Archives / 2006 / November
  • Vista on MSDN

    Windows Vista Ultimate is now available on MSDN Subscriber Downloads.  Nuff said. more

  • Vista, DotNet3 Available

    Just announced: Today Microsoft achieved another significant Vista milestone: the 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows Vista Business and Enterprise Editions are now available to business and enterprise customers in English. This is exactly one week after the signing off on the RTM bits.    The German and Japanese versions of Vista will go out tomorrow, followed by French and Spanish on Friday. Also, expect a Friday release of Windows Vista Ultimate in English to MSDN.  All 5 languages will be available on MSDN by this Saturday.    Finally, the .NET 3.0 redistributable is available on at … more

  • AssemblyBinding in Web Config and XMLNS

    Ran into this (again, I think) today while setting up some assembly binding between Telerik and PeterBlum controls in my LakeQuincy web site.  The short version is that the presence of an xmlns= in your <configuration> node of web.config will prevent ASP.NET 2.0 from reading any assemblyBinding tag.  So if you have something like this: <configuration xmlns=""> You will want to replace it with this: <configuration> Then your <assemblyBinding> tags in your <runtime> element (like the one shown below) should magically work ok: <assemblyBinding xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:asm.v1"> … more

  • WebDevHelper Now Has Atlas Support

    Nikhil has updated his WebDevHelper utility to include direct support for Atlas.  His original WebDevHelper is a nice plug-in for the browser that provides a lot of similar functionality to the FireFox development toolbar combined with the Fiddler utility.  His new update includes some nice parsing features that make it much easier to see what is being passed on the wire for MSAJAX UpdatePanels and similar controls.  Check it out. more

  • Speaking in Arizona in March 2007

    I’ll be speaking at the Arizona .NET user group on 7 March 2007 about Caching and Performance.  More information here.  The session’s description is: This session focuses on fundamentals of performance and scalability design, testing, and optimization, with an emphasis on distributed architectures and data driven applications.  The special case of caching will be given extra attention, and a number of best practices and techniques related to caching in .NET and ASP.NET will be demonstrated, along with their effects on overall application performance.   more

  • DevConnections Fall 2006 Summary

    Got back home last night from DevConnections in Las Vegas.  It was a very good show this year in terms of content, products being launched, and numbers of attendees and exhibitors.  I think I had more people in my sessions than usual, too, and they all went well (i.e. the demos worked, nobody threw tomatoes at me).The keynote on Monday night suffered a bit from some audio issues and in general wasn’t as tremendously exciting as I thought it should have been given that ASP.NET AJAX Beta 2 was announced, along with Office 2007 and Sharepoint 2007 and, I believe, .NET 3.0.  Perhaps the sheer volume of announcements of products being released made it difficult to build buzz … more

  • DevConnections Keynotes

    Scott Guthrie's keynote this morning covered a few ASP.NET AJAX features.  It was impressive to see how quickly he was able to move around during his demo and literally create the sample applications from scratch.  He also showed some screenshots of the upcoming Expresion Suite, which looks sweet (pun intended) and, more importantly, will have a large amount of its functionality included in Visual Studio (split-screen design/source mode, CSS refactoring, javascript intellisense and syntax checking, etc.).   Published with blogmailr more

  • SqlDependency Issue Resolved

    I’m doublechecking my demos for my sessions at DevConnections this week and I think I finally fixed an issue that has plagued me off and on for the last year or more when I’ve been demonstrating the new SQL 2005 SqlDependency features.  It seems like almost half the time, the notifications don’t work when it’s time for me to give the demo, though they work fine when I test them prior to the user group meeting or conference where I am presenting.  The last time this happened I noted that it probably had something to do with my network connectivity since I had tested the demo mere hours before the presentation and it had problems in the Internet-less … more

  • Excel Pivot Chart from Reporting Services Video

    Last week I wrote about some fun I was having with Pivot Tables and Pivot Charts in Excel.  Well, yesterday I got around to recording a screencast video of how to create Pivot Chart reports using Reporting Services, Excel, and SoftArtisans Officewriter.  You can view it here: Using Reporting Services to Create Excel Pivot Chart Reports with OfficeWriter Check out our list of .NET videos, too — we’re up to a couple dozen now. [categories: video, Reporting Services, SSRS, Microsoft Office] more

  • CSModules Added

    I’ve added the MetaBlogExtender and ShareIt modules from ScottW’sCSModules pack.  Let me know if you have any other requests for modules or add-ons and if you have any problems with this one. [categories:CS, MetaBlog] more