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  • Blog Post: Linked.NET Virtual Meeting with ScottGu

    This Friday (tomorrow!) at 10am PST (so that’s 6pm if you’re in the UK), LIDNUG (Linked.NET User Group) are holding their next virtual meeting with Scott Guthrie. In fact this is their 7th “Talking Shop” meeting with Scott and it’s understandably very popular. The event is held via Live Meeting so no...
  • Blog Post: PDC 10 Sessions - The Pick of the Bunch

    I’ve created a list of my favourite PDC10 videos for next week’s MSDN Flash and thought I’d share it here first so you get early access. The Future of C# and Visual Basic The Future of F# Lambdas, Lambdas Everywhere LINQ, Take Two – Realizing the LINQ to Everything Dream Inside Internet Explorer 9 Performance...
  • Blog Post: Extending ASP.NET MVC’s Validation

    This week’s MSDN Flash feature article is all about enhancing the validation support in ASP.NET MVC using the specific example of cross-field validation. My thanks to David Bending for writing the article which is a little more “code-heavy” than a typical MSDN Flash article. What do you think? Would...
  • Blog Post: IIS Express Announced

    [This post was published on my Posterous site a couple of days ago and should have automagically appeared here. It didn’t, so I include it now for completeness] ScottGu has blogged about a new version of IIS, IIS Express that’s intended to deliver a mix of the ease of use of the ASP.NET Development Server...
  • Blog Post: jQuery Primer

    I’ve eventually managed to get my jQuery Primer deployed – apologies for the delay. It’s a good place to browse if you’re starting out learning jQuery and you want an interactive overview. You can find it at http://mike.members.winisp.net/jquery/ I’ll expand on the last page (specifics about ASP.NET...
  • Blog Post: TechDays Presentations on ASP.NET and jQuery

    It’s taken me a while to get around to this – apologies for that – but below are my PowerPoint decks from UK TechDays. I’ll also publish the app I used to demo jQuery (most of my jQuery session was based on the app so the PowerPoint below is quite short). I should get that done in the next hour or so...
  • Blog Post: MIX10 Day 2 Keynote – ie the Web

    1105 What’s really changing is not the technology, it’s who’s doing what, where, with whom. Mobile is critical and the tools exist to build solidly engineered apps, but can we get the design right? 1059 We’ve gone from musicians to artists and Project Gustav – a very natural way for artists to “paint...
  • Blog Post: UK Tech Days – Registration Open!

    A full week of activities for both Developers and ITPros from 12-16th April. From the dev perspective, days are themed as: VS2010 Launch VS2010 and .NET 4 The Essential MIX Windows 7 Applications Windows Phone All the Microsoft events take place in London at either the Vue Cinema...
  • Blog Post: Last chance for your MIX10 discount

    I’m very much looking forward to MIX10 (yes, I’m going this year) and I see a host of Windows Phone sessions have just been announced. “Announced” is perhaps too strong a word (there’s no detail on any of the sessions) but at least we know there’s going to be plenty of opportunity to hear about the next...
  • Blog Post: Catching up on some reading

    My blog reader’s bursting at the seams so I thought I’d try and play catch-up this morning – not quite down to a 0 inbox but not a bad effort. Here are a few things that grabbed me: ASP.NET Related WebForms aren’t dead – Dave Sussman has his say on Web Forms vs MVC ASP.NET MVC 2 – A few posts...
  • Blog Post: [Video] Spark View Engine Part 3

    Here’s the final part of the video series covering my Spark view engine posts . Part 1 is here . Part 2 is here . This one covers a slightly more complex view page using some strongly-typed viewdata and iterating over a list of items for display. Here are the resources links from the videos: http://bit...
  • Blog Post: [Video] Spark View Engine Part 2

    Here’s part 2 of the short video series covering the Spark view engine posts . Part 1 is here . Part 3 will have to wait ‘til the new year I’m afraid as I’m *officially* on holiday doing voluntary work for the big man (Santa that is). Here are the resources links from the videos: http...
  • Blog Post: [Video] Spark View Engine Part 1

