Contents tagged with announcement

  • Visual Studio Tools

    I've been meaning to post something about two awesome and competing toolsets that recently have some news to report.  First, my friends at DevExpress won both the Attendee's Pick : Overall Winner and Breakthrough Product awards at Tech:Ed Developers a couple of weeks ago.  DXperience won the Attendee's Pick.  CodeRush, their productivity-enhancing Visual Studio tool, won the latter award, and you can watch a video of a complete non-computer user shaming a developer (Brendan) last November, here (she also beat me and everybody else who challenged her).  Congratulations, DevExpress! Also new this month, CodeRush/Refactor!'s primary competitor ReSharper (from JetBrains) … more

  • GeekFest Party at TechEd 2008 June 3rd

    Doug Seven of Microsoft is hosting a party at Howl at the Moon during TechEd on June 3rd.  He has some details on his blog and the party will include (and require for admission) a rubber duck competition.  You'll need to pick up your duck for admission at the Teched Technical Learning Center at the Developer Tools & Languages information desk.  One duck will admit two people so bring a friend! more

  • TECHbash is Coming to PA

    In just 10 days (May 10th, 2008), TECHbash 2008 will kick off in northeastern Pennsylvania.  The show has been around since 2005 and will include several hundred developers, IT professionals, and industry experts from PA and surrounding states.  Joe Stagner from Microsoft will be giving the keynote and my company, Lake Quincy Media, is one of the sponsors of the show. Speakers will include MVPs Miguel Castro, Sam Gentile, and many more.  Jason Gaylord (who runs the .NET Valley User Group) is one of the primary organizers of the event and has done a very good job. more

  • OpenXML Standardized and Sour Grapes

    Earlier this week, the OpenXML document format was standardized by the ISO/IEC, with a huge 86% of voting countries favoring the format (news here, among other places).  While this is interesting and a win for anyone using Microsoft Office document formats (who isn't?), it's also a bit disappointing that those who opposed the format's standardization have opted not to accept the decision of the global community.  Instead, they've shifted into sour grapes mode and are attacking the process and everyone involved (at least the ones who didn't agree with their perspective).  Jan van den Beld has a great writeup of the accusations being thrown about by the folks who couldn't … more

  • MVC Source Code Available

    The ASP.NET MVC library's source code has been made available on CodePlex, ScottGu announced today.  The project itself is still very much a work in progress, but with this you should be able to get a much better idea of how everything is laid out and working.  I think it's great the Microsoft is being this transparent with their development efforts, and the amount of community feedback they are accepting and acting on with this project is outstanding.  For a variety of legal reasons they are not accepting patches to the code directly, but that doesn't mean that reproduced bugs and even blog entries noting changes you'd like to see will not be used to improve the … more

  • AJAX Control Toolkit Update Released

    Yesterday (Leap Day), the Ajax Control Toolkit team released an update to the toolkit.  This release comes in two flavors, one for the 3.5 framework (which has AJAX baked into ASP.NET 3.5) and one for the AJAX 1.0 release that is an add-on to ASP.NET.  As always you can run through the live demos of the controls here.  This release does not add any new controls, but does include a number of bug fixes and improvements, including a bunch of user-submitted patches (learn how you can submit you own patches). My favorite controls in the Ajax Control Toolkit remain the AutoComplete, the CollapsiblePanel, and the TextBoxWatermark.  I use this a lot in my applications.  I … more

  • Scott Guthrie Promoted to Corporate Vice President

    Earlier this week, Microsoft announced a number of promotions, among them Scott Guthrie, who is now Corporate Vice President, .NET Developer Division (executive profile - promotion press release).  Many of you know Scott from his extremely popular blog, on which me mixes news and roadmaps for the products he oversees with technical walkthroughs and tutorials on the latest and greatest technologies.  He's one of the nicest, humblest people I know, especially among successful technologists and bloggers.  He always has time to answer questions from anybody, with great patience, and while I'm sure he's human like the rest of us, I've never known him to lose his temper or let pride … more

  • Windows Release Schedule 2008

    For those of you eagerly awaiting Window Server 2008 (formerly Longhorn), especially you ASP.NET types salivating over IIS7, the wait is nearly over.  Today Microsoft has announced that it as released Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista SP1 to manufacturing.When Can I Get It?That would seem to be the driving question.  What does Released To Manufacturing (RTM) mean, anyway?  Well, essentially it means it's done and it's in the "pipeline" to get into your eager little hands.  However, even though this is software and not, say, XBox consoles, it still takes some time to print CDs and boxes, put little licensing stickers with holograms and retina scanners … more

  • Microsoft Proposes Yahoo Acquisition

    This just in - Microsoft has proposed to acquire Yahoo for $31 per share in a $44B deal.  The full details, including the letter sent from Steve Ballmer to the Yahoo board can be found here.  If this deal goes through, it should help Microsoft to compete with Google in the online space, and would seem to be a (rare) case where Microsoft beat Google to the punch on an acquisition deal. more

  • Microsoft Auto and Ford SYNC

    One of the themes of last night's college championship football game (which, sadly, OSU lost, though not quite as badly as a year ago) during the commercials was the new SYNC technology available from Ford and Lincoln Mercury.  I've been peripherally aware of this technology for a while, but these were the first advertisements I'd seen for the actual product.  According to a recent press release, Ford Sync (which is powered by Microsoft Auto) will be available in 12 Ford, Lincoln, and Mercury products in 2008.  This technology will allow users (drivers and passengers) to access their mobile phone or digital music player via voice commands, and will integrate with phones via … more

  • Holiday Skins for .NET Controls

    As the end of year holiday season approaches, it's fairly common for some web sites and products to re-skin their logos and applications to make them a little more festive or seasonal.  Google has long been known for their creative variations of their logo in response to various holidays throughout the year.  This year, at least one .NET control vendor, DevExpress, has created a Holiday UI skin for Windows.This is an application-wide UI skin, which developers can use to instantly modify the look and feel of traditional Windows solutions to one which is styled in a Christmas/holiday theme.  Ray blogged about the new theme a couple of days ago, and already it's gotten … more

  • RegExLib Redesign Complete

    We've done some design work on the Regular Expression Library, and cleaned up the code base significantly to get rid of some cruft and fix a few bugs.  The site gets a surprisingly large amount of traffic, considering how esoteric a topic regular expressions are, and hopefully the new design will make it that much easier for people to search for regular expression examples.  You can see some of its earlier (and much uglier) designs in the Internet Archive Wayback Machine, which has archives of the site dating back to September of 2001. If you have suggestions for, please let us know.  One thing I think I want to start doing more of is adding additional reference … more