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  • Blog Post: Microsoft Web Platform Installer Release Candidate – Now works with XP and Windows 2003!

    I'm going to blatantly steal Bill Staples words since they were so good :)   "I’m excited to announce the availability of the Release Candidate version of the Microsoft Web Platform Installer (Web PI).  Web PI is a free tool that makes it simple to download and install the latest...
  • Blog Post: A new job for me, better products for you

    And hopefully some more time to blog :) This week we re-organized our team so that we could better serve the needs of our internal and external partners and customers. I won't bore you with the details but it has a pretty major impact on what I do and the kinds of information I want; so I figured this...
  • Blog Post: Refactor! for ASP.NET Beta released

    After seeing the amazing success and interset in the great Refactor! for VB applications last year, we've been working with the folks at DevExpress to deliver a rich refactoring expereince around common Web scenarios and specific ASP.NET features. My hats off to Mark and othesr at DevExpress for an amazing...
  • Blog Post: Great new ASP.NET training from Total Training

    I got a mail from the folks over at Total Training today letting me know that Set 1 of their awesome ASP.NET 2.0 video training is available -- they are offering a free hour to wet your appetitie -- details below. Enjoy! Total Training offers 1 Hour of complimentary video training on ASP.NET 2.0: http...
  • Blog Post: Why Visual Studio? Take a Guided Tour

    Do you ever need to show someone why visual studio or help walk them through their first experiences? Well we've launched a great new Why Visual Studio portal on MSDN at http://msdn.microsoft.com/vstudio/why/ . Best of all is a great Visual Web Developer guided tour which you can get directly to at...
  • Blog Post: Download the official .NET Framework 2.0 Redist TODAY

    The official launch of Visual Studio 2005 and the .NET F/X 2.0 is still 10 days away, but you can download the .NET F/X 2.0 right now -- so get it on your box and get ready to start building sites with ASP.NET 2.0 -- oh and for a sneak peak at the new VWD masthead logo, look below:
  • Blog Post: ASP.NET/Design

    We are building a new section of the ASP.NET Dev Center focused on design -- it will consist of generic design stuff -- HTML, CSS, JavaScript, AJAX, etc. and additional resources focused on how to do design for ASP.NET -- Right now I have in the queue: Whitepaper on ASP.NET and Web Standards 5...
  • Blog Post: Learn Visual Web Developer Express and ASP.NET 2.0 Video Series!

    Bob Tabor over at LearnvVisualStudio.net built out a great introductory video series to get people up to speed using Visual Web Developer Express and ASP.NET 2.0 to build web sites. The content starts at the very basics and gets more advanced. The first 8 videos are done (about 4 hrs of total content...
  • Blog Post: ASP.NET and Visual Web Developer Team Blogs!!

    I know we are a little late to the game, but now on the ASP.NET Developer Center you can find a slowly growing list of all the folks on the Web Platform and Tools team that are blogging. Check it out: http://msdn.microsoft.com/asp.net/community/blogs/team/
  • Blog Post: GetVWD

    http://msdn.microsoft.com/asp.net/getvwd/ I'm very excited about this "landing page" - -on May 1st we are going to be kicking off a World Wide ad campaign for Visual Web Developer 2005 Express Edition. The ads will run online in 29 markets World Wide and the "call to action" is this...
  • Blog Post: Whidbey Beta 2 signoff, ASP.NET style

    ScottGu asked me to point folks to his blog entry -- we signed off on Beta 2 a few days ago and he catalogs some of the hard problems we worked through in the end-game .. a must read -- check it out here
  • Blog Post: ASP.NET 2.0 makes 'AJAX' like functionality pretty darn easy :)

    Bertrand Le Roy , one of the rock-star developers on the Web Platform and Tools team has been doing a lot of work lately using the new out of band postback features of ASP.NET 2.0 -- you've probably heard of AJAX at this point and this blog begins to discuss the history of the technology and lots...
  • Blog Post: one-way hashing and encryption with membership: passwords and secret answers

