Neil Hutson - Focused on Emerging Technologies for Microsoft

I am responsible for the adoption of emerging technology platforms by developers and it professionals at Microsoft

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  • Blog Post: MIX is open for registration

    MIX11 is open for registration!! If you are focused on Client, Web or Phone design or development and what to get access to all the latest experts from Microsoft this is a great event to attend. The added bonus is that this is hosted at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, which is also a fantastic place to...
  • Blog Post: Ready to Launch WebMatrix

    Tomorrow we are launching WebMatrix at the CodeMash Conference. WebMatrix is a free offering that provides everything you need to build Web sites using Windows. It streamlines Web site development and makes it easy to start Web sites from popular ASP.NET and PHP open-source apps and includes IIS Express...
  • Blog Post: Funny Animated Video on Web Sockets

    Check our this very funny video on Web Socket support. http://www.xtranormal.com/watch/7991991/ P.S. there is swearing if your are easily offended.
  • Blog Post: Sending EMAIL from your Web Application

    On my travels, one thing that I got asked a lot about is sending email from your web application. This is typically when you need to send a confirmation at the end of a transaction. I got a number of questions about how you do this without using Microsoft Exchange, etc, etc. While the full answer is...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Ajax Library ( Preview 6 ) released

    We have just released a significant update of the Microsoft Ajax Library (Preview 6).  This provides a set of new capabilities to the client-side AJAX library, and can be used with any version of ASP.NET and ASP.NET MVC projects.  The major new capabilities are:- Better Imperative Syntax :...
  • Blog Post: Interesting Commentary into MySQL and why Oracle want to Keep it

    Both articles point to an interview which Larry Ellison had with Ed Zander, who was once president and COO of Sun. http://news.cnet.com/8301-13505_3-10365128-16.html http://visualstudiomagazine.com/blogs/data-driver/2009/09/why-larry-ellison-will-not-spin-off-mysql.aspx
  • Blog Post: Web Application Toolkits

    Last week we announced a number of Web Application Toolkits on the Web. The goal for the Web Application Toolkits is to provide Web Developers with resources such as project templates, controls, and code samples along with simplified documentation all in a consistent packaged format that is easy to download...
  • Blog Post: WebsiteSpark, Web Platform Installer RTM and the Web App Gallery RTM

    Today, we announced the RTM of Web PI (Platform Installer) and Web App Gallery. We also introduced a new offering called WebsiteSpark . To introduce this, Scott Guthrie, VP of the .NET platform and web technologies talks about these on the home page of Channel9. For people that can not see the screencast...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 Developer Training Kit

    We have just released the SQLServer 2008 developer Training kit . This kit will help you understand how to build web applications which deeply exploit the rich data types, programming models and new development paradigms in SQL Server 2008. Roger has been pretty busy packaging this up into something...
  • Blog Post: Get Me Off this Rock

    I have just been checking out the latest Photosynth project on the NASA site. If you have kids, they are going to love this. You are able to zoom into a number of space stations, pan around and take a walking tour. This is all driven by silverlight and all works pretty smoothly and their is a huge amount...
  • Blog Post: Announcing the PHP on Windows Training Kit

    I want to announced the availability of a “ PHP on Windows Training Kit ” to the MSDN download center.  The kit includes demos and hands-on labs to help you understand how to build PHP applications using Windows, IIS 7 and SQL Server 2008. We will expand the kit over time, but the current version...
  • Blog Post: WCF REST Starter Kit Preview 2

    The WCF REST Starter Kit is a set of features, Visual Studio templates, samples and guidance that enable users to create REST style services using WCF. While the October release of the WCF REST Starter Kit focused on building server-side REST services, the Preview 2 release adds features to make client...
  • Blog Post: Azure Services Training Kit – February Update

