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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... ...
In this Issue: Nguyen Pham, Nigel Sampson, Jesse Liberty, Derik Whittaker, Morten Nielsen, Sumit Dutta, Asim Sajjad, Peter Kuhn, Kunal Chowdhury, Beth Massi, Joost van Shaik, and Andrea Boschin. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Setting SelectedValue for ComboBox" Asim Sajjad WP7: "Mango ‘Augmented Reality’ 101: showing a video background" Joost van Shaik Windows8: "Lighting up your C# Metro apps by Enabling Search–Part 1" Derik Whittaker LightSwitch: "Fun with the Office Integration Pack Extension for ...

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

In this Issue: Peter Kuhn, Scott Hanselman, David Anson, Kunal Chowdhury, Beth Massi, Rajat Jaiswal, MIke Ormond, WindowsPhoneGeek, Xianzhong Zhu, Jesse Liberty, Derik Whittaker, Morten Nielsen, Sumit Dutta, Asim Sajjad, and Dhananjay Kumar. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "How To Use DataTriggers In Silverlight DataGrid" Dhananjay Kumar WP7: "Windows Phone eBook 1st Edition Published" MIke Ormond LightSwitch: "Filtering Lookup Lists with Large Amounts of Data on Data Entry Screens" Beth Massi Windows ...
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 ...
We refreshed the home of the SharpBox project to give all API consumers, vendors and new project members a more organized way to find project related information. In the next weeks we will add more detailed documentation pieces to close our gaps. Feel free to propose missing information so that we can work on that. The following picture gives an impression how the new website looks like: Please visit our new page on http://sharpbox.codeplex.com and if you like SharpBox vote for it with stars on codeplex ...
In this Issue: Michael Washington, Kunal Chowdhury, WindowsPhoneGeek, Xianzhong Zhu, Jeremy Likness, Pete Brown, Jesse Liberty, Derik Whittaker, Morten Nielsen(-2-), Sumit Dutta, Asim Sajjad, and Dhananjay Kumar. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Enumerating MIDI Interfaces using Silverlight 5 PInvoke" Pete Brown WP7: "Migrating PushBox Game from Android to Windows Phone 7 - Part 5" Xianzhong Zhu Windows8: "Windows 8: What you Need to Know" Jeremy Likness LightSwitch: "How To Create a LightSwitch Command ...
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 ...
All seats were taken at the September IASA Chapter meeting. I opened the meeting with a short introduction of the officers and members of the board of directors as well as mentioning the benefits and opportunities of an IASA membership. Quent Herschelman followed with an introduction of the IASA educational programs and announced the exciting news that the chapter will host an IASA core training in January 2012. You can find more details and can sign up for the training on the IASA global web page. ...
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 ...
In this Issue: Eric Jensen, Andrea Boschin, Gill Cleeren, Rene Schulte, Colin Eberhardt(-2-), Mark Tucker(-2-), Mark Monster, Walter Ferrari, and Michael Washington(-2-). Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Welcome to Zombieland, the Metro Style Land of WinRT and the Undead" Rene Schulte WP7: "Adding Tactile Feedback to your app the easy way" Mark Monster LightSwitch: "A Random Walk Through The LightSwitch Data Model" Michael Washington Windows8: "TweetSearch – A Cross platform Metro UI WinRT and Silverlight ...
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 ...
A few weeks ago I ran into an error while setting up our test farm. I was creating the service applications and when I got to PowerPivot, I got the following error: I was able to work around this error by using PowerShell to create the service application. Background First, some details of our installation: two web front ends, two application servers, and one SQL server. All are running Windows Server 2008 R2 x64 with Service Pack1. The SQL Server is 2008 R2 with SP1. The SharePoint servers are SharePoint ...
Technorati Tags: Windows 8 Just like many thousands of geeks around the world I downloaded the Windows 8 preview from Microsoft’s website: http://msdn.microsoft.com/e... and spent some time playing with it. Being an embedded developer I don’t have any powerful machine lying unused in my office, so I installed Windows 8 on a very low-spec machine, a 1.6GHz Atom with 1GB of RAM and a 120GB HD (taken from an old mac). First of all I must say that I’m pretty impressed by the responsiveness ...
I’ve published a basic walkthrough of using the new brokered messaging capabilities in the Azure AppFabric service bus September 2011 release. If you have not used queues in AppFabric before this will get you started with a basic application that you can build upon. If you have used queues in the May or June CTP releases then this walkthrough will be useful to highlight the changes in the management portal and service bus API. (Quite a lot has changed, for the better, but I have a lot of rework to ...
As I write this post, Microsoft’s Windows 8-focused //build/ conference has just ended. The apprehension so many developers had around the show is now dissipated, the developer platform and tools have been detailed, and we have all been able to work with the operating system, and develop apps for it, on a touch device, for about 72 hours now. Most people, myself included, like what they saw. The OS is touch-friendly without being an iOS copycat; our developer skill set investments are nicely protected; ...
We recently implemented an email archiving solution at work. One of the requirements was that we configure automatic purging of messages older than 6 months in Exchange. One of our IT managers spent the better part of a month moving items out of the only copy of his PST into his mailbox so that they could be captured by the archive system and free him from his PST. For whatever reason none of these messages were captured by the archive system and were purged by Exchange as per the items older than ...
