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Wednesday, August 22, 2007

New MSDN webcast on SQL Server 2008

Microsoft has launched a Live Webcast - MSDN Webcast: Data Programmability and SQL Server 2008 (Level 200)

Following are the details for the same
Date: - 31st August 2007
Time: - 9:30 PM to 10:30 PM

Register me

For more information please check the above Google calander.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

SOA Webcast series for Architects

I found a series of webcasts for Architect on SOA on Microsoft website. Following are the details for the same.

1. Real world SOA: Enabling a New Generation of Dynamic Application Through Service-Oriented Architecture.
2. SOA Workshop for Architects: SOA Overview
3. SOA Workshop for Architects: Messaging and Communications
4. SOA Workshop for Architects: Business Process and Workflow
5. SOA Workshop for Architects: Tools and Modeling
6. SOA Workshop for Architects: User Experience
7. SOA Workshop for Architects: Enterprise Service Bus
8. SOA Workshop for Architects: Federated Data
9. SOA Workshop for Architects: Identity and Access
10. SOA Workshop for Architects: Governance and Management
11. SOA Workshop for Architects: Demo Marathon

Click here for more information

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) - on demand Rich media program

I found an on demand rich media program on Service Oriented Architecture (SOA).

Click here to view the on demand program

SQL Server 2005 Best Practice Collection

I found a great stuff on SQL Server 2005 on one of the blog. Following are the topics covered in this collection

1. XML Best Practices for Microsoft SQL Server 2005
2. Performance Optimizations for the XML Data Type in SQL Server 2005
3. SQL Server 2005 Security Best Practices - Operational and Administrative Tasks
4. SQL Server 2005 Full-Text Queries on Large Catalogs: Lessons Learned
5. Scale-Out Querying with Analysis Services
6. SQL Server 2005 Analysis Services Processing Best Practices
7. Predeployment I/O Best Practices
8. Partial Database Availability
9. Comparing Tables Organized with Clustered Indexes versus Heaps
10. SQL Server 2005 Deployment Guidance for Web Hosting Environments
11. Resolving Common Connectivity Issues in SQL Server 2005 Analysis Services Connectivity Scenarios
12. Implementing Application Failover with Database Mirroring
13. OLAP Design Best Practices for Analysis Services 2005
14. DBCC SHOWCONTIG Improvements and Comparison between SQL Server 2000 and SQL Server 2005
15. TEMPDB Capacity Planning and Concurrency Considerations for Index Create and Rebuild
16. Loading Bulk Data into a Partitioned Table
17. Database Mirroring Best Practices and Performance Considerations
18. SQL Server 2005 Performance Tuning using Waits and Queues
19. Analysis Services 2005 Performance Guide
20. SAP with Microsoft SQL Server 2005: Best Practices for High Availability, Performance, and Scalability
21. Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Tuning Tips for PeopleSoft 8.x
22. Troubleshooting Performance Problems in SQL Server 2005

Also, check out some of features available in SQL Server 2005 Best Practices ToolBox:
Scripts and Tools for Performance Tuning and Troubleshooting SQL Server 2005

1. Buffer Cache
2. CPU and Optimization
3. Indexes and Indexing
4. Input Input/Output
5. Performance
6. Query Plan Re-Use
7. Retrieving SQL Text and XML Plans
8. SQLOS: Schedulers, Runnable Queue, Waiter List
9. Tempdb
10. Transactions and Locking
11. Wait Statistics
12. SQL Server 2005 Best Practices Analyzer
13. DMV Stats

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Team Foundation Server Development Guide

I find Team Development Server guide on codeplex website. This guide shows you how to make the most of Team Foundation Server. It starts with the end in mind, but shows you how to incrementally adopt TFS for your organization.

Click here to download the guide

Thursday, August 2, 2007

New Visual Studio Verson codename 'Rosario'

Microsoft has announced that it will issue this week the first CTP of the "next" version of Visual Studio Team System, which will come after VS2008. That release is codenamed Rosario.

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BizTalk Server 2006 Code Samples

I find a new set of BizTalk 2006 code samples on Microsoft website. Following are the details for the same.

1. BizTalk Server 2006 Code Samples Collection
2. Integrating BizTalk Server 2006 and Windows Workflow Foundation (BizTalk Server Sample)
3. Publishing and Consuming Web Services with SOAP Headers
4. BAM and HAT Correlation
5. Consuming Web Services with Array Parameters
6. Extending the BizTalk Server Administration Console
7. Viewing Failed Tracking Data
8. Inserting XML Nodes from Business Rules
9. Using the Mass Copy Functoid
10. Using Role Links
11. Split File Pipeline
12. Using Enterprise Library 2.0 with BizTalk Server
13. Consuming Web Services
14. Console Adapter
15. Delivery Notification
16. Using Long-Running Transactions in Orchestrations
17. Using the Looping Functoid
18. Mapping to a Repeating Structure
19. Parallel Convoy
20. Policy Chaining
21. Recoverable Interchange Processing Using Pipelines
22. Using the Table Looping Functoid
23. Using the Value Mapping and Value Mapping (Flattening) Functoids
24. Direct Binding to an Orchestration
25. Direct Binding to the MessageBox Database in Orchestrations
26. Using a Custom .NET Type for a Message in Orchestrations
27. Writing Orchestration Information as XML Using the ExplorerOM API
28. Correlating Messages with Orchestration Instances
29. SSO as Configuration Store
30. Atomic Transactions with COM+ Serviced Components in Orchestrations
31. Exception Handling in Orchestrations
32. Implementing Scatter and Gather Pattern
33. Using the SQL Adapter with Atomic Transactions in Orchestrations

Click here for more details and to download the above sample code

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

MSDN Nuggets on Silverlight

I find six MSDN Nuggets on Silverlight. Following are the details for the same.

Silverlight Streaming
Silverlight Streaming is a hosted service at which provides developers and content creators the ability to host Silverlight content on the service and integrate into their websites. More

Silverlight - Linking Silverlight and ASP.NET Projects
With Silverlight Tools for Visual Studio 2008 it is possible to develop Silverlight applications as a separate project and embed that project within an ASP.NET site. This gives clean separation between your Silverlight and ASP.NET applications without any complicated deployment. More

Silverlight - Debugging between Mac and Windows
An unusual nugget in that it was recorded on a MacBook Pro. It demonstrates the concept of debugging a Silverlight application running on Safari from a Visual Studio (on Windows) developer machine. This solution runs out of the box with the Silverlight Tools for Visual Studio 2008. More

Silverlight - Using Ink
A brief introduction to using an InkPresenter element to receive ink based input from users. First, we introduce the InkPresenter element in XAML and follow-up with the code (C#) to capture and process the input. More

Silverlight - Accessing HTML from managed code
Silverlight enables developers to access the host HTML from managed code. This is an extremely powerful feature which can be used to create seamless experiences between the HTML and Silverlight UI. More

Silverlight 1.1 Programming - Full Screen
In this nugget we show you how to make a Silverlight application break outside the 'chrome' of the browser and take up the complete screen. This is very useful for applications which require more desktop real estate such as video players. More