DevConnections Spring 2009 Slides and Demos

Apologies to those in my sessions whom I promised to upload these by the end of last week.  As often happens, things came up that prevented me from doing so, which is why I’m finally getting these uploaded after midnight almost a week after my talks (I also had to reset my Azure keys/tokens since […]

CODE Magazine Upgrade

If you’re a .NET developer, you’re probably familiar with CODE Magazine, which is pretty much the only industry magazine that isn’t owned by a large corporation, and which has always been known for delivering quality content.  Recently, the magazine upgraded its look, as you can see at right, and a refresh of the web site […]

Cannot Connect to Windows Home Server Solution

I have an HP MediaSmart 470 Home Server (previous post) that I like very much for its ease-of-use and simple ability to back up my home network’s computers and act as a streaming media server.  However, one of my computers stopped being able to connect to it.  Since it was my laptop, and I have […]

SDS Now Offering Real SQL

SQL Data Services (SDS) will offer “real” relational data access in the future, according to the latest MSDN Flash newsletter I received today.  This is great news, since prior incarnations of SSDS/SDS have all been restricted to Astoria/REST implementations that required HTTP access to data.  These are fine for some scenarios, but most apps that […]

Azure Thermostat Service

By now I assume most readers are familiar with Azure, Microsoft’s cloud service offering.  Azure provides theoretically limitless scalability to online applications, which can be built using existing Microsoft developer tools and skills.  As part of the deployment process for an Azure application, the number of nodes required to support the application is specified (in […]

Azure Tooling Suggestion for Web Roles

With Azure today, there are two projects, you can create a Web Role which is basically an ASP.NET Web Application that is configured to automatically deploy to the local dev fabric (local cloud proxy).  When you Run the application, with F5 or Ctrl-F5, it will package up the application and deploy it to your local […]

ASP.NET Control Panel

Something I think would be a nice addition to ASP.NET (ideally shipping in 4.0 or N.0, but a community effort would also work) is a control panel that can be plugged into any application.  A control panel would provide some or all of the following capabilities to a web site administrator: View Page Trace output […]

Some Code Quality Links

Caught a couple of nice links from @unclebobmartin via twitter this morning that I thought were worth sharing.  The first one is a very nice summary of the Software Craftsmanship conference that took place last week in London.  From reading this review, it sounds like there were a lot of very interesting and interactive sessions.  […]

Visual Studio Silent Crash with Designer

If you’re encountered an issue where Visual Studio 2008 SP1 crashes silently whenever you try to open a web form or master page (which by default will open the design view), there is a hotfix that will likely solve the problem.  I ran into this recently while working on the Azure MVC templates that Jim […]