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As promised, here is a link to all of the applications from my session at CodeStock 2011: Entity Framework Profiler Studio Styles Reflector Telerik JustDecompile Beta dotfuscator CodePaste.NET Silverlight Spy WP7 Desktop Marketplace LINQPad Snippet Manager Browser Shots Snagit 10 7-Zip File Manager Code Converter CPU-Z Notepad2 SSDlife Free Regular Expression Library DLL-files.com Microsoft Web Platform Installer Visual Studio Gallery Search Everything Fiddler2 Paint.NET Microsoft Expression Blend ...
(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 ...
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 ...
When I've tried to deserialize dictionary whis strongly typed(and not string) keys, I've got an exception similar to the following Type 'System.Collections.Generic... System.Drawing, Version=4.0.0.0, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=b03f5f7f11d5... mscorlib, Version=4.0.0.0, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=b77a5c561934... is not supported for serialization/deserialization of a dictionary, keys must be strings or objects. // Type Dictionary`2 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Welcome you are reading Ben on Software hosted by geekswithblogs.net. I would like to thank them for letting me use it. I plan to blog about programming and as a very young programmer (12 years old) to get other kids off games and help start coding. See you very soon.
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 ...
Today, Microsoft announced some of the details about Windows 8 and how it is going to change web development forever. The announcement included a number of cool points about the upcoming OS but as someone in love with HTML5, these two points stood out to me: Web-connected and Web-powered apps built using HTML5 and JavaScript that have access to the full power of the PC. Fully touch-optimized browsing, with all the power of hardware-accelerated Internet Explorer 10. Okay, wow. That made my developer ...
In early 2010 I “complained” about the way we were explaining the Windows Azure Platform on our web site and pointed at a (IMHO) much better way of doing it by one of our competitors. A lot has changed since early 2010 and we now have some great resources – one of the best being “the super-slidy Windows Azure Pricing Calculator”. It comes highly recommended Check out http://www.microsoft.com/wi... P.S. and well done to the folks who created it! Related Links Sign up to ...
I came across this great article which talks about simply unloading projects from a solution to make the solution load and build faster in Visual Studio. This is great, as some of the solution files I work in contain over 300 projects and it can sometimes take a while to load. Also, because the information about which projects to load is stored in the .suo file (not the .sln file itself), this can be configured per developer so they only have to load the projects that they work in (the .suo files ...
One of the greatest benefits of building your solution flies in MSBuild (vs in Visual Studio directly) is that it doesn't lock up the Visual Studio UI, which can be a huge pain if you have a large solution that takes several minutes (or longer) to build. Building your solution in MSBuild leaves you free to inspect code in Visual Studio while your solution is building. The only problem is that to do this you have to open a command prompt and type the command + path every time to build. If you want ...
Overview of the “AdventureWorksDesignPatterns” Project (I’ll be posting on this series here. It will be based on the presentations I’m creating for the PhillyNJ.NET user group a subgroup of PhillyDotNet) This is the start of a long series on “applied design patterns”. The intent to demonstrate design patterns in real code. I am not endorsing or “pushing” any specific methodologies. But I will be stressing various points of views many of which are part of various methodologies you may have heard of. ...
We’ve used HtmlAgilityPack based function IsValidHtmlFragment(string html) to validate dynamically loaded Html Fragments before inserting into main page(or do not insert if it is invalid) and recently noticed that it doesn’t return false for some fragments with not closed tags. I decided to find some other tool to call from the code and found that most of HTML parcers are too forgivven(like browsers) or too strict- to check full XHTML conformance. I am going to add manual procedure to run Tidy.EXE ...
In this Issue: Alex Golesh, Walter Ferrari, Kunal Chowdhury, Rob Eisenberg, Michael Crump(-2-), WindowsPhoneGeek(-2-), Jesse Liberty(-2-), and Nigel Sampson. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "The ABC of streaming in Silverlight" Walter Ferrari WP7: "Switching between Windows Phone 7.1 Mango and 7.0 RTW developer tools and vice versa" WindowsPhoneGeek From SilverlightCream.com: Windows Phone Mango–What’s New? (“Profiler” - Part 9 of 8) Alex Golesh risks overlowing his buffer with this Mango - What's New ...
