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10-18-2010, 3:26 PM

A List of Resources to help jumpstart your ASP.NET WebMatirx Development.

Building ASP.NET Web Pages using the Razor Syntax (PDF Book) : ASP.NET Web Pages With Razor Syntax - Book -  Beta 2 - PDF Microsoft on line resources : WebMatrix on the ASP.NET Community Site WebMatrix on the IIS.NET Community Site Full project downloads on the Microsoft Download Center Using WebMatrix Beta 2 Create an ASP.NET Website from Scratch How to Choose a Template and Create a New Website Using WebMatrix Beta Add and Edit ASP.NET Web Pages Download and Install an ASP.NET Application Analyze Requests to your Website Make your Website SEO friendly Publish a Website Migrate a Database to SQL Server Download and Install a PHP Application Create a Website from a Gallery Application (WordPress) WebMatrix Beta 2 Release Readme ASP.NET...
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10-15-2010, 1:14 AM

Patch for VS 2010 “Scrolling Context Menu”

One of the top reported Microsoft Connect issues with VS 2010 has been an issue where context menus scroll even when there is sufficient screen real estate to show the menu in its entirely (with no scrolling required). The VS and WPF teams issued public hotfixes today that you can download to fix this issue. You can learn more and download them here . You can review my previous posts about other public VS 2010 hotfixes that are available below: VS 2010 Find and Replace Dialog Growing VS 2010 Cut/Copy “Insufficient Memory” issue Hope this helps, Scott P.S. In addition to blogging, I am also now using Twitter for quick updates and to share links. Follow me at: twitter.com/scottgu Read More...
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NuPack Up For Grabs Items

In my last post, I described how we’re trying to improve and streamline contributor guidelines to make it easy for others to contribute to NuPack. Like all product cycles anywhere, we’re always running on tight time constraints. This helps us to maintain a tight focus on the product. We don’t want to the product to do anything and everything. However, we do want to deliver everything needed (along with double rainbows and unicorns) to meet our vision for this first release. The best to meet those goals is to get more contributions from outside the core team. And the best way to do that is to remove as many roadblocks as possible for those interested in contributing. What’s Up For Grabs?! When approaching a new project, it can be really challenging...
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Updating NuPack Contributor Guidelines

A couple days ago I wrote a blog post entitled, Running Open Source In A Distributed World which outlined some thoughts I had about how managing core contributors to an open source project changes when you move from a centralized version control repository to distributed version control. The post was really a way for me to probe for ideas on how best to handle feature contributions. In the post, I asked this question, Many projects make a distinction between who may contribute a bug fix as opposed to who may contribute a feature. Such projects may require anyone contributing a feature or a non-trivial bug fix to sign a Contributor License Agreement. This agreement becomes the gate to being a contributor, which leaves me with the question, do...
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10-12-2010, 5:38 PM

Eclipse Plug-In for PHP Developers using Azure CTP

Today the Microsoft Interoperability Technical Strategy team is shipping a new Community Technology Preview (October 2010 CTP) of the Windows Azure Tools for Eclipse for PHP. This Eclipse plug-in provides PHP developers using Eclipse with tools to create and deploy web applications targeting Windows Azure. Brian Swan has developed a complete tutorial “ Using the Windows Azure Tools For Eclipse with PHP ”   Read More...
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10-12-2010, 4:06 PM

Exploring Orchard’s Content Types

The Orchard Project Beta ( www.OrchardProject.net ) was announced some time ago and I’ve been working with it since. One of the special challenges in building a framework that can be used as a “Content Management System” is that WHAT content the end user will manage can’t really be known at development time. Orchard takes a flexible approach to solving this problem by supporting both user defined content types as well as user defined “field” types”. Here is a very basic walkthrough. As I continue to explore the Orchard Project I’ll blog more advanced usage of these features (bike extending custom field types.) To get started we have to enable “Orchard Content Types’ in our Orchard installation. If you have not already set up an instance or the...
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Running Open Source In A Distributed World

When it comes to running an open source project, the book Producing Open Source Software - How to Run a Successful Free Software Project by Karl Fogel (free pdf available ) is my bible (see my review and summary of the book ). The book is based on Karl Fogel’s experiences as the leader of the Subversion project and has heavily influenced how I run the projects I’m involved in. Lately though, I’ve noticed one problem with some of his advice. It’s so Subversion-y. Take a look at this snippet on Committers. As the only formally distinct class of people found in all open source projects, committers deserve special attention here. Committers are an unavoidable concession to discrimination in a system which is otherwise as non-discriminatory as possible...
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10-12-2010, 8:23 AM

Going to TechEd Middle East 2011 ?

Registration is now open for TechEd Middle East 2011.  I have made so many On-Line friends from the Middle East over the years ! I wish I were going to TechEd Dubai this year ! Maybe NEXT year I can get a session but in the mean time – here is the official info. Let me know if you’re going and plan to blog / tweet about it ! Tech·Ed is Microsoft’s premier technical education event providing the most comprehensive technical training on Microsoft’s suite of products, technologies, solutions and services and takes place in Dubai, March 8 – 10, 2011. · Hear about the future of Microsoft’s products and technologies directly from the Microsoft leadership team in the keynote · Choose from 200 technical sessions delivered by Microsoft and industry...
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Light up your NuPacks with startup code and WebActivator

Wow, it’s hard to believe that it’s been less than a week since NuPack went public.  We were hoping to get noticed, but the attention we got was way beyond my wildest expectations!  The buzz on Twitter has just been phenomenal, and for the most part the feedback has been very positive.  Thank you all for that, this is very encouraging for our little NuPack team :)   NuPack as a noun for the packages   Before I get into the meat, I’ll just say that I want to start using NuPack as a noun that refers to the packages.  So rather than saying “There is a NuPack package for Spark”, I’ll say “There is a NuPack for Spark”.  Or to use NuPack teammate Rob Reynold’s catch phrase. “ There a NuPack for that! ”.  Hmmm...
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Building my new blog with Orchard – Part 3: one way to skin a cat

These last few weeks I’ve been refraining from starting any deep work on my new Orchard-powered blog because most of what I had in mind involved widgets, which are being built right now. Version 0.8 is just around the corner: the team is just putting the final touches to the new theme engine and to the widget system. In the meantime, there is still some work I could do that I knew would not be throw-away, and that is CSS. My objectives with this new blog is to reflect in design what the content is about and what it is not about. VuLu is about knowledge, science, art and philosophy. It’s not about shiny gadgets, technology or engineering. That of course means I want nothing web 2.0 in here. Good thing as I don’t have much love for rounded corners...
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