SharePoint Data-Bound Design with Expression Blend

Data-Bound Design: Create a Silverlight 4 Web Part for SharePoint 2010 See how designers and developers can work together creating rich SharePoint applications in my MSDN article: Data-Bound Design: Create a Silverlight 4 Web Part for SharePoint 2010…( read more )

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Add a Custom Task Pane to Project 2010 (Norm Estabrook)

Good news! Project 2010 supports custom task panes! Bad News! Getting one to appear in a Project 2010 is not so obvious. Good News! It’s a lot easier than I make it sound. In this post, I’ll show you how to add a custom task pane to Project 2010 by using a Project 2010 or Project 2007 project template in Visual Studio.

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Add color formatting to columns in Combo Boxes and List Boxes

Today's guest blogger is Pavlo Pedan of ARGO Business Corp. He has 15 years of experience with Access and has a great site of tips  at http://sites.google.com/site/msaccesscode/ . As we all know, a List Box control has a Fore Color property.

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Build navigation UI with Access 2010

Today’s guest writer is Wouter Steenbergen, a PM on the Access team responsible for Access form and report designers.

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Announcing the release of patterns and practices Developing SharePoint Applications guidance

Patterns and practices has released a new version of guidance for building collaborative applications that extend your LOB systems.  The guidance helps customers accelerate constructing advanced applications through examples and documentation. The guidance delivers a guide, a reusable library, and a reference implementation for a partner portal extranet.  It compliments product documentation and helps architects and developers in the following areas: · Use SharePoint capabilities to make more powerful applications o Integrate information from Line of Business Systems o Take advantage of publishing and content oriented capabilities o Create collaborative interactions around business processes o Design multi-site topologies with complex security and isolation needs, such as  a partner extranet · Build applications that are easier to scale, maintain, and grow o Improve maintainability, testability, and layering through patterns o Use techniques to improve flexibility, diagnostics, operations and performance o Show how to use SharePoint’s feature and solution framework · Improve application quality through testing o Demonstrates unit testing and integration testing SharePoint applications o Describe experiences with acceptance testing SharePoint applications including stress and scale testing · Improve and accelerate team productivity o Accelerate adoption of recommended practices with library components o Show how to build an effective team development environment o Understand fundamental design and implementation decisions Developing SharePoint Applications guidance integrates new guidance with the original release, SharePoint Guidance – November 2008 , into a single download. The guidance contains the following components: Component Description SharePoint Guidance Library A set of reusable components that helps developers manage configuration, build repositories for SharePoint lists, log traces and events, and use service location.

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How We Did It: BDC Meta Man Web Edition

For today’s guest post, I’d like to introduce Nick Swan and Phill Duffy.  Nick founded Lightning Tools with Brett Lonsdale in 2006 and BDC Meta Man was a result of their efforts.  Fast forward to 2009 and Phill Duffy is part of the team (Nick Swan, Brett Londsdale, Dmitry Kaloshin, Michael Gamza, Hrayr Diloyan, Ashot Brahamyan, Karen Khumaryan & Hrachya Bekverdyan) that built and launched BDC Meta Man Web Edition.  This post gets into the decisions and components they used to build a custom SharePoint solution.  Enjoy! Introduction BDC Meta Man Web Edition was born from the success of BDC Meta Man and from listening to our users about how they wanted to interact with SharePoint and the Business Data Catalog. We certainly had our work cut out for us as BDC Meta Man is hugely successful and a hard act to follow. One of the surveys conducted by Lightning Tools a short while ago showed that users were asking the question as to why, when SharePoint can communicate with their Line-of-Business Systems, they need to use a desktop application to create the Application Definition File to do so.

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Smart Business Intelligence Solutions with SQL Server 2008 now available

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Smart Business Intelligence Solutions with SQL Server 2008 now available

Finally the “Smart Business Intelligence Solutions with SQL Server 2008” is now available to worldwide stores! ISBN: 0735625808 ISBN-13: 9780735625808 Format: Paperback, 624pp Publisher: Microsoft Press Pub. Date: February 2009 This books is dedicated to everyone who wants or needs to start to enter the big, complex, exciting world of Business Intelligence on the Microsoft platform.

nsquared blog: Getting Started with Windows Live Tools for Visual …

The Windows Live Tools for Visual Studio , November CTP is available via the Connect site.

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