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Today’s review – Advanced Installer

Today’s review – Advanced Installer

Hi again guys! :) Today I’d like to tell you why I decided to change my software deployment method. I’ve spent a lot of time in the last days looking for an alternative way to deploy client applications. During this period I’ve tested different options (including the options provided by Microsoft Visual Studio) and finally … Continue reading

Amazing: Awarded MVP of the Year!

Amazing: Awarded MVP of the Year!

Surprised. Puzzled. Amazed. These are the words that define better my current feelings. However, while writing these lines I’m just realizing I have a blissful smile, or maybe just a stupid smile. Why? Because I just received an email from Lisa Feigenbaum (Microsoft Community Program Manager) with this message: “Congratulations on being awarded C# MVP … Continue reading

Windows 8: Microsoft’s full ARM tablet demo

Windows 8: Microsoft’s full ARM tablet demo

Microsoft introduced a number of tablet concepts during a partner preview event earlier this week. The software giant held a technical demonstration at Computex on Thursday to demonstrate Windows 8 to hardware partners. Mike Angiulo, corporate vice president of Windows Planning, Hardware and PC Ecosystem at Microsoft, demonstrated Windows 8 on a variety of tablets. … Continue reading

Windows 8 first ‘official’ preview

Windows 8 first ‘official’ preview

REDMOND, Wash. – June 1, 2011 – Today, at the D9 Conference, we demonstrated the next generation of Windows, internally code-named “Windows 8,” for the first time. Windows 8 is a reimagining of Windows, from the chip to the interface. A Windows 8-based PC is really a new kind of device, one that scales from … Continue reading

Using ASP.NET Membership in SQL Azure

Using ASP.NET Membership in SQL Azure

The scenario: Sometimes we forget SQL Azure is not SQL Server. This morning in the project I’m working, we needed to create a small ASP.NET membership database in SQL Azure. It seems easy! Would you expect troubles with this? Nope? Ok, me neither… until I tried to execute aspnet_regsql to create the database: An error … Continue reading

Observer Design Pattern with .NET

Observer Design Pattern with .NET

.NET Framework 4.0 offers a set of new features focused on Observable/Observer design pattern. Actually, such pattern is a subset of Publish/Subscribe design pattern. Such kind of patterns aim to provide a mechanism for push-based notifications. My friend and colleague José Miguel Torres has written the best post I’ve never read about it: Take a … Continue reading

How to: Grouping groups

Today I would like to show a tip for grouping active directory groups using LINQ to objects. Suppose this scenario: You wanna retrieve all the roles a user belongs, grouping them by their domain name, as shows: Groups under: – Group name: All – Group name: LOCAL Groups under: BUILTIN – Group name: Users – … Continue reading

How to: Check if current user is member of ‘domain admins’

How to: Check if current user is member of ‘domain admins’

The scenario Sometimes in business applications it’s interesting checking if current user is member of the ‘domain administrators’ role. For example I am used to checking if current user has administrative privileges in order to showing some advanced configuration options (changing the application’s connection string, or allow creating new users). IsInRole To acomplish this we … Continue reading