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1, December 2008

My new blog address

In case you drop by here. Do check out my new blog site at

I will stop posting at this side.


22, June 2008

Community Launch: Windows Server, Visual Studio & SQL Server 2008

Filed under: Event,SQL Server 2008,Visual Studio 2008,Windows Server 2008 — patrickyong @ 1:17 am


Four Malaysian technical communities, Intel IT Technical Community Malaysia Chapter .NET SIG, ELITE, MIND and SPAN, are coming together to host a community event focusing on technical dives of Microsoft Windows Server 2008™, Visual Studio 2008™, and SQL Server 2008™.

Date             : 28 June 2008, Saturday

Venue           : Microsoft Auditorium

                           Microsoft (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd

                           Level 29, Tower 2,

                           Petronas Twin Tower, KL

Website         :

13, June 2008

Heroes happen @Penang this weekend

Filed under: Event,SQL Server 2008,Visual Studio 2008,Windows Server 2008 — patrickyong @ 9:37 pm


My dear ‘ka ki lang’ in Penang, Microsoft is doing a community launch of Windows Server 2008, SQL Server 2008 and Visual Studio 2008 at Intel’s PG12 auditorium tomorrow from 8.30am – 5.30pm.

More info here

9, June 2008

SharePoint Developers, you can uninstall VS2005 for good

Filed under: Sharepoint,Visual Studio 2008,VSeWSS — patrickyong @ 12:36 am

SharePoint developers always have the pain of going back and forth between Visual Studio 2005 and 2008 because 2 of the most productive tools (one is SharePoint workflow project template in VS2008 and WSS3 tools for VS2005) is available in different versions of Visual Studio.

Well, that is the scenario until today the SharePoint team officially released Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 Tools for Visual Studio 2008 (VSeWSS) with the version number 1.2.

If the only reason you still having VS2005 in your PC is because of VSeWSS then it’s time to say goodbye and have a pure VS2008 development environment.

Download the bits here.

30, May 2008

What’s up? Going to Penang next week.

Filed under: .NET Programming,Visual Studio 2008 — patrickyong @ 2:46 pm

I am out of KL for this week and will be running some workshops and talks at Penang.

This coming Monday and Tuesday I will conduct a Getting Start with .NET programming workshop at MCSB Training Center at Island Plaza. With the help of my pal Ervin Loh, he updated the content of the workshop to use latest features from .NET Framework 3.5 and hands on labs are using Visual Studio 2008. My colleague Rahimah will also be running similar workshop at Cyberjaya at the same place.


After that on next Thursday I will do a What’s new with Visual Studio 2008 talk at Penang Skills Development Center, expect something cool to be demo.


24, May 2008

MSDN Magazine revisits OBA development

Filed under: Office Business Application,Visual Studio 2008,VSTO — patrickyong @ 1:14 am

It has been sometime since there is an issue of MSDN mag that focuses on Office Business Application development. I believe not since before Visual Studio 2008 released. Visual Studio 2008 does comes with a lot of new tools inside VSTO for OBA development and it is worth while to have a look what you can achieve easily here.

Editor’s note on why one should think of Office as a development platform

Document Automation using VBA to VSTO

Automate Web App Deployment with the SharePoint API

Integrate VSTO with SharePoint Content Types

17, May 2008

Visual Studio 2008 SP1 Beta is up!

Filed under: Visual Studio 2008 — patrickyong @ 11:09 am


Oh finally I am able to get Visual Studio 2008 SP1 Beta installed. Been trying to do this since 3 days ago. Thanks for Andre Ziegler that my installation problem is caused by the bootstrapper and pointed me to download the full installer which I guess is made available later after complains from users like me.

That full installer is only the .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 installer (its about 200Mb), for the Visual Studio download, I used the bootstrapper to download everything into my hard drive first (which takes another 500Mb) using the following command.

VS90sp1-KB945140-ENU.exe /createlayout c:\VS90SP1\Layout /passive

Now is to get SQL Server 2008 Feb CTP running in the same VPC. 🙂 Then hopefully lah I will be able to do some talk on this service pack next month.

