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I recently spoke at Tech Days 2010 in Winnipeg. These are some tools that will I showcased to help you evaluate where you are now. · PreUpgradeCheck o http://technet.microsoft.co... · SharePoint BPA o http://www.microsoft.com/do... · SPSReport o http://spsreport.codeplex.com/ · SPSFarmReport o http://spsfarmreport.codepl... I also showed a Solution Downloader found here: http://spsolutiondownloader... ...
What is Localization/Multilingual and Globalization? The term "Localization" defined as "Process of translating resources for a specific culture/languages", where "Globalization" defined "Process of designing applications that can adapt to different cultures/languages". When we publish a site for different regions then it'll be great if the site content is displayed in that regional language. SharePoint provides Language Packs which can be downloaded and installed from Microsoft Site. but the limitation ...
The SOA consultants invaded the executive suite at your company or agency, preached the true religion, and converted the unbelievers. Now by divine imperative you must convert your legacy applications into a suite of reusable services. But as usual, you lack the time and resources that you need in order to develop the services properly. So you googled or bing’ed, found this blog post, and began crying in gratitude. Yes, as the title implies, I am going to reveal my easy, 3-step, works-every-time ...
In this Issue: Michael Washington, Samuel Jack, Alfred Astort(-2-), Nokola(-2-), Avi Pilosof, Chris Klug, Pete Brown, Laurent Bugnion(-2-), and Jaime Rodriguez(-2-, -3-). Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Sharing resources and styles between projects in Silverlight" Chris Klug WP7: "Windows Phone Application Performance at Silverlight Firestarter" Jaime Rodriguez Training: "Silverlight View Model (MVVM) - A Play In One Act" Michael Washington Shoutouts: Koen Zwikstra announced the availability of the ...
At http://www.solarwinds.com/p... there is a comprehensive list of free tools, including the IP Address Tracker that I previously blogged about. Suggest this list to your network administrators! The tools include: http://www.solarwinds.com/p... WMI Monitor VM Console Real-Time NetFlow Analyzer Network Device Monitor Network Config Generator TFTP Server IP Address Tracker VM Monitor Advanced Subnet Calculator Wake-On-Lan ...
If you had downloaded the previous version of the virtual machines, then you are likely aware they are set to expire soon (12/15/2010). Brian Keller announced yesterday (blog post here) the availability of a vm refresh (new expiration set for 6/1/2011). What is part of the refresh? Here is the excerpt from Brian’s post: “ The version of this virtual machine which was refreshed on December 9, 2010, includes the following additions: · Visual Studio 2010 Feature Pack 2 · Team Foundation Server 2010 ...
On Thursday the 8th of December I attended the "Architecture Forum in the North 2010" hosted by Black Marble. The third time this annual event has been held, it was pitched as featuring Black Marble and Microsoft UK architecture experts focusing on “Tools and Methods for Architects.... a unique opportunity to provide IT Managers, IT and software architects from Northern businesses the chance to learn about the latest technologies and best practices from Microsoft in the field of Architecture....insightful ...
What is ULS in SharePoint 2010? ULS stands for Unified Logging Service which captures and writes Exceptions/Logs in Log File(A Plain Text File with .log extension). SharePoint logs Each and every exceptions with ULS. SharePoint Administrators should know ULS and it's very useful when anything goes wrong. but when you ask any SharePoint 2007 Administrator to check log file then most of them will Kill you. Because read and understand the log file is not so easy. Imagine open a plain text file of 20 ...
At PDC 2010 in October Microsoft announced a number of new enhancements/features for Windows Azure. In case you missed it, these new enhancements/features have been released in the new Windows Azure Tools for Visual Studio November release (v1.3). The Windows Azure team blog is an excellent resource for information about the new release. Along with the new release the Azure team has also updated the Windows Azure Platform Training Kit. What is the Windows Azure Platform Training Kit you ask? It is ...
SharePoint Installation in Windows 7 or Vista is not same as Windows Server 2008. You might have difficulties if you do not follow the proper steps. Here i have been tried to explain how to install SharePoint 2010 on Windows 7 or Vista and configure it. Assume, Installed OS Windows 7 x64 (as you may already know SP only support 64-bit OS) and Windows update Install SQL Server 2008 Install SharePoint 2010 You can install SharePoint using the following steps A. Install software prerequisites 1. Install ...
