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Preamble Microsoft’s first introduction of upcoming Windows 8 spurred lots of discussions among developers. The most noticeable part of the demonstrations at D9 conference and Computex show, as well as on YouTube, is, of course, the new touch-centric UI. So why is it controversial among developers? Let’s take a look at Microsoft’s press release: Today, we also talked a bit about how developers will build apps for the new system. Windows 8 apps use the power of HTML5, tapping into the native capabilities ...
In this Issue: Rob Eisenberg, Kunal Chowdhury(-2-, -3-), Pavan Podila, Beth Massi, Andrea Boschin(-2-), David Kelley, Dhananjay Kumar, SLMPerf, Jaime Rodriguez, and Vikram Pendse(-2-). Above the Fold: Silverlight: "TIP: Routed events in Silverlight" Andrea Boschin WP7: "Useful Mango Developer Resources" Jaime Rodriguez HTML5/WP7: "Building an HTML/HTML5... Based Application for Phone 7" David Kelley Shoutouts: Mark this one just for fun... Rudi Grobler has a WP7 app of Duke Nuken Sound clips: Duke ...
At http://www.codeproject.com/... there is a hilarious list of ways to shoot yourself in the foot in various programming languages. C You shoot yourself in the foot. C++ You accidently create a dozen instances of yourself and shoot them all in the foot. Providing emergency medical assistance is impossible since you can't tell which are bitwise copies and which are just pointing at others and saying "That's me, over there." FORTRAN You shoot yourself in each toe, iteratively, ...
In this Issue: Kunal Chowdhury(-2-), Michael Crump(-2-), Xpert360, Jesse Liberty(-2-), John Papa, Vikram Pendse, and Michael Washington. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Michael’s “Mega Collection of Silverlight 5 Beta” Demos" Michael Crump WP7: "Silverlight TV 76: Animations on Windows Phone in the Bird Hunt Game" John Papa Training: "I Want To Make Cars Not Car Engines" Michael Washington Shoutouts: Jeremy Likness has a post up about the Telerik controls for WP7... not only does Telerik utilize Jeremy's ...
When I was at TechEd 2011 in Atlanta, I had the pleasure of meeting a bunch of the DevExpress folks and working out some of the details for a series of Windows Phone Development webinars. Here they are, for your viewing pleasure: #1 Introduction to WP7 Development with Silverlight and XNA - http://tv.devexpress.com/#W... #2 Deeper Dive Into XNA on Windows Phone - http://tv.devexpress.com/#W... The source (in C# and VB.NET) for the demos in this talk can be found in my book, or ...
Friday June 17th, 2011 there will be a Windows Phone Garage event. It will be held at Immedion at 78 Global Drive, Suite 100, Greenville, SC. There are only 40 spots, so register now at http://www.eventbrite.com/e... The idea behind the Windows Phone Garage is simple. Come out, install the tools, learn how to write a Windows Phone application, then build one. Best of all, it's free, and everyone is invited! The second half of the day is an open lab, and assistance will be available. ...
Technorati Tags: TFS 2010 Database,TFS 2010,TFS 2010 Administration Considering you have an advanced TFS installation such that the app tier and the data and reporting tier are spread across multiple servers and the data tier goes down because of a network failure. The below error message may seem familiar, Team Foundation Services are not available from server xxx. Technical information (for administrator): Unable to connect to the remote server. Now your first reaction would be to verify whether ...
I figure it should be in bloody good fun to start off my first real post with a rant on the future of Microsoft Windows, or the lack thereof. You see, my issue is that I have seen the preview of Windows 8 video. It is just further evidence of the fact that Microsoft still does not “get” our issues with the OS. I don’t need a new skin on my OS, I need new and more secure plumbing that actually works. Don’t put the OS into tiles and call it fun. Redesign the bloody thing to make it more secure, easier ...
This is to provide a little bit of explanation on the implementation of FBA authentication with SP 2010. There have been blog posts that indicate there are no sliding sessions, but with a little manipulation and understanding of some of the settings, there is somewhat of support for sliding sessions and re-issuance of tokens. The current model provides for a little trade-off on performance as re-requests to the FBA providers and also any SP Custom Claim providers can have impact on overall performance. ...
