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Paul Thurrrott recently posted an article on the future of SkyDrive and I was asked what I thought about its future by @UserCommunity. So let’s take a look. The breakdown from Microsoft that Paul described I believe is an accurate representation of users and usages. While I can’t say that I leverage SkyDrive to the extent that it was meant to be I do enjoy having OneNote hosted their and being able to consult and edit it from the desktop, web and Windows Phone. Taking that one step further is the ...
For several years, I use TDD (Test-Driven Development) to produce code. I no longer plans to work without using TDD. The use of TDD significantly increases code quality, but does not guarantee that the code is the code that corresponds to the requirements specifications (write the "right code" with BDD as opposed to the write "code right" with BDD). Dan North has described in an article in published in 2006 the foundations of the BDD (Behavior-Driven Development). In this article, he introduces the ...
Over the next few weeks, we'll be performing experiments on SmartAssembly to confirm or refute various hypotheses we have about how people use the product, what is stopping them from using it to its full extent, and what we can change to make it more useful and easier to use. Some of these experiments can be done within the team, some within Red Gate, and some need to be done on external users. External testing Some external testing can be done by standard usability tests and surveys, however, there ...
Herve Roggero, SQL Azure MVP, has created a virtual community to focus on Azure. Here is the outline from Herve: User Group Name: Azure Florida Association Purpose: Start a virtual Florida user group that targets the Azure platform Venues: Most meetings will be virtual; however I plan to host a few physical events across Florida if possible from time to time; physical events may be a few hours long with potentially more than one speaker Possible Topics: The topics will touch Azure generally speaking, ...
Today's$10 Deal of the Day from APress at http://www.apress.com/97814... is "Beginning GIMP". "In this fully-updated second edition, author and long-time member of the GIMP community Akkana Peck introduces the GIMP and shows you everything about it that you'll want to know—including how to prepare images for display on web pages, touch up digital photos, tap into powerful filters, effects, and plug-ins, and automate tasks using scripts." For those of you unfamilar with GIMP it is the GNU Image ...
I am proud to announce the creation of a new virtual user group: the Azure Florida Association. The missiong of this group is to bring national and internaional speakers to the forefront of the Florida Azure community. Speakers include Microsoft employees, MVPs and senior developers that use the Azure platform extensively. How to learn about meetings and the group Go to http://www.linkedin.com/gro... First Meeting Announcement Date: January 25 2012 @4PM ET Topic: Demystifying SQL Azure ...
When The Center for Organ Recovery & Education (CORE) decided they needed a web application to allow easy access to the expenses management system they initially went to ASP.NET web forms combined with CSS. The outcome, however, was not satisfying enough as it appeared bland and lacked in richness. So in order to enrich the UI and give the web application some glitz, Visual WebGui was selected. Visual WebGui provided the needed richness and the familiar Windows look and feel also made the transition ...
There's a new movement rumbling around Red Gate Towers - the Lean Startup. At its core is the idea that you don't have to be in a company with single-digit employees to be an entrepreneur; you simply have to (being blunt) not know what you should be doing. Specifically, you accept that you don't know everything you need to know in order to create a useful, successful & profitable product. This is something that Red Gate has had problems with in the past; we've created products that weren't aimed ...
On November 12th 2011, I gave a presentation at Chippewa Valley Code Camp titled, “Kinecting the Dots with the Kinect SDK”. As promised, here is the Slides / Code / Resources to my talk. (click image to download slides) The Kinect for Windows SDK beta is a starter kit for applications developers that includes APIs, sample code, and drivers. This SDK enables the academic research and enthusiast communities to create rich experiences by using Microsoft Xbox 360 Kinect sensor technology on computers ...
Welcome back once again, in Part 1 of Load and Web Performance Testing using Visual Studio 2010 I talked about why Performance Testing the application is important, the test tools available in Visual Studio Ultimate 2010 and various test rig topologies, in Part 2 of Load and Web Performance Testing using Visual Studio 2010 I discussed the details of web performance & load tests as well as why it’s important to follow a goal based pattern while performance testing your application. In part 3 I’ll ...
Microsoft is hosting another Windows Phone Accelerator lab this December 13-15 in Dallas: Do you have the next million dollar idea that you just can’t find the time to finish? Do you already have an app for Android and iPhone that you want to expand into new markets? It’s time to turn your napkin sketches and leverage your hard work into real, sellable apps for Windows Phone in ONE WEEK! Join us for a special Windows Phone event you don’t want to miss - Windows Phone Accelerator! In this 3-day developer ...
