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Ensuring Quality for Unit Testing with Microsoft Visual Studio 2010

by Peter Ritchie | July 2010 | Enterprise Articles Microsoft

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
  • Mocking frameworks
  • Unit test frameworks
  • Unit testing legacy code
  • Test-driven development
  • Third party refactoring tools
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Solving Least Privilege Problems with the Application Compatibility Toolkit

by Russell Smith | July 2010 | Enterprise Articles Microsoft

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
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Solving LUA Problems with Avecto Privilege Guard

by Russell Smith | July 2010 | Enterprise Articles Microsoft

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.

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Integrating Silverlight 4 with SharePoint 2010

by Gastón C. Hillar | July 2010 | Enterprise Articles Microsoft

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
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Packt to make ePub downloads available from its website

by Julian Copes | July 2010 | Enterprise Articles Open Source

Packt Publishing announced today that its eBooks will be available to download from www.PacktPub.com in ePub format with immediate effect. Following feedback from customers, the fast-growing publisher made the move to provide this popular format and expects it to be well received.

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Organizing Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010: An Extension

by Mark Polino | July 2010 | Enterprise Articles Microsoft

Dynamics GP provides a number of features to better organize the overall system and improve its usefulness for all users.

In the previous article, by Mark Polino, author of the book Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 Cookbook, we saw the following features:

  • 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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Interview with Grady Brett Beaubouef—Author of Maximize Your Investment

by Grady Brett Beaubouef | July 2010 | Enterprise Articles Microsoft

As Packt's range of books grows, more titles begin to relate to each other, and people may want to order more than one book. As such, a new range of discounts have been launched, with 18% being offered off the price of purchases of two to four books, and a 20% discount being applied to orders of five to ten books. Click here for more information.

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.

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Connecting to Microsoft SQL Server Compact 3.5 with Visual Studio

by Jayaram Krishnaswamy | July 2010 | Enterprise Articles Microsoft

SQL Server Compact Edition 3.5 can be used to create applications that are useful for a number of business uses such as: Portable applications; Occasionally connected clients and embedded applications and devices. SQL Server Compact differs from other SQL Servers in that there is just one file which can be password protected and features 128-bit file level encryption. It is referential integrity compliant; supports multiple connections; has transactions support with rich data types.

In this tutorial by Jayaram Krishnaswamy, various scenarios where you may need to connect to SQL Server Compact using Visual Studio IDE (both 2008 and 2010) are described in detail. Connecting to SQL Server Compact 4.5 using Visual Studio 2010 Express (free version of Visual Studio) is also described. The connection is the starting point for any database related program and therefore mastering the connection task is crucial to work with the SQL Server Compact.

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Building Your Hello Mediation Project using IBM WebSphere Process Server 7 and Enterprise Service Bus 7

by Salil Ahuja Swami Chandrasekaran | July 2010 | Enterprise Articles IBM Web Development

This article by Swami Chandrasekaran and Salil Ahuja, authors of Application Development for IBM WebSphere Process Server 7 and Enterprise Service Bus 7, provides an overview of WESBbased programming fundamentals including Service Message Objects (SMO) and Mediation Flows. It helps us to build our first HelloMediationModule. Instructions are provided to create, implement, and assemble the HelloMediationModule and HelloProcess. These modules are then deployed on the WebSphere Process Server, which is a part of the WID Unit Test Environment.

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Understanding ShapeSheet™ in Microsoft Visio 2010

by David John Parker | July 2010 | Enterprise Articles Microsoft

In this article by David J. Parker, author of Microsoft Visio 2010 Business Process Diagramming and Validation, we will discuss Microsoft Visio ShapeSheet™ and the key sections, rows, and cells, along with the functions available for writing ShapeSheet™ formulae, where relevant for structured diagrams.

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