Tag | Visual Studio 2010 Posts

Thanks to everyone who attended the “Flip on LightSwitch!” at the Kansas City Office Geeks User Group last night! Lots of great questions and interaction from the group! As promised, here are the resources we talked about: First, you need a place to play with LightSwitch. As it is beta, a vpc is always a good idea. Currently there are three flavors of the Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate VPC: Microsoft® Visual Studio® 2010 and Team Foundation Server® 2010 RTM virtual machine for Microsoft® Virtual PC ...
Update 1 (Sept. 17, 2010): While the part below about using SLSvcUtil.exe to generate the service reference undoubtedly still works, it is no longer necessary. The RTM version of the Windows Phone Developer Tools now properly supports right-clicking on your game project's "References" item in the Solution Explorer and adding a Service Reference that way. ChannelFactory and related methods remain unsupported. For more details see http://msdn.microsoft.com/e... (Networking ...
I watched John Papa’s Silverlight TV Ep 42: Apply and Customize the new Silverlight Themes this morning and decided to try it out. I felt that the documentation for getting started was sparse, so I decided to write my own to help the community. First, what is is and why do I care? The themes are designed to provide a navigation template for a Silverlight Business Application. If you are not a designer then chances are you are not going to make something this pretty. =) First, you should download ...
*Moved to: Rangers shipped Visual Studio 2010 Database Guide Have you ever struggled with the Database Developer (was DataDude) components of Visual Studio? Well I have…and now the ALM Rangers have released a new guide to help us all get the benefits. There is Guidance as well as Hands-On-Labs and even how to do WIX integration for deployment. Read more...Follow my new blog on http://blog.hinshelwood.com ...
You’ve heard good things about Visual Studio 2010 but you still need to answer the question “What’s in it for me?” You need to justify the cost the new software as well as the not insignificant cost of migration. The Entity Framework is a powerful tool for creating a conceptual model of your data store and abstract away the details of data access. Exposing these conceptual entities over the wire to client applications mean one of two things: ADO.NET Data Services (now called WCF Data Services) or ...
On Tuesday August 18th, the first publicly available beta for the Microsoft Lightswitch development tool was posted on MSDN. For more information about this Silverlight application generator addition to Visual Studio 2010 visit: http://msdn.microsoft.com/e... Because it is still a beta I installed the 500mb ISO on a Windows 7 virtual pc VM which already had Visual Studio 2010. I had not spun up this VM for over 4 months so there were LOTS of updates to apply first. Although ...
There goes my weekend Technorati Tags: Visual Studio 2010,LightSwitch ...
I have been meaning to write this post for quite some time now. Finally, I have a moment to spare and express my thoughts. I have been programming in .NET for several years and I have never felt the shortage of excitement until now. Unfortunately, when I think about the future of .NET I see nothing on the horizon. ASP.NET MVC has been pulling me back into the .NET community but this will end some time soon. Every time I start building the application I am faced with same stuff over and over again. ...
My latest book was just released. From Wrox – Professional Silverlight 4. This was a fun book to do as Silverlight is a great technology and will be one of the core technologies that will be used for so many applications now and in the future. Microsoft really put together something quite splendid here and you will find that this book is a good dive into the technology. The Silverlight 4 platform continues to add excitement to building rich Internet applications (RIAs), and it offers new user interface ...
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In this Issue: Viktor Larsson, Roger Peters, Kirupa Chinnathambi, Kyle McClellan, Jag Reehal, Dinesh Sodani, David Rousset, Jeff Fansler, Paul Sheriff, Jeremy Likness, Mohamed Mosallem, and Jonathan van de Veen. Shoutout: The Visual Web Developer Team Blog posted Hot Fix Released for the Issue of Visual Studio 2010 Crashing When Switching to the Design View From SilverlightCream.com: Snipping databound properties Viktor Larsson has discussion of code snippets up in his latest post. He's specifically ...
