First Rosario Preview is just around the corner

Brian Harry just posted that Rosario CTP8 will be available for a first view in a week or so.

The primary features in this CTP include new tools for the manual tester and work item linking and hierarchy support.

Be also aware of the fact that Orcas Beta2 is also ready to go and will be released in the near future.

Have fun!

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Just Released…Team Edition for Database Professionals SR1

The Data DUDE team announced that Visual Studio Team Edition for Database Professionals Service Release 1 is ready for consumption!

To summarize the knowledgebase article, the following features have been added:

  • Cross-database references: You can reference objects within different databases by using database project references or by referencing a database metafile (.dbmeta).
  • Improved SQL Server file groups support: You can define files within file groups as database project properties instead of having to create files and file groups within the pre-deployment storage script.
  • Variables: Variables can now be defined in the database properties and referenced from your deployment deployment scripts.

The Service Release is made available in 9 languages:

The knowledge base (KB) article describing the service release can be found here http://support.microsoft.com/kb/936612/

The actual download page can be found here:
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=9810808c-9248-41a5-bdc1-d8210a06ed87&displaylang=en

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Does Silverlight require .NET Framework installed?

A common question about Silverlight is – “Does .NET Framework installation is required in order to use Silverlight?”.  The answer to this is no.

A cross platform version of the .NET Framework is included in the 4MB Silverlight 1.1 download, which means you do not need to have anything extra installed on the client.

The Silverlight version of the .NET framework includes the same CLR engine that ships with the full .NET Framework, and a subset of the .NET Framework namespace libraries. 

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Code search on the Web

When I need to search a code in the web, I usually used Google web search or Google Code Search.

Yesterday I found a great code search engine – Krugle.

Krugle has great AJAX interface, tabs that allow you to open more search results in the same page, syntax highlighting and an easy way to browse within a project directory. Krugle also has a search engine for tech articles and documentations.

Another great utility from Krugle is that you can search on specific code features such as function calls, function definitions, class definitions and comments.

However, Krugle’s disadvantage (when compare it with Google Code Search) is that Krugle has a less comprehensive index and doesn’t support regular expressions for queries.

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What is "Acropolis"?

Literally means the edge of a town or a high city; The Acropolis of Athens is the best known acropolis (high city, The “Sacred Rock”) in the world. (From Wikipedia)

Microsoft announced their Acropolis:

“Acropolis” is a set of components and tools that make it easier for developers to build and manage modular, business focused, client .NET applications.

Acropolis is a framework that fosters the separation of UI from business logic. It allows an application to be composed of UI Agnostic parts that provide specific pieces of user functionality and services that support those parts. In addition to all of this, the framework is declarative with XAML and designer support.

 

The key to Acropolis is its modular approach.

Acropolis lets you divide your application into various functional pieces – components – that each encapsulates some specific pattern, strategy or piece of business or presentation logic. Acropolis then provides the ‘glue’ to let you easily recombine these components to make a fully functional application.

What can you do with Acropolis?

  • Quickly create WPF enabled user experiences for your client applications.
  • Build client applications from reusable, connectable, modules that allow you to easily create complex, business-focused applications in less time.
  • Integrate and host your modules in applications such as Microsoft Office, or quickly build stand-alone client interfaces.
  • Change the look and feel of your application quickly using built-in themes, or custom designs using XAML.
  • Add features such as workflow navigation and user-specific views with minimal coding.
  • Manage, update, and deploy your application modules quickly and easily.

Acropolis Team blog: http://blogs.msdn.com/acropolis/

Acropolis July CTP release download: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=44977885-86B5-4AA0-9F20-DB365BFB9D10&displaylang=en

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ZOHO – online office suite

I saw today an amazing online office suite: ZOHO.

Zoho is an a product of an Indian company called AdventNet and it includes everything from word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, notebooks to wikis, online databases, project management.

Guys, I tried it: It’s amazing.

A lot of features which inclueded in MS Office suite included here…and its totally free!!

Comparision to Google Docs is unavoidable: It’s better!

Try it.

 

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Are you Ready 2008 DB Dude presentation

Yesterday I gave a session about Team System For Database Professionals in the Are you Ready 2008 event. The audience had good time and went away with valuable knowledge about Team System For Database Professionals .

You can find the slide decks from the session here.

If you have any feedback about the lecture, I’d like to hear it!

Enjoy!

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