Creating a Windows PE Boot-CD with Windows Vista and Windows AIK to get rid of your Demo-Machines

About two months ago I discovered the Windows Automated Installation Toolkit (Windows AIK or just WAIK) to be able to work with different demo images for the sessions I did at TechEd Europe with physical machines instead of the (still much slower:)) Virtual PC images. The WAIK includes imagex.exe, which is a tool that allows you…

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Whitepaper: Composite UI Application Block and Smart Client Software Factory in the real world

In the past months I worked with RACON Software GmbH. on an architectural design and prototype for a composite smart client based on Composite UI Application Block and Smart Client Software Factory. RACON Software GmbH, a Software house of the Raiffeisen Banking Group in Upper Austria. This paper has now been reviewed by and Eugenio…

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Enterprise Architects, PowerPoint, Excel and Visio… in Ireland

Three weeks ago I’d did a presentation in Ireland at an architects forum on user experience. This presentation was for the LEAP (Lead Enterprise Architects Forum), which is a type of forum held in just a couple of countries across EMEA. It was really a special experience for me as it confirmed some thoughts and…

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Windows Vista Sidebar Gadgets and WPF … it finally works

Do you remember my posts back from April 2006… during my prep-works for our local BigDays 2006 road show I discovered – with some limitations in mind – that sidebar gadgets can be created with Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) via an IFRAME work-around. See my two posts http://blogs.msdn.com/mszcool/archive/2006/04/25/583317.aspx http://blogs.msdn.com/mszcool/archive/2006/04/28/585899.aspx Now I was curios if that…

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TechEd Developers 2006 in Barcelona – My second session, "In-Depth Level 400 Demo in InfoPath Forms Services and SharePoint Workflow"

Yesterday I had the hardest session I have ever done at an international conference – a 75 min. demo-only session on developing a solution based on InfoPath, InfoPath Forms Services, Windows SharePoint Services and Windows Workflow Foundation. Actually the interest in that session was so high that it is going to be repeated on Thursday after…

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TechEd Developers Barcelona – Windows SharePoint Workflow Project Templates

Within this little blog-post you can find the SharePoint Workflow Project Templates that I have used in my Demo Extravaganzza session on Tuesday – they are also available within the ECM Starter Kit as an installer-package. As I have used these templates with a build very close to the final release I expect those templates…

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TechEd Developers 2006 – Pre-Conference Sessions on Visual Studio Tools for Office including WPF Interop

Yesterday Eric Carter, Martin Sawicki, both are Program Managers of the VSTO team at Microsoft Corp. in Redmond and I delivered a whole pre-conference on VSTO at TechEd Europe: Developers in Barcelona. I delivered a pre-conference with deep technical details on Visual Studio 2005 Tools for Office. You can find the downloads here within this…

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Pro ASP.NET 2.0 in C# Special Edition – My first Paperback book

Finally Matthew and I did it – it’s out. This summer during my vacation we finished our work for the special edition of Pro ASP.NET 2.0 in C#. And it’s available on Amazon already. It was really hard work as Apress wanted us to do this in a very short amout of time. We extended…

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