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  • Blog Post: The New Efficiency Resources for Windows Server 2008 R2 Developer Sessions

    eek! To the attendees at our New Efficiency launch events in Boston and New York – thank you for your time and attention. Here are the slides from the sessions and a brief recap: Windows Server 2008 R2, Build Solutions that Scale Beyond 64 Processors Slides (if you don’t have Office 2007, you’ll need...
  • Blog Post: The New Efficiency – Meet the Windows Server 2008 R2 Developer Training Kit

    eek! Welcome to the new efficiency and our launch party for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. If you are like me and want to get your head around what’s new from a software developer’s perspective, look no further than the recent Windows Server 2008 R2 Developer Training Kit . Like the rest of the...
  • Blog Post: This PHP Elephant is Azure – get the SDK

    eek! If you missed it last week, there is a new PHP SDK for Windows Azure ! For more background on PHP in Azure, check out the ever useful Steve Marx’s blog (this particular entry explains how to program Azure with PHP that predates this SDK). For those of you new to Azure, the “How Do I” videos are...
  • Blog Post: Say Hello to the Microsoft Web Platform

    eek! Another one making a splash at MIX09, say hello . Mr. Staples looked good on stage at the day 1 keynote and his blog entry summed up all the exciting things in the platform. It is a great list but you and I both know that this is the one we really will be celebrating (emphasis mine)… “With the upcoming...
  • Blog Post: Happy Groundhog Day!

    eek! In the category of – I’ve seen that before, I’m republishing my January posts in case you missed it. Happy Groundhog Day! The Joy of SxS Jumping in to .NET from ColdFusion? I’m not going to be a fool this April 1 Need more Business Intelligence? Internet Explorer 8 Release Candidate is ready Candy...
  • Blog Post: The Ugly Duckling All Grown Up: ASP.NET on IIS7 Server Core!

    eek! I’ve got to ditch my ugly duckling story when talking about IIS7 :) It goes something like this…When I talk to IT Pros and Developers about IIS 7, they all dig the notion of Server Core . They then frown when I tell them they cannot run ASP.NET and PowerShell on Server Core. I dodge the dirty looks...
  • Blog Post: Happy New Year from a Strange Fellow!

    eek! It has certainly been a great year of learning for me and I wish you all the very best for 2009. If this is your first visit, here’s what I talked about in December. May you find a link that makes you think differently! Unwrapping my gifts – PowerShell V2 CTP3 Join our .NET Programmers Group in...
  • Blog Post: A new fan of tips and tricks for Web Developers

    eek! Yes, I count myself a new fan of the Tips & Tricks for ASP.NET, IIS, and Visual Web Developer blog . If you haven't visited, there is some good stuff there - up to 32 tips so far. What's your favorite? Mine is 25 - I'm a bit of an IIS 7 fanboy :) Tip#25: Did you know... You can have canonical...
  • Blog Post: On the first day of Christmas, my true love sent to me: IIS 7

    eek! It is almost that time of year when I get loopy enough to start blogging to holiday tunes :) I'll spare you that this time but I will tell you that Bill Staples could easily do a Twelve Days of Christmas with IIS 7. He's promised to blog about the Top 12 cool features of IIS 7 with demos for each...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Web Platform - the one stop shop

    eek! Wouldn't it be nice if you could just go to one place and get the whole stack, and stay up to date? That would be nice, and here it is: the Microsoft Web Platform Installer . Check out the new home for all things web @ Microsoft:
  • Blog Post: Goodbye September

    eek! First time here? Here's what September looked like... A peek at 2010 now See you at the PDC? Hello SQL Server 2008 Updated Training Kit Resource Page MSR New England is Open - watch the videos! Pimp your IDE...Easy Money? So much fun - MSDN and Social Bookmarks Updates - IE 8 Videos and Web 2.0...
  • Blog Post: Internet Explorer 8 - you ready?

