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    Sidebar Gadget Templates

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    One of the UX technologies I mentioned during my talk for the MSDN Roadshow today was the Sidebar (and in Windows 7, Desktop) gadgets, which are great for surfacing small amounts of information in a a compact space. One of the attendees asked whether...
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    .NET Framework 3.5 Namespace Poster

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    A couple of nights ago, I presented on web development fundamentals at the CMAP .NET Essentials SIG. One of the things we talked about was the fact that the .NET Framework is pretty large, so a challenge for new devs is figuring out where everything they...
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    IE8 ASP.NET Menu rendering issue

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    Since I’ve run into this issue myself, I thought I’d share a blog post that offers several possible workarounds while the ASP.NET team is looking at the issue: If you are using the ASP.NET Menu control, you might encounter under certain circumstances...
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    Learning jQuery

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    As I spend more time working on the client side, I’m more and more impressed with the jQuery JavaScript framework, and really glad that we’ve decided to ship it with future versions of Visual Studio (as well as with the soon-to-be-released ASP.NET MVC...
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    Family.Show v3 Released

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    One of the more fun and compelling sample applications for WPF, which I demoed this morning at the MSDN Roadshow in Reston, VA, has just been updated, as announced by Tim Sneath : It’s been a little while in coming, but I’m delighted to announce that...
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    The ASP.NET Diet Part 1 – Making a Thin Contact Form

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    Given that I’ve been focusing a lot on diet and exercise in my personal life, as well as AJAX and JavaScript in my professional life, this post by Chris Love struck me as pretty timely: In my last post I waxed philosophically about the progression of...
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    Drag and Drop in Silverlight 2

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    Shawn Wildermuth has posted a nice simple example of drag and drop in Silverlight 2. If you’ve been intimidated by drag and drop, Shawn’s example will show you how easy it can be. I've been trolling the Silverlight .NET forums again and there seems to...
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    SOLID Development in Pictures

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    While I can’t claim to be a huge adherent of any particular set of development principles (I admire others’ passion in this area, but I’m very pragmatic when it comes to getting a given task done…there are lots of ways to do it, many of which can be ...
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    MVVM for WPF

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    If you’re interested in improving the architecture and testability of your WPF applications, you may want to check out this video, in which Adam Kinney of The Continuum , interviews Karl Shifflett from the WPF team about the MVVM design pattern: Good...
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    Quince UX Patterns Explorer

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    Quince is a neat idea and app from Infragistics that provides several ways to explore common patterns in UX design. Quince is implemented in Silverlight , and does a nice job of taking advantage of the technology to enable a good-looking and an easy-to...
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    Pattern or Anti-Pattern? The Big Ball of Mud

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    It’s lengthy, and I haven’t had the time to read through the whole thing, but this is a delightful look at the most common pattern in application architecture, the Big Ball of Mud : Abstract While much attention has been focused on high-level software...
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    New Windows 7 Blog Series

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    Denny Boynton , a fellow Microsoft Evangelist, has started a new blog series on Windows 7 that looks interesting, starting with a post on locking down which apps can be installed on your PC : I’ve been running Windows 7 Beta on all of my machines, work...
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    Designing Good Web Forms

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    Came across this really thorough and interesting article on form design and development via Jeff Schoolcraft , and thought it was worth sharing. As the article notes several times, how you design your forms can have a direct impact on how much (or how...
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    Community Megaphone and UGSS

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    Two great apps that work great together: “Hey, you got your event in my UGSS!” “No, you got your event in my Community Megaphone !” If you’re a developer looking for events, or a community leader looking to get your events promoted, one challenge you...
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    Everything You Ever Wanted To KNow About Streaming Video, but Were Afraid To Ask, and Then Some…

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    …including “ The Birth of Smooth Streaming ” In my last post I talked about the history of multi-bitrate streaming and how we got from RTSP and HTTP streaming back to HTTP download as the primary media web distribution mechanism. In this post we’ll take...
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    Events This Week – February 17th, 2009

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    A day late this week, but here are the events listed in Community Megaphone for the next week (or so) for the Mid-Atlantic area…this list now includes events imported from the UGSS event calendar , and all events entered in Community Megaphone are also...
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    10-4 Episode 10: Making Web Deployment Easier

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    OK, so some of this stuff would have been (and still would be) very helpful during my recent updates to Community Megaphone . I finally got around to setting up a separate dev database, plus a staging server for testing new bits in a non-local setting...
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    Events This Week – February 23rd, 2009

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    Here are the events listed in Community Megaphone for the next week (or so) for the Mid-Atlantic area…this list now includes events imported from the UGSS event calendar , and all events entered in Community Megaphone are also now automatically synced...
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    MSDN Mid-Atlantic Roadshow Q3 Resources

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    Thanks to all the folks who came out for Tuesday’s MSDN Mid-Atlantic Roadshow in Reston, VA. Below you’ll find links to the slides, demos, and other resources mentioned during the presentations. If you have any questions, please let me know . Decks: Around...
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    Events This Week – February 9th, 2009

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    Good Monday Morning to you! Here are the events listed in Community Megaphone for the next week (or so) for the Mid-Atlantic area: Monday, February 09, 2009 6:00 PM: SoMD .NET UG - .NET Generics - Generic programming is a style of computer programming...
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    Managing SSL Transitions

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    While getting ready to roll out some new functionality for Community Megaphone , I decided to go ahead and add an SSL cert to the site to support SSL encryption of credentials used by event approvers and other site features. Although it had been almost...
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    MSDN Roadshow – Windows Client Technologies

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    The MSDN Mid-Atlantic Roadshow rides again…our next series of roadshow events kicks off later this month in Reston, VA. Currently, we’ve got the Reston event, and also a roadshow stop scheduled for Richmond, VA in March. We’ll have more cities to announce...
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    What was *THAT* All About?

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    Folks who follow me on Twitter (or those who follow a number of other folks) might have noticed something a little weird going on this weekend. Following a series of “retro” avatar pics that I posted, from my childhood and college (and early post-college...
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    Community Megaphone Feature Overview

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    Ever wondered what this Community Megaphone thing I keep mentioning is? Or why you’d want to use it? Well, I’ve put together a little video to highlight the major features of Community Megaphone, to answer those (and hopefully more) questions (view full...
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    MSDN Mid-Atlantic Roadshow Kicks Off Next Week

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    We’ll be in Reston, VA next week to talk about all things Windows Client. Here’s the session list: Around the World of Windows Client in 75 Minutes Create Rich User Experiences with Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) Re-use Your Skills and Code to...
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