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Microsoft "Daily Build" Nerd Dinner - August 4th in Seattle, Redmond

Are you in King County/Seattle/Redmond/Bellevue Washington and surrounding areas? Are you a huge nerd ? Perhaps a geek ? No? Maybe a dork , dweeb or wonk . Maybe you're in town for an SDR (Software Design Review) or VSLive ! Quite possibly you're just a normal person and a member of the general public. We're holding a Nerd Dinner (it's like dinner, except with nerds) next week on Weds, Aug 4th at Crossroads Bellevue Mall Food Court at 6pm . This one will be different from usual. Why? It's a Daily Build Nerd Dinner! We'll have Program Managers and Developers directly from Microsoft who'll bring their laptops with "Daily Builds" of stuff they are working on. Daily Builds mean literally stuff they've built...
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07-30-2010, 2:36 AM

VS 2010 Web Deployment

This is the twenty-fifth in a series of blog posts I’m doing on the VS 2010 and .NET 4 release. Today’s blog post is the first of several posts I’ll be doing that cover some of the improvements we’ve made around web deployment.  I’ll provide a high-level overview of some of the key improvements.  Subsequent posts will then go into more details about each feature and how best to take advantage of them. Making Web Deployment Easier Deploying your web application to a server is something that all (successful) projects need to do.  Without good tools to help you, deployment can be a cumbersome task – especially if you need to do it manually. VS 2010 includes a bunch of improvements that make it much easier to deploy your ASP.NET web...
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07-29-2010, 4:51 AM

Visual Studio 2010 Keyboard Shortcuts

Earlier this week the Visual Studio team released updated VS 2010 Keyboard Shortcut Posters .  These posters are print-ready documents (that now support standard paper sizes), and provide nice “cheat sheet” tables that can help you quickly lookup (and eventually memorize) common keystroke commands within Visual Studio. This week’s updated posters incorporate a number of improvements: Letter-sized (8.5”x11”) print ready versions are now available A4-sized (210x297mm) print ready versions are now available The goofy people pictures on them are gone (thank goodness) The posters are in PDF format – enabling you to easily download and print them using whichever paper size is in your printer. Download the Posters You can download the VS 2010...
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07-28-2010, 5:32 PM

My first Razor (ASP.NET WebPages) based app in WebMatrix

If you are following Scott Gu’s Blog or simply the ASP.NET Community, you would have definitely heard about WebMatrix and the Razor view engine. More specifically you must have heard of something known as “ASP.NET WebPages” The ASP.NET WebPages, Razor Engine as well as WebMatrix can definitely be confusing for many who have been into ASP.NET Development for sometime now. Clearly, this is not for you, if you are hard core ASP.NET Web Developer and are happy with either Webforms or MVC based development. However, if you are new to ASP.NET and would like something simple and clean (unlike the much more comprehensive webforms/MVC model), you would really want to start with the WebMatrix. The WebMatrix is a tool that allows you to create web apps...
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07-27-2010, 10:40 PM

Would you use an Off-Line Learning Application ?

Over the years I’m done hundreds of videos showing tips, tricks, techniques and methods for building ASP.NET applications. One drawback of videos, especially as we move toward Hi-Def is that there is still much of the world’s developers lack the bandwidth to view streaming videos. Some folks have he band width at work but not at home, etc. So lately I’ve had this application in my head. It’s a Windows Desktop application (and maybe a Windows Phone 7  application) that starts as large index into Developer content. The content would be organized into “curriculum based learning” so that it could be referenced piece by piece or by a group as a syllabus. Off course the index would all be searchable by category, tag, and keyword. The app could...
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ASP.NET MVC 3 Preview 1 Released – Channel 9 Video and Hanselminutes Podcast 224, Oh My!

Phil and friends released ASP.NET MVC 3 Preview 1 today. I snuck into the office of Phil Haack and Morgan the Canadian Intern to talk about the release of ASP.NET MVC 3 Preview 1 and some of the cool "futures" stuff that Morgan (and our fleet of interns) is working on. This video isn't only about MVC as Morgan's working on some cool CSS Sprites stuff that works nicely in WebForms that you should check out as well. Also, my two-hundred-and-twenty-fourth podcast is up and I talk more in depth with, yes, you guessed, it, Phil Haack. More detail in a less shaky-camera format. What's new in ASP.NET MVC 3? Note that installing ASP.NET MVC 3 won't mess up your ASP.NET MVC 2 applications. Razor Syntax View Engine - Cleaner...
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07-27-2010, 12:06 PM

Introducing ASP.NET MVC 3 (Preview 1)

This morning we posted the “Preview 1” release of ASP.NET MVC 3.  You can download it here . We’ve used an iterative development approach from the very beginning of the ASP.NET MVC project, and deliver regular preview drops throughout the development cycle.  Our goal with early preview releases like the one today is to get feedback – both on what you like/dislike, and what you find missing/incomplete.  This feedback is super valuable – and ultimately makes the final product much, much better. ASP.NET MVC 3 As you probably already surmised, ASP.NET MVC 3 is the next major release of ASP.NET MVC.  ASP.NET MVC 3 is compatible with ASP.NET MVC 2 – which means it will be easy to update projects you are writing with MVC 2 to MVC...
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07-27-2010, 11:09 AM

2 Buildings, 4 floors and FINALY super wireless internet access !

Verizon sold the territory I live in to Fairpoint. FIOS will never be available where I live (at least not in my life time.) Comcast has always made be pay for two separate broadband accounts. (2 buildings – pay twice.) Well. The company she worked for was a Microsoft service provider. When Microsoft suddenly decided not to renew their recurring contract, her employer pretty much closed up shop and she was out of work. This was a good catalyst to consolidate expenses. So we’re getting rid of my T-Moblie wireless. My wife’s Verizion wireless, my office Fairpoint land lines, and our home Comcast Phone and internet access. Step one – 7 Acre Wide Wireless. I want Hi-Speed wireless access without degradation from the far corner of my office building...
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ASP.NET MVC 3 Preview 1 Released

Feels like just yesterday that we released ASP.NET MVC 2 to the world and here I am already talking about an early preview. In a way, we’re right on schedule. It was almost exactly a year ago that we released Preview 1 of ASP.NET MVC 2 . Today I’m happy to announce that ASP.NET MVC 3 Preview 1 is available for download . Give it a try out and let us know what you think . Some key notes before you give it a whirl: ASP.NET MVC 3 Preview 1 tooling requires Visual Studio 2010 ASP.NET MVC 3 Preview 1 runtime requires the ASP.NET 4 runtime As usual, to find out what’s in this release, check out the release notes . Also at the recent MVCConf , a virtual conference about ASP.NET MVC, I recorded a talk that provided a sneak peek at ASP.NET MVC 3 Preview...
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Visual Studio Productivity Power Tools Walkthrough

We recently released a new version of the Visual Studio Productivity Power Tools . If you spend most of your day in Visual Studio like most of us do, you'll really appreciate some of the features this kit offers. Installation To install the power tools, visit the Gallery Page and click download to grab the .vsix installer. Make sure Visual Studio instances are closed, then open the vsix. Once installed, open up Visual Studio and create a new project (I created a WPF Windows project). The first thing we'll look at is what I consider one of the most useful features: a new "Add Reference" dialog. New Add Reference Dialog The power tools include a replacement "Add Reference" dialog. Yay! The first time you open this dialog...

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