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In this Issue: SLMPerf, Peter Kuhn, Kunal Chowdhury(-2-, -3-), WindowsPhoneGeek, Mike Taulty, Beth Massi, Andrea Boschin, and Alex Golesh. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Reactive Extensions RTW" Mike Taulty WP7: "Windows Phone 7 (Mango) Tutorial - 21 - Small Demo of Accelerometer Application" Kunal Chowdhury Training: "Using SharePoint Data in your LightSwitch Applications" Beth Massi Shoutouts: My friends at SilverlightShow released their list of the top 5 posts on SilverlightShow for June 20 - 26, ...
Windows Phone Developer Tools 7.1 Beta 2 was released on 6/29/2011. Are you ready for it? If not then let my guide help you get your system prepared and go through a few new features. Download links: Web Installer of Windows Phone 7.1 Beta 2 SDK ISO Image of Windows Phone 7.1 Beta 2 SDK - (723 MB) To get started you are going to need to remove the previous version of your Windows Phone Developer Tools 7.1 Beta 1. This kicks off the process of uninstalling the Beta. Once it is uninstalled then you ...
It’s here – the brand new - Windows Phone SDK 7.1 Beta2. This time it has ability for your to Flash your Developer Unlocked phone to Mango Beta! How awesome is that? Mega-Ultra-Mango-Awesome!! The Windows Phone SDK includes the following Windows Phone SDK 7.1 (Beta2) Windows Phone Emulator (Beta2) Windows Phone SDK 7.1 Assemblies (Beta2) Silverlight 4 SDK and DRT Windows Phone SDK 7.1 Extensions for XNA Game Studio 4.0 Microsoft Expression Blend SDK Preview for Windows Phone 7.1 WCF Data Services ...
I have had some time this week to try out some tools that I have been meaning to try out. This week I am trying out the SP 2010 Diagnostic Studio. I installed it successfully and tried it on my development evironment. I was able to build a report and a snapshot of the environment. I decided to turn my attention to my Employer's intranet environment. This would allow me to analyze it and measure it against benchmarks. I didn't want to install the Diagnostic studio on the Production Envorinment, lucky ...
After reading DLinq (Linq to SQL) Performance and in particular Part 4 I had a few questions. If CompiledQuery.Compile gives so much benefits, why not to do it for all Linq To Sql queries? Is any essential disadvantages of compiling all select queries? What are conditions, when compiling makes whose performance, for how much percentage? World be good to have default on application config level or on DBML level to specify are all select queries to be compiled? And the same questions about Entity Framework ...
As I discussed in my previous posts, divisions and project teams within Red Gate are allowed a lot of autonomy to manage themselves. It's not just the teams though, there's an awful lot of freedom given to individual employees within the company as well. Reasonableness How Red Gate treats it's employees is embodied in the phrase 'You will be reasonable with us, and we will be reasonable with you'. As an employee, you are trusted to do your job to the best of you ability. There's no one looking over ...
Query Templates, Data Link, and Globalization I am sure you must have read Scott Guthrie’s blog post about jQuery support and officially supporting jQuery's templating, data linking and globalization, if not here it is: jQuery Templating Since we are an open source shop and use jQuery and jQuery plugins extensively to say the least, decided to look into the templating a bit and see what data linking is all about. For those not familiar with those terms here is the summary, plenty of material out ...
Microsoft has revealed some things about Windows 8, and revealed a part of the developer story for new Windows 8 “tailored,” “immersive” applications. In retrospect, very little was shared. The bit that was revealed to us is that those applications can be developed using a combination of HTML 5 and JavaScript. Not much else was said, except that additional details would be revealed at Microsoft’s //Build/ conference in Anaheim, California in September. This has left a lot of people in suspense, and ...
In this Issue: Kunal Chowdhury(-2-), Oren Gal, Rudi Grobler, Stephen Price, Erno de Weerd, Joost van Schaik, WindowsPhoneGeek, Andrea Boschin, and Vikram Pendse. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Multiple Page Printing in Silverlight4 - Part 3 - Printing Driving Directions" Oren Gal WP7: "Prototyping Windows Phone 7 Applications using SketchFlow" Vikram Pendse Shoutouts: Not Silverlight, but darned cool... Michael Crump has just what you need to get going with Kinect: The busy developers guide to the ...
