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Today was Day 0 of the Microsoft Build conference here in Anaheim - a day for attendees to travel, get their registration done early, and set up their session schedule for the remainder of the week.But this conference is quite different. Microsoft is holding its cards very tightly around Windows 8, and no information will really be available until after the initial keynote tomorrow. Normally when you register for a conference you already have access to the sessions - not so here. In fact the Build ...
The world of Bash is new to me so for those going through the same experience I thought I would list a few things to save time. Some of these are specific to me, while others may have general use. Useful Commands Open root folder - This opens up windows explorer at the root location. explorer . Create a folder mkdir foldername Get a directory listing ls Execute a script without specifying the .sh file extension Once you have written your script files it can get annoying to have to keep specifying ...
Download Demo - LINQpad Query In this blog post I’ll be showing you how to query TFS using LINQpad. 1. Download LINQpad Those who are familiar with LINQpad know its benefits and ease of use, i would urge others to try it. You can download LINQpad and read more about it from here => http://www.linqpad.net/ 2. Download TFS SDK I have a blog post on where and how to download the TFS SDK from => here 3. Querying TFS using LINQpad Open LINQpad Select Query Properties by selecting Query from menu ...
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 ...
//BUILD - 2 Well... here I am in Anaheim, on 9/11, a day early for the Billy Hollis PreCon tomorrow. Sitting here wondering what this week is going to bring. I believe there are a few people I count as friends that know the information already, but I'm not one, and there are darned few. The people with Blue Badges have kept their word and kept very quiet. About the only thing I can say for sure is that most of the main players changed their signature blocks about the time that the whole "wait until ...
On the 9th Sep, the SQL Azure team announced that the new version of SQL Azure had just been release. In this version not only the SQL Azure engine had been upgraded, the SQL Azure Management Portal had been upgraded massively. Below are the features and improvements available in this release: Foundational updates for scalability and performance. Co-administrator support, which enables customers to specify multiple database administrators. Increased capability for using spatial data types, which ...
Although Android tablets have been gaining increasing market share, they are still not as popular as the iPad, could Microsoft challenge the tablet market with their new OS Windows 8? It certainly looks very likely, Microsoft have always had success with successive operating systems after a major revamp, take Windows Vista and Windows 7 as an example, the latter builds on the success or rather the failure of the previous OS. Windows 8 looks to establish itself as the OS of choice for tablets by building ...
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 ...
In this Issue: Kunal Chowdhury, David Anson, Cheryl Simmons, Ryan Alford, Peter Kuhn, Ollie Riches, Mike Hole, Allen Lee, WindowsPhoneGeek, Mike Taulty, Sumit Dutta, Asim Sajjad, Dhananjay Kumar, and Vikram Pendse. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Silverlight 5 PInvoke fun - System Font Dialog" Peter Kuhn WP7: "Adding a map image to a secondary live tile" Mike Hole Expression Blend: "Silverlight 4 – Custom Busy Indicator Using PathListBox" Ryan Alford Shoutouts: Michael Palermo's latest Desert Mountain ...
Most of our computers have sophisticated desktop locking tricks. Even in the older style Windows 98 we did have 'Password protected screensavers'. Why were they for? When we step away of computers there is a dire need to protect the data and the programs that are running in our computers from unauthorized access and prying eyes. Windows provide a quick shortcut Windows + L to lock the workstation. So you save a few milli-seconds from using CTRL+ALT+DELETE and choosing Lock Workstation/Lock Computer ...
Come on, who doesn’t love a good cheeseburger? Ok, I’ll rephrase that. Other than the Chik-fil-a cows and vegetarians, who doesn’t like a good cheeseburger? Check out this episode of the Grapevine TV’s Developer’s Kitchen and watch me demonstrate how to prepare and grill up my Duffy’s Paradise Cheeseburgers! mmmm tasty! Looking for additional recipes from your favorite .NET personalities? Check out the .NET Guru’s Can Cook cookbook for a wide variety of tempting appetizers, dishes, sweets and drinks. ...
Today, We deployed the “David Blaine” version of the TB Module for our EMR solution here at IDI (http://idi.mak.ac.ug). This was mainly for bug fixes and usability improvements based on the feedback that we received from users in the past few weeks. Some of the improvements were related to performance. We had to fine-tune some of our Linq statements in some places to enable better queries to be generated by our ORM. We also added some lookup dialogs that present certain information that would be ...

