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Setting Up a Development Environment

by Ed Musters | January 2012 | Microsoft

This article will take you through all the recipes that you require to build your very own development environment. This will be done in a step-by-step manner, via the suggested best practice of using a Windows Server 2008 R2 server as the base operating system running on a virtual machine.

In this article by Ed Musters, author of Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Development Cookbook, we will cover the following concepts:

  • Selecting your virtual environment
  • Installing and configuring Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Installing and configuring SQL Server 2008 R2
  • Installing Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010
  • Installing Microsoft Office 2010 Professional
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Microsoft SharePoint : Creating Various Content Types

by Yaroslav Pentsarskyy | December 2011 | Microsoft

PowerShell is tightly integrated with SharePoint 2010, demonstrating an important alliance between the fastest growing collaboration and web publishing platform, and the latest task automation framework. The advantages of PowerShell and SharePoint integration help administrators and infrastructure specialists achieve everyday enterprise tasks more efficiently.

In this article by Yaroslav Pentsarskyy, author of Microsoft SharePoint 2010 and Windows PowerShell 2.0: Expert Cookbook, we will cover the following topics:

  • Creating basic and complex content types
  • Creating and configuring document sets
  • Creating and editing publishing pages with PowerShell
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Microsoft SharePoint: Recipes for Automating Business Processes

by Adrian Colquhoun | November 2011 | Cookbooks Enterprise Articles Microsoft

SharePoint 2010 uses InfoPath 2010 to create rich, powerful electronic forms. InfoPath forms can replace the default forms used for SharePoint lists or act as custom forms that provide the user interface and business rules required to run a custom business process.

When automating business processes, we automatically think of workflow. SharePoint 2010 supports many different workflow and task-management scenarios. There are a number of out of the box workflows that can be used to perform tasks such as to requesting feedback or approval for a document. Where these workflows don't suffice, they can be copied, modified, and extended, or completely new custom workflows can be constructed. These custom workflows can perform a range of custom actions, allocate tasks to users, or automate an end-to-end business process as required.

In this article written by Dr Adrian Colquhoun, author of Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Power User Cookbook, we will cover:

  1. Creating an InfoPath form for a SharePoint list
  2. Using the Collect Feedback workflow to receive feedback on a Microsoft Word 2010 document
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Microsoft Biztalk server 2010 patterns: Operating Biztalk

by Dan Rosanova | November 2011 | Microsoft

This article by Dan Rosanova who is the author of Microsoft BizTalk Server 2010 Patterns, introduces BizTalk Server 2010 operations' concepts that are critical for architects and administrators to understand in order to build and run BizTalk solutions. This article will provide an overview of operational architecture and will explain how to scale BizTalk installations. It will also introduce the deployment process for BizTalk solutions, and then introduce performance tuning and troubleshooting.

This article covers the following topics:

  • Operational architecture
  • Scalability
  • High availability
  • Disaster recovery
  • Performance optimization
  • Deployment process
  • Troubleshooting BizTalk issues

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Working with Client Object Model in Microsoft Sharepoint

by Balaji Kithiganahalli | October 2011 | Enterprise Articles Microsoft

Microsoft SharePoint 2010 is the best-in-class platform for content management and collaboration. With Visual Studio, developers have an end-to-end business solutions development IDE. To leverage this powerful combination of tools it is necessary to understand the different building blocks of SharePoint.

In this article by Balaji Kithiganahalli, author of Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Development with Visual Studio 2010 Expert Cookbook, we will cover:

  • Creating a list using a Client Object Model
  • Handling exceptions
  • Calling Object Model asynchronously
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Microsoft LightSwitch: Querying Multiple Entities

by Jayaram Krishnaswamy | September 2011 | Enterprise Articles Microsoft

A Query is a question you pose to the database so as to retrieve a specific piece of information in the database. The querying in LightSwitch can be best understood by looking at how it is structured. Querying in LightSwitch can be carried out using the built-in Query Designer but more advanced querying can be carried out using code.

This article by Jayaram Krishnaswamy, author of Microsoft Visual Studio LightSwitch Business Application Development, describes the use of the built-in Query Designer in the IDE to query the entities in the data sources.

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Microsoft LightSwitch: Querying and Filtering Data

by Jayaram Krishnaswamy | September 2011 | Enterprise Articles Microsoft

The logic tier of LightSwitch basically starts with a data service that encapsulates all the access to the data source. This tier can host any number of data services exposed as endpoints at the service boundary. Each data service exposes a number of queryable entity sets with operations for querying entities and an operation for submitting changes; add, update, and delete. An entity set contains entities of the same entity type. All operations take place with entity sets whether they are intended for fetching or for making changes to them. If you think of an entity set as an analogue of SQL table you will not be wrong. Just like you take information out of the table, make changes to it and return it to the table, you do likewise with entity sets.

In this article by Jayaram Krishnaswamy, author of Microsoft Visual Studio LightSwitch Business Application Development, we will take a look at querying a single entity.

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Windows Phone 7 Silverlight: Location Services

by Jonathan Marbutt Robb Schiefer Jr. | September 2011 | Cookbooks Microsoft

In this article by Jonathan Marbutt and Robb Schiefer Jr., authors of Windows Phone 7 Silverlight Cookbook, we will take a deep dive into the location API for Windows Phone 7 by building an application to help navigate during travel and another to map the user's location.

In this article we will cover:

  • Tracking latitude and longitude
  • Tracking altitude, speed, and course
  • Saving battery by using a location wisely
  • Using location services with the emulator
  • Mapping your location
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Digging into Windows Azure Diagnostics

by Neil Mackenzie | August 2011 | Cookbooks Enterprise Articles Microsoft

A Windows Azure hosted service may comprise multiple instances of multiple roles. These instances all run in a remote Windows Azure data center—typically 24*7. The ability to monitor these instances non-intrusively is essential both in detecting failure and in capacity planning. This article by Neil Mackenzie, author of Microsoft Windows Azure Development Cookbook, shows how Windows Azure Diagnostics provides for the non-intrusive capture of diagnostic data and its subsequent persistence to the Windows Azure Storage Service. Windows Azure Diagnostics supports various standard sources, allowing for their extensibility where appropriate. The topics covered in this article include:

  • Using the Windows Azure Diagnostics trace listener
  • Performing an on-demand transfer
  • Implementing custom logging
  • Accessing data persisted to Windows Azure Storage
  • Using the Windows Azure Platform
  • PowerShell cmdlets to configure Windows Azure Diagnostics
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Using IntelliTrace to Diagnose Problems with a Hosted Service

by Neil Mackenzie | August 2011 | Cookbooks Enterprise Articles Microsoft

A Windows Azure hosted service may comprise multiple instances of multiple roles. These instances all run in a remote Windows Azure data center—typically 24*7. The ability to monitor these instances non-intrusively is essential both in detecting failure and in capacity planning.

However, there are times, especially early in the development process, when non-intrusive diagnostics monitoring is not sufficient. In this article by Neil Mackenzie, author of Microsoft Windows Azure Development Cookbook, we will see the benefits of intrusive monitoring of a Windows Azure role instance using IntelliTrace.

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