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I had written earlier about the WebMatrix v2 Beta release that happened recently at the BUILD Conference As I had mentioned earlier, WebMatrix is a light weight tool for Web Development, Profiling, Database management, Optimization and also deployment. Its an end to end tool for web developers. Web Matrix is different from Visual Studio in the sense, it doesn’t require web developers to master C#, ASP.NET and other programming techniques. Web Matrix uses a simple Razor syntax and HTML markup for ...
Yesterday I got to participate in a very encouraging experience. I got the opportunity to collaborate on a project I've been working on with another talented developer. Being able to collaborate on this particular project allowed me to work with sql, which has been more in my wheelhouse lately and the other developer got to work with .net technologies, which is where he thrives. What's so special about collaborating with another developer you say? Well, it was more the way the collaboration took ...
If you want to get up to speed on Azure AppFabric brokered messaging there are a couple of resources you should check out. SB CTP Messaging User Guide This is a 30 page word document put together by the AppFabric dev team. It’s a great read to get an introduction to Queues, Topics and Subscriptions. If you are working in the AppFabric Labs environment using the May or June CTP the code will work fine. There have been significant changes in the API in the September 2011 release, so don’t expect any ...
Something that took me a while to learn is how to be balanced when deciding on how to architect an application. Since at my current job I was thrown into a hybrid Architect/Developer position due to the small size of the company and my team, I didn’t really have any experience with doing it. After almost a year at it I decided to look back and see what I have done and how I can learn from mistakes and successes. Remember Why You Were Hired Why did your company hire you as a developer? If you answered ...
C++ is a very powerful language. Well written native C++ code can perform much better than managed languages like C# and Java due to optimizations that the managed systems are not able to perform during run-time compilation (if this is done at all, that is). This is great for developers who work on gaming technology for instance. For people concerned with game logic, performance isn’t necessarily priority number one, but productivity and the ability to express oneself without too much head banging. ...
For more formatted view .. Goto http://ankitagrawal57.blogs... any web application, performance is basic necessity. Earlier internet speed used to be limited thus users got inclined to pages which load within 3-4 secs. But now the internet speed is no more a constraint but still time does remain a constraint. Imagine yourself visiting a website which takes a lot of time (30 – 60 secs) just to load the page. You would not like to go to that site again.To mitigate this issue, developers and ...
Last week I attended Build Windows conference and have been spending a considerable amount of time thinking how things have changed for developers. The initial reaction from most people was “Oh My God” with all the focus on WinRT and Metro UI and little mention of .Net, Silverlight, WPF, etc. You could almost feel the equal parts panic and excitement racing through the crowd. I was fortunate enough to have brought along my “Keep Calm and Carry On” T-Shirt to Anaheim. I wore it on Wednesday as it ...
Are you passionate about your job? Do you enjoy programming? Do you think you're any good at it? One of the things that make me productive as a developer are the tools and products I use. However, these tools seem to try and grab all my attention. When I go to a conference, or read a blog entry, I'm bombarded with them: Windows 8, Visual Studio 11, TFS, WCF, Silverlight, MEF, OData, Lightswitch, LabManagement, NuGet, ... it just doesn't stop, and I know I will never be able to keep up with all of ...
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What a week it has been! The BUILD Conference just concluded http://www.buildwindows.com... and there were tons of announcements. This is one of the reasons I am passionate about this company. Even when I was outside Microsoft, the momentum and the focus they have on Developer audience simply amazes me and they continue to do it, years later. Windows Developer Preview BUILD is a developer conference which premiered the first Windows Developer Preview bits. Clearly, the developers ...
Do you know what happens when you create a new instance of a class? Why do we need a value type and a reference type? Do you know what is meant when the .NET framework is referred to as a “managed” platform? What is managed versus unmanaged code? Why do we need a .NET runtime? What is a memory leak; is that like an oil leak? All of these are questions that you should be able to answer as a Microsoft developer. If you can’t answer them all, then keep reading as the next series of research blogs that ...
One benefit of my recent experience on a BA flight was that I got plenty of time to read through “Microsoft BizTalk 2010 Line of Business Systems Integration”. I’d promised the publisher weeks ago that I would take a look and publish some comments, but August has been such a busy month for me, and they have had to be patient. I should point out that, for the sake of transparency, that with another BizTalk book about to be released (next week) which I helped co-author, I have an urgent and obvious ...
