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    Promise.js 2.0 – Promise Framework for JavaScript

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    Well over a year ago I posted an article describing how to employ an asynchrony concept known as a Promise.  Since then a number of implementations of Promises have shown up in libraries such as jQuery Deferred and CommonJS.  I’ve updated the sources and removed the dependency on ASP.NET Ajax, however the current version depends on features of ECMAScript 5, which is supported in IE 9, Chrome, and Firefox.  If you need support for Safari, Opera, or IE 8 and under you need to use an ES5 Polyfill.  In addition the license has been changed from MSR-LA (Non-Commercial) to MS-PL which allows commercial use.

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    Promises and Futures in JavaScript

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    A Promise is a programming model that deals with deferred results in concurrent programming. The basic idea around promises are that rather than issuing a blocking call for a resource (IO, Network, etc.) you can immediately return a promise for a future value that will eventually be fulfilled. This allows you to write non-blocking logic that executes asynchronously without having to write a lot of synchronization and plumbing code...

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    TFS Walkthrough Series: Part 3 - Opening the Source Control Explorer

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    Open Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Ensure you have an active connection to Team Foundation Server (see Walkthrough: Connecting to Team Foundation Server ) In the "Team Explorer" task pane, expand the Team Project Double-click on the Source...
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    TFS Walkthrough Series: Part 2 - Viewing Work Items

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    Open Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Ensure you have an active connection to Team Foundation Server (see Walkthrough: Connecting to Team Foundation Server ) In the "Team Explorer" task pane, expand the Team Project (in this example: TeamProject...
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    TFS Walkthrough Series: Part 1 - Connecting to Team Foundation Server

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    Open Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 In Visual Studio 2008, click the menu: Tools / Connect to Team Foundation Server In the "Connect to Team Foundation Server" dialog, click the button: Servers… Figure 3 - Connecting to a Team Foundation...
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    Team Foundation Server Walkthrough Series: Introduction

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    The following is a series of walkthroughs for Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Team Foundation Server. They range from simply making a TFS connection to setting up build configurations and branching scenarios. Connecting to Team Foundation Server Viewing...
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    TFS Quick Tips: #1 Adding a screenshot to a work item

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    The Team Explorer in Visual Studio provides a quick (and not exactly obvious) method for attaching a screenshot or other content to a Work Item. Screenshots To quickly add a screenshot do the following: 1. Press PrtScrn or Alt+PrntScrn (Captures only...
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    "Wheel of Time" author James Oliver Rigney, Jr. aka "Robert Jordan" passes away at 58

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    From the official website: New York Times #1 best-selling author Robert Jordan passed away on Sunday September 16th at 2:45 PM EST. His passing was announced by his cousin Wilson on his official blog, hosted here . [ http://www.dragonmount.com/ ] I've...
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    Visual Studio "Browse with..." multiple browsers

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    Here's a tip if you're doing a lot of cross browser ASP.NET or AJAX development in Visual Studio: Right click an .aspx file and choose "Browse with..." If you're like me you've probably added some additional browsers to your "Browse with" list like FireFox...
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    DOM Event inconsistencies between browsers

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    I've been working on some bugs in the Calendar extender from the ASP.NET AJAX Control Toolkit and have been resolving some of the focus/blur events. I've been trying to make the calendar work consistently across all of the browsers and found some frustrating...
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    Visual Studio Macro to collapse function and prototype blocks

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    I usually use the handy VS macro "Hide Selection" (Ctrl+M,H) to collapse function and prototype blocks when doing Ajax development on a large script file. While it may not be the most efficient implementation at current, it gets the job done. JsUtilities...
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    Skinning model for Calendar and Tabs in Ajax Control Toolkit

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    This article was originally posted on 2/2/2007. The original host of the article is no longer available. Due to the high demand for the content I am reproducing it in its entirety. Click below for the full article. Read 'Skinning model for Calendar and...
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    Where have I been?

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    Finally back on the blogging scene. A lot has happened in the last 6 months and now that things are settling down I finally have a chance to start putting some content on my blog. First, a little about me. My name is Ron Buckton and I am a Senior Consultant...
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