One of the groups that I am currently President of (IASA Kansas City) is hosting an event by Rachel Hack (Google Community Manager) about the Google Fiber Project in Kansas City. The event will be hosted at Balance Point’s office off 92nd and Ward Parkway on the Missouri side of the state line. If you are interested, please check out further details here and get registered. It is after work hours from 6 to 8 PM on the night of November 29, 2011. It is free to attend and open to anyone who gets registered. ...
Two months ago, almost to the day, I opened Big Robot Games. This is my 4th game store (the 3rd actual Brick & Mortar store, in the 4th physical location.) I opened my first store in 1999. It was called Roanoke Hobbies and was located in Roanoke, VA. I partnered up with a buddy from the Navy to open it. It was a really small space, in a terrible location, but the rent was dirt cheap. Even then, we built up a pretty loyal group of regulars and friends. We carried all the traditional fare: Games ...
Yikes... left off all my information last night! In this Issue: Jay Kimble, Charles Petzold, Peter Kuhn, Adam Kinney, Ollie Riches, Abhinaba Basu, Mike Taulty, Erik Mork, Kunal Chowdhury, Cheryl Simmons, Beth Massi, Joost van Schaik, Timmy Kokke, David Catuhe, Igor, and Dhananjay Kumar. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "New version of Babylon engine for Silverlight 5 and Silverlight 5 Toolkit" David Catuhe WP7: "A behavior to show the Windows Phone 7 camera as background" Joost van Schaik Beth Massi: ...
In this Issue: Michael Washington, WindowsPhoneGeek, Jeremy Likness, Mike Taulty, Erno de Weerd, Jesse Liberty, Derik Whittaker, Sumit Dutta, Asim Sajjad, Dhananjay Kumar, and Avi Pilosof. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Using Jounce Navigation to Create OOB Child Windows in Silverlight 5" Jeremy Likness WP7: "Video on How to work with WCF Services in Windows Phone 7" Dhananjay Kumar Metro/WinRT/WIndows 8: "Development Tip – Tab Control" Avi Pilosof LightSwitch: "Connecting To A .CSV or Excel File ...
There’s been a lot of discussion around Scott Hanselman’s recent blog post around profanity in presentations. He discusses whether the use of profanity is appropriate in conference presentations, and the feedback through comments and the Twitterverse are varied. Some say its ok, others say it isn’t. Everyone seems to be discussing about the presentation itself, the “artistic license” that presenters are granted when creating their presentation. I wanted to give a different take on the subject – the ...
Aims if this chapter Explain what is meant by communication and collaboration Describe the social mechanisms that are used by people to communicate and collaborate Outline the range of collaborative systems that have been developed to support this kind of social behaviour Describe some of the new forms of social behaviour that have emerged as a result of the proliferation of mobile devices, web-based services, and applications Summary Social mechanisms in communication and collaboration Underlying ...
I was pleasantly surprised to find out this week that I am now part of the Geeks With Blogs Influencers program. It is hard to believe that it has been 5 1/2 years since I started blogging here. It has always been a great community and it is great to be able to show off how much I appreciate having this soapbox here to share ideas. I look forward to being here a lot longer. Finally, thanks to Jeff and the crew for keeping the lights on and continued improvements. del.icio.us Tags: GWB,Geeks With ...
Once the installer for the AdventureWorks Community Sample Database has finished, we then need to complete the process (not mandatory, but nice to do to play with the OLAP content). The first thing we need to do is make sure we note the location of the script files and samples. The path if you are working with SQL Server 2008 R2 is as follows: “C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\100\Tools\Samples\Ad... 2008R2 Analysis Services Project\enterprise” I am working with the developer edition, ...
Welcome All So it has been a long time coming but finally I am coming out of my shell (publicly from the dark room) and giving back to the community. FYI I have been using computers since my first "Computer" a Sinclair ZX 81 back in 1981 There has been a long love afair ever since. My Goal is to provide understanding on the technical day to day struggle as we code our way through our lives Cheers Justin ...
Although the collections classes introduced in .NET 2, 3.5 and 4 cover most scenarios, there are still some .NET 1 collections that don't have generic counterparts. In this post, I'll be examining what they do, why you might use them, and some things you'll need to bear in mind when doing so. BitArray System.Collections.BitArray is conceptually the same as a List<bool>, but whereas List<bool> stores each boolean in a single byte (as that's what the backing bool[] does), BitArray uses ...
I've wrote this article a few months ago but in Portuguese: http://pontonetpt.org/blogs... I've decided to translate it to engish. The sample project is hostead at GitHub but it's in Portuguese (the same as my first article). Link Github: https://github.com/guilherm... I've been progamming with unit testing and test-driven developement in use for server-side for 2 years. On the last months i've been working ...
