February 2008 - Blake Niemyjski

  • Microsoft's 2008 Lang.NET Symposium Videos

    Check out the screen casts / videos of the Microsoft 2008 Lang.NET Symposium event. They have some pretty interesting videos available for everyone, granted you have Silverlight installed.

     

    View ( 2008 Lang.NET Symposium Videos )

  • Microsoft’s DreamSpark Program for Students

    "Welcome to Microsoft DreamSpark Professional Developer and Designer tools for students at no charge" ( Microsoft ).

    I think this is really a great thing that Microsoft did for the students of the present and future.  It allows students to get enriched in a great platform and at the same time use the leading tools of today to create their dreams. I am hoping that they open this program up to more students.

    "Microsoft launch DreamSpark - a program to give students all over the world access to Microsoft developer and designer tools at no charge.  It's available through channel 8, our student community and can be found at http://channel8.msdn.com.  The idea behind this is really straight forward - provide professional tools to students and empower them to make incredible breakthroughs and get a head start on a cool career in technology. 

    This program is currently being rolled out to 10 countries around the world including United States, the United Kingdom, China, Germany, France, Finland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Belgium.

    Students will be able to download any of the following software products via Channel 8 (channel8.msdn.com) and will have to go through a quick online third party-driven authentication process to validate their student status. Once this is done, they will be able to download the software of their choice- one title or all.

    Microsoft developer tools.

    • Visual Studio 2005 Professional Edition
    • Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition
    • XNA Game Studio 2.0 ( 12 months free membership in the XNA Creators Club )

    Microsoft designer tools.

    Expression Studio, including:

    • Expression Web
    • Expression Blend
    • Expression Design
    • Expression Media

    Microsoft platform resources.

     

    Visit ( DreamSpark )

  • Silverlight 2.0 is almost here!

    Over the past week there has been some talk on Scott Guthrie and Shawn Burke blog about Silverlight 2.0. Please check out Scott’s blog for included freatures and eight walk throughs pertaining to Silverlight 2.0, and Shawn’s for more information on what we can expect while developing Silverlight 2.0 enabled applications.


    Continue reading Scott Guthrie’s blog (
    First Look at Silverlight 2 )
    Continue reading Shawn Burke’s blog ( Getting to know Silverlight 2.0 Beta 1 )

  • Microsoft Visual Studio Team System 2008 Database Edition Power Tools

    "This release updates the Power Tools for the Database Edition to work with Visual Studio 2008 and provides several new features. The new features include two custom unit test conditions, a new Data Generation Wizard, and new MSBuild tasks to support running TSQL Static Code Analysis from the command line. The updated features include 5 refactoring types, a dependency viewer, additional data generators and editors, 2 MSBuild tasks for Schema and Data Compare and the TSQL Static Code Analysis feature

    New Test Conditions for Database Unit Tests
    • ChecksumCondition – You can use this test condition to verify that the checksum of the data set returned by a database unit test matches the checksum of an expected data set.
    • ExpectedSchemaTestCondition – You can use this test condition to verify that the column names and data types of the returned data set match expected values.

    Data Generator Improvements
    • New Data Generator Wizard – This new wizard creates a data generation plan that is configured to copy data from a source database. You can use this wizard when you need to copy most of your data from a live source, but need to make small changes to ensure privacy.

    MSBuild Task Improvements
    • SqlAnalysis Task – You can use this build task to run T-SQL Static Code Analysis from MSBuild.
    TSQL Static Code Analysis
    • Static Code Analysis - A precursor to the functionality that will be in future versions of VSTS that will allow you to perform Static Code Analysis on T-SQL code.

    Refactoring
    • “Move Schema” Refactoring - Allows a user to right click on an object and move it to a different but existing schema
    • SP Rename Generation - Generate a new script that will contain sp_renames for all rename refactored objects that the user can then execute.
    • Wildcard Expansion - Automatically expand the wildcard in a select to the appropriate columns.
    • Fully-Qualified Name Support - Automatically inject fully-qualified names when absent in a script
    • Refactoring extended to Dataset - Refactor into strongly typed dataset definitions

    MSBuild Tasks
    • Data / Schema Compare Build Tasks - MSBuild tasks that can generate scripts as if the user had run the Data / Schema compare UI

    Schema View
    • API Access to Schema View - Insert / Update / Delete to schema View and list schema objects and their associated files

    Dependency Tool Window
    • Dependency Tree - Show the dependencies ( incoming / outgoing ) for selected schema objects in a new tool window

    Miscellaneous Tools

    • Script Preprocessor - Expand SQLCMD variables and include files and command line version (sqlspp.exe) & an MSBuild version ( wraps the command line version )
    " ( Microsoft ) .
     
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 February CTP

    The February CTP of SQL Server 2008 has been released on Microsoft Download Cetner. From what I understand this CTP of SQL Server 2008 is feature complete. Please also check out the following article "Breaking API changes in the February '08 CTP". The download link to the CTP can be found below.

    "Overview

    Microsoft SQL Server 2008, the next release of Microsoft SQL Server, provides a comprehensive data platform that is more secure, reliable, manageable and scalable for your mission critical applications, while enabling developers to create new applications that can store and consume any type of data on any device, and enabling all your users to make informed decisions with relevant insights."

    System Requirements

    • Supported Operating Systems: Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2; Windows Server 2008; Windows Vista; Windows XP Service Pack 2
    For all download types
  • 32-bit systems: Computer with Intel or compatible Pentium III 600 MHz or faster processor (1 GHz or faster is recommended)
  • 64-bit systems: 1 GHz or higher processor
  • Minimum of 512 MB of RAM (1 GB or more is recommended)
  • 675 MB of available hard disk space" ( Microsoft ).
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    Download ( 32Bit | 64Bit )

  • XSLT Profiler Addin for VS 2008

    "XML Tools team has released the XSLT Profiler Addin for VS 2008 - a quick and reliable performance analysis profiler tool that assists in the development and debugging of XSLT documents. The XSLT Profiler Addin for VS 2008 allows developers to measure, evaluate, and target performance-related problems in XSLT code by creating detailed XSLT performance reports. The XSLT Profiler includes a wealth of useful hints for XSL and XSLT style sheet optimizations, which are essential for XSLT-based applications that demand maximum performance.


    If you need to develop reliable and robust software, the XSLT Profiler is capable of detecting the performance errors and defects in coding so that they are corrected at an early stage in the development. This is essential in reducing the overall cost of developing software applications." Announcing the XSLT Profiler Addin for VS 2008

    Download ( XSLT Profiler Addin )

  • Visual Studio Themes

    Scott Hanselman has created a nice Visual Studio Programmer Themes Gallery that allows you to quickly pick a color scheme for your Visual Studio 2005/2008 IDE. I personally like a black theme, what about you?

    View ( Visual Studio Programmer Themes Gallery )

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