IE9… not so fast?

Like many, I installed IE9 today (on two machines, actually).  I went right away to the Beauty of the Web to check out some of the cool sites and games that people have been developing with HTML 5, CSS3, and other features of IE9 in mind.   One machine worked great; the other was rather sluggish…

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H is for… HierarchyID

hierarchyid is a new system data type in SQL Server 2008 used to represent a position within a hierarchy.  The value of an hierarchyid column is an encoded representation of the path from the root to the given node (row) – kind of like a directory/file path, only using numbers instead of names. To get…

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Windows Phone Camps (Boston, Burlington, New Paltz, and more!)

Another update, an additional stop at the University of Rochester on November 15th has been added.  The registration link is now available at http://mangowp7rochester.eventbrite.com/. Note, there has been a date change for the New Paltz, NY location.  The event will be held on Wednesday, November 9, 2011. Welcome to Mango-mania!  A wave of free Windows Phone…

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Northeast Roadshow – Winter Edition

Whoa!  It seems like I’ve just finished my laundry from our last outing, and now Chris and I are heading back out for the Winter Roadshow.  We’re brewing up a new slate of content for you, including jQuery and ASP.NET 3.5 AJAX, WPF, WF, Silverlight and WCF/REST, and even some interesting things from Microsoft Research!…

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Windows 8 Notifications: Push Notifications

Previous Notification Posts Overview Programmatic Concepts Image Handling Leveraging Azure Storage Local Notifications Scheduled Notifications Periodic Notifications Using Azure for Periodic Notifications It’s been a while since my last post on the topic of notifications in Windows 8, so I’m going to pick things back up and cover the two remaining notification options: push notifications…

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Northeast Roadshow – March Madness Edition

Updated 12 noon, Feb. 16th – Albany venue added!!! Updated 10 a.m., Mar 6th – Albany venue cancelled 🙁 It’s that time again, we’re packing up the Griswold-mobile, stocking up on jerky, and refreshing our Starbucks cards for another swing through the Northeast District. The Northeast Roadshow is an all-day, free event focusing on delivering…

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Windows 8 Notifications: Overview

Hopefully you’ve had a chance to experience Windows 8 – Windows reimagined – by downloading the Windows 8 Release Preview, but even if you haven’t gotten your hands on it yet, it’s clear that more than any other release, Windows 8 enables an intensely personal experience. Clearly Windows 8 design with its touch-first philosophy are…

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Thank You Mr. and Mrs. Warren

May 2 – 6 has been designated by the Department of Education as Teacher Appreciation Week. This is my story; take some time to tell your own. In August 1977, a rather awkward and, yeah nerdy, thirteen-year old boy walked into his first day of Latin class at New Providence Junior High School in Clarksville,…

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Windows Azure Trial Account Spending Limit

A couple of weeks ago, Microsoft announced a number of new features for Windows Azure including a revamped subscription process making it easier than ever to try out the platform. In pointing out the risk-free nature of the offers in a previous post, I was referring specifically to the spending limit feature introduced for newly…

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SQL Azure CTP 1

Back in March, the SQL Data Services team announced the revamping of the ‘database in the cloud’ offering to include a fully-relational capability versus the Entity-Attribute-Value (EAV) model that was unveiled as part of the Azure Services Platform at PDC.  More recently, at the Worldwide Partner Conference, we also learned that SQL Data Services is…

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