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The Importance (and Ease) of Minifying your CSS and JavaScript and Optimizing PNGs for your Blog or Website

Hello Dear Reader. You may feel free to add a comment at the bottom of this post, something like "Um, DUH!" after reading this. It's funny how one gets lazy with their own website. What's the old joke, "those who can't, teach." I show folks how to optimize their websites all the time but never got around to optimizing my own. It's important (and useful!) to send as few bytes of CSS and JS and HTML markup down the wire as possible. It's not just about size, though, it's also about the number of requests to get the bits . In fact, that's often more of a problem then file size. First, go run YSlow on your site. YSlow such a wonderful tool and it will totally ruin your day and make you feel horrible...
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09-01-2011, 2:01 AM

HTML Editor Smart Tasks and Event Handler Generation (ASP.NET vNext Series)

This is the first in a series of blog posts I’m doing on ASP.NET vNext.  The next release of Visual Studio includes a bunch of great code editing features (which I’ll blog about more in the future).  Today’s post covers some small, but nice, productivity improvements coming to the HTML Editor which will make it easy to quickly accomplish common tasks.  In particular, Visual Studio will now support the ability to activate the “smart tasks” features of ASP.NET Server Controls, as well as easily wire up ASP.NET Server Control event handlers - without ever having to switch to design view .  You can now do these common scenarios equally well in source view. Quick Video of the Features Mads Kristensen has a nice 90 second video...
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09-01-2011, 1:59 AM

ASP.NET vNext Series

Over the next few months I’m going to be doing a series of posts that talk about some of the cool new features coming with the next releases of ASP.NET and Visual Studio (which we will start talking about more in the months ahead).  They contain a ton of new functionality and improvements – for both Web Forms and MVC - that I think you’ll really like, and which make building applications easier, faster and better.  I will update this page with links to the individual posts I do as I publish them along the way: HTML Editor Support for Smart Tasks and Event Handler Generation (Aug 31st) Hope this helps, Scott P.S. In addition to blogging, I use Twitter to-do quick posts and share links.  My Twitter handle is: @scottgu Read More...
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09-01-2011, 1:57 AM

Let’s get this blog started again…

A few people have sent me email over the summer about my blog: “hey – does your blog still work?”, “did it move somewhere else?”, “did you die?”.  To provide a few quick answers: my blog does still work, it didn’t move anywhere, and I am not dead.  :-) I fell behind on blogging mostly because I’ve been working pretty hard the last few months on a few new products that I haven’t previously been involved in.  In particular, I’ve been focusing a lot of time on Windows Azure – which is our cloud computing platform – as well as on some additional server products, frameworks and tools.  I’ll be blogging a lot more about them in the future.  To kick-start my blog again, though, I thought I’d start a new blog series that covers...
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