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Full Disclosure: I was one of the technical reviewers on this book. I think my friend Tomislav did a great job on this book and it would make a valuable addition to the bookshelf of anyone that is working with MDX. I really enjoyed reading this and there were even a couple of interesting techniques that I have added to my toolkit. As far as I know there are not any other MDX books on the market quite like this one. It's more aimed at the intermediate level of MDX user and assumes that you have some ...
“If only there was some way to quickly and silently install applications and tools on my windows machine.” Chocolatey is kind of like an apt-get, but for Windows. It is a machine level package manager that is built on top of NuGet command line and the NuGet infrastructure. Jason Jarrett recently described it as the free/OSS windows app store. What that means for you is that you can install and update software (applications and tools) on your machine with a few keystrokes and chocolatey does the rest! ...
In the recently concluded WebCamps, Delhi, I was demonstrating Facebook Authentication implementation for your website using WebMatrix 2 Beta. You can read about my earlier post on WebMatrix 2 Beta from here Using the new WebMatrix 2 Beta, we can create a decent looking starter site with a few clicks as explained in my above post. Once we have the site up and running, we would want to implement authentication. Now, like ASP.NET 4, ASP.NET MVC 3 etc., WebMatrix comes with default Membership infrastructure. ...
I previously blogged about technical wisdom here. Here's the my definition of that: Technical wisdom: Knowing why a particular solution is a bad idea even if you are technically capable of implementing the solution. So today I want to discuss one of the best ways to get technical wisdom. I read a great article about the benefits of maintaining bad code here davybrion.com/blog/2011/09/... and I was in complete agreement with his thoughts. And that led me ...
While the development server in Visual Studio 2010 is great for most work, it does have 1 shortcoming in that if you start adding content types that are not part of the base set of known Mime types built in, you won’t affect the proper header response that is emitted to the client/browser. For example MP4 files, out of the box the development web server emits application/octet-stream or something like that. What we really need is video/mp4. Now, with IIS Express, you can easily switch over to use ...
Today is a weird day. I just got the news, as I woke up, that Steve Jobs passed away last night. This news affected me more than I thought it would. I felt the need to write about these emotions, and about my history with Apple. This is probably more for myself than for the reader, so feel free to skip ahead if you don’t like this, but it felt appropriate to keep a few thoughts at this time. Read the rest of this entry » ...
I was informed that my presentation on “Getting Started with the Kinect SDK” is now live on UserGroup.tv. The video quality is not that great, but that is my fault. Our camera quit working and someone had to record the session with an iPad2. Abstract: This talk is also designed for people who want to get started developing with the official Microsoft Kinect SDK. I will walk the user through downloading the bits and starting a new project. We will take a look at several great free open-source tools ...
Recently, a co-worker was talking about how wonderful Spotify was, and I decided to give it a go. I signed up for the ultimate version, because, hey, if you’re going to try something, you should give it a fair shake. I’m also a Pandora One subscriber. The end result is that I’m canceling my Spotify subscription and returning to Pandora. I’ll still use it when I really want to hear a specific song, but probably won’t spend much time in it. You should know that 85% of the time, I’m a “Give me X genre ...
In this Issue: Damian Schenkelman, Dave Campbell, Laurent Bugnion, Pete Brown, Asim Sajjad, Daniel Egan, Kunal Chowdhury, Joost van Shaik, Jeff Wilcox, Cristian Merighi, and Avi Pilosof. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Silverlight 5 in Action Book Excerpt: Using the Accelerometer from Silverlight 5 via Native Extensions" Pete Brown WP7: "A note about remote URIs in Windows Phone secondary tiles" Jeff Wilcox Metro/WinRT/Windows 8: "Quick tip: Select the correct INotifyPropertyChanged in Windows 8 / ...
Even though this is one of the simplest tips it is one of the hardest to find someone who has documented it. So instead of just telling you I am going to take a quick sidebar first. I wouldn’t want you to feel you got jipped by stopping here. One thing that happened when I finished running the Mango update on my Samsung Focus was that the apps that I was testing forced me to uninstall them. Now it turns out that this wasn’t that the SDK needed to be upgraded, but that the device had to be reregistered. ...
Hey everyone! My name is Pawel Zochowski and I just begun writing my blog. I’m Microsoft Student Partner from Poland, interested in natural user interfaces and moblie applications. After work I’m sailing and training Karate At this blog I’m going to write about interesting things from my everyday work as developer and trainer. Enjoy ...