One of the new features of XNA 4.0 is the Content Project. Those of us who’ve worked in XNA 3.1 and earlier are familiar with the old Content folder, which was simply a folder inside your game project into which you’d place your raw content and from which your game would load the compiled XNB files. In theory it could be named anything since one of the things you would do in the constructor for your game is specify the name of the Content folder. XNA 4.0 has moved content (i.e. game assets like music, ...
The final release of the Lab Management functionality in Visual Studio 2010 will be available at the end of August. Lab Management will be available for existing or new Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate with MSDN and Visual Studio Test Professional 2010 with MSDN customers. This is great news. If you have the Ultimate or Test Professional with MSDN (which both include the Microsoft Test Manager which has the Lab Management client in it), you can use Visual Studio Lab Management with no extra server or ...
One of my colleagues pointed me at Howard Baines as a recent example of a web consultancy already using Visual Studio 2010 and Entity Framework 4.0 to build web applications. I managed to grab a little time with co-founder Clive Howard (on twitter) to talk through some of the decisions, especially as I was intrigued to learn that they started out on Open Source Software including Ruby on Rails before switching to the .NET Framework. We discuss: Why switch to the .NET Framework? Entity Framework 4.0 ...
After a few years of development, Microsoft has finally announced Lightswitch. This was formally a very hush hush project code named Kitty Hawk that even the MVP’s only had very limited knowledge of. You can get more information at: http://www.microsoft.com/vi... and it will be generally available in Beta form on August 23rd. This tool is an add-on to Visual Studio 2010 that allows a power business user (or developer) to very quickly generate a data centric application then ...
I started training on SharePoint 2010 about 3 months ago and I decided that I needed to blog about the ease of developing Silverlight applications with Visual Studio 2010 for SharePoint 2010. In Visual Studio 2008 the methodology would be to: 1. Create a Silverlight application 2. Create the XAP file 3. Move the XAP file into a SharePoint document library or Layouts folder 4. Put a Silverlight Web part on a SharePoint page (not OOTB) a. Link the Silverlight web part to the XAP file 5. Debug the web ...
If you haven’t seen the video demo in my last post, I suggest you watch it first to get a better understanding. So in this post we are going to see how the WCF service, the .NET Compact Framework application running on HD2 and the Silverlight application running on the Windows Phone 7 emulator work together. The Objective We are going to write three applications, a simple WCF service hosted in a windows console application which implements two functions, one called UploadAccelData() and the other ...
One of my hobbies seems to be creating map editors for XNA games. With the new XNA 4.0 Beta(yes, it’s called Windows Phone Developer Tools – don’t worry, it’s the full XNA and builds Windows and Xbox 360 games too, though the current beta doesn’t deploy to the Xbox 360 yet so stick with XNA 3.1 for Xbox games for now)… anyway, with the new XNA 4.0, I thought I’d take the stock WinForms 2 sample (the one that includes building content on the fly using MSBuild) and build it to see how much conversion ...
Quick Link: download ASP.NET MVC Preview 1 It is a an exciting time to be a web developer. There are lots of new technologies from Microsoft coming out for the browser (IE9 changes everything), in the area of tooling (the brand new WebMatrix) and for the server – with ASP.NET MVC 3 Preview 1 released today (27th July 2010). Download and install side by side with MVC 2 If you have Visual Studio 2010 (The FREE Web Developer edition is fine) then you can safely download ASP.NET MVC Preview 1 (download ...
There is a lot about Microsoft that is new and it will affect the world just the same. With windows 7, Exchange Server 2010, Server 2008 and VS 2010 (just to mention a few), there appears to be a complete refresh cycle in play. The programming paradigm is still in flux, in fact. As we look towards a couple more iterations of HTML, set to fall upon us any day now, the entire programming community is confronted with what will totally alter the logic of programming forever...parallel programming....sure ...
If you're using Visual Studio 2010 as your IDE I'm sure you've heard that Microsoft just released an update to their Productivity Power Tools extension a couple days ago. If you haven't installed this yet, go do it now! It's packed with tools that will help you when programming in VS 2010. The best tool out of the set is called Solution Navigator. It's basically a beefed up version of the Solution Explorer. I'm not going to go into too much details here but I just wanted to provide the links below ...
