Expression Blend 2 Service Pack 1 enables creation of Silverlight 2 Content

Expression Blend 2 Service Pack 1 updates the supported Silverlight platform to Silverlight 2 which enables you to take full advantage of the new features available in the platform. The Expression Blend 2 Service Pack 1 exposes two new features of the platform, control skinning and the Visual State Manager, that for the first time…

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Microsoft Professional Developers Conference – PDC

I have now returned from spending last week at PDC at which there was a host of announcments about new technologies and prodoucts from Microsoft and Partners. Most of the PDC sessions are now posted online.  Here are a few of the highlights from my point of view:  Azure:  The Azuer Services Platform offers a secure, reliable,…

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Microsoft Releases Silverlight 2

Microsoft Releases Silverlight 2, Already Reaching One in Four Consumers Worldwide Microsoft announces new rich Internet applications development and streaming media features; company outlines plans for supporting Windows, Mac and Linux tools for developing Silverlight applications. Redmond, Wash. — Oct. 13, 2008 — Microsoft Corp. today announced the availability of Silverlight 2, one of the…

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Microsoft Unveils Next Version of Visual Studio and .NET Framework

Microsoft has provided the first look at the next version of its developer tools and platform, which will be named Visual Studio 2010 and the .NET Framework 4.0. Microsoft described the next release through the following five focus areas: riding the next-generation platform wave, inspiring developer delight, powering breakthrough departmental applications, enabling emerging trends such…

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Microsoft Dev Tools Ecosystem Summit – Starts Next Week !!

September 15-19, 2008 Redmond, WA Next week the VS Ecosystem Product & Marketing team will host our annual conference for developers who extend Visual Studio.  For the first time we are making two days of the conference open to all VSX developers so the general community can learn how to extend our existing technologies.  The…

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Professional Developers Conference – LA

PDC October 27-30, 2008 Los Angeles, CA PDC will take place October 27-30 in Los Angeles, CA. Keynotes will be presented by Ray Ozzie, Rick Rashid, Don Box and Chris Anderson. The Developer Disvision will feature a great lineup of sessions: session list found here: (https://sessions.microsoftpdc.com/public/sessions.aspx). We will also have a presence in the pavilion…

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dynaTrace integration with VSTS complete.

As noted in Ed Glas’s blog dynaTace has just completed a nice integration with VSTS web, unit and load tests that enables them to do end-to-end tracing of performance. In addition to getting overall performance numbers, they have a feature called PurePath that let’s you trace, down to a given web test request, what calls that…

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VSX Developer Conference sessions taking shape

the VSX (Visual Studio Extensibility) team has started posting preliminary details about the sessions planned for the VSX Developer Conference to be held September 15th and 16th. To check out what is planed visit http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/cc676517.aspx .  Microsoft is hosting this developer conference to teach developers how to extend Visual Studio.  In addition to the VSX Conference, Visual…

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VSX Developer Conference – September 15th and 16th

This fall, Microsoft is hosting a developer conference to teach developers how to extend Visual Studio. Visual Studio is an open, extensible platform that can be customized for everything from individual productivity tools to enterprise-wide development needs. The Visual Studio Shell enables developers to leverage a world class IDE to build specialized tools for any…

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Shrinking SQL Server Databases

I was having difficulty shrinking my VSIP SQL Server 2005 Databases to remove unnecessary transactions and empty space from the log file. It took me a while to solve so I thought I should post my results here.  I got the answer from  http://blog.sqlauthority.com/2006/12/30/sql-server-shrinking-truncate-log-file-log-full/  and here is the resulting script (which I have since put in…

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