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Free eBook, and other Free Resources and Source Code

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Some of these resources could be older and may have been posted on this site before. (Shouldn’t been to many though). Basically everything I post here is Free.


Clinic 6262: Introducing Windows Workflow Foundation using .Net Framework 3.5 & Visual Studio 2008

Introduction
This clinic will provide a start point for Enterprise Developers and Software Architects that are looking to Windows Workflow Foundation as a solution for enabling business processes within their solutions. Within the clinic you will learn about the functionality provided by the workflow engine, the overall architecture, and how to build workflow enabled applications.
Objectives

At the end of the course, students will be able to:

 

  • Describe the WF value proposition
  • – Describe Windows Workflow Foundation
  • – Describe Model driven benefits
  • – Describe how WF increases developer productivity
  • – Describe how WF allows increased collaboration between devs and business analysts
  • – Describe the benefits of OS integration
  • – Describe Scenarios for building WF
  • – Describe Microsoft products that will leverage WF
  • Describe how to build WF applications
  • – WF hosting environments
  • – Workflow Designer
  • – Workflow debugger
  • – XAML
  • Describe the WF architecture
  • – Workflow Runtime
  • – Workflows
  • – Activities
  • – Fault Handling
  • – Communication Activities
  • – Role Activities
  • – Custom Activities
  • New features in .NET 3.5
  • – Integration of workflow (WF) and services (WCF) as Workflow Enabled Services

 

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Windows® API Code Pack for Microsoft® .NET Framework

The Windows® API Code Pack for Microsoft® .NET Framework provides a source code library that can be used to access some new Windows 7 features (and some existing features of older versions of Windows operating system) from managed code. These Windows features are not available to developers today in the .NET Framework.

The individual features supported in this version (v1.0) of the library are:

  • Windows 7 Taskbar Jump Lists, Icon Overlay, Progress Bar, Tabbed Thumbnails, and Thumbnail Toolbars.
  • Windows 7 Libraries, Known Folders, non-file system containers.
  • Windows Shell Search API support, a hierarchy of Shell Namespace entities, and Drag and Drop functionality for Shell Objects.
  • Explorer Browser Control.
  • Shell property system.
  • Windows Vista and Windows 7 Common File Dialogs, including custom controls.
  • Windows Vista and Windows 7 Task Dialogs.
  • Direct3D 11.0, Direct3D 10.1/10.0, DXGI 1.0/1.1, Direct2D 1.0, DirectWrite, Windows Imaging Component (WIC) APIs. (DirectWrite and WIC have partial support)
  • Sensor Platform APIs
  • Extended Linguistic Services APIs
  • Power Management APIs
  • Application Restart and Recovery APIs
  • Network List Manager APIs
  • Command Link control and System defined Shell icons.

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 Understanding Microsoft Virtualization Solutions

 Info: This guide will teach you about the benefits of the latest virtualization technologies and how to plan, implement, and manage virtual infrastructure solutions. The technologies covered include: Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V, System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008, Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.5, Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization, and Microsoft Virtual Desktop Infrastructure.

If you want the entire eBook they have a link on the same page as the view Chapter 1.

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 Collection 6261: Developing Rich Experiences using Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 & Visual Studio 2008

More Info on the FREE e-Learning Collection…

Can no longer find working links for this specific resource. Sorry


Thats all for now. Sorry about the structure and overall visual of this post. It looks kind of messy and confusing but I hope you can get the info you wanted. Take care!

Jason

Free eBook: Patterns & Practices Application Architecture Guide 2.0

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A while back Microsoft made available a new eBook for free called: Patterns and Pratices Application Architecture Guide 2.0

The download is about 3 megs of info and in the .pdf format. This book is should be very useful and helpful for .NET developers. Below are some of the features and Chapters in the free book.


Parts

Part I, Fundamentals
Part II, Design
Part III, Layers
Part IV, Archetypes

Foreword

  • Foreword by S. Somasegar
  • Foreword by Scott Guthrie

Chapters

  • Introduction
  • Architecture and Design Solutions At a Glance
  • Fast Track

 

Part I, Fundamentals

  • Chapter 1 – Fundamentals of Application Architecture
  • Chapter 2 – .NET Platform Overview
  • Chapter 3 – Architecture and Design Guidelines

   

Part II, Design

  • Chapter 4 – Designing Your Architecture
  • Chapter 5 – Deployment Patterns
  • Chapter 6 – Architectural Styles
  • Chapter 7 – Quality Attributes
  • Chapter 8 – Communication Guidelines

   

Part III, Layers

  • Chapter 9 – Layers and Tiers
  • Chapter 10 – Presentation Layer Guidelines
  • Chapter 11 – Business Layer Guidelines
  • Chapter 12 – Data Access Layer Guidelines
  • Chapter 13 – Service Layer Guidelines

   

Part IV, Archetypes

  • Chapter 14 – Application Archetypes
  • Chapter 15 – Web Applications
  • Chapter 16 – Rich Internet Applications (RIA)
  • Chapter 17 – Rich Client Applications
  • Chapter 18 – Services
  • Chapter 19 – Mobile Applications
  • Chapter 20 – Office Business Applications (OBA)
  • Chapter 21 – SharePoint Line-Of-Business (LOB) Applications

   

Appendix

  • Cheat Sheet – patterns & practices Pattern Catalog
  • Cheat Sheet – Presentation Technology Matrix
  • Cheat Sheet – Data Access Technology Matrix
  • Cheat Sheet – Workflow Technology Matrix
  • Cheat Sheet – Integration Technology Matrix

As you can see, this book can be very useful and helpful for those programming using the .NET framework. I recommend you download and check it out. Have fun!

Jason

How to restart (shutdown and immediately open) my Application in Visual Basic 2005/2008/2010 and Higher

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Microsoft added a pretty cool Subroutine in Visual Basic 2005 under the System.Windows.Forms namespace in the Application class called: “Restart()” All you have to do is run that sub-routine in your code when you want the application to restart. Just simply run like below:

System.Windows.Forms.Application.Restart

'OR Use

 My.Application.Restart()

Doesn’t get any easier than this!

Jason