I have had the chance to talk at many conferences these past few years, and came up with a way to prepare them which works really well for me. Most importantly, it would make it quite easy to overcome an emergency (for example if my laptop would suddenly lose data). The whole code as well as the slides and other documents are in the cloud. I also use source control for my demos, so that I always have the latest and the greatest, but also a history of changes I made to my demos. Finally I have a system ...
Recently I found a problem with importing 3D models from FBX files: it sometimes imported partly. That is when you draw a 3D model, loaded from FBX file, processed by content pipeline, you got only part of meshes. “Sometimes” means that you got this error only for some files. Results of my research below. For example, I have 10Mb binary FBX file with a model, looks like: And when I load it, result Model instance contains only part of meshes and looks like: Because models from other files imported ...
Willy-Peter Schaub has been a machine producing and posting content. It is such a gem of information that you can find in the content being posted. He has created some Summary Posts on the specific topics the ALM Rangers are working on. Here is the list of quick access TOC Posts. TOC: “Tags” a la acronyms … what do they all mean? TOC: TFS Integration Tools Blog Posts and Reference Sites TOC: TFS Iteration Automation Blog Posts and Reference Sites TOC: Virtual Machine (VM) Factory TOC: Build Customization ...
Hopefully nothing. But if you have to do more than simple XCopy deployment and you need to support updates, upgrades and perhaps side by side scenarios there is no way around MSI. You can create Msi files with a Visual Studio Setup project which is severely limited or you can use the Windows Installer Toolset. I cannot talk about WIX with my German colleagues because WIX has a very special meaning. It is funny to always use the long name when I talk about deployment possibilities. Alternatively you ...
If you still didn’t explore Extension Manager under Tools in Visual Studio 2010 now it’s the time! VS2010 can be expended to include add-ons you wish to have. The Extension Manager list is pretty extensive, where most of them are ‘still work in progress’ tools but, at least, it is worth trying. Listed below are top ranked ones that should help to enhance your coding experience: · Productivity Power Tools – set of small gadgets: Auto Brace Completion, Quick Access, Column Guides, Align Assignments, ...
The vast majority of Red Gate is on the first and second floors (the second and third floors in US parlance) of an office building in Cambridge Business Park (here we are!). As you can see, the building is split into three sections; the two wings, and the section between them. As well as being organisationally separate, the four divisions are also split up in the office; each division has it's own floor and wing, so everyone in the division is working together in the same area (.NET and DBA on the ...
You’ve all seen this team, maybe you’ve even been on this team. I certainly know that I have! What kind of team, you might ask? It’s the team that is simply dysfunctional. Many reasons can exist for a team that isn’t working, and team dysfunction is a complex thing that can’t necessarily be isolated into a simple formula that will always work to make people function well on a team. Cynefin Recently, I attended RallyOn in Boulder with Rally Software Development. This was one of the best user conferences ...
Preamble Microsoft’s first introduction of upcoming Windows 8 spurred lots of discussions among developers. The most noticeable part of the demonstrations at D9 conference and Computex show, as well as on YouTube, is, of course, the new touch-centric UI. So why is it controversial among developers? Let’s take a look at Microsoft’s press release: Today, we also talked a bit about how developers will build apps for the new system. Windows 8 apps use the power of HTML5, tapping into the native capabilities ...
Friday June 17th, 2011 there will be a Windows Phone Garage event. It will be held at Immedion at 78 Global Drive, Suite 100, Greenville, SC. There are only 40 spots, so register now at http://www.eventbrite.com/e... The idea behind the Windows Phone Garage is simple. Come out, install the tools, learn how to write a Windows Phone application, then build one. Best of all, it's free, and everyone is invited! The second half of the day is an open lab, and assistance will be available. ...
A couple of years ago, I used 'something' to encrypt the connectionstring on a production server. But I never wrote anything down about it. And in the other projects I did later, I never had deploy to the production server. Yesterday, I had to use it again but I couldn't find it. Why? Because I never wrote about it. This blogpost is copy of Chirag Darji post about the encryption of the connectionstring in web.config. All credits to him! The most sensitive information stored in web.config file can ...
