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  • Blog Post: Windows Live for Developers: The Good, the Intriguing, and the Way to get Started

    On Friday, I showed IT @ Cork the Windows Live Platform for developers. The "one link to rule them all" for those who want to get started mashing a wide variety of services into their web-based applications is the Windows Live Developer Center on MSDN . 1. The Good: Virtual Earth API The...
  • 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: Express Yourself (Expression Web, Expression Blend)

    The Expression line of applications are a suite of designer tools that help integrate the designer and developer's workflows. Expression Web Expression Web was released earlier this month. It's a professional design tool for creating modern, data-driven, standards-compliant websites, and although...
  • Blog Post: Windows Live for Developers: Online Resource hub. In Beta, natch.

    What does Windows Live have to offer Developers? Have you ever wanted to... ... add Virtual Earth to a website? ... use the Live platform to build Messenger activities ? ... build Search on your site? ... write your own Gadgets ? ... perform authentication and authorization with Live...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2005 - scripting your database for moving to your hoster - Hosting Toolkit

    I've written before about how to ease the challenge of scripting your data to move it from a local SQL Server 2005 .mdf database to a hoster. Things got a little easier today with the SQL Server Hosting Toolkit , which, in its first incarnation, is a command line tool that generates a T-SQL script...
  • 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: ASP.NET 2.0 Quick Tip: Add a hyperlink to an image in a GridView column

    I was asked today how to add a hyperlink to an image in an ASP.NET 2.0 GridView column, so that clicking the image will cause the browser to navigate to a different page. I thought I'd post it in my blog, just in case anyone else is searching for this. It's very easy to add Images to a GridView using...
  • 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: '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: Ireland Web Developer competiton - extended!

    We've had a lot of interest in our Ireland Web Developer competition from a number of schools and universities, but they have asked us to extend the competition until after the summer to allow for their students to enter. We would definitely like to allow as many people as possible have the chance...
  • 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: SQL Server 2005 - scripting your database for moving to your hoster

    Suppose you've been working locally with a SQL Server 2005 database that contains the data for a website, and it's time to move your database and data up to the web hoster. Maybe you've got a few tables, some stored procedures, and even a little data in that database which is all hanging out in an .mdf...
  • Blog Post: Migrating from ASP.NET 1.1 to ASP.NET 2.0 in Visual Studio 2005

    I've recently met a number of web developers who are working with ASP.NET 1.1 and are keen to transition to Visual Studio 2005 and ASP.NET 2.0. But lingering questions remain about migration, and what to do with existing ASP.NET 1.1 assets. Peter Laudati's recent post on migrating from ASP.NET 1.1...
  • Blog Post: Windows Presentation Foundation at the INDC: Resources for learning Avalon

    I presented about the Windows Presentation Foundation at yesterday's INDC usergroup event in Dublin. First of all, congratulations to the many communities of Ireland and Northern Ireland who joined forces to host their most ambitious developer conference to date. I had a great time, and the consensus...
  • Blog Post: Ireland .Net Developers Conference - 3rd and 4th of May - Tentative Agenda

    Next week, on the 3rd and 4th of May, four of our technical communities - the ICS , INDA , IrishDev , and NIMTUG - are joining forces to host their largest .NET developer conference ever at the Morrison Hotel in Dublin. If you're a developer, a project manager, a technical architect or a company director...
  • Blog Post: 3 Tips for keeping your ASP.NET Starter Kit site cross-browser and cross-platform compatible

    In each version of Visual Studio 2005, including the free Visual Web Developer Express Edition, ASP.NET 2.0 goes a long way to help you author websites that have a broad reach across web browsers and platforms. Many web developers exploring Visual Web Developer begin with ASP.NET's free Starter Kits...
  • Blog Post: MSDN Flash Ireland - International Resources - 24 Apr 06

    Web Resources [Mobile and Embedded Development] Microsoft Sudoku: Optimizing UMPC Applications for Touch and Ink Get the complete source code for the Sudoku application that ships with the Touch Pack, part of the ultra-mobile PC. ...
  • Blog Post: Websites over lunch at Trinity today (Event Followup)

    [ Post-Event Update: Event followup links below.] Together with Darrell McCrone, I'm going to be presenting at Trinity College Dublin today on Visual Web Developer . We'll start from scratch, build a site, learn about the starter kits, and by the end of the presentation I'll be to showing how to use...
  • Blog Post: Getting on the Express Train: Mindstorms, Skype, Mediashare!

    The obvious news: The Express Editions of Visual Studio (5 million downloads and counting) are now officially free . The cool news: there's some very impressive content available in Starter Kits for Visual Studio Express Edition, as showcased in Dan Fernandez's blog . I wish I had time to explore...
  • Blog Post: Club Web Site Starter Kit: Invalid object name 'dbo.Events' or 'dbo.Locations' on default.aspx?

    I'm preparing an article with some tips and tricks for making sure that your sites built with the Club Site Starter Kit and Personal Web Site Starter Kits for Visual Web Developer are cross-browser and cross-platform compatible. In the process, I was struggling to host the Club Site Starter Kit in...
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