14, May 2008

Error when installing VS2008 SP1 Beta on Windows 2008 VPC

Filed under: Visual Studio 2008 — patrickyong @ 6:01 am

I got the below error msg from the log

Exe (C:\Users\ADMINI~1\AppData\Local\Temp\Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 SP1 (Beta)\dotnetfx35setup.exe) failed with 0x80070643 – Fatal error during installation. :
[5/14/2008, 13:32:27] (IronSpigot::ExeInstallerBase:: PerformAction) PerformOperation on exe returned exit code 1603 (translates to HRESULT = 0x80070643)
[5/14/2008, 13:32:27] Action complete
[5/14/2008, 13:32:27] (IronSpigot::LogUtils::LogFinalResult) Final Result: Installation failed with error code: (0x80070643), Fatal error during installation.

I am doing this in a VPC environment with the below software installed

  • Windows Server 2008 Standard RTM
  • Visual Studio 2008
  • Office 2007 w/SP1
  • Windows SharePoint Services w/SP1
  • SQL Server 2008 Feb 08 CTP

Already posted my issue in the forum, will update the blog if I manage to find a solution

13, May 2008

.NET Framework 3.5 SP1 Beta and Visual Studio 2008 SP1 Beta out in the wild.

Filed under: .NET Programming,ASP.NET 3.5 Extension,Visual Studio 2008 — patrickyong @ 12:07 am

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Visual Studio 2008 together with .NET 3.5 was released about 1/2 year ago. However there are a host of planned features not able to make it to the release, for example:

  • ASP.NET 3.5 Enhancement Features
    • ASP.NET MVC (Model-View-Controller) Frameowrk
    • ADO.NET Data Service
    • Dynamic Data
    • Entity Framework
  • SQL Server 2008 CTP support
  • and more! Read up Scott Guthrie’s blog post.

.NET Client Profile

Then not long ago I got news that another new .NET features will make it to this SP1 release which is the .NET 3.5 Client Profile. Well, Windows Vista comes with .NET 3.0 but the world out there is mostly running Windows XP which does not have any.NET Framework installed at all! (unless you are  a geek head). The .NET Framework 3.5 Client Profile (BETA) contains a subset of features contained in the full installation of the .NET Framework. The subset of features are the Common Language Runtime, ClickOnce, Windows Forms, Windows Presentation Foundation and Windows Communication Foundation. Hollay!! Consider the fact that full .NET 3.5 requires .NET 2.0 and 3.0 installed then those 2 package already take up >100mb of downloads. You can check out Scott Guthrie’s blog here.

Web Install Only

The Beta bits is available as a web install but there was ways for you to download everything and save them locally. Check out this knowledge base article.

Update Details

There are a few KB articles out there listing down all the changes

  1. VSTO  |
  2. Visual Studio Team System
  3. C#
  4. Visual Basic
  5. ASP.NET/Visual Web Developer
  6. .NET Framework

Download here!

You can download the bits here

12, May 2008

.NET Framework 3.5 updates to have WPF enhancements

Filed under: Visual Studio 2008,WPF — patrickyong @ 3:05 am

While a lot focus has been on ASP.NET 3.5 enhancement lately (and Silverlight too), I was wondering what happened to Windows Presentation Foundation, which when Vista was launched Microsoft did a lot of cool prezzo on it (it runs on XP as well).

After some digging around, realize that Scott Guthrie and Mary Jo Foley did blogged about this enhancement. Mary Jo Foley from ZDNet event mentioned that the codename for this enhancement is known as ‘Arrowhead’. Scott’s blog post here exposed more details in the form of a roadmap, which among them are

  1. Improve setup experience for end users
  2. Performance Improvements
  3. New WPF Controls i.e. Datagrid, Datepicker and Ribbon

How is it going to be released is still a mistery as there are even some news out there about a SP1 released but still not official words yet. So got to cross our fingers and see how.

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