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As jQuery’s popularity in the .NET community has risen over the past year, one recurring theme I’ve seen is the desire to refactor away the details of using it to call ASP.NET AJAX services. Whether through helper function or specialized jQuery plugin, I’ve seen numerous methods propos...
The technology is growing very fast these days and there is also considerable rise in the competition in making new technological advancements. The most popular flash software Adobe Flash has now found its new competitor from Microsoft’s Silverlight 3. It is a recently plug-in device f...
The Wall Street Journal recently reported that research and development spending is holding steady in the current economic slump. According to the Journal, companies spent nearly as much on R&D in Q4 2008 as they did a year earlier. Why? Because companies are wary of emerging from the ...
IT managers can look to an unlikely source for career inspiration: the late Walter Cronkite. The guiding principles that made Cronkite, "the most trusted man in America" can help impact your career in the world of high tech. The late Walter Cronkite as a role model for IT managers? ...
Microsoft calls Windows Azure a "cloud services operating system" that serves as the development, service hosting and service management environment for the Azure Platform. They've also said they will offer a private data center version of Azure that will be capable of being hosted wit...
It was inevitable, and I just missed the release by a few months, however, Microsoft is working hard on releasing the “Private Cloud”, your own on-premises cloud computing software. With the Microsoft cloud strategy, organizations can now move towards cloud computing model...
It’s Friday, and it’s sunny out here in Seattle, which means that no work will get getting done.  In lieu of work, I did some digging with my contacts on the interwebs, and it turns out there is are a couple of screen grabs of the new Chrome OS floating around out there.  I [...
Recently .NET Rocks! talked to Stephen Forte and covered a topic I have been interested in for a a couple of years: Data Access Options. Clearly this has been a space of a lot of innovation in the last few years. Stephen does a good job of explaining the benefits customers are gettin...

Continuing in our discussion of Silverlight 3 and  the brand new update to .NET RIA Services and the update the example from my Mix09 talk

Microsoft announced the rebranding of SQL Services to SQL Azure. SQL Server is the data platform of Windows Server so it made sense to align the name of the relational database platform of Windows Azure, SQL Azure. SQL Azure is built on the SQL Server technology foundation which delive...
Business applications often access very important data. It is important that you can audit, restrict and control access to your data. Let’s look at how to use .NET RIA Services and SL3 to do that. Using the Silverlight Business Application Template this is super easy to do.. By defa...

With Silverlight 3 shipping and a brand new update to .NET RIA Services I thought I would update the example from my

I have set up a number of conglomeration sites in the last week, which I thought I would share with the interested.  One relates to books, one to articles, and one to speaking.

The first is FiledBy, at http://www.filed...

Microsoft announced at TechEd India — a show running simultaneously with TechEd 2009 in Los Angeles, a new software development kit for people interested in building apps in PHP for Windows Azure cloud. The PHP SDK for Windows Azure, a.k.a. PHPAzure, is an open source project, availabl...
Code Contracts are very useful under any circumstance; however, they are particularly useful in helping distributed software development teams increase team efficiency, improve product quality, and mitigate against risks associated with team dispersion.
Last week I posted a PowerShell function library for Microsoft’s newly introduced search engine at Bing.com. The function library was appropriately named PoshBing. There was a log of interest in the script so I quickly moved it off my blog and onto a CodePlex project under PoshBing. ...
"If you want to make SharePoint and Outlook Web Access available via the Internet -- you have to secure it, and two-factor authentication is the best way to do it," said Comodo's CEO, Melih Abdulhayoglu. "When you are accessing Sharepoint or Outlook Web Access from inside the office, y...
Today we posted a minor update to .NET RIA Services. This release is mainly focused on addressing bug fixes we have heard in the forums and delivering on a few key areas… There are a lot of other long lead work items that will fall into future releases.
I was wondering when Microsoft will announce the equivalent of Amazon’s Public Datasets. Well, it’s here, although with strange name. I hope they wouldn’t do this just for government agencies. The Open Government Data Initiative (OGDI) is an initiative led by Microso...
A ton of folks have asked us about getting the source code to Scott’s cool coding demo. This code loads the data from the DomainService class on the server. Notice the data is loaded asynchronously, but no ugly, hard to debug async code is needed.
Back in 2001 Steve Ross-Talbot wrote an article entitled A day in the Life of Ivan Eyepack. This was the story of how in 2001 someone equipped with a Compaq Ipaq would live in a connected world. The star of that story was very much the device. Now we have much more powerful devices ...
Just because the web has been open so far doesn't mean that it will stay that way. Flash and Silverlight, arguably the two market-leading technology toolkits for rich media applications are not open. Make no mistake - Microsoft and Adobe aim to have their proprietary plug-ins, aka pseu...


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