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Web Platform Installer bundles for Visual Studio 2010 SP1 - and how you can build your own WebPI bundles

Visual Studio SP1 is  now available via the Web Platform Installer, which means you've got three options: Download the 1.5 GB ISO image Run the 750KB Web Installer (which figures out what you need to download) Install via Web PI Note: I covered some...

Generating EF Code First model classes from an existing database

Entity Framework Code First is a lightweight way to "turn on" data access for a simple CLR class. As the name implies, the intended use is that you're writing the code first and thinking about the database later. However, I really like the Entity...

FIX: WCF Data Service with Entity Framework Code-First DbContext doesn’t accept updates

Summary The Entity Framework Code First DbContext doesn’t expose the interfaces to support updates when exposed via WCF Data Services. Attempting to save changes results in a fault with the message "The data source must implement IUpdatable or IDataServiceUpdateProvider...
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CodePlex now supports ClickOnce

I’m really excited to see that CodePlex just added support for ClickOnce ! I’ve worked a few open source client applications for Windows in both WPF and Winforms, and found that deployment – especially updates – was always the most painful part. It’s...
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MSDN Low Bandwidth Bookmarklet

a.bookmarklet { border: 1px black dashed; text-decoration: none; padding: 2px; background: #fff9d8; } There’s a semi-hidden feature in the MSDN Library website : Low Bandwidth view. We’ll talk about how to use it, why I like it, and some tips for switching...

Upgrading to Visual Studio 2008 / .NET 3.5 SP1

Have your Visual Studio Installation Media Handy I was prompted for the original installation media both when uninstalling the SP1 Beta and when installing the SP1 RTM. The file it’s looking for is vs_setup.msi in most cases, but they’re not all created...

Jon's News Wrapup - May 8, 2008 Edition

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Visual Studio 2008 (Beta 2) Install - Easter Egg?

Exactly one week ago, I was testing something that required me to install the old Visual Studio 2008 (Beta 2) on a virtual machine. I got part way through the install when a bizarre set of circumstances led to my accidentally sitting on the keyboard....
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January 2008 Recap

I've had a policy against posting on big news that's likely to be common knowledge in the Microsoft development community, since nobody needs another post saying "Big News, Visual Studio 2008 is out today!" But I think I'm going to break that policy once...

Silverlight 1.1 (Alpha) cross domain webservice access makes mashups tricky

Any web mashups, by definition, require cross-domain calls. Those cross-domain calls may happen on the client (in the browser) or on the server. Regardless of the client technology (AJAX, Flash, Silverlight, etc.), cross domain calls on the client are...
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