As I write this post, Microsoft’s Windows 8-focused //build/ conference has just ended. The apprehension so many developers had around the show is now dissipated, the developer platform and tools have been detailed, and we have all been able to work with the operating system, and develop apps for it, on a touch device, for about 72 hours now. Most people, myself included, like what they saw. The OS is touch-friendly without being an iOS copycat; our developer skill set investments are nicely protected; ...
This new book targets embedded developers that want to use the latest release of the Windows CE/Windows Embedded Compact OS family. It has been written by Samuel Phung (that wrote also the excellent “Professional Windows CE 6.0”), Thierry Joubert and David Jones (that released many very useful tools for Windows Embedded in the past). They are great developers and also very good trainers and writers, and I’m pretty sure that they will provide a great amount of knowledge to people wanting to discover ...
I am like everyone else when it comes to Preview OS Software. I don’t want it on installed on my primary machine and I don’t want to lug around another laptop to try stuff. I am not a fan of booting of VHD (which I will explain in a second). Scott Hanselman made a great post on how to do this if you are interested however. The main issue that I see with this approach is that the bootloader on my MAIN MACHINE is replaced with the Windows 8 Preview one. Yikes! I don’t want any preview software with ...
So we’re into Day 2 of Build, and the keynote this morning is talking about server and cloud aspects of Windows 8. I’m looking forward to the sessions this afternoon to get some deeper dives. But let’s reflect over yesterday first – Build Day 1. Yes, there was a tablet given away. But those focusing on the “new toy” are missing the bigger message, the larger paradigm shift, the impact on the future of what we’re seeing. I sound melodramatic saying that, but its true – the way development for the ...
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. ...
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 ...
I have just gotten involved in a project that has been around for a while but developed with a different methodology to the one I am used to. One of the first things I noticed is that there were very little comments if any in the project. When bringing this up with one of the other developers on the team he defended the position of having no comments because as a team they felt that comments were an anti pattern. The motivation was as follows… Motivation 1) We name our methods and parameters so that ...
We have a webscraper ASP.Net application, that worked fine on developers and test environments, but didn’t work on some machines with more strict security settings. HttpWebRequest failed with System.Net.WebException: Unable to connect to the remote server It start working when my colleague added the site that application tried to access to his “Trusted Sites” zone using Internet Explorer. What we couldn’t understand, how it affected an application that ran under DIFFERENT account. I didn’t find any ...
Recently I attended Microsoft HTML5 WebCamp where I had a chance to get insights on all new features HTML5 has to offer. Couple things to mention: - Canvas - a new HTMl5 feature that uses JavaScript to draw bitmap graphics on a web page. Simple approach (less JS coding) makes this interesting: empty space is treated as a painter canvas and a painter brush is replaced with JavaScript. - SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) is another graphic tool widely publicized. It is not new, it has been around for ...
2011 has been a very exciting year for me so far. I was awarded the Microsoft Silverlight MVP. I was renewed as the DZone MVB. I was awarded as a GeeksWithBlog Influencer. I won the CodeProject Windows Phone 7 Competition. I’ve been invited to speak about Silverlight at UserGroups as well as several major conferences such as SSWUG, CodeStock and devLINK. My first e-Book on Producing and Consuming Silverlight in an OData application was published. I’ve been asked to be a technical editor for two Silverlight ...
Well, quite a lot actually. The fact that the official agenda is completely empty (they're not even telling us who is doing the keynote ontheir website) leaves us with wondering what will happen. Of course, this means that people are getting more and more anxious to see what is going on and the blogosphere is filled with rumors. Which ones will be true is something we'll learn next week. I expect we'll get a lot of information about Jupiter. The new development platform is something that interests ...
The ability to write scale out applications for SQL Azure will soon become much easier, thanks to the upcoming SQL Azure Data Federation capabilities. In an earlier post, I outlined specific steps developers can take to prepare for this key enhancement. Some of the key capabilities of SQL Azure Data Federation is to distribute large data sets across multiple databases, hence providing a mechanism to avoid the current database size limitations of SQL Azure. While it may be tempting to look at this ...
I have to say that it has been awhile (just over a year actually) since I've updated my blog. I feel embarassed. On the other hand, I have been quite busy - so it's not like I don't do it because I am lazy (well I am somewhat lazy), but it's because time is somewhat a scarce resource. But... I will try to see if I can muster up some moments to be active with my blog. With that said, last month (August 5th and 6th) St. Louis held the 4th annual conference of the St. Louis Day of .NET. It was a rousing ...
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 ...
