A beta stack that works

Well after a bit of extra effort, I managed to get my “cutting edge” laptop configured as follows: x64 Vista Build 5270 x64 SQL Server 2005 Developer Edition Office 12 Beta 1 Visual Studio 2005 Professional Added the Vista WinFx 3.0 Windows Feature WinFx SDK Visual Studio Extensions (a.k.a. Cider) Workflow Foundation Beta Expression Interactive…


BI/Reporting Gestalt

One of the more challenging tasks facing ISVs on the Microsoft platform is navigation of all the technologies new to production and those due to arrive soon.  It’s often not exactly clear how these technologies are intended to be used and how they’re intended to be used together. As it’s a big part of my…


A walk through WinFx (second of a series) – Enter MSCRM 3.0

After reviewing my last post on this topic and reflecting a bit, I realized that my demo app sure sounds a lot like a customer relationship management application.  That prompted me to look into our customer relationship management product (MSCRM 3.0) and research how it might be applied.  I was impressed by what I found,…

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Home at Last

Well, my fancy new 64-bit laptop completed its odyssey and finally arrived.  I was able to get build 5270 of the 64-bit version of Vista up and running in a partition on the hard drive, and will return to digging into WinFx.  It should be quite an interesting journey, as I’m just a guy trying…