A downloadable cheat sheet from nordkapp displaying many examples Metro UI layouts. Excellent http://nordkapp.fi/blog/201... ...
After creating my InfoPath form and setting it to publish to a Forms Library in SharePoint 2010, I found that I wanted to fine tune the experience that the user has when submitting a form. The first thing to change was the annoying dialog asking the user for a filename. Many users will have no idea what SharePoint is asking them for, or worse, they enter a name that’s already used by another form (and either overwriting it or getting an error). To see what I mean, simply create an InfoPath 2010 form ...
There are a couple of ways to integrate Content Types with InfoPath forms libraries. I’m going to cover one scenario, but I’m sure there are more. My scenario is that I want to submit a form to a SharePoint 2010 Forms library and align the data collected on the form to existing columns in my Content Type. Here’s a summary of the steps: · Create a Site Content Type in SharePoint 2010 (my example is HR Forms) · Create a Forms Library in SharePoint 2010 (my example is HR Forms Test) · Add the Site Content ...
DISCLAIMER: I did not get this product for free. I’m just a guy with a debit card that has bought a product and wants to share. Last December, I decided to make the switch from using a desktop to a laptop as my primary development machine. I blogged about the experience with a post called “Searching for the Perfect Developer’s Laptop”. Fast forward almost 6 months later and the machine is still holding up great, just one problem: HEAT. It seems strange to hear about heat problems as this is usually ...
In this Issue: Kunal Chowdhury, Roy Dallal, Jim Wightman, Kevin Hoffman, Levente Mihály, Peter Kuhn(-2-, -3-), René Schulte, WindowsPhoneGeek, Jesse Liberty(-2-), John Papa. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Reactive Extensions–FromAsync" Jesse Liberty WP7: "Windows Phone 7 Mango - Sockets" Peter Kuhn Shoutouts: Kunal Chowdhury has a list up of all the Windows Phone 7.1 (Mango) Features From SilverlightCream.com: Windows Phone 7 Jump Start with Mango - 1 - Creating a Hello World Application Kunal Chowdhury ...
for those who knows what is MacDailyNews and those who has been following the news from MDN from their iOS devices, great news for you!Not sure whether this post has came a bit late for me to announce here, but I still want to inform fellow MDN-ers please go get your MDN apps updated.The screenshot shows what are the changes announced in the update.Enjoy!-- JC --[Posted with iBlogger from my iPhone] ...
This past week was an interesting experience. My first trip to Washington DC on Washington business. As part of the Association for Competitive Technology (http://www.actonline.com) I joined 27 other small software developer company owners from around the country to visit and educate congressional staffs. I already knew 1/2 dozen of the people attending from my activities in the Microsoft developer community and had the pleasure of renewing friendships with them and making new friends with others. ...
IIS Express is a new web server that replaces the old Visual Studio web server (aka Cassini). IIS Express provides a number of benefits which you can read about here and they key aspect is that it is IIS. However, that’s not to say that there aren’t any gotchas. One of the things that I ran into recently was that I was getting a 404 when trying to use the PUT and DELETE verbs (which are commonly used in RESTful services). The reason this is happening is because these verbs are not enabled in the ...
Ten minutes ago I created a scratch db instance with a name I mistyped. Not good! Fortunately, I have admin privileges so I can change it in my lab environment. If you're an admin AND no other users are accessing the DB instance, here's what you can do: USE master go EXEC sp_renamedb 'MetroWrongName', 'MetroRightName' GO If someone is using the instance, there is a workaround. Do this: USE master go -- flag the instance for single user only EXEC sp_dboption 'MetroWrongName','Single User', True GO ...
In my prior blog post on this topic, I showed how to use the PowerShell Start-Process command to initiate the rebuild of a Visual Studio solution using MSBUILD. With today's post, I'll show how I've wrapped this call into a PowerShell function to make it more PowerShell friendly. As I mentioned last time, the wrapper function's name is Build-VisualStudioSolution. I know, I know... "Build" is not an approved verb. I decided it was the most appropriate verb for this function given the intent and circumstances. ...
You’re a busy developer and you have read article after article of “What’s new in WP7 Mango” but you are only interested in knowing “What does this mean for me as a developer ?”. This is where I step in and give you the “need to know” with a quick blog post. What is it? The Beta to Windows Phone 7.1 Developer Tools named ("Mango") was released on May 24th, 2011. This means you can download the bits right now, but as far as having Mango on your phone you are going to have to wait. Let’s hit the bullet ...
