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# Monday, June 23, 2008

Hi folks, we’ve got a great night coming up on this Wednesday – Jun25th Wednesday

This session we need to do *testing* of our developing RFID Event Tracking system. This planned to be deployed right throughout TechEd08!!!!

 

Your help is needed – you’ll get Tags, walk through RFID Readers and get hands on with the gear.

We’ll show you how it’s being developed, the Silverlight V2.0 Beta 2 Duplex HTTP WCF Services that drive the UI screens.

 

So if you’re looking at tracking clothes, wheelchairs, beers in the fridge or any sort of warehouse tracking then this is a must see session for you.

(RFID is much more than just ‘production line’ or ‘supply chain’ tracking)

 

We will cover:

(1)    The components of BizTalk RFID

(2)    Connecting and using the RFID H/W

(3)    Different forms of RFID Readers (including windows mobile readers)

(4)    How to manage 70+ RFID Devices through System Center Operations Manager and the BizTalk RFID Management Pack

 

What is in store for our June 25th Session (add to Outlook)

Where:
Microsoft, North Ryde
1 Epping Road

When:
6pm - Beer + Pizza
6.30pm - Kick off

June 25th

Feel free to forward this to any of your colleagues/friends I may have missed (tell them to register on the Sydbiz.org site to be included)

Call for Speakers/Other People to take Tyre Kicking Sessions
If you’ve got any aspect of BizTalk (& related) that you want to share with us....let me know, love to hear what you’ve got to say.

Don’t forget – we’re launching a email forum group ‘oztalk@groups.yahoo.com’
Great to see a lot of you already joined – it’s a *private* group open to BizTalk User Group members (we currently have Brisbane, Auckland and Sydney on)
Invite only – send me an email if you want to join and I’ll send you out an invite.

Love to see you there – and reply to this email to let me know for catering.

Cheers,

Mick Badran (MVP - BizTalk) | Microsoft Readiness Instructor
Collaboration and Integration Specialist
Breeze| m: +61 404842 833
http://blogs.breezetraining.com.au/mickb | im:

 

Monday, June 23, 2008 9:54:37 PM (AUS Eastern Standard Time, UTC+10:00)  #    Comments [0] -
BizTalk | RFID | Usergroup
# Saturday, June 07, 2008

http://blogs.msdn.com/webdevtools/Default.aspx

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 :)

(updated**)

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, June 07, 2008 10:50:21 AM (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.

Enjoy.

Saturday, June 07, 2008 10:40:30 AM (AUS Eastern Standard Time, UTC+10:00)  #    Comments [0] -
.NET Developer | Silverlight
# Friday, June 06, 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, June 06, 2008 1:31:18 PM (AUS Eastern Standard Time, UTC+10:00)  #    Comments [0] -
.NET Developer | RFID
# Thursday, June 05, 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

Cheers,

 

Mick.

Thursday, June 05, 2008 7:00:39 AM (AUS Eastern Standard Time, UTC+10:00)  #    Comments [0] -
Silverlight | Tips
# Sunday, June 01, 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 http://silverlight.net (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, June 01, 2008 9:25:53 PM (AUS Eastern Standard Time, UTC+10:00)  #    Comments [2] -
.NET Developer | Silverlight | Tips
# Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Hi folks, love to see you there

Check the details out at - http://sydbiz.org/Lists/Events%20Calendar/DispForm.aspx?ID=15&Source=http%3A%2F%2Fsydbiz%2Eorg%2Fdefault%2Easpx

Also one of the things we've been working on in the last month is a Private BizTalk User Group mailing list
oztalk@groups.yahoo.com

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 http://sydbiz.org. 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,

Mick.

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

 

Thursday, May 22, 2008 3:49:28 PM (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.

Essentially:

  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 *.stp.cab, 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 - http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc404818.aspx

Cheers,

Mick.

Thursday, May 22, 2008 3:39:46 PM (AUS Eastern Standard Time, UTC+10:00)  #    Comments [0] -
MOSS | Tips
# Wednesday, May 21, 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)

10

StartProcess

30.1

17.64

StopProcess

5.2

2.221

GetAllDeviceStatus

10.0

7.0

50

StartProcess

37.6

20.302

StopProcess

6.2

6.591

GetAllDeviceStatus

21.0

13.0

150

StartProcess

55.8

27.934

StopProcess

7.5

6.789

GetAllDeviceStatus

42.0

27.0



2. BizTalk RFID: Clustering BizTalk RFID for High Availability

Wednesday, May 21, 2008 10:48:47 PM (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 office....you never know....that raise should come sooner rather than later :)

Download the poster from HERE

Wednesday, May 21, 2008 9:07:29 PM (AUS Eastern Standard Time, UTC+10:00)  #    Comments [0] -
BizTalk | MOSS
# Tuesday, May 13, 2008

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

Well done CJ - thanks!

sharepoint_masterpage

Tuesday, May 13, 2008 11:37:37 PM (AUS Eastern Standard Time, UTC+10:00)  #    Comments [2] -
MOSS | Tips
# Tuesday, May 06, 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 - http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/cc163356.aspx

Tuesday, May 06, 2008 5:05:16 PM (AUS Eastern Standard Time, UTC+10:00)  #    Comments [0] -
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