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I've been talking to some folks about Windows Presentation Foundation and the new Silverlight that Microsoft just announced (previously known as WPF/E). There seems to be some confusion about exactly what Silverlight is. It seems that some believe Silverlight will be an enhanced version of WPF to allow for 3D graphics and other visual elements - sort ......

I saw Jeff Julian this morning at an event where he was presenting on Windows Communication Foundation. Seeing him reminded me of his awesome blog site, geekswithblogs.net. I had Jeff set me up with a blog on the site over a year ago. I posted a few blogs to it, but then kind of forgot about it. Surprisingly, my site is still here and I still knew the ......

I am a member of SABR (The Society for American Baseball Research). We have a list server where members can post messages to ask questions or make announcements. A fellow name Dave Smith runs an outstanding web site called Retrosheet.org. There you can find data for many baseball games dating back to the 50's and 60's. The Retrosheet site has been down ......

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Jun 05
I think my favorite sessions at this year's TechEd were John R Durant's sessions on programming Office using the new Visual Studio Tools for Office. John is a very entertaining speaker and is very passionate about the VSTO tools. I loved his session on Outlook where he demonstrated creating an Outlook add-in. It's very easy to extend the functionality ......

Last night, I participated in the Mobilizer game, a scavenger hunt where teams compete to win a portal media center device. The game involved solving puzzles based on clues around the convention center. Each team was given a VX6600 Pocket PC Phone to use for the game. On the phone, teams accessed various web pages that provided clues. Based on the clues, ......

Ari Bixhorn just did an excellent demo showing some of the capabilities of Indigo. He wrote a service that sends a message to his Pocket PC device based on events in Windows Media Center. For the demo, he used an example of his second grader watching Jerry Springer at home while he's at work. When the Springer show came on, he recieved a message on ......

My week at Tech-Ed began this morning with Steve Ballmer's Keynote presentation. In it, he discussed the “New World of Work.” One highlight was the new features for Windows Mobile including “remote wipe.” This allows a company's admin to order a mobile device be wiped of all data if it is lost. Pretty cool. I've seen a couple ......

My flight leaves Kansas City Sunday evening. I'm excited to arrive to Orlando for this year's Microsoft Tech-Ed Conference. I've already picked the sessions that I would like to see, and I'm looking forward to seeing some GrokTalks as well.



If you're intersted in Service Oriented Architecture and in particular, making it happen in the real world, check out Dan Fox's Making SOA Real Blog. He's documenting his organization's efforts in moving to SOA. Very interesting reading.

Scenario: You want to deploy multiple Windows SharePoint Services (WSS) Sites in your organization, and each site should have its own domain name. You do not want to create a new IIS Virtual Server for each site. Can WSS handle this configuration? Yes, but this configuration is not entirely intuitive. The most important aspect of this configuration ......

In investigating OnFolio (thanks to Spike's comment), I found that I could give it a URL to a web service. In OnFolio, you can specify your blogger settings. It supports standard blogging environments like blogspot, or, it can take a custom command. I created a web service that in turn calls SharePoint's Lists web service to create a new item in a SharePoint ......

I have a client who is interested in creating a Blog using SharePoint. I've got that part down, but another requirement is to integrate with OnFolio. OnFolio is a cool tool, but it seems to be mission SharePoint integration. It can take content and post it to a blog (blogspot, for example), but our client would like this functionality to feed the information ......

This is so cool! Have you ever struggled with customizing the look and feel of your SharePoint Portal site? For example, which CSS class controls the background color of the navigation bar? Well James Milne is here to save the day. James has created a GUI-based skin designer for SharePoint. Just go to the site, and plug in different settings for colors, ......

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Apr 05
I recently downloaded and installed SQL Reporting Services SP2. This is a much anticipated release because it fills some holes in the original release.One of the most glaring weaknesses of SQL Reporting Services involves printing. I can navigate to a Report Server, select a report and display it. But if I want to print it, I have to export it to another ......

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