The Future of Silverlight

30 בנובמבר 2010

In PDC 2010 there where many talks about Silverlight vs. HTML 5.  more info.   In PDC there were plenty of mentions of HTML 5 and Microsoft’s commitment to that technology yet Silverlight was considered to be the leading technology concerning the mobile market.  Bob Muglia, the Microsoft President in charge of the company’s server and tools said that Silverlight will continue to be a cross-platform solution, working on a variety of operating system/browser platforms, going forward, he said. “But HTML is the only true cross platform solution for everything, including (Apple’s) iOS platform”.  Many developers understood that Microsoft is...
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Using http proxy with local sites

18 בנובמבר 2010

If you run a typical ASP.NET application with the cassini server (VS 2010 debugging server), you'll notice that Fiddler or any other http proxy is not capturing any traffic.  To remedy this situation, you can simply add a period ('.') to the end of "localhost" in the address bar (http://localhost.:1234/mysite). This will allow you to view your application’s traffic data with Fiddler.
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Things happen in Windows Azure

8 בנובמבר 2010

PDC is behind us. Now it is possible to say that the high expectations were met. According to the announcements given at PDC Windows Azure is doing one major step forward. If you were developing in Azure you noticed that many issues were kept open. The IT Pros and the developer communities asked many questions that could not be answered. Now things change. Windows Azure will provide in the next few months a wide range of features that will solve most of the...
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Come to my talk in TechEd

7 בנובמבר 2010

In the coming TechEd I will be giving a talk about Azure Storage. The talk will be given in the Cloud Track and it will take place on the third day at 4pm. (The last talk in TechEd) In this talk I will cover the Azure Storage Technologies and will explore patterns and best practices. In the talk you I will describe the logics behind the storage architecture. Such understanding will help you to use it correctly and enjoy its power. ...
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Tables in a sync scope must be ordered

Before doing synchronization using the Microsoft Sync Framework 2.0 it is required to provision a sync scope. In the scope you define which tables and columns are synchronized and specify any filters if required. Detailed instruction can be found at the following resources: Provisioning for Synchronization (SQL Server), Walkthrough: Defining Filtered Scope and Provisioning Server Database, Walkthrough: Defining Scope and Provisioning a Server Database Yet one important detail is missing in...
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Custom Workflow Activity – Property or Argument

In WF 3.5 custom activity input was written to properties. The developer who would use these activities would set values to properties directly in the designer or using binding. In WF 4.0 it is possible continue to use regular CLR properties or to use Input Arguments exposed as properties. The question is when to do what. Well… 1.       When the input value is needed before the activity is executed, for example in the CacheMetadata method - CLR properties are...
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