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  • Blog Post: Business Apps Example for Silverlight 3 RTM and .NET RIA Services July Update: Part 20: NHibernate

    I am having a blast with the series where I am updating my simple Mix 09 Business Application demo.  In this part, I wanted to explore one of the most popular data access solution for .NET – NHibernate.  Many customers finds that the flexibility of NHibernate makes it easier for them to build...
  • Blog Post: Business Apps Example for Silverlight 3 RTM and .NET RIA Services July Update: Part 19: ASP.NET Dynamic Data

    Still have good fun updating my simple Mix 09 Business Application demo.  In this part, I wanted to consider how we might build the admin site of our site.. Because it is just for a very small number of trusted users, I’d like to get something up and running quickly.  I’d also like to share...
  • Blog Post: Business Apps Example for Silverlight 3 RTM and .NET RIA Services July Update Summary

    *** Notice: I will be updating these over the next few weeks for Silverlight 4 beta, RIA Services beta and VS2010 *** You can also use the full index of these posts . This series on updating my Mix09 talk to current bits has sort of taken on a life of its own and I am not quite through, but I have...
  • Blog Post: Forms Auth\Windows Auth – what is more common?

    I was talking to some coworkers today about the scenarios for Forms Auth and Windows Auth in line of business applications.    We were having a debate about which was more common. As you might guess at Microsoft we are an all windows shop, so just about all our line of business applications...
  • Blog Post: Survey: Ajax usage among .NET developers in 2009

    A couple of years ago Simone Chiaretta did a survey of .NET Developers usage of Ajax ..   I just saw that he is refreshing that survey to see what has changed in the industry.  Are people still actively moving to Ajax?  Are they using MVC or WebForms with their Ajax?  Which ones...
  • Blog Post: .NET RIA Services May 2009 Preview

    Today we posted a minor update to .NET RIA Services . This release is mainly focused on addressing bug fixes we have heard in the forums and delivering on a few key areas… There are a lot of other long lead work items that will fall into future releases. Download it today from: http://code.msdn.microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Getting Ready for Mix09

    What were you planning to do March 18-20th? If it does not have to do with Vegas and the Web, it might be time to think again! Mix09 is going to rock ... I have had a chance to look at some of the sessions that are in the works (some of them haven't made it to the session list yet) and more importantly...
  • Blog Post: Enabling Firefox support in Visual Studio 2008

    In the comments on a recent post a reader asked me how to enabled Firefox in Visual Studio 2008..   Luckily it is very easy..   You right click on the aspx page and select "Browser With"   Then select "FireFox"... You can also make it the default with the...
  • Blog Post: AjaxWorld Talk: Building a Great Ajax application from Scratch

    I had a great time today at AjaxWorld during my talk on building a great Ajax Application from Scratch.  It was fun to get out from behind the powerpoint and show some real code!   For this demo, I only used freely available tools... In  particular everything I show works in Visual...
  • Blog Post: Book Plug: Advanced ASP.NET AJAX Server Controls For .NET Framework 3.5

    I recently got a copy of Advanced ASP.NET AJAX Server Controls For .NET Framework 3.5 .  This promises to be a great book.   With .NET Framework 3.5, Ajax is really interesting the mainstream and the Ajax Server Controls make it very easy for the millions of ASP.NET developers to easily...
  • Blog Post: New Web Developer Tips and Tricks Blog

    We recently launched a very cool tips and tricks blog series just for web developers .  The goal is to get a similar format to Sara Ford's successful tips and tricks series.  We are of to a very goo start! Did You Know… Tip #1 – Powerful CSS Tools to Create, Manage and Apply Styles...
  • Blog Post: DropThings: Open Source ASP.NET 3.5 AJAX Portal - new and improved

    Omar AL Zabir (author of Building a Web 2.0 Portal with ASP.NET 3.5 ) updated his very cool ASP.NET AJAX Portal application with 3.5 features, Workflow Foundation and new C# 3.0 features. Play with it here: http://dropthings.omaralzabir.com Check out the details ... Update 3/29/2009: Updated...
  • Blog Post: Loving the South African Developer Community

