# Friday, 18 December 2009

Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 Beta period extended

Soma just announced that the beta period for VS2010 and .NET 4.0 has been extended and the release date is being pushed back a couple of weeks (no new date mentioned yet).

Also, in addition to the 2 beta’s that have been released there will be an additional public Release Candidate that everyone gets to play with :-)


Read more: http://blogs.msdn.com/somasegar/archive/2009/12/17/visual-studio-2010-and-net-framework-4-beta-period-extended.aspx

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# Wednesday, 02 December 2009

Just took a walk around Fenway – using Bing Maps

Bing Maps just released a new (beta) way of exploring maps. It allows you to walk and look around ‘inside’ the map. With Sophie sitting next to me on the couch we took a walk around Fenway Park.

Use this link to jump to the ticket office: http://www.bing.com/maps/explore/default.aspx#5872/lat=42.34667&lon=-71.098862&alt=-48.11&z=30&h=137.8&p=2.9&pid=5082/5003/0.6002=q:Fenway+Park,+Boston,+MA+USA:lat:42.3586715525037:long:-71.0566996783018

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DDE Client –> NDde on CodePlex

I’ve been doing some research into writing a DDE client in C#. Turns out there is project on CodePlex called NDde (http://www.codeplex.com/ndde) which offers a good starting point. For some reason it took many Bing’s and Google’s before stumbling onto this little gem.

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# Tuesday, 01 December 2009

Have to learn Japanese

Today I wanted to provide some feedback on a cool product (Live Mesh) I’ve been beta testing. I clicked the feedback link and saw this:




I guess I’ll have to learn Japanese :-)


Update: Feedback for Live Mesh can go here: https://connect.microsoft.com/LiveMesh

Update: Vote for my suggestion: https://connect.microsoft.com/LiveMesh/feedback/ViewFeedback.aspx?FeedbackID=516914
My suggestion is:

I'd like to be able to temporarily take a folder offline. I imagine being able to right click on a Mesh Folder and choose from being offline for X amount of minutes or X hours.

As a developer I share my sources folder across multiple machines. Every recompile in Visual Studio leads to files getting synced. I don't need them to be synced until I'm done for the day/morning/afternoon.

I imagine this feature appeals to anyone who shares a folder with high frequent changes.

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# Wednesday, 11 November 2009

Sign up now for Software Development Event (December 2009)

The schedule for the December Software Development Event is set (see below). There is another great line up of speaker and it looks to be a great event. Sign up at: http://www.sdn.nl/SDN/SDNEvent/SDNEventdecember2009/tabid/132/Default.aspx.

The event will be held at;
Van der Valk Hotel Houten
Hoofdveste 25
3992 DH Houten




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# Tuesday, 10 November 2009

Sessions for 3rd Dutch Code Camp on 21-Nov-2009

The sessions for the 3rd Dutch Code Camp have been posted to www.codecamp.nl. The Code Camp will be held on November 21, 2009 at the Hogeschool in Rotterdam (Netherlands).

Tijdslot Track A Track B
Track C
09:30 - 10:45 Around .NET Framework 4 in one hour
Roland Guijt
Sander Gerz

Windows Mobile en het werken met data
Arjan van Huizen
11:00 - 12:15 ADO.NET EF 4.0
Kurt Claeys

SharePoint nightmares
Marianne van Wanrooij

iPhone development met jQTouch
Maurice de Beijer

13:15 - 14:30 VSTO 2010 met Office 2010
Hassan Fadilli

Modulaire Silverlight apps met Prism
Timmy Kokke

Microsoft Surface Development
Dennis Vroegop & Freena Eijffinger

14:45 - 16:00 VSTS 2010
Pieter de Bruin

Windows Identity Foundation
Michiel van Otegem

SQL Azure
Marcel Meijer

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Fix Outlook PDF preview on Windows 7 64bit.

When moving to Windows 7 I also moved from 32bit to a 64bit operating system. The experience has been great, but PDF previews in Outlook 2007 weren’t working anymore. Bink.nu has the solution:

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# Thursday, 05 November 2009

Get the latest version of the .NET Framework on your machine

Scott Hanselman put up a page to help you detect whether you’re running the latest version of .NET available and also helps you figure out what the smallest version is tha you can download.

Go to http://www.hanselman.com/smallestdotnet/ for more information.


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# Thursday, 29 October 2009

Team Foundation Server 2010 will retail for $499

Just discovered that TFS2010 will retail for $499 and this will include provisions to allow 5 users (without CALs) to access the server. This is regardless of installation choice: Basic, Advanced or Custom.

More on: http://beta.blogs.microsoft.co.il/blogs/shair/archive/2009/10/24/tfs-2010-server-licensing.aspx

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# Wednesday, 28 October 2009

This Thursday in Bangor, ME: The Dueling BAND Joes - jQuery and SQL XML

I won’t be able to make it, but just to remind everyone else :-)

Presenters: Greg Howe and Jeff Hall, BAND co-leaders
Room: Libra Conference Room, Husson University, Bangor

Jeff and Greg lead the BAND together. As developers Jeff is somewhat conservative and well thought out in his approach, while Greg tends to "wing it" and doesn't enjoy having to write test plans and documentation. However, instead of their differences making it impossible for them to work together, they see how they provide ideas and tools to each other. They are excited to bring their minds together and show how differences can work in your favor for really neat solutions.
This session has Jeff showing how you can work with XML natively in SQL Server, Greg showing you how to integrate jQuery into your web apps, and then both Joes will show how you can make a neat data-centric solution using the two technologies together.