In this Issue: AfricanGeek, Andrea Boschin, Colin Eberhardt, Anoop Madhusudanan, Lee, Laurent Bugnion, Rudi Grobler, Xianzhong Zhu, Jesse Liberty, Asim Sajjad, Dhananjay Kumar, XAMLNinja, and Kunal Chowdhury. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Develop a Flexible 2.5D Scene Editor Targeting Silverlight RPG Games - Part 2" Xianzhong Zhu WP7: "A Windows Phone 7.1 (Mango) MVVM Tombstoning Example" Colin Eberhardt Metro/WinRT/Windows 8: "Consuming WCF Service in Windows 8 XAML/C# metro application" AfricanGeek ...

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It looks like the MVP renewals went out over the weekend and we want to congratulate all the renewed and new MVPs for this quarter. If you are new, renews, or removed from the MVP program and are a Geekswithblogs.net blogger, please let us know @StaffOfGeeks and we will update our system accordingly. Congrats again! Technorati Tags: MVP,Geekswithblogs ...
I’ve just published a CTP version of “The Developers Guide to AppFabric”. Any feedback on the content would be great, and I will include it in the full release next week. “The Developer’s Guide to AppFabric” is a free e-book for developers who are exploring and leveraging the capabilities of the Azure AppFabric platform. The goal is to create a resource that will evolve and mature in parallel with the Azure AppFabric technologies. The use of an electronic format will allow sections to be added as ...
In this Issue: Justin Angel, Kunal Chowdhury, Lazar Nikolov, Laurent Bugnion, Rudi Grobler, Asim Sajjad, Nikola, and Igor. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Simulating rain in Silverlight Part 4 - Adding sound effects" Lazar Nikolov WP7: "The Fastest Way to Switch Free/Paid and NoDo/Mango App Build in Visual Studio" Nikola Metro/WinRT/Windows 8: "Reverse Engineering and Modifying Windows 8 Apps" Justin Angel Shoutouts: Michael Palermo's latest Desert Mountain Developers is up Michael Washington's latest ...
First a big congratulations to all the new and renewed MVPs (October 1)! In this Issue: Rogier van der Hee, Laurent Bugnion, Andrej Tozon, András Velvárt, Rudi Grobler, Xianzhong Zhu, Derik Whittaker, Sumit Dutta, Asim Sajjad, Dhananjay Kumar, Charles Petzold, Nikola, XAMLNinja, and Ollie Riches. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Connecting to FTDI devices using Silverlight 5 RC" Rogier van der Hee WP7: "Removing poly line from Bing Maps on WP7" Ollie Riches Metro/WinRT/Win8: "Metro Controls – Jump Viewer" ...
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Recently I delivered a session at Virtual TechDays on why NuGet is so useful. As a part of the demonstration, I was showcasing how it automatically allows us to update some of the external reference libraries. Point in case, here is jQuery. Starting Visual Studio 2008 SP1, we have been shipping jQuery and intellisense for jQuery thereof. With Visual Studio 2010, out of the box, when we create a “File – New Project – ASP.NET Web Application” (which would create a Webforms application) it would automatically ...
It has been several months since I originally got my Omnia 7 phone. You can read about my first impressions of the phone – after actually using the device for a few months I have begun to enjoy it, but a few times I felt that I was missing out on something. My biggest gripe on why I felt the device would not gain traction in the South African market was mainly due to market place problems (being South Africa we could not buy apps). The Upgrade Experience Two days ago when a message on my phone popped ...
Introduction Just the other day I blogged about “Enabling Frame Rate Counter for XAML Applications in Windows 8”. At the very end of that post, I reminded everyone that that method does not work for HTML / JS Metro Applications. But, we are in luck as Mathias Jourdain provided sample code for accomplishing this in HTML / JS in his Build talk. The only problem was that he didn’t describe how to hook this into a new application to actually use. That is going to be the focus of today’s blog post. Let’s ...
A couple of months ago an opportunity unexpectedly made its way into my life that would offer something different for my career. At first I ignored it, but after a while I started thinking about the possibilities before me. There were a couple of job openings at this “little” company, which you may have heard of before, Microsoft, that intrigued me. I began asking myself, “Self, would you ever leave Sparkhound and if you would what would the job have to be like.” Well, I wasn’t exactly sure, but ...
It is the last quarter of the year. So we are trying to get as much content to you as possible. This month Joe Hummel will be presenting on functional programming. While this is not a new concept I believe it is one that most people have not been exposed to. I am really excited about having Joe bring us this topic. Please come out and join us. Register here. del.icio.us Tags: CITAG,Chicago Information Technology Architects Group,Functional Programming,Joe Hummel ...
