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If like me your are interested in Azure and want to use Visual Studio 2010, then you probably: Removed Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 Installed the Visual Studio 2010 Release Candidate (Which all worked great for me) And then tried to create a new Cloud Service and got this error: “Method not found: ‘System.Collections.Generic... No need to panic. Notice there are two project types – Cloud Service and Cloud. Click on Cloud and notice that there is another step to do – Enable Windows Azure ...
Below is the current list of charities that will be receiving free software implementations at the 3rd Annual Coders4Charities event on March 26-28, 2010 at Centriq Training in Leawood, KS. 1st Breath 1st Breath is committed to providing education, advocacy, and public awareness of stillbirth in addition to assisting families and medical professionals dealing with the death of a baby. Needs: 1st Breath would like C4C to update their website to allow for interactive forms and the ability to accept ...
Episode 3 of the Community Megaphone Podcast is now up with special guest Dan Rigsby from Indianapolis, IN and you get it on http://www.communitymegapho... Dan talked to Andrew and I about a myriad of topics including Olso, Dallas, M and OData. Dan Rigsby is a System Architect for Aprimo in Indianapolis, Indiana. Dan has been an avid .Net developer since late 2001 starting with ASP.Net, but today concentrates on SOA, Wcf, smart client applications, and a host of other areas. Dan is very ...
On January 1st I switched focus to 100% Azure. My friend and colleague David Gristwood has been firmly focused on Azure through 2009 working with early adopters. We decided to record a podcast talking about what we are up to and how Microsoft UK has been helping early adopters using deep dive labs, workshops and training. We also have a stab at describing the Windows Azure Platform in 1 minute (I hopelessly overrun by 100%) and we finish with an interview between David and Active Web Solutions (AWS). ...
I’ve been running around trying to find my place in the community not quite situated yet. This past Monday I attended a community social event where all the community leaders in the area got together and discussed upcoming plans for the year. It was a lot of fun and surprisingly interesting. I thought there would be a lot more people in attendance of this event. I always assumed this area had so many more people. That I would be this tiny itty bitty fish in a very large pond. It didn’t really feel ...
Note: Re-posted from the Prairie Developer Conference blog. The Prairie Developer Conference is pleased to announce that Microsoft MVP, author, and consultant Donald Belchamwill be leading a one day workshop on Friday, June 4th titled Making the Most of Your Brownfield Application Development! Pricing will be announced shortly, as will pricing for the conference in general and registration will be opening next week! Below is the abstract for the workshop. Making the most of Brownfield Application ...
In this Issue: Nokola, Braulio Díez Botella, Gavin Wignall, David Poll, Mike Taulty, Pete Brown, Tim Heuer, Bruce Abernethy(2), and Kathleen McGrath. Shoutouts: John Bruin has a fun Silverlight app up on his site: Silverlight Circle Twist ... with source. Pixel in Gene posted a Quick tip about changing SketchFlow’s startup page name (Silverlight) From SilverlightCream.com: EasyPainter Beta: Top Secret Online Image Editor Announced Nokola posted information about and a link to his EasyPainter Beta, ...
To download the source code please click here Introduction Claim-based authorization is a new model of authorization introduced in Windows Communication Foundation. This model addresses more scenarios than the popular role based security model (IIdentity, IPrincipal). This is useful when an application requires complex and fine grained control on expressing access control decisions. Role based security model may not be powerful or flexible enough and is often too coarse when we reach complex scenarios ...
As part of Microsoft UKs Azure Awareness Week in February (2010) we have three training workshops for partners taking place. I have added them over on the new Fans of UK Azure community site. Don’t delay – I expect the places to vanish quickly! February 23 Tuesday Reading Free One day Accelerated Training Workshop for Partners February 24 Wednesday Reading Free One day Accelerated Training Workshop for Partners February 25 Thursday Edinburgh Free One day Accelerated Training Workshop for Partners ...
In this Issue: Joel Neubeck, Alex van Beek, Kirupa Chinnathambi, Jim McCurdy, Dave Britton, Laurent Bugnion, Brendan Enrick, Robby Ingebretsen, David Burela, and Lee. Shoutouts: Michael Sync put up a post about 3 new websites for Silverlight Community... good ones to aggregate I think :) John Papa announced a new episode up: Silverlight TV Episode 005 – Using Metadata with MEF I don't want to advertise this guy, but there is a site silverlight-travel dot com that is scraping Silverlight sites such ...