I hope those that attended my Windows Phone 7 talk this morning at Winnipeg TechDays enjoyed it! As promised, below are relevant links and info from my session. Differences Between Silverlight on Windows and Windows Phone http://msdn.microsoft.com/e... Isolated Storage Best Practices for Windows Phone http://msdn.microsoft.com/e... Class Library Support for Windows Phone http://msdn.microsoft.com/e... ...
At the end of November 2010 we released a new version of the Windows Azure SDK which contains many new features driven by the great feedback of early adopters plus a shiny new portal. New Portal implemented in Silverlight: The new portal is implemented using Silverlight and replaces the (IMHO rather clunky) original HTML + JavaScript portal. It is 100% better although does still have a few bugs. Enjoy! P.S. You can if you wish still use the old portal: New runtime functionality: The following functionality ...
Jack Dawson Jack Dawson is the homeless drifter in Titanic. At one point in the movie he says, “I figure life’s a gift, and I don’t intend on wasting it.” He is happy to wander wherever life takes him. He works himself from place to place, making just enough money to make it to his next adventure. The “Jack Dawson” developer clings on to any new technology as the ‘next big thing’, and will find ways to shoe-horn it in to places where it is not a fit. He is very appealing to the other developers because ...
This post is about VS 2010, go here for the VS/TFS 11 extensions. UPDATED Apr 9th 2012: VersionInfo, NuGet, Code Contracts UPDATED Oct 7th 2012: New Visual Studio GDR UPDATED Aug 31th 2012: New versions updated of ReSharper, NDepend, Web Essentials, Community Build Manager, Code Contracts (March 2012), NuGet, ILSpy, DotPeek, Just Decompile, tangible T4 editor, LinqPad. Added the VersionInfo tool, so you know you have the latest update of VS 2010 UPDATED April 20th 2012: New version of NuGet manager. ...
Had an interesting Twitter convo today about WP7 development. Question was raised on how to use a WP7 device as the deployment target from within VS.NET. Thinking that this would be an *obvious* question, I replied that you need to set the right value in one of the drop lists in the IDE… I did this, hooked up my device, then tried to run my app, just as a final test that it was as easy as I thought it would be. It wasn’t. So first, your phone can’t be locked, so make sure you unlock it. Also, don’t ...
There was a recent upgrade of the Oracle client on a production web server housing serveral app pools each containing multiple web sites. The upgrade consisted of adding the 11.2 client tools on the web server, but leaving the 9.2 and 10.2 versions alone. After learning the upgrade occured, I updated Oracle.DataAccess.dll on my site to the 11.2 dll, and the web site ran smoothly. The next day I discover the site is throwing an error: Oracle.DataAccess.Client.Or... The provider is not compatible ...
I got a question in MSDN forum that how to add a SharePoint document property in respective document's footer and it should be available to all new documents. It's really interesting and started R&D on this. Lets see how to insert document property in header/footer. How to use SharePoint document property inside Document's Header/Footer? Here the steps on creating document library and update the document template. First I'll create a Document Library named "Docs". If you already have document ...
As we have transitioned into a new release of the Azure Platform with added features, like the VM Role among other great things, it is time to get some additional functionality into Visual Studio as well. Below you will find links to the tools refresh and also the new training kit for November. Tools http://www.microsoft.com/do... Training Kit http://www.microsoft.com/do... ...
In this Issue: Jonathan Marbutt, Peter Kuhn, Jesse Liberty, David Kelley, Phil Middlemiss, Jaime Rodriguez, Ramesh Sringeri, Sigurd Snørteland, and Jesse Bishop. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "A Behavior for Remembering Settings" Phil Middlemiss WP7: "Attribute-based transient Tombstoning" Peter Kuhn Expression Blend: "Using the Visual State Manager" David Kelley Shoutouts: Gavin Wignall has a very cool Pivot app up: Silverlight Pivot experiement using the American Presidents Thanks everyone for the ...
In this Issue: goldytech, Rob Eisenberg. Chris Rouw, Denis Gladkikh(-2-), Mike Taulty, Mohamed Mosallem, Mike Ormond, and Vuyiswa Maseko(-2-). Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Silverlight basics. Validation. Part 1. DataAnnotations & ValidatesOnExceptions" Denis Gladkikh WP7: "Live Tiles on a Schedule" Mike Ormond Blend: "Blend Bits 18–Sample Data" Mike Taulty Shoutouts: Rob Eisenberg has a contest going... check it out: Caliburn.Micro Contest Braulio Diez & Sebastian Stehle have a great-looking ...