Today a new Template for Microsoft Expression Blend SketchFlow was released – Windows Phone 7 SketchFlow. Do you have SketchFlow? [If not download the 60-day trial] the new Template can be downloaded from here: http://wp7sketchflow.codepl... With the new SketchFlow template you can create very interactive prototypes that feel like native Windows Phone 7 experiences. Here is the list of the Mockups for Windows Phone 7 that do more than your typical Textbox-Sketch: A long time SketchFlow and Blend ...
Just ran across an issue where the miniport devices were accidently removed from a system. Not having these installed caused the system to have network driver installation and connectivity issues. Here are the steps to re-install WAN miniport devices Step 1: Uninstall WAN Miniport Devices 1. Open Device Manager (devmgmt.msc) and on the view menu select Show hidden devices 2. Under Network adapters, you will see WAN miniport devices (IP, L2TP, Pppoe, PPTP). If you don’t see these, skip to the Step ...
More of a note-to-self, but may be useful to other ReadyNAS users who aren’t quite at home with Linux. As I’m doing a lot of coding with different environments, and I want easy SCM, git is a fine choice. Git runs through IP addresses, so I can access remote servers inside VMs without any weird config needed. It integrates natively with XCode for iOS programming, and msysgit is a simple UI for Windows (there is also a VS extension for git). Setting up git on the ReadyNAS is straightforward, but there ...
The Silverlight Navigation Framework offers great value when looking to map longer XAML page URLs to much shorter, friendlier and memorable ones. This feature is similar in nature to the ASP.NET MVC Routing engine. For instance, the following is a quick sample on how to leverage the Navigation Framework. For this to work, I had to: 1-Add reference to System.Windows.Controls.Nav... in my Silverlight project 2-Add the following declaration in my App.xaml page: xmlns:nav="clr-namespace:Sy... ...
In this Issue: Rudi Grobler, Roy Dallal, Chris Rouw, Sean Nolan, Peter Kuhn, WindowsPhoneGeek(-2-), Jesse Liberty(-2-), Mike Taulty, Paul Sheriff, Xpert360, and Vikram Pendse. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Storing Files in SQL Server using WCF RIA Services and Silverlight – Part 1" Chris Rouw WP7: "XNA for Silverlight developers: Part 12 - Mango (1)" Peter Kuhn From SilverlightCream.com: Slide-out keyboard support on Windows Phone Rudi Grobler has a quick post up discussing the slide-out keyboard ...
NOTE: The variable PropExists as bool has been already created The Property of interest is BTS.RetryCount The Message is Message_In The list from Using Operators in Expressions (http://msdn2.microsoft.com... has the typical list of stuff that you expect in C#, multiplication, bit operations (shift left and right) and Boolean operators, but a couple of extremely useful constructs are available that are unique to BizTalk. The most important of these (in my humble opinion) ...
In the month of May we met again for the .NET Usergroup, and I presented some introductory material into software design and architecture. The talk was aimed at looking into new ways of software design and managing of complex software components by using domain driven approach. I talked about best practices, coding patterns and DDD, TDD and DataObjects.NET (http://dataobjects.net). I advocated for best practices presented by the best practices team http://msdn.microsoft.com/e... ...
I wanted to get familiar with SharePoint 2010 because I have noticed how the market is starting to demand it. Also, most of the SharePoint 2010 guides on the net are outdated. They show everything from registry hacks/editing xml files to installing hot fixes/service packs. My guide uses the latest bits as of 6/7/11 to create a SharePoint 2010 server inside of an Virtual Machine. This will be more than enough to begin creating Silverlight Web Parts inside of SharePoint 2010. NOTE: I did not want to ...
Recently I was building a VM for a BizTalk 2006 R2 project. My VM configuration was : Windows 2003 R2 SQL 2005 with SP4 Visual Studio 2005 with SP1 BizTalk Server 2006R2 I installed the BizTalk Server 2006 R2 SP1 update from the Windows Update. Life was good so far. Next I got requirement to use WCF SQL adapter and there I went and started installing the pre-requisite for it. 1. WCF LOB Adapter SDK SP2 2. Microsoft BizTalk Adapter for SQL Server. After that I went and tried to Add the Adapter metadata ...
