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Hello VB Folks, These sessions are designed to be a primer for getting started using various features in Visual Studio 2010 and the .NET Framework 4.0. (Yes, some have already occurred... you can still watch them, just not live.) · Nov 3rd 10:00-11:00AM -Getting Started with IntelliTrace (formerly the “Historical Debugger”) by Habib Heydarian and Justin Marks · Nov 4th 10:00-11:00AM - Getting Started with SharePoint Development in Visual Studio 2010 by Boris Scholl · Nov 5th 9:00am-10:00am - A Lap ...
A few months ago I downloaded the Windows Mobile Developer Power Toys (Download details: Windows Mobile Developer Power Toys) because I had a need for CERDISP, the Windows CE Remote Display tool. At that time, I looked around at the other tools that were installed and played with RAPIStart.exe. RAPIStart.exe is a command line tool that lets you start applications on your device from your workstation using ActiveSync. A handy little tool, so I made a note to try to reproduce it and write a little ...
For those of you who missed the chat today, here is the raw transcript. By raw, I mean that I copied and pasted the discussion without any edits. This is divided into two parts, the top part is the answers from the Microsoft Experts and the bottom part is the discuss (questions) from the audience. Answers from Microsoft: KarelD_MSFT (Expert)[2009-10-27 11:58]: Karel Danihelka - Developer in Partner Response Team. davbo_msft (Moderator)[2009-10-27 11:59]: Our chat today covers the topic of Windows ...
I've just been looking over Bizmonade which is a testing tool for testing BizTalk orchestrations in isolation from the BizTalk execution environment. It's similar in concept to BizMock however the implementation is different. The simple way to describe how BizMock is implemented is that it uses a custom adapter which allows you to manipulate the messaging around an orchestration which is executing within BizTalk. Bizmonade is different in that it creates a custom version of the XLANG Engine which ...
Another great opportunity to ask Microsoft engineers your technical questions is coming up on Tuesday, October 27th. These chats are your opportunity to get advice and answers from the engineers at Microsoft. You may want to review the transcript from previous months to get an idea about the topics that are discussed. Title: Windows CE Live Chat! When: Tuesday, October 27, 2008 9:00 - 10:00 A.M. Pacific Time (16:00 - 17:00 GMT) Add to Calendar Description: Do you have tough technical questions regarding ...
The team and I were having a conversation about developers (we do that from time to time). It went something like: “Isn’t it a shame that so many developers are stuck on Visual Studio 2005 when Visual Studio 2008 would be way better for them and Visual Studio 2010 is just around the corner” “Why is that?” <LONG CONVERSATION LISTING EVERY REASON DEVELOPERS ARE ON 2005 DELETED> “And… then there are all these myths that developers believe to be true which hold them back from adopting Visual Studio ...
This is an Open Letter to the Editor of CIO in response to an article posted on Computer World discussing the five problems that supposedly keep legacy applications out of the Cloud. Dear Editor, In light of your recent article about the challenges that legacy application face in migrating to the cloud, below please find a response which provides answers to 4 of the most problematic issues. We believe your readers would greatly benefit from the information, and we regret that we were not directly ...
I live in a great neighborhood and am fortunate to have some great neighbors. Two of these neighbors (a husband and a wife actually) are retired math instructors and we always have a good time having a glass of wine and discussing why the methods our schools use to teach our children math are totally antiquated and backwards. Well yesterday I found both retired instructors at home scribbling madly on paper trying to solve a math problem which was supposedly intended for 6th to 12th graders (as both ...
Another great opportunity to ask Microsoft engineers your technical questions is coming up on Tuesday, September 29th. These chats are your opportunity to get advice and answers from the engineers at Microsoft. You may want to review the transcript from last month to get an idea about what kind of topics are discussed. Title: Windows CE Live Chat! When: Tuesday, September 29, 2008 9:00 - 10:00 A.M. Pacific Time Add to Calendar Description: Do you have tough technical questions regarding Windows CE ...
