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Microsoft Public Sector Developer and Platform Evangelism Team Blog. You can learn more about us at http://tinyurl.com/mspubsecdev.

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  • Blog Post: Police Department Protects Citizens of Vernon Hills, Illinois with Windows 7

    Repost from the Windows Team Blog Great coverage about the real world Windows 7 and Azure solution developed by Modularis on the Windows Team Blog ! Exciting things are happening here as this excellent solution is evaluated in several countries world wide. This is a great example of leveraging...
  • Blog Post: DC Citability Codeathon - Why the buzz?

    Check out the following recent articles on the importance of citability and the upcoming codeathon in DC sponsored by Microsoft!! Enabling Eureka via Citeability by Lewis Shepherd, Microsoft Corporation Stop Fishing and Start Feasting: How Citable Public Documents Will Change Your Life by Silona...
  • Blog Post: DC Citability Codeathon reminder - the week-end is near - Register today!!

    The DC Codeathon on Citability is just around the corner - Geeks programming for a Good cause. Microsoft and the League of Technical Voters are excited to invite you to a 2-day codeathon during the week-end of April 9th through the 11th at the Microsoft Chevy Chase office in the DC area. The focus...
  • Blog Post: ATTENTION WEB DEVELOPERS WCAG 2.0 Moves to Last Stage in W3C Approval Process

    For those of you (like me) who are interested in Accessibility and/or need to ensure your websites remain in compliance with section 508 you'll be interested to know that the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 was published as a W3C Proposed Recommendation on Nov. 3, 2008. This means that the technical...
  • Blog Post: How to: Building Drag and Drop functionality with ASP.NET Ajax

    AJAX has been very popular over the past few years, but I've seen it primarily used by developers to reduce page refreshes and to do background data-loading.  Both of these uses are great uses of the technology, but one of the features that I like the best is the ability to do Drag-and-Drop functions...
  • Blog Post: Free Download: ASP.NET and HTML Spell Checker add-on for Visual Studio 2005/2008

    I just came upon a great little add-on for Visual Studio 2005/2008 by Mikhail Arkhipov.  It's a spell checker for ASP.NET and HTML pages, meaning that it's smart enough to ignore the script and focus on the text for spell checking.  I haven't had a chance to use it yet, but I thought that I...
  • Blog Post: How to Videos: .NET Security Topics

    The MSDN folks have been releasing short "How to" videos over the past few months.  Recently they've released a series of "How Do I" Security videos for Developers of .NET Solutions.  They are nice and short and you can learn very simple things that you can do to make your...
  • Blog Post: Free Utility: Web.Config Editor with a great UI

    If you are like me, you hate hand editing HTML and XML!  But unfortunately, as a .NET Developer you often find yourself doing it, and if for no other reason, you have to do it for parts of the Web.Config and Application.Config files.    Well today, I finally got fed up and said to myself...
  • Blog Post: (How To Videos) Get up to speed on Visual Studio 2008

    Visual Studio 2008 (and the .NET Framework 3.5) is set to release to manufacturing in a few weeks (November timeframe). I've been working with it for about 6 months myself, and once you get pass the BETA "issues" it is a nice upgrade over Visual Studio 2005 in a variety of areas. I specifically like...
  • Blog Post: How to: Integrating Search into your ASP.NET Site

    This is a nice (short) article that shows you how to integrate search; in this case: Live and SharePoint, but you could use similar code for "Other" very popular search engines, but I work for Microsoft so we won't discuss them. :) It's got some sample code that you can download and customize for your...
  • Blog Post: Free SharePoint Document Workflow Workshop - Part 4 on Workflow Task

    The fourth and most likely final (they take a lot of time to write) part of this workshop series tackles one of the most common questions that I run into with SharePoint developers. The question revolves around creating, sending (via email), and handling tasks within SharePoint. In this workshop, I build...
  • Blog Post: How do I freeze an ASP.NET GridView header?

