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  • Blog Post: Oxite was & is …

    Oxite was a plentiful ore that could be mined on the planet Oasis in the middle of The Maelstrom , according to Wookieepedia Oxite is “ an open source, standards compliant, and highly extensible content management platform that can run anything from blogs to big web sites.” cool Technorati Tags: Oxcite...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft /web : Web AI & Web PI

    There were two announcements from a few weeks back , which may have been missed amidst the news of Azure, Windows 7, etc Microsoft Web Platform Installer The Web Platform Installer Beta (Web PI) provides a single, free package for installing and configuring Microsoft's entire Web Platform, including...
  • Blog Post: Video.Show - a video portal for user-generated content

    Psst - wanna make your own YouTube ? Go over and grab yourself Video.Show and maybe you can get featured on Oprah too What is Video.Show? Video.Show is a sample that demonstrates usage of Silverlight, Expression Encoder, Silverlight Streaming and ASP.NET AJAX to create a video portal for...
  • Blog Post: Election Day 2008 : A Cool Silverlight App

    Today is Election Day. It's not the BIG presendential election day - that's next year. As an Australian, the US election model is quite strange. All I know about the process is what I learnt from TV like The West Wing and Commander in Chief , as well as a bunch of movies like Primary Colors , The American...
  • Blog Post: CAT Accelerator - A wonder from downunder !

    I got an email over the weekend which reminded me of a product from the good people from Catalytic Software , namely CAT Accelerator 1.5 , which lets you "Build Web applications in C# for the .NET 2.0/3.0 Frameworks without coding". Without coding? The reviews have been positive too: Definitely "Best...
  • Blog Post: StreetAdvisor : An Aussie Startup

    TechCrunch's Duncan Riley writes about StreetAdvisor and it's new services Want to see where I have lived ? Well, thanks to an email from senior developer Justin Adler, I found out "it's another 100% ASP.Net C# site using MapPoint web services and MS Ajax, SqlServer etc.. ... all made in Melbourne, Australia...
  • Blog Post: Those Klever Kiwis : Background Motion

    Those boys over in the land of the long white cloud have been busy. They have launched a site for sharing Dreamscenes. Very Very Kool Via Darryl Burling Background Motion - now live! Over the last few months the guys at Mindscape have been dotting i's and crossing t's in order to get BackgroundMotion...
  • Blog Post: ASP.NET Site of the Day -- MyAssetsOnline

    I get emails from folks all the time telling me about the stuff they are going to do / doing / done. I love this part of my job, because it give's me exposure to what's going on. I recently got a note about MyAssetsOnline MyAssetsOnline.com is a revolutionary concept that is going to completely change...
  • Blog Post: What's hot on Codeplex?

    There are 1456 projects on Codeplex (as of Monday 14 May 2007) The 10 most popular : AJAX Control Toolkit The AJAX Control Toolkit is a collection of samples and components which make it easier than ever to build and consume rich client-side controls and extenders built on the Microsoft AJAX Library...
  • Blog Post: Subsonic : All your database are belong to us

    During my travels, I caught up with Brenton Webster (dude, no blog?), who put me onto Subsonic . About Subsonic SubSonic is a toolset that helps a website build itself. At it's core it's: A Data Access Layer (DAL) builder that requires no code on your part, it builds itself at compile-time with a full...
  • Blog Post: Dino Esposito is coming back down under : Solid Quality ASP.NET—Advanced Topics including AJAX (5 days)

    Want to create serious AJAX-based applications using ASP.NET Ajax ? Dino Esposito is coming down under to deliver Solid Quality ASP.NET—Advanced Topics including AJAX (5 days) Upcoming schedule for this course Melbourne / 7-May-2007 / (Dino Esposito) / Pricing/Registration Canberra / 14-May-2007 / (Dino...
  • Blog Post: Softies on Rails - Ruby on Rails for .NET Developers

    Last week Microsoft bought drinks for a bunch of the webDU Attendees . It was a good night. I got talking to lots of different folks, some who I knew, some who I had met online and some folks who I was meeting for the first time. It was great. A number of discussions centered around Ruby on Rails, and...
  • Blog Post: Web Development Learning Series

    Nice site : Microsoft Web Development Learning Series Skills come faster when you build on what you know. Welcome to the Microsoft® Web Development Learning Series, sponsored by Microsoft and Dr. Dobb's. Choose from more than 60 learning modules—organized by track—including Virtual Labs and both live...
  • Blog Post: New AFL.COM.AU launched and it's a DNN site

    Those who know me, know that I am a mad passionate AFL fan, with a unwavering devotion to my team. The official AFL site has had a face lift, it's now running ASP.NET v2 and looking closely at the URLS, it's a DNN based site Initiating server query ... Looking up IP address for domain: www.afl.com.au...
  • Blog Post: a .NET eComm package?