Channel9 posted my presentation from Episode 4 of the TV Show Russ Tool Shed presents... "It's All About The Tools" Tool Shed Tooltip #26 - Mobility and the Mobility Market Place I don’t physically have test devices, how do I develop for so many different screen sizes on mobile devices? How do I make money selling my application for a mobile device? Can I develop for Windows Mobile 6.5 now? Lean the answers to these questions and more and join Nikita Polyakov, Microsoft MVP Device Application Development. ...
Security questions are a part of the internet, right up there with logins and passwords. No one thought much about them until Sara Palin's Yahoo account was hacked because her security question was something stupidly easy to find online: "Where did you meet your spouse?" (UPDATE: which is apparently still being used as a security question) So now security questions have been given the attention they deserve, but I still see supposedly knowledgeable websites (I'm looking at you goodsecurityquestions.com) ...
The new Italian Windows Embedded support forum is now active: http://social.microsoft.com... Here Italian speaking users of the different Windows Embedded platforms can discuss, post their questions and, hopefully, receive good answers in their own mother tongue (and also my own mother tongue, as you can understand from the poor english of this blog!) ...
I’ve heard good things about last year’s Kansas City event, and am excited that we’re doing it in St. Louis. Thanks to the organizers for this great opportunity to help out some good organizations… Are you interested in volunteering your time and technical talent to help our community? On October 16th through the 18th we have organized a local charity event called Coders 4 Charities. This event will benefit many St. Louis-area non-profit organizations by providing them IT solutions that would traditionally ...
I’m trying to be a better developer, so I try to make sure I follow best practices as much as I can. At times when I’m just creating simple methods though, every now and then I get somewhat hung up as to what do I use as types for my input parameters and return values. You see, it is something that is so basic, we create methods all the time, but most of the time, we don’t pay much attention to it since we’d just like to continue on with the task at hand. So I’m writing this to remind myself that ...
Approximately hardly there is more than year back we have seen a new services platform - ADO.NET Data Services. Its occurrence has marked the beginning of wide use of the REST-approach by many developers. At that time this platform was represented as the convenient tool for access to data through HTTP. Lately it is possible to understand, that this tool is really successful - huge number of developers have started to use immediately it in the projects. The reason for it is quite logical - use of ...
I started to play with Moq a few weeks back under the guise of Project NEric and then… real work got in the way. However I am today revisiting mocking as I am reviewing a potential article for the Flash on, let me think, mocking. The article touches on Mocking vs Stubs which is handy, as “back in the day” my team relied heavily on stubs (clever stubs at that) and I was confused about the differences between stubbing and mocking. I’m still not 100% there but I found the following useful. Brian Guthrie ...
Running unit tests after a successful build with Team Build 2008 can be a tricky thing.... especially when you test your localization using satellite assemblies. Out of the box this cannot be done in Team Build 2008, you need to tweak some files to get it to work properly, but which ones??!! This article should help you solve similar problems in your build environment. I had this problem where all localization tests would work on my developer’s workstations but would systematically fail on the build ...
A recent episode of .NET Rocks asked this very question, and listening to the episode made me consider my thoughts on the matter. [Disclaimer: Some of this post may be interpreted as “beating up on Microsoft”. This is not my intent. I use Microsoft in my examples because Microsoft development experiences have been the totality of my professional career. The issues I apply to Microsoft can assuredly be applied to any other company out there.] The short answer is “no”. I started writing software for ...
I try to spend a little time every day brushing up on my developer skills. Some days I have more success than others. I might attempt to brush up on my skills by reading a tech book (currently working through "Working Effectively with Legacy Code" by Michael C. Feathers, I'm loving that book!), practicing some new language features (I'm still wrapping my head around lambda expressions and LINQ) or just browsing tech blogs and listening to tech podcasts. I do this partly because our industry changes ...
For those of you who missed the chat today, here is the raw transcript. By raw, I mean that I copied and pasted the discussion without any edits. This is divided into two parts, the top part is the answers from the Microsoft Experts and the bottom part is the discuss (questions) from the audience. Answers from Microsoft: RajeevDu[MS] (Expert): Hi, This is Rajeev Dubey, Bluetooth Program Manager. Sue Loh [MS] (Moderator)[12:02]: Hi, I’m Sue Loh, a developer in the Windows Devices Core team at Microsoft. ...