I have had a report that Patch Tuesday is coming early this month. I suggest that you run Windows Updates periodically this weekend.

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 ...
Introduction You might have noticed that the Silverlight 5 (Release Candidate) is out. One of the new features included in the RC is the ability to call P/Invoke. In this short demo, we will write a Silverlight 5 application that uses the feature. Tools needed: Visual Studio 2010 SP1 or Visual Web Developer Express 2010 SP1 is required to develop a Silverlight 5 RC Application. After you have installed VS2010 SP1 or Visual Web Developer Express 2010 SP1, then you will need to download and install ...
In this Issue: Ollie Riches, Tony Champion, Kunal Chowdhury, WindowsPhoneGeek, Jeremy Likness, Mike Taulty, Jesse Liberty, Sumit Dutta, Asim Sajjad, Justin Angel, and Shawn Wildermuth(-2-). Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Creating a Multi-Click Event in Silverlight 5" Tony Champion WP7: "Windows Phone 7 Marketplace Statistics" Justin Angel Shoutouts: SilverlightShow has posted their top 5 for last week: SilverlightShow for August 29 - Sept 04, 2011 Michael Palermo's latest Desert Mountain Developers ...
Check out the Top Five most popular news at SilverlightShow for SilverlightShow Top 5 News for August 29 - Sept 04, 2011. Here are the top 5 news on SilverlightShow for last week: Windows Phone 7 MVVM ViewModel ideas Silverlight 5 Release Candidate Available 29 ways to make your WP7 app killer and make money Top 5 Most Read SilverlightShow Ebooks for August, 2011 Installing Mango on Samsung Omnia 7 Visit and bookmark SilverlightShow. Stay in the 'Light ...
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 ...
DECLARE @RegLoc VARCHAR(100) select @RegLoc='SOFTWARE\Microsoft... NT\CurrentVersion' EXEC [master].[dbo].[xp_regread] @rootkey='HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE', @key=@RegLoc, @value_name='ProductName' The above code will return the installed version of windows on which the current instance of Sql Server is running. references: http://www.mssqlcity.com/Ar... ...

I will be attending Build  Windows next week.

It's a funny thing: there is literally nothing known about the contents. Well, there is: it's going to be about Windows 8 and Touch. When I read that last part (the Touch part) I knew I had to be there...

So, keep an eye on this blog and I will let you know what happens! You can also follow me on twitter @dvroegop for real time information.

Stay tuned!

Para los que quieren smartphones con Mango, cada vez hay más a la venta. La compañía Taiwanesa HTC es la segunda en sacar lanzar smartphones con Windows Mango. Mango es la última versión del sistema operativo para celulares de Microsoft. Este sistema operativo ahora si podrá competir contra iPhones y smartphones con Android. Los dispositivos HTC Radar y Titan saldrán primero a la venta en Europa y Asia, para nuestros países latino americanos Nokia parece prometedora. Microsoft debe ahora apurarse ...
I watched an awesome Channel 9 Visual Studio Tips And Tricks video, so I thought I'd share. Some great VS gems in there. Even a few Windows 7 ones, like using Alt+D to jump to the address bar in Windows Explorer, and… Read more at http://blog.danskingdom.com... ...

This is huge – and a welcomed addition.  Been waiting too long for this.

