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Windows 7 Up and Running
I have installed Windows 7 on “bare metal” on one of my machines. This was a laptop that I work with and it was a very easy install. First off, it was the quickest OS install that I have ever experienced. You can tell that Microsoft spent some significant time working on the performance and quality of the install and bravo to the team that worked on that feature! I also used the 64-bit version of the operating system. More and more people are turning to 64-bit and it is really starting to be the ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 14, 2009 9:41 AM

Word Issue - Couldn't Select Text
I woke up yesterday morning, I noticed that Vista had installed three different security updates overnight. Opening Microsoft Word, I noticed that I was unable to use my mouse anywhere within the document anymore. I couldn't select any text. I couldn't right-click. I could only move my cursor around with the arrow keys on my keyboard. For me, this made Word completely useless. The problem was with a SnagIt add-in to Microsoft Office that was installed on my machine. It all of a sudden seemed to have ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 4, 2007 11:36 AM

First Review of Professional XML
At least this is the first review of the Professional XML book that I have seen - there may be others. But Tech-Unity did a review and got some of the purposes of the book right on the button - "This isn't a book about learning XML. This is a book about integrating XML into advanced programming and development. As the blurb on the back goes, "Wrox Professional Guides are planned and written by working programmers to meet the real-world needs of programmers, developers, and IT professionals". If that ......

Posted On Thursday, May 31, 2007 11:55 AM

REVIEW: Zune 2.0 - the best player on the market!
I got one of the first Zune players when it came out. There were things that I liked/disliked about it. The worse thing about it was the software that it came with. It was clunky and not to practical so I really didn't end up using it that often. Though, with that said, Microsoft recently released the new 2.0 version of the Zune software which was basically a complete new software package. With the new software and the changes to the firmware that was made to the Zune player along with the client ......

Posted On Saturday, January 5, 2008 8:50 PM

IIS 7.0 Rocks the House!
Yes, we have Windows Server 2008 coming. Yes, also SQL Server 2008 and Visual Studio 2008, the .NET Framework 3.5, and more - but probably one of the more exciting new items to come at this same time is IIS 7. As Scott Guthrie states in his recent blog post on IIS, this is a major update to the technology. IIS 7 will allow for a plug-in architecture and allows you to take out all the pieces of the IIS stack that your applications don't need. It also allows you to build your own extensions and plug ......

Posted On Saturday, September 29, 2007 7:55 AM

Go to MIX07 for free!

Well, really it already happened. For those that missed it though, Microsoft has just released the entire conference for free online. You will need to install Silverlight to view all the sessions. Outstanding is all I have to say. Thanks Microsoft.

The sessions -

Posted On Wednesday, May 30, 2007 3:22 PM

Microsoft Releases XML Schema Designer CTP1
As noted to me from Scott Hanselman, Microsoft just released the CTP1 of the XML Schema Explorer. Seems that there are a lot of changes coming in the XML space for the .NET 3.5 release and the XML tools that are currently present in VS2005 will be no more as they are replaced by some new XML tools - the XML Schema Designer being one of them. Here is a screenshot of the new XML Schema Explorer. You can see from this screenshot that the schema is open on the left-hand side of the shot, while the schema ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 28, 2007 5:02 PM

Silverlight Book
While I am thinking about Silverlight, I am looking forward to Devin Rader and company's new Silverlight 1.0 book from Wrox that is coming out this Fall! Devin is one of the main characters from Infragistics and due to the nature of his job of building controls for this company - he is usually neck deep in all the latest and greatest stuff coming out of Redmond. Stay tuned. Buy today: ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 21, 2007 5:14 PM

Microsoft Tafiti as a beta
Microsoft just launched a beta version of an application called Tafiti. A nice test application from Microsoft that demonstrates - probably most importantly - the use of Silverlight. For those new to Silverlight - Microsoft's official one paragraph description of this technology is: "Microsoft® Silverlight™ is a cross-browser, cross-platform plug-in for delivering the next generation of .NET based media experiences and rich interactive applications for the Web. Silverlight offers a flexible programming ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 21, 2007 5:03 PM

Visual Studio "Orcas" October CTP Available The new CTP is available for the Orcas version of Visual Studio. This is the version which will allow for Windows Presentation Foundation development. I understand that the Windows Workflow Foundation and the Windows Communication Foundation pieces are not yet included and will come in a later version. This CTP includes what some of the items which will be in the post-.NET Framework 3.0 ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 31, 2006 7:29 AM

Microsoft's Sandcastle Released as CTP
Microsoft's Sandcastle was released as a CTP just recently. This is a tool for .NET 2.0 that allows you to create documentation from the XML comments that are found in a DLL. This is a tool that is meant to compete with NDOC which hasn't really had the greatest support for generics found in .NET 2.0. I haven't tried Sandcastle myself yet, but here is the link: ......

Posted On Monday, October 9, 2006 3:04 AM

IDesign Downloads

A very nice list of WCF / .NET Framework 2.0 downloads from the IDesign team.

Posted On Thursday, September 21, 2006 9:39 AM

ReSharper on Visual Studio 2008
If I were to pick one tool to add to Visual Studio for my day-to-day coding, it would be ReSharper by JetBrains. I have been using the tool since version 2.0 and it is currently in version 3.0. It provides a ton of tips/corrections/advice as you type code. It provides better tooltips, better Intellisense, and extremely better refactoring than what you get out of the box with the default Visual Studio. For those of us out there that grab hold of the latest betas as soon as possible, you might be wondering ......

Posted On Monday, August 13, 2007 1:40 PM

Welcome to Fellow Blogger Kevin Grossnicklaus
I've known Kevin for a number of years as a friend and more recently as a co-worker. "G" has just started his blog at and is one of the .NET voices of St. Louis. Kevin's focus is on the Smart Client and especially in the area of Smart Client frameworks. In fact, he is giving a presentation on a framework that he has been working on for some time. It is quite worth the look. Glad to see you blogging finally Kevin ......

Posted On Monday, August 13, 2007 11:21 AM

New Version of ODP.NET for .NET 2.0 Released as Beta Today
Oracle has released a new version of ODP.NET as a Beta today. You can find it here. This release offers some outstanding features ODP.NET developers have been waiting for. The new feature list is as follows: Oracle Data Provider for .NET Features Instant Client Support: Smaller ODP.NET client installation User-Defined Types: Map Oracle objects and collections to .NET custom types and support REFs to object types Process Database Down Events: ODP.NET automatically frees connections of a downed Data ......

Posted On Friday, June 1, 2007 4:26 PM

Windows Vista Updates for Performance and Reliability Issues
Some folks are lovin their Vista machines while others are cursing as they are having problems (mostly with the drivers and some lockup issues). It really does only depend upon what you are using your machine for. Though, Microsoft has just released some performance and reliability patches out there: The first one takes care of the following issues: This update resolves the following issues: • The screen may go blank ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 8, 2007 1:48 PM

Want to go to outer-space for free?
Well, not exactly you, but NASA is allowing for us common folk to send our name into outer space aboard the spacecraft Dawn which is heading to the asteroid belt. Your name will be placed on a microchip and sent on the spacecraft! I'm signed up ... are you? The link:http://dawn.jpl.nasa.g... HEY .. BTW ... the site is built on ASP.NET ......

Posted On Wednesday, December 7, 2005 8:41 AM

Wrox's Professional ASP.NET 2.0 FOR SALE!
Today, the book Scott Hanselman & Devin Rader & I put together (Professional ASP.NET 2.0), is for sale on Amazon. You can really tell that people are excited about ASP.NET 2.0 since the book is ranked 404 on the Amazon book list (as of 8am this morning) and is ranked #8 on the technology book list! ScottGu and team did an excellent job giving us one of the more outstanding technologies out there to put into production today! Cheers to the ASP.NET team ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 2, 2005 6:29 AM

.NET 2.0 and Visual Studio 2005 HAVE SHIPPED!

.NET 2.0 and VS2005 have shipped today and will first be available to MSDN subscribers later in the day. Outstanding! I've been waiting two years for this! :)

Posted On Thursday, October 27, 2005 9:08 AM

Microsoft Surface and the Future of Home Computing?
The big news of the day is that Microsoft's Steve Ballmer introduced Microsoft Surface. A table computer that allows the end user to interact with the computer through their fingertips! No keyboard - no mouse. First thing you should do is take a look at the movies Microsoft made about this: The ability to drag and drop items around with your fingers. The ability to place a digital camera on the table surface and automatically pull the images / send them / edit them ......

Posted On Wednesday, May 30, 2007 2:41 PM

Alas my friends - I'm *not* TechEd bound
I wanted to ... oh yes, I wanted to come to TechEd. It is one of the best conferences out there and it is something that you will find simply overwhelming. I am unable to attend as the product that I have been working on for more than a year for Lipper is about to release (June 15th) and that is tooooo close to be messing around at a conference (no matter how cool I think that conference might be). I have to say though that the product we are releasing (for the financial services industry) is outstanding ......

Posted On Monday, May 28, 2007 10:10 PM

New Book - Professional VB 2005 with .NET 3.0!
Another book! I and some friends just finished a new release of our Visual Basic book. This is another book I wrote with the wonderful Kent Sharkey! :) We really cleaned up this version of the book. This book came together quite well and shows not only the core of .NET 2.0 in depth - but it also covers the new ground of .NET 3.0. The .NET Framework 3.0 includes the Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF), the Windows Workflow Foundation (WF), and the Windows Communication Foundation (WCF). The table ......

Posted On Monday, May 28, 2007 10:03 PM

Server-Side Excel Generation
I have been looking at the best ways in which Lipper can work with Excel in our next-generation application and took a look at ExcelPackage - an Office Open XML file creation library. I was quite impressed with how easy it is to create Excel documents on the fly with our latest financial information and then to delivery that file to the end user via a web service or something. The nice thing is that you can create exciting looking Excel documents (using Office 2007) on the server with very little ......

