Visual Studio 2010 Setup Projects and x64 Support

I was taking the Windows Azure CmdLets project and getting it into an MSI just to make it easier to deploy in a nice package.  I ran into problems with the Setup project not being able to properly establish the right registry settings for an x64 environment. Even though you set the target platform on…

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One Reason to have a Facebook Identity

Reading this article http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/05/us/05bully.html?_r=1&hp It’s clear that ensuring you “grab” your online “address” (Facebook page) and establish it as authoritative, before some other clown does is important. Once you have your kids (yourself) online, then you monitor.  Best you take the slot before somebody else does…

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Extending SQL 2008 R2 Master Data Services (MDS) with IWorkflowTypeExtender

During hierarchy changes, MDS provides some basic rules for validating hierarchy members against some logic that is defined in the model within the MDS interface or through the Services interface.  Behind the scenes, MDS is generating all sorts of T-SQL to ultimately enforce these rules. There is the ability to extend these rules with your…

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Free ebook: Programming Windows Phone 7, by Charles Petzold

How many of us cut our teeth with a Petzold book on Windows?  Gee, I still have an OS/2 book on Presentation Manager from Mr. Petzold – pre-warp. Well, MS Press has released his latest book in XPS/PDF form, along with the samples up on the MS Press site. Free ebook: Programming Windows Phone 7,…

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Note to self – cURL download utility…

Time to time, we all need this capability.  I keep forgetting what the link/name of this tool is. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CURL http://curl.haxx.se/

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Really should have a custom error page regardless…

Throughout the blogosphere there’s been reports of an issue with ASP.NET that will bring a site to it’s knees – or so, it’s been overblown and reported as such.  Microsoft has released an advisory here that discusses the matter. The workaround for now is something that any public website should’ve been doing anyway.  That is,…

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Capturing Feedback in IE9

IE9 adds a nice feature – “Send Feedback” – which, helps you gather a report, even launches the “Problem Step Recorder” (PSR) tool that comes with Windows 7/2008R2 ***.   The PSR tool is also usable outside of this feedback and is an optional capture that can be added to the feedback report.     ***…

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Live Mesh – becoming Windows Live Mesh…

Good to see it’s sticking around and most importantly, they’ve increased the initial 2 GB limit to match what we had on Live Mesh – 5 GB. I’ve been loving this tool since it came out and becoming one of those things I can’t do without. http://windowsteamblog.com/windows_live/b/windowslive/archive/2010/08/27/windows-live-sync-to-be-named-windows-live-mesh.aspx

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Making Web Client requests behave from .NET or in reality misbehave – ignoring Certificate Issues from HttpWebRequest

Many times, especially during development, you could have certificates that are out of date, aren’t singed by any real authority (makecert, etc.), or even don’t match the host name that the request is issued against, but you want to test, etc. One example is if you want to run Fiddler to get a good over-the-wire…

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Federation Metadata Generation Tool

Disclaimer: Use at your own risk – no warranties are granted or implied UPDATE: this has been moved to Github here: https://github.com/cicorias/federationmetadatagenerator  If you’ve worked with Windows Identity Foundation (WIF) without the help of ADFS 2.0, you’ll run into situations where you’ll need to potentially generate or regenerate the metadata used for federation. Additionally, while WIF…

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