Workflow 4 State Machine – Distributed Tracking Visualization · Disclaimer: This post requires an understanding of WF 4.0.1 , WCF and WPF. · Before I explain the how, look at the following image for the what: I am debugging a REMOTE workflow STATEMACHINE instance, and from tracking information sent from server, I am able to highlight the current state in my client! Visual Workflow Tracking Sample – a Big Ball of Mud · Workflow 4 provides the System.Activities.Presentat... class which ...
I wanted to take a moment and jot down some of my initial impressions on the announcements coming from the Apple hype machine today at the keynote. Not being able to attend - largely due to it selling out in two hours - made me especially bitter that Apple would not allow the event to be streamed live. Steve said during the keynote that if they sold more tickets he didn't know where they would hold it. Considering it takes place at Moscone West, the smaller of the two centers, try moving it across ...
In this Issue: Colin Eberhardt, Peter Kuhn, Kunal Chowdhury, WindowsPhoneGeek, Jesse Liberty, Xpert360, and Vikram Pendse. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Silverlight 5 : Multiple Click Support aka ClickCount" Vikram Pendse WP7: "Metro In Motion Part #6 – Rolling List Location Indicator" Colin Eberhardt PivotViewer: "PivotViewer Shorts Part 2: Hide View and SortBy Buttons" Xpert360 Shoutouts: Check out the recently redesigned (and looking good) SilverlightShow, and their top 5 for last week: SilverlightShow ...
In the next generation of SQL Server, codename “Denali”, there is a new feature named Data-tier Application Framework v2.0 Feature Pack CTP to enhance the data import and export with SQL Server, and currently it had been available in SQL Azure Labs. Run Data-tier Application Locally From the portal we know that the Data-tier Application CTP2 can be executed from the development machine through an EXE utility. So what we need to do is to download the components listed below. Only one thing, the SQLSysClrTypes.msi ...
Check out the Top Five most popular news at SilverlightShow for SilverlightShow Top 5 News for May 30 - June 05, 2011. Here are the top 5 news on SilverlightShow for last week: Windows 8 apps going html/js HTML5? Ok, so let’s also deploy Microsoft Silverlight onto Android then Windows Phone 7 SQL CE – DataContext Tables Telerik Announces Support for Windows Phone 7 Mango, Ships the Fastest WP7 Chart Yet Another Podcast #37 Silverlight HTML5 & Developers Part 2 Visit and bookmark SilverlightShow. ...
Technorati Tags: TFS 2010,TFS Power Tools,UnShelve Often i have seen fellow developer working on one branch and later realizing that they intended to check in the code in a different branch, a simple example, working on the MAIN branch and later realizing that the code needs to be checked in to the QA branch. TFS power tool comes to your rescue… when you need to unshelve to a different branch. The power tool command /> tfpt.exe unshelve can be handy for the following, Allows a shelveset to be ...
If you’re writing a custom SharePoint Claims Provider (SPClaimProvider) in order to augment claims, it’s important to also understand what process is executing your specific code path. In the situation where you are making calls to a DB or service endpoint you will need to understand which process actually makes that call. In situations when running in a Trusted Subsystem model, you’ll also need to RunWithElevated in order to have that code path execute in the context of the Windows Principal for ...
This morning I was reading through some of my usual blogs and came across some very interesting and updated information relating to BizTalk performance and hyper-threading. The two source pages are: http://appfabriccat.com/201... http://msdn.microsoft.com/e... If you take a look at these pages, you can see that the recommendations on hyper-threading and the BizTalk platform ...
In this Issue: Rudi Grobler, Oren Gal, Michael Washington, Vikram Pendse, Kunal Chowdhury, Jesse Liberty, Xpert360, Jaana Metsamaa, Charles Petzold, and Peter Kuhn. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Getting Driving Directions in a Silverlight Application - Part 2 - Advanced Features" Oren Gal WP7: "Windows Phone Screen Shots" Charles Petzold LightSwitch: "How to Create A LightSwitch Popup" Michael Washington Shoutouts: Congratulations go out to my buddy András Velvárt for SurfCube Wins Microsoft Innovation ...
ReSharper by default does not recognize Contract.Requires as an annotation hint, that the proofed condition furthermore is true. So it comes to the effect, that using the following contract definition causes ReSharper to squiggle the next access and output a wrong hint: To suppress this behaviour ReSharper needs additional external annotations information. I followed in some points this thread: http://stackoverflow.com/qu... ...
