Sample Chapter from the Book for Free

APress, the publisher of my book entitled “Pro WCF: Practical Microsoft SOA Implementation” is giving away the first Chapter for free – you can get it from here. The table of contents is also published and can be downloaded from here.

Community Server 2007 Beta 1

Telligent have released the Beta 1 for Community Server 2007 and you can find more details here. I have the beta running locally on my machine and on the surface I don’t see many changes, but I have not had too much time to dig into it. The only notable change is how the themes are handled – making it very easy. E.g. changing the image on the paperclip theme is a piece of cake. But given a version jump from v2.1 to v3.0 there should be more in this.

Microsoft Architect Insight Conference

Microsoft hosts an annual event in the UK called the Architect Insight Conference. I am one of the speakers this year and will be presenting on “.NET 3.0 in the Enterprise”. This is a pretty good event and I would recommend it if you have not been to one of these. You can check out the Agenda here and if you want, register here and you can find out more information on the Speakers here. Here is a blurb from Microsoft on what can you expect to hear:

You’ll be able to engage in the technology debate with thought-provoking in-depth sessions from customer and partner architects along with members of the UK Microsoft Architect Council such as Avanade, Capgemini, Conchango and Solidsoft.

The agenda is split into seven tracks covering Enterprise, Real World, Identity, Lifecycle, SaaS, Collaboration and Dynamic Systems; the main content sessions will be 75 or 150 minutes in length to accommodate the different formats and levels of interaction that may be required.

There will be an emphasis on architectural ‘investigation’ through the use of small focus groups, as well as a structured networking clinic where individuals from similar vertical business backgrounds can discuss and work through a particular problem domain.

WMDC goes RTM (finally)

About time if you ask me; WMDC (Windows Mobile Device Center) – Incase you have not heard, WMDC is the thing that replaces ActiveSync and is the new software that allows you to sync you mobile phone or Pocket PC/PDA with Vista has finally gone RTM. . I am glad this has gone live as that means, no more hacking to get this installed and working. You can read up more on it at the WMDC Home Page.

Before you install this, if you have any of the old versions installed, then you need to uninstall it first before you try and installing this new one. Below are the steps from Microsoft on how to go about this.

Uninstall Steps:

  • Open the Start menu
  • Click Control Panel
  • Click on “Uninstall or Change a Program”
  • Select “Windows Mobile Device Center” from the program list and click “Uninstall”
  • Select “Windows Mobile Device Center Driver Update” from the program list and click “Uninstall”

Install Steps:

To install the new version you need to plug in the phone first. Here are the steps:

  • Connect your device to your PC.
  • Download the Windows Mobile Device Center Installer (9 MB) to your PC by clicking on the download link.
  • Select Run this program from its current location and click OK.
  • Follow the instructions on the screen.

You can get both the x32 and the x64 bit versions – approx. 10 mb each.