Posted On Monday, April 9, 2007 2:24 PM

Windows Forms Additions in the Next Version of .NET
Talking with Microsoft, I learned of some of the additions they are making for .NET Orcas (due at the end of this year). I am investing quite heavily into Windows Forms projects here at my company; therefore this environment is quite important to what I am doing here. Some of the highly touted items that are being added to Windows Forms are a lot of WPF interoperability items. This was announced at last year's TechEd, but the idea is that you will be able to host WPF controls directly inside of a ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 9, 2007 7:48 AM

VS2005 SP1 for Windows Vista is in Beta
Recently, Microsoft released Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1 (SP1). Looking at this release, you would have maybe noticed that it was fine and dandy for Windows XP, but it isn't going to work on Windows Vista. Microsoft is building a special release of VS2005 SP1 for Windows Vista. The bad news is that it isn't ready yet – but the good news is that it just made beta today. You can download this beta here. Enjoy ......

Posted On Thursday, January 4, 2007 8:24 PM

MIX07 – The Web Developers Conference
Ray Ozzie and Scott Guthrie are the keynote speakers to this Microsoft-centric Web Developers conference held in the beautiful desert of Las Vegas. The conference is from Monday, April 30th till May 2nd and has sessions on everything from Windows Live, to AJAX, to LINQ, to the topic I am most interesting in right now - WPF/E. I wonder if my friend Laurence is going to be there ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 3, 2007 8:11 PM

Office 2007 – Using Microsoft Word to Post Blog Entries
This is a test post in a way. Looking around at the new features of Word 2007 – I came across a Blog Post Template type. You can get to this template type by selecting New and you will see it as one of the first options. From there, you will be presented with a large white design area and the ribbon control. You can type in a header and then choose the category you want to publish to. This is very nicely integrated into Office and if you are reading this post, then that means that it posts just as ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 3, 2007 3:38 PM

CISCO VPN Client Software on Windows Vista

When working with your new version of Windows Vista, after you install your Cisco VPN Client software - which I did - you might get the error:

"Reason 403: Unable to Contact Service Gateway"

This is due to the fact that your VPN software will not work on Vista. There is presently a version out there (in beta) that works on Vista and you can find it here:


Posted On Monday, January 1, 2007 10:26 AM

Installing Fingerprint Reader software on Windows Vista
Installed Windows Vista back on my machine. Took it off for a while due to the fact that the new Zune software didn't work on Vista. It does now - so I'm back! :) In installing Windows Vista, for the second time - one thing that took me a while was finding all the software for my Microsoft Keyboard with Fingerprint Reader. You can find the software for both the keyboard and the fingerprint reader here: It is two separate pieces of software ......

Posted On Sunday, December 31, 2006 6:16 PM

HOW TO: Build Your First WPF Application
I just really started playing around with WPF and XAML and how to build an application in this new format. I really like it, but at the same time, I have a lot to still learn! For my first example, I wanted a form that would have some sort of event that caused UI to change in some manner. For this, I put together a form with a simple Button control on it and a place to put some results on the form after the button is clicked. This form really needs two pieces to work - Window1.xaml and Window1.xaml.cs. ......

Posted On Monday, November 20, 2006 7:16 AM

Office 2007 to the Rescue!
I installed Office 2007 on my laptop. This was for me an upgrade from Office 2003 and the upgrade went beautifully. It launches by asking you for the Office key right at the beginning and you can copy and paste the entire key in at once as it is a single textbox (which is a nice feature). You can also provide the key later and just install Office directly without this key. From there, you are provided two buttons - Upgrade and Custom. For kicks, I pressed the Custom tab to see what it was installing ......

Posted On Friday, November 17, 2006 10:12 AM

Vista is out to Manufacturing! Oh Yeah!
As everyone is probably blogging ... Vista is out! Yeah! Very nice. I am quite looking forward to have Vista on my machine full time now as a finished product and I am very much looking forward to MSFT Office 2007 and the abilities it gives developers to more easily build within its environment. Have you seen the new VSTO Special Edition for Visual Studio 2005? If not, then this is something to check out. It seems quite easy to program to from the demos that I have seen. I am also looking at the ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 8, 2006 12:48 PM

Does Visual Studio Rot Your Mind? - by Charles Petzold

An excellent editorial from Charles Petzold on the state of programming in the Microsoft world. I really enjoyed this read. Take a look.

Posted On Wednesday, October 26, 2005 10:55 AM

Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) Primer
Friend and former co-worker, Laurence Moroney, has put out an article this month on the Windows Communication Foundation (WCF).

Posted On Friday, October 21, 2005 6:40 AM

Second Article of the ASP.NET Jumpstart Series Out

My second article on the Media Share Library Starter Kit is out:

ASP.NET Jumpstart: Building the Data Tier of the Media Share Library Starter Kit

Posted On Thursday, October 13, 2005 6:30 AM

Downloads Galore!
There are so many new items out for download today. The first set are all the new .NET Framework 3.0 downloads: .NET Framework 3.0 Runtime Components Windows SDK for Vista and the .NET Framework 3.0 Visual Studio 2005 Extensions for .NET Framework 3.0 (Windows Workflow Foundation) Visual Studio 2005 Extensions for .NET Framework 3.0 (WCF & WPF), November 2006 CTP There was also a release of VSTO 2005 SE: ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 7, 2006 2:27 PM

.NET Micro Framework
Java has always been good at getting its code down to the smallest of devices. .NET made attempts at entering this space a little while back when SPOT came out that allowed .NET developers to write code for some small devices such as some Microsoft watches. SPOT has gone away it seems but the work applied there has brought forth the new and upcoming .NET Micro Framework. This is a development environment that will allow for .NET development on a small device. The size of the framework will only be ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 1, 2006 7:43 AM

SQL Everywhere Renamed to SQL Server Compact Edition
According to Steve Lasker, the Microsoft marketing machine has renamed SQL Everywhere to SQL Server Compact Edition. If you haven't looked at SQL CE (the new name) yet, I suggest you do. I posted earlier on some good links to some info on this product.

Posted On Wednesday, November 1, 2006 7:21 AM

Daylight Savings 2007
One thing to be aware for your servers in the spring of 2007 is that there is going to be a change to when Daylight Savings actually occurs. Here is a post from a newspaper on the matter: "Lawmakers made recent changes that will extend DST four to five weeks beginning in 2007. The Energy Policy Act of 2005 will change DST’s duration from the second Sunday of March to the first Sunday in November. Those in favor of the change said the US will save on energy costs by taking advantage of the extra hour ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 31, 2006 7:38 AM

Web Services - Sending Large SOAP Messages
I have been working in the area of Web services for some time and I am on a project where I needed to distribute some extremely large datasets to some clients (Windows Forms). So, imagine an interface where you need to request information about an entity and you have a service where you can send in an array of entities to then get back an array of result sets about each one of the identifiers passed in. We had one such application and it worked quite nicely in that we built some ASP.NET 2.0 Web services ......

Posted On Wednesday, September 13, 2006 1:33 PM

Atlas 1.0 Coming as Beta by the end of year
Scott Guthrie posts about the upcoming Atlas 1.0 release at The highlights include: The only date mentioned is the end of the year for the beta - then will come an RC and then they will decide later when to release the product. Atlas will be fully compatible with ASP.NET 2.0 and VS2005. Atlas will have a outstanding support model and MSFT is committed to supporting it for the next 10 years. The names ......

Posted On Wednesday, September 13, 2006 12:58 PM

Professional ASP.NET 2.0 Special Edition
Oh yeah .... Scott Hanselman beat me to the punch, but Mission “Build Biggest Book Possible” has been completed! Our Professional ASP.NET 2.0 book from Wrox just had to get bigger with all the cool stuff we wanted to add. 300 new pages! So big, that we could only offer the book in hardback because they don't make bindings big enough to handle all the pages (~1,700). Its called, Professional ASP.NET 2.0 Special Edition (because it is just so special). :) And as was stated by others: Here's ......

Posted On Wednesday, July 19, 2006 2:07 PM

.NET 3.0 July CTP Released
So many releases ... so little time. The July CTP release of .NET 3.0 has been put out. Some links: The Annoucement .NET Framework 3.0 July CTP Runtime Components Windows SDK for .NET Framework 3.0 July CTP Visual Studio 2005 Extensions for Windows Workflow Foundation Release Candidate 4 .NET 3.0 July CTP Read Me File Determining Which Build of Windows Vista and .NET 3.0 Development Tools is Right for You Windows Communication Foundation Virtual Labs ......

Posted On Wednesday, July 19, 2006 1:49 PM

XPath Tool for Visual Studio from DonXML
DonXML has brought us a new tool called Xpathmania for Visual Studio that allows you to easily query XML documents using XPath (of course). Excellent job Don!

Posted On Monday, July 17, 2006 3:41 PM

EXCELLENT TUTORIALS - Building a 3-Tiered Data Architecture with ASP.NET 2.0

From Scott Mitchell ... outstanding! 

Posted On Monday, July 3, 2006 6:50 AM

Can't View CHM Files in IE7 - A FIX
If you are having problems viewing CHM files (like the new WCF documentation CHM files), you might be seeing a blank IE screen when you click on any of the subject headings contained ni the file. If this is the case, right-click on the CHM file and select Properties from the provided menu. You can then click on the Unblock button at the bottom. This will then allow the CHM file to be viewed using IE as it should be ......

Posted On Thursday, June 29, 2006 9:00 AM

New WCF Documentation for the JUNE CTP Is Out

The new documentation has arrived. That will make it easier. I have two of the leading WCF books that were written right before the June CTP and they seem to already be out of date, so it is good to have some current docs.

Posted On Thursday, June 29, 2006 8:47 AM

JUNE CTP of .NET 3.0 Released Today

The June CTP of WinFx, .NET 3.0, Avalon, Indigo, Windows Workflow was released today. Nice.

Posted On Friday, June 23, 2006 12:35 PM

New .NET Framework 3.0 Website

The .NET Framework 3.0, formally known as WinFx, formally known as Indigo and Avalon, has released a new website:

Posted On Tuesday, June 20, 2006 11:30 AM

SQL Server Everywhere Has Arrived! Links for info and download
At TechEd 2006, I was quite impressed with the new SQL Server Everywhere. I am not sure why ‘Everywhere’, but I guess just because this program is so dang easy to install, that you will just start using it in all of your applications – therefore it will get installed ‘everywhere’. SQL Everywhere was formally called SQL Server Mobile and has been expanded to now run on the desktop. Rather excited about it myself as we are going to use it as a local store in our new smart ......

