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# Tuesday, 01 July 2008

You might be wondering what do all these guys have in common....good question.... :-)

We're currently building an RFID enabled System where complex processes are handled by BizTalk Server, and data being pushed down to Silverlight V2.0 clients via a WCF Silverlight 'Eventing System' (which really is polling under the hood, but to us in developer land - it's cool and it's Events)

Scotty has the full write up of some of his learning experiences through this - well done Scotty, he's been in that place where there are no manuals, no documentation, no previous code, just a gut feel and a compass to sail the seas.

We demo-ed the system at our last user group (or more over used them a guinea pigs :)

Token Screen shot: (we've associated tags with people information and this is what is displayed when TagReadEvents are captured. We need a little work to avoid being underneath or on top of a previous animation)


Artists impression!
Tuesday, 01 July 2008 09:55:17 (AUS Eastern Standard Time, UTC+10:00)  #    Comments [0] -
.NET Developer | BizTalk | Insights | RFID | Silverlight
# Thursday, 26 June 2008

Proof is in the popping -

Think of your ear/brain/head/eye in this space.......

On the lines of mobile phones - a while ago I decided to check out my latest phone and how much 'energy' it gave out
(you know - hot handset, hot ear etc after been talking on it for a while)

As I found out - as part of Govt. regulations there's some one who set a number/limit on this energy at 1.6. (for Australia)
The 'energy' reading is known as 'Specific Absorbtion Rate' (SAR) rating.

Check more out here:

Lately here we have several top neuro surgeons throwing their mobiles out, due to the amazing increase in the number of brain tumours they treat - especially on the 'preferred ear'.

When this stuff comes out - there's always the 2 main camps, ones that say 'yes' it does and others that say 'what a joke'.
(we then recite - high voltage power lines, lukemia and the classic was smoking ads back in the 50s that state all the medicinal benefits of smoking. Big full page ads but a few years later we know more about smoking...)

So I figured that I'd go looking.....

...I went to the manufacturers website and I was able to get 63 properties and details about the phone. Battery life; bands; standby; talk time; features; dimensions etc.......


....NO SARs number.....

....after doing a couple of web phone comes out at 1.4 (the website also tells me that in the current phone market, 95% of all mobiles are better than mine!!!)

Interesting to say the least!




Thursday, 26 June 2008 15:23:24 (AUS Eastern Standard Time, UTC+10:00)  #    Comments [4] -
# Tuesday, 24 June 2008

When you've got a moment - check out his take on the BizTalk world and there's some great in the field stuff here!!

Keep up the great work Zee!

Tuesday, 24 June 2008 15:39:32 (AUS Eastern Standard Time, UTC+10:00)  #    Comments [2] -
BizTalk | Insights
# Monday, 23 June 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)

Microsoft, North Ryde
1 Epping Road

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 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 ‘’
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.


Mick Badran (MVP - BizTalk) | Microsoft Readiness Instructor
Collaboration and Integration Specialist
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Monday, 23 June 2008 21:54:37 (AUS Eastern Standard Time, UTC+10:00)  #    Comments [0] -
BizTalk | RFID | Usergroup
# 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] -
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# 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 -



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