I have recently started to update a very successful SAP CRM integration I originally built 5 or 6 years ago. We have recently started the implementation of CRM 2011 so the business has decided to take the opportunity to change the data that they want to synchronize between the 2 systems. Luckily the integration is both modular and to a large degree dynamic. The core logic should remain relatively untouched and only the SAP and CRM connection dlls should need any real work. The changes to the SAP ...
I found a blog post by Davy Brion (one of my favorite bloggers on the ‘net) that spoke about the .NET world’s current state. He mentioned that Microsoft’s products (such as WebMatrix and LightSwitch) are mainly geared toward what he calls “low-end” developers. At the same time, Microsoft is backing off on other products that more experienced and seasoned programmers like, such as IronRuby, IronPython, and the DLR (Dynamic Language Runtime). I certainly agree with some of his points. Applications ...
To start, I love Red Gate Software’s Tools. I have loved them since the first time I started using SQL Backup and SQL Compare when I first started Geekswithblogs.net. I think they create quality products and have been a “Friend of Red Gate” for years. So know that this review is coming from a “fan boy” of sorts. What is SQL Compare? Well the name sort of says it all, this product compares SQL databases. But not just databases, but backups, snapshots, and source control using their product SQL Source ...
Welcome to my blog! This is my first blog, so I’m learning as I go. I’m excited though. Let’s get started with some background on me. I started down the IT road as a QA tester for a large financial firm. At the time I was in the middle of getting my BS degree and wanted to get my hands dirty a bit. So I moved to a developer role in the same company. I was working on the Siebel CRM implementation for said company and did that for about a year. I wanted to get into some real-deal coding (building from ...
I recently delivered a Zeollar session on Using HTML5 Local Storage in ASP.NET Applications Following it up with a blog post on the contents, since a few mentioned that the code was not better aligned/readable. Local Storage and Offline Web Applications are 2 promising features of HTML5 going around the web apart from the (already tired of?) Videos. Local Storage (persistent storage) is not entirely new since we had cookies ever since sliced bread (or seems to be so). But, the limitation of 4KB on ...
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, ...
I know I haven't been blogging like I should be. Been playing alot of PC games in my free time. I will dial down some of that for some upcoming projects. I will be doing mobile applications in both Android and Windows Phone. I will discuss my Android projects on my personal site blog, which you can access from the link on this post. I currently don't have a Developers account to distribute my applications on the market. My plan as of now is to get my account in January. I will be in a better financial ...
This post is about using the AsyncOperationService with .NET Asynchronous Pattern. Warning: this is another article that is likely to give you a headache. Its designed to provide full details of how things work. If you don’t want the headache then, skim the article and copy’n’paste the code from the “FromAsyncPattern” box below (it assumes you already have AsyncOperationService code). Subsequent articles will outline more real world uses which may (and I say “may” very tentatively) not be so headache ...
Apologies in advance for any problems caused as I move over to http://ericnelson.wordpress... over the next few days. I will blog again on here when the move is fully complete. I have had a superb time on http://geekswithblogs.net which I moved to back in January 2009 – but it doesn’t quite match what I am after in a blogging platform right now where as wordpress.com broadly does. This will be my second change of platform in 7 years – it was back in July 2004 I created my first technology blog over ...
Excited to come speak at JaxCodeCamp this coming weekend, there are many amazing session and speakers! Jacksonville .NET Code Camp - http://jaxcodecamp.com What: All day geek fest focusing on code and not marketing fluff. When: Saturday, August 27, 2011 All day (registration opens at 7:00am) Where: Univeristy of North Florida - 1 UNF Drive, Jacksonville FL 32246 Cost: Free! Sessions will range from informal "chalk talks", hands on labs, to presentations. All are welcome to attend and speak. We will ...
Over my years of writing code and building systems, several “truths” have emerged. I won’t talk about all of those truths here, but only one in particular: I call it Documenting Your Purpose. The industry has also come to this realization and, lately, this has been referred to as Intentional Programming. Call it what you will, the idea is the same. When you write code, write it so that your intention is embedded as part of the code. When someone reads your finished code, they should be able to completely ...
In my previous post I mentioned the free AI course being run by Peter Norvig and Sebastian Thrun (122,314 and rising) in conjunction with Stanford University School of Engineering. Professor Andrew Ng is running a related course on Machine Learning. This is also a free on-line course run along the same lines as the AI course. Over 30,000 people have signed up so far. I mention this because Andrew has just confirmed that he will be speaking at this year’s Rules Fest. Rules Fest is all about the practical ...
