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WPF Elements 5 Released!

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This is big – by far our biggest release for any of our XAML products. We’ve been hard at work for months with WPF Elements 5 and received great feedback from our beta testers. Here’s some of the improvements that you’ll just love: Data Grid control WPF Elements 5 ships with a high performance data [...]

Announcing a Microsoft Small Business Competency?

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Thanks again to all of you that joined us for yesterday’s Interactive Leadership Forums. Given the online commentary and chatter taking place today resulting from the mere mention of the launching of a Microsoft Small Business Competency as part of the Microsoft Partner Network during the sessions, I’d say they have definitely succeeded in the enthusiasm and buzz categories. And on the topic of enthusiasm, let’s just say that sometimes our enthusiasm for sharing good news can be slightly ahead of our readiness to provide detailed information on something that ultimately will be good for our channel and our
customers. This happens to be one of those times… So let’s clear the air a little on what you should take away from the enthusiastic comments by the presenters yesterday about the Microsoft Small Business Competency. While it is true that we will be launching a Small Business Competency in the Spring, the details around what the competency benefits and requirements will ultimately be are still being vetted and partner feedback is still be solicited, just as it has been throughout the year since we announced we would be evaluating it this year. All of us here at Microsoft...(Read whole news on source site)

Daytona - Iterative MapReduce on Windows Azure

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Daytona - Iterative MapReduce on Windows Azure Overview MapReduce is a framework for processing highly distributable problems across huge datasets using a large number of compute nodes. It is a generic mechanism that comprises 2 steps: Map step: The master node takes the input, partitions it up into smaller sub-problems, and distributes them to worker nodes. The worker node processes the smaller problem, and passes the answer back to its master node. Reduce step: The master node then collects the answers to all the sub-problems and combines them in some way
to form the output – the answer to the problem it was originally trying to solve. Microsoft has developed an iterative MapReduce runtime for Windows Azure, code-named "Daytona.". It can be downloaded here: Daytona can scale out computations for analysis of distributed data. Developers can use this to construct distributed computing cloud data-analysis services on Windows Azure. This is Microsoft's implementation of Hadoop; the competing distributed computing infrastructure + API of Dryad + LINQ to HPC is now redundant. An application has already been developed that leverages this infrastructure -...(Read whole news on source site)

“Learn Windows Azure” Event Dec 13th, 2011 With Scott Guthrie, Dave Campbell, & Mark Russinovich

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This just in… “The Gu” (a.k.a. Scott Guthrie) just announced on his blog that next Tuesday, December 13th, 2011, that there will be a live “Learn Windows Azure” event for developers.  The day long event promises to be a great way to learn about Windows Azure and what it provides. Guthrie will be kicking off the event on the Microsoft campus in Redmond, Wa with a 90 minute keynote.  Not only will “The Gu” be kicking things off, but he’ll be joined by Microsoft technical leaders, Dave Campbell and Mark Russinovich for this day
long event. The three of these folks have been key engineers on Windows Azure. You can register watch it in person if you live in the Seattle metropolitan area.  Don’t live in Seattle?  No problem!  You can watch it live on the world wide web anywhere in the world thanks to the folks at Channel 9.  (I plan to be tuned in from near Exit 117 in Jersey!) Why the short notice for this event? Who knows?  It’s not often that “the Gu” schedules an event like this, so I’m guessing it will be sure to have...(Read whole news on source site)

Nightly news, 9 December 2011

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The big news this week is the release of WPF Elements 5.0. We’ll have a post up in a moment to let you know what’s new and what’s hot, so stand by to give it a go! Of course, even with our heads down on WPF Elements 5.0, we’ve still got updates to our other [...]

Daily WP7 Development News 7 Dec 2011

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to our News feed /WindowsPhoneGeek Feed or follow us on Twitter @winphonegeek . (We list the latest Windows Phone 7 development activities.)  ...(Read whole news on source site)

What is Package.appxmanifest File in Windows 8 Metro Style Application?

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Hope you gone thru my previous video tutorial “How to Create a Windows 8 Metro Style Application using Visual Studio 2011?”, where I demonstrated about Windows Metro Style Application templates, creation of project and it’s project structure. There we also demonstrated one simple “HelloMetroStyleApplication” sample.   In this video tutorial, we will learn about “Package.appxmanifest” file which resides in the Metro application project directory. We will discuss step-by-step about each property page and XML content of this manifest file.   What’s there inside the manifest file? “Package.appxmanifest” is nothing but an XML file
but when you open it by double clicking inside Visual Studio 2011 IDE, it will open in designer mode where you will notice four tab panels inside it (named: Application UI, Capabilities, Declarations and Packaging) as shown below:     All the tabs have different sets of exposed properties for your application and here is......(Read whole news on source site)