One of the clear changes in Visual Studio from Visual Studio 2005, is the dependency of VS on IIS for creating websites/web applications. In VS 2005 until its SP1 you only had the choice to create Websites that use the local cassini web server for development purposes. The Web Application Projects allows you to create the legacy style of project based sites which can run on IIS. From VS 2008, you can create both Web Application Projects as well as Websites that can run on Cassini i.e. without the ...
Jump start your development of Windows Phone 7 applications by attending Windows Phone 7 JumpStart. This free virtual live class, comprised of four instructor-led 3 hour sessions, will guide you in developing applications for the Windows Phone 7 platform using Silverlight and XNA. Register today by visiting: https://msevents.microsoft.... Course sessions: July 20 – 8am: Session One: Getting Started ...
Microsoft released yesterday the beta version of the Windows Phone 7 development tools, which was up until now in CTP. You can download it from here. It installs Visual Studio 2010 Express, Silverlight and XNA 4.0 for Windows Phone 7, Windows Phone 7 emulator and Expression Blend 4 beta. Yep, Expression Blend now installs with the beta version and you don’t have to install it separately which is nice. The beta version breaks some of the namespaces and classes from the previous April refresh CTP release. ...
Around the “Guild Hall” We had a great meeting in June. Brian Gough, our resident SharePoint expert, introduced some of the nifty new features in Visual Studio 2010 and SharePoint 2010. We still need to understand what comes “in the box” with SharePoint so we don’t run off and program something that already exists, but the ease of development – or maybe “ease of sensible development” – is greatly enhanced when VS 2010 is coupled with SharePoint 2010. Since SharePoint is one of Microsoft’s most successful ...
I recently had the privilege of taking part of a conversation about available blog engines with some of our Microsoft Community Leaders. I since got interested in finding out more about available .Net-based extensible blogging engines. Two days ago, I came across a link about Oxite, a codeplex ASP.Net MVC-based mature open source blogging engine (http://oxite.codeplex.com). While the Oxite project is no longer active, its source remains available and downloadable. Additionally, the future holds great ...
In this Issue: Timmy Kokke, Damon Payne, Kirupa Chinnathambi, Giorgetti Alessandro, Dinesh Sodani, David Anson, Kunal Chowdhury, haruhiro isowa, Max Paulousky, Rénald Nollet, and Rob Tiffany. Shoutouts: Cigdem Patlak interviews Daron Yondem Part 1: Istanbul Yazgelistir Summit – Daron Yondem on Silverlight activities in MEA, Silverlight 4 and Windows Phone 7 Series Cigdem Patlak interviews Daron Yondem Part 2: Istanbul Yazgelistir Summit – Daron Yondem on upcoming Silverlight releases, the Silverlight ...
The Managed Extensibility framework or MEF is a framework released as part of .NET 4 and Silverlight that provides a mechanism to dynamically compose an application at runtime out of loosely coupled parts and provides a variety of mechanisms to discovering these parts. You can think of this as an implementation of a plugin framework that enables plugging in functionality into a container, based on information available at runtime. The most notable example of a MEF client is the Visual Studio 2010 ...
*Moved to: SSW Brain Quest: Team Foundation Server and SharePoint 2010 (London)If you are unable to commit to the 5 day Professional Scrum Developer course we are holding in London, Adam Cogan is running his famous Brain Quest 1 day session on Wednesday 21st July. This full day training course brings developers up-to-speed on the new features and benefits of Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate, Team Foundation Server 2010 and SharePoint 2010. With detailed insight into project management, requirements gathering, ...
Since the commerical availability of Windows Azure, there were a few releases of Windows Azure tools for Visual Studio that had shipped. Now, there is an updated version of Windows Azure Tools for Visual Studio available. It is available as Windows Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio 1.2 (June 2010) and can be downloaded from here This includes support for Visual Studio 2010 RTM as well as Visual Studio 2008 SP1. Other features include Cloud Storage Explorer, .NET 4 support and few other new ...