Posted On Monday, June 19, 2006 1:36 PM

Why I Can't Use Vista Beta 2 Today
Dang, I really really wanted to run Windows Vista on my new Lenovo (formally IBM) Thinkpad T60. I installed it just fine and got all the drivers working, but I need three things in order for this to be my work laptop. One, I need Microsoft Outlook and that worked just fine. I need our work-based messaging program to work. It didn't at first, but you can run this program using the Program Compatibility Wizard and assign it to run in a Windows XP SP2 context. Then the last program I need is Nortel's ......

Posted On Sunday, June 18, 2006 9:03 AM

.NET Framework 3.0 - It's Not What People Think
On Somasegar's WebLog, there was a post about the name change from WinFx to the .NET Framework 3.0. There is also a clarifying post from Jason Zander's WebLog on the matter. This is an interesting move and something I am still trying to understand because as I start digging into what this really means, I don't think it is a great idea. So, what is the deal? WinFx has simply been renamed to the .NET Framework 3.0 ... nothing more and that is the problem. When I install the .NET Framework 3.0, I was ......

Posted On Tuesday, June 13, 2006 5:21 AM

Windows Forms Interoperability Talk
I attended this talk about how to build Windows Forms 2005 apps that can later deal with Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) components. Interesting, but the entire talk could have been covered in about 15 minutes. Recommended links from the talk include: Windows Forms Websitehttp://www.windowsfo... Windows Forms FAQhttp://www.windowsforms.... Windows Forms Interoperability Blog ......

Posted On Monday, June 12, 2006 7:43 AM

This is cheap for right under $100. Wrox is releasing their “WROX BOX” on Amazon starting May 9th and it includes the following books and chapters: Professional ASP.NET 2.0 Professional C# 2005 Professional .NET Framework 2.0 Professional .NET 2.0 Generics CD-ROM with more than 700 pages of bonus chapters from 10 other .NET 2.0 and SQL Server™ 2005 Wrox books DVD with 180-day trial version of Microsoft® Visual Studio® 2005 Professional Edition This is a top of the line ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 18, 2006 12:43 PM

Senior Windows Forms Tech Lead Needed!
Do you classify yourself as a Windows Forms developer? Do you have a stack of .NET books by your bedside? If so, I am looking for a senior Windows Forms tech lead (team of 8) for an important and exciting project with an outstanding company. Here are some points about the job: Must be a US citizen or already have legal status to work in the US Must be able to relocate to St. Louis. Must be self-starting and enthusiastic Must be capable of being a team leader over a multi-cultural group of developers ......

Posted On Friday, February 10, 2006 11:11 AM

Uploading Files In ASP.NET 2.0

I just noticed when looking at the ASP.NET Developer Portal on MSDN that my new article on uploading files in ASP.NET 2.0 has come out. You can read the article here:


Posted On Friday, January 6, 2006 5:55 AM

Windows Live Offers Bird-Eye Views
Windows Live is now offering some bird-eye views of some locations on the planet. Really, the only bird-eye views available are of some major destinations like Disneyland or the Empire State Building or something. Here is a shot of Niagara Falls: Because of this, you will find that it is impressive, but not that useful. I am not sure why this is presented except to get people to the site to check out the other maps. I think it would take a long time to get these bird eye views of the rest of America. ......

Posted On Friday, December 16, 2005 9:57 AM

Microsoft's Public UDDI Registry Is Shutting Down
I just got an email from Microsoft stating that their public UDDI registry is shutting down. Interesting. It really wasn't ever useful as much of the data in it was bogus data. It is good that it is shutting down for this reason. UDDI is better used within the enterprise. It also seems that IBM is shutting theirs down at the same time: -------------You are receiving this mail because you have registered as a publisher on the Microsoft test ......

Posted On Wednesday, December 14, 2005 3:00 PM

Free Microsoft Training Courses on Visual Studio 2005
https://www.microsoftelearn... I just noticed that Microsoft is offering a bunch of free online e-learning courses. These courses usually cost $99. Have fun. The courses include the following: Course 2924: Building Data Components in Microsoft® Visual Studio® 2005 (2) Summary: This course provides students with a focused, hands-on environment to experience the new features and functionality related to building Data Components in Microsoft® Visual Studio® ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 15, 2005 7:23 AM

XBOX 360 Launch Party
This is what happens when your company is one of the richest on the planet ... you get to have really cool launch parties for your products. It seems that the XBOX team is throwing a large 3000 person party at a TOP SECRET location located somewhere in the Mojave desert. More details here ... ZERO HOUR! It seems that everyone is going to get together in the middle of the desert, eat, drink, sing songs about XBOX, share stories, play games, talk about Halo tactics, etc. for 24 hours counting down ......

Posted On Thursday, November 10, 2005 1:22 PM

Somasegar Plans What is Next for Microsoft Developers

What is next now that Visual Studio has been released?

Posted On Thursday, November 10, 2005 10:12 AM

Microsoft Plans an Interim Release of VS called MQ

Microsoft is planning an interim release of Visual Studio between this release of “Whidbey” and the “Orcas” release. Slatted it seems for the summer of 2006 there will be a release “focused on quality”. Read about it here:

Posted On Thursday, November 10, 2005 10:10 AM

DevConnections tomorrow!

I'm heading to DevConnections tomorrow in Las Vegas to give a couple of talks on ASP.NET 2.0 and XML Web Services. I really like this conference - not because of Vegas, but because it is a good sized event where as an attendee you can really talk to other attendees and easily talk with the speakers. So, I am looking forward to attending the other sessions myself as there are some excellent speakers lined up for this event.

Look for me!

Posted On Monday, November 7, 2005 12:51 PM

The Language Books - Professional VB 2005 and Professional C# 2005
Whew! In addition to the Professional ASP.NET 2.0 book I have coming out this month, I also co-authored two other books coming out this month: Professional C# 2005 & Professional VB 2005 Both these books were reworked for the lastest release of both of these languages. The table of contents for the Professional C# 2005 is as follows: PART I: THE C# LANGUAGE.1. .NET Architecture. 2. C# Basics. 3. Objects and Types. 4. Inheritance. 5. Operators and Casts. 6. Delegates and Events. 7. Memory Management ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 11, 2005 11:19 AM

Office 12 - Save As PDF!

For those that haven't heard, Office 12 will have a 'Save As PDF' feature. Finally! Here is a press discussion from Microsoft on the topic:

Posted On Friday, October 7, 2005 8:51 AM

Introducing the Media Share Library Starter Kit!
The first article in a series I am doing for MSDN just came online. The ASP.NET Jumpstart series will run an ASP.NET hobbyist through the creation of their own application/starter kit. This first article, Introduction to the Media Share Library Starter Kit, is an introduction to the starter kit and runs you through installing and configuring the starter kit. ALSO, at the top of the page, you will notice that you can download the starter kit yourself to install on your machine. To steal from myself, ......

Posted On Friday, October 7, 2005 7:27 AM

All Out Patent Fight: EOLAS Wins First Round vs Microsoft EWeek reporting that Eolas won the first round of their fight with Microsoft. Eolas' patent was just reaffirmed by the US Patent and Trademark Office as valid - a patent on how external items are used inside of a browser. In the article, Microsoft admits that this is bad news for them and states that a Microsoft required redesign would “potentially breaking large numbers of Web pages in the process.” ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 4, 2005 10:15 AM

Wrox's Professional ASP.NET 2.0
This is an exciting month for me as my book, Professional ASP.NET 2.0, will finally make it out. I started working on this book at the beginning of 2004 ... yes, that is right ... 2004! This lead to a release of the ASP.NET 2.0 Beta Preview book which was based upon Beta 1 code. Since then, I re-worked the table of contents so that it would fit nicely in the 1000+ page Professional model that makes a Wrox book so good and asked some good ASP.NET authors out there to help me finish the project. The ......

Posted On Monday, October 3, 2005 10:58 AM

Time Tracker Starter Kit MSDN Articles
From Kent's plethora of new content list, I noticed that my Time Tracker Starter Kit articles have made it online at MSDN: Introduction to the Time Tracker Starter KitExtending the Time Tracker Starter Kit Enjoy ......

Posted On Thursday, September 22, 2005 11:51 AM

Problems with "The Goods"?

Here is a blog post from MSDN on some “The Goods” fixes:

Posted On Monday, September 19, 2005 8:44 AM

Paul Vick Introduces Linq in VB - Just Plain COOL!
Paul Vick introduces Linq in VB .... oh yeah!

Posted On Friday, September 16, 2005 12:41 PM

BCL Futures Panel Discussion at PDC
In a panel discussion on the BCL (.NET's Base Class Library) Future here at PDC. Pretty interesting. Some interesting tidbits: The manager stated that he has been on the BCL team which started in 1997! BCL 3.0 will have a better side-by-side story. MSCORLIB will load in 3.0 and you will then be able to choose which stack from other BCL versions to use. Therefore your application can use the core MSCORLIB from BCL 3.0 while using other parts of the .NET Framework from versions 1.0/1.1/2.0 etc. Interesting. ......

Posted On Friday, September 16, 2005 10:03 AM

DonXml and the Save C# Petition
I had a good laugh when I read DonXml's blog post about a potential Save C# Petition. Read for yourself.

Posted On Thursday, September 15, 2005 3:35 PM

Windows Forms is NOT Dead!
I just had a conversation with the head of the Microsoft Windows Forms team in the developer lounge and told him that one of the biggest questions I get about Windows Forms is whether or not it is dead. Avalon is coming and the rumor was that this 2005 release of .NET 2.0 was the last release of Windows Forms. Asked about this, his reply was that IT IS TOTALLY NOT TRUE! His comments included: This is not the last version of Windows Forms (Windows Forms is not dead) The Windows Forms team is still ......

Posted On Thursday, September 15, 2005 9:59 AM

Brian Goldfarb demos Quartz for the first time!
Brian Goldfarb announces Quartz!

Posted On Wednesday, September 14, 2005 4:40 PM

PRS 312: ASP.NET: Future Directions Developing Rich Applications with "Atlas" (Part 1)
Session PRS 312Title: ASP.NET: Future Directions Developing Rich Applications with "Atlas" (Part 1)Speakers: Shanku Niyogi, Group Program Manager, Microsoft This is one of the sessions I was really excited to see. The demo by ScottGu earlier in the keynote here at PDC 2005 in LA was outstanding. So, I really wanted to dig in more and see what “Atlas” was all about. This session was held in Hall C/D and MAN is it packed with people. There is definitely more than a thousand people here. ......