    So I just wrapped up my whilrwind tour through Europe (I'm in Sweden, heading back home to the states tomorrow AM) and wanted to address a question that came up a few places with regards to our security system. In Beta 1 we encrypted and hashed the passwords in the membership database by default, but...
  • Blog Post: European Roadshow -- get the slides and intro code

    As I've promised in Madrid and Prague, and will continue to promise :), here is a link to get the slides from the European roadshow presentation and also a snapshot of the application built during the intro part 1 / part 2 talk. For those of you who were unable to attend any of the presentations we are...
  • Blog Post: Make your application part of the VS 2005 / .NET F/X 2.0 test suite

    Jay Roxe is working to identify 3rd party applications (your applications) to use at tests for VS2005 -- get all the details here , it is worth checking out -- some benefits from his blog are: Microsoft will test your application on the latest Whidbey bits. The degree of this testing will vary from application...
  • Blog Post: European Road Show!!!

    I've been dark preparing for our European roadshow, which I leave for tomorrow... I'm presenting in 5 countries (Spain, Czech Republic, Norway, Finland, and Sweden) -- and we are hitting 17 countries total between myself, Scott Guthrie, and Dave^2 (Dave Platt and Dave Webster) ... you can get details...
  • Blog Post: My VSLive Talk, Building Web Applications with Visual Studio 2005

    {updated: fixed the link} VSLive was a huge success and I think my presentation there went fairly well... Well attended, everyone was excited, and I completely screwed up the end when I had 5 extra minutes and decided to wing some profile/theming code that I hadn't written in awhile... lo-and-behold...
  • Blog Post: ASP.NET Connections

    In March, we are sending several members of the product team to lovely Orlando to speak at the ASP.NET Connections conference. DevConnections consistently puts on one of most educational and entertaining regional shows and provides great access directly to industry experts as well as Microsoft experts...
  • Blog Post: What would you want out of Master Page templates?

    I need your help. I've been trying to figure out what a set of master page templates / themes would look like to help people easily build attractive web sites -- But I'm struggling to figure out if there is a need for this and if there is what you all would want. The initial vision was to create 10...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft ASP.NET v1.1 Member Management Component Prototype

    I'm ultra excited about what ASP.NET 2.0 has to offer, but we are still a few months away from Beta2 and Go-Live. In the mean-time we have been working to help ASP.NET 1.x developers take advantage of some of the new 2.0 concepts today. One of the biggest requets has been around Membership, Role Management...
  • Blog Post: ASP.NET 2.0 product design changes between Beta 1 and Beta 2

    Today the Web Platform and Tools Team is proud to announce two product design changes made directly in response and in conjunction with community feedback. The changes, detailed below are focused around two key areas. First, in September, we announced changes to the special private ASP.NET 2.0 directory...
  • Blog Post: testing? Yea we do a lot of that

    Testing software at Microsoft is very important. Delivering high quality products is the cornerstone of the Web Platform and Tools team. Don't believe me? Well Scott Guthrie does an amazing job of describing what testing is all about for us and what our stellar team of SDE/T's do with their time.
  • Blog Post: A look inside ASP.NET product management

    Scott Guthrie posted a very interesting post giving great insight into what is going on inside the corridors of the Web Platform and Tools product team – it really is quite amazing the size, scope, and rigor that goes into building a product as complex as ASP.NET and Visual Web Developer. Reading that...
  • Blog Post: A look into the ASP.NET 2.0 window

    Scott posted an excellent explanation of what is going on exactly with the team right now -- ever wanted an in-depth look at how the end-game works at Microsoft? Take a look here
  • Blog Post: Improving Copy Web in Visual Web Developer

    I've spent a lot of time in the last week evaluating the Copy Web experience inside Visual Web Developer. When using it, I ran into some confusion and I wanted to see what your opinons were. If you have used Copy Web, let me know your thoughts. What do you expect this feature to actually do? What does...
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