Coders4Charities 2010 planning is well underway! For those of you not familiar with the event, C4C is an event where developers, DBAs, graphic designers, business analysts and other geeks come together to provide free software implementations for local non-profit organizations over the course of one weekend. This is the 3rd year for C4C, and it will be taking place Friday through Sunday, March 26-28, 2010 at Centriq Training in Leawood, KS. We’re still looking for geeks willing to volunteer for this ...
Venerdì 5 Febbraio 2010 presso il Novotel Castellana di Mestre sarò ospite della community Xe.net (una delle più attive community di sviluppatori italiane e, secondo me, quella con il nome più azzeccato) per una sessione su "WINDOWS EMBEDDED, SEGRETI E MISTERI DELLE PIATTAFORME MICROSOFT PER I DEVICES". Avrò davanti una platea di valenti sviluppatori e spero di riuscire, nel tempo a disposizione, a illustrare le caratteristiche di Windows CE e Windows Embedded Standard e, magari, a far tentare qualche ...
Thanks to everyone who voted me onto the DDD8 agenda. It’s always an honour to have a topic voted into a conference by an audience of fellow developers, especially when it is a non technical topic such as this. I hope those who came enjoyed the session had a good time, and for them or those who were on one of the other tracks, or who couldn’t squeeze in; I’ve uploaded the presentation for you to download. I created a more simple, and smaller, PowerPoint without all the fancy animations and video ...
A major event for the BizTalk-community in Germany is about to happen! On February, 24th it's "Microsoft Business Process & Integration Tag" in Cologne. It will take place at the Microsoft office building. As far as I know it will be one of the biggest events about BizTalk in Germany ever! There will be developers/consultants, administrators, customers and people who are just interested in BizTalk. Details can be found here: http://www.connected-with-c... It is fully booked by now but ...
This is the first post on my brand new blog. I decided to move my blogging-activities to geekswithblogs and discontinue my blog at live.com. I like the discussions and blog-entries of this community a lot and I would like to share with you and all readers some interesting discoveries, new stuff or sometimes weird or funny things I stumble upon . My main interests are MS BizTalk Server, WCF, .NET in general and will soon be accompanied by WF4 and AppFabric, when I have a little more time... They will ...
This article is a two-part series regarding the LinqToWikipedia provider. The first article covers the basic concepts of Linq as well as the client usage of this particular provider while the second article covers the inner workings of the LinqToWikipedia provider to give you an understanding of what it takes to create your own IQueryable provider. NOTE: You should download the latest build from Codeplex so you can follow along with the code samples. Creating your own IQueryable provider First off ...
Lots of folks keep asking me for UK prices and to be fair it does take a little work to find them (You need to start here and bring up this pop up) Hence for simplicity, I have copied them here (as of Jan 29th 2010). Note that there are several rates available. The following is “Windows Azure Platform Consumption” Windows Azure Compute Small instance (default): £0.0728 per hour Medium instance: £0.1455 per hour Large instance: £0.291 per hour Extra large instance: £0.5819 per hour Storage £0.091 ...
After the second installment of our Speaker Idol format, I was asked by INETA to write an article for the January newsletter targeting other user group leaders. It came out great. The article describes the event format and some of our lessons learned. You can view the article at http://ineta.org/newsletter... There is a lovely mug shot. That serves me right for not having a more professional picture ready and had to get someone to take a picture in the office with ...
Microsoft Previews Tool to Ease Migration from MySQL to SQL Server Microsoft has released a new preview version of a tool that enables users of the MySQL database to migrate to Microsoft's SQL Server. On Jan. 11, Microsoft released a Community Technology Preview (CTP) of the Microsoft SQL Server Migration Assistant (SSMA) for MySQL toolkit. This tool dramatically cuts the effort, cost and risk of migrating to SQL Server. A new addition to the SSMA family is the CTP version 1.0 for MySQL that provides ...
In this Issue: Richard Waddell, Scott Barnes, Bob Bartholomay, Alex van Beek, Sergey Barskiy, Chris Klug, Microsoft Expression Blog Shoutout: All U.S. MVPs going to the Summit note that Suzanna Moran, my MVP lead, highly suggests the session at 1:30 on Tuesday "Developer & Platform Evangelism"... nudge, nudge :) John Papa is a very busy guy... Silverlight TV number 4 is up: 3 Steps to MEF (MEF Part 1) – Silverlight TV Episode 4 The Silverlight Team Blog announced Jordan Brand Leverages Silverlight ...
