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  • Blog Post: List of HTML5 Presentation Resources

    I’ve been running sessions on HTML5, Internet Explorer 9/10, CSS3 and more at recent Web Camps , Code Camps, and user group meetings.  Many resources are shown or mentioned in those sessions, so I’ve compiled a list of them for you here. I hope you find these useful! HTML5 HTML5 at W3C – Specifications...
  • Blog Post: More Microsoft HTML5 Web Camps Coming Soon!

    The Microsoft HTML5 Web Camps are free, full-day events to help you get up to speed with HTML5 and related web standards.  After the popular events in Massachusetts & NYC in June, Rachel Appel , G. Andrew Duthie and I will be running six more Web Camps in August and September: Farmington, CT...
  • Blog Post: Internet Explorer 9 Developer Tools Deep Dive – Part 5: Network Performance and Debugging

    This post completes a series on the F12 Developer Tools included with Internet Explorer (since version 8) to help you improve your websites with tools to review content, diagnose issues, improve performance, and more: Part 1 – Introduction Part 2 – Working with HTML and CSS Part 3 – Debugging JavaScript...
  • Blog Post: Internet Explorer 9 Developer Tools Deep Dive – Part 4: Profiling JavaScript

    This continues a series of posts on the F12 Developer Tools included with Internet Explorer (since version 8) to help you improve your websites with tools to review content, diagnose issues, improve performance, and more: Part 1 – Introduction Part 2 – Working with HTML and CSS Part 3 – Debugging JavaScript...
  • Blog Post: Internet Explorer 9 Developer Tools Deep Dive – Part 3: Debugging JavaScript

    This continues a series of posts on the F12 Developer Tools included with Internet Explorer (since version 8) to help you improve your websites with tools to review content, diagnose issues, improve performance, and more: Part 1 – Introduction Part 2 – Working with HTML and CSS Part 3 – Debugging JavaScript...
  • Blog Post: Internet Explorer 9 Developer Tools Deep Dive – Part 2: HTML & CSS

    This continues a series of posts on the F12 Developer Tools included with Internet Explorer (since version 8) to help you improve your websites with tools to review content, diagnose issues, improve performance, and more: Part 1 – Introduction Part 2 – Working with HTML and CSS Part 3 – Debugging JavaScript...
  • Blog Post: Internet Explorer 9 Developer Tools Deep Dive – Part 1: Introduction

    In this series, we’ll take a detailed look at the Developer Tools included in Internet Explorer .  They can be used to inspect page structure, improve design, debug scripts, optimize page and network performance, and much more. Part 1 – Introduction Part 2 – Working with HTML and CSS Part 3 – Debugging...
  • Blog Post: Internet Explorer 9: Pinned Site Shortcuts vs. Internet Shortcuts

    You may have noticed that with Internet Explorer 9 , dragging a site’s icon to your desktop results not only in a link being created, but also the IE window being refreshed.  Why does that happen?  (And is there a choice?) A Tale of Two Shortcuts By default, when you click and drag a site icon...
  • Blog Post: HTML5 Web Camps in Waltham, MA and New York City

    Want to get up to speed with HTML5 and related web standards?  HTML5 Web Camps are a series of events to help you do just that. In the northeastern U.S., join me and my NYC-based teammate Rachel Appel as we deliver two free, full-day HTML5 Web Camps in June: June 13 , 9 AM – 5 PM Microsoft, 201...
  • Blog Post: HTML5, CSS3, and More with Expression Web 4 SP1

    If you’re designing for the web (especially with HTML5 and CSS3), take a look at Expression Web 4 , a design-focused environment for HTML, CSS, validation, SEO, and more.  See “ Top 10 Features ” for an introduction. Expression Web 4 Service Pack 1 has just been released, adding a bunch of new features...
  • Blog Post: Developer Tips for Internet Explorer 9 (Final Release)

    The word is out that Internet Explorer 9 is available for download in its final form, and here are some places to learn more: IE9 feature (and download) site - Beauty of the Web The IE9 launch keynote from SxSW IE Blog Announcement To accompany the release, here’s a bunch of general tips, some especially...
  • Blog Post: Internet Explorer 9 Release Candidate Now Available

    The IE9 Release Candidate is now available at BeautyOfTheWeb.com !  Head over to the IE Blog announcement for a great summary what’s new and I’ll detail more of the developer story in future posts. Related Posts IE Blog – “Acting on Feedback: IE9 Release Candidate Available for Download” Giorgio...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Web Camps in the East – March Through May