Another great opportunity to ask Microsoft engineers your technical questions is coming up on Tuesday, August 25th. These chats are your opportunity to get advice and answers from the engineers at Microsoft. You may want to review the transcripts from previous chats to get an idea what these chats are all about. Title: Windows CE Live Chat! When: Tuesday, August 25, 2008 9:00 - 10:00 A.M. Pacific Time Add to Calendar Description: Do you have tough technical questions regarding Windows CE or Windows ...
Another great opportunity to ask Microsoft engineers your technical questions is coming up on Tuesday, June 30th. These chats are your opportunity to get advice and answers from the engineers at Microsoft. You may want to review the transcripts from previous chats to get an idea what these chats are all about. Title: Windows CE Live Chat! When: Tuesday, July 28, 2008 9:00 - 10:00 A.M. Pacific time Add to Calendar Description: Do you have tough technical questions regarding Windows CE or Windows Mobile ...
The ease at which anyone can build a personal brand is one of the most profound implications of web-based social networking. Thanks to the advent of ubiquitous (and free) social networking applications, everyone in the world is limited only by their imagination on how to go about building their own personal brand. Keep in mind that your goal in building an online personal brand is to enable people to quickly determine your credibility, and what they can expect to consume from you when they come across ...
I recently heard a presentation from David Chappell talking about how SOA is failing in many organizations. Below is not a summary of what he talked about but my own new thoughts on a subject I am still learning much about while listening to his presentation..... I have to give it to David Chappell. He has a way of bringing together concepts in a very simple and engaging way. At a recent architecture conference ( video http://channel9.msdn.com/po... ...
In this Issue: Steve Strong(2), Christian Schormann, Gavin Wignall, Kirupa Chinnathambi, Laurent Bugnion, Expression Blend and Design Blog, and Brad Abrams. Shoutouts: Koen Zwikstra answers questions about Silverlight Spy and Silverlight 3 RTW Laurent Bugnion also answers similar questions about Silverlight 3, Blend 3 and the MVVM Light Toolkit ... see the link below for installing MVVM Light From SilverlightCream.com: Bing Maps Silverlight Control Part 4: Drawing Circles To Scale Somewhere along ...
Topic-based information is the way to convey information because answers to issues need to be concise, portable, and relevant. The trouble is that many companies have a lot of information already stored in old documentation formats. User guides are becoming rare; and they should, because the effort and cost involved in creating a user guide is too great compared to the number of users who need comprehensive information. Quick Start guides are replacing user guides and the comprehensive information ...
I first need to start this post with a thank you to Lance Robinson for submit all the required work and the idea of a Geekswithblogs.net search provider. Now when you visit the Geekswithblogs.net Homepage, if you drop down your search providers list you will see a “Geekswithblogs” listing as well as a highlighted link to add the Geekswithblogs search provider to your browser. With this, you then can use the Geekswithblogs search for finding answers to the questions you have. Our search is powered ...
Another great opportunity to ask Microsoft engineers your technical questions is coming up on Tuesday, June 30th. These chats are your opportunity to get advice and answers from the engineers at Microsoft. You may want to review the transcripts from previous chats to get an idea what these chats are all about. Title: Windows CE Live Chat! When: Tuesday, June 30, 2009 9:00 - 10:00 A.M. Pacific time Add to Calendar Additional Time Zones: http://www.timeanddate.com/... ...
Learn how CRMCompany created a solution from their existing Windows application based CRM that is available over the Web and answers the requirements of the customer. The article explains why Visual WebGui was chosen for this project. The Roof Vault application includes a roof vault configuration tool in which a 2 dimensional drawing of the roof vault is displayed which can be manipulated by parameters. The Roof Vault is manufactured using this same drawing and parameters. This part was written in ...
Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1 was made available to MSDN subscribers to download yesterday and will be available to the non-subscribers (general public) tomorrow. There are many cool new features in the different team editions of Visual Studio. If you are looking at the tools and have any questions (or answers) be sure to visit the Visual Studio 2010 forums on MSDN, you should get answers to your questions very quickly there: http://social.msdn.microsof... ...
