Out Of The Box

The blog of Jon Box, an Architect Evangelist in Developer & Platform Evangelism, based in Tennessee

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  • Blog Post: Know someone wanting to learn web development?

    Or someone wanting to see if they’d like Visual Studio or even ASP.NET? Here’s an easy way, and you can’t beat the price! Check out Visual Web Developer Express , a free Visual Studio Web development environment for building and testing next generation standards-based Web applications and services. Visual...
  • Blog Post: Probably no more important MIX than this year’s

    Well, it’s that time again. MIX is an important event where we show our thinking and direction for the web. Again targeted at designers and web developers, this event continues to bring in voices from the online companies – like frog design, Yahoo!, MySpace, Baidu, ESPN.com, Adobe, Digg, Facebook, schematic...
  • Blog Post: How do you get ready for .NET 3.5 SP1?

    Yesterday, Visual Studio 2008 SP1 and .NET 3.5 SP1 released. And as I've been saying, there is a lot in there. ASP.NET Dynamic Data, AJAX enhancements, URL routing (used by ASP.NET MVC in a later release), Entity Framework, ADO.NET Data Services, WCF enhancements including REST additions, WPF Enhancements...
  • Blog Post: Case Study: Bargainland builds Bidtopia.Com

    Last year, John and I ran across a new company that had moved to town (thanks Diana for the intro). Several things caught my attention about them. First, they were hard at work with .NET 3.5 and VS 2008 Beta, and second, their business model of "reverse logistics". This has turned out to be...
  • Blog Post: DinnerNow 2.5 - supports .NET 3.5, Vista, Vista SP1, and Windows Server 2008 RTM

    James Conard blogged this recently. You can download the source code from CodePlex today. Also, read from the man behind DinnerNow, David Aiken . Also note the issues with x64 (with workarounds).
  • Blog Post: Ron Cundiff, on IIS7, and other Web Development Best Practices

    Last night, Ron presented to the Memphis .NET Users Group .  The talk began with the improved administrative interface in IIS7, then he showed how to build a managed module for IIS7 with VS2008 (demo of a Web Traffic logging tool putting data into SQL Server), then he covered several ways to improve...
  • Blog Post: Web 2.0 - Is it for real?

    I can't help it, but there's a part of me that likes the aspect of "business" - how to impact it with technology is probably the better way to say it. At this point, no one is asking if Web 2.0 is real, or if will impact one's life in some way. I could argue that we've talked enough about it...
  • Blog Post: Tafiti added to Windows Live Quick Apps

    Tafiti is a very interesting search application. Yes, it uses our Live Search API, as well as ASP.NET AJAX and Silverlight - but it's cool looking and works well. As I've said before, there are several features that are very handy. And now, you can get the source code at CodePlex . The Quick Apps list...
  • Blog Post: Another RD gets a Blue Badge

    Famed RD, Scott Hanselman, joins the fold to work work for Scott Guthrie. This is a good thing. As a former RD and MVP, I think that is a win for Microsoft, and I believe it will be a win for Mr. Hanselman.
  • Blog Post: Enhancing Consumer Mobility with 2D Barcodes

    <Complaint> The US is always behind in mobility. Asia is always 1+ years ahead. For example, watching TV on a cell phone is normal over there, and it's a dream here. </Complaint> So, while the US networks are being enhanced to support video in a quality way, other interesting capabilities...
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