I wanted to get familiar with SharePoint 2010 because I have noticed how the market is starting to demand it. Also, most of the SharePoint 2010 guides on the net are outdated. They show everything from registry hacks/editing xml files to installing hot fixes/service packs. My guide uses the latest bits as of 6/7/11 to create a SharePoint 2010 server inside of an Virtual Machine. This will be more than enough to begin creating Silverlight Web Parts inside of SharePoint 2010. NOTE: I did not want to ...
I wanted to take a moment and jot down some of my initial impressions on the announcements coming from the Apple hype machine today at the keynote. Not being able to attend - largely due to it selling out in two hours - made me especially bitter that Apple would not allow the event to be streamed live. Steve said during the keynote that if they sold more tickets he didn't know where they would hold it. Considering it takes place at Moscone West, the smaller of the two centers, try moving it across ...
Technorati Tags: TFS 2010,TFS Power Tools,UnShelve Often i have seen fellow developer working on one branch and later realizing that they intended to check in the code in a different branch, a simple example, working on the MAIN branch and later realizing that the code needs to be checked in to the QA branch. TFS power tool comes to your rescue… when you need to unshelve to a different branch. The power tool command /> tfpt.exe unshelve can be handy for the following, Allows a shelveset to be ...
I recently purchased a sewing machine from the late 90's--quite a good machine: solidly constructed, well engineered. Does everything I need it to do and then some. In addition to sewing, the machine is also capable of computerized embroidery. I didn't buy it for the embroidery features, but, hey, since it has the features, I thought, "hmmm, might be interesting to check that out". The computer on the sewing machine reads the embroidery design off a special memory card. In today's parlance, this ...
Recently while performing a .Net unit testing on some .Net dll, I kept getting the below error - 'XXX is a strongly named assembly. It will need to be re-signed before it can be executed. Warning VSP2013 : Instrumenting this image requires it to run as a 32-bit process"...... A little of google revealed that since its a strongly named assembly and while performing unit testing it needed to be re-signed or I need to remove the 'strong name' all together... As I didn't had the orginal private key file ...
Sorry for not having been active on this blog (and forums) lately, I’ve been very busy with my new activity as a self-employee, but now I reached an agreement with my boss (myself) and I’ll try to post more regular updates here. If you want to discover something about the latest releases of Windows Embedded operating systems you’ll have many chances in the upcoming weeks. Connect with Windows Embedded The “Connect with Windows Embedded” event at MS-Italy headquarters in Milan will provide a good ...
With Microsoft’s recommendation to use server core for Hyper-V systems, I have been seeing a lot of server core lately. With that in mind, I am posting how I set up a Server Core system (after base OS install). 1. Login to you Windows Server 2008 R2 Server Core system 2. Run sconfig from the command line. This will bring up the Server configuration text user interface shown below. 3. From the Sconfig interface, set the following Network Settings (option 8) Date and Time (if needed) (option 9) Remote ...
Within each division in Red Gate, development effort is structured around one or more project teams; currently, each division contains 2-3 separate teams. These are self contained units responsible for a particular development project. Project team structure The typical size of a development team varies, but is normally around 4-7 people - one project manager, two developers, one or two testers, a technical author (who is responsible for the text within the application, website content, and help ...
I am definitely on the fence on this one. I love the look and experience of Windows 8 in the video, but I am worried about all the talk about HTML 5 and not hearing anything about the WPF/Silverlight/XNA story. We have seen Microsoft pick these tools for XBox and WP7, but now will they have a cohesive story that will sell tablets and also sell App builders. The winner this battle with have to have the Apps so I can see why HTML5 is compelling, but it also does not drive loyalty and leads into one ...
Today, Microsoft announced some of the details about Windows 8 and how it is going to change web development forever. The announcement included a number of cool points about the upcoming OS but as someone in love with HTML5, these two points stood out to me: Web-connected and Web-powered apps built using HTML5 and JavaScript that have access to the full power of the PC. Fully touch-optimized browsing, with all the power of hardware-accelerated Internet Explorer 10. Okay, wow. That made my developer ...
With thanks to Wriju for doing the work to pull these together. How to: Build a Windows Azure Application How to Configure Virtual Machine Sizes How to Configure Connection Strings How to Configure Operating System Versions How to Configure Local Storage Resources How to Create a Certificate for a Role How to Create a Remote Desktop Protocol File How to Define Environment Variables Before a Role Starts How to Define Input Endpoints for a Role How to Define Internal Endpoints for a Role How to Define ...
