Archive for June, 2011

40% off practice tests

June 30, 2011 Leave a comment

Microsoft Partners can get 40% off practice tests from MeasureUp and Transcender.

Offer good through January 31, 2012.

Details here:




Should I install the 64-bit edition of Office 2010?

June 29, 2011 Leave a comment

According to Microsoft, “only by those Microsoft Excel users who require Excel spreadsheets that are larger than 2 gigabytes (GB).”



Office 2010 Service Pack 1 Available

June 29, 2011 Leave a comment

Service Pack 1 for Office 2010 was released a couple of days ago.

Details here:

32 bit download here:


Great video session on ASP.NET MVC 3

June 29, 2011 Leave a comment

Well actually this video covers a lot more than just ASP.NET MVC 3.  Here are the topics I’ve picked up from it:

There’s a lot in this video!  I don’t recommend it as your introduction into MVC 3.  I’d suggest you do some introductory training for that and even get your feet wet with some hands-on.  Then watch this.  It is fast-moving – I found myself pausing the video at various points to pick up on some of the finer points in the code.

Well done Steven Sanderson.


What’s the difference between “Office Home and Student 2010” and “Office Professional Academic 2010”?

June 29, 2011 Leave a comment

3 words: Outlook, Publisher, Access

Those 3 applications are included with Academic but not Home and Student.

Details here:

Of course for Academic you must qualify.  Here are the terms from

You must have a valid e-mail address at an educational institution
ending with the domain suffix .EDU (i.e.,
OR have a valid email address at one of the educational institutions
listed here.
You must be a student at a U.S. educational institution
and must be actively enrolled in at least 0.5 course credit
and be able to provide proof of enrollment upon request.

The link just cited is real handy as you can submit your educational email address, instantly get prequalified (with a URL sent to that address), purchase, AND DOWNLOAD the software (in partnership with Digital River)!  Good to go!


Sequences in Denali

June 28, 2011 Leave a comment

Great introductory article on Sequences in the next version of SQL Server, code-named Denali.

Finally a way to have more than one sequence in a single table.  And of course, the sequences are fully table independent.

Check out Itzik Ben-Gan‘s article.


Binary trees in C#

June 24, 2011 Leave a comment

Great C# implementation of a binary tree by Roni Schuetz.

As simple to use as this:

    var x = new BinaryTree<int>();

Or this:

    var y = new BinaryTree<Taxicab>();
    y.Add(new Taxicab() { number = 3 });
    y.Add(new Taxicab() { number = 1729 });

    class Taxicab:IComparable<Taxicab>
        public int number { get; set; }
        public int frequency { get; set; }
        public int CompareTo(Taxicab other)
            if (this.number < other.number)
                return -1;
            else if (this.number == other.number)
                return 0;
                return 1;


My Take on BizTalk 360

June 24, 2011 1 comment

Just reading Randal’s post on BizTalk 360.

I have to say it looks like it preserves all the BizTalk terminology and is almost a 1-for-1 wrapper around BizTalk Administrator Console.

What we really need is a tool that surfaces real problems for the business.  Users want to know if a file or message was successfully processed.  What’s the history of those loads?  Which failed and when and why?  This is what a real dashboard for BizTalk should bring to the fore.



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Accessing TFS 2010 from Visual Studio 2005 or 2008

June 23, 2011 Leave a comment

If you want to access source code in Team Foundation Server 2010 from either Visual Studio 2005 or Visual Studio 2008, you’ll need to install the appropriate Forward Compatibility Update.  And a prerequisite for that is the appropriate Service Pack 1.  So here are the links to the downloads:



Accessing TFS from Visual Studio 2005

June 23, 2011 Leave a comment

To access Team Foundation Server (TFS) from Visual Studio 2005, you need to install Visual Studio Team System 2005 Team Explorer (or Visual Studio 2005 Team Explorer for short).

The file (VSTFClient.img) is an image file so you’ll need to burn it to a CD or DVD.

To check that the software installed correctly look for a “Team Explorer” menu option on the View menu.

If you encounter “Error 1305 Error reading from file…” during the install, there’s a good chance the img file is corrupt and only partially downloaded.  Try downloading again. It should be 246 MB large.