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  • Blog Post: Testing SSL and HTTP Compression in your ASP.NET web sites with IIS Express

    IMPORTANT NOTE : I will soon be moving my blog to my devhammer.net domain from its current home on blogs.msdn.com. If you typically access my blog by visiting http://devhammer.net , you can continue to do so, and it will work fine after the transition. If you subscribe to my RSS feed using http://blogs...
  • Blog Post: WebDeploy tip for WebMatrix…watch out for port blocking

    Last night, I had the privilege of presenting at the Capital Area .NET User Group , on the topic of Microsoft WebMatrix . One of the compelling things about WebMatrix is the ease with which you can grab any of nearly 50 open-source software packages, from blogs, to CMS, to image galleries, and easily...
  • Blog Post: Events This Week – April 18th, 2011

    Here are the events listed in Community Megaphone for the next week (or so) for the Mid-Atlantic area, as well as webcasts of interest…this list includes events imported from the UGSS event calendar : MSDN Webcast: Introduction to the Rock Paper Azure Challenge (Level 100) Tuesday, April 19, 2011 11...
  • Blog Post: 500 – Internal Server Error when accessing package manager in WebMatrix

    Ran into this recently, so I wanted to share the resolution. The scenario is that you’re working on an ASP.NET Web Pages project in WebMatrix, and you want to manage the Helper packages that are installed for your project. The way to do this is to visit http://<mysiteurl>/_Admin, which will prompt...
  • Blog Post: DEVHAMMER LIVE! 1 Day Only! WebMatrix at Hampton Roads .NET UG

    Tonight, I’m bringing my act to the Hampton Roads .NET User Group , with a presentation on the recently-launched Microsoft WebMatrix . I’ll show what you can do with this lightweight web development environment, from building sites from scratch using the new ASP.NET Web Pages framework and Razor syntax...
  • Blog Post: Baltimore PHP Follow-up

    My thanks to all the folks who came out to my talk on Microsoft WebMatrix at the Baltimore PHP user group last night. As promised, here are the relevant links to the tools and downloads I mentioned during my talk: Microsoft WebMatrix Home Page Web Application Gallery Web Platform Installer Also, I did...
  • Blog Post: Events this Week – January 17th, 2011

    Here are the events listed in Community Megaphone for the next week (or so) for the Mid-Atlantic area, as well as webcasts of interest…this list includes events imported from the UGSS event calendar , and all events entered in Community Megaphone are also automatically synced to the UGSS event calendar...
  • Blog Post: Tomorrow…Enter the WebMatrix!

    In less than 24 hours, Microsoft will release to the web a new and simple way for beginning web developers, and those who you might not normally think of as likely users of Microsoft tools to quickly build, publish, and update web applications, whether in ASP.NET or PHP, and whether built from scratch...
  • Blog Post: CMAP Main Meeting and Atlanta/Raleigh Web Firestarters

    I posted my usual “Events this Week” post earlier today, but that left out some important events that I’m personally involved in: First up is the CMAP Main Meeting, where I’ll be presenting on the new Microsoft WebMatrix, and associated technologies including IIS Express, ASP.NET Web Pages/Razor, and...
  • Blog Post: New DevNugget: WebMatrix Beta 3 – New Features

    I’ve published a new DevNugget screencast on Channel 9 , and embedded the video below. In it, I demonstrate some of the new features and changes in Microsoft WebMatrix Beta 3 . Learn about the new Html.Raw helper method, new publishing features, and more. Video after the break… Enjoy!
  • Blog Post: Thanks, DC .NET!

    My thanks to all of the folks who came out to my talk on WebMatrix, IIS Express, and Razor last night at the DC .NET User Group . As promised, here are the links to information relating to the topic: ASP.NET WebMatrix Site: http://www.asp.net/webmatrix WebMatrix Download: http://www.microsoft.com/web...
  • Blog Post: Office Hours Today in DC!