The second installment of the Community Megaphone Podcast is now up and you can view it at http://www.communitymegapho... Our guest for Show #2 is Joel Cochran and we talked primarily about Blend and WPF: Originally an AS/400 RPG Programmer, Joel is a former Contributing Editor for ITJungle.com (originally MidrangeServer.com) and has taught various programming languages and Internet technologies at Blue Ridge Community College. He has been developing in C# full time since 2003 and currently ...
I don’t really want to make an “End of 2009, beginning of 2010” post. Mostly because we’re almost in February, but also because I’m sure both of my readers could care less. I do, however, want to mention what I’ve been up to (mostly as just a shout out to all the cool events and people). Last year became SUPER busy right at the end, and so far this year, it’s been exciting too. I have been traveling quite a bit around the Midwest, speaking at user groups and Code Camps. I did HDC last October, then ...
I have a Acer AspireOne 751h that was originally shipped with Windows XP Home. It worked fine, and the price was good (got it at CostCo). For what it is, it worked beautifully. It does what a netbook does very well. However, it troubled me that with the "hotel loads" (what we called the minimum systems required to keep the ship operating in the Navy), almost 80% of the system resources were used. Sort of makes it hard to do much with that. When Windows 7 came out, I installed Home Premium per MS ...
I presented a talk on silverlight / Silverlight 4.0 new features in Jaipur and Delhi. Below are the slides and the demo code used. I talked about Silverlight as a RIA platform and then went on with the cool features like drag and drop/web cam support / printing support and dependency injection data binding of silverlight 4.0.. The Demo also included Animations and plane projection demo along with using RIA services with L2S classes. here is the slide deck and here the demo code. and here are few ...
The Windows Azure Platform is now live. It is showcased by a terrifically exciting web site which tells you what it is and makes it incredibly simple to sign up. Actually, it isn’t. We have http://www.microsoft.com/wi... It is an “ok” site I suppose. The detail is there. It has the occasional decent enough diagram, but TBH its a maze of words, pages, whitepapers, links, videos, downloads. I dislike it a lot. Sorry. I think the technology is great but the site is not. I would encourage you ...
There is a really strong interest in Cloud Computing and Azure in the UK – but it doesn’t appear to be supported by an online community. Well, at least I couldn’t find an active community. Hence I decided to go and create one. Or at least create the skeleton of one: http://ukazure.ning.com/ Right now you can: Give a “Shout out” to what you are up to with Azure. I’m certain folks would like to know. Watch UK produced videos on Azure including interviews with early adopters Check out upcoming UK events ...
The Chicago Architects Group will be holding its next meeting on February 16th. Please come and join us and get involved in our architect community. Register Presenter: Chris McAvoy Topic: Amazon Cloud Services Location: Illinois Technology Association 200 S. Wacker Dr., Suite 1500 Room A Chicago, IL 60606 Time: 5:30 - Doors open at 5:00 ...
In this Issue: Fredrik Normén(2), Antoni Dol, Alex van Beek, Rishi, Mike Taulty, Giorgetti Alessandro, Michael S. Scherotter, Jesse Liberty, Jeremy Likness, and Anoop Madhusudanan. Shoutouts David Kelley announces a podcast: Lunch With Interact - MVVM For Tards I don't keep a close eye on it, but sometime in the last two days, @SilverlightNews has hit 4000 followers... thanks to all the readers! From SilverlightCream.com: Aspen – A sample app using Silverlight 4 and .Net 4.0 – part 5 of X – New Repository ...
The day started a bit early today as we have to present a small session at Community Tech Days @ Hyderabad which was confirmed today itself. The event went very well, over 200 attendees have attended the event. Speakers from various states came to Hyderabad to attend the event. I first met Harish Ranganathan, my favourite evangelist, after entering the hall. Hima Bindu delivered the first session on Web Development Enhancements in VS 2010 which was very interactive and informative. Next Arun Ganesh ...
That’s right: January isn’t over and I’ve already plowed through not one, not two, but three books on my way to a record year for devouring tomes of the written word! Now some of you might be thinking that, while you enjoy reading my technology posts or announcements of community events, or shamefully plugging the Prairie Developer Conference, really all you want is *just* my book reviews. Well I have good news: I’ve setup shop over at Blogger and you can read *just* my book reviews at http://darcysbookclub.blogs... ...