In this Issue: Alex van Beek, René Schulte(-2-), Peter Kuhn, Kunal Chowdhury(-2-, -3-), Alex Golesh(-2-, -3-, -4-), WindowsPhoneGeek, Jesse Liberty, Nigel Sampson, Jeremy Likness, and Paul Sheriff. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Entity Framework 4.1 Code First, Silverlight, and Shared Models with REST+JSON" Jeremy Likness WP7: "Windows Phone Mango–What’s New? (“Silverlight/XNA Interoperability” - Part 7 of 8)" Alex Golesh LINQ: "LINQ Deferred Execution–Oops!" Jesse Liberty Shoutouts: My friends at ...
Als erstes möchten Jochen und ich uns bei euch Teilnehmern bedanken für das große positive Feedback zu diesem Workshop. Das waren sicher für uns alle 3 sehr spannende Stunden – für euch im technischen Inhalt und für uns in der Frage euren Geschmack zu treffen. Ein derartiger Workshop war eine Premiere für Esri im Rahmen der GIS Konferenz - und eure Einwertung kann man durchaus als einen Arbeitsauftrag an uns auffassen diesbzgl am Ball zu bleiben. Für den allgemeinen Frageblock ergab sich folgende ...
When we originally deployed OCS 2007 R2 in our environment, we only built one OCS 2007 R2 Access Edge Server. So, recently, we built three more OCS 2007 R2 Access Edge Servers for high availability and additional capacity purposes. To load-balance all of our Access Edge Servers, we use a hardware load-balancer. Please note a load balancer is required for arrays of OCS 2007 R2 Access Edge Servers. For more information about load balancers for OCS 2007 R2, please click here. Here are a few things we ...
Several attendees asked me to share the roadmap slide from the developer track at Tech.Days 2011 this week. This is my summary as of May 23rd 2011. Beta Extra Small compute instance Windows Azure VM Role CTP Windows Azure Connect Windows Azure Traffic Manager SQL Azure OData Service (labs) SQL Azure Reporting (Limited CTP) SQL Azure Data Sync (labs) AppFabric Service Bus enhancements (labs) Announced SQL Azure Backup and Restore SQL Azure Federations SQL Azure codename “Austin” AppFabric Developer ...
The GeeksWithBlogs Reader app for Windows Phone 7 is now available in the marketplace. This is still very much a 1.0 product, but it's free and I'm continuing to tweak it and add stuff to it, so if you have a windows phone, please give it a download and let me know what you think. http://social.zune.net/redi... ...
I do a ton of work in both C# and VB. Both are great but sometimes I find stuff in C# that I need to convert to VB. I recently found this tool that helps greatly. http://www.bing.com/search?... I used this today to convert a bit of C# I found for MVC. The results are shown below: Nice tool so far ...
Scott Klein, co-founder of Blue Syntax Consulting and SQL MVP, was our speaker at the West Palm Beach .Net User Group May meeting. Scott spoke and demonstrated code on Azure’s AppFabric. We would like to thank Scott for making time to share with us despite his busy schedule. We would also like to thank our sponsors: CompTec for hosting our meeting and Sherlock Technology for the free pizza/soda. Below please find a few photos of the event ...
Looks like bloggers figured out I'd post the submittals first, because today I got hammered with posts. In this 2nd in a row Submittal-only Issue: Alex Golesh(-2-, -3-, -4-, -5-), René Schulte, Alex van Beek, Kunal Chowdhury(-2-), Rudi Grobler. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Silverlight 5 Multiple Window Support" Kunal Chowdhury WP7: "Augmented Mango - SLARToolkit for Windows Phone" René Schulte WP7: "Windows Phone Mango–What’s New? (“New Sensors & Tooling Enhancements” - Part 3 of 8)" Alex Golesh ...
“Design Patterns 100? is a prerequisite for .NET Developers. (Part 5 – Excerpts from July 2010 – PhillyNJ.NET Presentation) Continuing our discussion from Part-4 we ask. What are the “Gang of Four” (GoF) Behavioral Patterns and where can we find them in the .NET Framework? Chain of Responsibility Pattern – A way of passing a request between a chain of objects Command Pattern – Encapsulate a command request as an object Interpreter Pattern – A way to include language elements in a program Iterator ...