    I just got back from South Africa and I am happy to report that the .NET Developer community is very strong there.    User's Group Meetings in in Johannesburg and Cape Town User group meeting in Johannesburg  - thanks for setting this up Craig Nicholson ..  I had a great time...
  • Blog Post: Updated Talk: Building Great AJAX Applications from Scratch Using ASP.NET 3.5 and Visual Studio 2008

    For my Mix Essentials talk in South Africa I updated my Mix08 talk Building Great AJAX Applications from Scratch Using ASP.NET 3.5 and Visual Studio 2008 to have a little more Africa feel... I used some photos from my safari at Mala Mala here this week. Download the working sample and a set of...
  • Blog Post: ASP.NET Dynamic Data: Customizing the UI

    In my last post on Dynamic Data , I showed what Dynamic Data adds to the current ASP.NET data story.  In this post I show how to customize the UI with Metadata, field templates, and page templates.  I start off by showing off the Dynamic Data Wizard . File\New WebSite Create a new connection...
  • Blog Post: Data focused Silverlight demo

    Yet still more time on traveling , I thought I'd do a little demo of a data oriented scenario with Silverlight. Here is what we are after: The data for the app is loaded from a Linq model and sent to the Silverlight client via a WCF services. As the user makes changes to the grid, we asynchronously...
  • Blog Post: ASP.NET DynamicData: An Introductory Demo

    I had a bit more time on my travels , so I cooked up this brief introduction to Dynamic Data .  I tried a different approach this time by showing what Dynamic Data adds to our existing data story.  More information on Dynamic Data:  http://asp.net/dynamicdata To do this demo, install Visual...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight talk at AjaxWorld

    I am pretty exited to be going to AjaxWorld (Oct 20-22) in San Jose.... I will be at least giving a Silverlight talk and maybe something else fun in the Ajax, MVC, ASP.NET space. I love getting out in the broad industry events because I can hear such diverse perspectives.  Anyone else planning to...
  • Blog Post: .NET Rocks! on ASP.NET Dynamic Data

    The great folks over in DNR land just posted Scott Hunter's interview on ASP.NET Dynamic Data!  In it he talks a lot about not only what is available with VS08 SP1, but also what is coming next.   Exciting times! Show #349 | 6/10/2008 (63 minutes) Scott Hunter on Microsoft Dynamic Data...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight Roles, Profile and Authentication Example Updated for Silverlight Beta2 Now with Visual State Manager (VSM) goodness!

    I am very excited about Silverlight Beta2 shipping recently ...  I took a few minutes to update my recent sample " Accessing the ASP.NET Authentication, Profile and Role Service in Silverlight " post to Beta2.  While I was at it, I thought I'd take advantage of the new Visual State...
  • Blog Post: Enhanced Mix08 Videos Posted

    We recently finished the post product work required to get enhanced videos posted.  The videos not only include slides\demos, but also include a separate video stream of the speaker  so you get a deeper experience.   Mix08 Session Overview: Building Great AJAX Applications from Scratch...
  • Blog Post: Where should the ASP.NET team release stuff?

    One of the things I love about working on the ASP.NET team is that the team is very focused on getting customer feedback. One of the ways we do this we need to ship bits early and often.   While I think this is great, it does present some challenges in terms of helping customers find the right...
  • Blog Post: Updated ASP.NET Dynamic Data Bits Posted

    We just posted some updated bits and samples for ASP.NET Dynamic Data... I encourage you to go pick them up and let us know what you think... Some cool new stuff in this release: Visual Studio Integration is much cleaner Now supports "pretty" URLs http://products/details/1 instead of http:...
  • Blog Post: End-to-End Data Centric Application with Silverlight 2

    I have been having some fun with an end to end Silverlight 2 demo recently and I thought I'd share it here. My goal with the demo is to show how easy it is to create an end to end Silverlight application. In particular, my goal is to show Explain the Silverlight Project Format How to do rich layout and...
  • Blog Post: Thank you North Carolina!

    I had a great trip in North Carolina… In addition to a fun time with my extended family, I had a chance to take two days “off” vacation and visit with three Fortune 500 companies, give a Framework Design Guidelines training class to the Visual Studio North Carolina office and speak...
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