Like the style and theme of Microsoft Expression Blend? Me too! Want to get this look? Here is how: Historically I liked the darker chrome in Windows since Vista. Same in with Windows 7 now: Since Office 2007 – I’ve used the Silver and Black theme. Most people don’t know about this feature hidden in Options menu of the Office 2007+ apps. [In Office 2011 you can get to this option in the Outlook Options, in 2007 use Word] In the last year I got infected with passion for Expression Blend and SketchFlow ...
IntelliTrace is a new and very interesting feature of Windows Azure Tools SDK, June 2010 release. It, along with its other features, enables debugging of application in the cloud. This feature is available in Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate only. IntelliTrace provides an enhanced picture of the application compared to the traditional debugging. Traditional Debuggers provides the current state of the application with very limited information of the events occurred in the past. While, IntelliTrace ...
Something that I had the privilege to review has been released. Willy-Peter Schaub goes into great detail about the release, along with links and summaries of all the other great VS ALM Rangers content. http://blogs.msdn.com/b/wil... http://vsarchitectureguide.... Visual Studio 2010 Architecture Tooling Guidance Practical guidance for Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate, focused on modelling ...
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In this Issue: Max Paulousky, Anton Polimenov, Michael Washington, Phil Middlemiss, Sergey Barskiy, Damon Payne, Jeff Prosise, and Mike Snow. Shoutout: Laurent Bugnion is looking for beta testers for WP7: Windows Phone 7 multitouch behavior: beta testers needed (#wp7dev)! Erik Mork and they crew have a new podcast up: This Week in Silverlight – Windows Phone 7 and Bus Tracking IdeaBlade has a video tutorial series up: The Developers Tour of DevForce Silverlight ... download the walkthrough and code ...
Overview (taken from the link) For IT professionals, SharePoint Server 2010 helps to drive productivity by offering an array of enhancements, scalable unified infrastructure, and flexible deployment options. These 20 presentations and their accompanying videos cover many areas of interest to IT pros. Core architecture Understanding SharePoint 2010 Topology SharePointTopology.pptx Learn about the new changes in the requirements and capabilities of SharePoint 2010 at the topology level, and the impact ...
My reading focuses very much around the technologies I work with. During TechEd 2010 North America I found some very good reads that are helping me prep for the new things out and also to establish recommended practices in their implementation. Here are the titles. It looks like a spot for Wrox, but they have hit hard and early with great content, and some friends happen to have participated in their creation ...
Now that the Windows Phone 7 development tools have been out for a while, let’s talk about how you can use them. Windows Phone 7 ( WP7 ) has two application types that you can create, either Silverlight or XNA, and you can’t really mix the two together. The development environment for WP7 is a special edition of Visual Studio 2010 called Visual Studio 2010 Express for Windows Phone. This edition will be installed with the WP7 tools, even if you have a full edition of VS2010 already installed. While ...
You'll quickly find out that enabling code coverage in Visual Studio 2010 has changed. With the new version you enable this functionality through the test settings. The following steps will enable code coverage: Open the local.testsettings which you can access from Test -> Edit Test Settings -> Local (local.testsettings) Select Data and Diagnostics from the list Select the Enabled checkbox on the Code Coverage row Double-click the Code Coverage row Select the assemblies you want to instrument ...
One of the “warts” on Windows Azure development has been that once your application was deployed to the cloud, if things went wrong it was pretty tough to figure out the root problem. I knew for sometime we had a solution coming for Visual Studio 2010 users and I couldn’t wait to tell folks about it once it became public. I planned to do a detailed post subsequent to briefly mentioning it when I talked about the 1.2 SDK release. However … other stuff just keeps on getting in the way. Hence I have ...
A little Background For quite some time now, it’s been possible to merge multiple .NET assemblies into a single assembly using ILMerge in Visual Studio 2008. This is especially helpful when writing wrapper assemblies for 3rd-party libraries where it’s desirable to minimize the number of assemblies for distribution. During the merge process, ILMerge will take a set of assemblies and merge them into a single assembly. The resulting assembly can be either an executable or a DLL and is identified as ...
