Archives / 2007 / November
  • Microsoft Download Center - Silverlight Beta

    Microsoft has a new Download Center on their site which is currently in Beta, being built entirely in Silverlight.  Check it out - it looks largely like a web page but the whole thing seems to be a Silverlight canvas.  I'm not sure if this is the way I would go when it comes to integrating Silverlight into web applications, since one of the immediate disadvantages of this design is loss of discoverability by spiders and search engines.  However, it does show how you can do some pretty rich things with the user interface within the browser. more

  • Silverlight 2.0 Is Coming

    ScottGu today announced what many of us have been wondering and hoping would happen with regard to the next shipping version of Silverlight, which is that it will in fact be dubbed 2.0 rather than 1.1.  My personal feeling on this is that it's a very smart move, expecially given the long period of time between the releases (which most people did not realize when 1.0 Beta and 1.1 Alpha were previewed earlier this year at MIX) and the huge difference in the capabilities of these two platforms.  I'm very much looking forward to Silverlight 2.0 and the many goodies it will bring, especially the ability to code everything in C#, with some decent UI controls, and LINQ and data … more

  • MIX and Tech·Ed 2008

     I'm planning to attend MIX 2008, in its third year and being held at the Venetian in Las Vegas once more.  The site has started a weekly podcast called The Signal that you can subscribe to and learn about behind-the-scenes preparations for MIX08.  The show includes interviews with speakers, staff, attendees, and other notables and is a mix of technologies and topics.Tech·Ed 2008 is going to be split up into two shows this year, just as it has been in Europe lately.  This has a lot of people unhappy, because it makes the show twice as expensive for exhibitors who cater to both developers and IT professionals, as well as attendees who span the two roles or … more

  • Learn VS 2008 and .NET 3.5

    Guy pointed out a great resource for learning the newly released Visual Studio 2008 for free: the Visual Studio 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5 Training Kit, from Microsoft.  To quote the site: The Visual Studio 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5 Training Kit includes presentations, hands-on labs, and demos. This content is designed to help you learn how to utilize the Visual Studio 2008 features and a variety of framework technologies including: LINQ, C# 3.0, Visual Basic 9, WCF, WF, WPF, ASP.NET AJAX, VSTO, CardSpace, SilverLight, Mobile and Application Lifecycle Management. I'm downloading it now, but it definitely sounds like it would be worthwhile.  72.8MB of goodness - at least that's … more

  • Visual Studio Team Suite 2008 Available

    Visual Studio Team Suite 2008 is now available to MSDN Subscribers (a fact which is apparently well known, since the server seems to be suffering from the load).  Anyway, when the load on the servers reaches an equilibrium, you should be able to pick up the new VS2008 - amazing that you can do so while it's still 2007, since it seems like usually software products with years in their names struggle to ship during that year, much less before it. more

  • MIX08 Registration Open

    Here's some official information on the MIX 2008 conference hosted by Microsoft in Las Vegas next March: Registration for Microsoft’s MIX08 opened on Thursday, November 8th.  Slated for March 5- 7 at The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino in Las Vegas, MIX08 is the event for professionals in the consumer Web space – Web developers, designers, business and digital marketing professionals – to come together to explore new ways to build next generation Web experiences with Microsoft’s platform and create more dynamic customer connections that drive business results.  Information on registration and accommodations is available now at .  MIX has a … more

  • Developer Acronyms for 2007

    I've learned a few new acronyms this year and thought I'd start this post to let others share their favorites as well.  Some of these are new to me, and some are classics that I thought were worth including even though they certainly predate 2007.  Where possible I've included a link to find more information on the acronym/topic. AJAX - Asynchronous JavaScript and XML CAPTCHA - Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart (Carnegie Mellon) CI - Continuous Integration (see also CruiseControl.Net, Team Foundation Server 2008) DI - Dependency Injection (see also MSDN) DRY - Don't Repeat Yourself - aka Once and Only Once - no duplicate code … more

