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proagora.com - new community site for .NET and Java

A new website dedicated to .NET and Java is born! Here is the latest project I've been working on:

proagora.com home page 

proagora.com is about jobs, but it is not yet another job board. The idea was to create a new community web site dedicated to .NET and Java, in addition to SharpToolbox.com and JavaToolbox.com. One of the goals is to create a directory of .NET and Java professionals, which includes both experts and companies. Another goal of the site is to become the reference job board specialized on .NET and Java, and so fill the relative current void in this field.

If you are interested, you'll be able to create an account on the site and join the proagora.com community.
As an expert, you can publish your profile on the site to describe your experience in .NET or Java as well as to list your contributions (such as articles, books, conferences, sites, etc.). Don't be shy. The term expert we use here means "a person who has special skill or knowledge in some particular field; a specialist; someone possessing skill or knowledge" (in .NET and/or Java). If you are reading this blog and use .NET everyday, this is likely to apply to you.
Companies using .NET and/or Java can introduce what they do and post job offers. Posting jobs on the site is free during the site's launch phase.
Everything is completely free for experts.

We are really interested in getting your feedback on the site! What do you think about the site? about the idea?
Oh, and make sure you spread the word to your friends :-)

The site is http://proagora.com

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I'm looking forward to hearing from you and seeing your profile or job offers on the site!

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Will Sahatdjian said:

Nice looking site.  For performance reasons you should merge all those "scriptresource" files into one http request.  This will make the page load faster.  Good luck with your new project :)

# June 5, 2007 3:22 PM

Fabrice Marguerie said:

Will, reducing the number of ScriptResource.axd and WebResource.axd calls would be a great improvement! Do you know how to achieve this?

# June 5, 2007 9:24 PM

Will Sahatdjian said:

Fabrice, After looking around, it appears that no one has done this. If any of those ScriptReferences are static files being registered through the script manager, you can concatenate those into one single static file. If all of those script references are for ASP.NET AJAX, there is no quick solution at the moment. The only way I can see that this could be done is to derive from Microsoft.Web.Handlers.ScriptResourceHandler and change web.config to use the modified version. That may be impossible still though if the client side is of Atlas is expecting certain output...
# June 6, 2007 10:08 AM

Fabrice Marguerie said:

It's the second option. All these script references are coming from ASP.NET Ajax. Hopefully, Microsoft will find a way to improve this.

An option would be to recompile the Ajax Toolkit with merged js files, but I don't have the time for this right now :-)

Too bad there is no quick-win for this. I noticed though that it's possible to use ScriptManager.LoadScriptsBeforeUI to slighty reduce pages' display time.

# June 6, 2007 11:16 AM

Marc Brooks said:

The next release of the Atlas Control Toolkit will do automatic merging of registered script resources. If I get some time, it'll also have CSS merging.

You can get the latest source of the ACT from CodePlex which will tide you over until the actual release.

# June 6, 2007 11:45 AM

Fabrice Marguerie said:

Excellent news Marc! I'm looking forward to benefiting from this improvement.

# June 6, 2007 7:56 PM