Winding down for the holidays

As is usual at this time of the year, things start winding down around work. For my part, I’m working on some cool new stuff that I’ll be talking about early next year. In practice, this means like that many others, I’ll be heads-down working to get everything I want to see accomplished before Christmas…

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Danny’s new adventures

Danny Simmons is going to rock the compiler world. Join me in wishing him all the best – it’s a small world after all (or so I’ve heard), and I hope to run into him in the not too distant future. The Entity Framework remains in very able hands however; just you wait and see…

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Windows Phone 7 available in the US

Ah, some really, really exciting opportunities ahead. My favorite thing is having a modern phone that I can program with .NET and Silverlight – the Visual Studio and Blend toolset is awesome, and it’s easy to get started and get productive in a very short time. Read all about the US availability here. Enjoy!

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Data Services on Windows Phone 7

Mike posted an announcement yesterday on the WCF Data Services blog. Go get the goodies from http://odata.codeplex.com/ today and start writing your connected phone apps!

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Embedding PowerPoint and Excel docs in your blog

Just saw this today, and I think it’s insanely cool how PowerPoint and Excel docs that I have shared online can be embedded in blog posts and web pages: http://blogs.office.com/b/office_blog/archive/2010/09/23/office-web-apps-reach-20-million-new-features-today-7-more-countries.aspx. Try out the Excel Body Mass Index calculator and watch the chart update… very cool indeed. Enjoy!

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Bookmarklet to find OData service for SharePoint site

As you probably already know, SharePoint has great support for OData, providing access to lists, documents and all sorts of goodies. I always seem to forget how the link to the OData endpoint is constructed, though. So I created this short bookmarklet that does the trick. Just navigate to a SharePoint site and click on…

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New SQL Azure website

In case you missed it, last week a new SQL Azure website went up at http://www.microsoft.com/sqlazure/. Some of the new content includes a page with SQL Azure videos and a Community page to keep you up-to-date on what’s happening. Enjoy!

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Troubleshooting ‘code not updating’ problems

Sometimes when working on a projects where files get copied around like in web projects or when you have a solution with multiple assemblies, you may find that the code that’s running appears to be “old” – it may not working as you expect after you modified it. Usually this is a problem with the…

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Migrating web applications

With all the buzz around the IE 9 Beta being available for download, I just wanted to remind folks that it’s never too soon to start migrating your web applications to support a more modern browser, and that you’re not alone – there are plenty of resources to help you address compatibility issues. Enjoy!

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Missing function for OData and Office

The last entry of Consuming OData with Office VBA series had a small glitch – one of the helper functions is missing. The code isn’t too tricky to write, but it’s a handy little thing to have in your VBA toolkit. It simply takes a collection of dictionaries, and returns a new collection with all…

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