and this one has been boiling for ages. First off you need to read Mike Watson’s Blog Post on Silverlight Ambiguity in Office 365: http://jmikewatson.wordpres... So now let’s get started. First off this post has been boiling since I have heard the question in one of my sessions last year “What do you think will happen to Silverlight now that HTML 5 exists?”. I brushed it aside. I ignored it when ...
The new version of Windows Azure Tools for Visual Studio 2010 i.e. the August 2011 release just got out. You can read and download it from http://blogs.msdn.com/b/win... My favorite pick is the ability to add MVC3 Web Roles. In the past we had to do certain work-around for running MVC3 Applications. Now, there is an ability to add MVC 3 Web Role There is now support for Universal ...
The TFS 2010 Power Tools, August 11 release shortly on its way, read more about the teaser here at Brian Harrys blog http://blogs.msdn.com/b/bha... What feature would you have liked to be included? Share this post : ...
This morning I got the information that the Windows Azure Tools for Visual Studio 2010 - August 2011 Upgrade had been released. The version of this new upgrade is 1.4.40727.1601 with the Windows Azure SDK v1.4.20407.2049. This upgrade includes some awesome features that I was looking forward for a long time, which are: Profiling the application running in Windows Azure. New ASP.NET MVC 3 web role template. Multi-configuration files in one cloud project. More validation in the service package and ...
Recently, I have found myself using Visual Studio LightSwitch more and more. And needless to say, it got me thinking about a strategy for LightSwitch in a SharePoint environment. Yes, the product positions itself as a tool to develop LOB apps in a rather fast fashion. There will be those that will deem it as a prototype tool, many RAD tools end up being that. But, LightSwitch had this “je ne sais quoi” about it. Actually, I feel I know what it is. If you are still with me, step into this thought ...
Let me state the obvious, for any application you develop you need to log information, errors, exceptions etc that can help you and others know what’s going on with your application When you create a new Windows Azure application using Visual Studio you will find the following snippet in your configuration file <system.diagnostics> <trace> <listeners> <addtype="Microsoft.Wind... Microsoft.WindowsAzure.Diag... Version=1.0.0.0, ...
Continuing my “From Soup to Nuts” series or sometimes referred to as “The Busy Developers Guide” series, I will take a look at the Surface 2.0 SDK recently released by Microsoft. Before you read ahead, here are the other articles in this series: The Busy Developers Guide to the Kinect SDK Beta. The Busy Developers Guide to Mango. What is it? With the Microsoft® Surface® 2.0 SDK, you can easily create applications to take advantage of the next generation Surface computing device or any Windows touch-enables ...
Technorati Tags: Team Foundation Server 2010 Would you like to use your favourite comparison and merging tool such as KDiff3 or WinMerge in TFS. With little effort you can configure a different diff/merge tool in Team Foundation Server. In this blog post I'll be covering How to change the default compare/merge tool List of available compare/merge tools and the list of arguments Follow the steps below, Open Visual Studio 2010 and go to Tools => Options Select Source Control => Visual Studio ...
Microsoft Expression Blend is a design tool that allows you to create fantastic user interfaces for such Windows based applications and Web applications. You can use Expression Blend with .NET Framework 3.0, 3.5, and 4.0 applications. What Blend can do for you One of the prime advantages of Expression Blend is its ability to separate code from design. Using Blend, designers can work independently on one set of deliverables for a project while developers can work on another. But this doesn’t mean ...
Introduction One of the first things I wanted to do after installing the Azure AppFabric June CTP was to create an AppFabric application that used the Bing Map SOAP services. That was when I hit my first roadblock. There is currently no option in the AppFabric Application Designer to add a reference to an external service. After asking around in the forums I learned that I should build an external service to do this. There is currently very little documentation on creating external services for Azure ...
MvcScaffolding is a tremendous productivity improvement for MVC developers. Earlier this year, Steve Sanderson posted the definitive 7-part series on MvcScaffolding which is a must-read for anyone serious about doing scaffolding. The best part about the scaffolding infrastructure is that MvcScaffolding is actually built on top of another package called T4Scaffolding. T4Scaffolding can be used as the basis for *any* scaffolding – not just MVC projects. To that end, we can enjoy the same power of MvcScaffolding ...
