Windows Azure Boot Camp – Bangalore

Excellent Gesture by the BDOTNET team by taking the initiative and successfully conducting the Windows Azure Boot Camp. The boot camp started slightly late because of the participants registration took a while but nevertheless after that it took off in a jet speed.

It was amazing to see that lot of young talents and Windows Azure Enthusiasts had registered and came in. Everyone in the audience were active and the camp went successfully. Gudos guys.

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Zen Coding using VS.NET 2012 Extensions – Web Essentials

In the process of my wonderful journey with VS.NET 2012 , I just found a very interesting and handy feature called ‘Zen Coding’ which really going to be a cool news for every web developer.

Here is what it can able to do ,Zen coding is way to write a faster HTML using a CSS style selector syntax and in fact it helps your live simple during the time if you define CSS for a website. You have to download and install Web Essentials from the below link http://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/175f4e5a-bcc4-4931-b3e6-164cb1e60277

Thanks to Mads Kristensen and his team at Microsoft for adding Zen Coding to Visual Studio 2012 via Web Essentials 2012.

Below is the magic zen coding can do for you

Assume you are creating a website during a late night hours and you need a table with 15 rows along with a css class name called ‘tdBgColor’ should be assigned and have hyperlinks inside them referring to Microsoft website. Below is what all you need to do.

table>tr*15>td.tdBgColor>a[href=’http://microsoft.com’%5D

and press the tab ,right immediately you can see a html tags are created for you. like below

<table>
<tr>
<td class=”tdBgColor”><a href=”‘http://microsoft.com'”></a></td&gt;
</tr>
<tr>
<td class=”tdBgColor”><a href=”‘http://microsoft.com'”></a></td&gt;
</tr>
<tr>
<td class=”tdBgColor”><a href=”‘http://microsoft.com'”></a></td&gt;
</tr>
<tr>
<td class=”tdBgColor”><a href=”‘http://microsoft.com'”></a></td&gt;
</tr>
<tr>
<td class=”tdBgColor”><a href=”‘http://microsoft.com'”></a></td&gt;
</tr>
<tr>
<td class=”tdBgColor”><a href=”‘http://microsoft.com'”></a></td&gt;
</tr>
<tr>
<td class=”tdBgColor”><a href=”‘http://microsoft.com'”></a></td&gt;
</tr>
<tr>
<td class=”tdBgColor”><a href=”‘http://microsoft.com'”></a></td&gt;
</tr>
<tr>
<td class=”tdBgColor”><a href=”‘http://microsoft.com'”></a></td&gt;
</tr>
<tr>
<td class=”tdBgColor”><a href=”‘http://microsoft.com'”></a></td&gt;
</tr>
<tr>
<td class=”tdBgColor”><a href=”‘http://microsoft.com'”></a></td&gt;
</tr>
<tr>
<td class=”tdBgColor”><a href=”‘http://microsoft.com'”></a></td&gt;
</tr>
<tr>
<td class=”tdBgColor”><a href=”‘http://microsoft.com'”></a></td&gt;
</tr>
<tr>
<td class=”tdBgColor”><a href=”‘http://microsoft.com'”></a></td&gt;
</tr>
<tr>
<td class=”tdBgColor”><a href=”‘http://microsoft.com'”></a></td&gt;
</tr>
</table>

In the above zen coding syntax below are the characters  used and its purpose.

> creates a child element.

* is element multiplication. This creates the same thing n number of times.

. creates a class attribute

Happy coding..will post later with other magics..till then gud night.

PowerPoint Storyboarding

After I got VS.NET 2012 installed the first thing which I loved is to see the new program sitting nicely under ‘Microsoft Visual Studio 2012’ menu group was ‘PowerPoint Story boarding .

This is an nice little ability for all the folks who does the development in Agile world,to quickly prepare the storyboard for any kind of application ,it can be a simple asp.net website ,SharePoint site or Windows 8 App..etc. Cool to have this feature.. Below is a screenshot when I was able to quickly do a storyboard for one of my SharePoint site requirement.

 

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My experience with SharePoint 2013 so far…too good.

After such a long time I am back to my own blog ,all these days I was busy with Technet and MSDN blogs. I am exploring currently SharePoint 2013 for couple of RFIs. So decided to write about my SharePoint 2013 experience so far

In general model has stayed same as in previous version, Numerous platform level improvements and new capabilities.

