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11-09-2010, 10:53 AM

Announcing the ASP.NET MVC 3 Release Candidate

This morning the ASP.NET team shipped the ASP.NET MVC 3 RC (release candidate). You can download it here . ASP.NET MVC 3 is a pretty sweet release, and adds a ton of new functionality and refinements.  It is also backwards compatible with ASP.NET MVC V1 and V2 – which makes it easy to upgrade existing apps (read the release notes for the exact steps to do so).  You can learn more about some of the great capabilities in ASP.NET MVC 3 from previous blog posts I’ve done about it: Introducing Razor – a new View Engine for ASP.NET (July) ASP.NET MVC 3 Preview 1 (July) ASP.NET MVC 3 Beta (Oct) ASP.NET MVC 3: @model keyword in Razor (Oct) ASP.NET MVC 3: Layouts with Razor (Oct) Today’s ASP.NET MVC 3 RC build includes several additional feature...
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Final beta releases of WebMatrix and MVC3 now available!

I just got off stage at TechEd Europe in Berlin where I announced the availability of the final beta of WebMatrix and MVC 3!  What a blast!  If you haven’t checked out WebMatrix or MVC 3 yet, now is a great time to do it.    WebMatrix Beta 3 I had the pleasure of giving the “Lap Around WebMatrix ” talk and show off a bunch of new features available in this, the last beta for v1.  It is amazing to think that development really started in earnest just this year, the first beta was just a few months ago and here we are nearing feature complete.  My hat is off to the team for innovating so quickly and working so hard to bring such an awesome product to market.  My talk was almost all demos, but here are some highlights...
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Fix for RestartWWWService=false in Visual Studio 2010

We recently published a fix for the following problem: You create a deployment project for a web application in Visual Studio 2010, set the deployment property RestartWWWService=false and deploy to a Windows 2003 server. http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/22f9106b.aspx In this situation the w3wp.exe process will still be recycled even though the RestartWWWService is set to false. The fix is available at http://connect.microsoft.com/VisualStudio/Downloads/DownloadDetails.aspx?DownloadID=32285 and should only be installed on development machines if you experience this problem.  Have a good one, Tess Read More...
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How to solve JavaScript IntelliSense problems in VS2010

VS2010 should support all of the VS2008 JavaScript functionalities as shown in Scott Guthrie’s VS2008 JavaScript IntelliSense blog .  It includes: 1. Basic type inference 2. IntelliSense from referenced external JavaScript libraries 3. IntelliSense from XML comments for functions, parameters and return types 4. Calling web services using ASP.NET AJAX   Additionally, VS2010 RTM had some improvement, including: 1. IntelliSense when manipulating browser objects 2. Dynamic generated variable IntelliSense 3. Default JavaScript snippets within IntelliSense to help you code faster Scott Guthrie has a brief blog covering some of these.   Due to the dynamic feature of our JavaScript engine, we may run info conflicts between XML commented...
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More Netduino fun

Last time, we ran a very simple program on the Netduino. This time around, we’ll actually connect some real hardware to that microcontroller and blink some lights! You know what? Let’s go crazy! Let’s go for Knight Rider lights ! Woohoo! Ahem. Yeah. Well, you’ve got to start small. Anyway, I have this LED array that I’m going to build a little something on soon. This time, we’ll just use a single line for that simple effect. The LED array can be found here: http://futurlec.com/LEDMatrix.shtml for $1.80, which is ridiculous. It’s the LEDMS88R. A LED array is a very simple piece of hardware: it’s just LEDs at each intersection of line and column wires: To turn on one of the LEDs, just send some juice between the right line and column. You can...
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Fighting Confirmation Bias

This month’s Scientific American has an interesting commentary by Scott Lilienfield entitled Fudge Factor that discusses the fine line between academic misconduct and errors caused by confirmation bias. For a great description of confirmation bias, read the YouAreNotSoSmart.com’s post on the topic . The Misconception: Your opinions are the result of years of rational, objective analysis. The Truth: Your opinions are the result of years of paying attention to information which confirmed what you believed while ignoring information which challenged your preconceived notions. The fudge factor article talks about some of the circumstances that contribute to confirmation bias in the sciences. Two factors make combating confirmation bias an uphill...
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PDC10: Building a Blog with Microsoft "Unnamed Package of Web Love"

I had a lovely time in Redmond this last week attending Microsoft's PDC (Professional Developer's Conference) 2010. I did lots of stuff, met lots of people, did hours of "Live TV" on Channel 9 Live and presented a talk on behalf of the Web Platform and Tools team (WPT is IIS, Media Streaming, ASP.NET, everything web, etc) showcasing all the cool stuff we've been doing lately. You can stream the talk with Silverlight Smooth Streaming as well as PIP (Picture in Picture) or you can download the talk in one of four formats. Note that for some weird reason there's 10 minutes of "we haven't started yet" dead video that you'll have to seek past. You should Right-Click Save As the video you want. Low Bandwidth...
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Team Build + Web Deployment + Web Deploy + VS 2010 = Goodness

I have to confess this is one of the most requested blog post in Web Deployment via either direct emails , comments on the blogs , twitter , in conferences etc and it has been completely my bad to have prolonged this as long as I have. As it is said - better late than never, so without any delay let us get started. In this blog post I am hoping to cover the topics of setting up your web deployment using Web Deploy (MsDeploy) and Team Build. When we talk about automated web deployment with Web Deploy (I love our naming J) there are multiple aspects that come into mind, let us clear few of the concepts before we proceed with the walkthrough: · Web Packaging – Web Packaging is the process of creating a .zip file which can contain your web content...
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A Sordid Little Tale Of Unexpected Security Exceptions

It was a dark and stormy coding session; the rain fell in torrents as my eyes were locked to two LCD screens in a furious display of coding … …sorry sorry, I just can’t continue. It’s all a lie. This actually a cautionary tale describing one subtle way that you can run afoul Code Access Security (CAS) when attempting to run an application in partial trust. But who wants to read about that? Right? Right? Well this isn’t a sordid tale, but if you bear with me, you may just find it interesting. Either that, or you may just take pity on me that I find this type of thing interesting. I was hacking on NuGet the other day and all I wanted to do was write some code that accessed the version number of the current assembly. This is something we do in...
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11-04-2010, 11:06 PM

Silverlight Questions

Over the last week there has been a lot of confusion/concern about Silverlight that occurred from an interview given at the PDC conference last week.  A few days ago Bob Muglia (President of our Server and Tools Division) posted a blog post on the Silverlight Team blog that helped clarify what he said in the interview that caused the controversy.  You can read his post here . Three of the things that he explicitly said in the interview (and which were reported in the article - but unfortunately lost in the public reaction to it) were: Silverlight is very important and strategic to Microsoft. We’re working hard on the next release of Silverlight, and it will continue to be cross-browser and cross-platform, and run on Windows and Mac...

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