“Design Patterns 100? is a prerequisite for .NET Developers. (Part 4 – Excerpts from July 2010 – PhillyNJ.NET Presentation) Continuing our discussion from Part-3 we ask. What are the “Gang of Four” (GoF) Structural Patterns and where can we find them in the .NET Framework? Let’s look at a list of the Strutural Patterns as defined by the GoF. Adapter Pattern – is used to match interfaces of different classes Bridge Pattern – is used to separate an object’s interface from its implementation Composite ...
“Design Patterns 100? is a prerequisite for .NET Developers. (Part 3 – Excerpts from July 2010 – PhillyNJ.NET Presentation) Continuing our discussion from Part-2 we ask. What are the “Gang of Four” (GoF) Creational Patterns and where can we find them in the .NET Framework? Let’s look at a list of the Creational Patterns as defined by the GoF. Abstract Factory Pattern – creates an instance of several families of classes Factory Method Pattern – creates an instance of several derived classes Builder ...
“Design Patterns 100? is a prerequisite for .NET Developers. (Part 2 – Excerpts from July 2010 – PhillyNJ.NET Presentation) Every .NET Architect, developer and even some business users have some understand of patterns which make up the system they want to construct just like our house discussion in Part-1. Every profession hasw it own “LINGO”. Many have tagged that of the IT World as “GEEK SPEAK”. When it comes to creating the software system even among the GEEKS we have our own language. For the ...
With the release of the Windows Phone Developer Tools 7.1 Beta, Visual Basic joins C# as a supported development language for XNA. I’ve been busily converting my samples to VB recently. They aren’t all done yet, but quite a few are (only three remain that I plan to convert). Rather than make anyone wait, I’ll share what I’ve completed so far and will add more when I have the remainder finished. Without further ado: Content Pipeline Extension Sample: VB Source Code – Related Blog Post DragAndDropGame: ...
A new power tool that promises to redefine the way you debug. You would need the high end Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate edition to run this power tool, the idea is to enhance the debugging experience and present code in bubble windows as you navigate from code in one page to code in another page. This should let u traverse through the stack easily, what more you can save the debug bubble canvas session, add notes, etc. The power tool will be available for download shortly. The video is promising indeed… ...
You may remember my post on Should GeeksWithBlogs move to the WordPress Platform? well I have finally made the move anyway. There are a number of reasons that I have moved my blog, but I have had a fantastic time since my first post on Hinshelm on Composite UI Application Block! way back in June of 2006 and I have loved my time on GeeksWithBlogs. So long and thanks for all the posts… if you are looking for me, you will find me on http://blog.hinshelwood.com ...
Much has been talked about the new release of ASP.NET MVC, i.e. MVC 3 and the new Razor syntax and the ability to simplify the development. Razor uses the @ prefix for switching between code and HTML and that kind of simplifies it when compared to using <%: symbol as with the case in MVC and ASPX engines. Here is a nice article from David Ebbo on how all of these fit together Not just that, Razor comes with a lot of goodies. The Helper classes simplify in doing some of the common tasks, doing ...
In this all submittal Issue: Colin Eberhardt, Rudi Grobler, Michael Washington(-2-, -3-, -4-), Victor Gaudioso. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "New Silverlight Video Tutorial: How to create a Rotating Banner" Victor Gaudioso WP7: "A Simple Windows Phone 7 MVVM Tombstoning Example" Colin Eberhardt Training: "Two Ways To Call LightSwitch From a Custom Silverlight Control" Michael Washington From SilverlightCream.com: A Simple Windows Phone 7 MVVM Tombstoning Example This is probably the best way to learn ...

This is my first blog entry on geekswithblogs.net. I will mainly be blogging about my experiences in C/C++ and Visual Studio but I will also blog about other technologies and languages when something interesting comes along.

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I get this all the time in IE and it really gets frustrating. I see it for inline video using Silverlight in IE. I get the error that I need the most current version of Silverlight to see the video. When I tell it to install Silverlight it tells me the latest version is already installed. Logic loop! Anyone know how to kill this? Feel free to shout out in the comments below. Technorati Tags: IE9,Silverlight,EmbeddedVideo ...