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  • Blog Post: Rethinking Visual Studio as a Web Editor

    I have to admit, at one time I thought Visual Studio was overkill for those building front-end websites. It felt what most would say was “heavy” and not in tune with the needs of front-end web devs. But with Web Essentials for Visual Studio , that has changed and I cannot imagine doing web...
  • 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: The #surlybeaver is back. With a vengeance.

    Those of you that follow this blog may have seen a post about our HTML5 Coat of Arms and how we gave away a large number of t-shirts with the emblem on the front. If you didn’t see that post, basically we took the HTML5 logo and created a uniquely Canadian version (which was possible as the...
  • Blog Post: Technology Post Roundup - 1st 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. So, moving forward, I’ll be curating top picks and...
  • Blog Post: TOMORROW on the Next Developers, Developers, Developers: LIVE & INTERACTiVE

    December 7 | Add to Outlook >> See the post-TechDays Vancouver interview with Scott Hanselman ( @shanselman ), discussing the answers to the questions you had about “the Web Stack of Love”. Web experts Thomas Lewis ( @TommyLee ) and Frédéric Harper ( @fharper ) stop by and chime in with their thoughts...
  • Blog Post: Make Awesome Web: 200 Awesome Resources and Counting

    About six months ago, fellow Microsoft Developer Evangelist, Michael Kordahi ( @delic8genius ) launched Make Awesome Web , a link-blog dedicated to client-side web awesome-ness: Hours after its launch, I asked Michael if I could help out. Reason being, over the past number of years, I’ve used a number...
  • Blog Post: MIX11: Bringing the Developer Awesomeness

    Spring is here and what a better way to kick off this season of renewal by getting up-to-speed on some of the latest tools and technologies! Last month in Las Vegas, we hosted the MIX11 conference; a 72-hour conversation, featuring developers, designers, UX experts and business professionals creating...
  • Blog Post: Dev Unplugged: HTML5 Contest for Web Developers

    For a past few days, there’s been a mysterious hashtag that’s been floating around on Twitter; #devunplugged . There were a lot tweets from the @IE Twitter account cited this hashtag but folks couldn’t find out why. Well, earlier today, Carter Rabasa and the contest organizers took...
  • Blog Post: MIX10 Web/UX Conference: March 15 – 17 in Las Vegas

    I’m going to be at Microsoft’s MIX10 conference , which takes place from Monday, March 15th through Wednesday, March 17th at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas, where I’ll be catching sessions and posting photos and reports. If you can spare a couple of days off work to attend Mix10, you should too...
  • Blog Post: Fiddler: A Must-Have Tool for Web Developers

    One of the great things about being a web developer today is the large amount of tools available to help troubleshoot and optimize applications. Over the past number of years, my team and I have shared information about these tools through the Canadian Developer Connection blog and events like the realDEVELOPMENT_07...
  • Blog Post: It’s a big day for RIA!

    Today is a landmark launch day for anyone building Rich Internet Applications (also known as RIAs), particularly those that build compelling web-enabled experiences on the Microsoft platform. We launched 2 new product versions today and it’s something all of us at Microsoft are very excited about: ...
  • Blog Post: The Art of SEO and IIS

    If you develop/design public websites for your customers, you likely already know first-hand how important a good Search Engine Optimization (SEO) strategy is to its success. Generating traffic to a website is hard and is downright impossible to do well without making it easy for internet search engines...
  • 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: Guest Post: MIX09 Day 1: The “Software” in “Software + Services”

    From now through the end of the MIX09 conference in Las Vegas, Rob Burke will be providing his insights from the conference on a daily basis. Robert Burke is a Toronto-based IT Consultant who’s attending his fourth MIX event this year.  By day he’s knee-deep in Microsoft User Experience technologies...
  • Blog Post: Guest Post: MIX09 Welcome Swag (includes Sketching UX book!)

    From now through the end of the MIX09 conference in Las Vegas, Rob Burke will be providing his insights from the conference on a daily basis. Robert Burke is a Toronto-based IT Consultant who’s attending his fourth MIX event this year.  By day he’s knee-deep in Microsoft User Experience technologies...
  • 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: Picking the right platform to fit your solution

    I love Football Sunday. On a Sunday when I have nothing else more important to do there’s nothing more enjoyable to me than sitting down and watching a great game of football. Some of you may be looking at this post already thinking I’m crazy; football is not exactly related to development and I’ve heard...
  • Blog Post: IE8: Goodness for Software Solutions Providers

    If you build software solutions for a living, manage professional development teams or lead a software development company, there are a number of things that you are probably thinking about consistently on a day to day basis. Two of these items likely include: Productivity; either your own or...
  • Blog Post: Designing Websites with Web Standards Using Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2

    For the past 12 years, I've been building websites and working with different Web technologies. I'd have to say that one of the most frustrating experiences (and the most time consuming) has been to get content to render correctly in all browsers. As a result, I'm a really strong advocate of Web standards...
  • Blog Post: Live Mesh in Canada (No more wait list)

    It's official! One of the coolest new platform on Live is now available in Canada for testing and there is no more wait list. You can now take it for a spin. This open platform allows you to create a mesh between different devices (PC and mobile) so they can be aware of each other and share files. You...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight Training in French

    One of our great partners out of Quebec, RunAtServer Consulting , has just created a great, three-day course on Silverlight 2 and they will be conducting it in various cities in Quebec. The details of the course can be found here and here , but it is a very in-depth course for those of you interested...
  • Blog Post: Building Compelling Websites on the Microsoft Platform

    Over the past week, I've been conducting a half-day briefings on how to build great websites on the Microsoft platform. The first stop on the tour was Vancouver (Wednesday, May 14), the second was Mississauga (Tuesday, May 20) and the third was in Montreal (Thursday, May 22). For those of you that...
  • Blog Post: Announcing Blue Sky from Microsoft Canada

    There are a lot of Canadian tech companies working on innovative applications. Sadly, there is so much information and noise from blogs and other media sources that inspiring stories are often missed. Does this sound familiar? If you are working on an innovative application or service, the BlueSky...
  • Blog Post: Recap of My Application Platform Webcast Series

    Over the past month I have conducted a series of webcasts that focus on 3 key technologies that all web developers using Microsoft technology should know about. The main audiences for these webcasts are web developers and providers of IT services for small businesses, but if you're looking for a primer...
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