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Video: Windows Azure Online Conference Track 3: Case Studies

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Charles Young, Principle Consultant with Solidsoft and Dan Scarfe, CEO of DotNetSolutions presented case studies and shared their experiences of working on real live WIndows Azure projects. If you’d like to watch the recorded video, it’s here. Also the slide decks: Charles Young’s deck Dan Scarfe’s 1st deck Dan Scarfe’s 2nd deck   Planky – GBR-257

Thank you, Facebook: A way to demote annoying 'friends' on the sly | Digital Media - CNET News

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Thank you, Facebook: A way to demote annoying 'friends' on the sly | Digital Media - CNET News: "There's no chance of hurt feelings, but the upshot is that you'll see a lot less of their wonder-of-me moments in your News Feed every day."

Facebook rolled out a subscribe button last September. Before that, Facebook users could only friend each other. Facebook engineerJonathan Coens described the latest tweak

Getting a SecurityToken from a RequestSecurityTokenResponse in WIF

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When you’re working with WIF and WSTrustChannelFactory when you call the Issue operation, you can also request that a RequestSecurityTokenResponse as an out parameter. However, what can you do with that object?  Well, you could keep it around and use it for subsequent calls with the extension method CreateChannelWithIssuedToken – or can you? public static T CreateChannelWithIssuedToken(this ChannelFactory factory, SecurityToken issuedToken);   As you can see from the method signature it takes a SecurityToken – but that’s not present on the RequestSecurityTokenResponse class. However, you can through a little magic get a GenericXmlSecurityToken by means of the following set of extension
methods below – just call rstr.GetSecurityTokenFromResponse() – and you’ll get a GenericXmlSecurityToken as a return. public static class TokenHelper { /// /// Takes a RequestSecurityTokenResponse, pulls out the GenericXmlSecurityToken usable for further WS-Trust calls /// /// /// public static GenericXmlSecurityToken GetSecurityTokenFromResponse(this RequestSecurityTokenResponse rstr) { var lifeTime = rstr.Lifetime; var appliesTo = rstr.AppliesTo.Uri; var tokenXml =...(Read whole news on source site)

EF5 Beta 2 Available on NuGet

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A few weeks ago we released EF5 Beta 1, since then we’ve been working to improve quality and polish up the release. Today we are making EF5 Beta 2 available on NuGet. This release is licensed for use in production applications. Because it is a pre-release version of EF5 there are some limitations, see the license for more details.   What Changed Since Beta 1? Beta 2 is mainly about improving quality, here are the more notable changes since Beta 1: Migrations commands now work in Visual Studio 2010. There was
a bug in Beta 1 that caused them to only work in Visual Studio 11 Beta. Moved database related Data Annotations to System.ComponentModel.DataAnnotations.Schema namespace. The annotations that originally shipped in EntityFramework.dll have moved into System.ComponentModel.dll in .NET 4.5. As part of this move, the database related annotations were moved into a .Schema sub-namespace. In EF 5 we made the same namespace change for applications targeting .NET 4.0. Fixed the ‘Sequence contains no elements’ bug that several users reported on Beta 1. Simplified the web.config/app.config settings to register SQLEXPRESS or LocalDb as...(Read whole news on source site)

The Future of CodePlex is Bright

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The last 6 months or so have been really busy around here.  Over the next several months, you’ll see a lot of what’s been keeping us busy come to light.  Clearly a big part was unveiled recently with the launch of the VS/TFS/.NET Beta. In this post I want to talk about CodePlex. As you probably know CodePlex is a software development/open source collaboration site that we’ve run for several years.  From the beginning it’s been based on Team Foundation Server – and for a long time, it was really the only way to experience TFS
hosted “in the cloud”.  When we first began development of what is now Team Foundation Service, I knew we were eventually going to want to reconcile that with CodePlex.  It only makes sense to me for us to operate a single public service with a combination of public & private projects, community that spans them and a pricing structure that runs from free to premium (sometimes called “freemium”). In the early days of developing the new service, I wasn’t ready to think through all of the ramifications.  I just wanted to focus on getting the base service up...(Read whole news on source site)

Windows Azure: How Do I Get Started On My Developer Workstation?

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This post is part of a series called “Windows Azure for the ASP.NET Developer” written by Rachel Appel, Adam Hoffman, and Peter Laudati.  You can see the complete list of posts in the series at the US Cloud Connection site. Whether you’re looking to build a new ASP.NET application from scratch, or migrate an existing ASP.NET application into Windows Azure, getting started is an easy process. You can even start developing locally without a Windows Azure account!  However, be sure to get one, because you will need it eventually to experience all Azure has to offer. In
this post, I’ll describe the various tools & SDKs available to start you on your journey. Get The Bits In December 2011, a set of new Developer Centers were added to the main Windows Azure website.  These developer centers are the de-facto starting place for developers looking to take advantage of Windows Azure whether you’re an ASP.NET developer or using other technologies like Node.js, Java, or PHP. From the .NET Developer Center, you can obtain the necessary tools in one download by clicking the big green “Install” button. (or THIS link).  This will launch the...(Read whole news on source site)

Visual Studio & TFS 11 – List of extensions and upgrades

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This post is a list of the extensions I recommend for use with Visual Studio 11. It’s coming up all the time – what to install, where are the download sites, last version, etc etc, and thus I thought it better to post it here and keep it updated. The basics are Visual Studio 11 connected to a Team Foundation Server 11. Note that we now are at Beta time, and that also many live in a side-by-side environment with Visual Studio 2010.  The side-by-side is supported by VS 11. However, if you installed a component
supporting VS11 before you installed VS11, then you need to reinstall it.  The VSIX installer will understand that it is to apply those only for VS11, and will not touch – nor remove – the same for VS2010. A good example here is the Power Commands. The list is more or less in priority order. The focus is to get a setup which can be used for a complete coding experience for the whole ALM process. The list of course reflects what I use for my work , so it is by no means complete, and...(Read whole news on source site)