    Microsoft Web Camps are free events designed to help you learn to build websites using ASP.NET MVC, jQuery, Web Matrix, HTML5, and more.  They’ve been running in cities around the world, and I’ll be teaming up with my colleagues Rachel Appel and Andrew Duthie to help bring a series of Web Camps...
  • Blog Post: A Guide to What’s New for Web Developers – WebMatrix, ASP.NET MVC 3, and More

    Last week, a set of new technologies was released: WebMatrix 1.0 , ASP.NET MVC 3 , IIS 7.5 Express , SQL Server Compact 4.0 , Orchard , Web Deploy 2.0, Web Farm Framework 2.0 , and NuGet .  I’ll briefly introduce each release in this post, but here are some overviews I’d recommend: Blog post: Scott...
  • Blog Post: Online Firestarters – Silverlight, ASP.NET, and Windows Azure

    MSDN Firestarter events are great (and free) ways to get up to speed with specific developer topics.  For those who can’t attend in person, several of these live events will also feature an online streaming option, so tune in for some excellent Silverlight, ASP.NET, and Windows Azure content! Silverlight...
  • Blog Post: Content from the ASP.NET Web Platform Firestarter Series

    I’ve been touring various cities as part of the MSDN ASP.NET Web Platform Firestarter series (along with G. Andrew Duthie and Rachel Appel ), and wanted to post the content from my sessions. The Sessions For my events, I covered combinations of these sessions (links are to the slides): “Looking at ASP...
  • Blog Post: ASP.NET Web Platform Firestarter Series

    A new set of free Firestarter events covering the ASP.NET Web Platform will be running from late September to December along the east coast.  (Part of the series of Firestarters mentioned in an earlier post .) Firestarter events focus on a particular topic area and progress from introductory through...
  • Blog Post: MSDN Firestarter Events Coming Soon

    [ Update 8/23/2010 – Registration for the ASP.NET Web Platform Events is now open] Starting soon and running throughout the rest of the year, our regional team will be delivering three series of “Firestarter” MSDN events along the east cost, covering client , cloud , and web development topics. ...
  • Blog Post: Introduction to WebMatrix Beta – A New, Free Tool for Website Development

    What is WebMatrix? WebMatrix is a free tool that features a complete stack (web server, database, programming) for web development. It’s lightweight, installs quickly, and has been designed to make things easy. Building a Site Want to build your site using an open source application like a blog engine...
  • Blog Post: Bing Maps Platform Event – Waltham, MA on April 7

    If you’re interested in adding location-based features to your applications, you can learn about the Bing Maps platform by attending the “On the Road with Bing Maps” event : On the Road with Bing Maps: Learn Exciting New Ways to Bring Location-Based Data to Life Wednesday, April 7, 1 – 5 PM Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Resources and Screencasts from the Northeast MSDN Roadshow “Don’t Fear the Coder” Tour

    As we gear up for the next Northeast Roadshow series (in March) , Jim and I have put the wraps on the previous tour by posting the content and recording screencasts based on each session. The “Don’t Fear the Coder” tour was a blast, and Jim and I visited a whopping seven cities across the northeast in...
  • Blog Post: Speaking with the New England ASP.NET Professionals Group – Wednesday, Jan 20th

    I’ll be the speaker for this Wednesday’s (January 20th) meeting of the New England ASP.NET Professionals Group . I’ll be delving into ASP.NET Web Forms, scripting, AJAX, and jQuery, with a brief look forward to Web Forms in ASP.NET 4. ASP.NET Web Forms in 3.5 & 4, with AJAX and jQuery In this session...
  • Blog Post: Boston Area WebsiteSpark and BizSpark Meetup Groups

    Whether you’ve joined, are interested in, or have never heard of the Microsoft WebsiteSpark or BizSpark programs, there are two new groups in Boston to help you learn more and connect with others. These programs are available to help web developers and designers (WebsiteSpark) or software startups (BizSpark...
  • Blog Post: Free SEO Toolkit for Search Engine Optimization on IIS

      There’s now a free SEO (Search Engine Optimization) Toolkit that easy to install (via the Web Platform Installer or directly) and use with IIS to analyze your website.  It offers reports to help you make your site more search engine friendly, helping to increasing traffic (and helping to...
  • Blog Post: Elite Web Optimization Event – Cambridge 12/9

    A good opportunity to learn about the Microsoft Web Platform , interoperability, the WebsiteSpark program and more is coming to NERD in Cambridge, presented NaviSite and Microsoft. Elite Web Optimization Event December 9th 2009 10:00AM-6:00PM New England Research and Development Center (NERD) 1 Memorial...
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