Overview of the “AdventureWorksDesignPatterns” Project (I’ll be posting on this series here. It will be based on the presentations I’m creating for the PhillyNJ.NET user group a subgroup of PhillyDotNet) This is the start of a long series on “applied design patterns”. The intent to demonstrate design patterns in real code. I am not endorsing or “pushing” any specific methodologies. But I will be stressing various points of views many of which are part of various methodologies you may have heard of. ...
When I joined Red Gate back in 2007, there were around 80 people in the company. Now, around 3 years later, it's grown to more than 200. It's a constant battle against Dunbar's number; the maximum number of people you can keep track of in a social group, to try and maintain that 'small company' feel that attracted myself and so many others to apply in the first place. There are several strategies the company's developed over the years to try and mitigate the effects of Dunbar's number. One of the ...
In this Issue: Alex Golesh, Walter Ferrari, Kunal Chowdhury, Rob Eisenberg, Michael Crump(-2-), WindowsPhoneGeek(-2-), Jesse Liberty(-2-), and Nigel Sampson. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "The ABC of streaming in Silverlight" Walter Ferrari WP7: "Switching between Windows Phone 7.1 Mango and 7.0 RTW developer tools and vice versa" WindowsPhoneGeek From SilverlightCream.com: Windows Phone Mango–What’s New? (“Profiler” - Part 9 of 8) Alex Golesh risks overlowing his buffer with this Mango - What's New ...
I work for Red Gate Software, a software company based in Cambridge, UK. In this series of posts, I'll be discussing how we develop software at Red Gate, and what we get up to, all from a dev's perspective. Before I start the series proper, in this post I'll give you a brief background to what I have done and continue to do as part of my job. The initial few posts will be giving an overview of how the development sections of the company work. There is much more to a software company than writing ...
PDF stands for Portable Document Format. As the name implies, it is a data format that can be used to describe documents. Adobe, the developers of PDF, market software to create, edit and visualize PDF files. Because the specifications of the file format are publicly available and meanwhile even became an official ISO-standard, a lot of other companies develop PDF-related software as well. In prepress, PDF is commonly used as a format to exchange data, either complete pages that need to be printed ...
PREREQUISITES DEVELOPPMENT TOOL In this tutorial, component that follow is required and need to be install: Visual Studio 2010 Express ADO.NET Entity Framework 3.5/4.0 Microsoft Silverlight 4 Tools for visual Studio 2010 that include all components necessary for silverlight 4: Silverlight 4 developper runtime, silverlight 4 SDK, silverlight 4 tools for visual studion 2010. Please, to download it, please refer to this link. INTRODUCTION This topic explain in the simple way how to display data from ...
You’re a busy developer and you have read article after article of “What’s new in WP7 Mango” but you are only interested in knowing “What does this mean for me as a developer ?”. This is where I step in and give you the “need to know” with a quick blog post. What is it? The Beta to Windows Phone 7.1 Developer Tools named ("Mango") was released on May 24th, 2011. This means you can download the bits right now, but as far as having Mango on your phone you are going to have to wait. Let’s hit the bullet ...
In this Issue: Alex van Beek, René Schulte(-2-), Peter Kuhn, Kunal Chowdhury(-2-, -3-), Alex Golesh(-2-, -3-, -4-), WindowsPhoneGeek, Jesse Liberty, Nigel Sampson, Jeremy Likness, and Paul Sheriff. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Entity Framework 4.1 Code First, Silverlight, and Shared Models with REST+JSON" Jeremy Likness WP7: "Windows Phone Mango–What’s New? (“Silverlight/XNA Interoperability” - Part 7 of 8)" Alex Golesh LINQ: "LINQ Deferred Execution–Oops!" Jesse Liberty Shoutouts: My friends at ...
Several attendees asked me to share the roadmap slide from the developer track at Tech.Days 2011 this week. This is my summary as of May 23rd 2011. Beta Extra Small compute instance Windows Azure VM Role CTP Windows Azure Connect Windows Azure Traffic Manager SQL Azure OData Service (labs) SQL Azure Reporting (Limited CTP) SQL Azure Data Sync (labs) AppFabric Service Bus enhancements (labs) Announced SQL Azure Backup and Restore SQL Azure Federations SQL Azure codename “Austin” AppFabric Developer ...
