June 2007 Entries

Apple iPhone: the mania is started...

The rumours about the new Apple iPhone are finished today: in USA this new Apple device goes on sale today, but here in Europe we'll have to wait at least to the end of the year. A new device mania is started and Apple has a great touch: it has the ability to transform every device it's ready to launch in a so desiderable and fashionable toy... But if you forget the fashion and observ the reality, are you sure that the iPhone is so revolutionary? Msmobiles has published a nice "real world" comparison between the iPhone and the Windows...

posted @ Saturday, June 30, 2007 2:24 PM | Feedback (2)

Microsoft CRM and "Advanced Find" with exceptions

Microsoft CRM has a great tool for making custom queries to all the CRM entities available to the final CRM users: this tool is called "Advanced Find". Customers have a great fantasy on making queries and some days ago I've received a request: how can I retrieve all the Accounts that doesn't have associated Contacts via the "Advanced Find" tool? My first answer was to make a query like this (sorry but I've the italian CRM version installed on the production machine): and after pushing the "Find" button... the query doesn't work!! The "Advanced Find" tool doesn't provide...

posted @ Monday, June 25, 2007 10:06 AM | Feedback (5)

Microsoft Dynamics NAV on a SOA environment

Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) are a cool concept on nowadays Enterprise Architecture world. In a real modern scenario, implementing a SOA environment means having a solution that involves sharing data and processes across multiple systems, that permits you to expose your business processes as services that can be consumed by other applications (external or internal) mixed together or composed into larger and modular business processes (workflows) How can you obtain a SOA architecture with Microsoft Dynamics NAV? In my opinion, Microsoft Dynamics NAV will have a "2 phase" SOA approach. Actually, you can expose Microsoft Dynamics...

posted @ Friday, June 15, 2007 3:32 PM | Feedback (1)

WPF Hands-on-Lab: Build an Outlook 2007 UI Clone

Absolutely one of the coolest examples about WPF: Tim Sneath has signalled that two engineers from Microsoft Switzerland, Ronnie Saurenmann and Ruihua Jin, have put together this 90-page lab that starts at File / New Project and ends with a facsimile of the Outlook 2007 user interface. You can find the lab manual here; the source project you'll need to complete the lab can be found here. Lots of thanks to Tim for the tips and to the two guys for the wonderful (and well done) work. It's the first WPF application with sources available that targets the Winform world...

posted @ Wednesday, June 13, 2007 5:59 PM | Feedback (9)

Do you want to help Microsoft on writing an exam?

If the answer is YES, now you've a chance: Howard Dierking has launched the idea of a community-based creation of certification exams. Howard has revealed that writing an entire exam is expensive and it's also an hard work, expecially on architecturing the questions. Now he has launched an idea: why not opening the possibility to write exam questions also to the large MS communities? The idea is fascinating but obviously it's not so simple I think. Questions launched from the communities must be submitted, reviewed and moderated from MS internals, then (if approved) they must be kept secret (otherwise their scope will...

posted @ Tuesday, June 12, 2007 8:57 PM | Feedback (2)

Safari on Windows: reality!

It's incredible, when I saw this announe today I was thinking to be on the 1st of April, but it's pure reality: at Apple's WWDC today was announced the first release of Safari for Windows, a special version of Apple's famous web browser for the Microsoft's OS. The announce was attractive: Will be a great competitor for IE and Firefox? Safari is a great browser on the Mac's world... the promises are exciting!

posted @ Monday, June 11, 2007 10:51 PM | Feedback (0)

The real world of IT projects...

Pills of true life...

posted @ Monday, June 11, 2007 5:52 PM | Feedback (2)

"Hello World" from Acropolis

I've written some days ago that I was fascinating by the first CTP of Acropolis, the new set of tools borned with the idea to help developers to make modular applications. Acropolis helps the developer life a lot, but obviously (as every new technology that appears on the horizon) must be well understood (expecially the interaction betweent the parts). Ezequiel Jadib has make an interesting post about how to write a simple "Hello World" application with Acropolis. "Hello World" application is always the first step when learning a language, so check the post and start to be in love with...

posted @ Saturday, June 09, 2007 2:05 PM | Feedback (0)

Microsoft CRM Developer Center on MSDN

Maybe I'm late but this morning a friend has signalled me that Microsoft has opened a new section on MSDN totally devoted to CRM development. The new Microsoft CRM Development Center is the place to check if you have to start developing with the Microsoft's CRM platform. Maybe a day we'll see sections for all the Dynamics family on MSDN?

posted @ Friday, June 08, 2007 10:25 AM | Feedback (2)

"Acropolis" makes me happy...

Acropolis is a great project!! This is what I can see after a bit of playing with the first bits... The "Acropolis" scope is to help the developer to make modular, business focused, client .NET applications by using the last .NET technologies. Its target is ambitious because it covers one of the main requisites of a modern architecture: a Windows application must be modular and extensible, with a clear separation between business logic and UI. Composite UI Application Block (CAB) has made a great work on this field but Acropolis is a step in the future. The "Acropolist project" seems...

posted @ Tuesday, June 05, 2007 9:27 AM | Feedback (0)

Microsoft codename "Acropolis": sounds good!

An interesting project seems to come out from Microsoft in these days. Microsoft codename "Acropolis" (actually only a CTP) is a set of components and tools intended to make it easier for developers to build and manage modular, business focused, client applications for Microsoft Windows on the .NET Framework. As described on the project documentation, "Acropolis uses a composite application framework to address complex, changing business requirements. Composite applications integrate functionality as components that you can easily reconfigure or replace. For example, a composite application might display data from a remote database, but let you choose between a WPF and a Windows Forms...

posted @ Monday, June 04, 2007 4:47 PM | Feedback (3)