Posted On Wednesday, September 14, 2005 4:35 PM

Atlas Released!

Atlas has now been released! ScottGu talks about it in his blog as well. Outstanding product from Microsoft!

Posted On Tuesday, September 13, 2005 4:17 PM

Jim Allchin's PDC 2005 Keynote Highlights
After Bill Gates spoke, Jim Allchin came out and gave a presentation geared at developers with the promise of showing lots of code (which was done by Don Box and company). Here are some of the highlights from Jim's presentation: First Jim showed everyone an IBM computer from the Microsoft museum with Windows 1.03 loaded. He then showed us the OS booting up and then pulled up the game of Reversi. Funny, I remember all those screens he showed ... I must be getting old. The point of showing that is ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 13, 2005 4:10 PM

The Goods!
After Bill Gates keynote, Microsoft allowed us to go down to the distribution center and receive “The Goods” as they call it. This is a five disc set which includes a mass amount of software including: Windows Vista Beta 1 Visual Studio 2005 Team System Beta 2 SQL Server 2005 June CTP Virtual PC 2004 Virtual Server 2005 R2 Beta WinFX & Other Stuff Windows Vista CTP: PDC 2005 There is a spot for a sixth disc, but it is empty in my set. I am unsure if that is intentional or if there ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 13, 2005 3:56 PM

Bill Gates PDC 2005 Keynote Highlights
It was interesting that they only allowed photography of Bill Gates for the first minute of his presentation. Also, you weren’t allowed to use your laptops in the crowd as well – so I ended up taking my notes on paper instead of doing it with Microsoft Word like I normally do. Oh well. So, there was a lot said at the Bill Gates keynote, so I will only go through what I think were the highlights of the presentation. Video – Bill started off with a bit of humor and presented a video ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 13, 2005 12:40 PM

Finally Made It!
I had a tough time to get here to LA, but I made it! For some strange reason, I was thinking I was flying out of St. Louis at 11.30am, but my flight was at 9.40am ... so I missed my flight. Then I did some stand-by flights through Dallas to LA. In Dallas, I ran into Rob Howard who was lugging around a large box containing a monitor or something. Arriving into LA, there was no power to much of the city. And the hotel I am staying at is NOT in the greatest part of town -- oh well. Can't wait for the ......

Posted On Monday, September 12, 2005 4:37 PM

What you need to pack for PDC 2005
I posted this before for TechEd 2004, but I just wanted to remind everyone as they get ready to fly to LA on Sunday or Monday what they should remember to bring. Here is what I am bringing!: WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING TO PDC 2005: A BIG suitcase. You will be getting a ton of giveaways from PDC. There hasn't been one PDC where I didn't come up with a minimum of five new books. You will also be getting free software, t-shirts, papers, mementos, etc. You will need the space to bring this stuff home so be ......

Posted On Friday, September 9, 2005 2:04 PM

PDC Sessions
Looking over the PDC sessions that are available, the ones that I find the most exciting right now include: TLN307 C#: Future Directions in Language Innovation from Anders Hejlsberg Day/Time: Wednesday, September 14 3:15 PM- 4:30 PM Room: Halls C & D (Petree Hall) Day/Time: Thursday, September 15 2:15 PM- 3:30 PM Room: 402 AB Speaker(s): Anders Hejlsberg Session Type(s): Breakout Session Level(s): 300 Track(s): Tools & Languages Join Anders Hejlsberg, Distinguished Engineer and chief architect ......

Posted On Friday, September 9, 2005 11:51 AM

I bet every Microsoft employee is reading about this SOAP opera on a day-to-day basis. This is good reading. Cuss words, chairs being thrown across rooms, tirades ... wow! This could be a movie! I am going to try and get a hold of the court documents on this one ... that's for sure. UPDATE: All I could find so far was these documents from the King County Courthouse. Also, another interesting article title and picture here. All I can say is “Geez” ......

Posted On Thursday, September 8, 2005 11:29 AM

Installation of Windows Vista Beta 1
I recently received Windows “Longhorn” Vista Beta 1 in the mail from my MSDN subscription and decided to install it on one of the extra computers that I have at my house. I have installed “Longhorn” in the past, but I was quite interested to see what has changed in the install process this time around. The install process has changed quite a bit from the last time I installed it. It is a very graphical install process instead of the blue screen DOS style install process that ......

Posted On Thursday, September 8, 2005 8:34 AM

My Learn ASP.NET Page still growing

I still have been working on adding resources to my Learn ASP.NET page. If you see any good 2.0 resources online that I have missed, let me know.

Thanks. Here's the link:

Click Here

Posted On Friday, September 2, 2005 7:23 AM

PDC Bound
Ahhhh, I'm going to be PDC bound coming up next month! I love PDC. This will be my third PDC and it is a fun event - a different crowd than what you find at TechEd and a lot of sessions on topics which you usually know nothing about - that's the best part. I was rather late to getting my hotel this time around and quickly found out that ALL the hotels were rather booked - so I ended up in a *very cheap* hotel near the convention center for $300 for the entire week! Hmmmm. Seems like I will be only ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 31, 2005 7:21 AM

Club Web Site Starter Kit

Looks like my Club Web Site Starter Kit articles made it out and are now available on MSDN:

Introduction to the Club Web Site Starter Kit
Extending the Club Web Site Starter Kit


Posted On Friday, July 1, 2005 10:27 AM

Personal Web Site Starter Kit
For those that haven't seen it yet, the Personal Web Site Starter Kit based upon ASP.NET 2.0 is out and I have a couple of MSDN articles for you on how to work with it: Introduction to the Personal Web Site Starter Kit Extending the Personal Web Site Starter Kit Enjoy ......

Posted On Thursday, June 23, 2005 10:08 AM

TechEd 2005 in Orlando
I made it to TechEd 2005 in Orlando. It's raining! Oh well. It is supposed to rain all week. Oh well again. In Orlando yourself? Feel free to contact me. My plan is to post my notes through this blog ... we'll see how that works out. I went out with a lot of the INETA folk for dinner tonight before the big INETA UG leader conference tomrrow at the JW Marriott here. We ate too much food. I didn't see Emeril. Oh well again ......

Posted On Saturday, June 4, 2005 11:17 PM

.NET Framework 2004?

First time I have seen the term .NET Framework 2004.

Hopefully that's a mistake. ;)

Posted On Wednesday, January 19, 2005 2:54 PM

Random Notes 19Jan05
Mr. Kent Sharkey informs everyone who may be interested in working with the latest ASP.NET 2.0 bits that the November 2004 CTP is better than the December 2004 CTP package. Where do you get these Community Technology Previews btw? From logging onto your MSDN subscription, that's how! Bill Gates is trying to arrange a meeting with the President of Brazil in order to convince him about the evils of open source and why they should stick it out with Microsoft. Interesting read here on this topic. I would ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 19, 2005 10:00 AM

Though just a start ... ASP.NET Learning Resource List
I started putting together a resource list - kind of a 'best of' - of all the resources out there on the Internet to help you learn ASP.NET. There is so much material out there, that I wanted to put together a list for those that don't really have the time to go through it all and just give them links to what I deem is some of the most valuable material people should be aware of. Here's the link: http://www.geekswithblogs.n... I plan on expanding this list ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 12, 2005 9:45 AM

BETA: Microsoft's Anti-Spyware Software Released as Beta 1 Here it is! And I have to say that it is running very well on my WinXP machine here. Interesting though, when you go to download the .exe, it will only allow for you to download it if you allow Microsoft to 'validate' if your OS is genuine or not. Also interesting that the updater .exe for the program is still called GIANTAntiSpywareUpdater.exe. I guess since it is a beta product, that ......

Posted On Thursday, January 6, 2005 10:11 AM

Neowin Report: Microsoft to release anti-spyware software this week
Neowin is reporting that Microsoft is to release a new (for them) anti-spyware program which they recently purchased from GIANT. This link includes numerous screenshots as well. Pretty interesting. I use Ad-Aware at present as well as SpyBot. Another interesting program is HijackThis. I *LOVE* anti-spyware programs. :) ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 4, 2005 4:53 PM

The Visual Studio 2005 November 2005 CTP Toolbox Issue
I just got my VS2005 CTP Nov 2005 disc in the mail and installed it yesterday. Today I tried pulling up an old project and creating a new project, but I found that there was nothing but the HTML controls showing up in my toolbox. I even tried a reset (right-click for this option) and that didn't work as well. Googling ... I found this solution and it worked: You have to delete the toolbox.tbd file from %userprofile%\local settings\application ......

Posted On Thursday, December 30, 2004 10:32 AM

Code Brew Happening in Boston!

From Robert Hurlbut's blog ... they are starting up a Boston CodeBrew! Outstanding! Our CodeBrew here in St. Louis was outstanding.


Posted On Thursday, December 23, 2004 1:45 PM

Embedded System Development in .NET

This is cool!:

Posted On Tuesday, December 14, 2004 10:44 AM

A World Of Search
Seems to be a lot of search news lately .... Today MSN released the MSN Search Toolbar: Yahoo! it seems will follow in January (according to this Reuters article): ......

Posted On Monday, December 13, 2004 4:31 PM

Very Cool Microsoft!

Sometimes it can be the little things. Good job Microsoft on sending over an XBOX and 30 games+ to everyone's ASP.NET friend Steve Smith!

Posted On Thursday, December 2, 2004 9:52 AM

Microsoft Search
Many things are happening on the search front if you haven't been watching the tech news as of late. Just recently, Microsoft launched the beta to their online search engine at: I was shocked and chuckled a bit when I saw the simplicity of the page here .... kinda looks like some other site I know. :) One nice feature was the local search. Not sure if they have to work on the local search. For an example of this working, I typed in “Garage Door”, pretending ......

Posted On Monday, November 15, 2004 4:22 PM

Code Brew!
Here in St. Louis, we had the first Code Brew (as we call it)! We have been meeting at user group meetings for the last four years. It is nice to always go to a user group and meet others, network, and see some great presentations. But a few of us wanted a bit more interaction - so born was the idea of a Code Brew. We held the first one in my dining room. Here is the idea of what a Code Brew is and how it can work for you too: A Code Brew consists of a small group of peers (4-10 to be effective) ......

