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  • Blog Post: 30 Days of Bootstrap with the MVC Framework–Week 2

    Last week I shared here on the Developer Connection that I've started on this adventure of blogging 30 days in a row, all with the intent of giving you, the readers, exercises in the neighborhood of 10-15 minutes a day. It's shaping up to be a good introductory lesson plan that you can consume at your...
  • Blog Post: 30 Days of Bootstrap with the MVC Framework

    Over the last several years I've had the privilege of meeting some great folks across the country, great developers who have solid jobs and who are typically focused on long-running projects. The barrier, they say, to jumping into a new language, technology or framework is simply that they don’t have...
  • Blog Post: CSS Validation with Visual Studio Web Essentials

    I like when my IDE tells me I’m doing something wrong. I find it mush less embarrassing than when a co-worker or customer tells me I’m doing something wrong. That’s why I love Visual Studio and the Web Essentials extension. Web Essentials has some great CSS Validation features that can help to point...
  • Blog Post: Technology Post Roundup–8th Edition

    In Canada, we’re fortunate to have many community experts and MVPs. Throughout the month, they write about and talk about some really cool things. Many of you have told us that you’d like it to be easier to discover them and what they’re writing about. The team and I will be curating top picks and sharing...
  • Blog Post: Security Code Review Techniques: Cross-Site Scripting Edition

    Security on the Brain Security is something we all know is important, but is it something that we always do? Most likely, not always. That’s partially because security is complex and takes time to implement. Many of you, these days, don’t have that time (it’s all about shortest time-to-market, right...
  • Blog Post: Five Fast Facts About ASP.NET and Web Tools 2012.2

    On Monday, the ASP.NET and Web Tools 2012.2 update was released and with it, new extensions and tools to the existing ASP.NET runtime. More importantly, new extensions and tools to the existing runtime without breaking existing applications! Nice. For details on the update, check out these posts. Announcing...
  • Blog Post: Technology Post Roundup–7th Edition

    In Canada, we’re fortunate to have many community experts and MVPs. Throughout the month, they write about and talk about some really cool things. Many of you have told us that you’d like it to be easier to discover them and what they’re writing about. The team and I will be curating top picks and sharing...
  • Blog Post: Building Beautiful, Interactive, and Fast Web Sites

    In order to build beautiful, interactive, and fast web sites, there’s a recipe you can follow which includes, but certainly isn’t limited to, the use of technologies such as ASP.NET, HTML5, jQuery, WebAPI, SignalR, and Windows Azure . Join web gurus Brady Gaster , Jon Galloway , and Xinyang Qiu from...
  • Blog Post: Technology Post Roundup - 2nd Edition

    As you read in Paul’s blog post Why we love our MVPs , Microsoft MVPs write about and talk about some really cool things. Many of you have told us that you’d like it to be easier to discover MVPs and what they’re writing about. The team and I will be curating top picks and sharing them...
  • Blog Post: This Month on TechDays TV

    Not too long ago, in my post Because There’s Always More To Learn… , I introduced TechDays TV – the bi-weekly online show where we’ll be bringing you fresh new sessions exclusively created for TechDays TV by Canadian and international experts. The show will be presented live and will be interactive,...
  • Blog Post: Joël Hébert and Steve Syfuhs on Securing .NET Applications

    From Episode 3 – Securing .NET Applications | February 1, 2012 Security experts Joël Hébert and Steve Syfuhs talk all about security – principles, documentation, attack vectors, testing tools, and more. Key Points [03:14] Security as part of standard design documentation and why security is not part...
  • Blog Post: Joël Hébert on Building an ASP.NET Security Skeleton

    From Episode 3 – Securing .NET Applications | February 1, 2012 ASP.NET MVP Joël Hébert had one of the most attended sessions at TechDays 2011. In the session, he walked through creating a template that can be re-used in every ASP.NET-based application to protect against common security vulnerabilities...
  • Blog Post: Building on your Architecture from TechDays

    You’ve attended, or plan to attend TechDays . You attend sessions and learn more about Agile, ASP.NET security sessions, IntelliTrace, the Entity Framework, Test Manager and more! Your head is buzzing with thoughts about how can I apply what I’ve seen at TechDays when I get back to the office...
  • Blog Post: One More Reason to Attend TechDays – The Developer Practices and Architecture Track

