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# Saturday, 07 June 2008

Some pretty cool features as I've previously posted

From my perspective I'm particularly interested in the supported 'WCF Dual HTTP Binding'.......more on that later :)


SILVERLIGHT 2.0 BETA 2 SDK is now available!!!!

Grab it here from the Getting Started section

Also get the videos, hands on labs, training material from HERE

Saturday, 07 June 2008 10:50:21 (AUS Eastern Standard Time, UTC+10:00)  #    Comments [0] -
.NET Developer | General | Silverlight

Jesse has written a great little article on creating a popup control in Silverlight 2.0.

Nice way of doing it - I was also thinking, that quite simply you could also set the ZIndex of the element to a positive value.


Saturday, 07 June 2008 10:40:30 (AUS Eastern Standard Time, UTC+10:00)  #    Comments [0] -
.NET Developer | Silverlight
# Friday, 06 June 2008

I've started developing a RFID Mobile application on a Windows Mobile device - which is pretty cool.

I decided to use VS2008 and all worked well until deployment.
"Unable to load System.Data.SqlServerCe.dll ....Version=3.0.xxxxx " as the version OOTB with VS2008 is v3.5

So I grabbed SQL CE Mobile 3.0 and copied over and installed the sqlce30.wce5.armv4i.CAB and all is good!

Friday, 06 June 2008 13:31:18 (AUS Eastern Standard Time, UTC+10:00)  #    Comments [0] -
.NET Developer | RFID
# Thursday, 05 June 2008

At TechEd 2008 in Orlando, an announcement Silverlight 2 Beta 2 will be publicly available later this week. 

Improvement areas are:

  • UI Framework, including improvements in:
    • animation support
    • error handling and reporting
    • accessibility support
    • keyboard input
    • performance
    • more compatibility between Silverlight and Windows Presentation Foundation
  • Rich Controls, including:
    • Visual State Manager, permitting the creation of controls as templates
    • text wrapping
    • scrollbars for text boxes
  • Networking Support, including:
    • improved cross domain support
    • security enhancements
    • upload support for web client
    • duplex communications (a server “push” model from server to a Silverlight client)
  • Rich Base Class Library, including:
    • improved threading
    • LINQ-to-JSON
    • ADO.NET Data Services support
    • improved support for Simple Object Access Protocol (SOA)
  • Deep Zoom Support, including:
    • a new XML-based file format for Deep Zoom image tiles
    • a new MultiScaleTileSource that enables existing tile databases to utilize Deep Zoom
    • event-driven notification for zoom/pan state

Thanks Scotty for the reference to this.

Check it out from the Silverlight Horse's Mouth




Thursday, 05 June 2008 07:00:39 (AUS Eastern Standard Time, UTC+10:00)  #    Comments [0] -
Silverlight | Tips
# Sunday, 01 June 2008

I was cracking into getting my machine setup for a Silverlight project that I'm working on and came up with the above error.

Now....I admit....running x64 Windows 2008 on my Fijitsu Laptop mighten be the best combination given the huge support for my laptop drivers that I have.

I installed all the new(er) Silverlight 2.0 Beta bits from (VS2008 Silverlight 2.0 Beta 1 Bits) and opened up my VS2008 seeing all the new Silverlight project types - cool! (I thought)

Each time I either created or opened an existing project - boom! up came the error.

So I figured the installation didn't complete properly.........after running/re-running/uninstalling/installing countless times the error was still there!!!!

My one solace and saving grace was running the following command line:

devenv /setup

......"I'm on my way, on my way to happiness today.....ah huh ah huh ah huh"........


Sunday, 01 June 2008 21:25:53 (AUS Eastern Standard Time, UTC+10:00)  #    Comments [2] -
.NET Developer | Silverlight | Tips
# Wednesday, 28 May 2008

Hi folks, love to see you there

Check the details out at -

Also one of the things we've been working on in the last month is a Private BizTalk User Group mailing list

This mailing list is 'invite only' and is intended to enhance learning within the community, as well as an avenue to get bts (&related) problems solved - delivered straight to your inbox.

There are currently Brisbane & Sydney User Group members on board (more groups to come shortly)

How to get on:
- an invite was sent to your email address registered on Through the invite you'll be able to join (you *don't need* a yahoo acct)
- if you misplaced the invite, or want to get on the list - post a comment to this blog entry and I'll send an invite out to you.

Take care,


Wednesday, 28 May 2008 11:27:36 (AUS Eastern Standard Time, UTC+10:00)  #    Comments [1] -
BizTalk | Usergroup
# Thursday, 22 May 2008


Thursday, 22 May 2008 15:49:28 (AUS Eastern Standard Time, UTC+10:00)  #    Comments [0] -
MOSS | Tips

Back in V2.0 we had a Web Service that did this sort of stuff for us, now in V3.0 it's delivered straight from the Object Model.


  1. We create a batch of XML which could have 'adds, updates + deletes' in there.
  2. We call the web.ProcessBatchData(xml) method, handing to it our wishes.

This technique is fast, and CAML based :(

So if you need to add 100 items to the list - this would be a way to do it. (I've got to check whether this technique fires event handlers on the lists or whether it's a 'back door' thing)

Note: in the snippet below, the fields are referenced via their namespace#<name>
- you can get the field's details by saving your list 'As a template', downloading the *.stp file, renaming to *, opening it and looking into the *.xml file there.

