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June, 2007

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    Visual Studio in Second Life

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    Did you know that Microsoft is investing in Second Life? That is right... we recently bought an island and have developed it with some really cool stuff. Check out the details here https://www.visualstudioisland.com/ I am all for new, cutting...
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    My Hard disk crash: The Resolution

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    Thank you to those of you that offered such good suggestions on my recent hard disk crash . My wife and I learned a ton and I wanted to share some of that with you. The Problem On Friday morning we woke up to a bluescreen on our kitchen laptop (which...
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    Fun with the power of Silverlight 1.1

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    Looks like the folks at Terralever have had fun with Silverlight 1.1... They built a very cool little zero-G game... I certainly had fun playing it for a while... well actually, I was "stress testing Silverlight 1.1 Alpha" ;-) Read all about it: silverlight...
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    Silent install of the .NET Framework

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    When I talked to ISV, they often just want to use the .NET Framework as an implementation detail of their applications.. they don't want their users to have to go to windows update or MSDN to download the framework, and they don't want to have some Microsoft...
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    ColdFusion get an UpdatePanel

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    I was very excited to see that the good folks over at BlueDragon have gotten a version of UpdatePanel to work for ColdFusion. This uses the same client side infrastructure in the Microsoft AJAX Library that ASP.NET's UpdatePanel uses. Here is an example...
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    Help! My hard disk crashed

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    The kitchen laptop crashed today with a few weeks worth of unbacked up information (including pictures of the kids recent birthday party, and the like…) I tried booting off the XP recovery disk and running chkdsk, but about 60% of the way in I get an...
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    Acropolis Interview on DotNetRocks!

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    I love the DNR guys... they recently posted a very good interview with the acropolis gang... Have a listen! .NET Rocks! #248 - Introducing Acropolis Carl and Richard talk with members of the Microsoft Acropolis team at TechEd 2007. Acropolis is a software...
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    Great acropolis explanations

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    Today I ran across two very interesting and well written explanations of different aspects of Acropolis written by folks outside of Acropolis team! I am stoked to fine such good stuff for an effort that is so early form folks that were not directly involved...
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    ClickOnce in Firefox

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    I just noticed that James Dobson recently got the FFClickOnce support added as an official FireFox plugin .. The latest release includes localization support! Thanks James, this really helps the community out a lot! Before the plug-in, you could not really...
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    Silverlight Podcast on PodLeaders.com

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    Tom Raftery just posted the podcast I did with him a few weeks ago . In this podcast we talk about some of my history, including fun stories about IE4.01 and Windows 98. But most of the time is spent going through some Silverlight goodness including...
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    Acropolis CPU\Memory Watcher

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    One of the cool things about acropolis is that you can define different views for the same business logic. This separation of concerns between presentation and business logic is nothing new , but the core acropolis architecture makes it much easier to...
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    Silverlight usage on Microsoft.com

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    Oh, yea... even more usage of Silverlight on the microsoft.com homepage... if you are seeing this picture when you visit... .. Try getting Silverlight , so you can see this! It has a nice flowing effect, scaling video... very interactive and compelling...
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    ScottGu's Lap Around Silverlight

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    I just noticed that the Virtual TechEd folks recently published ScottGu's " A Lap Around Silverlight" talk. Watch (or download) it now BTW, @~30:00 did you get the joke from the audience? the "fruit box" is a macbook that shows up later in the talk ;...
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    .NET Framework 3.5

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    Daniel Moth has a good post describing .NET Framework 3.5 ... I though i'd share part of it here as it is likely better than one I could do... thanks Daniel. Our goal with the .NET Framework 3.5 was to make it very easy for customers to adopt while providing...
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    New Acropolis Videos posted

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    We heard loud and clear at Teched that folks wanted to see more of Acropolis... So here we are the first day back from TechEd and we have three new videos including source code... Catch all the action at: http://windowsclient.net/acropolis/ Enjoy! Using...
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    Silverlight in the TechEd Keynote

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    I just noticed that they posted the full keynote from Teched 07... I encourage you to watch the whole thing (especially the first few minutes on the Back to the future gag where Microsoft makes fun of ourselves a bit).. The Silverlight demo is at 1:19...
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    Professional ASP.NET AJAX

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    Just got a copy of this new book on ASP.NET AJAX and it looks great. It should be because Matt is the Development Manager for ASP.NET so he deeply understands the product. He has also worked on several other books and I can personally attest to the fact...
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    Silverlight, ASP.NET, Expression and Windows Server 2008

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    I had a great time this morning with Sam and Mai-lan from the IIS and Windows Media Server teams. Together we demo'ed some cool new stuff in ASP.NET including: Expression Media Encoder asp:Media UpdatePanel and UpdateProgress AutoCompleteExtender...
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    Silverlight1.1\ASP.NET PhotoViewer Application

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    Chung Webster gave a great talk at TechEd today about how to use Silverlight and ASP.NET today... in it he built up a very cool PhotoViewer appwith some great panning and zooming effects, FileUpload, Networking all from managed code in the browser! Download...
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    Bonus Acropolis Information: Video, Live docs and More!

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    Oh, cool, I just learned that if I work fast I can have a blog post of mine featured prominently in Kathy's talk at TechEd, DEV318 - Windows .NET Client: Building Rich Client UI with the “ Acropolis ” Framework. Here is a camtasia of Kathy demoing Transitions...
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    TechEd '07 Feedback for Wednesday

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    Well, after taking the red-eye from Seattle last night I made it to TechEd in time to get some really good feedback. I feel lucky to get to drill into two different areas of feedback... the web space with ASP.NET, AJAX and Silverlight and the client space...
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    Some common Acroplis questions

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    Wow – there has been some really good buzz on acropolis in the last 24 hours… Reading over the blogs and stuff two interesting questions are popping out: Question: When are you shipping Acropolis!! Answer: As soon as it is ready ;-) Seriously, we are...
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    Hello Acropolis!

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    Back in 2005 I spent a week with our Product Support professionals “helping” to answer support calls… I was amazed that at the world’s largest software company the tools these folks use were not well integrated (I believe it has sense been addressed)...
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    Are you ready to make a change?

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    The ASP.NET team is looking to fill some senior Program Manager positions and you might be just the right person. I would love to have someone who is passionate about the web’s potential, who is an expert in common web technologies such as Php, Rails...
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    Silverlight Hosting

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    I just noticed what I believe to be the first 3rd party commercial hoster of Silverlight content. http://www.discountasp.net/ is adverting support for Silverlight hosting... These even have a few cool demos up there showing Silverlight 1.0 and 1.1! daspstaff00...
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