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Office 2010 Developer Training Content on Channel 9

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The Office 2010 developer training content on Channel 9 and its downloadable Office 2010 Developer Training Kit has been updated. All hands-on labs and source code have been refreshed and the HOLs are now available for viewing on Channel 9.

Eight videos have been added across the three new modules, Access 2010, Application Compatibility and Core Office Development. 

The new Access 2010 videos cover getting started, an introduction to the new design tools and using web

databases. The HOL has been refreshed.

The Application Compatibility videos discuss the new IT Pro tool, Office Environment Assessment Tool (OEAT), for assessing the enterprise environment and the Microsoft Office Code Compatibility Inspector tool for developers to help evaluate their VBA and VSTO code for Office 2010 compatibility. A HOL helps you get acquainted with these tools.

The Core Office Development videos cover working with data in Office, writing VBA code and core UI customization with VBA. The HOL highlights working with data in Office using Excel and document assembly in Word using VBA.

The new 2010 Information Worker Demonstration and Evaluation Virtual Machine (RTM) VHD has just been released for download as well. All the above Office 2010 developer content has been tested on this version of the VM. So download the VHD, install the Office 2010 Developer Training Kit and you will be all set.

Lastly, the SharePoint 2010 developer content on Channel 9 has been refreshed as well so be sure to check it out too.

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Written by wesy

May 12, 2010 at 11:23 am

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Windows Phone 7 Series at MIX 2010

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I just got out of the keynote and I’m really excited about the Windows Phone 7 Series. Pix are worth a thousand words so I’ll post a few here.

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http://www.windowsphone7series.com

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March 15, 2010 at 12:12 pm

Upcoming Azure Events – Hope to See You There

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Here’s my travel and event schedule for the next couple of weeks – hope to see you there. I’ll be promoting the WebsiteSpark and BizSpark programs. Hope to see you there!

Phoenix, Feb 23 – Cloud Computing and Windows Azure – http://bit.ly/9ZtqtT

Burbank, Feb 25 – Cloud Computing and Windows Azure – http://bit.ly/cMDPnC

San Francisco, Mar 2 – Cloud Computing and Windows Azure – http://bit.ly/d1QjzS

Written by wesy

February 23, 2010 at 10:58 am

Upcoming Windows Azure Platform Events (US dates)

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 Microsoft is about to embark upon a 6 week, 15 city tour to discuss the Windows Azure Platform. See the table below for more details.  The cloud means a whole of things to different people, but one thing is certain – the cloud implies scale. Here’s a few factoids: 

  • 1 Billion: Windows Live ID authentication each day
  • 3-4 Billion: emails filtered daily from >6 million mail boxes by Foreront
  • 450 Million: Hotmail users
  • 20 Million: Xbox Live users
  • 700,000 Square Feet: Size of one our new data centers

Developer Track:

 

Code, debug, & test in a local cloud sandbox; deploy to Azure’s public cloud

 

IT Pro Track:

 

  

From cloud to virtualization to client

 

  

SESSION 1:

 

Overview of Cloud Computing and Windows Azure Platform

 

We’ll provide a developer-focused overview of this new online service computing platform and how it enables you to leverage existing skills and familiar tools to develop cloud applications.

 

Highlights include:

 

–    What is cloud computing?

–    Running web apps in the cloud

–    Using the Windows Azure local developer cloud fabric

–    Getting started – tools, SDKs and accounts

–    Writing apps for Windows Azure

  

SESSION 2:

Windows Azure Platform Storage Options

 

In this session, we’ll explore durable data storage, and the many options the Windows Azure Platform offers, to be used alone or in combination:

–    Ready-to-use and lightweight storage in the form of tables, blobs, and queues from Windows Azure;

 

–    True relational database in the cloud from SQL Azure.

 

Highlights include:

 

–    Understanding and programming against table, blob storage & queue storage

–    Managing credentials and connection strings

–    Scaling and configuration

–    SQL Azure databases versus local SQL Server databases: when to use when?

–    SQL Azure firewall, logins and passwords, database creation, deployments and migrations

–    Database management using SQL Management Studio

  

SESSION 3:

Going Live with your Azure Solution

 

How cool is this: by focusing on your app and abstracting away the infrastructure details, you can deploy almost any app with minimal fuss! In this session, we’ll walk you through the basics of Windows Azure deployment, including site monitoring, diagnostics and performance issues.