Programming for Metro Metro is the future http://zd.net/rnT9VZ .NET is for old apps. WinRT replaces WPF & WCF. XAML is big. There were no Silverlight sessions. HTML 5 and Javascript ( Blend for HTML) are back in fashion – I wont dwell on this because web apps are (inconsistently) simplistic in concept and over-complex in development. Yes, all those XAML skills are portable, Silverlight (RIP) apps can run as Metro apps with a bit of fidgeting with namespaces – you just need to know what controls ...
Introduction The conference sessions are starting to appear on the Channel 9 RSS feeds right now. If you are like me then you probably want to download all of them and watch them later. Here is the method that I use to grab all the videos and thought that it would help others. Note: You can use either Juice or PowerShell (which is located at the bottom of this post). Let’s do this with Juice Navigate over to http://channel9.msdn.com/Ev... and select the option to Subscribe to this ...
This new book targets embedded developers that want to use the latest release of the Windows CE/Windows Embedded Compact OS family. It has been written by Samuel Phung (that wrote also the excellent “Professional Windows CE 6.0”), Thierry Joubert and David Jones (that released many very useful tools for Windows Embedded in the past). They are great developers and also very good trainers and writers, and I’m pretty sure that they will provide a great amount of knowledge to people wanting to discover ...
The Azure AppFabric Service Bus Brokered Messaging functionality has shipped to production, and is available in Azure data centers across the world. This means that we now have point-to-point queuing and publish-subscribe messaging available in the cloud in the form of Queues, Topics and Subscriptions. Be aware that there are substantial changes in the classes in the Microsoft.ServiceBus.Messaging namespace, which means I will have to re-record webcasts and repost blog posts. I’ve spent quite a bit ...
In the BUILD event, Microsoft had just announced the latest Windows Azure SDK 1.5, Visual Studio Tool for Windows Azure SDK 1.5, and the Windows Azure AppFabric SDK 1.5. You can find them simply from the Web Platform Installer. One thing I found for now is that, the database had been changed for the local storage emulator in this version. That means you need to recreate the storage database by running the DSInit command from the folder (let’s say you installed the SDK in driver C) C:\Program Files\Windows ...
There are two ways that I found to this but I found the second one better for readability. 1. Test Run Configuration file 2. DeploymentItemAttribute I am interesting in the “DeploymentItemAttribute” because its more readable gives flexibility to add either on the Test Class level so that more than 1 test can get the files or at Test Method level. I have a solution contains multiple project one of the project requires xsds to be there with the assembly. So 1. select the all the files scattered in ...
This week I’m at the Microsoft Build/Windows conference. Now I’ve been to many conferences throughout the years and this is the first conference where I literally knew nothing about including the agenda. When I signed up for my badge on arrival we got a conference guide with all the hours of the session but no sessions. Very secret, very cloak and dagger. This created a huge buzz but also upped the expectation quite a bit… So with the tabled laid out and the expectation high I sat down and waited ...
I was working locally and trying to restore a database backup from the server for development purposes. I was receiving this error when I tried to restore and overwrite an existing database: The tail of the log for the database "%ls" has not been backed up. Use BACKUP LOG WITH NORECOVERY to back up the log if it contains work that you do not want to lose. Use the WITH REPLACE or WITH STOPAT clause of the RESTORE statement to just overwrite the contents of the log. An easy fix is to click on the Options ...
I am like everyone else when it comes to Preview OS Software. I don’t want it on installed on my primary machine and I don’t want to lug around another laptop to try stuff. I am not a fan of booting of VHD (which I will explain in a second). Scott Hanselman made a great post on how to do this if you are interested however. The main issue that I see with this approach is that the bootloader on my MAIN MACHINE is replaced with the Windows 8 Preview one. Yikes! I don’t want any preview software with ...
So we’re into Day 2 of Build, and the keynote this morning is talking about server and cloud aspects of Windows 8. I’m looking forward to the sessions this afternoon to get some deeper dives. But let’s reflect over yesterday first – Build Day 1. Yes, there was a tablet given away. But those focusing on the “new toy” are missing the bigger message, the larger paradigm shift, the impact on the future of what we’re seeing. I sound melodramatic saying that, but its true – the way development for the ...

Just finished downloading the Windows 8 and tried installing it on the Virtual PC and there I land into trouble..

Phew my first windows 8 error - HAL_INITIALIAZATION_FAILED

No clue what so ever what the issue

 

So I’ve played with the developer preview of windows 8 today. I’m trying to like Metro. But, at least on the desktop, it feels wrong. In fact, its not really windows anymore. In the sense “windows” are less in favour compared to full screen apps. It really should be called Boxes 1.0 I played around a bit with the new visual studio with metro templates….. great tools as usual. But…designing metro apps feels like a subset. The variety of apps in the windows world would find it hard to translate into ...
I kept getting this error whenever I try and do a Windows Update. This used to happen, particularly if I haven’t done a WU for a very long time. The usual suspects are anti-virus, firewall and sometimes, pending windows updates which would get resolved when I do a restart of the machine. I am running a Windows 7 SP1 64 Bit OS. This time, I connected a machine after almost 6 months and had a truck load of windows updates to be done. I tried restarting multiple times but every time, I run the WU wizard, ...