Today (well, yesterday now) was Thanksgiving here in the U.S. In addition to doing my traditional family things (making and eating a large, Turkey-centered dinner), I found some time to pop on to the computer. To my dismay I saw that the #WP7 hashtag on Twitter was filled with news of a program/project called “ChevronWP7” (which presumably has no connection to the U.S. petroleum products company, Chevron Corp. – which has a market cap of $166 billion dollars and whose trademark lawyers may well decide ...
For Web Designers and Developers writing CSS code for elements is so time consuming. That too make changes in SharePoint Stylesheets(CSS) needs more patience. First have to make change in CSS, reset IIS(or Application Pool Recycle), clear browser cache/temp files and check. Even for one small change or entire CSS change the mentioned steps has to be done. Sometimes the changes won't reflect and makes little irritating. Many of us faced and facing this issue. Alternatively you can make changes with ...
I have been working with infopath 2007 to build an application for SharePoint. I put together a dashboard that pushes and pulls data from lists within SharePoint. With Visual Studio Tools for Applications you can write code that will accompany the form for extra functionality. Part of the code is that you can reference the "Microsoft.SharePoint.dll" to have access to the SharePoint object model and ultimately the data in SharePoint. Part of the architecture decisions I made quite early was to implement ...
I would like to invite you to join us for a webcast on Thursday, Dec 2nd @ 17:00 GMT+2 which will explain and show how to run the new Visual WebGui AssessmentTool and to understand the report it generates. We will run the AssessmentTool on .NET compiled Assemblies (dlls and exes) and learn how to assess the readiness of the application for Cloud/SaaS in terms of the complexities of the manual adjustments that are required for the migration. The AssessmentTool webcast is the 1st of a series of sessions ...
I’m sorry for not having updated this blog for some time… If you want to meet me in person (and maybe to tell me how lazy I am in updating my blog) you will have two chances this month! The first one will allow you to learn something more about Windows Embedded Standard 7 and test it in an hands-on lab. It will happen at Microsoft’s offices in Rome (V.le Avignone 10) on the 23rd. You’ll find more information and the registration page here: http://www.arroweurope.com/... ...
I just got my first WP7 (an LG Quantum) about ten hours ago. Since then I’ve explored it, played games on it, registered it as a dev phone, deployed my project that’s nearest to completion and tested that, taken some pictures, transferred some essential albums to it, downloaded some apps and some trials, and setup my twitter account and several email accounts both standard and custom. Between one thing and another, I never had a chance to use an actual phone until now. So I’ve been running on pure ...
In SharePoint 2010, Status bar is used to display information/warnings without disturbing user with Javascript alerts. Please don't think it is Browser's Status bar. It's a special information bar which displays below ribbon/top bar when invoked. No Server side code or manual setup required to enable status bar. The required functions are bundled in SP.UI.Status class that defined in SP.Js/SP.Debug.Js and it's included in SharePoint master page. So no need to include Js manualy to use Status bar. ...
I was lucky enough to attend Visual Studio Live! in Orlando on November 14th-17th. There were so many great speakers and the networking was great. I met a lot of really cool people and we talked about everything .NET (from WP7, Silverlight, C#, ASP.NET WebForms, AJAX, MVC 3.. and so forth). I took a lot of notes during all the sessions and wanted to provide it to those that could not come out. If you follow me on Twitter then you have seen most of these. Most of the authors put slides/source code ...
PDC stands for Professional Developers Conference, an event regularly hosted by Microsoft, often at Seattle. It is a great opportunity for developers who work with Microsoft products to come together under one roof, get to know about new forthcoming products, be briefed about key technologies ruling the market and finally, mingle with one another. At least that was how it used to be all these years. So what was different this year? This year, when PDC 2010 was being held in the last week of October, ...
The first step in improving your environment and taking steps to become more agile is understanding what is going on in your pipeline. Many shops today have no concept of where all their various changes are, what state they are in, and when they can expect to get stuff out the door. Dev churns out code as fast as they can and then they lob it over the wall to QA. QA is almost always understaffed and can’t keep up with the mass of code that keeps being flung at them from the developers. When you throw ...
