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07-31-2006, 2:10 PM

Can you say "qwak"? OK, then fly.

This morning, I was at a language symposium that's taking place on the Microsoft campus. Many language gurus are there, Anders is doing the keynote, so it's definitely a place where you can learn a thing or two. Many of the talks are about dynamic languages and how to implement them in the CLR, and as usual, you can see the usual duck-typing quote on all slide decks: "If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it must be a duck." Really, folks, I don't know about that. While I generally like dynamic languages and the trend they represent, I've always been extremely uneasy about that, and what's more I don't think it's a necessary outcome of using a dynamic language. First, we don't know that it...
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New Projects Site

A quick pointer to my newly re-vamped projects site, where I have shared out my on-going projects such as Web Development Helper and Script#, along with better bug and release tracking options... Read More...
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07-31-2006, 3:53 AM

Regular Series of Atlas How-Do-I videos to be Published

We received such positive feedback on the first eleven How-Do-I videos that were published on www.asp.net that we decided to do another series of videos focused specifically on Atlas and the Atlas Control Toolkit . Last Tuesday Joe Stagner’s first two videos were released and there will be two more a week until we run out of topics. These two focus on building your first Atlas application and your first application using the Control Toolkit and in future weeks Joe will be drilling into more complex Atlas topics. I hope you enjoy them and if you have topic suggestions, enter the into the suggestion box on the right hand side of the videos page . Thanks, Simon. Read More...
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07-31-2006, 7:03 AM

Atlas Talk and demo in Spanish

Julio translated a recent atlas talk and demo I did into Spanish.. Great to see Atlas reaching a much broader community. Spanish translated slides Spanish translated demo Enjoy! Read More...
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Regular Series of Atlas How-Do-I videos to be Published

We received such positive feedback on the first eleven How-Do-I videos that were published on www.asp.net that we decided to do another series of videos focused specifically on Atlas and the Atlas Control Toolkit . Last Tuesday Joe Stagner’s first two videos were released and there will be two more a week until we run out of topics. These two focus on building your first Atlas application and your first application using the Control Toolkit and in future weeks Joe will be drilling into more complex Atlas topics. I hope you enjoy them and if you have topic suggestions, enter the into the suggestion box on the right hand side of the videos page . Thanks, Simon. Read More...
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07-30-2006, 1:35 PM

Common Gotcha: Slow VS 2005 Web Site Build Performance Because of “Dueling Assembly References”

Symptom: When building a VS 2005 Web Site Project you experience very slow build times – where compilation seems to mysteriously pause for 30+ seconds (or even minutes), before continuing each time you do a build or F5 of the project. This compilation performance slow-down might be the result of a problem I call “dueling assembly references”. This can occur when you setup multiple “automatic refresh enabled” file-system assembly references within your web site project to multiple assemblies that in turn share common assembly dependencies whose version numbers are different. The post below describes this in more detail and how to fix it. Some background on how file-assembly references work: Developers using VS 2005...
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07-28-2006, 11:34 PM

Using the XmlDataSource Data property for easy samples

Here's a little trick to write samples that involves data binding controls to a database. It's very inconvenient to have to package a sample database with your code (especially when it's just a few lines of code in a blog), and just making sure your users have SQL Server installed is no small thing. All this just diverts the attention from what really matters: your sample code. It's a little-known feature that XmlDataSource enables you to declaratively expose sample data to the page. Here's how it's done: < asp : XmlDataSource runat = "server" ID = "data" > < Data > < colors > < color name = "Red" value = "#FF0000" /> < color name = "Green" value...
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07-27-2006, 10:40 PM

Atlas “How Do I?” Video Series Begins

Earlier this spring we published a really popular series of short, focused, online ASP.NET videos that we called the “How Do I?” series. The series walked through how to use Visual Web Developer to take advantage of the cool new ASP.NET 2.0 features like Master Pages, Membership, Role Management, Profiles, 3-tier Data Access, Themes, Web Parts, etc. If you haven’t watched these videos yet, I'd highly recommend setting aside an hour or two to review them all (each video is only 10-15 minutes long). They are a really great way to quickly obtain a very good understanding of the new ASP.NET 2.0 features and how they all fit together. You can watch each video online for free here . The series was so popular that we asked Joe...
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07-27-2006, 10:15 PM

Rules to Better Software Development

I found this great link the other day from SSW discussing recommended coding standards. It provides a categorized list of best practices to follow when doing software (and specifically .NET) development. You can read them all here . Very useful stuff. Hope this helps, Scott Share this post: Email it! | bookmark it! | digg it! | reddit! Read More...
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07-27-2006, 2:56 PM

Chinese Version of Framework Design Guidelines Published

I just heard that the Chinese translation of the Framework Design Guidelines was just released... I hope these sites says something nice about the about the book ;-) http://www.china-pub.com/computers/common/info.asp... http://www.dearbook.com.cn/book/ViewBook.aspx?pno=... If you read the book, let me know what you think! Read More...

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