Microsoft ISV Partners Adopt Microsoft Technology

Microsoft partners have been building great software using Microsoft technologies. Here’s a sampling of what we’ve found. Windows 7 Light-up Windows 7 represents some great opportunities for ISV. Light up features include Windows 7 ribbon, task bar, thumbnails, federated search, and PowerShell. RES Software Lights Up Personal Desktops on Windows 7 CTO Bob Janssen of…

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Check out Live Labs Pivot

Well, the folks over at Live Labs have been busy, and they’re now making a great new visualization technology available for developers to test out.  This technology is called Pivot, and from the look of it, it’s an awesome tool for browsing through large collections of objects histographically (i.e., grouped on the value of a…

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Visual Studio 2010 RC + Silverlight 4 – Heads up!

Heads up everyone!  If you’re doing Silverlight 4 development, you’ll need to remain on the Beta 2 build of Visual Studio 2010 – Tim Heuer explains why this is case in a recent blog posting. I found this out the hard way in my enthusiasm to upgrade to the latest public build – hope it…

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FastCGI v1.5 Released for IIS 6 and IIS 5.1

I’m pleased to inform you that Microsoft has released FastCGI version 1.5 for IIS 6 and IIS 5.1, as per Ruslan’s posting on blogs.iis.net up on http://blogs.iis.net/ruslany/archive/2010/01/18/fastcgi-extension-1-5-for-iis-5-1-and-iis-6-0-rtw.aspx.  FastCGI is the handler for PHP requests on IIS, and now features: Monitor changes to a file (php.ini as an example). Will recycle FastCGI processes for the process…

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12 Days of RIA – Day 7 – Search

I got a bit ahead of myself with my desire to move on to styling the app, and decided instead to focus on a few more pieces of business app functionality first. And so, I’d like to show an approach for doing searching on more than one attribute. I want to disclaim this a bit,…

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12 Days of RIA – Day 6 – Pagination

Even though we parameterized the query for Artists in the last step, it could still return a large number of entities depending on the data in question. RIA provides a means to handle this via the DataPager control and what Brad Abrahms calls “connect-the-dots” data binding. I wanted to do the same for the artists…

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12 Days of RIA – Day 5 – Read Only Data

Opening Artists.xaml, I’d like to make it so I can search for an artist, and then see all their associated albums and tracks. This is a simple 3-level hierarchy as evident in the data model and the object model created from it. Accordingly, I’d like to start with this by adding 3 data grids to…

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12 Days of RIA – Day 4 – Navigation

Now that I had a model built over the Chinook database tables, the next step I planned to take was to make use of it in the client. The client app generated by the Silverlight Business Application template functions just as the Silverlight Navigation apps do on Silverlight 3. The white area of MainPage.xaml contains…

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12 Days of RIA – Day 3 – Domain Service

Now that we have a model built over the Chinook database tables, the next step to take is to build a domain service that exposes those entities to the client tier (as I mentioned in my previous post.) The RIA services team encourages you to do this in the Services folder of the server-side project,…

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12 Days of RIA – Day 2 – Model

As I mentioned in my previous post, I’ll be using the Chinook Database for this series. Chinook provides a nice set of tables dealing with music, each with non-trivial data and non-trivial relationships (as shown below): It’s not quite an ERP system, but it’s not as small or overused as some of the others I’ve…

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