    I decided to make a short video series covering the Spark view engine posts I did here , here and here . This first part is about installing and configuring Spark in an ASP.NET MVC project (NerdDinner in my case). Here are the resources links from the video http://bit.ly/mospark – my blog posts about...
  • Blog Post: My Most Popular Posts of 2009

    Inspired by Eric doing this first , I thought I’d dig out my most popular posts of 2009. Most popular by average time on page An Introduction to the IE8 Developer Tools (Posted in April) Dominick Baier on Identity, Geneva and OpenID (Posted in April) ASP.NET MVC and iWantGreatCare.org (Posted in May...
  • Blog Post: Adding a bit of Spark to Nerd Dinner

    Right, here we go. Having talked about how to get Spark set up and a little about Spark usage , it’s time to put some rubber on the road and pedal to the metal etc First we need to sort out that master page, converting it to a Spark master layout. Here’s the site.master: <%@ Master Language="C#"...
  • Blog Post: A Bit About Spark

    In my last post I installed and configured Spark as an alternative view engine for ASP.NET MVC. Before we do anything else with it though, we need to understand a little of the syntax. The Spark View Page First of all, a Spark page looks much like an HTML page. It supports HTML tags as you’d expect but...
  • Blog Post: Extending ASP.NET MVC – Replacing the View Engine

    One of the less discussed aspects of ASP.NET MVC is its extensibility. Pretty much any component can be replaced if it doesn’t suit your needs. Don’t like our ControllerFactory (maybe you want to use Dependency Injection )? That’s okay, use another one. Don’t like the Web Forms view engine? That’s okay...
  • Blog Post: MIX10 Registration Open

    Yes, it’s that time of year again when March (and MIX) seem to be both in the distant future and almost upon us at the same time. The conference is billed as: “A 3 day conference for web designers and developers building the world's most innovative web sites.” But it’s even broader than that. If I understood...
  • Blog Post: The client script loader is cool

    One of the new “features” of the ASP.NET Ajax library is the refactoring of said library into 15 or so separate scripts. As the capabilities of the library have grown, inevitably so has its size. To maximise performance it’s important to be able to specify only the parts of the library you need for the...
  • Blog Post: ASP.NET 4.0 - New Project Templates

    There’s been a few changes to the project templates in ASP.NET 4.0 to make things cleaner and simpler. I really like them. First off is the streamlining of web.config by moving boilerplate configuration to machine.config. Applications simply inherit these settings. Apart from anything else (like being...
  • Blog Post: ASP.NET 4.0 Beta 2 – What’s New?

    A bit behind the times here but in my defence I’ve been up to my ears in nappies and things :). I’ve just been having a read of the ASP.NET 4 and Visual Studio 2010 Web Development Beta 2 Overview whitepaper and spotted a few things which I don’t think were there in Beta 1 (I’m sure this list isn’t exhaustive...
  • Blog Post: Search Engine Optimization in ASP.NET

    A few days ago I posted about my adventures with the SEO Toolkit and some of its features for ensuring your site is as SEO friendly as possible. Today I noticed that K.Scott Allen has an article in the September issue of MSDN Magazine entitled " Search Engine Optimization with ASP.NET 4.0, Visual...
  • Blog Post: Web Application Toolkit for IE8

    Some time back I did a video and some demos on how to create IE8 accelerators, search providers and web slices based around a traffic information site I called Trafficify (I know, it’s not pretty, it was never meant to be published but Ian wanted it up on the IE Add-On Gallery so up it went). Since then...
  • Blog Post: Web Application Toolkits

    Web Application Toolkits provide a packaged set of samples, documentation, templates, controls etc to get up and running quickly with a particular technology. When you just want a bit of help to build an IE8 Accelerator or want to add search to your site, the Web Application Toolkit provides comprehensive...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft AJAX CDN Launched

    I’ve long thought we were missing a trick by not having a hosted service for the ASP.NET AJAX scripts and lo and behold ScottGu has announced a new content delivery network (CDN) for the ASP.NET AJAX and jQuery libraries. That means: Edge cache servers close to the consumer and therefore faster...
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