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

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  • Blog Post: Free Developer Bootcamp coming to Nashville and Region

      MSDN Events Presents: For the Win: Windows 7 Development Boot Camp Web and cloud may be all the rage, but many developers are still doing hardcore client development. If you are among them, this Boot Camp is for you! In this full-day event, we will explore how to maximize your impact on the Windows...
  • Blog Post: Displaying a Date in HTML without a NET

      For years now, I’ve worked in ASP.NET, which provides a lot of assistance – thus it’s reason to exist. Sometimes, unknowingly to me, I lose site of what all .NET is doing for me. Take for example, displaying a date. For the ASP.NET guy, one would go to the master page, setup a HTML element that...
  • Blog Post: Announcements: VS 2010 and .NET 4 Availability Today, and Silverlight 4 Later This Week

    REDMOND, Wash. — April 11, 2010 — Kicking off a global launch consisting of more than 150 developer-focused events, Microsoft Corp. announced the general availability of Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4. The company also announced that Silverlight 4 will release to Web (RTW) later in the week...
  • Blog Post: Work for a small web firm?

    WebsiteSpark is a new global program, designed by Microsoft to help small professional Web development and design service companies succeed, by providing new business opportunities through connections with global partners and customers, support and training, and software tools – at no upfront cost. WebsiteSpark...
  • 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: Microsoft releases Search Engine Optimization Toolkit

    The IIS Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Toolkit helps Web developers, hosting providers, and Web server administrators to improve their Web site’s relevance in search results by recommending how to make the site content more search engine-friendly. The IIS SEO Toolkit includes the Site Analysis module...
  • Blog Post: Ramp Up: Program of Free Classes

    Ramp Up is a free, online, community-based learning program, with a number of different tracks that will help you build your portfolio of professional development skills. Ramp Up has a solid foundation of premium technical content from subject-matter gurus, and provides easy-to-access content in a variety...
  • Blog Post: MIX09: Search Engine Optimization (SEO) for Web Developers

    Introduction to URL Rewriter in 15 minutes Presenter: Thomas Deml , Group Program Manager, Web Platform and Tools, Microsoft Video: http://videos.visitmix.com/MIX09/T86M The Key – Canonical URL’s “reduced to the simplest and most significantly form possible without loss of generality...
  • Blog Post: What are the Microsoft codenames “Oslo” and “Dublin”?

    What is "Oslo"? (from the “Oslo” developer site ,) "Oslo" is the code name for our platform for model-driven applications. The goal of "Oslo" is to provide a 10x productivity gain by making model-driven applications mainstream. At the core of this platform are domain-specific...
  • Blog Post: My Visit to MIX

    I’ll break this down in more detail at a later time. You can see some keynote details at my Twitter page . Day 1 Keynote: Bill Buxton, Scott Guthrie ( video ) Windows Mobile 6.5 Overview : Loke Uei Tan ( video ) Building Amazing Business Centric Applications With Silverlight 3 : Brad Abrams ( video ...
  • Blog Post: Interesting Case Study of LAMP Application moved to VS and .NET

    Ran across a case study with some very interesting quotes. This case study is from Earth Class Mail. Check out some of the comments: Benefits Saved U.S.$750,000 and six months on development Scales to support business growth Enables mobile solution with managed code Fastest Time To Market “Visual Studio...
  • Blog Post: Check out the 10-4 Video Podcast

    10-4 is a weekly video podcast (from Channel 9 ) which gives you a look at what's coming in Visual Studio 2010 and the .NET Framework 4.0.  The sixth episode ( Parallel Extensions ) was just posted.
  • 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: What is Your Top Feature in .NET 3.5 SP1?

    I was just reading an article in Application Development Trends, titled Microsoft Ships Visual Studio 2008 and .NET SP1 . It has a nice walk-through of some of the new capabilities in .NET 3.5 SP1, and they are grouped into logical categories. They start out with WCF, and mention that that " SP1...
  • 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: Summer News Items

    High school football practice has started, the wife is buying school supplies, Microsoft employees are on vacation all over - which means, summer is almost gone. However, just because we're in the summer doldrums, Microsoft is not slowing down. In this post, I want to point out a few things that have...
  • 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: .NET StockTrader 2.0 and Configuration Service 2.0 now live on MSDN!

    As you may have seen a year ago, Microsoft released .NET StockTrader 1.0 to show how .NET 3.0 could work in the context of the IBM WebSphere's Trade 6.1 reference application. We've now upgraded ours to reflect the enhancements in .NET 3.5 and Windows Server 2008. The new one is called .NET StockTrader...
  • Blog Post: Next Web Talk at our Cincinnati Office, June 12, RSVP

    Register Join Microsoft and Pluralsight in a timely discussion on Next Web In this seminar, you will take part in a technical exploration of the latest technologies Microsoft has to offer, and how you can take advantage of those technologies to provide a truly next-generation user experience in you Windows...
  • Blog Post: Huge web attack blamed on IIS?

    Don't know if you saw this, but it's certainly scary . There are several articles out about a massive web server attack, and these articles are blaming this on a vulnerability in IIS. Reportedly, this has impacted 100K+ servers. The Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) is aware of this, and has...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight Blueprint for SharePoint

    Ever since I heard about this, I've liked this idea. Talk to any designer about SharePoint, and they won't be happy about the default skin. Thankfully, SharePoint has all sorts of extensibility. And this project takes it a step further by utilizing Silverlight. Take a look at the link below and specifically...
  • Blog Post: Custom Profiles with ASP.NET

    I recently built a demo for a customer that required some extra fields for each registered user. And if you know anything about ASP.NET 2.0 and going forward, you're probably thinking that I should or did use the Profile object. And, yes, that is an option - add some field definitions to the web.config...
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