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VPC image for TFS beta 3 is coming
writes "Jeff Beehler announces that his team is planning on releasing a single VPC image of beta 3 with all of VSTS/TFS installed for download from the MSDN subscription download center. This VPC of TFS beta 3 will be made available in the next weeks..."
Windows Workflow Architect Dave Green has a blog!
writes "Dave Green is the architect of Windows Workflow Foundation and has just started blogging now that we have announced Windows Workflow Foundation, check out his blog here...
writes "One of the things I got to do at the PDC was attend a Vista compatibility testing session with someone from Microsoft. I had a number of features break in my application and they all centered around LUA. It was a very eye opening experience and definitely worth the time.
Least-privilege User Account (LUA) (sometimes known as User Account Protection or UAP) is a new feature in Vista that is intended to help prevent some of the issues we've seen in the past with Viruses/Spyware/malware taking advantage of users that run with administrator privileges...
WWF is sooooooo elegant
writes "What is so elegant is WWF's extensibility model. At every level of WWF things are extensible, so I can implement my own ThreadingService, that can use threads that have their IsBackground property set to false, which will allow that thread to keep a process running..."
BizTalk Solution Designer: A First Look
writes "This BizTalk Solution Designer gives you precisely what was missing before: a higher-level graphical view showing how messages pass through the system from start to finish. I heard this was in the works several months ago and have been dying to see it ever since..."
Connected, Disconnected and DLinq
writes "Since DLinq is a part of the next version of ADO.NET, it is natural to ask - is it connected or disconnected? After all, we have talked about connected vs disconnected components in ADO.NET quite a bit. DataReader is connected (you are using the underlying connection while consuming the data) while DataSet is disconnected. You need to use DataAdapter to bridge the two worlds. All nice and explicit..."
Feeling gutsy - wanna install Vista Beta1 in a VPC do ya?
writes "Follow the instructions below to install Vista Beta1 in a VPC. Before you go on installing however, make sure you meet the following prerequisites...
PDC Pre-conference Workshop Resources...and what a list it is!
Kimberly L Tripp
writes "Last Sunday (Sunday, 11 September 2005), Brian A. Randell and Kimberly L. Tripp (me :), delivered a full day preconference workshop at the Microsoft Professional Developers Conference in Los Angeles. I was only down at the conference for the workshop but burried once I got back. Unfortunately, Brian and I didn't get our resources list together until this weekend. Sorry for the delay but I think you'll be happy with the final list of resources!
The LINQ Project
writes "Now, what we're doing here with Project LINQ is that we are taking the concepts of query, step operations, and transformation, and we're making them first class in the .NET platform and in the .NET programming languages. Rich query that you could previously only write in SQL or in XQuery, you can now write in C# or VB, going against any kind of data source, be it ..."
Using the .NET Integrated Query Framework with XML Data
writes "Dave showed how in VB 9.0 how you can replace the Functional Construction of an XElement with a chunk of well-formed XML. I can see why Anders Hejlsberg wouldn't litter C# with such a concept. Here's an example..."
PDC CTP WinFX WPF VS RC compatibility
writes "The Visual Studio 2005 RC that was given to PDC attendees and is available for download is *NOT* compatible with the WinFX PDC CTP bits that were handed out... WinFX CTPs are still running on Visual Studio Beta 2. PDC attendees got a copy of these bits in "The Goods", and anyone else can download the Beta from MSDN..."
MMC 3.0 With Managed Add-ins
writes "MMC 3.0 will have the ability to write managed add-ins...."
Migrating to Team Foundation Server
writes " walkthrough to migrate your your ClearQuest work items to Team Foundation work item tracking by using the conversion utility is available on..."
writes "For anyone that uses Biztalk for real projects, these features will provide a huge improvement in productivity...
writes "The games that come with Windows XP are pretty dated. But with Windows Vista, Microsoft has gone back to the drawing board. Included in Vista is a whole slew of updates to classics along with some new games including a pretty nice chess game. Check out the screenshots..."
Cluster Compute Technology
writes "The Cluster Compute technology looks promising, and even the new MMC technology will make a difference to the overall usability and maintainability of our applications...
Windows Vista scrollbars.
writes "I liked what they do with the Vista scrollbars. You can't really see it in this screenshot but they are pretty gray and non-descript normally but when you mouse over a scrollbar, it changes into what you see here which looks nice."
Next Windows Server Gets Modular
writes "Longhorn Server features were detailed Thursday at PDC 2005 and the watchword was "modular." Microsoft has broken down its server OS into components, and the system installs only the core services required to fill a specific role...
New Infrastructure Innovations
writes "NTFS is based on a transactional filesystem. Always has been. If the machine dies mid-write, it can usually recover the situation. However, now we're talking about taking this to the next level. TxF is a "Transacted Filesystem" - this means you can programmatically begin a transaction..."
The remains of XSO
writes "Well, this PDC Microsoft is anouncing Exchange 12 API...."
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