Speaker Bio:
Jeff Hall is a software developer for Occupational Health Research in Skowhegan, with experience including ASP.NET, WinForms, unit testing and deployment.
Greg Howe is a Microsoft Certified Application Developer and has been programming applications since he was 13, maxxing out a Commodore 64. He currently builds web sites by day and night, working as a web software developer for EMHS in Brewer and doing side jobs where he can. He loves doing web work and enjoys it when someone says "That can't be done".

Register Now

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# Thursday, 22 October 2009

ReportViewer 2010 supports “Export to Word”

A feature I’ve been waiting for in the ReportViewer control is “Export to Word”. After installing Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 I immediately created a little test to see if the feature made it. Good news! It did. Here is a screenshot:


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# Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Visual Studio 2010 versions (SKU’s)

From Scott Guthrie’s blog:

VS 2010 Product Line SKU Simplifications

With VS 2010 we are simplifying the product lineup and pricing options of Visual Studio, as well as adding new benefits for MSDN subscribers.  With VS 2010 we will now ship a simpler set of SKU options:

  • Visual Studio Express: Free Express SKUs for Web, VB, C#, and C++
  • Visual Studio 2010 Professional with MSDN: Professional development tools as you are used to today with the addition of source control integration, bug tracking, build automation, and more. It also includes 50 hours/month of Azure cloud computing.
  • Visual Studio 2010 Premium with MSDN: Premium has everything in Professional plus advanced development tools (including richer profiling and debugging, code coverage, code analysis and testing prioritization), advanced database support, UI testing, and more.  Rather than buying multiple “Team” SKUs like you would with VS 2008, you can now get this combination of features in one box with VS 2010. It also includes 100 hours/month of Azure cloud computing.
  • Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate with MSDN: Ultimate has everything in Premium plus additional advanced features for developers, testers, and architects including features like Intellitrace (formerly Historical Debugging), the new architecture tools (UML, discovery), test lab management, etc.  It also includes 250 hours/month of Azure cloud computing.

More on: http://weblogs.asp.net/scottgu/archive/2009/10/19/vs-2010-and-net-4-0-beta-2.aspx

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Visual Studio 2010 to be released on March 22, 2010.

PCMag reports the following:

Microsoft said Monday that Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 and Microsoft .NET Framework 4 Beta 2 are now available to MSDN subscribers.

Microsoft also added what the company is calling the "Ultimate Offer," making it available to all active MSDN Premium subscribers at the official product launch on March 22, 2010. Under the offer, all active MSDN Premium subscribers will be transitioned to a higher-level Visual Studio 2010 with MSDN subscription at the product's launch.

The beta will also be made available generally on Oct. 21, Microsoft said. Microsoft will provide more details at its Professional Developers Conference (PDC) in Los Angeles on November 17 to 19.

Go to: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2354440,00.asp

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Team Foundation Server 2010 Basic to replace SourceSafe

Brian Harry has a post on a little gem called Team Foundation Server 2010 Basic. Price and such is not yet know, but it is set to be a replacement for Visual SourceSafe.

TFS 2010 Beta 2 is available for download (if you’re an MSDN subscriber).

Read the more here: http://blogs.msdn.com/bharry/archive/2009/10/01/tfs-2010-for-sourcesafe-users.aspx

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Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 available to MSDN Subscribers


Go to: http://msdn.microsoft.com to start downloading (I’m at 15% right now :-) ).

If you’re a little confused about the rebranding, then go here for a nice overview of the new names and how they replace previous versions.

The MSDN Visual Studio 2010 page can be found here.

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# Monday, 19 October 2009

Registration for the 4th quarter MSDN (.NET) Northeast Roadshow has just opened up!

clip_image001Registration for the 4th quarter MSDN (.NET) Northeast Roadshow has just opened up!  This totally FREE event will be held on Tuesday, December 15th.   Thankfully, we were able to secure more convenient hours this time around.  The event will run from 9:00 am thru 3:30 pm in the Florian Hall of the Central Maine Commerce Center in Augusta. (a.k.a. Public Safety/M.E.M.A)  These events target .NET developers and analysts, or those actively training to become one.  Microsoft Developer Evangelists Chris Bowen and Jim O’Neil will be making the drive up from their regional offices in Massachusetts in order to lead the presentations.



•    WCF (Windows Communications Foundation)
•    Silverlight RIA (Rich Internet Applications) and the MVVM design pattern (Model-View-ViewModel)
•    Where to find help when you get stuck.
•    LINQ  (Language INtegrated Query)
•    ASP .NET Webforms and AJAX

Please register in advance by using the following link:

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# Sunday, 18 October 2009

Windows 7 resources for developers

Jim O’Neil has a great post with a list of links to resources that are useful for developers targeting Windows 7.

Go here: http://blogs.msdn.com/jimoneil/archive/2009/10/17/code-camp-12-7-on-7-resources.aspx

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# Friday, 16 October 2009

Dutch Windows 7 Community Launch

The Dutch Windows 7 Community Launch will be held on Monday night during the Software Development Conference 2009.

SDC 2009 attendees will receive a link per email to register.
If you are not an attendee at SDN Conference 2009 then register through the Microsoft website.

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# Sunday, 11 October 2009

Unblocking assemblies in Windows 7

I just ran into a little problem when attempting to run a Visual Studio unit test on my Windows 7 machine. I downloaded log4net.dll and wanted to use it in a project, but when running the unit test I ran into the following error:

Failed to queue test run 'Mark@L-ONE 2009-10-11 14:08:38': Test Run deployment issue: The location of the file or directory 'c:\users\mark\documents\visual studio 2008\projects\sources\developone.myproject.unittests\bin\debug\log4net.dll' is not trusted.

Turns out that a downloaded file is blocked. You can unblock the file by right clicking the file and choosing “Unblock”.


Make sure you remove all copies of the assembly (if you have copy local = true) and then recompile.

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