Posted On Friday, November 5, 2004 11:36 AM

Some Interesting Q&A From the VB Team Chat Today
There was some interesting Q&A from the VB Team chat today: PaulV [MS] (Expert): Q: Paul, you blogged about refactoring today. Is there any chance there will be additional refactoring support post RTM but pre-Orcas?A: At this point, we haven't thought far enough beyond Whidbey to really comment one way or another. All I could say is that we are very aware of the demand among VB users for refactoring features... AmandaS_MS (Expert): Q: Are there plans for have more snippets than are packaged today ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 2, 2004 2:54 PM

VB User? Go and Vote!

Not that election mind you ... but the Duncan Mackenzie VB usage survey.

Take the survey here.

Posted On Tuesday, November 2, 2004 8:28 AM

Microsoft resubmits a revised anti-spam specification to the IETF
Earlier, Microsoft's submission of the SenderID specification (anti-spam) to the IETF was rejected by a lot of companies and this sent Microsoft back to the drawing board. This was due to concerns about the spec falling in certain patented areas of Microsoft's world. Now the SenderID spec has been revised to take care of these concerns and now Microsoft has AOL on their side. The idea of the spec is that mail servers will match up a domain name from the email address to make sure that the email really ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 26, 2004 11:06 AM

Microsoft has their own section on and they put a focus of me and my job at Reuters on it. Thanks!

Posted On Monday, October 25, 2004 8:04 AM

Microsoft Launches Windows XP Media Center 2005
Some of us got to see some of the outstanding demos of this product at the latest MVP summit - but now the Windows XP Media Center 2005 has launched: Microsoft Launches New Media Center PC One of the first channels available is the new Reuters channel giving you instant access to news and video footage. We have it running here in the office and it was a great way to interact with the news ..... now to build my own media center pc at home .... hmmmm ......

Posted On Wednesday, October 13, 2004 9:57 AM

ASP.NET Vulnerability Reported - TAKE PROPER ACTION!
No fix at the moment, but Microsoft reported an ASP.NET vulnerability yesterday: It deals with the canonicalization of files and a hacker's ability to play with the URL to get at files they shouldn't. There are safeguards to protect yourself in the meantime. Check out KB article 887459: ......

Posted On Wednesday, October 6, 2004 8:34 AM

Help with Wrox's Professional Visual Basic book
Here's a question for you ... I am in the process of writing the next edition of WROX's Professional Visual Basic 2005 book (due out next summer) and the last appendix of the book is going to list the best resources out there for Visual Basic developers (online, offline, whatever). Of course we have the MSDN Visual Basic Developer Center .... but what else would you suggest should be included in the list? Thanks for your suggestions ......

Posted On Wednesday, September 29, 2004 9:56 AM

Should Microsoft refocus their music format preferences?
When people talk, trade, and listen to digitalized music - in most cases they are talking about their MP3 collection. MP3s are everywhere and their have been a few companies that have been fighting the wave saying that they are offering a better solution to digital music/audio. For example, Microsoft has been pushing WMA files as *the* solution for years now. They say they sound better - maybe so. Sony has their Atrac format which they say is better - maybe so. All this while the rest of the world ......

Posted On Thursday, September 23, 2004 10:33 AM

SPAM will continue for awhile longer

Yesterday, the IETF (Internet Engineering Task Force) rejected Microsoft's email sender ID proposal which was developed in an effort to thwart SPAM. The IETF was worried about Microsoft's patent claims on the technology and what that meant for adoption.

Posted On Wednesday, September 15, 2004 9:17 AM

Windows Media Player 10
I just built a new computer and put XP SP2 on it and then went out to upgrade the Media Player (hehe, always the first step). I then found that the Windows Media Player 10 has been released. I have to say that I really like the new media player. It took me a second to figure out how to find the File dialog (you have to right-click your mouse on the upper-most bar) as it doesn't appear by default. Is it possible that my .mp3s actually ......

Posted On Wednesday, September 15, 2004 8:03 AM

BIG NEWS: Microsoft-Watch and EWeek - "Microsoft to Gut Longhorn to Make 2006 Delivery Date"

Microsoft to Gut Longhorn to Make 2006 Delivery Date,1995,1640215,00.asp


Posted On Friday, August 27, 2004 1:43 PM

Upcoming changes to ASP.NET 2.0 with Beta 2
Many people might have already seen this, but here is a post about the upcoming changes to Beta 2 of ASP.NET. Shucks is what I say. I really liked the DynamicImage control. It was a fun control.

Posted On Friday, August 20, 2004 1:00 PM

Can't install Messenger? No problem ...
Devin Rader just pointed me out to the Web Messenger beta! Cool. Great for those moments when you can't install Messenger on the machine you are on.

Posted On Friday, August 13, 2004 1:24 PM

My ASP.NET 2.0 Book Just Released!
Wow, I came home from vacation and found a box with copies of my latest book in the mail - WROX's ASP.NET 2.0 Beta Preview. It is great to see it finally out and available for everyone. Hope you all enjoy it! ... can you believe I am ALREADY working on the next version of the same book? It never stops! ;) ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 10, 2004 10:35 AM

Longhorn HD DVD Compatible and more ...

Interesting tech new today:

Microsoft's Longhorn to be HD DVD compatible

IBM Press to partner with Pearson

Posted On Monday, July 26, 2004 4:08 PM

IE Team puts up Weblog
The IE Team has put up a Weblog and people are commenting on it like crazy. Go at it!

Posted On Sunday, July 25, 2004 10:01 AM

Mr. Duthie!
I know I'm late to post this ... but congrats to friend and community peer G. Andrew Duthie on getting a position with Microsoft. He is an outstanding individual and has continuously worked in the greater community to help others. Andrew has always been a big supporter of INETA and has helped INETA greatly. Thanks for everything Andrew!

Posted On Friday, July 23, 2004 12:51 PM

Kent Sharkey is playing peek-a-boo
Geez, as if we needed another reason to go to MSDN's ASP.NET Developer Center, but I have found myself hitting it at least once a day to see what interesting pose Kent will be in. One day he is covering his face, the next he's not, the next he is but with one eye showing. Is there logic to this madness???? ;) ......

Posted On Tuesday, July 20, 2004 10:40 AM

New Presentation: Microsoft Web Development Roadmap
In the monthly release of user group presentations from Microsoft, this month's presentation is titled: Microsoft Web Development Roadmap. This covers the Microsoft Web development roadmap, leading in to ASP.NET 2.0 and the Express products for Visual Web Developer and SQL Express. These presentations are free to the public and include some talking points ......

Posted On Friday, July 16, 2004 6:23 AM

Clippy to be apart of Visual Studio 2005

Hopefully it is a joke, but according to, Clippy (from Office) is going to be apart of VS2005. HOPEFULLY if it is true, that it won't be enabled by default!

Posted On Tuesday, July 13, 2004 6:01 AM

USA Today Reports on IE Loses
An article came out on the front page of the Money section of USA Today on the loses being taken with Microsoft's Internet Explorer. I mentioned this also earlier as an issue and it seems that it isn't just me. Hopefully SP2 of XP will address everyone's issues as one of the comments from my blog stated. They also report on which other browsers you should give a try ......

Posted On Monday, July 12, 2004 6:56 AM

Pre-orders now being taken for Microsoft's Portable Media Centers
Something I saw at the MVP Summit this year and never mentioned cause I still thought it was top top secret and I would have people chasing me down if I even whispered ANYTHING to my mother about this at all is now available for pre-order from Amazon. The Microsoft Portable Media Center is an MP3/Video/Photo player that is out there to compete with Apple's IPOD. This, from the demo I saw of it in the MVP Summit, is a pretty cool device. There seem to be two models available - the Samsung Yepp YH-999 ......

Posted On Friday, July 9, 2004 5:42 AM

Some Interesting Patent News Today
There is some interesting patent news that came out today. The first is from the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EEF) which posted the 10 Most Wanted Patents that they are going after. A quote from their site: Today, the Electronic Frontier Foundation's Patent Busting Project announced which patents the organization will target first in its campaign to rid the world of frivolous patent infringement lawsuits. After sifting through dozens of software and Internet-related patents submitted to its patent ......

Posted On Tuesday, July 6, 2004 1:17 PM

Microsoft Money
Here is an interesting take on what happened to Microsoft Money from the late 90's till the early naughts from a Microsoft Money insider.

Posted On Tuesday, July 6, 2004 9:38 AM

From Information Week: A little about me and my job
Information Week's John Foley did a little write up in this week's issue about me and my job. If you want to learn a little bit of what I do at Reuters, then take a look. It is titled: Work/Life: At Reuters, Mr. How-To Hits The Road ......

Posted On Monday, June 28, 2004 4:26 AM

Wrox's ASP.NET 2.0 Beta Preview
I just finished doing all the writing, author review, second author review and the rest of the steps to get my latest book out the door! WHEW! (did you hear the big sigh!?!) This was an interesting book to do and rather difficult to write - only because the builds kept changing so much from one build to the next, that I would always have to go back and redo/hack portions of the book that I already completed. The final result was just finished this last weekend and I am VERY HAPPY with the results ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 23, 2004 5:13 AM

Browser Wars are Back!
I hate to say this, but I think that the browser wars are back - and back in a big way. The reason - well, I think partly for these little thoughts and concerns that are going around my head today and yesterday. I am having more and more problems browsing around the Internet as time goes on it seems and I am getting slightly annoyed about it - so I am thinking - “I wonder what it will be like to use THIS browser here?”. I was a big Netscape user till Netscape 4. Once IE4 came out - I ......

Posted On Thursday, July 8, 2004 6:49 AM

Visual Studio 2005 Download Days
I don't know about everyone else, but being a subscriber of MSDN - I have spent the last two days downloading VS2005! Aaaagggggghhhhh! This is taking forever. Will the MSDN Fairy please FedEx me the discs? UPDATE: Two more iso images to go and down to a 24kb/sec rate. UPDATE2: Day four and one more disc to go! UPDATE3: Just finished!!! Will install this weekend ......

