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07-31-2007, 7:46 AM

Visual Basic, Silverlight and SecondLife TODAY!

What better combination could you ask for? Earlier I posted about Visual Studio in SecondLife .. I thought I'd remind you about the event today! If I make it to a WiFi hotspot in time, you may see "Darb" there.. if you do, please come up and say hi. Join Amanda Silver, Lead Program Manager in the Dev Div, tomorrow at the Visual Studio Island Theater in Second Life to speak about Visual Basic on Silverlight. Amanda's work involves the language design of Visual Basic as well as managing a talented team of Program Managers that design and ship everything in Visual Studio that is Visual Basic specific. We are entering a new dimension in programming and now, Visual Basic, the programming language that brought Windows programming to the masses is...
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07-31-2007, 12:32 AM

Enabling Vertical Split View in VS 2008

Last week I blogged about the new HTML web designer and CSS support in VS 2008 . In it I talked about the new "split-view" feature that allows you to see both the HTML source and the Design View of a page at the same-time, and easily have any changes you make in one view be updated in the other. One of the questions several people have asked me since is whether you can customize the split-view arrangement so that you can have the views arranged vertically instead of horizontally - allowing you to make maximum usage of screen real-estate on wide-screen monitors and laptops. The good news is that this feature is now enabled in Beta 2 (click on the image below to see my laptop screen in all its glory): Notice above how when I select text in source...
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07-30-2007, 8:45 PM

ASP.NET AJAX 1.0 upgrade to VS 2008 Beta2

In my post recently about VS 2008 release I mentioned that I'd love to see folks try out upgrading an ASP.NET AJAX 1.0 web application to VS 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5.. For those of you engaging in that quest, you might be interest in this excellent post from the Visual Web Developer team blog... Upgrading ASP.NET AJAX 1.0 Websites and Web Applications to .NET Framework 3.5 We'd love to hear your feedback! Read More...
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Workaround for Beta 2 JavaScript IntelliSense and Colorization Issue

We have discovered that in a very limited number of setup scenarios of Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2, Jscript IntelliSense and Colorization may not work property after installing the product. You will get no IntelliSense in JavaScript code, and all JavaScript code will appear black (i.e., colorization of keywords will be missing). The image below shows how the code would appear if this issue occurs: The same issue will affect JavaScript code in your HTML and ASPX pages. The issue is caused by the Jscript engine not being registered properly during the installation of Visual Studio. There is an easy workaround for this installation issue that will restore full functionality of Jscript IntelliSense. To fix the problem, you will need to modify two...
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New web features in Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2

You may have heard by now that Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2 is available for public download. I wanted to take a minute to highlight some of the new web developer features that we've added since Beta1: Design view support for configuring AJAX Extenders If you are using the AJAX control toolkit for .NET 3.5, or have built your own AJAX extenders, and you add them to the toolbox, Visual Studio 2008 now allows you to configure them visually. In addition Visual Studio will show extender properties in the property grid when viewing properties of a control once it has been extended. JScript syntax validation Visual Studio now has basic syntax validation for Javascript code. The editor will now squiggle known syntax problems with a red underline, and...
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07-30-2007, 12:26 PM

Houston TechFest 2007

I am very excited to be giving the keynote at the Houston TechFest 2007 on August 25th.. If you are in the area, definitely come and check it out! I am planning to give a "Lap around Silverlight" talk... but if you are going and there is anything in particular you want me to cover, please drop me a line! See you there! Read More...
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07-30-2007, 10:37 AM

ASP.NET 2.0 Features - Ten things you might not know about ASP.NET 2.0

While I have been writing a lot about ASP.NET AJAX and other stuff, I also wanted to keep adding my little nuggets on ASP.NET 2.0 which is one of the favourite platform for Web Development. While working with ASP.NET 2.0 and Visual Studio 2005, you may not know certain new things which are a part of it and usually go unnoticed. Atleast I missed them and after a year, completing a big application realized that it would have been great if I had used these features. So, here it is, 10 things you might not know about ASP.NET 2.0 No need to press "Ctrl + Shift + B" (Build) for everything When working with ASP.NET 2.0 and Visual Studio 2005, you dont need to press Ctrl + Shift + B (in other words build) to check every change you make to...
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07-30-2007, 3:06 AM

ASP.NET AJAX in .NET 3.5 and VS 2008

In the past I've blogged about the JavaScript and AJAX improvements with VS 2008 JavaScript Intellisense and VS 2008 JavaScript debugging . Below are a few notes about some of the ASP.NET AJAX runtime features coming as part of the VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 release, as well as important notes to read if you are opening existing ASP.NET AJAX 1.0 projects in VS 2008. ASP.NET AJAX included in .NET 3.5 ASP.NET AJAX 1.0 shipped as a separate download that you could install on top of ASP.NET 2.0. Starting with the .NET Framework 3.5 release, all of these features are built-in with ASP.NET, which means you no longer have to download and install a separate ASP.NET AJAX setup when building or deploying applications. When you create a new ASP.NET application...
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Using VS 2008 to target ASP.NET AJAX 1.0

In a previous post , I described the steps you can take to upgrade your existing ASP.NET AJAX 1.0-based Web sites to use the new AJAX functionality in .NET Framework 3.5. However, you may also need to maintain existing AJAX 1.0-based sites without upgrading them, or even continue creating new AJAX 1.0-based sites. Fortunately, the Multitargeting support in Visual Studio 2008 allows you do just that. Using Visual Studio 2008, you can still write and maintain applications using .NET Framework 2.0 (and AJAX 1.0), while also reaping the benefits of all the new features in VS 2008 such as the new WYSIWYG design surface , CSS management features , Jscript Intellisense , and Jscript debugging . In this post, we’ll look at the steps you can follow to...
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07-28-2007, 8:34 PM

That is a full day's work!

I am starting to work on writing some annual employee performance reviews and I was thinking about one of the first bits of advice my manager gave me when I joined Microsoft "Don't confuse activity with results". As we reflect over the year, it is easy, and natural to think about all the activities we did... the specs we wrote, presentations we gave, partners we managed, etc. But what is more important is the results we archived, a well received feature, a community excited about our product, partners that are wildly successful, etc. Of course these results are a bit harder to pin directly to our actions, but it is worth a try as this keeps us focused on the change we are contributing to rather than just s pending time and effort. As I think...
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