    Want to know how to architect applications for Windows Azure and the rest of the Azure Services Platform? Need to get detailed training on all these Azure technologies? Well here goes…. We have just released an updated version of the Azure Services Training Kit to the Microsoft download center. The first...
  • Blog Post: Azure Issue Tracker Demo Released

    Last week Ryan in the team released the Azure Issue Tracker sample application.  This demo demonstrates multi-tenant ISV and SaaS solutions using a number of the Azure Services Platform components and is hosted in Windows Azure.  The first release is the Standard version, which shows federation...
  • Blog Post: IE8 Application Compatibility Resources

    IE8 is currently in Beta and is also the Microsoft supported browser within Windows 7 (currently in beta) which is seeing dramatic uptake in the community. There are a number of excellent improvements which users will clearly want to adopt once it is released. These including support for the latest web...
  • Blog Post: Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) REST Starter Kit

    Ron Jacobs has been quietly building a really great REST based resource for Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) called the WCF REST Starter Kit? The WCF REST Starter Kit simplifies development of REST services for WCF adding new features and guidance tightly integrated with ASP.NET and the current...
  • Blog Post: The Rumor Mill for the PDC

    Netbooks, Strata, Cloud, etc, etc , even Office14 .  Everybody has been pre-guessing what the story will be at the PDC this year. The great thing is that we do not have too long to wait.  
  • Blog Post: Eclipse Tools for Silverlight

    Busy day. A new open source project “Eclipse Tools for Silverlight” - http://www.eclipse4sl.org/ has just been announced. Full details can be found here. http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2008/oct08/10-13Silverlight2PR.mspx . This will bring the Silverlight RIA development experience to Eclipse...
  • Blog Post: Two Weeks to GO : THe PDC Awaits

    Well at this time in two weeks, the first PDC keynote will just be about to start. I personally can not wait for it to kick off. Even in these tough times it looks highly likely that we are still going to sell out and I believe that the attendees will leave pumped from what they see. Sure they will see...
  • Blog Post: New IIS7 Extensions Being Released to the Web

    Joey recently spoke with Mai-Lan Tomsen Bukovec who is a Group Program Manager for IIS. They talked about a number of new extensions for IIS that are being released to the web such as the URL-Rewrite and some very cool new media extensions for those of you looking at putting media on your websites. You...
  • Blog Post: The Matrix coming to a PC near you

    I have been on holiday for a couple of weeks and catching up on the latest news. One thing that caught my eye was an article from CNET which talks about the key-stoke catching feature which Google's new Chrome browser will monitor to provide an auto-suggest feature to the user without the ever hitting...
  • Blog Post: Easy Steps to Get your Web Site to Support IE8 in 5Mins

    Put simply, IE8 running in standard rendering mode will not display sites created to support IE7 very well, based on new standards that IE8 is supporting around HTML and CSS formats. There are two ways to resolve this. The first is to re-write your web application to render IE8 correctly or the second...
  • Blog Post: .NET 3.5 Enhancements Training Kit goes to RTM

    Jonathan, Drew, Jason and Brian have just shipped the final release of the .NET 3.5 Enhancements Training Kit , updated to work with Visual Studio 2008 SP1 & .NET 3.5 SP1 Beta RTM !  The RTM release includes the following improvements/additions in the form of demos, presentations and documentation...
  • Blog Post: ASP.NET MVC Preview 4

    Phil Haack , one of key guys behind ASP.NET MVC provides an insight on new in Preview 4 for Channel9. He shows where they are going and what you can expect in future releases. This is a pretty nice implementation on top of ASP.NET. There is still a lot of feedback that ASP.NET makes it too complex. Thoughts...
  • Blog Post: How Can You Slipstream IE8 into a Vista Install Image?

    So if you ever wanted IE8 to be integrated into your Vista Install Image, how could you do this? In this really quick 8 minute screencast, Matt Hester shows how you can do this pretty quickly on EDGE . Click on the image to see the screencast. Slipstreaming Internet Explorer 8 into Windows Vista
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