All this while we have been working with the Windows Mobile 6.5 DTK, the developer toolkit, which is not a SDK but more of an extension to the existing Windows Mobile 6 SDK, adding support for gestures et al. Well, the wait is over now, the WM 6.5 SDKs for professional and standard devices are now available. You can download them from here. (see update below) I've just downloaded them, haven't installed them yet, but from Joel's blog: "I downloaded and installed it and can't say I've had a chance ...
Update: Shawn Wildermuth has changed his session and will be talking about Silverlight Security instead. The MIX conference this year had an open call for sessions, and 12 sessions were voted by the public out of 169. Surprisingly (or maybe not that surprisingly in fact), 3 sessions out of the 12 have the MVVM pattern in their title. This shows a lot of interest for this pattern which is helping the developer to create decoupled, testable, blendable applications in Silverlight and in WPF. Read the ...
Yesterday I gave a conference on LinQ to Objects at the .NET Montreal Community. The format was not your typical conference, it was a coding dojo! Everything went well and I think many people enjoyed to event. I'm posting a link to the solution that contains all the exercices the group did with the the answers included. Unfortunatly, it's in french :) If someone would like to have the exercices in english, about 20 of them, please post a reply and I'll put the english version here ASAP... Have fun! ...
We are now accepting speakers / presentations for Roanoke Code Camp 2010 (western Virginia) being held on Saturday, March 13th at Virginia Western Community College. If you have presented at a past Roanoke Code Camp -- welcome back! Our past reviews tell us we want you back. If you've never presented at a RCC, welcome! We will be having 4-5 tracks this year with topics including .NET anything and everything, SQL Server and SharePoint. If you are passionate about a topic you feel the Roanoke Valley ...
One of the problems that a large part of the a certain gaming community has understood over the years has been one of version checking. A common, though now older, method of version checking among this community has been to execute a known algorithm based on a seeded value; however, the algorithm would change based on a formula sent over the wire. For instance, suppose for every four bytes in a file, there are four state values: A, B, C, and S. The S value is the current four bytes of the file. The ...
In this Issue: Rene Schulte, Jim Wightman, Michael Wolf, Karl Shifflett, Braulio Diez, Walt Ritscher, Mike Taulty, and Deborah Kurata. Shoutouts: Karl Erickson posted at the Silverlight SDK that Source viewer added to the Silverlight SDK sample browser Karl Shifflett announced WPF & Silverlight Designer Team – New Blog... last I looked there were 5 articles up there! If you haven't seen this yet from John Papa: Silverlight TV Episode 2: Perspectives on Flash and Silverlight... I just pointed ...
Microsoft Community TechDays is back again.In Hyderabad one day full event on 24th Jan 2010. Attend deep technology sessions for developers and IT professionals, as some of the best-known names come to your city to share their insights in topics ranging from .Net, Visual studio, Silverlight, to Windows and SQL Server. Build connections with Microsoft experts and community members and gain the inspiration and skills needed to maximize your impact on your organization while enhancing your career. For ...
WOW! Unbelievable stream of goodness coming from Visual Studio ALM Rangers!! Visual Studio 2010 and Team Foundation Server 2010 VM Factory The purpose of this project is to build prescriptive guidance around the virtualization of the Visual Studio 2010 and guidance for full automation of the creation of virtual machines. The goal is to help users with the installation and configuration of virtualized environments with least effort and maximum automation. Visual Studio ALM Rangers This guidance is ...
In this Issue: Andrew Marshall, Jim Wightman, Matthias Shapiro, Alan Mendelevich, David Anson, Mike Taulty, Fredrik Normén(2), Jeremiah Morrill, and Benjamin Roux. Shoutouts: John Stockton has an interesting post up on The Illusion of Performance Scott Barnes discusses How do I get started in User Experience? Laurent Bugnion posted a Quick tip: Finding Silverlight 4 documentation fast From SilverlightCream.com: Silverlight and CUDA interop Andrew Marshall is posting about lashing up Silverlight and ...

Which is fantastic news. I’m really looking forward to it especially as the UK team are planning to put on a great week for UK developers with the help of the fantastic UK community. More details to follow (just keep an eye out for #uktechdays on twitter!)

Check out the UK Visual Studio 2010 page.

P.S. That is a launch date not an RTM date.

