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    Blog neglect

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    Ugh - I sit down almost every day and say "oh that's cool, I need to blog on that". Then the end of the day comes it doesn't get done. The next day comes...rinse and repeat. The worst part about it is that there is so much cool stuff to blog about...
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    The Toolkit now has profile suport!

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    Yesterday we checked in some new base functionality to the Tookit (sure is nice having the extender stuff in the project!). Several customers have asked for the ability to persist settings in profiles, specifically things like Drag Panel Locations. But...
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    Toolkit code is now 100% public

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    For a variety of reasons, we've kept the code at the core of the Atlas Control Toolkit - the ExtenderBase - as a binary-only part of the Toolkit. Well, get your favorite code-surfing drink ready because the ExtenderBase is now part of the Toolkit,...
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    Announcing the Atlas Control Toolkit July Update

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    Hot on the heels of the Atlas July CTP , we're proud to announce the availability of the latest update to the Atlas Control Toolkit. We've now got 21 controls with more on the way! We've added some cool new stuff to the Toolkit, and I'm excited to...
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    Toolkit update

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    We've been working on getting another Toolkit release done. Unfortuantely, we discovered an issue in the June CTP of Atlas that caused some problems. You could ask "why didn't you catch this before the June CTP went out?" To which I would reply "that...
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    Adding Toolkit Components to your Toolbox

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    This post should be under the category "you learn something new every day". First, some background. In my earlier years here at MS as a developer, one of the things I wrote was the VS Toolbox support for managed components. You know that gnarly "Choose...
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    WebDevCon 06 Moscow

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    I had the pleasure of speaking at WebDevCon 06 in Moscow (yes, Russia) last week. The Microsoft folks from the Moscow office did a great job of setting up this conference and helping me get ready for it. The show had about 500 attendees, and was held...
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    Little improvements

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    I've been running IE7 for a while now and there's two things that I never would have thought of as being a big deal that I've gotten really fond of. Well, actually three, but the third is tabbed-browsing which is kind of old news. First, I'm starting...
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    Testing the Toolkit

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    When we first started working on the Toolkit, we evaluated several different testing methods. First, we looked at the testing features built intoVSTS specifically for ASP.NET but they mostly just watch page round trips, and therefore wouldn't work for...
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    Atlas Control Tooklit online talk now available

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    A few weeks ago I did an online (LiveMeeting) talk about the Toolkit. It finally got pushed out onto the download servers, so you can watch it here as a streaming video (WMV). Note the first few minutes the screen will be blank (you'll get audio). Don...
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    The next step for the Toolkit: Community Contributions

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    Well sometimes you need a little nudge, and we got just that via Scott's blog post earlier this week, kind of unexpectedly. So, uh, yeah, as some of you may have noticed, our content and code is now live on CodePlex in the Atlas Toolkit Project . The...
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    "Atlas" Control Toolkit Refresh Released

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    We finally managed to get this refresh done. Check out the samples and release notes at http://atlas.asp.net/atlastoolkit . Or just click here to get the bits . Lots of bug fixes, 4 new controls. Not too many breaking changes. Enjoy!
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    Toolkit refresh teaser

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    We've been busily working on the Toolkit refresh. I'm not making any promises but I think we can get it out by the middle of next week. Here's a short off-the-top-of-my-head list of what to expect: Incorporated feedback . We've addressed as much of...
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    Slides & Samples from Atlas Toolkit Talk

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    I've done a couple online talks about the Toolkit. Here's the slides & demo that I did as part of the talk.
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    Explaining the Toolkit's Extender classes

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    All of the controls in the preview release of the Toolkit are built upon a set of classes that really help streamline the process of writing control extenders. These classes form a thin "glue" layer between the Tookit controls and the "Atlas" classes...
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    Update on Toolkit compatibility with Safari

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    So I finally got a hold of a Mac I could use to try to figure out what the Safari issues are with the Toolkit. What I found was that the toolkit classes didn't work at all . Meaning, it wasn't that they were just buggy or something, they weren't even...
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    In case you see compile slowdowns upon adding Toolkit stuff to your website

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    A customer reported this problem. If you're seeing this, it probably means you forgot to install the April CTP . The problem is that the verson of Atlas that ends up in your bin directory doesn't match the one in your ..."program files\Microsoft ASP.NET...
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    Bertrand talks about Atlas and browser compat

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    I've seen a few mentions of how well the toolkit stuff does (or doesn't) work in Safari. We chose to focus on IE and Firefox for our first release, not only for resource reasons (there's just three of us!) but because of some of the reasons mentioned...
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    The Toolkit in action: Hooking up the CasdcadingDropDown

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    The "Atlas" Control Toolkit makes it super easy to add great usability features to your website. One of the things people regularly want to do is to create a "cascading" set of DropDownLists, where the value of each populates the values below. The "Atlas...
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    "Atlas" Control Toolkit available for download

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    Here . Okay, yeah, it took a little longer than I'd hoped but we made some improvements in the meantime. Check out all the details on the Atlas website , and we've created a forum for the toolkit as well. The controls in the toolkit are basically preview...
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    Atlas talks at MIX and my new project

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    Shanku (Atlas/ASP.NET PUM) just finished giving his Atlas talk where he went through the major parts of Atlas and did a bunch of demos. He also demo'd some of the stuff that my team has been working on. I've been hinting about exactly what it is, and...
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    Watching the keynote at MIX06

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    Sitting with Jordon and David from Code Project down here in Vegas watching the keynote at Mix 06 - mostly from BillG but some really cool stuff from the MySpace.com guys and the BBC, plus a cameo appearence by Tim O'Reilly doing a kind of an interview...
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    What I like about Atlas: Behaviors

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    So I've been hacking away with Atlas now for the better part of two months. As I got to playing with it, what I really focused in on was behaviors and control extenders. You can really improve a website's experience without much pain by using them. ...
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    What am I working on?

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    I've been a "client guy" for my entire time here at Microsoft. Windows Forms, WFC, the designers, all client code, most of it Win32 based. The new team I've started is in the overall Frameworks organization (.NET Client, ASP.NET, the CLR, etc.) run...
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    New blog for work stuff

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    I decided to bite the bullet and separate my personal blog from my work stuff. No, I didn't get in trouble or anything, I just decided it would be nice to have some more latitude about the stuff I feel comfortable blogging about and not worry so much...
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