    Tonight I’m presenting at the DC .NET User Group , covering WebMatrix, Razor, and IIS Express. The meeting starts at 6:30pm. Since I’ll be in the area, I’m setting up Office Hours at Starbucks Coffee at 2400 M. Street NW , starting at 4pm, until approximately 6pm. Please stop by and say hi if you’re...
  • Blog Post: Events This Week – October 26th, 2010

    Here are the events listed in Community Megaphone for the next week (or so) for the Mid-Atlantic area, as well as webcasts of interest: Webinar: Implementing Custom OData Providers Tuesday, October 26, 2010 10:00 AM, Online In this session we will analyze WCF Data Services in detail and learn how to...
  • Blog Post: Events This Week – October 18th, 2010

    Here are the events listed in Community Megaphone for the next week (or so) for the Mid-Atlantic area, as well as webcasts of interest: Webinar: Powering the ASP.NET MVC User Experience with jQuery Tuesday, October 19, 2010 10:00 AM, Online Most developers agree that JavaScript development can be a frustrating...
  • Blog Post: Office Hours, with that Wheeling Feeling!

    Sorry for the short notice, but if you’re in the Wheeling, WV area, you can catch up with me this afternoon at Tim Horton’s on National Road. I’ll have my laptop with the current Windows Phone 7 bits, along with my prototype device, so if you have an app you want to test on hardware, please bring me...
  • Blog Post: Events This Week – October 12th, 2010

    Here are the events listed in Community Megaphone for the next week (or so) for the Mid-Atlantic area, as well as webcasts of interest: Webinar: Intro to Machine Learning for .NET Tuesday, October 12, 2010 10:00 AM, Online The purpose of this session is to demystify the central ideas behind pattern recognition...
  • Blog Post: Events This Week – September 27th, 2010

    Here are the events listed in Community Megaphone for the next week (or so) for the Mid-Atlantic area, as well as webcasts of interest: Service Broker - NOVA SQL User Group Meeting Monday, September 27, 2010 7:00 PM, Vienna, VA Speaker: Chad Boyd Title: Service Broker Abstract: Service Broker is a new...
  • Blog Post: New DevNugget: Exploring the Site Options in Microsoft WebMatrix

    I’ve published a new DevNugget screencast on Channel 9, and linked/embedded it below. In it, I provide an overview of the various options available in the Microsoft WebMatrix beta for opening existing sites or creating new sites, including creating sites from existing open source applications in the...
  • Blog Post: Community Megaphone Podcast Show #16 with Guest John Blumenauer

    The latest episode of the Community Megaphone Podcast is up! In this episode, Dane and I talk to John Blumenauer, from Germantown, MD. We discuss MEF, the Orchard Project, as well as John’s work in the community including his user group, the Frederick .NET User Group. We also found time for a little...
  • Blog Post: New DevNugget: Installing Microsoft WebMatrix

    I’ve published a new DevNugget screencast on Channel 9, and linked below. In it, I demonstrate how to find and install the new Microsoft WebMatrix streamlined web development tool. In the next installment, I’ll show you the various options for creating new sites with WebMatrix, and what they look like...
  • Blog Post: Firestarter Events Coming for Windows Phone 7, ASP.NET Web Platform, and Windows Azure!

    They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, so since he has done a great job of laying out the fantastic lineup of Firestarter events coming this fall, I’m going to swipe my DE counterpart Chris Bowen ’s post on the topic : Starting soon and running throughout the rest of the year, our...
  • Blog Post: WebMatrix, a first tutorial application

    Well that was quick…over at Mikesdotnetting, one of the first tutorials on building a simple book listing app using Microsoft WebMatrix has been posted: http://www.mikesdotnetting.com/Article/146/WebMatrix-A-First-Application Nice!
  • Blog Post: WebMatrix Introduced – Download Now Available!

    I’ve noted a couple of recent blog posts by Scott Guthrie announcing some nifty new tech bits, including IIS Express and SQL Server CE 4…now Scott has finally let the cat all the way out of the bag, announcing Microsoft WebMatrix , a new web development tool designed to streamline and simplify web development...
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