    We’ve revealed the keynotes , the Windows Client and Phone Track , the Developer Tools, Languages and Framework track , and the Cloud Computing and Online Services track, now I’d like to introduce you to a track that applies to cloud, windows, mobile, and web developers, C#, and VB programmers alike...
  • Blog Post: TechDays 2011: Developer Tools, Languages, Frameworks & awesomeness

    I can’t believe that TechDays is already there. In 3 weeks, we will be in Toronto (October 25-26) to start the tour. After Toronto, we will go in Vancouver (November 15-16) and Montreal (November 29-30) to give you a full two days of awesoness around the technology you love. This week, you’ll...
  • Blog Post: ASP.NET MVC 3, WebMatrix and More!

    Earlier today, Scott Guthrie ( @scottgu ) announced the release of ASP.NET MVC 3, IIS Express, SQL CE 4, Web Farm Framework, Orchard, WebMatrix . As Scott indicates in his exhaustive blog post, these products are free, build upon the .NET 4 and VS 2010 release, and add a ton of additional value to ASP...
  • Blog Post: ScottGu’s Workaround for the ASP.NET Security Vulnerability

    The ASP.NET Security Vulnerability Chances are that you've seen the Microsoft Security Advisory , but in case you haven't here's the "tl;dr" version: There’s a vulnerability in ASP.NET that was publically disclosed late on Friday at a security conference. An attacker using this vulnerability...
  • Blog Post: Introducing WebMatrix

    What is WebMatrix? By now, you’ve probably seen the tech news reports as well as Scott Guthrie’s announcement about WebMatrix , Microsoft’s lightweight web development web development system that packages a web development tool with a number of new web technologies: IIS Developer Express: a lightweight...
  • Blog Post: Maritime DevCon: June 18th in Moncton

    If you’re a developer out in the Maritimes , you might want to check out Derek Hatchard’s Maritime Dev Con , which takes place on June 18th in Moncton . It’s a single-afternoon, two-track conference – which means you should be able to take time out to attend it – covering a number of topics including...
  • Blog Post: New Book: Ultra-Fast ASP.NET

    The Empire’s been fine-tuning ASP.NET , SQL Server and the .NET runtime from the get-go, so ASP.NET is a pretty snappy platform. Even so, the fastest of platforms will still run like molasses in January if you don’t do things right. With any platform, there’s a body of best practices for getting the...
  • Blog Post: Hanselminutes, Website Optimization, and Stack Overflow - Oh My!

    Yesterday, after a long day of preparing resources for Microsoft TechDays Canada , I grabbed my iPod and I took my dog, Hugo for a walk. During times like these, I like to unwind by listening to some of my favourite podcasts . As I've stated many times in the past, podcasts provide a great way to keep...
  • Blog Post: “Canada’s Next Top Model View Controller” Presentation at Metro Toronto .NET User Group Next Thursday

    If you’re going to be in the area of downtown Toronto next Thursday, May 28th, you might want to check out my presentation, Canada’s Next Top Model View Controller at the next Metro Toronto .NET User Group meeting. I’ll be talking about the ASP.NET MVC Framework, Microsoft’s answer to MVC frameworks...
  • Blog Post: ASP.NET MVC Code Gallery Released

    Joe Stagner , one of the people at Microsoft that I greatly admire wrote in his blog about this nice little gold nugget about the ASP.NET MVC Code Gallery being released . If you are a fan of the MVC pattern and you’re interested in using the ASP.NET MVC framework, this is a great place to start....
  • Blog Post: A (Quick) Web Developer's View of Oxite

    With weather conditions being what they are here in Calgary , I decided to spend some time playing around with Oxite , a blog engine written using ASP.NET MVC . Oxite is well suited for Web developers wanting understand out how to leverage some of the capabilities of ASP.NET MVC . However, it needs...
  • Blog Post: Event Debrief: Developing Rich Interactive Applications

    Over the past two weeks, I have been travelling with my colleague Jamie Wakeam across Canada conducting a half-day presentation on how to build Rich Internet Applications (RIAs) on the Microsoft platform.  I want to thank everyone who came to our briefings in Montreal, Vancouver and Toronto - the...
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