It takes a short overview of Microsoft development tools and platforms evolvement in order to demonstrate the importance of supporting Web Forms development for ASP.NET Ajax with HTML5 enhancements. In an article that Todd Anglin publishes in Redmond Developers, under the title "Silverlight: What Web Forms Wanted to Be", Todd says that ASP.NET was supposed to be Web Forms. A framework that meant to duplicate VB6 ease of development or rather its more mature successor Window Forms. Asp.Net was expected ...
Readers of my blog and/or column know that I am a big fan of PowerPivot. And because of that, I was excited to see, both at June’s Microsoft BI Conference (part of Tech Ed) and this week’s PASS Summit, that the PowerPivot technology will become more entrenched. What Microsoft showed in June was that the full-fledged SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS) product would support the in-memory BI (IMBI) engine, known within Microsoft as VertiPaq. This cool columnar, in-memory technology will not be limited ...
During the course of my experiences as a parent and as an active tech community member, I have had opportunities to observe students-- both mentored and not mentored--who have worked on websites and who use technology at various skill levels. I have also heard a LOT of talk from the IT community about the value of diversity in the work force and the lack of diversity in IT. Concern that minority students are not looking at IT positions as likely possibilities for their career choices is a "hot" topic, ...
Scott Guthrie just announced the release of ASP.Net MVC 3 RC. This new release features Intellisense and syntax colorization for Razor pages. It also includes the recently renamed NuGet (formerly known as NuPack) Library Package Manager. If NuGet is new to you, please check my blog post providing a quick introduction to this useful package. I also have a quick overview of Razor that you can reference if needed. For the authoritative and complete information, please check ScottGu’s blog. To install ...
This is the last post in a series of articles detailing the process of building/deploying a WP7 application. I’ve walked you through setting up the tools, to playing with the hardware to deploying your application to the actual hardware. Now I’m going to show you how to submit an app to the market. I’ve provided a link to all the articles mentioned below. From start to finish with the final version of Visual Studio Tools for Windows Phone 7 Hands-on : Windows Phone 7 Review Deploying your Windows ...
Sample download In Part 1 and Part 2 of the series, we gave an introduction of writing Windows Shell extension in .NET Framework 4, and demonstrated a "skeleton" Context Menu Handler, and a "skeleton" Infotip Handler. - Context Menu Handler - Infotip Handler You are looking at the third part of the series. It introduces writing Windows Shell Thumbnail Handler with .NET Framework 4. CSShellExtThumbnailHandler: Shell thumbnail handler (C#) VBShellExtThumbnailHandler: Shell thumbnail handler (VB.NET) ...
Recently I have been given a short term assignment to develop a number of reports in Crystal Reports. Upon arriving to the client location I quickly found out that the only tool I will be using to create the reports is basically the Crystal Reports itself. My initial look at the database quickly revealed that the database structure is far from perfect and that it has some confusing table relationships, another hurdle was in the fact that several columns in various tables were user customizable for ...
The C# Programming Language, Fourth Edition by Anders Hejlsberg, Mads Torgersen, Scott Wiltamuth, and Peter Golde Publisher: Addison Wesley (Special Annotated Edition for C# 4.0) I can honestly say I have had a copy of this book for each edition it was published. I love this book and have always loved it. Ever since Microsoft stopped publishing the White Reference Guides we used to all have back in the day, Addison Wesley has became my reference book dealer. These White cover books with the most ...
It's been a ride! Over six months ago Scott Klein and I started to write a book on SQL Azure. It is now officially out and available. You can find the book on Amazon here: http://www.amazon.com/Pro-S... We used and abused SQL Azure for a few months, used it in projects and pushed some of its limits to understand how it behaves. We present the basics of SQL Azure on a couple of chapters, including what the ...
Microsoft: Our strategy with Silverlight has shifted At Microsoft’s Professional Developers Conference (PDC) this week, the future of Silverlight is one topic that has gotten short shrift. There have been no sessions about Silverlight 5 and only one mention of Silverlight in the kick-off keynote. But there were plenty of mentions of HTML 5 and Microsoft’s commitment to that technology, not only in the next version of its Internet Explorer browser, but also as the glue “facilitating a level of independence ...