In this Issue: Rudi Grobler, Roy Dallal, Hannah Watkins, AfricanGeek, Kunal Chowdhury(-2-), Beth Massi, Mohamed Mosallem, Michael Crump, and Jesse Liberty. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Communicating between two local Silverlight Applications" Michael Crump WP7: "Designing for Steam Achievements, a Windows Phone 7 app" Hannah Watkins LightSwitch: "Relating and Editing Data from Multiple Data Sources on the Same Screen" Beth Massi Shoutouts: My Friends at SilverlightShow have their top 5 posts from ...
I would like to invite you to visit us at WPC LA 2011 and learn how to move your mission-critical/Enterprise apps to the Win Azure Cloud. We will present our innovative migration solution Instant CloudMove at Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC)tomorrow (July 13). Find us at the Windows Azure Building Blocks demo station where we’ll be showcasing the unique tools for moving business client/server applications such as é.VISOR by Limón GmbH to Azure Cloud. The original application is a data-centric ...
There are a few great features in the TFS Power Tools that I wasn't aware of, such as TreeDiff which let's you… Read more at http://blog.danskingdom.com... ...
In my current job as a Senior ALM Consultant, part of what I do is help organizations get TFS set up and configured. While a single server installation is pretty easy (and using the basic configuration to install TFS on Windows 7 is even easier), there are a few pitfalls and points of frustration when setting TFS up in a two-server configuration. For the purposes of this discussion, I am assuming the following setup: - A database server (Data Tier) with SQL 2008 R2 to house the TFS Databases, Reporting ...
My last post related the sad story of a dead HP MediaSmart Home Server. This time, I will relate the steps I took to configure the Synology DS1511+ for use. To avoid unnecessary typing, I recommend this post to provide the basic details. It is written for the older DS1010+, but the process is the same for the DS1511+. … OK, now that you have read that, I have different drives in my NAS so I had a different kind of problem. I chose to go with five Western Digital 2TB Caviar Green SATA II drives (WD20EARS) ...
Developers might write good code, but no matter how good they are the result will always have bugs in it. It's up to the testers in the team to make sure the final product is as bug-free as it can be. Deciding what to test Within a project there's normally no official documentation produced, no official record of what the project should accomplish. The closest thing we get to documentation is the greenlight presentation slides (I'll be covering the greenlight process in a later post). This means ...
One of the tough tasks in web development and in particular CSS styling, is to find the RGB and hexadecimal value of uncommon colours. As a web developer working in CSS, I longed to give that nice blue/green tinge colour for my UI and always struggled with the hexadecimal value. Particularly in finding the same for colours I find in other sites. Thanks to the IE9 Developer Toolbar which has this nice colour picker, one can find the hexadecimal code (and the RGB equivalent) from any web page. To demonstrate, ...
For a generic guide on using a custom diff tool in TFS from My Eclipse:http://msdn.microso... Combine this information with the guide provided on Beyond Compare's website: Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-qformat:yes; mso-style-parent:""; ...
Motivation Encouraged from the article “Using NuGet without committing packages to source control” I decided to wrap the NuGet-call in a MSBuild target instead of using a pre-build event. Because we also trigger FxCop and StyleCop via targets this fits better in our project management. Create the targets-file First at all we need a targets-file for integration. It is located in a DevTree beside the NuGet-executable beneath a special tool-folder: The content is quite simple: <Project xmlns="http://schemas.micro... ...
IE9 Toolbar’s Browser Mode allows us to test for different versions of IE. This feature has been there right from IE8 Developer Toolbar. But, I always thought that the testing was just limited to the different versions of IE i.e. IE7, IE8 and IE9. One of the advantages of having a technical boss is that, he points to the right set of information when needed. @harishV pointed out that you can test even for other browsers such as Chrome, Firefox, Safari from within the IE9 Developer Toolbar. For the ...