(A picture that I took on 6/3/2011 waiting for the keynote by Charles Petzold to begin at the Bijou Theater in Knoxville, TN) Day One (Thursday Night) I headed out on Thursday morning with my friend Daniel Heisler for CodeStock. We were driving from Birmingham, Alabama so it was going to take us about 4.5 hours to get in. After stopping a few times, we finally arrived at the Knoxville Hilton. After checking into our rooms, we met Rafe Kemmis and Spede Bryan in the lobby and headed over to Barley's ...
I recently spent far too long debugging a problem with our Azure application. We have two Azure cloud projects, and they both started refusing to start at about the same time, with different error messages. The web applications they house both worked absolutely fine when deployed to local IIS. There turned out to be two different problems - both very simple - so I thought I'd share what they turned out to be :) Problem 1 One application failed to start in Azure, with the error message "Unable to ...
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In this Issue: Michael Washington, Teppo Kotirinta, Loek van den Ouweland, Daniel Vaughan, Adam Kinney, Peter Torr, Morten Nielsen, John Garland, Jaime Rodriguez(-2-), Jesse Liberty(-2-), and Xpert360. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Debugging Data Bindings in XAML with Silverlight 4" Xpert360 WP7: "Windows Phone 7 for Designers — Cheat Sheet" Teppo Kotirinta LightSwitch: "LightSwitch Concurrency Checking" Michael Washington Shoutouts: Timmy Kokke gave a presentation at DevDays in the Netherlands and ...
In this Issue: Kunal Chowdhury(-2-), Nitya Ravi, Beth Massi, Xpert360, Andrea Boschin, WindowsPhoneGeek, Jesse Liberty(-2-), and John Papa. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Managing Resources with Reactive Extensions" Jesse Liberty WP7: "New Addition to Windows Phone Quickstarts- Pivot and Panorama Controls" Nitya Ravi Jesse Liberty Shoutouts: Jeremy Likness has his materials posted for his CodeStock Presentation: Silverlight 5 for Line of Business Applications Koen Zwikstra has an update to his excellent ...
According the the Windows documentation, a backup of the system state can be created by using the command wbadmin start systemstatebackup. In a cluster environment, this can only be performed on the secondary node, not the primary node. Having a Windows 2008 failover cluster, this presents a conundrum in that I have services installed whose underlying executables are stored on the shareable SANS device. This means that as the secondary node, the system state knows about the location of these files ...
Rebuilding a windows cluster left behind some services I no longer needed. These services are listed as part of the local services: To uninstall these services, use the sc delete [servicename] command from the Administrator control prompt ...
In two weeks, June 16, I will be hosting a First Look event at Centriq Training on Windows Azure. Although I will be talking about various things, such as 'what is cloud computing", "why Windows Azure", and the like, my intent will be to actually show you how to write code for Azure using Visual Studio 2010, how to use Windows Azure storage, and how to use Web and Worker Roles. I think you will enjoy attending this event. For more information, check out the Centriq Training website, www.centriq.com ...
In my previous post, I covered how field, method, and other types of signatures are encoded in a .NET assembly. Custom attribute signatures differ quite a bit from these, which consequently affects attribute specifications in C#. Custom attribute specifications In C#, you can apply a custom attribute to a type or type member, specifying a constructor as well as the values of fields or properties on the attribute type: public class ExampleAttribute : Attribute { public ExampleAttribute(int ctorArg1, ...
Sorry for not having been active on this blog (and forums) lately, I’ve been very busy with my new activity as a self-employee, but now I reached an agreement with my boss (myself) and I’ll try to post more regular updates here. If you want to discover something about the latest releases of Windows Embedded operating systems you’ll have many chances in the upcoming weeks. Connect with Windows Embedded The “Connect with Windows Embedded” event at MS-Italy headquarters in Milan will provide a good ...
Just a quick one here. Sometimes I setup a server and I get everything configured but, forget to enable RDP. So – of course I could login locally to the server and make the change. BUT – I would have to go a different site (or sometimes a different room – Its not that I am lazy… I’d like to think that I am working smarter, not harder ). The quickest way to resolve this issue is to change the registry key that enables Remote Desktop directly. I usually have remote registry access to the system because ...