    This question came up at the Public Sector Developer Conference in Anchorage, AK. I'm trying to answer all customer questions like this via my blog so everyone has the benefit of the answer. There are a number of ways to do it, but my favorite (because it so darn easy) is to use an ASP.NET AJAX control...
  • Blog Post: Free SharePoint Document Workflow Workshop - Part 3 (ASP.NET Workflow Forms continued)

    In Part 2 of this workshop series, I focused on how to allow Administrators to set the "Default Behavior" of a document workflow using the Association Form. For this (Part 3) of the workshop series I will focus on how to prompt a normal (non-Administrator) user for information before the workflow starts...
  • Blog Post: Free SharePoint Document Workflow Workshop - Part 2 (ASP.NET Workflow Forms)

    In Part 1 of the Workshop series, I focused on how to get your Development Environment configured and how to build a basic document workflow for SharePoint using Visual Studio. In Part 2, I am expanding on the subject by tackling the subject of " getting information into the workflow. " This workshop...
  • Blog Post: How does FREE ASP.NET hosting until January 2010 sound?

    Verio is offering a sweet little free hosting deal to developers and designers to promote Microsoft-based hosting for products and technologies like Expression, Visual Studio, and Silverlight. The Plan includes: .NET Framework 3.0 (I am told 3.5 will be made available eventually) SQL Server Express ASP...
  • Blog Post: MOSS Supports Live Earth - How we built Conservation International's Public Websites

    You may recall in a previous post , I wrote about how I led a couple of projects to migrate Conservation International's public websites to SharePoint Server 2007 as well as implement a Silverlight v1.1-based Carbon Offset Calculator that is currently hosted on Conservation International's newly re-launched...
  • Blog Post: WEBCAST: What's New for Web Developers in Visual Studio 2008 & the Microsoft ASP.NET Futures

    You might want to entertain attending even if you've seen me present this one before. I will be showing new Visual Studio 2008 beta 2 features like LinqDataSource, improved design time experience for ASP.NET AJAX extender controls, AJAX Web Part drag and drop, and anything else I find between now and...
  • Blog Post: ASP.NET 3.5 will have a LinqDataSource

    I've been delivering a "What's New for Web Developers in Visual Studio 2008 & the Microsoft ASP.NET Futures" session over the last few months to various customers and partners. All of the features / demos I have shown were based on Visual Studio 2008 Beta 1. When Beta 2 is released, there will be...
  • Blog Post: Hierarchical Data Source Controls

    I found out about these ASP.NET controls by way of Bertrand LeRoy . "These data sources enable Menu and TreeView to declaratively bind to almost arbitrary data." Apparently, they have been around for a while. Bertrand just moved them to Codeplex. Details here . -Marc
  • Blog Post: Free Online ASP.NET in C# Tutorial

    Our friends at MSDN have been so good as to release a multi-chapter online tutorial on how to build ASP.NET solutions in C#. So, although I would not call this a "Beginners" tutorial, in that you are going to need to understand either some C#, VB.NET, or JAVA, in order to follow along. The principals...
  • Blog Post: Internet Explorer Developer Toolbar

    V1 of the IE Developer Toolbar is available. One of the many features that Public Sector developers will find useful is a Section 508 checker. More here . -Marc
  • Blog Post: New ASP.NET AJAX Control Toolkit version released

    Details here . -Marc
  • Blog Post: US Government Per Diem Rates Gadget: Building a Windows Vista Sidebar Gadget using ASP.NET AJAX

    UPDATE: Modified second to last paragraph with pointer to http://gallery.live.com . Added a design goal to the list. I was asked by someone in my management chain, let's call them Manager X, to build a sample Windows Vista Sidebar gadget that would be of potential use to our US Public Sector customers...
  • Blog Post: Implementing SmartCard Authentication with ASP.NET

    This little nugget just landed in my inbox. Thanks to Jason for putting it together! http://choosing-a-blog-url-sucks.blogspot.com/2007/04/implementing-smartcard-authentication.html -Marc
  • Blog Post: Don't forget about the LINQ webcast today...

    I'll have to admit that this is a bit of an ambitious webcast. In 1.5 hours, I plan on covering LINQ to Objects, LINQ to XML (including VB9 Xml Literals), LINQ to SQL (Inserts, Updates, Deletes, Stored Procedures, and Concurrency), Using LINQ with ASP.NET, and using all three (objects, xml, and sql)...
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