The Mono project, which produces an open source implementation of the .NET runtime, has released version 2.8. The update brings full support for version 4.0 of the C# programming language, substantial improvements to the optional LLVM-based Mono backend, and a new garbage collection implementation that is more efficient.
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Microsoft Filter Packs is a single point-of-distribution for Office IFilters
. IFilters are components that allow search services to index content of specific file types, allowing user to search for content (i.e. text within the document) in those files
. In other words, Office 2010 Filter Packs enhance the default search capabilities of Microsoft Search Services in SharePoint, SQL Server, Exchange Server and Windows Search used in Windows server or client platforms such as Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2.
By installing Microsoft Office 2010 Filter Packs, the following IFilters will be installed, and system will have additional capability to search for content in the file types or extensions listed below:
* Legacy Office Filter (version 97-2003; .doc, .ppt, .xls)
* Metro Office Filter (version 2007 and 2010; .docx, .docm, .pptx, .pptm, .xlsx, .xlsm, .xlsb)
* Zip Filter (.zip)
* OneNote filter (.one)
* Visio Filter (.vdx, .vsd, .vss, .vst, .vdx, .vsx, .vtx)
* Publisher Filter
* Open Document Format Filter
Windows Search Services was previously known as Windows Indexing Services. The filter packs support Windows 7; Windows Server 2003 SP2; Windows Server 2008 R2; Windows Server 2008 SP2; Windows Vista SP1 ;Windows XP SP2; and Windows XP SP3. As it’s a filter, the Microsoft Filter Pack requires the Microsoft Search Service.
Download Microsoft Office 2010 Filter Packs from Microsoft Download Center or by using the following direct download links:
32-bit (x86): FilterPack32bit.exe
64-bit (x64): FilterPack64bit.exe
Expression Blend 4 Service Pack 1 (SP1) includes support for building Windows Phone 7 apps and improved integration with Adobe design tools through support for the FXG file format, as well as bug fixes and stability enhancements.
Windows Phone support
When you install the Windows Phone Development Tools, you can use the design tools in Expression Blend to create Windows Phone applications, including Windows Phone project and item templates, graphics and animation tools, behaviors, and sample data. Once you’ve created your Windows Phone application, you can build it and then preview it either in the Windows Phone emulatoror in a Windows Phone device attached to your computer.
* Please note: If you want to design only Windows Phone applications, and you have already installed the Windows Phone Development Tools, you do not need to install this service pack.
Adobe FXG support
With the Expression Blend Add-in for Adobe FXG Import, available when you install Expression Blend 4 SP1, you can add Adobe FXG 2.0 symbols as UserControls in Expression Blend. You can also configure your FXG settings so that when FXG files are updated outside of Expression Blend, the files you have added to Expression Blend are also updated.
Download Microsoft Expression Blend 4 Service Pack 1 (SP1)
ASP.NET MVC 3 Beta provides a Model-View-Controller (MVC) framework on top of the existing ASP.NET 4 runtime.
ASP.NET MVC 3 is a framework for developing highly testable and maintainable Web applications by leveraging the Model-View-Controller (MVC) pattern. The framework encourages developers to maintain a clear separation of concerns among the responsibilities of the application – the UI logic using the view, user-input handling using the controller, and the domain logic using the model. ASP.NET MVC applications are easily testable using techniques such as test-driven development (TDD).
The installation package includes templates and tools for Visual Studio 2010 to increase productivity when writing ASP.NET MVC applications. For example, the Add View dialog box takes advantage of customizable code generation (T4) templates to generate a view based on a model object. The default project template allows the developer to automatically hook up a unit-test project that is associated with the ASP.NET MVC application.
Because the ASP.NET MVC framework is built on ASP.NET 4, developers can take advantage of existing ASP.NET features like authentication and authorization, profile settings, localization, and so on.
Download ASP.NET MVC 3 Beta
Windows Azure Platform Training Kit includes a comprehensive set of technical content to help you learn how to use Windows Azure, SQL Azure, and the Windows Azure AppFabric services.
The September 2010 – Update contains the latest information and proceedings on Windows Azure Platform. A guide for every cloud developer.
The Windows Azure Platform Training Kit includes a comprehensive set of technical content including hands-on labs, presentations, and demos that are designed to help you learn how to use the Windows Azure platform including: Windows Azure, SQL Azure and the Windows Azure AppFabric. This release includes several updates.
Here is what is new in the training kit:
- Updated all hands-on labs and demo scripts for Visual Studio 2010, the .NET Framework 4, and the Windows Azure Tools for Visual Studio version 1.2 release
- Added a new hands-on lab titled “Introduction to the AppFabric Access Control Service (September 2010 Labs Release)”
- Added a new hands-on lab “Debugging Applications in Windows Azure”
- Added a new hands-on lab “Asynchronous Workload Handling”
- Added a new exercise to the “Deploying Applications in Windows Azure” hands-on lab to show how to use the new tools to directly deploy from Visual Studio 2010.
- Added a new exercise to the “Introduction to the AppFabric Service Bus” hands-on lab to show how to connect a WCF Service in IIS 7.5 to the Service Bus
- Updated the “Introduction to AppFabric Service Bus” hands-on lab based on feedback and split the lab into 2 parts
- All of the presentations have also been updated and refactored to provide content for a 3 day training workshop.
- Updated the training kit navigation pages to include a 3 day agenda, a change log, and an improved setup process for hands-on labs.
Note: The Windows Azure Platform training kit is now split into two releases. One release is for Visual Studio 2010 and another is for Visual Studio 2008. The Visual Studio 2008 version includes all of the updated presentations, however, new hands-on labs and lab updates will only be added to the Visual Studio 2010 version.
Download the Windows Azure Platform Training Kit – September 2010 Update
Open XML SDK 2.0 for Microsoft Office
The Open XML Format SDK 2.0 is a superset of the Open XML SDK 1.0. In addition to the functionality provided by the Open XML SDK 1.0, it leverages.NET Language-Integrated Query (LINQ) and provides classes to construct and query the contents of parts within a package. You can use functional construction for composing documents, and LINQ queries for extracting information from documents.
The SDK is a collection of classes that let developers create and manipulate Open XML documents – documents that adhere to the Office Open XML File Formats Standard. Because the SDK provides an application program interface that lets developers manipulate Open XML documents directly, they can do so without the need for the Office client products themselves in both client and server operating environments.
Open XML SDK 2.0 for Microsoft Office offers a number of tools and resources to improve programmatic document processing thus making a task of the developer more efficient. The SDK also carries an interoperability improvements for open XML implementers as well as it is designed to let Open XML developers build high performance client-side or server-side solutions that handle complex operations using only a small amount of program code.
Download Open XML SDK 2.0 for Microsoft Office.
MSDN Reference Link
Content Taken from : Erika Ehrli’s – Blog in MSDN
Some useful links from MSDN
Visual How-tos (how-to article + video + code sample):