August 2007 Entries

Out for holiday...

Finally my official holiday week is arrived: I will be in the wonderful (I hope) sea of Castiglione della Pescaia for a week of sun and relax: just in time for the return at my office with the battery charged...  

posted @ Friday, August 24, 2007 3:02 PM | Feedback (0)

Multitargeting feature in Visual Studio 2008: Redmond, can you change a little thing?

One of the coolest feature of the future Visual Studio 2008 (actually in Beta 2) is in my opinion the support for multitargeting: it supports the ability to target multiple versions of the .NET Framework, including using the new language features and also taking advantage of all project templates out of the box (finally!!). This new feature helps a lot a developer that has the needs to support projects with different version of the .NET Framework (this is my case...), because finally you can use a single tool to manage everything. Wonderful! Unfortunately I'm not the one that has...

posted @ Friday, August 24, 2007 2:25 PM | Feedback (2)

ASP.NET Web Services vs. SQL Server 2005 HTTP Endpoints

SQL Server 2005 has introduced a wonderful feature for SOA scenarios: HTTP Endpoints. HTTP Endpoints permits you to directly expose SQL Server data (or stored procedures) to external applications as Web Services. Exposing a SQL Server stored procedure as a web service is quite simple with the HTTP Endpoint usage. Imagine that you have the sp_GetOrders stored procedure, that retrieve from SQL Server the orders for a given period of time. In order to expose it to external applications, you've to firstly create the HTTP Endpoint via T-SQL. The script you've to use is this: create ENDPOINT SQL_Endpoint   STATE...

posted @ Thursday, August 23, 2007 2:55 PM | Feedback (6)

WPF Applications with Visual Studio 2008

In these days of holidays (before starting for my real holiday at the sea) I've spent some of my free time to improve my knowledge about Windows Presentation Foundation. I've to admit that WPF has never attracted me too much (my first impression was that it's too designer-oriented) but this is the future of windows client development so... I'm forced to well undertand it for the near future. From my first WPF view (during the alpha versions of VS 2008) I've to admit that the last Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2 has lots of improvement around WPF development. Cider (the...

posted @ Monday, August 20, 2007 3:02 PM | Feedback (3)

A Vista Gadget to monitor your SQL Server instances

I've searched for something like this in the past without success and I was thinking to develop something by myself, but today I've discovered that Jamie Thomson, John Rayner and their team developed a Vista sidebar gadget to monitor a SQL Server instance. Here's the gadget working on my local db in my notebook: This is an interesting project (great work guys!) that I'd like to be extended in the future with other major or minor features. For example, the first minor feature to add is the possibility to search for a SQL Server instance and for a SQL Server database automatically...

posted @ Thursday, August 16, 2007 3:49 PM | Feedback (2)

Certified for Microsoft Dynamics: only for the giants...

I've talked in the past about the new initiative that Microsoft has launched to differentiate every Microsoft Dynamics solution and finally we have the official details: the new Certified for Microsoft Dynamics program has an official site with all the details you need if you want to achive the "brand" (the logos are really nice... ). As told in the past, the requirements are not so opened to every company that has done a great custom solution based on Microsoft Dynamics I think. The requirement that I can't understand is "Your organization must...

posted @ Tuesday, August 14, 2007 9:34 PM | Feedback (1)

A great Microsoft Project substitute

If you're involved on managing large projects with customers that loves to have all "well planned", I'm sure that Microsoft Project is one of the tools you're familiar with. Unfortunately, Microsoft Project has a big lack in my opinion: it doesn't come out with the Microsoft Office package, so you're forced to buy and install it separately. Not well... If you need a software like MS Project but you don't want (or you can't) buy it, maybe you are happy to know that Projity has released the first beta of OpenProj, a desktop replacement for Microsoft Project. It is capable of sharing files with...

posted @ Tuesday, August 07, 2007 4:50 PM | Feedback (4)

Vertical Templates for Microsoft Dynamics CRM

Microsoft has started on Codeplex an initiative for Microsoft CRM called "Vertical Templates". These templates include reference data models, pre-defined workflows, and role-based user experiences that showcase how Microsoft Dynamics CRM is relevant to customers in these industries.Each vertical template includes the following materials:- CRM Configuration XML Files- Workflows- User Roles- Demo Data- Demo Script- README FileThe templates are designed to work with Microsoft Dynamics CRM 3.0 today and will be updated for the next release of the Microsoft Dynamics CRM product. The first set is devoted to the manufacturing industry and they can help you to customize your...

posted @ Thursday, August 02, 2007 9:10 PM | Feedback (0)

Microsoft Dynamics products convergence

When some years ago Microsoft has launched the new Dynamics vision (do you remember the famous "Wave 1" and "Wave 2"?), one of the common question that customers asks to Partners is: when we'll have a convergence of the actual Dynamics products? Is this convergence a reality? Obviously, there's not a clear answer at the moment (some strategies are under NDA) but what is sure is that a first step of convergence is already begun. The future Dynamics products will have a common set of features and an improved interoperability, they all will share a RoleTailored user experience, integration...

posted @ Thursday, August 02, 2007 4:35 PM | Feedback (0)

A little "italian corner" in Redmond

This is really a big surprise... Vittorio Bertocci signals that a new initiative is started directly from the Channel9 tags: ladies and gentleman, the Italia9 shows is started... What is Italia9? This is a little corner on Channel9 to give voice to all the italians that works in Redmond. Vittorio Bertocci will produce a series of interview (in italian language, obviously) that will permit us to know better who are the italian guys that works in Microsoft USA. Let's join the show...

posted @ Thursday, August 02, 2007 9:08 AM | Feedback (0)