    I got an email from a local partner today looking for a recommendation on .NET eComm package. Hmmm. I had to think for a bit. I then turned to a search engine and found .netECOMMERCE who have a bunch of products: .netCART Ecommerce Shopping Cart: Comprehensive ecommerce component designed for use with...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server Hosting Toolkit

    Here's something I've been meaning to post for a while. It's a little nugget of gold called the SQL Server Hosting Toolkit by the Hosting Toolkit Team . The goal of the SQL Server Hosting Toolkit is to enable a great experience around SQL Server in shared hosting environments. The toolkit will eventually...
  • Blog Post: Si-Mi : A creative social network and digital content marketplace, from downunder

    Spotted this story in The SMH : Aussies bid to share the video wealth (thx for bring it to my attention Mickord ) what is si-mi? Si-Mi is a creative social network and digital content marketplace. Si-Mi.com is a digital media platform for users to upload, share and sell their content. On Si-Mi, users...
  • Blog Post: Australian ASP.NET + SQL Hosting

    The Australian "dotnet" mailing list has had a good thread recently about ASP.NET + SQL Hosting in Australia. There were a bunch of good replies, so in the interest of providing a public service to local Aussie developers, here's the recommended hosters (in the order received) http://www.webcentral...
  • Blog Post: Intern Role - Developer

    ** Update : Fixed the URL to the job on Seek : http://it.seek.com.au/showjob.asp?jobid=8211714 This is sweet - we're looking to hiring an intern. Key Requirements - passion, intelligence and a willingness to learn! .Net Developer Graduate One Year Internship Opportunity Do you...
  • Blog Post: Chinswing : Another Aussie Doing Cool Stuff

    I got the following email on the weekend from a reader. -----Original Message----- From: samuel lai Sent: Sunday, 10 December 2006 8:44 PM To: Frank Arrigo Subject: (frankarr - an aussie microsoft blogger) : Thought you might be interested in this ASPX site Importance: High Hi Frank, First of all, love...
  • Blog Post: Cricket Australia powered by ASP.NET

    Today marked the first day of the the first test of the 2006-07 Ashes Series . The Cricket Australia website which provided ball by ball scoring updates and lots of other treats is powered by ASP.NET Looking up IP address for domain: cricket.com.au Connecting to the server on standard HTTP port: 80 ...
  • Blog Post: Freshview : Local Aussie Company

    I got an email yesterday from Ben Richardson, co founder of Freshview All About Freshview Freshview is a Sydney based software company with tens of thousands of customers in more than 65 countries. We create easy to use web-based software and right now we're focused on taking the pain out of...
  • Blog Post: ASP.NET AJAX Beta Released

    I got an email from Brian Goldfarb this evening, telling us about the release of the first ASP.NET AJAX beta after a series of ASP.NET Atlas CTP releases. Mike Ormond has more info ASP.NET AJAX has split into separate "core" and "additional" features for the 1.0 release. The "core" features will...
  • Blog Post: The Future of FrontPage

    One of the questions asked during the Media Briefing held earlier this week , related to Frontpage. (I think it was Dan Warne who asked) I chimed in and said that it had evolved into two different products - Microsoft Office SharePoint Designer 2007 and Microsoft Expression Web Designer . ...
  • Blog Post: Application Infrastructure behind the Global Corporate Challenge Site

    I got an comment from the folks who developed the site for the Global Corporate Challenge A new Comment has been posted to In 2 weeks the Global Corporate Challenge Begins!. Author: Ross Richard / Matt Watson http://www.reactive.com Glad you're liking the site! Here's some information...
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