Posted On Wednesday, July 7, 2004 1:32 PM

New Presentation: Microsoft Services Oriented Architecture
Another presentation for .NET User Groups to use from Microsoft has been made available from the INETA website! Microsoft is giving INETA user groups a new presentation each month. You can find this month's presentation here. The name of this month's presentation is: Microsoft Services Oriented Architecture and includes discussions on the following topics: Overview of Service Orientation (SO) Web Services and Service Orientation Microsoft’s Service Orientation offerings How to do Service Orientation ......

Posted On Monday, June 14, 2004 4:05 AM

WROX's Professional VB.NET 2003 Released!
I just got a copy of my latest book, WROX's Professional VB.NET 2003, in the mail last week, so I am guessing the book is out and ready for sale even though Amazon at this moment says it hasn't been released yet. This was a fun book to work on and I got to write it with the likes of Billy Hollis and Rocky Lhotka - two icons in the VB world! Enjoy ......

Posted On Monday, June 14, 2004 1:49 AM

Get Help in the MAY 2004 build of VS2005 to work!
I wish I would have found this sooner than I did, but thanks to Fredrik Normen and others for this post (reprinting here). The MSDN Library that shipped with the Visual Studio 2005 CTP for May, will not display any documents. It just searches and searches for the content. This can be fixed by doing the following tasks: Go to C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\help whidbey Open the file dexplore.exe.config Change the following lines: <supportedRuntime version="v2.0.40507" safemode="true"/> ......

Posted On Monday, June 7, 2004 12:56 PM

Rob Howard Leaves Microsoft
Friend and Microsoft ASP.NET Guru Rob Howard announces he has left Microsoft to start his own business. Good luck Rob! The grass is ok on this side of the fence, eh?

Posted On Wednesday, June 2, 2004 8:09 AM

TechEd 2004 - DEV491: .NET Framework – Writing Faster Managed Code
Jan Gray – Architect // Abhi Khune – Development Lead // Slow Software Stinks – Don’t Ship It! Symptoms – Locked-up UI, bad citizenship, poor scaling Causes Mistakes in architecture, reuse, interfaces, data representations, algorithms Not paying attention; low prioritization Where are we? Where should we be? Is premature optimization the root of all evil? How to optimize the right stuff, the right amount, at the right time? Put ......

Posted On Thursday, May 27, 2004 1:40 PM

Eric King posts some photos from the Sunday INETA UG Leader Conference
Eric King posts a photo of the INETA UG leader conference gang. Here is the small version (all sizes include S, M, XL): ......

Posted On Thursday, May 27, 2004 7:38 AM

Java Guru Posts Story About INETA

This is a great review of INETA from a Java Guru that came to our user group leader conference. It is an ABSOLUTE MUST READ my friends!!! It is from: N. Alex Rupp

Posted On Wednesday, May 26, 2004 4:21 PM

Some TechEd Photos: Me included
Good guy Scott Hanselman put some photos of one of the nights on his blog.

Posted On Wednesday, May 26, 2004 8:39 AM

TechEd 2004: Second Day Keynote
Started with a skit of two actors – one being IT and another representing development. They complained about each other and made some funny jokes about each other. Then Andy Lees was introduced. The crowd liked the skit. Andy Lees Corporate VP, Server and Tools Business States that 70% of the time IT is standing still Cause of this is complexity MSFT will reduce IT complexity Windows Server System components (SQL, Exchange, OS, etc.) all work together seamlessly … this reduces complexity ......

Posted On Tuesday, May 25, 2004 3:11 PM

MVP Summit here I come!
It is pretty exciting to be heading to the MVP Summit in Seattle, WA and to get to look a little more at what is to come. The event I understand is pretty much under NDA, so I won't be able to blog about the sessions ... but the items that are not under NDA I will post when I can! Sorry. Just spoke to Jeff Julian about heading out and he was stuck in Minneapolis/St. Paul for a few hours. I am off to meet Devin Rader in the airport in a couple of hours. See you all there and feel free to get in touch ......

Posted On Saturday, April 3, 2004 12:46 PM

Microsoft and Sun reach $2Billion dollar agreement
Steve Ballmer and Scott McNeely are doing a joint press conference this morning announcing a whole slew of new agreements between the companies. Dang interesting and it looks like we will see the JVM come back as well. There is mention in the press release about a closer bond between Java and .NET ... wonder what that could mean?

Posted On Friday, April 2, 2004 7:05 AM

Edit and Continue in C#
I have been hearing a lot of discussions as of late on whether the Edit and Continue feature will be in C# (as it will be in VB8) or not. But looking at some PPT slides that Microsoft released to user groups just recently, I see the Edit and Continue feature listed under the New Features section of the C# Lanaguage slide (Slide 10). Interesting! First official word I have seen of this ... that's all. Thought I would share ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 31, 2004 12:00 PM

Reuters Video and Case Study Appear on Microsoft Site

A Reuters video and case study about our lightweight architecture that we use for our customers has appeared on the Microsoft site. These items are associated with the ad campaign that we are going with Microsoft on Windows Server System. I had the privilege of working on these items - so enjoy!

Posted On Friday, March 19, 2004 7:13 AM

TechEd 2004: Steve Ballmer Keynote
The pre-keynote videos and presentation was in a lot lower key than previous TechEds that I have attended. Steve Ballmer was introduced and got a light amount of applause. There weren’t the funny videos that we have seen in the past, which was a strange exclusion I thought. Some notes I took of Steve Ballmer’s speech: MSFT will spend 6.8 billion (USD) on R&D this year. Thoughts: Geez, that is a heck of a lot of money. In fact, he said that only Pfizer spends more on R&D than Microsoft. ......

Posted On Monday, May 24, 2004 10:48 AM

What you need to pack for TechEd 2004
TECHED 2004 SAN DIEGO IS SOON! BE PREPARED! This is the third TechEd that I have been to and I have found that you have to properly prepare for this event to make it the best event for you. If this is going to be your first time to TechEd - then listen up! WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING TO TECHED: A BIG suitcase. You will be getting a ton of giveaways from TechEd. There hasn't been one TechEd where I didn't come up with a minimum of five new books. You will also be getting free software, t-shirts, papers, ......

Posted On Wednesday, May 19, 2004 8:09 AM

New Presentation from Microsoft for User Groups!!!!
In the continuing series of FREE presentations for user groups and others to use, Microsoft has released to INETA a presentation entitled: 'Microsoft Client Presentation Roadmap'. [ DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION HERE ] This presentation looks at: * Presentation history* Windows Forms 2.0* New Controls and Click Once* Avalon and Longhorn* XAML* and plenty more..... It also includes a demo to use in the presentation. Even if you are not presenting this to a group, it is a great learning tool. Take a look and ......

Posted On Friday, May 7, 2004 6:13 AM

Wrox's Professional C# 3rd Edition Coming Out at TechEd!
I understand that my book Professional C# 3rd Edition which I wrote with 5 other great guys is coming out when I am at TechEd! Outstanding. I guess that Jay Glynn and myself will be doing a book signing on Thursday in the Wiley/Wrox booth, so see you there! I am looking forward to this book coming out as it was a lot of work ......

Posted On Friday, May 7, 2004 3:41 AM

Lindows to get new name
Lindows will give itself a new name for selling its product outside the US. The company has decided not to fight Microsoft in the courts anymore on this issue as Microsoft has recently won some injunctions in Scandinavia. This is discussed here in a Seattle Times article. My favorite quote is at the bottom: has been asking customers for name suggestions. Robertson said his favorite was that the new name be "Lindos" along with the slogan, "Because it's the W that is causing all the problems." ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 7, 2004 2:47 PM

HTTP Sniffer - Nice!
From Kent Sharkey's mention in his blog I saw a link to Fiddler. This is a nice 1.1 program that every developer should own!

Posted On Wednesday, April 7, 2004 1:50 PM

INETA User Group Leader Conference at TechEd 2004!
INETA will be holding the 3rd Annual UG Leader conference at TechEd 2004 in San Diego. The UG leader conference will be held on the Sunday before TechEd at a hotel near the event. Contact me if you wish to attend this event. We are expecting around 75 or so UG leaders to help plan the next year of INETA. TechEd is going to be rather exciting for INETA as we will be involved in the following activities: * INETA UG Leader Conference* Birds of a Feather sessions (BOFs)* INETA at the community booth ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 7, 2004 1:16 PM

This Week's Computer World Magazine
Check out this week's Computer World magazine. There is a two-page joint Reuters/Microsoft ad there that I had the privilege of heading from the Reuters side. Glad it is finally out!

Posted On Wednesday, March 17, 2004 12:45 PM

YEAH!!! Visual Basic 8.0 it is!
As a VB'er, I am SO happy that the name of Visual Basic (of which I am an MVP for) has changed from Visual Basic .NET to Visual Basic 8.0. This info comes according to Robert Green's Visual Basic Blog and Panopticon Central. I have posted about this in the past here and here. For me, as a writer, it was ALWAYS very annoying to write “Visual Basic .NET” over and over again. Then ... was it “VB .NET” or “VB.NET” ... geez. I am going to love writing “Visual ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 17, 2004 7:23 AM

Microsoft Gives New Presentation on Prog. Languages to User Groups
Microsoft is going to be providing free presentations for user groups to utilize via the INETA content repository. The newest (and first) presentation from this group is titled: Microsoft Programming Languages Roadmap. The goals of the presentation are to: Outline the Microsoft programming language philosophy Provide an overview of Microsoft’s current programming languages Detail programming language enhancements in the upcoming Whidbey release Lay out the programming language roadmap and vision ......

Posted On Friday, March 12, 2004 11:40 AM

BIG NEWS: Whidbey and Yukon slip dates
EWeek comes out with an article on the the Whidbey and Yukon dates being moved back to first half of 2005. Most of the article though concentrates on SQL. Another interesting point besides the dates being moved is that the official product names are now Visual Studio 2005 and SQL Server 2005. Now that they said the official names of the products, I am wondering when they are going to announce the official names of some of the other languages and technologies - such as Visual Basic .NET and ASP.NET. ......