A customer contacted me a few weeks ago to tell me that their managed code application failed when running on Windows CE 6.0 with the .NET CompactFramework 3.5. It ran fine on Windows CE 5.0 with .NET CF 3.5 and on Windows CE 6.0 with .NET CF 2.0. The problem was really odd because it showed up in different ways, but usually there was an error message similar to: File or assembly name 'System.Data.SqlServerCe, Version=3.5.1.0, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=3BE235DF1C8D... or one of its dependencies, ...
There are nowadays two terms that are used by the developers : 'stub' and 'mock'. As I found in the article of Martin Fowler 'Mocks Aren't Stubs', he is using the vocabulary of Gerard Meszaros's book, where there is the division into : 'dummy', 'fake', 'stub' and 'mock' points. I'll metnion only what 'dummy' and 'fake' are, and I'll try to concentrate over 'mock' and 'stub'. So 'dummy' objects as Thesaurus says represents a copy, figure, form, model in its mean. In reallity passing to developper ...
On Thursday I am taking 70-541…I am taking many practice exams, reading books, watching webcasts, and doing a billion other things…I encourage anyone to post on this blog thread or in email any questions to stump me related to the WSS 3.0 Application Development. If you do it I’ll blog about the questions that you ask and research the answers more in depth and explain why that is the answer. I encourage a good challenge. Later on this month I will be taking the next exam which will probably be the ...
When I was younger I remember times of cartoons like David the Gnome, Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers, and DuckTales. Between my animated excursions I was forced to watch something I didn’t fully understand, that show was Double Dare. The smiles of the audience and the greedy little children having ‘fun’ by answering questions and forcing their bodies through simple games that almost didn’t make sense. I am now 23 and I understand the joy of laughing at said contestants. But wait, I have just played ...

Here is a really useful consolidation of blog posts: http://blogdoc.biztalk247.com/

It might save searching around for some answers :)

I’ve known Jim Duffy for almost 6 years now, and I can honestly say he thinks he’s one of the funniest people I’ve ever met. When I first asked Jim to do a NINE Questions interview, back in September, he was delighted to have an opportunity to talk about his favorite subject. Fast-forward 7 months and welcome to the longest NINE Questions interview ever. Ladies and Gentleman, I give you Jim Duffy. 1. Where are you from? A long time ago in a galaxy far away... oh wait, that one's already been used. ...
Wow! If you have any sense of humor you have to see what Google has come up with now! As many of you know, you can set your Microsoft Outlook to have an automatic out of office reply. I will detail some tips on how to do that in a second. However, how great would it be to have an automatic, politician like, non-committal spin generator for when you are out of the office, instead? Leave it to the Geniuses at Google to add this feature to Gmail! Talk about an office productivity booster, instead of ...
April 21, 2009 3:00 PM - 5:15 PM Minnesota SQL Server User Group Drive Your Way to the DMV Speaker: Jason Strate, Digineer Dynamic Management Views (DMVs) and Dynamic Management Functions (DMF) have been around since the release of SQL Server 2005. But for many people DMVs and DMFs are still a mystery. Step under the hood and review some of the main DMVs and DMFs in SQL Server. From sessions to caches a walk through of some of the more useful DMVs and a practical look at what they all really mean. ...
Technorati Tags: MIX09 Waiting for the keynote sitting with John Papa, Frank LaVigne, Pete Brown, Page Brooks, Bryant Likes… woohoo! Bill Buxton on stage… “It’s a Good Time for Design!” Learn and apply what people have done before… iPod colors dang near identical to Kodak camera colors from 90 years ago! Design should be like screaming down a mountain on a bike scared to death to the point of needing pampers. Asking the right questions to get the right answers takes experience to know the questions. ...
Welcome back to the further adventures with NAFTA. Last episode, we had a face to face encounter with the Customs and Border Patrol. Part of that interaction was getting a phone number that I could call to gather more information. This is where our story continues… I called the number given, which announced that I was calling the CBP office at the airport. I went through the automated menu, waiting for the part where I could ask questions about visas. I waited…and waited…and waited, listening through ...
