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    PodCast: Glenn Block on Prism, Unity, and MEF

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    HerdingCode has recently posted a PodCast with Glenn Block where he talks about Prism , Unity and, of course MEF ! Episode 11: Glenn Block on Prism, Unity, and MEF (part 1)   You gotta love the fast forwards in here.. I wish I had those in my meetings...
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    100+ PDC Sessions Posted

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    I just saw that we released another round of PDC sessions... This is the first PDC for years where I have not been personally deeply involved in the planning, so it is fun for me to watch in unfold..  https://sessions.microsoftpdc.com/public/sessions...
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    New Tools for Framework Designers Published

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    Mircea recently published a set of tools we have been using recently in design and Architecture reviews of the .NET Framework.  You can download the three new tools Deps, Layering, and potentialCallers here: http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/fxarch...
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    DropThings: Open Source ASP.NET 3.5 AJAX Portal - new and improved

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    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...
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    A Live Mesh Moment

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    While I was out in the bush near Krueger national park in South Africa recently I found a great use for Live Mesh ...  After a full day of seeing some excellent big game I had a ton of photos to show for my effort. Later that night, back in the lodge...
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    Very Simple .NET Thumbnail Creation Code

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    When I was working the update for my Ajax demo , I needed to create thumb nail from a director of photos. There are tons of tools out there to do this, but I thought I'd share the very simple code I used. It takes all the jpgs in the root path and...
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    Great User Experience Example in a Business Application

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    DNR-TV has a great talk\demo with Billy Hollis on a next generation business applications in WPF and Silverlight.  Billy is working with a customer to provide a temp worker to job matching services.  So far the application is in WPF, but they...
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    ASP.NET Ajax Roadmap Published

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    Bertrand recently published our roadmap for ASP.NET Ajax .  Our goal is to describe some of the proposed features that we are considering investing in future releases of ASP.NET AJAX, Visual Web Developer, and the ASP.NET AJAX Control Toolkit.  ...
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    WPF Composite Application Guidance is Live

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    A very common pattern for business focused applications is the "Composite Application Pattern".   Over the last few months our P&P team has been working with industry leaders and the product teams in Microsoft to develop an sample...
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    Loving the South African Developer Community

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    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...
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    Updated Talk: Building Great AJAX Applications from Scratch Using ASP.NET 3.5 and Visual Studio 2008

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    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...
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    ASP.NET Dynamic Data: Customizing the UI

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    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...
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    Data focused Silverlight demo

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    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...
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    WatermarkedTextBox for Silverlight 2 Beta 2

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    One breaking change you may have noticed between Silverlight 2 Beta 1 and Beta 2 is that WatermarkedTextBox is no longer available in the Silverlight SDK (System.Windows.Controls.Extended.dll).  We decided to remove the control because in a future...
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    Using ASP.NET Authentication in a Web Service with Silverlight

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    A reader recently asked me to expand on the ASP.NET Authentication + Silverlight concept I started.. Specifically they wanted to do know how they can have a web service that returns different results depending on who calls the service (and what role they...
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    ASP.NET DynamicData: An Introductory Demo

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    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...
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    Updated Silverlight FlickR demo for Beta2

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    I had a little time while traveling to South Africa so I thought I'd update my Silverlight FlickR demo to Beta2.    Download the full solution read the full writeup   (note: in the application, you can click on the image to advance to the...
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    Silverlight talk at AjaxWorld

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    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...
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    .NET Rocks! on ASP.NET Dynamic Data

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    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 ...
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    Silverlight Roles, Profile and Authentication Example Updated for Silverlight Beta2 Now with Visual State Manager (VSM) goodness!

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    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...
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    Visual Studio and .NET Framework Developer Documentation Survey

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    The developer focused documentation on the .NET Framework and VS is some of the best in the industry, none the less, we have all complained about it from time to time. Now is your time to talk back! the User Education Team has posted a survey where they...
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    Managed Extensibility Framework Preview Available

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    A few months ago we announced that we are working on a Managed Externality Framework and there was a lot of feedback just on the announcement ! Today we posted the very first CTP of MEF. I would love to get your feedback on this. Many people have noted...
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    TechEd2008 from your Couch

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    Seeing on the buzz from TechEd , I am bummed not to be there... I could not justify the trip to the family with my big 10,343 mile trip to South Africa ...  So I get the enjoy TechEd from my couch here like many of you.  The good news is not...
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    Mix Essentials Event in South Africa in June

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    I am very excited that Joe Stagner and I will be heading to South Africa the week of June 23rd.   While we are there, we will have a chance to interact with the very passionate .NET community in both Johannesburg and Cape Town.  The South...
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    Welcome to PDC08!

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    I can't believe it, it is PDC time again!  We are back in LA Oct 27th-30th, I hope you can make it! You can register here: http://www.microsoftpdc.com/Registration/ You can check out a very small sampling of session here: http://www.microsoftpdc...
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