- you could also call the lists.asmx webservice (..\_vti_bin\lists.asmx) and calling the GetListCollection(); method to see a chunk of describing XML.

   1:  "<ows:Batch OnError=\"Return\">" +
   2:              "<Method ID=\"A1\"><SetList>" + myGuid + "</SetList>" +
   3:                  "<SetVar Name=\"ID\">New</SetVar>" +
   4:                  "<SetVar Name=\"Cmd\">Save</SetVar>" +
   5:                  "<SetVar Name=" +
   6:                      "\"urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office#Title\">" +
   7:                      "New Manager</SetVar>" +
   8:                  "<SetVar Name=" +
   9:                      "\"urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office#Body\">" +
  10:                      "Congratulations to Mary for her promotion!</SetVar>" +
  11:                  "<SetVar Name=" +
  12:                      "\"urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office#Expires\">" +
  13:                      "2003-09-14T00:00:00Z</SetVar>" + 
  14:              "</Method>" 

Here's a small MSDN article on it -



Thursday, 22 May 2008 15:39:46 (AUS Eastern Standard Time, UTC+10:00)  #    Comments [0] -
MOSS | Tips
# Wednesday, 21 May 2008

There's a couple of great MSDN articles around performance tuning and high availability.

Very nice - don't leave home without them :)

1. BizTalk RFID: Capacity Planning and Performance Tuning

Performance Metrics

Number of devices Administrative operation Response time - single processor
(in seconds)
Response time - dual processor
(in seconds)































2. BizTalk RFID: Clustering BizTalk RFID for High Availability

Wednesday, 21 May 2008 22:48:47 (AUS Eastern Standard Time, UTC+10:00)  #    Comments [0] -
BizTalk | RFID | Tips

(it even includes MOSS 2007 BI Dashboards)

This is one of the best BAM posters I have seen to date. As part of your Bat-Utility belt this is a must.

You could even print it out and stick it on the wall in the never know....that raise should come sooner rather than later :)

Download the poster from HERE

Wednesday, 21 May 2008 21:07:29 (AUS Eastern Standard Time, UTC+10:00)  #    Comments [0] -
BizTalk | MOSS
# Tuesday, 13 May 2008

Clayton sent through a great picture that explains what the main placeholders are on SharePoint Master Pages.

Well done CJ - thanks!


Tuesday, 13 May 2008 23:37:37 (AUS Eastern Standard Time, UTC+10:00)  #    Comments [2] -
MOSS | Tips
# Tuesday, 06 May 2008

Hi folks,

While freezing in NZ (this week) I came across this this great MSDN article discussing some of the lower level implementation details around .NET 3.5 Framework.

The part that interests me is the Presence information (right at the end of the article) where once a connection is setup, you can get presence information about the other party - right from the .NET 3.5 framework.

If you've ever had to try and develop for that other ways i.e. by talking straight to communicator, or messenger or... etc.

You'll realise that they each have a slightly different API set, (some accept SIP, some don't, some require it, some don't...) and it's opening up trouble - cause on the target deployment machine...can you imagine the production guys when you say "hang on, I've just got to go and download Messenger (from Live)...."

Anyway - here's the article.

Enjoy -

Tuesday, 06 May 2008 17:05:16 (AUS Eastern Standard Time, UTC+10:00)  #    Comments [0] -
.NET Developer | General | Tips
# Sunday, 04 May 2008

It's a page that's hidden away and difficult to land on from a I thought I'd list it here for us all

LifeBook T4215
Windows Vista 64bit Drivers
Driver Name Readme file Version Size(bytes)
   Audio   V. 5,352,330
   ACPI Device Driver (FUJ02B1)   V.1.23 11,655
   ACPI Device Driver (FUJ02E3)   V.1.20 11,434
   AuthenTec Fingerprint Sensor Driver (For model with Fingerprint sensor)   V. 206,889
   Bluetooth Device Driver (For model with Bluetooth module)   V.5.00.07 29,491,323
   Fujitsu Tablet Button Driver and Utility Device Driver     654,550
   Intel Matrix Storage Manager Device Driver   V. 252,448
   LAN   V. 164,250
   Modem   V.2.1.77 935,338
   SMSC Fast Infrared Device Driver   V.6.0.40001 55,209
   O2Mirco MultiMedia Devicd Driver   V.1.0.0A 2,236,416
   O2Micro SmartCard Device Driver   V. 1,958,494
   TouchPad Mouse   V. 6,710,882
   Video   V. 10,535,384
   Wireless LAN for model with Intel 3945ABG module   V. 3,701,179

Sunday, 04 May 2008 23:25:07 (AUS Eastern Standard Time, UTC+10:00)  #    Comments [0] -
General | Tips

After much trialling and not much success.....Skype would install on my Windows Server 2008 x64 no problems, but at the sign-in screen the app would crash.

This happened in many different ways over many different Skype install permutations.

I think I've cracked it with an older version being the goods:



Sunday, 04 May 2008 23:23:27 (AUS Eastern Standard Time, UTC+10:00)  #    Comments [0] -
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