I should be sitting in the Denver airport right now waiting for my connecting flight to Tucson, but I’m not. Instead I’m here in Winnipeg trying to make sense of my experience with the U.S. CBP (Customs and Border Protection) representatives. So first, some background: For those of you that don’t know what it is, NAFTA stands for the North American Free Trade Act. This act was intended to help make trade between Canada, the US, and Mexico easier and its been in existence since 1994. Part of NAFTA ...
Some of my previous posts have described a lexical analysis engine called Sotue. This work came from my passion for the business of parsing strings into contextual elements to be used in applications such as the language analysis phase of compilers. I have spent some time with the Jan 2009 CTP of Microsoft “Oslo”, and have found the MGrammar language construction technology particularly fascinating. I thought that I would take some time in blog entries describing my findings. I have a calculus book ...
Here's what's happening: Attendees: 428 Sessions: 73 Speakers: 49 Tracks: 15 Sessions: ASP.NET Make your Data Dance with ASP.NET Dynamic Databy Shawn Weisfeld + Show Description ASP.NET Dynamic Data is a framework that lets you create data-driven ASP.NET Web applications easily. It does this by automatically discovering data-model metadata at run time and deriving UI behavior from it. A scaffolding framework provides a functional Web site for viewing and editing data. You can easily customize the ...
If there is ever a time to be aware of how powerful your words are, it's now. Jonathan was sitting in his grey fabricated cube, wishing he were anywhere else. It was 9:43 PM on a Tuesday night, and his monitor was spraying that harsh, bluish off-white glow, just as it had been for the past 14 hours. Jonathan was in a foul mood, but it wasn't the long hours that bothered him, as he was accustomed to late nights at the office. He was well-paid, after all, and was grateful for his job. He enjoyed conversations ...
Tampa UX: Improving your ASP.NET Ajax Interactions using Services 03/11/2009 - 7:00 PM - Answers Systems, 4029 Tampa Rd Oldsmar fl 34677, 6:30pm (doors open)/7:00pm (Sessions start) Click here for Registration and Details ...
Doug Hauger, General Manager Business Strategy, recently spoke at the Thomas Weisel Partners 2009 Technology & Telecom conference. The wide ranging discussion covers an overview of the Windows Azure service and cloud technology more broadly. He gave some good answers to a number of topics: On describing Azure... "What we've done is to come out with a set of services that we believe simplify the life of the developer, and make it easier for them to build applications that scale..." On how cloud ...
After 2 months of studying, I took the MCTS test today. I passed! Barely :D Let's just say that if I had missed one more question, I would've probably failed. That test definately kicked my butt. It was much harder than I had anticipated. I prepared for the test by going through the Microsoft MCTS book a couple of times. I then went through the review questions and took the practice tests multiple times until I memorized all the questions. The actual test consisted of 40 multiple choice questions, ...
www.tampaux.org WHO: John Papa (MVP C#) WHEN: Wednesday, February 11th, 2009 Doors open at 6:30PM, presentations start at 7:00PM Sharp! WHERE: Answers Systems in Oldsmar, FL (www.tampaux.org) WHAT: John Papa on ADO.NET Data Services with a little Silverlight Binding. Much of this material comes from John's excellent book Data-Driven Services with Silverlight 2. John writes the Data Points column for MSDN Magazine and speaks at a lot of national conferences. We'll have a few other things going on ...
A fellow peer was looking at an error when trying to configure another developer's database. All of us are working on the same application, but our install doesn't seem to be working correctly, which causes the DB to not be properly installed, thus this guy is trying to configure it manually. We are using SQL 2005 (either Express or the regular versions) for our DB servers. He's using SQL Management Studio, logged in using Windows Authentication and was trying to bulk insert some records (BULK INSERT ...
The world is a vampire, sent to drain. Secret destroyers, holds you up to the flame. And what do I get for my pain? Betrayed desires, and a piece of the game. ~ Smashing Pumpkins, Bullet with Butterfly Wings I had a horrible world view in 2008. I embraced everything negative, unjust, and unscrupulous that I saw around me, experienced, and remembered, and viewed the world through glasses tainted with bitterness, anger, jadedness, and defeat. Hope had no place in my world and I formed a barrier of ...