August 2008 Entries

A stupid iPhone security flaw...

Today GizModo has published a huge security problem in the latest iPhone 2.0.2 software. To reproduce the problem: First, password protect your phone and lock it. Then slide to unlock and do this: 1. Tap emergency call.2. Double tap the home button. Done. You are now in your favorites. Here you have full access to your favourites calls and contacts. Then, from a contact if you tap on the blue arrows next to the names, it will give you full access to the private information in a favorite entry. And it goes downhill from there: If you click in...

posted @ Wednesday, August 27, 2008 11:21 PM | Feedback (0)

Data Structures and Algorithms free eBook

Luca Del Tongo and Granville Barnett has published for free their Data Structures and Algorithms: Annotated Reference with Example eBook. As said by the authors: "As this is just a preview don't expect it to be all finely polished, we know what we are lacking in terms of explanations. No chapter in the preview is the final version of that respective chapter. It's also worth mentioning that this is not the final list of chapters. Our intended target audience are those who know how to use their respective language of choice, other than that you should be OK...

posted @ Wednesday, August 27, 2008 8:06 PM | Feedback (3)

Why not an App Store for Windows Mobile?

As someone of you already know, I'm an iPhone user from a month. One of the coolest feature of this device is certainly the App Store, the place where you can find any type of application you want. With the 2.0 software update (out for the iPhone 3G launch) Apple has placed the App Store feature directly into the device (no need to go on an Apple website). Why the App Store is so interesting? Because now you have a central location  where you can find all you need. The App Store permits you to browse...

posted @ Wednesday, August 27, 2008 4:12 PM | Feedback (2)

Mozilla presents Ubiquity

Mozilla has launched an interesting new project called Ubiquity: Today we’re announcing the launch of Ubiquity, a Mozilla Labs experiment into connecting the Web with language in an attempt to find new user interfaces that could make it possible for everyone to do common Web tasks more quickly and easily. The overall goals of Ubiquity are to explore how best to: Empower users to control the web browser with language-based instructions. (With search, users type what they want to find. With Ubiquity, they type what they want to do.) Enable on-demand, user-generated mashups with existing open Web APIs....

posted @ Wednesday, August 27, 2008 2:32 PM | Feedback (0)

Microsoft Dynamics NAV: using ADO and SQL Stored Procedures to tune up your queries

I've discovered today that we in EID are not the ones that are using the ADO trick to tune up certain queries on Dynamics NAV. There are cases where queries executed via C/AL can be more complex and less performant that queries directly performed via T-SQL. My personal case where I love to use this trick is for example if you have to do a SELECT DISTINCT query via C/AL: via NAV code, you have to use two at least two record variable and marks. Why not run a simple SELECT DISTINCT via T-SQL and reads the data from...

posted @ Monday, August 25, 2008 8:42 PM | Feedback (1)

SQL Server 2008 is out: is my platform supported?

With the official release of SQL Server 2008, this is the "hottest" question that customers are asking to us. If I'll plan to move under the new database engine, is my business ready for this new platform? This is the answer for the products that we support: Microsoft Office Sharepoint Server 2007 (MOSS) and Windows Sharepoint Services 3.0 (WSS) support SQL Server 2008 with their Service Pack 1 version (MOSS 207 SP1 and WSS 3.0 SP1). SP1 is also a requirement for installing MOSS 2007 and WSS 3.0 on Windows Server 2008. Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 runs with...

posted @ Friday, August 22, 2008 1:47 PM | Feedback (0)

No Certification Training Kits for Windows Workflow...

Some days ago Gerry O'Brien published on his official Microsoft Certification blog a summary of the planned Training Kits for Visual Studio 2008 and .NET 3.5 Certifications and their current expected release dates (plus some news about Training Kits for SQL Server 2008). My surprise was to see that in this list there's a planned Training Kit for WPF, a planned Training Kit for WCF but no planned Training Kits for Windows Workflow. Fortunately Microsoft has planned also an exam for this new technology (Exam 70-504: TS: Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5, Windows Workflow Foundation Application Development) so why not having...

posted @ Thursday, August 21, 2008 12:24 PM | Feedback (0)

Finally WPF has its own Datagrid!

With the release of .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 & Visual Studio 2008 SP1 there's a silent present from Microsoft: the first release (CTP) of the WPF Datagrid. In the past I've blogged few times about this request: WPF is a step to the future for the UI world, but the grid is (in my opinion) the better way to show certain types of informations. The new WPF Datagrid (the official one ) seems really interesting and here you can have more details (Jaime Rodriquez has a EXCELLENT 3 part series on how to customize the DataGrid (Part 1, Part...

posted @ Monday, August 18, 2008 6:55 PM | Feedback (0)

Visual Studio 2008 SP1 and .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 enhancements

As usual, the Visual Studio SPx and .NET Framework SPx are not only "Service Packs" for bug fixes, but they contains lots of new features and improvements to the entire platform. What is interesting to know: The .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 delivers: Performance increases between 20-45% for WPF-based applications – without having to change any code WCF improvements that give developers more control over the way they access data and services. Streamlined installation experience for client applications Improvements in the area of data platform, such as the ADO.NET Entity Framework, ADO.NET Data Services  and...

posted @ Thursday, August 14, 2008 2:54 PM | Feedback (0)

Blog updated...

After lots of months of waiting, Subtext 2.0 is here... I was thinking that Phil was too busy in this period to work on the Subtext project, but I was wrong: Phil and his friends have released another interesting major release of this wonderful blog engine. I've just finished the upgrade process and it was simple and clean as usual. Now this blog works on Subtext 2.0! Thanks a lot guys...

posted @ Monday, August 11, 2008 11:02 PM | Feedback (0)

NAV 2009: how to run a NAV object as a web service

One of the biggest improvements in the future NAV 2009 three-tier platform will be the possibility to run a NAV object (a table or a codeunit for example) as an XML web service. The final result is that you will have a platform ready to be extended and integrated with external systems. The biggest news is that now you can invoke the NAV logic also from the external world... this is fantastic and extremely powerful for every type of integration. Directly from the NAV Developer Team, a brief explanation: In NAV 2009, run form 810 "Web Services". Select either a...

posted @ Sunday, August 10, 2008 1:29 PM | Feedback (0)

SQL Server 2008 RTM

Today is the day: SQL Server 2008 is officially released to manufacturing and the first bits are available to download on MSDN Subscriber Downloads and TechNet Subscriber Downloads. SQL Server 2008 has lots of interesting news for the enterprise and personally I'm excited about the new Reporting Services 2008. As explained by Robert Bruckner, in Reporting Services 2008 you'll find: Improved Report Designer in Business Intelligence Development Studio Report Builder 2.0 (stand-alone report designer, currently available as feature pack RC0 download) Author reports with any structure, using the unique Tablix grouping and layout capabilities. ...

posted @ Wednesday, August 06, 2008 8:46 PM | Feedback (0)

Installing Sharepoint on a Vista system: now you can!

In these days on my favourite RSS feeds list is appeared a new blog community, Bamboo Nation (Sharepoint oriented). By checking their old posts, today I've discovered something wonderful and unbelievable: How to install Windows Sharepoint Services 3.0 SP1 on Vista x64/x86. Basically, the Bamboo Solutions Team has put together an installer that allows you to install WSS3.0 SP1 on a Vista system. This is a dream for me... Actually, one of the biggest problem for a Sharepoint developer is that if you want to develop something for Sharepoint, you need to work on a Virtual Machine with at...

posted @ Tuesday, August 05, 2008 10:07 PM | Feedback (0)