Wijmo is an awesome tool from ComponentOne. The goal of this tool is to help us web developers rapidly develop MVC applications with interfaces richer than WebForms. Main Features: 1.Over 30 UI Widgets with everything from interactive menus to rich charts. 2.MVC scaffolding automation. This means that Wijmo generates rich interactive Views and Controllers for your entire Model. Free Trial DownLoad: http://www.componentone.com... In this review we'll take a look at Wijmo ...
I had added some code behind to a SharePoint 2010 master page and it worked beautifully! I followed Andrew Connell’s blog and article on MSDN. I had actually created two more master pages with an identical code behind as they each needed the same bits. I had each inherit from the same code behind file. Everything worked great until we were having some problems with one of our developers opening a css file form the VPN. So I thought I would just change the master page in SPD temporarily to use a css ...
MVPs Rob Miles and Andy Wigley are back! Microsoft Learning hosted a Windows Phone 7 Jump Start (plus an update course) last year and it was an absolute smash. Now that "Mango" has made such a huge splash, they have put together another great course. This two-day live virtual class, Building Applications for Windows Phone Mango Jump Start, is specially tailored for developers looking to build cool applications and games for the new Windows Phone Mango Platform. Get in the pizza/popcorn/healthy fruit, ...
Part of the fun of being a consultant is that the technology you use changes from day to day. Recently it is WCF which, while knowing the concepts of since it came out I haven’t used up until now. The nice thing is that it really isn’t any harder to develop for than a normal ASP.NET web service. A couple of the attributes change and which project type you start with is different, but it is still message based services. Just like the method of a web service needs a Webmethod attribute a method in ...
The Microsoft SQL Server team has been interacting on a regular basis with developers and users in the form of surveys. If you have 15mins spare and would like to do your bit to help shape the roadmap for SQL Server then please pop over to http://www.zoomerang.com/Su... And… My own simple one question version if you only have one minute to spare. Apologies in advance for stuff I left out! Related Links: More details of the survey are posted on the ADO.NET team blog ...
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 ...
Dallas GiveCamp is back again! Remember all the fun you had hanging out with your fellow developers building applications for charity! We do, so we decided to do it again in October! But we cannot do it without your help. If you are interested in helping out this year please take a minute and register on our website http://dallasgivecamp.org/o... And don't forget to invite your co-workers, friends, family, anyone (and everyone) you know that is a developer or deisnger, you can download ...
Performing Composite Operations on Oracle Database is very similar to SQL Server Database. I just want to point out one mistake developers might easily make during the send port configuration. For any composite operation, the generated binding script doesn't include the composition operation tag in SOAP action header, therefore a new line needs to be manually added for each composite operation during the send port configuration. For WCF SQL Adapter, it looks like <Operation Name="CompositeOperationName" ...
In this Issue: Mike Taulty, Derik Whittaker, Den Delimarsky, Oscar Agreda, and Morten Nielsen(-2-). Above the Fold: Silverlight: "FlickR Searching with Silverlight & Rx" Mike Taulty WP7: "New Video – Windows Phone 7 Guide – Part 7 – Unlock apps in a locked emulator" Den Delimarsky Shoutouts: Michael Palermo has the latest up: Desert Mountain Developers for August 11 From SilverlightCream.com: FlickR Searching with Silverlight & Rx Mike Taulty posted a live demo and write-up on a FlickR search ...
In this Issue: Kunal Chowdhury, Beth Massi(-2-), Gill Cleeren, Rajat Jaiswal, Mike Taulty, Jesse Liberty, Derik Whittaker, Den Delimarsky, Austin Andrews, and Oscar Agreda. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "How to Close Browser Window from Silverlight Application?" Kunal Chowdhury WP7: "How to access blacklisted apps in the Windows Phone emulator ROM (with the locked BIN image)" Den Delimarsky LightSwitch: "Getting Started with the LightSwitch Starter Kits" Beth Massi Shoutouts: Michael Palermo's Desert ...
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 ...
This is my first post here, and I’m really happy to be a part of this thriving community! I would like to use this post as an introduction to myself. I’m Ahmed Mohamed an Egyptian Mechanical Power Engineering student, and I’m really interested in programming, especially 2D games with Microsoft XNA. I’ve started programming 6 years ago using Visual Basic 6 as a hobby, then learned HTML, .NET, C# and C++. Slowly after getting a good grip of C#, I was very interested in XNA, and soon after it’s launch, ...