Changing the color theme for Outlook 2013

If you’ve upgraded to Outlook 2013 and are struggling with the new softer look, and missing the older higher contrast look in the reading view, you may be wondering about changing the themes. Outlook does have a few themes that can be changed, however they really only change the perimeter, and don’t change the email…

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Information about SQL Server Compact Edition (SQLce)

On April 6, 2006 Paul Flessner announced SQL Server Everywhere Edition, know known as SQL Server Compact Edition.  http://www.microsoft.com/sql/letter.mspx  SQL Server Compact Edition a new SKU in the Microsoft product platform.  Paul announced that we would have a CTP in the summer of ’06 with final release in the 2nd half of ’06.  So, what…

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Creating your SQL Server Compact Edition database and schema in code

In most cases you’ll want to create your database and it’s schema as part of your applications first deployment.  Depending on the scenario, you may create it on the client, or create it on the server, do the initial sync, then stream the file down to the client pre-populated. Why would you create the database…

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SQL Server Everywhere Gets a New Name

You know you’ve got a successful product when everyone cares about the name.  Since we’ve posted the June CTP, we’ve received feedback that the name was causing some confusion with some partner products.  We care a lot about the partner community and have decided to change the name, again.And the new name is….SQL Server Compact…

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Q&A on OCS & Sync Services for ADO.NET

Not surprisingly we’ve been get a lot of great questions about specific features and scenarios for our new Sync Services for ADO.NET (OCS).  Rafik has been fielding most of these on the Sync Services forums.  Since the Q&A for SQLce seemed popular, I thought I’d do the same here.  Q: How does Sync Services compare…

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Occasionally Connected Systems Sync Framework

Recently I’ve been giving some presentations on our upcoming sync framework.  This new sync framework is designed to fill the void between the simplicity of RDA (Remote Data Access), full featured, but complex, Merge Replication, and raw components of DataSet.  This new sync framework is designed to work over services, 2 tier and work with…

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SQL Server Compact and 64bit support

We’ve started to get a number of request whether SQL Server Compact will support 64bit.  The answer is absolutely YES!  Ok, but when?  We’ll, that part we’re working on.  Up until recently, we haven’t really seen a big need as the number of clients that have 64 bit hardware was fairly minimal at best.  Even…

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SQL Server Compact 3.5 SP1 Released

I’m happy to announce the release of SQL Server Compact – SP1  This release includes several key features and bug fixes following up on the asks of our customers. The new features in SQL Server Compact 3.5 SP1 are: ADO.NET Entity Framework provider. The Entity Framework enables you to work with data in the form…

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Building Optimized Docker Images with ASP.NET Core

If you’re exploring docker, you’ll often see dockerfiles that demonstrate the simplicity of building a docker image by copying your source into a container and voila, you have a docker image with the environment packaged with your app. FROM microsoft/dotnet WORKDIR /app ENV ASPNETCORE_URLS http://+:80 EXPOSE 80 COPY . . RUN dotnet restore ENTRYPOINT [“dotnet”, “run”] While…

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Sync Services for ADO.NET (OCS) CTP Now Available

Today we launched the public CTP of the Sync Services for ADO.NET.  This is the current name of features we’ve been referring to as Occasionally Connected Systems (OCS).  The SQL Server Compact Edition and Sync Platform teams have been working feverishly to get these bits available.  For those following my blog, you know the SQLce team…

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