Introduction I recently found out that I have been awarded with the Q3 Community Champion Award from INETA. It is a honor and a privilege to be part of this Elite group of community leaders. I cannot tell you how excited that I am to be acknowledged by my peers for the community work that I do. Below is what the email said: I would like to congratulate you on winning the INETA Champion Award for the third quarter of 2011. I want to personally thank you for your time and effort in supporting and helping ...
Hi Everyone, This is a place for .NET lovers like us can go and learn more about all Microsoft Cloud technologies. This website makes it more easy, simple and actually fun to know what the technologies are, how they work and what we can do for it in the perception of both business and personal entities. Here is what you have to do (to make it much easier, follow the steps) 1. Go to http://www.microsoftvirtual... this website 2. Login with your Windows Live ID (Create one if you ...
Click this link: http://sharepoint.microsoft... Notice at the bottom left-hand side of the page there is a SharePoint Saturday mention with the latest events. Now send a shout out to Susan Lennon, Michael Lotter, Eric Harlan, Dux Raymon Sy, Kris Wagner, Josh Carlisle, and every other person who put in some form of effort to the SharePoint Saturday brand. We all worked hard for 3 years or more organizing, volunteering, speaking, sponsoring, or spreading the word ...
A reader of this blog wrote "It would be great to find out the reasons why programming languages are designed the way they are." The first computer languages were the assemblers. When I started programming in 1979, I learnt to read IBM360 machine code as well as write RPG, Cobol and CICS. Assembly languages are easier to use than writing directly in machine code. RPG stands for Report Program Generator and is an excellent language for writing reports to print on fixed pitch font printers. These were ...
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 » ...
Apart from Dictionary<TKey, TValue>, there's two other dictionaries in the BCL - SortedDictionary<TKey, TValue> and SortedList<TKey, TValue>. On the face of it, these two classes do the same thing - provide an IDictionary<TKey, TValue> interface where the iterator returns the items sorted by the key. So what's the difference between them, and when should you use one rather than the other? (as in my previous post, I'll assume you have some basic algorithm & datastructure ...
Welcome to my new blog on this site. My current blog is still on: http://hassanfad001.blogspo... and will be moved soon to this site. Stay tuned for all information about: - Visual Studio (VS) - Team Foundation Server (TFS) & Team Foundation Service (Hosted TFS) - Visual Studio Application Life Cycle Management (ALM) - Microsoft Test Manager (MTM) - SharePoint (SP) - Community & MVP Program related staff and Microsoft Technologies at all. - ....ect Thanks. Hassan ...
First we would like to thank each and every one of you who have supported Visual WebGui in the nominations for DevProConnections and Windows IT Pro. We appreciate all of our customers and friends of Gizmox for being with us each step of the way in our efforts to bring our unique products to the forefront of code trans-positioning and migration. Without further ado - Congratulations to our 3 big winners! Gevorg Horomyan Marcin Pytel Ugur Yildirim Please contact us at your earliest convenience at marketing@gizmox.com ...
Today, we reached a new milestone of Microsoft All-In-One Code Framework. It gives me great pleasure to announce our newest Microsoft All-In-One Code Framework Sample Browser - v4 available to the globe. With this release, we embrace the hope of giving global developers a completely new and amazing experience to enjoy over 700 Microsoft code samples. Compared with the previous version, this new version of Sample Browser is completely redesigned from tip to toe. We heard lots of users’ voices about ...
En el PDC10 del año pasado se realizaron una serie de anuncios alrededor de la Plataforma de Windows Azure, entre estas se incluyo el anuncion de una beta privada para la instancia ExtraSmall de Windows Azure. Esta instancia más pequeña proporciona a los desarrolladores un entorno de formación y desarrollo rentable.También, los desarrolladores pueden utilizar la instancia ExtraSmall para prototipos de soluciones de nube a un menor costo. Para ver una comparación de precios y recursos de tamaños de ...
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 ...
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 ...
In this Issue: Colin Eberhardt, Dennis Doomen, Lazar Nikolov, András Velvárt, Rudi Grobler, Jeremy Likness, Derik Whittaker, Morten Nielsen, Sumit Dutta, Asim Sajjad, Ollie Riches, Kunal Chowdhury, and Beth Massi. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Simulating rain in Silverlight Part 3 - Adding wind effect" Lazar Nikolov WP7: "Developing Windows Phone 7 HTML5 apps with PhoneGap" Colin Eberhardt LightSwitch: "LightSwitch Community & Content Rollup–September" Beth Massi Metro: "Lighting up your C# Metro ...
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 ...

