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March, 2008

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    Silverlight 2 Developer Poster

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    At Mix08, the Silverlight 2 Poster was a hot item given out in many of the session.   If you didn't get yours or if you couldn't make it, you can feel free to download and print your own! [ JPG version 5.8MB] [ PNG version 6.5MB]  [ TIF...
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    Number of Types in the .NET Framework

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    Occasionally I get asked how big the .NET Framework is in terms of surface area for developers.  As you might guess this is something we track.  As you can see, in each release we are adding new functionality that make it easier to build .NET...
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    Silverlight 2 DataGrid walk-through posted

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    Scott Morrison ( the PM for the Silverlight DataGrid) recently posted a very good walk through of using the DataGrid (complete with C# and VB samples)..  I recommending staying tuned to his blog if you are interested because he has plans to do several...
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    Mix08 Session Overview: Building Great AJAX Applications from Scratch Using ASP.NET 3.5 and Visual Studio 2008

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    I am really looking forward to my Mix08 session this year... It is going to be fun to building an Ajax application from scratch on stage with VS2008 and ASP.NET 3.5. Update (3/15) : I made a few tweaks based on comments to this post. thanks! Update (3...
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    Silverlight 2 Controls

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    As ScottGu announced in the Mix08 keynote today, we now have a full, rich set of controls built in to Silverlight 2. Kathy Kam recently created a very cool control viewer to show off all the great built in controls . Oh, and don't forget about...
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    Great new Silverlight Control Skins

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    One of the great things about Silverlight is that the controls are very skinable.. that is you can make them look just the way you want to!  Corrina is the lead designer on the Silverlight controls... she has already gotten board with the (very cool...
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    Stand alone FXCop download

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    As many of you know, FxCop is static code analysis tool that we originally wrote to ensure the .NET Framework itself adheres to the .NET Framework Design Guidelines .  The tool as been integrated into Visual Studio as the "Code Analysis"...
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    Using Silverlight 2 on a production Web Server

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    I recently ran into an issue with using Silverlight 2 on a production web server.   Basically the Silverlight 2 application worked great on my dev machine, but when hit from the production web server I found the page has the Silverlight control...
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    Single source code base for Silverlight and WPF solutions

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    At Mix08 , several people asked me about the possibility of creating a single source base for both WPF and Silverlight.  The scenario folks had in mind was to provide a reach solution with Silverlight that hits *ALL* possible users while also offering...
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    A Start at Test Driven Development with Silverlight 2

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    As you likely heard, we have released the source code for all of the Silverlight controls as well as almost 2,000 of our own unit tests.  Included with in this is a jewel... A unit testing framework for Silverlight.  It is very powerful to have...
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    Silverlight Extensibility: The Calculator

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    Scott is a devlead I work with and he has been experimenting with how to have an extensibility pattern for Silverlight 2... Of course, he chose calculator as the example, because who would not want to write custom functions and skins for calc.exe!! [...
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    ASP.NET MVC Preview 2

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    A few weeks ago, ScottGu blogged about the ASP.NET MVC Framework roadmap ...    I am happy to announce that we have taken the next step on that roadmap with the availability of the ASP.NET MVC Framework update.  ASP.NET MVC Preview...
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    asp:MediaPlayer and asp:Silverlight controls update

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    As I am sure you have heard, we just published the Silverlight 2 Beta 1 .  In addition to all the other cool stuff in Silverlight 2, we have included the ASP.NET support for Silverlight...   Just install Microsoft Silverlight Tools Beta...
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    ASP.NET MVC in CodePlex and Extensible Unit Testing

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    Phil has some good thoughts on ASP.NET MVC preview 2 and beyond. A couple of key things that I think are very cool with this project. CodePlex builds -- The team is very excited to be able to ship out the source code and unit tests for ASP.NET MVC...
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    Tips for Installing Silverlight 2 Beta

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    Walking around Mix08 today I had a chance to help a few people with some install issues.  In some cases the installer was asking for VS 2008 media and in other cases it was refusing to install.  Luckily, Bradley Bartz from the Visual Web Developer...
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    Mix 08 Schedule Picks

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    I know there are quite a few folks on there way to Vegas right now for Mix08 ...   I thought I'd thumb through the session list and give you my picks for some cool Mix 08 session.    Even you could not make it to Mix this year...
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    Cool Silverlight Momentum Video Posted

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    If you watched the Mix keynote , I am sure you saw the very cool Silverlight Momentum video that shows off a lot of the cool apps we have already seen in Silverlight.  In case you missed it, here it is: [ Mobile ] [ Progressive download ] [ streaming...
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    Framework Design Guidelines: LINQ

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    Wow, it feels like old times ...  I am happy that we are posting a new proposal for additions to the framework design guidelines.  Mitch has worked hard on these, and we have reviewed them internally and now it is time for your comments.  ...
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    Silverlight and WPF Control Developer Huddle at Mix08

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    I just  ran into Ted Glaza from Ajax Control toolkit and Silverlight Controls fame and he is getting some of the control developers together (3rd parties, Microsoft as well as in house) to talk about building controls for WPF and Silverlight. ...
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    Mix 08 Sessions Published

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    The great folks here running Mix have done a excellent job getting the videos for the Mix session up already!  Check them out at :  http://sessions.visitmix.com/     Check out my session on Building an Ajax Application from scratch...
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    Brad Abrams' pixel8 Interview Podcast posted

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    I just noticed that the good folks at Pixel8 posted a podcast I did with them a while back. It was a fun conversation about a bit of .NET history as well as where we are going. Landing Page Download show I'd love the hear what you think!
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