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I highly recommend it to anyone looking to learn Scrum and wants to use the TFS tool set to enable your team to accomplish your mission. I own the first version of this book and was looking forward to the second version. I would say if you want to get familiar with doing Scrum with TF...
We have decided to push forward with the one of the Silverlight projects and the WPF project in order to introduce XAML into the environment. With METRO on the horizon you will have no choice but to learn XAML. Most of my posts lately have only been delivering bad news about BUILDS a...
It’s maybe a year before any Windows 8 products come out but Microsoft started pushing what it called its “re-imagined,” next-generation operating system to developers this week at its Build conference in California. Evidently it’s trying to freeze the market before its PC empire is u...
I believe Silverlight within a year will be known as the “S” word, and we won’t be using it anywhere except in conversations about how painful Microsoft made that initiative. Let us say MS supports Silverlight for the next 10 years. That is great. But that means nothing to the custome...
Hopefully I am wrong. That would be great. I have been wrong before. I stepped on a mud ball once, thinking it was something else. To my pleasant surprise I ended up with just a muddy shoe. So, after spending a few days playing with the preview and watching more sessions, I can say my...
This is the time to start learning about Microsoft's Master Data Services and this book is a great place to start. With the release of Denali we will be getting some nice improvements to the MDS toolset. We will be getting Excel tools that interface with the data, an excel add in that ...
This is a very hands-on book. It walks you through using every aspect of the current MDS tools. It starts out with an introduction to Master Data Services and then jumps right into installation and configuration. You then create an MDS Project and add a new Model to it by hand. The ...
Being primarily an architect and developer my use of Blend can be very limited at times. I use Blend mostly for prototyping with SketchFlow and I wanted to get a refresher on the functionality I don’t use day to day. Over the past several months I have been cracking this book open ove...
As you may be aware, the company I work for does both PowerBuilder and RIA (Flex) application development. We actually create client/server and web-based front ends for the same application. Doing that has really emphasized just how much faster we can do development using PowerBuilder....
This is the perfect book for the beginner and the advanced MVC developer. It is a one stop shop for learning the ASP.NET MVC 3 Framework. It starts out with a nice little sample application that will get beginners up to speed fast. It then covers the MVC Pattern in detail and how it r...
Microsoft hurried out Monday to say that General Dynamics Itronix, whose defense contractor parent has a market cap of $27 billion, will be paying Microsoft royalties for broad patent protection for its Android devices. The deal must have gone down relatively easily because Microsoft...
This book is a must read for anyone considering moving into parallel programming with the .NET Framework. This is a book of patterns that achieve potential parallelism. It is very important concept that all developers should have a decent grasp on. The patterns teach you how to write ...
Microsoft previewed a prototype Windows 8 operating system running on both ARM and x86 architectures Wednesday at the Computex show in Taiwan as well as at the D9 conference in California. It’s being adapted for touchscreens as well as conventional keyboard-based PCs and is supposed ...
The benefits of unit testing such as shortening the development time, reducing development costs and releasing higher quality products, are well known. Below you can see a Software testing guide about how to start unit testing .NET projects. The first tool you need is a testing framew...
Sounding like a guy starting to flex his activist shareholder muscles, Greenlight Capital chief David Einhorn, who made his bones shorting an under-capitalized, over-exposed Lehman months before its collapse, told an investment conference Wednesday that Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is s...
One of the things I like the most about the book is that the author really shows you how to take advantage of existing tools and libraries that are intended to be used for code generation. When it comes to code generation I have seen the worst of the worst and some really cool impleme...
No matter what your technology stack is this book can help you implement an Enterprise Information Architecture or at least it will help you improve the one you have in place now. This book is a mature book on Enterprise Information Architecture. By mature I mean thorough and packed w...
One of the biggest issues I see in a lot of IT / Software Development environments is the lack of understanding when it comes to context switching. There are a lot of managers that don't understand how much work is lost when they expect their team to multitask. More disastrous is the ...
So I had all the technical how to books, and some of them covered some governance and planning, but I was left wanting more. I hoped this book would fill in the gaps and it did. The biggest problem I have run into with SharePoint is that there is not enough planning and governance sur...
This release provides many of the features of Enterprise Library 5.0 for Silverlight application developers. Silverlight Integration Pack for Enterprise Library is a collection of guidance and reusable application blocks designed to assist Silverlight application developers with commo...
This is still my number one choice in UML books to have at my side. The first version of this book made it to everyone of my gigs in the past, now it is this versions turn. The first thing I imagine I should address is why the heck I am reviewing a book that is over 5 years old. I hav...
