How to pass initialization params to a Silverlight 2 app

Last week i tried to pass some parameters to my Silverlight app when embedding it to my page. After some extended searching last week and not finding it i decided to try again today, i found it at a MS  blog: How to pass initialization params to a Silverlight 2 app   In short: Declare the initParams param on the Silverlight plug-in and pass in a comma-delimited set of key-value pair tokens. For e.g. “key1=value1,key2=value2,key3=value3”.... Read more

Future reporting with Dundas (SQL Server 2008)

In SQL Server 2008 Micrsoft starts with the integration of the newly acquired Dundas in Reporting Server. I decided to take a look at their website and it looks really great. You can create reports like:   Click here for a great live sample. It looks really great, i hope they integrated all the dundas products in SQL 2008. I know some of them are in the CTP.   Read more

Client-Side Web Service Calls with javascript (AJAX)

Today i came across a simple method of using webservices as a local function in client side code. It uses the ScriptManager control installed by ASP.NET AJAX-Enabled Web applications.   for example you use the followin code to the ASPX to embed the webservice :           In javascript you can now the full named webservice: function OnLookup(){             var stb = document.getElementById(“_symbolTextBox”);    MsdnMagazine.StockQuoteService.GetStockQuote(    stb.value, OnLookupComplete, OnError);}   A very nice feature which makes... Read more

Silverlight 2.0 and network cross domain calls

After reading Scott Guthries silverlight 2.0 using networking to retrieve data and populate a datagrid tutorial I decided to try and make a little Silverlight 2.0 banner that displays my recent tracks from the Last.FM through their great  webservices with some nifty graphics. I decided to use the same code as Scott and use the WebClient class to download the xml asynchronously. After implementing and running the code I get a “Security Error” exception on DownloadStringAsync. It... Read more

Microsoft speaks healthcare (MS HealthVault)

While browsing some healthcare blogs i came across a nice interview of Matthew Holt from thehealthcareblog.com with Microsoft.   From the blog: “Microsoft has made some big strides in health this past year. You can easily argue that a) its search has outpaced Google (following the acquisition of Medstory), b) that it’s making strides in the provider market with the renamed Amalga (although that’s leading to a strategic question about whether they’re really going to be... Read more

Health 2.0, the new healthcare ?

Keeping track of the Healthcare industrie in the US is very intresting, for some time now the word “Health 2.0” keeps popping up. Just concluded in San Diego is the Health 2.0 Conference with some very good speakers and new idea’s.   But first what is “Health 2.0” ?   A definition from health20.org/wiki: “Health 2.0 Definition: “New concept of healthcare wherein all the constituents (patients, physicians, providers, and payers) focus on healthcare value (outcomes/price) and... Read more

WPF/XBAP and Media Center = Deprecated

Me and my colleagues were planning on developing a application to play a WPF application in the Media Center. I have installed the MCE SDK a year ago on my Developing Image. When checking the MCE development site I came across a post that announced a new SDK version. In the changelog:   “Deprecated Features:The following platform features have been deprecated with this release: Hosting for Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 Extensible Application Markup Language (XAML) browser applications... Read more

Master Data Management for PerformancePoint Server

Yesterday i read 2 great blogs about MDM and how Performance Point will benefit thereof. Microsoft purchased Stratature, a company that has focused on Master Data Management (MDM) software which will enhance the already great BI offerings from Microsoft.   A small excerpt from the blogs: “Master Data Management (MDM) is defined as the technology, tools, and processes required to create and maintain consistent and accurate lists of master data.” The authors are also careful to... Read more