Posted On Thursday, March 11, 2004 5:32 AM

INETA at TechEd 2004 - Birds of a Feather - BOF
INETA is going to be running the Birds of a Feather (BOFs) again this year. We did this at PDC 2003 as well and it was rather successful. It is an amazing addition to the overall event. YES, TechEd and PDC are great events, but it is one PPT presentation after another with a handful of questions at the end. The BOFs are meant to be community driven discussions/debates around a particular issue. There is no speaker - just a moderator for the topic and everyone is encouraged to participate and discuss ......

Posted On Monday, March 8, 2004 6:45 AM

My Latest MSDN Article - The File Field Control
My latest article on MSDN just came out. It covers the File Field control. Enjoy.

Posted On Friday, March 5, 2004 5:31 AM

Japan always gets the newest stuff first!
From a comment on an earlier XBOX entry in my blog, linked was the new white and blue versions of the XBOX that you can get in Japan. I really like the blue one! ......

Posted On Thursday, February 26, 2004 12:50 PM

Software Patents (Again)
After my first post on this 'Interesting Interview: Software Patents Will Destroy Development', I started reading a little more about this issue and came across this editorial called 'Another Fine Patent Mess'. It seems that Microsoft now has a patent for sticking multiple scripts into an XML file and the author was wondering how such a thing could be patentable. I tend to agree and think we have a definite situation here. It also isn't Microsoft's fault as they are forced to play the patent game ......

Posted On Friday, February 20, 2004 11:10 AM

First Company on Windows Server System Ad Campaign Shows
The first company that Microsoft focused on for the Windows Server System ad campaign has showed up in the computer rags and online. You can see the Microsoft page on it here. The Reuters ad will first appear on March 15th in Computer World magazine. I am quite excited about it as it took a lot of people's effort to make happen.

Posted On Friday, February 13, 2004 5:42 AM

My Latest MSDN Articles
I have two articles on the front page of the ASP.NET Developer Center on MSDN. The first: Using JavaScript Along with ASP.NET - I used to be a big JavaScript user during my ASP 3.0 days and I was one day thinking why I didn't use JavaScript as much with ASP.NET 1.0/1.1. I think for me, was that it wasn't as easy to use as it was with ASP 3.0 and I looked at how I would accomplish the same sorts of tasks I did in the past, but now with the use of server controls. The Forgotten Controls - HTML Server ......

Posted On Monday, February 9, 2004 12:21 PM

XBOX Watch: New XBOX late next year
Seems there are some more words coming out about XBOX 2.0. Details include: XBOX 2 might not include a hard drive, but instead depend on flash memory. They are not sure that XBOX 1 games will work on XBOX 2 IBM will be the chip supplier (already knew that) Scary ... I have been making a huge investment in XBOX 1 games and controls and wouldn't want to really upgrade. I doubt game vendors will have XBOX 1 and XBOX 2 versions of their new games that come out after the release of XBOX 2. Yikes, I think, ......

Posted On Thursday, February 5, 2004 8:09 AM

ASP.NET Roadshow Coming to St. Louis - AND WE ARE READY!
Rob Howard is bringing ASP.NET 2.0 to St. Louis via the ASP.NET Roadshow. We are excited and we are ready! We have around 300 people already signed up for the event and there is a bus of folks coming from Kansas City as well (4 hour drive). This will be our first meeting at St. Louis University and we have a ton of giveaways for the event. As I know it so far, we are giving away: 5 Pocket PCs MSPress books for everyone who fills out an evaluation T-Shirts Books from Sams Publishing Books from John ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 26, 2003 10:48 AM

Microsoft to Lose the Windows Trademark?
I read this press release and was a little shocked. In Microsoft's battles with, it seems that they opened a can of worms. Now the jury is going to be deciding whether the word “Windows” predates Microsoft's use of it in 1983 and Microsoft is in jeopardy of losing their trademark over the Windows name. Read the entire release here.

Posted On Wednesday, November 26, 2003 10:32 AM

Reuters and Microsoft do joint ad campaign
Whew ... I can finally talk about it! For about 2 or 3 months now, I have been working on a Microsoft/Reuters joint ad campaign that is going to be coming out in about a week and a half, but which was announced only this week in San Francisco. Microsoft is doing their first ad campaign focused on Windows Server System - a brand that encompasses quite a few components (such as Windows Server, SQL, BizTalk, etc.). The focus of the ad was to focus on what real people in real companies are doing with ......

Posted On Saturday, January 31, 2004 7:13 AM

Sir Bill?
No not me (yet), but Bill Gates! Looks like the guy is going to get his knighthood. First Mick Jagger and now Bill Gates ... wow!

Posted On Monday, January 26, 2004 10:54 AM

First China, now Israel

Another government falls towards Sun's Office dance. First it was China and now Israel. I don't know what to think about this.

Posted On Tuesday, January 13, 2004 6:30 AM

The power of the Midwest!
According to John Alexander and from what others have been telling me, St. Louis had the largest gathering so far for the ASP.NET Roadshow that is roaming the country. That is outstanding, but we also know that the IT training/knowledge interest is extremely high in the Midwest. I am quite thankful that Microsoft came to St. Louis with this show. It wasn't too long ago where the only Midwest city that would be targeted for these sorts of things would be Chicago. When it comes to IT in St. Louis, ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 13, 2004 5:54 AM

Who's thinking of using the available IP from Microsoft?
Awesome news! Microsoft is going to make a lot of IP available to customers. Who plans on using some of this in the next year? ... interesting to know.

Posted On Thursday, December 4, 2003 10:37 AM

XBOX and the USO
It seems that Microsoft is going to supply XBOX game consoles for a number of USO centers. This article is interesting. The strange comment to me was from Ned Powell who says that they are trying to find “any diversion” from where they are going and what they are doing. So I am thinking about some young solider going off to fight battle in Iraq or wherever ... he comes into the USO ... sits down ... Oh an XBOX! How nice. I need a little diversion from where I am going .... Hmmm, let's see ... what ......

Posted On Thursday, December 4, 2003 10:32 AM

Interesting opinion on the idea of running Linux on Windows
Here is an interesting opinion piece on the idea of Microsoft running the Linux kernel on Windows - why they would do it and what they would get out of doing such as move.

Posted On Tuesday, December 2, 2003 7:10 AM


You know you are in love with technology when you have a huge painting of Gates on your wall! I thought it was pretty dang cool.

Posted On Monday, December 1, 2003 5:14 AM

What I put on EVERY computer I have
Holidays have come and gone and it always brings with it relatives that need help with their computers. I set my brother up with some programs for his troubled machine and it made me think that I would post here all the programs I put on EVERY computer I own. I would love to hear what else people use as well on their machines. So if I ever do a clean install of Windows. I put on the service packs (not connected to the Internet of course) and once that is all in place, I head directly for: Windows ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 6, 2004 1:18 PM

Latest Article on MSDN
My latest article just arrived on MSDN. This one is titled 'Validating ASP.NET Server Controls' and is meant to be a complete introduction to validation server controls as well as putting them to some practical uses. I also spend some time on custom validations and making them more secure by performing them client-side and server-side.

Posted On Tuesday, January 6, 2004 6:51 AM

Heading to Seattle for the week!
Heading to Seattle for some Reuters business with Microsoft. I love going to Seattle. First off, I was raised there and when I drive somewhere - all I say is - “Hey, I've been there and there and there and there.” Also, I love the campus of Microsoft and all the energy floating around those buildings. Hope to see some of you there. My favorite night hangout lately has been the TapHouse or TapRoom in Bellevue that has 150 or so beers on tap ......

Posted On Tuesday, December 9, 2003 7:27 AM

ASP.NET Roadshow Drove Through St. Louis!
Rob Howard, PM on the ASP.NET team, came to St. Louis last night for the ASP.NET Roadshow. It was an outstanding event and the St. Louis .NET User Group along with Microsoft got around 450 people there for the event. The event covered ASP.NET Basics, ASP.NET Tips and Tricks, ASP.NET Security and ASP.NET Whidbey. Our meeting was about 3 1/2 hours long. Poor Rob - he got in a car wreck before the event here in St. Louis. He was squished between two cars (the perpetrator being a cab) - and complained ......

Posted On Friday, December 5, 2003 1:56 PM

Little Toys for XP
I got this in a Microsoft email this morning: Don't Miss the New Winter Fun Packs! Download these free Fun Packs for Windows Media Player 9 Series, Windows Movie Maker 2 and Windows XP games. I downloaded the Windows Media Player 9 Series Winter pack - which has a pretty interesting visualization that I like. I also downloaded the digital photography Winter pack (not mentioned here ... but it is there) and that has a neat screensaver changer with six real nice desktop wallpapers that change at an ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 25, 2003 5:34 AM

ASP.NET Connections
I just got notice that I will be speaking at ASP.NET Connections! That's cool. My sessions will include: AWF201: Secrets of Working with HTML Server ControlsBy using the languages that are offered with the .NET Framework and ASP.NET, you can gain programmatic access to specific HTML elements. Using a little bit of ASP.NET code you can change these HTML elements into something that you can easily control and manipulate on the server before the complete set of HTML is constructed and sent to the browser, ......

Posted On Friday, November 21, 2003 7:09 AM

"the goods" - Our PDC Gift
Didn't go to PDC and can't get the PDC Bits? Wondering what we got? Here is what was labeled as “the goods” that every attendee got: This set also contained: SQL Yukon and the Visual Studio Technology Preview “Whidbey” ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 18, 2003 5:51 PM

Bliss Backgrounds
I am a big fan of desktop wallpapers. I usually head to National Geographic's site for these kind of things ... but I saw this post and had to use the Rally Sport one myself. AWESOME!

Posted On Tuesday, November 18, 2003 3:23 PM

Bill Gates COMDEX Keynote - VIDEO
Bill Gates Comdex keynote that was done yesterday is available online. Look how the guy who introduces Bill works his hands .... note to other speakers .... don't do that. The disappointing part of this video is that all the videos that Bill shows are cut out of the presentation and replaced with a 'Coming back soon' type of screen. Geez.

Posted On Monday, November 17, 2003 9:02 AM

The Microsoft Movies
I liked the videos that Microsoft shows at conferences. You can tell they put a lot into them. I was lucky enough to see the 'Behind the Technology' video at PDC. That was pretty dang cool. Though it seems that I missed another cool one showing Microsoft and the Matrix. Ballmer is Neo and Gates is offering him the BIG BLUE pill or the Red pill so that he can continue to stay in Wonderland. hehe. If you find where the video can be downloaded on the Internet, post a link here please. UPDATE: Jason ......