If you are a business analyst, DBA, or software architect this book is mandatory reading. When I first started reading this book I became discouraged because it seemed as thought the author had bastardized UML. As I read on it became apparent that the author had merely created a DSL (...
This book has moved Blend from a tool I use once in a while to one that I feel confident enough about to use for any UI development. I have not taken the time I should have to get to know Microsoft Expression Blend like I should know it. I use it a lot to build user interfaces and to ...
It’s a daunting task to author a book of over 1000 pages and maintain the interest of the reader. Matthew MacDonald is able to do so for several reasons. He maintains a good sense of humor and he is not afraid to express his opinion about a topic. Two examples come to mind. The first e...
This is a nice concise overview of all the topics related to development with Microsoft PRISM 4.0. It is not exactly the same content that is available for download. It is a trimmed down version of it. For example it does not cover upgrading from a previous version or go into the im...
Esri's new ArcGIS Viewer for Microsoft Silverlight can now be downloaded at no cost from the Esri Beta Community site. The viewer is a ready-to-use, configurable web mapping application built on ArcGIS API for Silverlight/WPF. Users can easily configure ArcGIS Viewer for Microsoft Sil...
Did you know you can add barcodes to the forms your organization uses? Barcodes give the scanned image a readily identifiable key, allowing for easy storage and retrieval in a database or content management system. Review the included code samples and see how to add barcode reading and...
I never thought I would ever describe a technical book that I have reviewed as delightful but that is exactly how felt when I read the book SQL Antipatterns by Bill Karwin. The book’s subtitle ‘Avoiding the Pitfalls of Database Programming’ really summarizes the goal of the book in a n...
This book is packed with great advice on how to build Silverlight applications correctly. It is an easy to read book, and will also make a great reference. This book is labeled as intermediate to advanced. I would agree with that listing. You won't find an overview of XAML in the book...
The author of this book starts off by answering the question, "Why do we need another C# book?". I was asking myself that very question as I turned to the introduction. He says "In short, what sets this book apart from many others is its in-depth coverage of how things work." As far a...
It was nice while it lasted. I received the email below this afternoon announcing a $35 charge will soon be in place. From this forum, it looks like Red-gate was hoping for a big pay day from Microsoft. Quote from the forum: "Right now I'm hoping MS wakes up to the importance of Ref...
If you’ve been following Sybase’s announcements concerning their plans for future versions of PowerBuilder, you’ll know that they are planning for PowerBuilder 15 to be able to generate a Silverlight application and are looking at having it generate applications based on HTML5 as well....
DevExpress.com is proud to announce the upcoming release of its Silverlight Ribbon Control -- allowing Visual Studio developers to emulate the Microsoft Office UI, target the Silverlight platform and deliver a compelling end-user experience in the shortest possible time. Fully leverag...
Microsoft is abandoning Silverlight, its alternative to Adobe Flash, in favor of the more generic HTML5 as the way to develop rich Internet applications. Microsoft’s server and tools capo Bob Muglia told ZDNet that the company is “shifting away” from Silverlight and in a peculiar kum...
Microsoft beat the Street Thursday when it posted record revenue of $16.2 billion for the September quarter, up 25% year-over-year, and earned $5.41 billion, up 59%, or 62 cents a share, against expectations of 55 cents on $15.8 billion. However, Wall Street lowered its expectation o...
Steve Jobs thinks in terms of industrial design, and he is a perfectionist. Sculley says this in the interview, and his opinion is hardly revelatory. Steve first described his fascination with industrial design in an interview with Playboy magazine years ago, where he mentioned Europea...
Microsoft has acquired AVIcode, Inc, a 12-year-old Baltimore-based company that does real-time .NET application performance monitoring, widgetry Microsoft has been using internally for a long time. It didn’t say what it paid – the firm appears to have only raised a few million dollar...
Adobe had an interesting afternoon Thursday. That’s when the New York Times came out and blogged that it knew from employees and consultants who were involved or simply knew that Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and Shantanu Narayen, the CEO of Flash-wielding, Apple-banned Adobe, met re...
Practically everybody and his brother is backing Microsoft’s appeal to the Supreme Court in its attempt not to pay Canadian ISV i4i $290 million for Word’s alleged infringement of an i4i custom XML patent that Microsoft claims is invalid. Google, Apple, Intel, Yahoo, HTC, Dell, HP, F...
Intel’s Apple-aping AppUp store for laptops and Atom-based netbooks is now out of beta and functioning. Along with free apps it’s got “try before you buy” packages. The widgetry includes Adobe AIR and Microsoft Silverlight applications. AppUp customers can use Adobe's beta applicat...