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  • Blog Post: Develop, Design, Deploy

    Over the holidays, I built a data-driven website for a family member. It gave me a chance to explore some new Microsoft web technologies and tools hands-on. Here's how I developed, designed, and deployed the site: Develop: using ASP.NET AJAX and Visual Studio Web Developer Express Edition I wanted...
  • Blog Post: ASP.NET Ajax (formerly "Atlas") goes Beta 2

    They've just released ASP.NET Ajax (formerly ASP.NET "Atlas") in Beta 2 over on the ASP.NET site. (In fact, atlas.asp.net now redirects to ajax.asp.net .) They've changed the control namespaces from atlas: to asp: , so I need to do a bit of search-'n'-replace on Mosaic Art by Siofra , my long-suffering...
  • Blog Post: Students ask the most interesting things

    Last Wednesday I gave a presentation to SkyNet , the University of Limerick Computer Society. About 30 undergrad and graduate students turned up for Atlas, Vista and pizza, in that order. What I showed them was basically a riff on my ASP.NET "Atlas" presentation from ApacheCon Europe , but I also...
  • Blog Post: Top Tips for free Microsoft support and training resources

    Clare asked Dave and me to reveal some hidden gems that are available from Microsoft for technical support and learning. This was our list of the shiniest gems that we find devs and IT pros don't always know about. I also posted the Best of the Rest as an article. 1. MSDN Forums – http://forums...
  • Blog Post: Dave and Rob's Top 5 Tips for Free Microsoft Support and Learning Resources (and the Best of the Rest!)

    Dave and Rob ’s Top 5 Tips for Free Microsoft Support and Learning Resources 1. MSDN Forums – http://forums.msdn.com Looking for answers to your toughest technical questions? The MSDN forums are regularly visited by members of the product teams, MVPs, influencers, and experts. Broken out...
  • Blog Post: MSDN Flash Ireland - International Resources - 19 Sept 2006

    Special Section: ASP.NET 2.0 [ASP.NET] [Windows Forms and Smart Clients] Dundas Map for .NET Released Dundas Software has officially launched Dundas Map for .NET - available for ASP.NET with AJAX support and Windows Forms. [ASP.NET] September ASP.NET Support...
  • Blog Post: IIS7 guaranteed to impress developers and IT Professionals

    Internet Information Services 7 (IIS7) contains a goldmine of features that will impress both developers and IT Professionals. I presented last night's Atlas talk using Vista RC1, which gave me an opportunity while preparing to explore IIS7 in a bit more detail. I was so impressed with my experience...
  • Blog Post: 'Atlas' gets its real name, and gets talked about in Cork tonight

    " Atlas ," Microsoft's framework for building richer, more interactive, cross-browser web applications, has been given its real name(s): The Microsoft AJAX Library, the ASP.NET 2.0 AJAX Extensions, and the ASP.NET AJAX Control Toolkit. More details about the ship date and feature delivery plan for...
  • Blog Post: ASP.NET "Atlas" July CTP looks solid

    I've just updated the Mosaic Art by Siofra site to the July CTP of Atlas. It's a simple site built with Atlas over a weekend, which I have shown a couple of times during demos. Although there isn't much difference from an end-user's perspective, some issues I had with the site's admin menus have gone...
  • Blog Post: Technology behind Art (or, how I built 'Mosaic Art By Siofra') (ASP.NET, Atlas Control Toolkit, RSS Toolkit, Flickr.NET)

    Mosaic Art by Siofra is a simple website built with ASP.NET that incorporates some interesting features, such as web service communications, an RSS feed, and quite a few AJAX tricks. Here are a few of the technologies that allowed me to create the site very quickly, and without writing any javascript...
  • Blog Post: Atlas keynote at ApacheCon Europe

    Wow - thanks to everyone who attended my Atlas presentation at ApacheCon Europe today. I was overwhelmed by the full house and the warm reception. And it was kinda cool to be the Microsoft guy running Apache and PHP on his laptop :) Here are my slides (zipped .ppt) . I started with a brief Introduction...
  • Blog Post: Webcast: Kieran Lynam on Atlas: Follow-up

    The webcast series began today with ASP.NET MVP Kieran Lynam -- Kieran Lynam: A Lap around Atlas June 20th, 3:00pm - 4:30pm GMT Session description: ASP.NET "Atlas" is a framework for building next generation, cross-platform, browsing experiences. This webcast will demonstrate how easy it is to...
  • Blog Post: Webcast Series: Atlas (20 Jun), Team Foundation Server (22 Jun), Windows Presentation Foundation (27 Jun), VB.NET 2005 (4 Jul)

    There's a series of four afternoon webcasts coming up about new developer technologies, and you're very welcome to attend. 20 Jun: Irish MVP Kieran Lynam on ASP.NET Atlas , 22 Jun: TFS expert Martin Woodward on Team Foundation Server , 27 Jun: Avalon junkie Rob ("Me") Burke on the Windows...
  • Blog Post: IT@Cork MiniConference on Web 2.0

    Experts from all over the globe are gathering in Cork on June the 8th for a Web 2.0 half-day Conference, hosted by IT @ Cork. I'm really excited to be involved in this one. Speakers include Shel Israel , Salim Ismail , Fergus Burns , Walter Higgins , and little ol' me. Please visit http://www.itcork...
  • Blog Post: Mix06 Videos Available online

    The videos and slides from the Mix06 conference, which was held in Vegas last March, are now online at http://sessions.mix06.com/ . Now I can go back and soak up all the sessions I wasn't able to attend while I was there! For those of you who saw Scott Guthrie 's presentations at the INDC about...
  • Blog Post: ASP.NET Atlas: April CTP and Control Toolkit released

    Last Monday and Tuesday, using the March CTP, I demonstrated how quickly and easily developers can use Atlas to improve the client experience on their websites. Just before I got up to speak on Tuesday, I discovered that the Atlas team released their shiny new April Community Tech Preview. That CTP...
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