The Syndicated Client Experiences Starter Kit and Reader Software Development Kit

SCE(Syndicated Client Experiences) applications are .Net applications that are deployed by web, occasionally connected, and fully exploitive of the desktop providing the optimal user experience for your content. The SC Reader application is a feature rich application that utilizes WPF’s layout capabilities and advanced text to present the best possible reading experience on any screen.

  • Readability and Rich document presentation
  • Personalization and Accessibility
  • Intuitive and Effortless Navigation
  • Commenting and Sharing
  • Mobility and Robustness
  • Premier Desktop Positioning
  • High Fidelity Printing
  • Support for numerous languages including Indic and East Asian languages.


Included in SDK(available for download here):

  • Visual Studio and Expression projects
    • Sample Generic Reader (complete end to end sample, full source code)
    • MSDN Reader (application, feed and full sample source code)
    • Reader Quick Start wizard
    • Photos: a simple sample demonstrating a syndicated photo experience (full sample source code)
  • An integrated branded boostrapper for .Net 3.0 deployment and app installation via Click-Once
  • Content Sync Extensions for RSS 2.0 for rich, nested, authenticated feeds
  • SCE sync service and desktop UI redistributable components

You can download the msdn reader(built using SCE SDK) here

Check out the resources below for training videos to help you customize your Starter Kit application.

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MySQL IDEs and something different

  1. Tomer Gabel wrote about how to use VS 2005 Command Shell instead of the standard Windows Command Line .
  2. In another post you can find Light Web Server  that can be used in the Unit Tests
  3. His coworker wrote a very nice review about MySQL IDEs and there is a desire to taste something instead of bundled MySQL Query Browser / MySQL Administrator, check out this post
  4. For developers are getting busy with editing Web.Config and Application.Config files, this tool can speed up the process


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UMLet – Free UML Tool for Fast UML Diagrams

UMLet is an open-source UML tool with a simple user interface.UMLet is a UML tool provide a fast way of creating UML diagrams. UML elements are modified using text input instead of pop-up dialogs. UMLet runs stand-alone or as Eclipse plug-in on Windows, OS X and Linux.


  • Draw UML diagrams fast
  • Export diagrams to EPS, PDF JPG, SVG and clipboard
  • Share diagrams using Eclipse
  • Create new, custom UML elements.

Download UMLet
Sample diagrams


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MSBuild Sidekick v2(beta) is available for download

MSBuild Sidekick can be used to open and build the following project types:

  • Custom build scripts
  • VS2005 C# or VB.NET projects
  • VS2005 solutions
  • Delphi projects

This version does not support building VS2008 projects and MSBuild 3.5 scripts, but  according to this post it will be provided in the future.


  • View project structure in categorized project tree view (similar to v1)

  • View project structure in sequential project tree view (elements appear in the same order as in build project)

  • Show or hide imported elements in project tree view as desired

  • Add new or delete selected elements

  • Edit selected element’s properties and comments using properties grid

  • Edit elements properties in a list (for container elements such as PropertyGroup etc.)

  • Edit selected element’s properties and comments using raw XML view

  • Add tasks to targets using categorized "Add task" dialog

  • Use properties, items and item metadata intellisense support when editing elements

  • Change elements order in sequential project tree view or in elements list (for container elements)

  • Perform "intelligent" rename of the elements throughout the project (all relevant elements are renamed)

  • Delete elements throughout the project (no "dead" references left behind)

  • Navigate between elements and element views (properties, list or raw XML) using backward/forward navigation

  • Navigate between elements using "Find Element" dialog

  • Navigate between elements using "Jump To" function in element properties

  • Use integrated MSDN help (either from locally installed MSDN collection or from online MSDN)

  • View targets and tasks execution graph

  • Specify global or project-specific properties to be used in build session

  • Modify environment properties per project for the build session

  • Select targets for the build session

  • Build project

  • Review build results using console log (similar to command-line MSBuild console log)

  • Review build results using errors/warnings log

  • Review build results using structured detailed log; navigate to specific elements from the log

Download MSBuild Sidekick v2



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XamlHack – a better XAMLPad alternative

XamlHack is a XAML authoring tool which can be used to develop or test a small pieces of XAML code.This tool is lightweight and easier to work with when writing some trivial WPF applications.





  • Basic text editing features & syntax highlighting for XAML
  • XAML preview with element tree viewing capability using "Element Tree Explorer" 
  • Examine the default value of DependencyProperties using "Property Explorer"
  • Convert BAML to XAML using "Resource Explorer"
  • Last but not least, peculiar error warning. 


Download XamlHack

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