WCF short for Windows Communication Foundation, the latest Microsoft programming architecture has superseded earlier technologies like COM, DCOM, etc. WCF is the Microsoft programming model for building distributed applications for .NET. Visual Studio suite of products provides an easy to use interface for developing WCF applications. Using these IDEs a number of different types of WCF applications can be built.
The emphasis of this article by Dr. Jayaram Krishnaswamy is to show to the user how to leverage the IDE for understanding the ins and outs of a WCF application and learn about the available development tools. Visual Studio 2008 SP1 makes it very easy to create WCF projects. The Visual Studio 2010 Express which is a free program can also be used similar to the way described for Visual Studio 2008 SP1 in this article. In understanding basic WCF you need to go no further than the Visual Studio IDE.
This article describes the default template available in VS 2008 (also works the same in VS2010 Express) to create a WCF application and to understand the out of the box WCF development tools namely the WCF Service Host and WCF Test Client. Along with modifying the service and service contract, publishing the service to the Internet Information Services is also described where in the local host is an IIS7 web server.Read Easy guide to understand WCF in Visual Studio 2008 SP1 and Visual Studio 2010 Express in full
In this article by Gastón C. Hillar, author of the book Microsoft Silverlight 4 and SharePoint 2010 Integration, we will cover many topics that help us create simple and complex Line-Of-Business Silverlight RIAs that run as Silverlight Web Parts to interact with data in the SharePoint Server.
In this article, we will:
- Use a Silverlight RIA to insert items into a SharePoint list
- Prepare code to handle errors when remote operations fail
- Work with messages to allow multiple Silverlight RIAs to communicate with each other
In the first part of this two-part article series by Peter Ritchie, author of Refactoring with Microsoft Visual Studio 2010, we covered principles related to cohesion and refactorings that increase cohesion. In this part, principles related to coupling are introduced and refactorings that decrease coupling are covered. We will see how coupling can be applied to increase code quality.Read Microsoft Visual Studio 2010: Improving Class Quality with Coupling in full
This two-part article series by Peter Ritchie, author of Refactoring with Microsoft Visual Studio 2010, introduces code quality metrics like cohesion and coupling. Principles related to cohesion and coupling are introduced and refactorings that increase cohesion and decrease coupling are covered in this article series. In this first part we will cover how cohesion can be applied to increase code quality.Read Microsoft Visual Studio 2010: Improving Class Quality with Cohesion in full
Some level of automated unit testing is required to maintain the quality of the software to support the refactoring effort. In this article by Peter Ritchie, author of Refactoring with Microsoft Visual Studio 2010, we'll discuss various aspects of unit testing, as well as how to approach unit testing with Visual Studio. We will cover some testing frameworks to facilitate writing, like mocking frameworks, and executing those tests. We'll cover the following topics:
- Automated testing
- Unit tests
- Mocking frameworks
- Unit test frameworks
- Unit testing legacy code
- Test-driven development
- Third party refactoring tools
The launch of Windows XP in 2001 heralded the long-awaited transition of consumer-orientated editions of Windows to the NT codebase. Microsoft designed the Windows Application Compatibility Infrastructure as part of Windows XP to help system administrators and home users solve compatibility problems with applications that were designed to run in Windows 98 or earlier versions of the 9x range.
In this article by Russell Smith, author of Least Privilege Security for Windows 7, Vista and XP, we will learn:
- How the Application Compatibility Infrastructure uses shims to modify incompatible applications on the fly
- Why using shims provides the best balance between compatibility and security
- How to create shims using Application Compatibility Toolkit 5.5
- Distributing compatibility databases to devices across the enterprise
This article by Russell Smith, author of Least Privilege Security for Windows 7, Vista and XP, includes information about tools and techniques that can be used to solve Least Privilege Security problems. Specifically, we will use third-party solution to configure administrative privileges for applications and Windows processes on-the-fly. Privilege Guard is a third-party solution, from Microsoft Gold Partner Avecto, that allows system administrators to dynamically add or remove privileges by modifying the logged in user's access token as it's assigned to new processes.Read Solving LUA Problems with Avecto Privilege Guard in full
In this article by Gastón C. Hillar, author of Microsoft Silverlight 4 and SharePoint 2010 Integration, we want to include Silverlight 4 RIAs (Rich Internet Applications) in SharePoint 2010. RIAs provide rich experience for users, both through their browsers and outside them. Integrating Silverlight RIAs in SharePoint 2010 offers amazing opportunities to combine the power and flexibility offered by SharePoint with great user experiences. In fact, many interfaces shown in SharePoint 2010 are developed in Silverlight. We want to integrate Silverlight RIAs into SharePoint 2010. First, we must understand some of the fundamentals that are related to various tools and their configurations. In this article, we will cover many topics to help us understand the new tools and techniques involved in creating Silverlight RIAs for SharePoint 2010 sites. We will:
- Understand the benefits of integrating Silverlight with SharePoint
- Prepare the development environment to develop applications for SharePoint 2010 using Silverlight 4
- Prepare the SharePoint 2010 server to host Silverlight applications
Dynamics GP provides a number of features to better organize the overall system and improve its usefulness for all users.
- Speeding up account entry with Account Aliases
- Gaining visibility with Horizontal Scroll Arrows
- Streamlining payables processing by prioritizing vendors
- Getting clarity with User Defined fields
- Developing connections with Internet User Defined fields
In this article we will look at:
- Gaining additional reporting control with Account Rollups
- Remembering processes with an Ad hoc workflow
- Improving financial reporting clarity by splitting purchasing accounts
- Speeding up lookups with Advanced Lookups
- Going straight to the site with Web Links
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Grady Brett Beaubouef, author of Maximize Your Investment: 10 Key Strategies for Effective Packaged Software Implementations, is a project manager and solution architect for enterprise packaged software solutions. He has over seventeen years of packaged software implementation experience across several implementation roles include Project Manager, Solution Architect, Functional Lead, Technical Lead, Business Analyst, Software Quality Analyst, and Trainer, and also worked in a thought leadership role for the top business software maker focusing on implementation methodologies, project assessments, and accelerated implementation services. Brett has a B.S. in Computer Science from LSU and is both a Project Manager Professional (2004) and Certified Information Systems Auditor (1995).
In the following interview Grady Brett Beaubouef has shared his experience as an author with Packt Publishing.Read Interview with Grady Brett Beaubouef—Author of Maximize Your Investment in full