 

Hi All,

Microsoft MSDN Launched "Test Center" :  A community where software testers can share knowledge and learn from each other. 

URL :http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/testing/default.aspx

Thanks

Abhishek

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 ...
Matt Hidinger gave a high energy presentation around Onion Architecture for this month’s meeting. It was great seeing the history of this architectural approach including its connection to Jeffrey Palermo. Of course drinking from a fire hose takes a while to digest. Get the code and slides here. Please join us for our next meeting and get involved in the Chicago Information Architecture community. del.icio.us Tags: CITAG,Chicago Information Technology Architects Group,Jeffrey Palermo,Matt Hidinger,Onion ...
Are you passionate about your job? Do you enjoy programming? Do you think you're any good at it? One of the things that make me productive as a developer are the tools and products I use. However, these tools seem to try and grab all my attention. When I go to a conference, or read a blog entry, I'm bombarded with them: Windows 8, Visual Studio 11, TFS, WCF, Silverlight, MEF, OData, Lightswitch, LabManagement, NuGet, ... it just doesn't stop, and I know I will never be able to keep up with all of ...
Matthew Kerner’s session at BUILD covers many of the patterns and approaches that a well designed and highly scalable solution can do to make the most efficient use of the platform. Truth is many of the areas Matthew covers should be for on Premise too – including use of Windows Azure CDN. At about ~30:00 in Matthew references one of my posts on Windows Azure CDN and using it with your Compute role (hosted service) as an CDN origin… ...
One benefit of my recent experience on a BA flight was that I got plenty of time to read through “Microsoft BizTalk 2010 Line of Business Systems Integration”. I’d promised the publisher weeks ago that I would take a look and publish some comments, but August has been such a busy month for me, and they have had to be patient. I should point out that, for the sake of transparency, that with another BizTalk book about to be released (next week) which I helped co-author, I have an urgent and obvious ...
To many people, System.Collections.Generic.... is just a useful collection. In this post, I'll be looking inside that collection and see how it really works. Dictionary is based on a hashtable; for the rest of this post, I'll assume you know roughly how a hashtable works. The Wikipedia article, as the source of all knowledge algorithmical, provides a good overview. It will also help if you've got the class open in Reflector so you can see what's going on yourself. The basics ...
What is Tulsa TechFest? It is a technical conference with currently the broadest topics in the United States, maybe the world. There are tracks covering everything enterprise architecture, software/web development, databases, project management, data security and this year for the first time - End Users, Social Media, Mobile, Enterpreneurs, Managers, BI & Reporting, Virtualization and Mentoring. It's primary focus is to provide training/teaching sessions that are immediately benefical to the ...
I suppose it’s one year and a bit of a day now, but anyway…One year ago today I started at Planet Technologies. I landed in Las Vegas on Monday, September 13th, 2010 and showed up to the Holiday Inn on Rainbow Blvd. They had two boxes for me, one cell and one laptop, it was kind of like being on a mission for some super secret organization. A day later I showed up to the client site and assessed the situation. I was not sure if this job was the job for me yet. I had good recommendations via email ...
On August 31st I was pleasantly surprised by Microsoft when they notified me of receiving the Community Contributor Award. Here is an excerpt of the email: “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 Microsoft online community forums such as TechNet, MSDN ...

Back in June of 2009, I joined an Indianapolis based Company called Apparatus. But there are times when we find forks in the road (Muppet movie reference). So the end of the road has come for my being at Apparatus on Sept. 24th.  It has been a couple of years of great experiences.

The future looks fun, entertaining, packed with community interaction and time to take ALM and SharePoint to another level.  Stay tuned.

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 ...
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 ...
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 ...