In my presentation this past weekend at NoVa Code Camp, a member of the audience caught my final demo on video. In this demo, I combine multiple new features from MVC 2 to show how to build apps quickly with MVC 2. These features include: Template Helpers / Editor Templates Server-side/Client-side Validation Model Metadata for View Model HTML Encoding Syntax Dependency Injection Abstract Controllers Custom T4 Templates Custom MVC Visual Studio 2010 Code Snippets The projector screen is a little difficult ...
FredNUG is pleased to announce our June speaker will be Pete Brown. Pete was one of FredNUG’s first speakers when the group started and we’re very happy to have him visiting us again to present on Silverlight! On June 15th @ 6:30 PM, we’ll start with a Visual Studio 2010 Launch with pizza, swag and a presentation about what makes Visual Studio 2010 great. Then, starting at 7 PM, Pete Brown will present “What’s New in Silverlight 4.” It looks like an evening filled with newness! The scheduled agenda ...
Microsoft just released the Visual Studio 2010 Pro Power Tools extension and it is awesome. A summary of all the features can be found here and it is available in the Visual Studio Gallery here. There are a bunch of great features but, in my opinion, the best one is the replacement for the Add Reference dialog. This gives sub-string search capabilities as well as the ability to add multiple references without having to continually re-open the dialog. For this feature alone, you should install the ...
The Windows Azure team had just announced the release of the latest version of its tools and SDK (v1.2) at the TechED 2010 New Orleans. You can download it here. The biggest new feature/improvement of this version of the SDK would be Visual Studio 2010 RTM and .NET 4.0 support. It gives us the facilities to build our azure-based applications on top of .NET 3.5 and 4.0 as well. So the guys who is working on, like me, or is going to be working on .NET 4 would better to have this SDK installed I think. ...
I have good news! Microsoft has released the June 2010 Windows Azure Tools + SDK. These new tools extend Visual Studio (both VS 2010 & VS 2008) for Windows Azure development. With these tools you can create, configure, debug, build, run, and deploy scalable web apps on Windows Azure. At first glance what I see as some of the most interesting points of interest are the fact that Visual Studio 2010 RTM is fully supported as well as .NET 4 support. You can choose to build your apps with the .NET ...
I have enjoyed my time on this project and have used it in several production projects. However, with the enhancements in Visual Studio 2010 and the Entity Framework, the DSL tool doesn’t make sense for me to support at this time. With that said, I am looking for someone who has interest to continue the project if they so desire. I have moved my attention to creating a new project at Entity Framework Extensions for XAF. We are converting the current DSL tool into the Entity Framework extensions. ...
Yey – we have a public release of the Windows Azure Tools which fully supports Visual Studio 2010 RTM and the .NET 4 Framework (When did that go public!?) And the biggy I have been waiting for – IntelliTrace support to debug your cloud deployed services (Requires VS2010 Ultimate) Download today http://bit.ly/azuretoolsjune New for version 1.2: Visual Studio 2010 RTM Support: Full support for Visual Studio 2010 RTM. .NET 4 support: Choose to build services targeting either the .NET 3.5 or .NET 4 framework. ...
Here are the links I promised to post from my session on Visual Studio 2010 Testing Tools. To download and configure the TFS 2010 Virtual Machine the best instructions are here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/bri... To download and configure the Lab Management Virtual Machine, the best instructions are here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/lab... ...
The opinions mentioned herein are solely mine and do not reflect those of my employer Wanted to post this for a long time but couldn’t. I have been an ASP.NET Developer for quite sometime and have worked with version 1.1, 2.0, 3.5 as well as the latest 4.0. With ASP.NET 2.0 and Visual Studio 2005, came the era of AJAX and rich UI style web applications. So, ASP.NET AJAX (codenamed “ATLAS”) was released almost an year later. This was called as ASP.NET 2.0 AJAX Extensions. This release was supported ...