May 2007 Entries

Have you tune up your productivity with the Ribbon?

The Ribbon (the new menu that you can find on every Office 2007 product) has made a consistent revolution in the standard Office user interface. The Ribbon has borned with a main target: helping people to increase their productivity when using Microsoft Office (but not only...). With the Ribbon, you've always on your desktop the function that you need to perform a certain task, without opening too many menus. However, I can see that the Ribbon divides people: someone loves it and someone hates it. Someone loves it because it's so nice, it permits you to have the feature for...

posted @ Wednesday, May 30, 2007 3:48 PM | Feedback (0)

Microsoft Surface makes the debut

With this announce, Microsoft has launched to the public one of the interesting and fascinating projects that comes from the Research Labour, Microsoft Surface. Imagine your meeting room in your company, a table on the center with an interactive surface, where you can demoes your product or showing your documents simply by a gesture on the surface. Now this could be reality soon...    As said by Microsoft "Microsoft Surface allows users to interact with digital content through touch and natural gestures — they can stretch, share, and drag and drop digital images". Soon on an office near...

posted @ Wednesday, May 30, 2007 9:08 AM | Feedback (0)

What to learn about the new .NET generation?

I've read many interesting posts (like this and this) about what are the top arguments absolutely to learn for the future .NET platform. I think that all the future Microsoft platform must be known at least for its main parts (a vision of the entire architecture is a must in order to make the best choice for a business problem) and the arguments that can be placed on the FOCUS LIST must reflect the main activites (and the main business) of everyone of us. My "wish list" could be as follow: Windows Workflow Foundation: This is my personal number 1. I've written many...

posted @ Monday, May 28, 2007 12:25 PM | Feedback (0)

Microsoft Dynamics vs SAP again...

I've received today a copy of a survey conducted by Keystone Strategy llc about the impact of Microsoft Dynamics and SAP on the enterprise. Users of Microsoft Dynamics NAV, Microsoft Dynamics GP, SAP All-in-One, and SAP R/3 at approximately 100 companies (randomly selected) were asked about their experiences with Microsoft and SAP applications across different categories of business productivity. I'm not a fan of these types of surveys but I want to post here the results... maybe they can help someone to make the right choice for his business... 1) Usability measures the user’s perception of how easy the...

posted @ Monday, May 21, 2007 10:44 PM | Feedback (7)

We’ll never have a great Microsoft CRM Mobile client?

Often, during our CRM demos and presentations, we receive questions like "has the Microsoft CRM a good mobile client for Pocket PC, able to satisfy our business?". The answer to this question is always the same story:   CRM Mobile ...

posted @ Thursday, May 17, 2007 4:54 PM | Feedback (9)

Blog updated to Subtext 1.9.5

Today I've upgraded my blog engine to the last Subtext build, the new 1.9.5 version just released. I want to congratulate with Chris Haack (and the others) for the great work on making the migration not a pain… We're all waiting the new 2.0 version P.S. If there's a great expert on computer graphics that loves Subtext, why not try to improve the skin collection? Maybe with a skin with "glass" effects… it would be lovely!

posted @ Wednesday, May 16, 2007 5:22 PM | Feedback (2)

Session problem with NAV and .NET connections

I've written many and many .NET applications that interacts with Dynamics NAV (expecially .NET Web Services) but (as usual) misterious problems are always under the hood... I have a custom .NET Web Service used for interaction between Dynamics NAV and a Pocket PC application. This service has always worked good but today, on a customer's site (Dynamics NAV 4.02 was used), here's the problem: after a data transfer, it's impossible for new users to login with Dynamics NAV due to an error in the Session table in NAV. The error says something like "Difference of two datetime columns caused...

posted @ Monday, May 14, 2007 1:31 PM | Feedback (0)

.NET Job Scheduler

Many times for my projects I have the need to scheduling jobs and I've to admit that building a perfect universal job scheduler is not an easy task. I've discovered today (thanks to Ayende) that there's an interesting project on the road about scheduling. Quartz.Net is "a full-featured, open source job scheduling system that can be used from smallest apps to large scale enterprise systems.". Quartz.NET is a port of very propular open source Java job scheduling framework, Quartz. It's a pure .NET library written in C# which currently targets Framework version 1.1 and above. The project is currently in progress...

posted @ Saturday, May 12, 2007 11:42 AM | Feedback (1)

WindowsClient.net added to my bookmarks

The old Windows Form website has done the jump into the next era... :) The new WindowsClient.net website, the community learning resource for Windows Forms and Windows Presentation Foundation, is officially launched. Here you will find all the useful things about the new development world of every Windows applications. Now my request is only this: examples, examples, examples... ;)

posted @ Saturday, May 12, 2007 11:01 AM | Feedback (0)

Windows Vista for Developers meeting

Tomorrow in Microsoft Italy one of my favourite speakers, Giuseppe Di Mauro (our Regional Director), will give us an in depth overview of all the new technology that Windows Vista introduce for the developers. We'll talk about Windows Presentation Foundation, Windows Communication Foundation, Windows Workflow Foundation and CardSpace, with real examples of use and with an architectural view of the application scenarios. See you there...

posted @ Monday, May 07, 2007 5:44 PM | Feedback (0)

A new VB era with Silverlight

With the announce of Silverlight, Microsoft has opened us a new scenario for building rich interactive application. With Silverlight Microsoft has introduced also the concept of Dynamic Language Runtime (DLR), a new level of support for dynamic languages on .NET that lets languages share a sandboxed security model and browser integration.  This means that developers building browser-based applications can now use their preferred language even for client-side code.   With the DLR concept Microsoft has also revealed the new future for VB (or what will be called VBx). As said by Paul Vick, “Visual Basic should become a...

posted @ Wednesday, May 02, 2007 7:16 PM | Feedback (0)