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I went through a lot api's for windows phone 7 and couldnt find a single way to include my unmanaged code in it. Is there any way to do the same. If not why is it so ? Even in .net, microsoft allows unmanaged code to be included.
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 ...
I have introduced a method to detect the stack size and other stack info during runtime in this article http://geekswithblogs.net/K... But what if we want to determine the stack size on arbitrary thread or for whatever reason, writing a code is not an option but wish to peek the stack size via debugger? Fortunately, there is a debugger extension (CeDebugX) provides many power tools, such as !stacktrace or !stackeval to get the stack info for ...
In this Issue: Michael Washington, Tony Champion, Ollie Riches, Gill Cleeren, Koen Zwikstra(-2-), Peter Kuhn, Xianzhong Zhu, Mike Taulty, Pete Brown, Sumit Dutta(-2-), Asim Sajjad, Dhananjay Kumar(-2-), Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Silverlight Spy September 2011 Update" Koen Zwikstra WP7: "Windows Phone 7 on-demand training available" Peter Kuhn LightSwitch: "Quick And Easy Data Management With LightSwitch" Michael Washington PivotViewer: "Extending your CXML Trading Cards in Silverlight 5" Tony ...
When developing WCF services that interact with a custom Security Token Service (STS), you will need to create at least one X.509 certificate. If you have access to a trusted certificate authority – e.g. a Windows Active Directory domain – then this task is pretty simple. But if you don’t, or maybe you would just rather create a set of self-signed certificates, here is an approach that works well for me. This particular scenario utilizes three separate certificates. The first one is named “localhost” ...
I received a surprise mail from Microsoft saying that I’ve been recognized as Microsoft Community Contributor for the year 2011. I am delighted that my contributions in TFS and ALM space have been recognised by Microsoft. Congratulations! We’re pleased to inform you that your contributions to Microsoft online technical communities have been recognized with the Microsoft Community Contributor Award. The Microsoft Community Contributor Award is reserved for participants who have made notable contributions ...
In this Issue: Lee, Kunal Chowdhury, Peter Kuhn, XamlNinja, Ollie Riches, WindowsPhoneGeek, Jeremy Likness, Pete Brown(-2-, -3-), Dhananjay Kumar, Sumit Dutta, and Asim Sajjad. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Using PInvoke in SL5 to show MessageBox" Lee WP7: "WP7Contrib: Dialling the phone number shown in a text block" Ollie Riches Shoutouts: Michael Palermo's latest Desert Mountain Developers is up Michael Washington's latest Visual Studio #LightSwitch Daily is up Laurent Bugnion has some good news ...
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 was really excited when I heard Red Gate wanted a review of their memory profiler done. I have been a fan of Red Gate products for years… being first exposed to their products via reflector a few years ago – as someone who has never done memory profiling before, I was also excited to go a bit deeper into .Net memory management. Why Memory Profiler – Isn’t the point of .Net that it manages the memory for you? Before getting into the nuts and bolts of the profiler, you might ask yourself – why use ...
A listbox can be a very boring display surface, but it doesn’t have to be. Ok, so it may never be exciting. At least we can create a more flexible output. The first element you need to learn about his the ItemTemplate which is in turn composed of a DataTemplate. As this combo implies it is bound to each item/data row. We will start organizing your base layout with a Grid control. Within the Grid you can add a RowDefintions group. A RowDefinition helps when you want components to be stacked for a ...
Today the release candidate of Microsoft’s Silverlight 5 was released to the public. If you want to know “What’s new in Silverlight 5” then check out this page on Silverlight.net and continue reading the article below. Getting Started First, we are going to need to download the required tools to install the Silverlight 5 RC. Before getting started, please note that you can install the Silverlight 5 RC on top of the final release of Silverlight 4. If you have the Silverlight 5 Beta installed, then ...
After I released the MVVM Light installer, I got a note saying that parts of the installation failed on non-English systems (in that case a German installation of Expression Blend and Visual Studio). Specifically, what failed was the code snippets on Visual Studio, and the project and item templates in Expression Blend. Read the rest of this entry » ...
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 ...
Introduction By now, most of you have heard that Windows Phone 7 – Mango release will support Local Databases (SQL CE) using Linq to SQL. But what you probably haven’t heard much about is how to extract the .SDF that is created in isolated storage to your local computer and view the contents. I find this extremely important for debugging application and making sure my database is setup exactly like I want it. So, that is what we are going to do today. Getting Started with a sample application: For ...