    eek! Hey enterprise developers, are you ready for IE 8? There is an all in one IE 8 compatibility page that talks about the whys and the hows . Check it out! P.S. You'll see links to adding the X-UA-Compatible tag for IIS and Apache. Nice. <meta http-equiv="X-UA-Compatible" content="IE...
  • Blog Post: .NET Developer Must Reads - IIS 7.0

    eek! Here they are, my recommended must reads for the .NET Developer targeting IIS 7.0: Extend Your WCF Services Beyond HTTP With WAS - http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/cc163357.aspx Enhance Your Apps with the Integrated ASP.NET Pipeline - http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/cc135973.aspx...
  • Blog Post: An IIS 7.0 Must Have and other extensions

    eek! You Web 2.0 yet? Is everything in RESTy colored glasses? If it is and you work with IIS 7, you'll appreciate this IIS 7 must have: The HTTP status codes in IIS 7.0 . Speaking of IIS 7.0, these days, if you blink, you'll miss another extension being released as a CTP or moving to Beta or RTW/RTM...
  • Blog Post: VSLive NY PowerShell Resources - Part 2

    eek! If you are looking for the slides from my session, they are available here . I wanted to provide you with the demo script I used and all the inputs into the demos. The 3 indispensable watering holes for all things PowerShell continue to be (at least for me): the PowerShell team blog Lee Holmes ...
  • Blog Post: Move to IIS 7 - the checklist: Boss, Goods, Hero

    eek! Another good article on IIS 7 and getting to a better place. Bill Staples identifies 3 key steps to get from IIS 6 to IIS 7. Sell the Boss Get the Goods Be the Hero! Which step are you on? P.S. On Facebook? Become an IIS 7 fan !
  • Blog Post: IIS 7 - Come for the features, stay for the performance

    eek! It is always great to see measurable performance improvements from new technology. IIS 7 doesn't disappoint and the Microsoft.com Operations team has a great new blog post: IIS 7.0/W2K8 RTM is over 10% more efficient then IIS 6.0/WS03 SP2 in handling live web platform traffic for the www.microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Let's Get Virtual, Virtual!

    eek! Wow, MSDN is running 100% on Hyper-V. I guess this Hyper-V thing is production grade...already! Good read at Mai-lan's IIS 7 primer on the platform running TechNet and MSDN. The details on the migration to virtualization are available here (it is a six page document entitled MSCOM_Virtualizes_MSDN_TechNet_on_Hyper...
  • Blog Post: .NET 3.5 SP1 Beta 1 - a lot in a little release

    hey there! Wondering what SP1 Beta 1 contains? Steve Maine details some of the WCF and WF enhancements, including some WCF "scalability improvements on IIS7". Read more on his blog . And yes, there's some WCF/Silverlight stuff in SP1 :) Steve mentions that "we've managed to put a lot into...
  • Blog Post: So you want to be an IIS 7 Developer

    hey there! I talk about IIS 7 A LOT. Having supported several enterprises working with IIS 6, I've seen some of the rough spots in what is altogether an amazing web server. IIS 7 is butter :) It really is a game changer and now Mike Volodarsky has helped birth the IIS 7 Resource Kit to shore up your...
  • Blog Post: Looking for a Good IIS 7 Read? Read this.

    hey there! " When Microsoft.com started in 1994, the entire site was hosted on a single server that handled about 1 million hits a day. " Blink to the present and I think they just had 15K requests that past second. I just read the new white paper from the Microsoft.com Operations team: Migrating...
  • Blog Post: Get your Test drive of Windows 2008, SQL 2008 and Visual Studio 2008

    hey there! Were you able to attend one of the launch events in your home town? They are still going on, so check it out! I discovered a great learning resource: the {online events} part of the launch web site: Each product has a jump to resources - free training, web casts, etc. For example, I intend...
  • Blog Post: Have BIG IIS 7 Dreams? Meet this team!

    hey there! Every month, the engineers on this team upload a blog post that has become a must read (imho) for developers and IT pros alike. This is the gang that brings you the BIG, BIG Web sites: www.microsoft.com, Microsoft Update, Download Center, MSDN and TechNet . The team just announced their...
  • Blog Post: IIS 7 on Facebook and the Admin Pack Tech Preview

    hey there! Just perfect, 7 fans! But it could use more. And I know what you are thinking, in time, the reverse will be true too - Facebook on IIS 7 . Why not? Somebody said PHP runs great on IIS 7. If you were looking for my slide deck from the Heroes Happen Here Launch in Boston, here it is (.pptx format...
  • Blog Post: FREE is a good price; somebody leaked our agenda!

    hey there! It wasn't me :) Folks, we have a few more days until our discounted hotel rate expires. This is going to be a great solutions and developer conference. If you haven't seen it yet, check out our agenda . It is still being refined, but where are you going to get such fantastic content at such...
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