Sync Designer in VS2008 SP1

I am sure you already know that SP1 Beta for Visual Studio 2008 is available to download. There are plenty of enhancements that I am sure the VS folks are covering all over the net with different blogs. As a sync guy, I am on the lookout for everything new in sync and SP1 has…

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Metadata is the Hart and Sole of Peer Sync

Occasionally, I receive questions about using SQL Change Tracking with PeerSyncProvider. People who examine SQL Change Tracking in preview version of SQL Server 2008 have become fans rather quickly and see the value of using it. Using change tracking with ServerSyncProvider scenarios is a piece of cake and will get easier with the VS2008 SP1. Now…

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HTML5 – The Offline Web

We hear every day that more and more people are coming online with high speed internet connections, WiFi hotspots are increasingly popular and getting faster, unlimited mobile data plan are cheaper than ever and the reception is better than ever. Everyone and every device appear to be always connected. Ironically, when you check out W3C…

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The Mesh – A New Synchronization Backbone

A lot of excitement about the announcement of Live Mesh this week. It is interesting to see this collection of services put together tying user content, devices, and social circle together in a web enabled experience. My favorite part is the news pane where you can see recent activity stream.Since the announcement, I’ve been asking…

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New Release: Windows Mobile Line of Business Solution Accelerator 2008

Rob Tiffany, the mobile accelerator guy, just announced the new release of Windows Mobile Line of Business Solution Accelerator 2008. It a collection of windows mobile centric samples that showcase different new technologies and help developers greatly accelerate building their applications, thus the name “Accelerator”. Rob also has a great blog that I read regularly. Here…

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MIX08 – Unified Web Platform in the Making

Apart from MIX08 big announcements about Silverlight 2.0, Silverlight for mobile and IE 8.0, there were an interesting collection of announcements that if you put them together a picture of a unified API layer on top of Windows Live services will emerge. In my opinion, this is huge. There are three main components in realizing…

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It is about time: Sync Services for Windows Mobile

I remember the very beginnings when Sync Services came along and I started blogging that people asked to have the runtime works on mobile devices. That is a reasonable and expected request. After all, mobile devices are the true occasionally connected and sync services can make real difference. I am pleased to tell you that you…

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Unleash the power of Peer Sync Provider

The term ‘peer’ or more commonly ‘peer to peer’ leads people to think about sharing and collaboration scenarios. That’s good. One of the most common peer to peer applications that quickly jumps to mind is file sharing which became rather popular in the recent years and led to illegal sharing of copy righted material which…

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The MIX08 Factor

I am not going to miss MIX this year, period. Last year, MIX07 was a phenomenal event. Unfortunately, I did not get to attend. I kept following the announcements every day and watched some of the really good recorded sessions as they became available on the mix web site. I kept saying to myself, “Man,…

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SQL Server Change Tracking vs min_active_rowversion()

In a bit old post I wrote about min_active_rowversion() as the best way to get the new anchor showing you that @@DBTS has its flaws and thus should be avoided. Min_active_rowversion() was introduced in SP2 for SQL Server 2005. If you have code that still uses @@DBTS, you are running the risk of missing changes…

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