In this Issue: Alex Golesh(-2-, -3-), Andrea Boschin, Peter Kuhn, Shawn Wildermuth, WindowsPhoneGeek(-2-), Jesse Liberty, Pete Vickers, Sumit Dutta, Asim Sajjad, Chad Campbell, Vikram Pendse, Michael Crump, and David Kelley. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Silverlight 5 : Low-Latency Sound Effects" Vikram Pendse WP7: "Windows Phone codenamed "Mango" Training Course" Alex Golesh Shoutouts: Michael Palermo's latest Desert Mountain Developers is up My friends at SilverlightShow posted their top 5 for ...
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 ...
From Joe Healy’s Dev Fish Blog but worth repeating!! What’s a Windows Phone Camp? For those who went to our "Windows Phone Garage" series last year, its one of those. For those new to the scene, its a free, full day event chocked full of everything you need to know to develop a Windows Phone application. Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or just getting started with phone app development this full-day event is for you. Interested in profit? We’ll also lead discussions on how to monetize your applications ...
Today, I was testing a Web site for deployment and encountered the problem described in the subject of this post. However, the process leading up to realizing the true problem was far from clear. This post describes my initial experience, steps I took to isolate the true problem, and what I did to fix it. To put this in context, My project is an ASP.NET 4.0 Website. Bump! While testing, I encountered a System.Web.HttpException with the following message: File does not exist. with the following stack ...
Having worked with TFS & SVN for a while now, I recently was put in a position where I had to get up to speed with Git. My only experience with Git up to now was attending a brief presentation on the subject and spending a few hours playing around with it – interesting at the time, but foreign enough for me not to hold any strong opinions on the matter. For the last two weeks I have had to get exposure to Git, and after getting over the initial “uncomfortable” stage I must say that Git is seeming ...
Over the past couple of days I have noticed that our time on our computers just keeps getting further and further off. I noticed that our Domain Controller had the incorrect time, so, after doing some research I found a nice solution: 1. Locate the PDC Server. 2. In CMD type C:\net stop w32time 3. To configure the server to and external source type: C:\w32tm /config /syncfromflags:manual /manualpeerlist:"0.pool.ntp... 1.pool.ntp.org" 4. Once this command completes, type : C:\w32tm /config /reliable:yes ...
Introduction Have you ever wondered how to update the Application Tile in your Windows Phone 7 Mango application? Me too. But before we dig in, let’s look at the properties of a Tile. Microsoft defines each one as listed below: Title. A string indicating the title of the application. The Title must fit on a single line of text and should not be wider than the actual Tile. Approximately 15 characters will fit in the title before being truncated. BackgroundImage. An image displayed on the front of ...
I'm glad to see that mounting a VHD file has escaped the Computer Management (Disk Management) administrator console in Windows 7, and made it to Windows Explorer in Windows 8. That should make the feature much more discoverable, as well as making it much easier to use. I think the ability to mount a VHD as a drive, read and write to it and then easily port that VHD to another machine is a great feature that's been hidden in Windows 7. More on the Windows 8 blog here, http://blogs.msdn.com/b/b8/ ...
In this Issue: Gill Cleeren, Shawn Wildermuth, WindowsPhoneGeek, Erno de Weerd, Morten Nielsen, Sumit Dutta, and Asim Sajjad. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Post Comments Using Silverlight" Asim Sajjad WP7: "Windows Phone 7 Navigation" Erno de Weerd LightSwitch: "Developing real-world applications with LightSwitch - Part 4: To query or to code, that is the question!" Gill Cleeren Shoutouts: Michael Palermo's latest Desert Mountain Developers is up From SilverlightCream.com: Developing real-world applications ...
If you are developing you WCF service for web service deployment under IIS and coding with the Visual Studio web server you are in for a rude awakening when it comes time to deploy your solution. Ok, so that is a little over dramatic, but there are a few steps and precautions you need to know about. Below are the main steps to deploying your application to IIS assuming WCF is already installed and registered. The first step is to create an application pool. Make sure that for your .NET 3.5 WCF service ...
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 ...

Well simply put - flat out on a big Government IT project. This is due to go live next month and I'll be writing a number of pieces here on it.

Built on BizTalk, WCF, Windows Foundation, MVC, Entity framework and App Fabric....

In this Issue: Asim Sajjad, Thomas Martinsen, Johan Danforth, Kunal Chowdhury, Loek van den Ouweland, XAMLNinja, WindowsPhoneGeek, Erno de Weerd, Sumit Dutta, and David Yack. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Update XAP file" Thomas Martinsen WP7: "WP7 Ad Control and OutOfMemoryException" David Yack Shoutouts: Michael Palermo's latest Desert Mountain Developers is up Den Delimarsky is working on an 'alternative non-approval based Marketplace for Windows Phone': [Weekend coding] MetroPack – desktop Cydia ...