jpelak's blog

Moved to new blog

I now post exclusively to http://blogs.msdn.com/usisvde. Thanks, jmp

Author: jpelak Date: 05/28/2007

Note to self - do not connect through O'Hare...

As nice as Chicago is, it's generally a bad idea to connect flights through the Windy City. I know...

Author: jpelak Date: 03/24/2007

MapPoint Web Service + WPF

The MapPoint Web Service SDK puts tremendous power in the hands of developers. The Windows...

Author: jpelak Date: 09/13/2006

Maps in Apps

When I first joined Microsoft, I was sent to help build an application for a large...

Author: jpelak Date: 09/01/2006

3rd Party Controls for WPF

In browsing around the Windows Vista developer center (http://msdn.microsoft.com/windowsvista), I...

Author: jpelak Date: 08/26/2006

A New York minute...

I had a "New York Minute" yesterday - it went something like this. I stepped out onto the Avenue of...

Author: jpelak Date: 08/25/2006

Software as a Service Seminar - NYC - 5/3/2006

Software as a Service is a topic of great interest in the ISV industry of late. Because end users...

Author: jpelak Date: 04/24/2006

A walk through WinFx (third of a series) - the joy of WCF endpoints

It's been a while since I posted on this this (does it still qualify as a series?), but I'll...

Author: jpelak Date: 04/22/2006

In the air again...

My well-traveled laptop, now loaded with WPF demos on Vista, is on its way to my esteemed colleague...

Author: jpelak Date: 04/18/2006

Ribbons and Task Panes in Office 2007

Two of the major enhancements to Office 2007 are the addition of ribbons and task panes for...

Author: jpelak Date: 04/09/2006

New SQL Report Packs Released - Great Opportuinty for Dynamics ISVs

The SQL Server team released 8 new report packs today, which I found out about via my esteemed...

Author: jpelak Date: 03/27/2006

Office 2007 as Development Platform

Since it looks like the NDA wraps have been removed from Office 2007, I believe I can now post about...

Author: jpelak Date: 03/26/2006

RSS Everywhere

Another theme that's emerged from cross-country conference junket I've been on of late is that...

Author: jpelak Date: 03/23/2006

Turtlenecks and Propeller Heads

It's been a while since I've posted. I've been on the cross-country conference junket of late, and...

Author: jpelak Date: 03/21/2006

A beta stack that works

Well after a bit of extra effort, I managed to get my "cutting edge" laptop configured as follows:...

Author: jpelak Date: 02/12/2006

BI/Reporting Gestalt

One of the more challenging tasks facing ISVs on the Microsoft platform is navigation of all the...

Author: jpelak Date: 02/06/2006

A walk through WinFx (second of a series) - Enter MSCRM 3.0

After reviewing my last post on this topic and reflecting a bit, I realized that my demo app sure...

Author: jpelak Date: 02/04/2006

Home at Last

Well, my fancy new 64-bit laptop completed its odyssey and finally arrived. I was able to get build...

Author: jpelak Date: 02/02/2006

Dude, you're getting a desktop...

About a week ago, I was all excited to get started on a series of WinFx posts centered around a demo...

Author: jpelak Date: 01/25/2006

A walk through WinFx (first of a series)

Having just returned from the TechReady2 conference in rain-soaked Seattle, I realized that...

Author: jpelak Date: 01/17/2006

Simple binds aren't always so simple

In my last posting, I showed how to call the low-level API exposed by WLDAP32.DLL to authenticate...

Author: jpelak Date: 01/08/2006

Meet the Bloggers/Meet the Boss

I'd like to take an opportunity to introduce my ISV Architecure/Developer Advisor colleagues -...

Author: jpelak Date: 01/06/2006

Identity Management Show on Channel 9

Hi, While I'm up too late, I should mention that Ron Jacobs has posted a podcast on Identity...

Author: jpelak Date: 01/06/2006

LDAP, the hard way

Well, its a new year, and therefore its an appropriate time to begin my journey into the world of...

Author: jpelak Date: 01/05/2006

Exhuming McCarthy

I guess one of the telltale signs of the advancing creep of age is the passage of one's pop culture...

Author: jpelak Date: 12/19/2005

How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love LDAP

When I first tried to get my mind around LDAP via the ADSI libraries in Windows NT 4.0, I quickly...

Author: jpelak Date: 12/17/2005

The "Spinal Tap" Argument

Hi, Here's a strategy hint for dealing with software vendors (and I work for a very large one.) As a...

Author: jpelak Date: 12/16/2005

System.Console.WriteLine("Hello world!");

Hi, My name is John Pelak, and I'm a Development Evangelist serving the Independent Software Vendor...

Author: jpelak Date: 12/12/2005