Moved to new blog

I now post exclusively to http://blogs.msdn.com/usisvde. Thanks, jmp

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Note to self – do not connect through O’Hare…

As nice as Chicago is, it’s generally a bad idea to connect flights through the Windy City.  I know I’m not the first to make this observation, but I think this might be a good place to keep a few notes to self. On another note, it would be great if there were some sort of warning system…

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MapPoint Web Service + WPF

The MapPoint Web Service SDK puts tremendous power in the hands of developers.  The Windows Presentation Foundation puts tremendous power in the hands of developers. How might they be put together?  I think I have an approach that I’d like to share which could help in many cases.  It works like this:   1. Use…

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Maps in Apps

When I first joined Microsoft, I was sent to help build an application for a large telecommunications company which had some heavy-duty mapping requirements.  This app needed to enable the display and design of undersea fiber optic cable networks.  I had just been through my new-employee training, and thus had the following guidance and support to…

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3rd Party Controls for WPF

In browsing around the Windows Vista developer center (http://msdn.microsoft.com/windowsvista), I noticed the 3rd party control link on the WPF page.  From that page (http://msdn.microsoft.com/winfx/downloads/presentation/), you can access dowloads of the Infragistics Data Presenter and the Software FX ChartFX controls for WPF. I’ve been working with both of these controls informally over the last few months,…

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A New York minute…

I had a “New York Minute” yesterday – it went something like this. I stepped out onto the Avenue of the Americas into the pouring rain yesterday afternoon and began my hike downtown in search of some Szechuan dumplings.  I had packed a rather large umbrella, and proceeded to pop it open, even though I…

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Software as a Service Seminar – NYC – 5/3/2006

Software as a Service is a topic of great interest in the ISV industry of late.  Because end users increasingly demand a hosted option, many ISVs are assessing the ways in which their business models, technology and operations should evolve.     We have a seminar coming up in New York City on May 3rd that it’s not…

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A walk through WinFx (third of a series) – the joy of WCF endpoints

It’s been a while since I posted on this this (does it still qualify as a series?), but I’ll continue and in the hope that I’ll be able to pick up the frequency.  In the first postings in this series, I discussed how I’d like to build a small CRM-ish application to track activity with…

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In the air again…

My well-traveled laptop, now loaded with WPF demos on Vista, is on its way to my esteemed colleague John Wiese. I trust John will take good care of it and return it to me shortly.  If not, I trust he’ll ghostwrite a series of killer blog postings under my name and then ship me his…

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Ribbons and Task Panes in Office 2007

Two of the major enhancements to Office 2007 are the addition of ribbons and task panes for developers adding on to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and other Office applications.  Together, they represent a major opportunity for ISVs to leverage the productivity tools many millions of users are familiar with in their products. If you’re fortunate…

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