We I first received this book, I was not sure what to expect. When it comes to development topics on debugging the spectrum is very wide. Most developers, including myself, only use basic techniques for day-to-day debugging. These get us through our problems quickly and they work well for 80% of the bugs we encounter. We forgot to close a connection, we didn't set a variable, we forgot to exit a loop, we fat fingered a variable name. All of these are daily errors we as developers face and fix with ...
Latest announcements by Microsoft executives leave no doubt. Microsoft is shifting its support to HTML 5 and by doing so gives up on its RIA platform Silverlight which it repurposes for mobile. Adobe releases a Beta of a new HTML5 supporting tool kit, and by doing so also embraces the HTML5 option. It does look as if both give in to the market preferences for standard, no-plug-in and non-propriety option of HTML5 (see "Microsoft favoring HTML5 over Silverlight: reports" ). If we follow Microsoft's ...
On Thursday October 28th, 2010, I had the privilege of attending and speaking at the SoFla Local PDC10 hosted by the Gold Coast and Miami .Net User Groups. While most local PDCs focused on viewing the Redmond event, South Florida kicked it up a notch by availing some of the community’s local speakers to comment and address any questions the audience might have. I greatly enjoyed covering and answering audience questions on WebMatrix, Razor Syntax, ASP.Net Web Pages Helpers, IIS Express, ASP.Net MVC ...
It’s been a while since my last post so I thought I’ll write a filler. Forgive me but I’m going to start off with some rant. My windows mobile marketplace account hasn’t been accessible for a couple of weeks now. Every time I try logging in I get this annoying error which says, “WE’RE SORRY. AN ERROR HAS OCCURRED. We encountered an issue connecting your App Hub account with your Xbox Live Profile. Please visit Xbox.com and update your contact information. After you have updated your contact information, ...
Latest update (and hopefully last update): Microsoft has published a few posts to clarify the debate. Please consider the following: PDC and Silverlight by Bob Muglia PDC Thoughts by Steve Ballmer *NEW* Silverlight Questions by Scott Guthrie Silverlight is dead. Long live Silverlight! by Tim Heuer Committed to Silverlight by John Papa ---------------------------... Read the rest of this entry » ...
Recapping the most recent Virtual Brown Bag meetings: 10/21: Rails Rumble: George Mauer talked about his team's participation in the Rumble, and talked about jsFiddle and Google Chrome developer tools Links and video recording: https://sites.google.com/si... 10/28: Claudio talked about taking a break from speaking SOLID discussion: The Liskov Substitution and Interface Segregation principles Why doesn't IEnumerable have a .ForEach method? Cucumber, SpecFlow and Cuke4Nuke ...
I would like to invite you to a FREE BizSpark WP7 Developer Day. What: All day Windows Phone 7 Event focused on getting developers up to speed with the tools and technology needed to launch applications into the Marketplace. This event is brought to you by BizSpark and ONETUG. When: Saturday, November 6th Where: DeVry University (4000 Millenia Blvd., Orlando, FL 32839) Register for FREE: http://bizsparkwp7.eventbri... Food: Morning bagels and lunch will be served Schedule Morning Bizspark and ...
Today at PDC 2010, they announced Asynchronous functions in C# and VB.NET. So what exactly does that mean? I’ll give you the definition first: Asynchronous operations are methods and other function members that may have most of their execution take place after they return. In .NET the recommended pattern for asynchronous operations is for them to return a task which represents the ongoing operation and allows waiting for its eventual outcome. You completely understand right? Me neither! I have been ...
So I was reading through Cameron Skinners blog the other day and came across his post about the "Copy As Path" context menu option in Windows Explorer. Turns out this menu option is hidden unless you right click on a file while holding the shift key. It also turns out that this feature has been around for a while and I'm just now catching up :) I thought this was pretty cool when I first found it but then I realized it always copied the path and wrappped it with quotes (Ex: "C:\Test.txt") I can understand ...
In this Issue: Michael Washington, Dennis Doomen, Mark Monster, Brian Genisio, Jeff Blankenburg, and Colin Melia. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "My Silverlight 4 Reference Architecture: ViewModels, Coroutines and Binding Conventions" Dennis Doomen WP7: "A Step-by-Step Guide to Building and Deploying your Windows Phone 7 Applications" Colin Melia Lightswitch: "Printing Sql Server Reports (.rdlc) With LightSwitch" Michael Washington Short list tonight after a long day... From SilverlightCream.com: Printing ...