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  • Blog Post: Thinking about Angry Dolphins: Web Matrix, NOAA and Windows Phone 7

    At Rio Hondo today, I gave my first Imagine Cup talk with Alice Pang (make sure to visit her blog at http://blogs.msdn.com/alicerp ).  Alice gave her talk on Web Matrix, which might seem kind of base if I had a focus on Windows Phone 7, but really it isn’t. We often think of the phone separate from...
  • Blog Post: Getting prepared for the next thing

    Let’s say that you might be interested in preparing for the future. Here is how I am preparing for the future HTML 5, not certain, but it appears that Google and others are betting big time on this, so why wouldn’t Microsoft? Silverlight, get prepared for the future by preparing...
  • Blog Post: Web Matrix: Chat can be boring, some ideas from the past

    Wow, chat can be really boring, blah blah, slow typing, little or no visual input for most chat clients.  While reading the popular http://blogs.msdn.com/oldnewthing , there was a link to a video by Bill Gates about Comic Chat: http://kurlander.net/DJ/Videos/BillGMITComicChatVideo.shtml This was...
  • Blog Post: WebMatrix: URL Shortener on your site

    Everyone loves a URL Shortener, and if you work it right, URL Shortener’s can add traffic to your site.  At least that is my theory, but I haven’t actually put into practice. For the URL Shortener Helper see the link: http://urlshortenerhelper.codeplex.com/ Chris Sell’s blog post at: http://csell...
  • Blog Post: WebMatrix: UserVoice Helper

    Ok, I will admit it, I thought this would add voice input or something like that to my website, but it is even more useful!  UserVoice adds support services to your website.  The UserVoice site, like you, needs to make money so you get a free trial.  If you want to use it on your website...
  • Blog Post: WebMatrix: OData Helper

    Another neat helper for WebMatrix: OData Helper.  Go quickly to this site: http://www.jamessenior.com/2010/08/04/announcing-the-odata-helper-for-webmatrix-beta-2/ And get this helper installed quickly, it is extremely useful.  Then go to James Senior site, he does a good job of explaining the...
  • Blog Post: Web Matrix: PayPal Helper for WebMatrix

    This is FREAKING AWESOME! PayPal on your website in 60 seconds or so! http://paypalhelper.codeplex.com/ Using the new Razor syntax everything is included to get that payment for services functional on your website.  With just a few lines of code your site will have a PayPal account. If you need...
  • Blog Post: WebMatrix: Groupon Helper, a fast easy way to make your web site useful for your audience!

    To add a Groupon badge to your web site can be accomplished quickly, in about 60 seconds.  This is a good way to quickly add functionality to any web page and that adds traffic.  Naturally, if you are creating a coupon based web site, then this might work for you, but for everyone else, it...
  • Blog Post: Japan earthquake: Before and after Bing Map

    I would say this is a cool feature, but it isn’t, if you want to see the Bing Map and not have the the journalist babble, take a look at this link: http://bit.ly/japaneseearthquakebeforeafter The satellite photos in the after are not as clear as the before, but that is likely due to the photographic...
  • Blog Post: XNA and Bing Map Geocoding

      As the Japanese struggle with massive problems, let’s chat about games.  Don’t you feel a little bad about having fun right now with one of the greatest countries on the planet is having this magnitude of problems?  I think that people in Japan would not like it if you used them for...
  • Blog Post: Bing Map GeoCoding

    If you want to get started with Bing Map GeoCoding, there is no better way than the instructions you can find at the URL: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc161074.aspx If you want to give WebMatrix a shot, you can simply copy and paste the application code at the bottom of the page, except...
  • Blog Post: Web Matrix: Microsoft product that is fast to download, fast to install and just works

      Web Matrix is an awesome way to get students to take a look again at the Microsoft line of products!  Or maybe you might want to give it a try. To find out more about Project Hoshimi, take a look at: http://www.projethoshimi.fr/ Or better yet, sign up at http://imaginecup.us for the Software...
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