REST vs. SOAP

Recently more and more Microsoft technologies are exposing REST API. WCF 3.5 added REST support, ADO.NET Data Services creates a REST interface over your Entity Framework / Database and many Azure Services are REST based. So the question that naturally arise is: should I use REST or should I use SOAP? Unfortunately is not so…

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New ASP.NET Chart Control and jQuery support within Visual Studio 2008

On Wednesday at the Shape conference, at the end of my presentation about the new stuff in .NET 3.5 SP1, I mentioned the availability of the new ASP.NET Chart Control which Microsoft is providing for free and the integration of the JQuery library within Visual Studio 2008. I promised I would have put some links…

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ISO hat den Office Open XML Standard publiziert

Letzte Woche sind die ISO/IEC Standards publiziert worden, welche den Office Open XML Standard abdecken. Das Office Open XML Dokumentenformat ist mit Microsoft Office 2007 für Word, Excel und PowerPoint eingeführt worden. Die vier publizierten Standards können nun bei ISO bestellt werden und erlauben dem Softwareentwickler das Schreiben von Applikationen, welche das Erstellen und Verändern…

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Microsoft BizSpark Accelerates Success of Software Startups

On 6th November 2008, Microsoft launched in Switzerland a new program called Microsoft BizSpark to accelerate success of early stage software startups. The launch was done together with the Swiss BizSpark Network Partner IFJ Institut für Jungunternehmen. Microsoft BizSpark is a global program that unites Startups with entrepreneurial and technology resources. The program is designed…

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.NET Micro Framework 3.0 – News und Wettbewerb

Hier an der TechEd wurde soeben die neue Version des .NET Micro Frameworks vorgestellt. Dieses ist Ende Oktober gelauncht worden. Es richtet sich an sehr kleine Hardware Komponenten ohne OS und steht nicht in Konkurrenz zu WindowsCE oder Windows Embedded. Visual Studio ermoeglicht die Entwicklung einerseits mittels einem Emulator, andererseits kann die Applikation direkt auf die…

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Visual Studio Team System 2008 Team Suite promotion

During the last part of the TechEd Keynote in Barcelona, interesting new saving opportunities for upgrading to the complete Visual Studio Team System 2008 Team Suite have been announced.  In fact if your team is using any component edition of Visual Studio Team System 2008 (Development Edition, Test Edition, Architecture Edition, or Database Edition), you…

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Visual Studio 2010 Tools for SharePoint

Hier an der TechEd Barcelona ist eine markante Verbesserung von Visual Studio (VS) in bezug auf SharePoint angekuendigt worden. Die SharePoint Unterstuetzung sieht grob wie folgt aus: SharePoint Explorer: SharePoint (SP) Objekte koennen direkt von Visual Studio aus eingesehen werden (aehnlich wie SP Designer) Neues VS Template, welche das Erstellen von SP Solutions erlaubt inkl. Web…

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New Windows Mobile Portal !

Are you a developer on the Windows Mobile Platform? Are you just wondering how you can upgrade your mobile phone to Windows Mobile 6.1 or are you simply interested in finding a new phone running the latest Windows Mobile version? Then have a look at the new Windows Mobile Developer Portal which is available at…

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SharePoint Guidance: Patterns & Practices

Soeben sind die Patterns & Practices für SharePoint überarbeitet worden. Dabei werden die folgenden Themen beleuchtet: Architectural decisions about patterns, feature factoring, and packaging Design tradeoffs for common decisions many developers encounter, such as when to use SharePoint lists or a database to store information Implementation examples that are demonstrated in the Training Management application…

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The future of LINQ To SQL

I always get the same question about the future of LINQ to SQL. Finally the ADO.NET Team, which is supporting both LINQ to SQL and Entity Framework, made some clear statements. It is now clear that as of .NET 4.0, LINQ to Entities will be the recommended data access solution for LINQ to relational scenarios. The original…

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