TechEd 2011 got us talking about the next Visual Studio version called vNext. The update adds multiple small and subtle performance improvements as well as major new ALM tools. These tools focus on helping developers work in the so called Virtuous Cycle, which consists of development and operation in a continuous loop. The major tools concentrate on requirements gathering, agile planning, stakeholder feedback, test coverage analysis and much much more. You can see the full session by Cameron Skinner ...
GIF is a file format that should not really be used for prepress, it is far more suited for web design or to exchange images through e-mail or newsgroups. Unfortunately, GIF images keep popping up in pages made by amateurs (not to mention books about the internet ) so it is worthwhile to know a bit about the format. You can also use this description to explain to people why GIF is not suited for prepress use. General information GIF is the abbreviation of Graphics Interchange Format. It was originally ...
Dot gain is a phenomenon that causes printed material to look darker than intended. This happens because the diameter of halftone dots increases during the prepress and printing process. The optical and physical properties of the media and machines used both in preparing the job for print and the printing process itself cause this behavior. Below is an example of what happens when a nice flat tint (left) gets printed on newspaper stock: ignore the fact that the paper is grayish – look at how the ...
Bleed refers to objects that extend beyond the edge of the printed page. This page tells you why bleed is needed, how much is needed and how to fix issues with bleed. For an example of the use of bleed, look at the image below. The picture of the monkey and the gray rectangle go beyond the edge of the page. They ‘bleed off’ the edge of the paper. Full bleed means that an image extends beyond the edge of the page on all four sides. Why do you need to add bleed? 1. Once a job has been printed, the ...
With the release of the Windows Phone Developer Tools 7.1 Beta, Visual Basic joins C# as a supported development language for XNA. I’ve been busily converting my samples to VB recently. They aren’t all done yet, but quite a few are (only three remain that I plan to convert). Rather than make anyone wait, I’ll share what I’ve completed so far and will add more when I have the remainder finished. Without further ado: Content Pipeline Extension Sample: VB Source Code – Related Blog Post DragAndDropGame: ...
Here are the updated links for quick reference: Windows Phone SDK Beta Download Center: http://go.microsoft.com/?li... Go live license– http://go.microsoft.com/?li... WPDT 7.1 Documentation Windows Phone Developer Tools 7.1 Release Notes: http://go.microsoft.com/fwl... What’s New in Windows Phone Developer Tools: http://go.microsoft.com/fwl... Code Samples for Windows Phone: http://go.microsoft.com/fwl... App Hub Links Announcement: http://create.msdn.com/en-U... ...
I stumbled across this great post showing how you can use the TFS Power Tools to automatically deploy your custom TFS check-in policies to everyone on your team… Read more at http://blog.danskingdom.com... ...
For those that attended TechEd NA 2011 last week in Atlanta it should be no surprise that more and more companies are betting on the Azure platform, whether it is Windows Azure or SQL Azure. There have been developments, changes and improvements for every aspect of the Windows Azure platform in general. And with that tools from 3rd parties to enhance or extend the experience. That is the case when we look at SQL Azure Backup from Redgate. A way to simplify and sync your SQL Azure data to local SQL ...
Today a new set of tools targeting the Windows Phone 7 “Mango” release is available. This toolset is being called Windows Phone Developer Tools 7.1 This by not means can be translated into the actual product name for the final release! The download is available at Create.MSDN.com [might take a few hours to appear on that site] Direct Download Link Documentation and What’s New is on MSDN: http://msdn.microsoft.com/e... Using these tools a developer can write WP7 application for 7.0 ...
Much has been talked about the new release of ASP.NET MVC, i.e. MVC 3 and the new Razor syntax and the ability to simplify the development. Razor uses the @ prefix for switching between code and HTML and that kind of simplifies it when compared to using <%: symbol as with the case in MVC and ASPX engines. Here is a nice article from David Ebbo on how all of these fit together Not just that, Razor comes with a lot of goodies. The Helper classes simplify in doing some of the common tasks, doing ...
I’m crazy excited about the technology industry right now. We’re seeing evolution happen in real time, and at all levels. From the major platforms, we’re seeing Google’s overall story taking shape, Microsoft playing catch-up but showing with WP7 and Windows 7 that they are very much still a competitor, and Apple continuing to bolster their empire beyond fanboys with their quality technology and innovations. Then there’s the software platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Linked In, and others that are ...