Posted On Monday, November 17, 2003 7:00 AM

WOW ... Microsoft is going to compete with and Napster!
I found this article which just says that Microsoft has stated that they are going into the music downloading business next year! WOW. They will then be competing with the likes of iTune (Apple) and Napster.

Posted On Monday, November 17, 2003 6:57 AM

Real Networks uses Windows XP Embedded against Microsoft
In the EU trial that is going on, Real Networks used Windows XP Embedded against Microsoft. Windows XP Embedded allows people to select the parts of Windows XP that they need to create smaller versions of the operating system - for things like ATM machines and the like. Real Network contends that just the existence of this product shows that things don't need to be bundled. Ouch! READ MORE HERE ......

Posted On Friday, November 14, 2003 9:42 AM

MSN makes a profit for the first time in eight years!
MSN has made a $50 million profit. This is the first profit the .com has made in their eight years. Cool. Read it in detail here....

Posted On Friday, November 14, 2003 6:34 AM

A dummied-down European version of Windows?
Watch what you do Europe! Just read this article about a Microsoft threat that they may get a substandard version of Windows if they continue down the path that they are going.

Posted On Thursday, November 13, 2003 1:11 PM

Between Whistler and Blackcomb lies Longhorn Country!
Every wonder where the name "Longhorn" comes from? I did and heard a little story that went like this: Come and listen to a story about a man named GatesA rich pioneer looking to keep Windows rich (with features of course)And then one day while skiing Blackcomb and Whistler tooHe had to make a pit-stop along a highway 99 jewel...Longhorn bar that is, pints of beer, burgers too.... Well the first thing you know ol Gates got an ideaThe patrons said "Longhorn is what we got here"said "Vector GDI is ......

Posted On Monday, November 10, 2003 8:30 AM

Congrats to Rafael Munoz!
Rafael Munoz and family, the lead for the VB.NET MVP program, just had a new baby! Congrats to him and his wife on that as it is the best thing in life!

Posted On Monday, November 10, 2003 7:38 AM

I work too much: Just finished a cool MSDN article - Coming soon!
Whew! Another article done for MSDN. I am way late, but I should be able to pump them out now that I am done with the C# book. I just wrote a pretty cool article (at least I think it is cool) on effective uses of JavaScript in your ASP.NET pages and the best ways of employing JavaScript in ASP.NET. I used to use a lot of JavaScript when I was an ASP 3.0 programmer and I noticed that I pretty much abandoned it when I moved to ASP.NET thinking that - why bother - I can keep doing these postbacks. But, ......

Posted On Sunday, November 9, 2003 7:36 AM

Help promote the ASP.NET Roadshow!
The ASP.NET Roadshow is touring the USA right now. This is a roadshow conducted by the greats Scott Guthrie and Rob Howard. You can see a advert (as the Europeans would say) on the side of my blog. Steal the jpg and use it on your own blogs/websites as well and make it click through to Help promote a great and FREE event to show America ASP.NET 2.0! I am excited about this tour. There are a ton of people already signing up for the event. I heard from a Microsoft friend ......

Posted On Saturday, November 8, 2003 6:32 AM

What is it? .NET 1.2 or .NET 2.0?
I am always so particular about names and the use of proper names. I have also thought about naming issues in past posts. Some people just say ... oh who cares about what the name is ... just use it - oh, I don't know why this is an obsession of mine, but it just is. Now the problem I have is that I have seen the mention of the next version of the .NET Framework being .NET Framework 1.2 in people's posts (including MSFT people) as well as reference to it being the .NET Framework 2.0. So what is it ......

Posted On Saturday, November 8, 2003 6:24 AM

Interesting Visual Basic .NET Discussions about Refactoring
There are some interesting conversations going on about refactoring in VB that shouldn't be missed from the VB team. http://www.panopticoncentra... (first post) http://www.panopticoncentra... (follow-up post) ......

Posted On Friday, November 7, 2003 9:35 AM

XBOX Cheaper in Japan?
Looks like Microsoft is going to lower the cost of the XBOX in Japan down to around $45(USD). Wow! That is a heck of a price cut. They are doing it because the XBOX doesn't seem to be taking hold in the country of video games and if you are going to make it big in the video game industry - you have to be big in Japan!

Posted On Friday, November 7, 2003 8:50 AM

Microsoft News!

Some interesting Microsoft news today:

Looks like the head of Microsoft's Mobile division has left the company for unknown reasons.

and as I said earlier: Microsoft is going to start delivering financial reports (using XBRL) to Excel - Pretty dang cool!

Posted On Thursday, November 6, 2003 9:55 AM

PDF Longhorn Posters

These are some of the posters that were given out at Longhorn - myself I only got the WinFX one. Oh well.

WinFX Namespace Poster

Longhorn Architecture Poster

Posted On Tuesday, November 4, 2003 4:29 PM

Longhorn install worries
OK ... I haven't installed Longhorn yet .... I can't decide on how to do it. I have an important WORK laptop that could handle it, but my entire work existence is on it and I can't meddle with it. Then I have a nice desktop at home that the entire family uses and I have been warned repeatedly about installing all sorts of alpha/beta stuff on that computer as I seem to always mess up my wife's computer existence. So I want to build a new machine ... but I have to do it piecemeal - meaning case and ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 4, 2003 6:28 AM

Longhorn Tweak Guide

Here is a Longhorn Build 4051 Tweak Guide site for those just installing it:

Posted On Monday, November 3, 2003 5:22 PM

XBOX 2.0 - IBM the chip company?
This is not the normal way in which I think of Big Blue, but Microsoft has turned to IBM for the chips for the next version of the XBOX. The first version of the chip was done by Intel, but I guess that Microsoft has not been happy with them or something. They were tallking quite a bit with AMD about supplying the chips for XBOX2, but it seems that IBM beat them out at the last minute. I read about it here on the Reuters website, and it seems from this article that Sony PlayStation is the next target ......

Posted On Monday, November 3, 2003 1:13 PM

Rob Howard Coming to St. Louis!
The St. Louis .NET User Group is one of the lucky cities that was chosen for the upcoming ASP.NET 2.0 Roadshow! We are pretty dang excited and we are aiming for 250-300 people for this event. This is going to be a rather lengthy presentation and will give Rob Howard time to go into the details. DETAILS: Date: 12/4/2003 Welcome: 5:30 PM Start: 6:00 PM End: 9:00 PM Where: St. Louis University - Busch Student Center Rooms 170 & 171 Top of Form 20 N Grand Blvd St. Louis, MO 63103 ......

Posted On Thursday, October 30, 2003 7:47 AM

Bill Gates PDC Speech Link

Posted On Wednesday, October 29, 2003 3:54 PM

WSV320 - ASP.NET: Programming with the Membership, Role Managment and Security in ASP.NET Whidbey - NOTES
Rob Howard – Membership, Role Management and Security in ASP.NET Whidbey Blog: and Forms Authentication 1.0 Solves a common problem developers had with their web apps Most popular Internet auth. Technique No ugly/confusing dialog boxes Custom authentication uses HTML UI Use credentials collected on page Posted back to the server Page obtains credentials issues auth. Ticket ASP.NET Forms Authentication APIs APIs for creating authentication ......

Posted On Wednesday, October 29, 2003 10:10 AM

Going back to Visual Basic?
I am not a fan of the official name “Visual Basic .NET” for the VB language. It was too bad that the .NET moniker name was thrown on everything. Microsoft obviously has as well since they changed the beta product “Windows Server .NET 2003” to “Windows Server 2003”. So I have been asking around if they are going to do the same thing with Visual Basic .NET. In most of the presentations here at PDC though - you see “Visual Basic .NET” - BUT if you go to ......

Posted On Wednesday, October 29, 2003 7:27 AM

Rob Howard – WSV330 – ASP.NET Programming Using Advanced Caching Techniques in ASP.NET Whidbey - NOTES
Rob Howard – WSV330 – ASP.NET Programming Using Advanced Caching Techniques in ASP.NET Whidbey Program Manager, Web Platform & Tools to download the slides ASP.NET 1.X Output Cache Page Output Caching Cache contents of page to memory Reused cached page on subsequent requests Supported HTTP 1.1 Cache semantics Partial Page Caching Cached User Control in a page Allowed for portions of page to be cached Time based dependencies Programmatic ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 28, 2003 3:27 PM

Eric Rudder Keynote - NOTES
Second day keynote …. In the beginning, there was a video of attendees. The most exciting part was Donny Mack and Asli talking about Indigo being the stuff in your watches to make them glow. They were shown in their shades and holding their little dog! Quite groovy guys! Notes on Eric Rudder Keynote: What Microsoft hears from you: Don’t make me rewrite everything! Moving code from development to production is too hard Give me more code samples … in my favorite language Help me make ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 28, 2003 3:24 PM

Bio on MSDN!

Thanks to Kent for the bio on MSDN! That's pretty dang cool I think .... BTW - new photo coming soon!

Posted On Monday, October 27, 2003 4:05 PM

Jim Allchin Talk - How developers will work with Longhorn
Jim Alchin - ** how developers can do this? Fundamentals - WinFS - Indigo - Avalon Announcing WinFX - next step behind Win 32 - builds on the .NET Framework Well-structured programming framework for Windows Continued commitment to back wards compatibility MS-DOS – Win16 – Win32 - WinFX Add ref and release you will not have to think about. WinFx Developer Preview - namespace chart Software fundamentals - challenges System, application, driver reliability Deployment complexity and expense ......

Posted On Monday, October 27, 2003 3:45 PM

First Day at PDC!
I am having the time of my life at PDC! There are so many friends that I have meet here that I seem to always meet again and again. Funny that there are like 8,000 people here, but I keep running into everyone! I plan on posting a lot of the notes that I am taking during the lectures ... I am typing the notes as fast as I can - so there are mistakes and omissions. Enjoy for all those reading outside of LA! Oh ... just bought Alex Homer, Dave Sussman, and Rob Howard's new ASP.NET book! Rockin ......

Posted On Monday, October 27, 2003 3:20 PM

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