 

Highlights include:

 

–    Start-to-Finish Visual Studio demos of:

A realistic XML data driven business web site from the desktop to the cloud.

 

A realistic SQL Server data driven business web site from the desktop to the cloud.

 

–    Configuration of your application in the cloud

–    Guidance and suggestions to ensure your success

Click to register for the event nearest to you!

 

St. Louis

 

2-Feb

 

Dallas

 

4-Feb

 

Minneapolis

 

9-Feb

 

Chicago

 

10-Feb

 

Southfield, MI

 

11-Feb

 

Phoenix

 

23-Feb

 

Philadelphia

 

23-Feb

 

Los Angeles

 

25-Feb

 

Washington, DC

 

25-Feb

 

San Francisco

 

2-Mar

 

Raleigh

 

3-Mar

 

Seattle

 

4-Mar

 

Denver

 

9-Mar

 

Orlando

 

9-Mar

 

Ft. Lauderdale

 

11-Mar

 

  

SESSION 1:

 

The Next Wave: Windows Azure

 

The future of highly available, high-performance, secure, dynamically scalable, cloud computing is here.  It’s Microsoft’s Windows Azure. 

 

Session highlights include:

 

–    What exactly is “Cloud Computing”?  What apps are best suited for it?

 

–    Microsoft’s commitment to the Cloud:  The virtualization platform and data centers

 

–    How to get started in the cloud: Deploying and managing applications

 

–    Will I save money by doing this?  (Using the Azure TCO tool)

 

  

SESSION 2: 

Hyper-V: Tools to Build the Ultimate Virtual Test Network 

 

In this session, you’ll learn how to use the resources of a TechNet subscription, Windows Server 2008R2, Hyper-V, and a new, free sysinternals tool called Disk2vhd, to build the ultimate test or training environment. 

Highlights include:

 

–    TechNet subscription: What is it? How do I get one? What does it cost?

–    Virtual Hard Disks: format interoperability and disk types

–    Connectivity with legacy network adapters and network adapters

  

SESSION 3:

Windows 7 Deployment

 

Deploying Windows 7 is easy if you’re using the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2010.  This session will walk you through the various tools that can help simplify your deployments. 

 

Highlights include:

 

–    Microsoft Deployment Options

–    Review the MDT 2010 Deployment Process

–    Deployment Tools

–    Windows Automated Installation Kit (WAIK )

–    Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010

Click to register for the event nearest to you!

 

St. Louis

 

2-Feb

 

Dallas

 

4-Feb

 

Minneapolis

 

9-Feb

 

Chicago

 

10-Feb

 

Southfield, MI

 

11-Feb

 

Phoenix

 

23-Feb

 

Philadelphia

 

23-Feb

 

Los Angeles

 

25-Feb

 

Washington, DC

 

25-Feb

 

San Francisco

 

2-Mar

 

Raleigh

 

3-Mar

 

Seattle

 

4-Mar

 

Denver

 

9-Mar

 

Orlando

 

9-Mar

 

Ft. Lauderdale

 

11-Mar

 

Written by wesy

February 3, 2010 at 4:11 pm

Synergist : Windows 7 Sensor Trigger for WPF Applications

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The Windows Sensor and Location platform, enables your applications to adapt to their current environment. Sensors would include GPS devices, WWAN etc. — your applications and gadgets can know exactly where they are, enabling them to provide more locally relevant content and functionality.


Michael Scherotter, a Media Experience Evangelist at Microsoft created an easy way for Expression Blend users to design applications that use sensors. Please visit the Synergist for more information.


Link: http://bit.ly/cZBcug


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February 3, 2010 at 2:56 pm

Consolidated Updates for PHP on Windows

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Here’s a summary of updates for PHP on Windows for January 2010.

January 2010 – Summary

 

· PHP 5.2.12 has shipped

· Windows Azure support added in Zend Framework

· FastCGI 1.5 RTW has shipped

· WinCache Extension 1.0.1 for PHP has shipped

PHP Core – PHP 5.2.12 release

The PHP 5.2.12 has been released and is available on http://windows.php.net and is also offered via Web Platform Installer. The release has more than 60 bug fixes, some of which are security related.

Further details about the PHP 5.2.12 release can be found in the release announcement, and the full list of changes are available in the ChangeLog.