  • DevConnections Afterthoughts and Presentations

    I got back from DevConnections yesterday at 7am (took the redeye flight), after being gone since Saturday.  I'm glad to be home, and I know it will be a few days before I'm even close to caught up on everything that fell behind while I was in Vegas.  The show was great, though, and this is sort of my summary of the last week. I flew in early for DevExpress's TechSummit, which included about 20 other guests and about a dozen members of the DevExpress team.  It was great to get to spend some time with these guys, many of whom I'd met before (like DevinDustin and Mark) and a few whom I hadn't (like Oliver).  I already blogged about this, so I'll avoid repeating myself here, … more

  • ASP.NET Membership Manager

    In my session this week on Membership and Personalization in ASP.NET, I mentioned a commercial control for this but couldn't recall the name or URL.  Well, here it is, the ASP.NET Membership Management control from Quality Data.  I have not personally used the control, but it looks like it has all the features one would need.  It's currently $59 per web server, which seems pretty reasonable. more

  • ASP.NET Provider Source Code Install Path

    Some months ago, ScottGu announced the availability of source code for the ASP.NET providers.  This was great news and a great many comments followed.  In preparation for a talk I'm giving this week at DevConnections, I went out to grab the source again to be able to show it off during my talk.  But no matter where I told it to install, nothing was installed.  By default it wanted to go to C:\Program Files\Microsoft\ASP.NET Provider Toolkit SQL Samples\ However, nothing showed up there.  Nothing in the Start menu.  Nothing.  So I tried some other paths, but they also failed to work.  Finally, I trolled through the comments and found one that explained … more

  • VS2008 Shipping November 2007

    It's official now - Microsoft has announced that it will ship Visual Studio 2008 and the .NET Framework 3.5 later his month, November 2007.  The announcement came earlier today at TechEd Developers in Barcelona, Spain.  I expect a similar announcement will be made this week during the keynotes for DevConnections.  You can read the whole announcement here (although it's just a more longwinded and marketingish way of saying what I just said). more

  • Unrecognized attribute 'securityTrimmingEnabled'. Note that attribute names are case-sensitive

    Saw this error today working with the SiteMapDataSource in ASP.NET 3.5/VS2008.  Apparently this is a bug that has been around for a while, and is discussed here and logged in Connect here. The issue, however, is that the securityTrimmingEnabled attribute pops up in Intellisense in VS2008 when editing the web.sitemap file.  However, using it results in the error: Unrecognized attribute 'securityTrimmingEnabled'. Note that attribute names are case-sensitive. The bug is in the VS Intellisense - it should not be showing an attribute that is not a viable option.  This property is actually set on the provider and configured in web.config.  The forum link above has the solution, … more

  • SimpleCMS on CodePlex

    ASPAlliance SimpleCMS plugin is now available on CodePlex.  You can use CodePlex to submit your feature requests and such now, which will help guide future releases of the plugin.  Also, if you're interested in contributing to the project, let us know.  You'll find SimpleCms here now. more

  • DevExpress TechSummit

    I'm in Vegas a few days early (before DevConnections) to attend DevExpress's TechSummit2007, where they've invited a bunch of MVPs, authors, speakers, etc. to come and learn more about their controls and tools.  Yesterday we saw some of what they're working toward in the WPF space, with some charts and grids that are not quite ready yet, but look like they will be pretty nice.  I'm not doing much with WPF at the moment, since I'm mainly holding out for Silverlight 1.1 and whatever subset of WPF it supports, but DevExpress is also working on (mainly planning and proof-of-concept given the early nature of Silverlight 1.1) some controls for that as well.Today … more

  • Speaking in Ann Arbor November 14th

    I'll be presenting to the Ann Arbor .Net Developer's Group in two weeks on ASP.NET Caching Best Practices.  The meeting starts at 6pm at SRT Solutions in Ann Arbor.  You can find more information about the group and meeting location here: more