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I am happy to help announce the release and roll-out of Windows Phone 7.5 Starting today, updates to will be rolled-out in a phased approach by carriers across the world. WHERE IS MY UPDATE? See here: http://mango.microsoft.com/... Highlights: Yes, every original Windows Phone 7 will be getting an update. [Once the carrier has completed their testing.] Wi-Fi tethering up to 5 devices [*If supported by your carrier.] You will now be able to change your ...
In 1983, the term Exploratory Testing was introduced. Prior to that, it is called as ad-hoc testing. Exploratory testing is said to be a mindset, a way of thinking, freestyle testing that liberates the tester to explore. Testers, through experience, know their applications inside out; they are the users in reality. Freeing testers to explore and use the application has been proven to identify more bugs then traditional scripted testing. However, there are obstacles and challenges related to this ...
Well, as mentioned in my earlier posts, the ASP.NET MVC 4 has Developer Preview has been released. You might notice quite a bit of this term “Developer Preview” in 2-3 products specifically. One, Windows 8 is now available as simply Windows Developer Preview. Similarly, Visual Studio 11 is Developer Preview and also the Internet Explorer Platform Preview 3 is a Developer Preview, as with the case with Expression etc., Now, to clarify on a few things which I learnt. The Windows 8, hereinafter referred ...
In response to a post from an anonymous individual on one of my posts (http://geekswithblogs.net/... regarding free Microsoft tools I thought a follow up post was required! Anonymous, unfortunately you are mistaken; Websitespark is free and is open to individuals it truly provides all the possible tools & software that you could require to get started. If you read the program details on the Microsoft website (http://www.microsoft.com/w... ...

I have just published article about interesting way of decoratning generated classes with attributes. Here is a direct link: DIRECT LINK

At last, I can announce that ‘BizTalk Server 2010 Unleashed’ has been published and is available through major booksellers in both printed and electronic form. The book is not a new edition of the old ‘BizTalk Server 2004 Unleashed’ book from several years ago, although Brian Loesgen, our fearless team leader, provided continuity with that title. Instead, this is entirely new content written by a team of six authors, including myself. BizTalk Server is such a huge subject. It proved a challenge to ...
Metro-style apps are very similar to Windows Phone apps. They have a similar application model (for example they can be suspended, and when suspended they can be killed by the operating system if memory is needed), so they need to maintain state. Also, and that is the topic of this post, they cannot be ended by the user in a “normal” way, i.e. there is no File / Exit menu and no “X” button in the corner. Once started, the application remains in memory until the following happens: Read the rest of ...
Microsoft loves MVVM and INotifyPropertyChanged so much that they included this very useful interface twice in the new WinRT framework. Unfortunately, only one of these is working correctly (and the other one is likely a bug, remnant from the past ) Read the rest of this entry » ...
So its been a few weeks since Microsoft’s Build conference, where they unveiled Windows 8 and shared what the developer story will be. I had blogged about Day 1 of the conference here, but I wanted to share some video I took with my colleagues Winson Woo and Jim Russell as my thoughts now that a bit of time has lapsed. So first, a video captured right after we got our hands on the Samsung tablet given to all attendees. Yes the tablet is nice, but this conference is all about the OS. Windows 8 as ...
In this Issue: Shawn Wildermuth, Ollie Riches, Oscar Agreda, Samidip Basu, Dan Wahlin, Walt Ritscher, Laurent Bugnion(-2-), Andrej Tozon, András Velvárt, Vikram Pendse, Michael Crump, Andy Beaulieu(-2-), Michael Sync(-2-), Above the Fold: Silverlight: "The MVVM Dashboard" Oscar Agreda WP7: "SurfCube on Mango Part 4 – fighting with the ListPicker control" András Velvárt Windows 8: "Why I’m Excited About Windows 8" Dan Wahlin LightSwitch: "Creating LightSwitch Custom Controls" Michael Washington Shoutouts: ...
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 ...
The nice thing about unintended changes is that you never think it could happen until you get bitten by a nasty change. Microsoft did publish a complete list of breaking changes here which is complete to my knowledge. But although the intentional changes are listed there are side effects which can cause you to search for hours your (non) fault. One change was to create a new GAC for .NET 4 assemblies to prevent breaking applications which rely on the structure of the GAC introduced with .NET 2.0. ...
I have been watching the influencer interviews with Richard Campbell as well as the Build Sessions recently published on Channel 9. Like most of you, I am trying to learn as much as I can about this new platform in the shortest amount of time. That is why I’m going to share my list of Killer Build Interviews and XAML Sessions. Note: Click on the image thumbnail to watch the video. First up, Interviews. Working at Telerik means that you get big influencers and great hosts at events like Build. I have ...