In this Issue: Richard Waddell, Benjamin Roux, Sergey Barskiy, Alex Knight, Chris Klug(2), András Velvárt, Brian Genisio, Jeff Prosise, Matthias Shapiro, and Mike Taulty. Shoutouts: Adam Kinney is taking Blend training on the road: Silverlight Design Days – Free Blend Training on Tour... keep checking back, and find one close to home! New Silverlight MVP Koen Zwikstra announced Silverlight Spy 3.0.0.7 From SilverlightCream.com: The Seeker: Sidebar 2 – Blendable Seeker via ControlTemplate Richard ...
I am very excited to announce the Community Megaphone Podcast. It is a new podcast hosted by myself and G. Andrew Duthie (aka devhammer) that focuses on community as well as technology. The guests will be developers and speakers that you would find at your local user group or code camp. Our hope is that this podcast will help you, as a developer, to learn more about speakers in your area and encourage you to visit your local user groups or code camps. The podcast is part of Community Megaphone and ...
FredNUG is pleased to announce that we have a great presenter lined up to start out 2010. After enjoying some pizza and beverages while hearing what the Microsoft New Efficiency is all about. David Makogon will present an overview of Silverlight 4 with a sprinkle of RIA Services. It will be great to hear what’s being added to the Silverlight bag of tricks. Come join us on the 19th and enjoy some food, Silverlight 4 knowledge and swag! We’ll also be continuing our canned food drive. Despite the holidays ...
FL Dot Net User groups are conduction the Florida Microsoft Community Speaker Idol competition through out various dot net groups. The purpose of the Microsoft Speaker Idol competition is to enable lesser known members of the technical community to be recognized for their talents and speaking abilities. For more details on the competition please visit Florida Microsoft Community Speaker Idol As part of the first phase of the competition we are holding a speaker Idol competition at the Fort Lauderdale ...
We are excited to announce that Visual WebGui 6.4 client is going to adopt jQuery as its client engine in order to provide better support for cross browsers, enhanced UI behaviors and most important provide a familiar API to write Visual WebGui extensions such as custom controls and utilizing different protocols such as JSON and REST. jQuery is a lightweight open source JavaScript library (only 15kb in size) that in a relatively short span of time has become one of the most popular libraries on the ...
Phizzpop 2010 contest site http://www.phizzpop.com/ launched today, and a MSFT Press Pass article also went out $50,000 PhizzPop Design Challenge: Agencies Called to Design New Web Site for Boys & Girls Clubs of America. The more official launch email will go out to agencies after Wednesday, but I wanted to make sure you are aware so you can please inform you all. Partners will need to submit their Design Challenge entry (up to 10 page PDF) by February 19, 2010 – so get your submissions in quickly. ...
There's a new XNA sample I've posted on XNADevelopment.com that demonstrates a method of detecting collisions between 2D rotated rectangles. I'm hoping to someday build a tutorial around this (maybe if I get enough requests for one!) but for now I've just made the source code available. I commented the code fairly thoroughly and made some attempt to write the code as readable as possible. It may be with those efforts that the sample will work well enough for most people without an accompanying tutorial. ...
For a while ive had a bunch of resources of my own and some links to other community resources which are very useful for BizTalk testing. Ive pulled these all together into one chm file which can point you to all of the appropriate resources to make life easier. This is available on the below link: http://code.msdn.microsoft.... If anyone feels ive missed a good resource please let me know and ill update it ...
In this Issue: Davide Zordan, Andrej Tozon(2), Anoop Madhusudanan, David Kelley, and Walt Ritscher. Shoutout: Walt Ritscher posted this Mesmerizing 3D shapes as GIF files and wow, mesmerizing is right.... check out the link of others as well! From SilverlightCream.com: A Silverlight / Expression Blend behavior to add Multi-Touch Manipulation and Inertia Davide Zordan posted an update to the behavior in the Expression Community Gallery to add Multi-Touch manipulation and Inertia. He then has an example ...
I love to see new user groups created but as a Geordie I'm especially pleased to hear of the creation of North East Bytes (NEBytes) - http://www.nebytes.net . The intention is to help Developers and IT Pros in the community with the constant battle to learn, stay current and broaden their knowledge. They meet every third Wednesday of the month at Newcastle University which happens to be where I did Computer Science – which brings back fond memories of the bar and the (very dangerous but hugely fun) ...