FastCGI Extension 1.5 for IIS 6.0 and IIS 5.1

IIS team has released to web FastCGI Extension 1.5 for IIS 6.0 and IIS 5.1. This version is based on FastCGI Extension 1.0 and it adds several important improvements and features, including most notably:

· Monitor changes to a file. The extension can be configured to listen for file change notifications on a specific file and when that file changes, the extension will recycle FastCGI processes for the process pool. This feature can be used to recycle PHP processes when changes to php.ini file occur.

· Real-time tuning of MaxInstances setting. This MaxInstances setting dictates the maximum number of FastCGI processes which can be launched for each application pool. If it is set to 0 then FastCGI extension will automatically adjust the number of instances up or down every few seconds based on the system load and number of requests waiting in the queue.

More details about the FastCGI Extension 1.5 can be found in the release announcement.

Windows Cache Extension for PHP
WinCache 1.0.1 – Servicing Release

IIS team has released an update to Wincache 1.0. The update fixes several important bugs reported by customers. More details about WinCache 1.0.1 servicing release can be found in the release announcement. The update can be downloaded from here. The source code is available on pecl.php.net.

PHP Interoperability

New version of Zend Framework adds support for Microsoft Windows Azure

clip_image002Zend Technologies Inc. has announced the availability of Zend Framework 1.10, which among other new features includes support for Microsoft Windows Azure cloud services. We’re very excited about this key milestone, which is the result of a fruitful collaboration! This particular project started last year when we announced the Windows Azure SDK for PHP CTP release and upcoming support in Zend Framework. With the new Zend Framework 1.10, by simply using the new Zend_Service_WindowsAzure component, developers can easily call Windows Azure APIs from their PHP applications and leverage the storage services, including Blob Storage, Table Storage and Queue Service, offering them a way to accelerate web application development and scale up on demand.

More: http://blogs.msdn.com/interoperability/archive/2010/01/28/new-version-of-zend-framework-adds-support-for-microsoft-windows-azure.aspx

Tutorial: Creating PHP CRUD Apps with SQL Server on your Server or in the Azure Cloud

Do you know PHP and have data in a Microsoft SQL Server database? Well we have an application wizard that will make your lives a little easier. The project, open source and hosted on CodePlex, will help you build a simple CRUD (Create, Read, Update, Delete) application that works against Microsoft SQL Server, SQL Azure and Windows Azure Storage. The application is installable on Windows and supports data navigation, paging, sorting and UI customization using simple CSS.

More http://blogs.msdn.com/interoperability/archive/2010/01/06/creating-php-crud-apps-with-sql-server-on-your-server-or-in-the-azure-cloud.aspx

Enabling PHP Applications on Windows

Windows Web Application Gallery

The XOOPS (Japanese) has been added to the Web Application Gallery and is available for download via Web Platform Installer.

The following applications in Web Application Gallery have been updated to their latest versions:

· WordPress (English and Japanese) – 2.9.1

· MySQL – 5.1.43

· SugarCRM – 5.5

· Moodle – 1.9

Written by wesy

February 2, 2010 at 12:29 pm

Architect Innovation Cafe Webcast-How To Architect Killer Apps with Windows 7

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webcast

February 26, 2010 at 1:00pm – 2:00pm EST

Title: How to Architect a Killer App for Windows 7

Abstract: Ever since its recent launch, Windows 7 has been enjoying rapid consumer adoption and glowing press reviews. This makes it a great platform to launch your next Killer App! In this session, we will explore how to architect an application to take advantage of several compelling Windows 7 features including multi-touch, integrated search and multi-processor improvements. We will review how others have exploited this growing "Windows 7 channel" to deliver applications ranging from enterprise line of business applications to consumer oriented, "mass appeal" applications (think Social Networking clients). As a bonus, we’ll demonstrate how to quickly build Internet Explorer 8 Web Slices and Accelerators to complement your Killer App and to provide new channels to extend your reach. If you’ve got a great idea for a Killer App, don’t miss this session. If you design, architect, and/or develop applications for fun/profit, then this fast-paced session is for you.

Event ID:  1032441748

Link to Register:  http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032441748&Culture=en-US

Presenter BIO

Allan da Costa Pinto

Architect Evangelist, Microsoft

Allan da Costa Pinto recently celebrated 10 years with Microsoft. In that time he has worked in several roles ranging from software consulting to support to technical evangelism. He is currently an Architect Evangelist focused on jumpstarting software projects with Microsoft’s cutting edge technologies such as Windows 7, Windows Azure and Silverlight. He lives in Hartford CT with his amazing wife, 2 kids, and 1 cat.

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February 2, 2010 at 11:05 am