I work for a pretty awesome company, Online Business Systems. We’re 250+ technology and business consultants located in Winnipeg, Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton, Portland, and Minneapolis. Throughout the summer different departments within Online’s central region office (Winnipeg) host a BBQ with donations collected going to the United Way. Today was the last one of the season, and the Tech Services group was in charge. So myself and my colleague Dave Gillies concocted a plan to assault the tastebuds ...
In Windows Azure, we have the DiagnosticMonitorTraceListener which can be used for writing diagnostics to Local resource (like a local storage in the Worker or Web Role) which can then be ultimately stored in Windows Azure Table/Blob storage (transferred automatically by the Diagnostics Monitor in Windows Azure based on config settings). We could either configure the Diagnostic Monitor using Code (in Role Startup) or we can use a config file for the same (called diagnostics.wadcfg). The code configuration ...
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. ...
Today we did the marshmallow challenge. For those that are not familiar with this challenge, it is a fun way to get teams to experience simple lessons in collaboration, innovation and creativity (that’s what their website says) and I would agree with them. So the exercise works as follows… You are given 20 sticks of spaghetti one yard tape one yard string one marshmallow The purpose Build a structure that is as high as possible with the marshmallow at the top within 18 minutes that does not collapse ...
I’ve added a third walkthrough to the AppFabric Walkthrough series. “The following walkthrough will show how topics and subscriptions can be used to implement a simple publish-subscribe messaging channel. The next walkthrough will build on this sample and explore the use of filters on subscriptions.” Introducing Topics and Subscriptions The other two walkthroughs are here. Simple Brokered Messaging Creating a Simple Queue Management Tool At present there are no charges for using the new brokered ...
Introduction One of the things that we all look at before we ship software is the performance of our apps. Last November, I posted a quick and easy way to do it in Silverlight. Today, I am going to walk you through doing it in Windows 8 for your Metro XAML applications. After the Build event was over, I was interested in learning how to do this for my Windows 8 Metro Apps. I started watching videos from the Build RSS Feed and noticed this one from Tim Heuer that did just that. Let’s get started Click/Touch ...
The picture says it all. Made possible uisng jQuery Mobile! More on this in the future posts. Cheers ...
Yesterday I wrote this post but forgot to mention about something that is very close to my heart ASP.NET MVC. ASP.NET MVC has been evolving rapidly and within 2 years, we already have had 4 major releases (MVC 1, MVC 2, MVC 3 & MVC 3 Reloaded ) So, it doesn’t go as a surprise that MVC 4 is on the cards and the developer preview was unveiled at BUILD Conference. What does MVC 4 offer for web developers? Enhanced Default Project Template If you are bored with the vanilla blue template that comes ...
I had dinner the other night with my good friend Josh Smith, and of course we started talking about Windows 8. Something he said was pretty much spot on: He said that Windows 8 feels as if it has split personalities. There are the WinRT “Metro-style” apps and there is the “classic” Desktop, which looks and feels like Windows 7++ (optimized for touch, and actually a real delight to use with my fat greasy fingers). Read the rest of this entry » ...
Introduction I’m sure by now you have heard that the Silverlight 5 Release Candidate has been released. I recently had a chance to Guest Blog for the Microsoft MVP Award Program Blog on “Getting Started with the Silverlight 5 Release Candidate”. Now before we get started learning about it, let’s look at a few new features: What is new in the Silverlight 5? Multiple Window Support - Trusted app can create additional Windows. Ancestor RelativeSource Binding – Enables a DataTemplate to bind to a property ...
Recently I was assigned a task of helping a developer to cope with an unusual input file processing. The file we needed to load into SQL Server had double quotes surrounding those fields that contained comma(s). So a short excerpt from it would resemble something like: 123,ABC 456,"D,E,F" "7,89",GHS Since SSIS’s Flat File Connection does not support alternating text qualifiers, the chief difficulty stems from the fact if we even only remove the quotes, the file structure becomes broken because the ...
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 ...
I’ve added a second AppFabric Walkthrough based on the Azure AppFabric Service Bus September 2011 release. The second one looks at using the NamespaceManager class to create, list, get and delete queues in an AppFabric service bus namespace using a simple C# console application. Feel free to expand on this scenario to create more sophisticated management consoles. As with the first walkthrough there have been a lot of changes in the classes used to interact with the service bus, so don’t expect this ...