Windows Server AppFabric Logging

Using Windows Server AppFabric makes it easier to build, scale and manage Web and composite applications that run on IIS but when it comes to error logging, tracing and performance analysis, things can get a bit tricky. Therefore let’s discuss how to incorporate some logging features into a Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) Web service to…

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Roslyn CTP Released

I’ve wrote quite a few blog posts about Anders Hejlsberg (i.e. Visual Studio Asynchronous Programming, Visual Studio 11) and deserving so as he’s one of those people that once you meet him you soon realize just how much knowledge he has to offer. You also quickly comprehend just how little you know in the grand…

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Visual Studio 11

I’ve been using the Visual Studio (VS) Developer Preview a lot lately and while there is no doubt that some items may change when this gets to the Release To Manufacturing (RTM) stage, it’s clear that from the new Team Foundation Server (TFS) advances to the new language enhancements, there’s already been a lot of…

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Copying TFS Work Items

So you want to copy a work item (WI)? Well TFS does indeed have a copy command via the UI which will create a new work item based upon a certain type. The issue here is that this could be a timely process based upon the number of copies that need to be made. Not to mention…

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Aspirin for Developers: Microsoft All-In-One Code Framework

Developers worldwide get All-In-One code relief Every day, developers scour the Internet to make short work of typical programming tasks, only to find questionable, if not unreliable, sample code. Enter the Microsoft All-In-One Code Framework, a free repository of over 640 code samples covering 24 Microsoft development technologies from Windows to web, written by developers,…

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Visual Studio LightSwitch

Full disclosure: I’m a big proponent of Visual Studio but when it comes to creating data screens over and over again is, what’s the word I’m looking for – tiresome. Combine that with having to find and tweak some code because this new application works slightly differently than a previous version or worrying about how…

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Anders Hejlsberg – Pure Genius

If you have no idea who Anders is (for shame!) then like any true computer geek you probably turn to Wikipedia. Yes, you know you’ve made it when you get your very own wiki page. Seriously though, Anders is a Technical Fellow in the Developer Division here at Microsoft and I had the pleasure to…

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Test Impact Analysis

Let’s face it, when it comes to software development there’s always a bit of tension when a tester enters a bug and assigns it to the developer who worked on that piece of code. No one likes to have someone say: “Hey, you made a mistake” or “This is broke and it needs fixing.” Never…

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Entity Framework – Stored Procedure Mapping

I recently was asked a question about the Entity Framework’s (EF) “Stored Procedure Mapping” context menu from the designer. There were actually two issues wrapped into one question. The first part of the question was around the ability to replace stored procedures (SP). The second part was updating a specific table from different SP’s. While…

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