With Microsoft’s recommendation to use server core for Hyper-V systems, I have been seeing a lot of server core lately. With that in mind, I am posting how I set up a Server Core system (after base OS install). 1. Login to you Windows Server 2008 R2 Server Core system 2. Run sconfig from the command line. This will bring up the Server configuration text user interface shown below. 3. From the Sconfig interface, set the following Network Settings (option 8) Date and Time (if needed) (option 9) Remote ...
LDAP is not Active Directory, though Active Directory is LDAP. As someone who drinks the Microsoft Kool-Aid, I found myself using LDAP for something other than Active Directory and I thought I should share what I have found. The problem domain was to connect a new MVC application to an existing Sun One LDAP Store. First off, authenticating an MVC application using forms mode authentication and the Membership providers is straight forward. Start with the ASP.NET MVC 2 Web Application Template that ...
Yesterday, at the Wall Street Journal’s “All Things D” conference, Microsoft’s President of Windows and Windows Live, Steven Sinofsky, showed the world a preview of Windows 8 (officially, that’s the code name). And in a YouTube video, Jensen Harris, Director of Program Management for Windows User Experience, provides his own detailed Windows 8 demo that you can check out right now. What both men showed us was an early preview of a next next version of Windows that looks a lot like Windows Phone 7, ...
Sweet! I get to go to Build (formerly PDC) this year thanks to my awesome company Veracity Solutions. Secretly, I’m hoping that MS gives away Windows 8 tablets AND a mango edition windows phone. I went to Mix and got a Kinect. That was cool, but since I already had one . . . Technorati Tags: General ...
Windows 8 is coming: http://www.huffingtonpost.c... I have been a Win 7 user for a long time and love it. Now comes Windows 8 on the horizon and its going to rock the world. Its build on a great base of technology and it’s the next gen of a great os. More is coming soon. Since the Win 8 OS has the totally new UI it should open up developing great UIs for touch screens too for lots of developers. It should be really interesting to see this take off. ...
I am definitely on the fence on this one. I love the look and experience of Windows 8 in the video, but I am worried about all the talk about HTML 5 and not hearing anything about the WPF/Silverlight/XNA story. We have seen Microsoft pick these tools for XBox and WP7, but now will they have a cohesive story that will sell tablets and also sell App builders. The winner this battle with have to have the Apps so I can see why HTML5 is compelling, but it also does not drive loyalty and leads into one ...
I spent some time today summarising the new features in the Windows Azure AppFabric May CTP for SolidSoft consultants. Microsoft released the CTP a couple of weeks ago and has a second CTP coming out later this month. I might as well publish this here, although it has been widely blogged on already. There is nothing that you can’t glean from reading the release documents, but hopefully it will serve as a shorter summary. The May CTP is all about the AppFabric Service Bus. The bus has been extended ...
When we build an application that will be deployed on Windows Azure, one thing we should keep in mind is that the assemblies installed on the virtual machines on Windows Azure are very limited. It only contains the default assemblies in .NET 3.5 SP1 and .NET 4.0. For those references not included on Windows Azure, we should set their Copy Local = True. As the image shown above I set the unity reference as Copy Local = True as I pretty know that in Windows Azure the assemblies of Enterprise Library ...
Earlier this week I had a requirement for displaying an XSD DataSet schema in my application to the end-user. I couldn’t find a free or relatively cheap component. All the items I came across were either too bulky (loads of functionality) or pricey. I was also looking for something along the lines of a user-control which I could drop on a form and wire-up. I decided to roll my own…after an hour I came up with this I used Open Diagram engine…pretty much straight forward. To keep things simple I didn’t ...
In this Issue: Kunal Chowdhury, Khawar Yunus, Alex van Beek, David Kelley, Laurent Bugnion(-2-), Valentin Stoychev, Dhananjay Kumar, and Jesse Liberty(-2-). Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Using Silverlight and Server Push to build a better means of debugging production applications" Khawar Yunus WP7: "Monetizing Phone 7 Application Methods and Approaches" David Kelley Shoutouts: Joe McBride has his materials up for the presentation he did: Push Notifications and Tiles – Slides & Demos Damian Schenkelman ...