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MSDN Reader download now

Posted by denglishbi on February 27, 2008

A few weeks ago I downloaded and installed a project from the new MDSN Code Library called MSDN Reader.  This application uses the Syndicated Client Experiences Starter Kit to be able to exploits the push capabilities of RSS and allows the content to be synced down to the client application and presented in a very cool and intuitive way.  This is utilizing the WPF (Windows Presentation Framework) for the UI and it really adds a great user experience.  The ability to search and add articles to your reading list (this is the caching and offline functionality) by right-clicking on an article along with being able to easily navigate and find MSDN articles (not sure how recent you can get though, still trying to determine that).

There are a couple of good articles on Analysis Services Data Mining, one on Integration Services fuzzy lookups and grouping, and quite a few on Reporting Services (creating custom report items, setting up custom code libraries, etc.) that you can read up on if you haven’t seen them already.  The code is also available to download if you would like to see how it was created or make a few modifications of your own.  This does use a new beta product called Subscription Center which you will see running that will update the content that is available.  Download this now and test it out for yourself.  I think I am going to take a look at this and create a BI Blog Reader version (maybe include a few other topics, but make it configurable)!

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One Response to “MSDN Reader download now”

  1. Clement said

    This is a tool I have found most useful but very annoyed that it’s never seems to work. When it installs, u never get the current update of the magazine. Always showing some old stuff. And since I moved to Win 7, never installs and up till date, no update to this has been released.

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