  1. Shredded Storage
  2. SQL Improvements
  3. Cache Service
  4. Request Management
  5. Themes
  6. Sharing

Shredded storage

Shredded storage is a new data platform improvement in SharePoint 2013 related to the management of large binary objects (I.e. BLOBS such as Microsoft PowerPoint Presentations, Microsoft Word Documents, etc.).

Shredded Storage is both improves I/O and reduces compute utilization when making incremental changes to document or storing documents in SharePoint 2013.

Shredded Storage at its most basic is designed to ensure the write cost of updating a document is proportional to the size of the change, and not of the file itself.

Service applications in SharePoint 13

New service applications available and improvements on existing ones

Office Web Apps is no longer a service application

Web Analytics is no longer service application, it’s part of search

Enterprise Content Management

Site-level retention policies
Compliance levels extended to sites
Policies include:
Retention policy for sites and Team Mailbox associated with site
Project closure and expiration policy

Discovery Center
Designed for managing discovery cases and holds
Establishes a portal through which you can access discovery cases to conduct searches, place content on hold, and export content

Web Content Management

Support the tools and workflows designers use
Variations & Content Translation
Search Engine Optimization
Cross Site Publishing
Video & Embedding
Image renditions
Clean Urls
Metadata navigation

Mobile

Classic and Contemporary views for mobile browsers
Automatic Mobile Browser Redirection
Target different designs based on user agent string
Office Mobile Web Apps
Excel
PowerPoint
Word
Push notifications

GIDS 2011 – Developer Summit Kick Off

So the waiting is over and here it is the GIDS 2011 is going to start from today,I started early in the morning from my home knowing very well the bangalore traffic and dont want to be victim of the traffic.

Reached IISC campus around 9.00 am and got the registrations done and collected my goodies. Fine its the time to look around for the stalls in expo and got really interested once I got to see DevExpress stall ,how can I forget ASPXPivotGrid from them which I had used for one of my customer project and that saved lot of my time and as well won the customer confidence. Just checked into the stall and met Mark and his buddies ,the guy who leads the ASP.NET and was really pumped up when I said that I used ASPXPivotGrid and he immediately asked me to give an video testimonial and I accepted with pleasure. So my day at GIDS 2011 started with an interesting note…aahh . I can’t wait but no more the sessions yes, I had no seats left when I try to enter the Main Hall and was asked by the personals of GIDS to rush for Hall A and watch the live video session.

Not Bad ,The first session was interesting since it was one close to my heart ,the topic was “Building Quality Into Your Application Throughout the Lifecycle” and I should really “Ben” was excellent in the way he expressed his thoughts about TDD (test driven development) and session really good starter for GIDS 2011. aaah.. the next session is so exciting as its by the gentlemen “Mark Miller” from DevExpress on the topic “Stepping into the next near future of the IDE” and shown some excellent demo on the future IDE’s,especially I liked about the flow of verbs and the data flow diagram which is generated on the code behind and just made me madly looking for the IDE. Wow man when he shown the way to code  using the “Guitar” and man ohhh.man “Enables the musicians to code”… wow it was mazing I can a write the code using guitar which altogether a different dimension from now on I will look at Guitar going forward.. Miller you are rocking man….

So far the GIDs 2011 was so good….looking forward for further sessions.

General Business Taxonomy free download – Managed Metadata Service

While you guys gear up for INDO-PAK clash ,even me too can’t wait to watch the exciting match and in the mean time here is an exciting stuff .

If you are looking for general business taxonomy terms  instead of looking into the empty term store ,it is available for free download .The Microsoft SharePoint team have teamed up with WAND, a leading provider of Enterprise Taxonomies, to make their General Business Taxonomy available as a freely available download.

The General Business Taxonomy consists of around 500 terms describing common functional areas that exist in most businesses.  The General Business Taxonomy can be imported in to the SharePoint 2010 term store within minutes and provides a great starting point for customers looking to build a corporate vocabulary and take advantage of the Managed Metadata Service. Enjoy guys….

“Path Not Exist” Error while saving an excel sheet from excel 2010

If you face an path does not exist error while trying to save your excel sheet from excel 2010 to a SharePoint document library,then it could be because of “Desktop Experience feature is not installed”  by default in your windows server 2008. Just install/enable the feature will solve the problem for you… Enjoy..