Monthly Archives: December 2010

Yahoo plans to shudown couple of services !!!

Tushar Agarwal December 21, 2010

As yahoo plans to shut down couple of services, people have started migrating their data from yahoo. In a news statement, Yahoo mentioned that it will be turning off the following services:

1. Delicious – the famous social bookmarking website
2. – a job portal
3. Geocities
5. Musicmatch Jukebox

I hope Yahoo does well in the other sections. Yahoo has also sold it’s search arm to Microsoft and soon it will be completely taken over by Microsoft’s search arm –


Save paper by adopting to WWF

Tushar Agarwal December 15, 2010

You must have read at the end of various emails “Please  think before you print this email”. But many of go ahead and just print them. Every paper you print costs a tree somewhere in the world.

To protect the trees and environment, World Wildlife Fund has come up with a new document type – WWF. This document format is similar to PDF but it doesn’t give you the option to print the document. You can use this document as you use your PDF file, with the limitation that you won’t be able to print it.

Currently the software for creating the WWF documents is available for Mac only, but will be soon rolled out for Windows as well.

I would appreciate if you also start using WWF documents.


For more information visit


Visual Studio 2010 SP1 Released

Tushar Agarwal December 15, 2010

It would be a partial relief for thousands of developers who have been experiencing problems with Visual Studio 2010. The Visual Studio 2010 SP1 has been released for public now. The reason I am saying that it is a partial relief because it’s a BETA, which means that it isn’t ready for production. Generally products in Beta are quite stable, so I think developers can start using it.

To download the SP1 visit  Microsof’t Website.

What’s in Visual Studio 2010 SP1 Beta ?

Some of the fixes apart from the ones mentioned on the connect website are these:

  • Web Bug Fixes
  • HTML5 Schema Support
  • IIS Express Support

There are many more…


Microsoft to Show Off Windows 7 Slider Tablet at CES

Tushar Agarwal December 15, 2010

Steve Ballmer, Mircosoft’s CEO, will be demonstrating tablet PC running Windows 7. The New York Times reported this in a blog post.

The Times didn’t name its source, but the person described the Samsung slate device as “similar in size and shape” to the Apple iPad, but “not as thin.” The slide-out keyboard is said to be “unique” and “slick.” Given that description, the mystery tablet is nothing like the Samsung Galaxy Tab, which has a 7-inch screen (the iPad’s is 10 inches) and no sliding keyboard.

Ballmer will show more slates from Dell and other manufacturers, according to the report. The devices will run Windows 7, though holding them in portrait mode with the keyboard sheathed will activate a “layered” interface. Similar to the announced BlackBerry PlayBook, the new machines are said to be aimed primarily at business users, an audience generally thought to be underserved by the iPad.

The Times report cited one source who suggested Microsoft could even show a tablet running Windows 8, though that appears unlikely. It’s possible that Microsoft will show the devices running a variant of Windows 7 or Windows Phone 7 — one that’s tailored to work with slate devices, similar to the tablet-specific version of Android dubbed “Honeycomb.” Ballmer alluded to such a move in the summer when he said, “We’re working with our hardware partners. We’re tuning Windows 7 to new slate hardware designs that they’re bringing them to market.”

Microsoft is said to be encouraging manufacturers to write apps for the new slate machines in HTML5. The apps won’t be sold in the Zune Marketplace or any other app store, the Times said. Instead, software partners will host the apps on their own websites.


jQuery – Huge size of calendar widget

Tushar Agarwal December 14, 2010

Most of you must be aware of jQuery – a Javascript framework. jQuery has an plugin for the UIs – jQueryUI. When you see the Demos on the calendar looks so elelgant and right sized. But when you download the size of the calendar is huge which doesn’t look very good. To fix the size of the calendar widget change this:

.ui-widget { font-family: Lucida Grande, Lucida Sans, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 1.1 em; }

to this:

.ui-widget { font-family: Lucida Grande, Lucida Sans, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 0.8em; }

Cheers !!!


SQL Server – Denali – The next version of SQL Server

Tushar Agarwal December 13, 2010

Microsoft has recently announced the next version of SQL Server 2011. The code name for the product is ‘Denali‘ .

The CTP1 for Denali is available for the download here.

With SQL Server code-named ‘Denali’ customers will benefit from the following added investments:

  • Enhanced mission-critical platform: A highly available and scalable platform designed to with greater flexibility, lower TCO, ease of use, and the performance required by the most mission-critical applications.
  • Developer and IT Productivity: New additional tools will help developers build innovative applications with reduced time-to-market while IT professionals benefit from greater operational control and ease of use.
  • Pervasive Insight: Stunning new managed self-service experiences for end users and holistic data integration and management tools will help deliver consistent, credible data to the right users at the right time.

One of the major enhancements for the programmers would be the support for Ad-hoc Query Paging Implementation.

For more information please visit msdn.


SQL Server – Getting Today’s Date only

Tushar Agarwal December 11, 2010

It is quite common that you want to extract todays’ date component only in sql. The most obvious approach to do is use GETDATE(). This returns today’s date and time.

To just get the date component use this

select CONVERT(datetime, (convert(varchar, getdate(), 101)))

Hope this was a helpful tip for you.


Windows Phone 7 now available in US

Tushar Agarwal December 11, 2010

Windows Phone 7 is now available at AT&T and T-Mobile retailers across the United States. The launch was on Nov 8, 2010. The app market already has more than 2000 apps and games. Lets see if Windows Phone 7 can wave a band of magic for Microsoft. The details are available here.


Consuming webservices/website running on development machine from Android Emulator

Tushar Agarwal December 11, 2010

It is quite common to develop a webservice/website and test it on the same machine. The same can be tested and viewed through localhost. But in the android emulator localhost doesn’t work. To access the development machine, use

Hope this tip saves you time


Creating WCF RESTful services

Tushar Agarwal December 11, 2010

Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) a part of the dot NET framework which allows you to easily create webservices.

Couple of years back, SOAP based services gained lot of popularity and soon became the de facto standard in the industry. But things have started changing. With the advancement of Web 2.0, mobile apps, SEO and various other things, RESTful services have gained lot of popularity.

To easy the learning and development effort, I have compiled a list of resources available on the net.

Starter Kit from Microsoft


Well stay tuned, I’ll keep on updating this page for more resources.