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UX Fail: IE 9 by joelvarty

The people who designed IE 9 did a poor job of copying Chrome’s nice and clean interface. Why oh WHY would the little button to change into compatibility mode (which shouldn’t be necessary at all) be the same size as the refresh button?  And why...
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Azure SDK 1.3: Error on Web Role Publish… by joelvarty

If you get this error: The "TransformXml" task failed unexpectedly. System.UriFormatException: Invalid URI: The URI is empty.    at System.Uri.CreateThis(String uri, Boolean dontEscape, UriKind uriKind)    at System.Uri....
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Azure Deployment - Be careful adding a Remote Desktop connection to deployments that you want to swap staging with live… by joelvarty

Adding Remote Desktop capability adds an external endpoint onto the deployment, meaning it may have more endpoints that your current live deployment.  When there is a difference in the number of endpoints between a staging and live deployment, you...
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Error 400 with WCF REST Services by joelvarty

I recently worked on a site that had a strange issue where “sometimes” the WCF service (JSON encoding) that we accessed via JavaScript (using jQuery) was throwing an HTTP 400 error.  Setting a breakpoint at the web method itself was useless as it...
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Razor + Agilty will be a match made in heaven by joelvarty

I just finished reading Scott’s post on ASP.NET MVC 3 and the new @model key in  Razor and it got me thinking about how we could change Agility module output templates to support MVC with strongly typed partial views based on the module definition...
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Server Controls vs Plugins by joelvarty

I think the ASP.NET world has changed completely as far as reusable code is concerned.  Let’s start with a bit of background…   Server Controls I remember when making reusable code in ASP.NET meant writing custom server controls that had all...
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Amazon adds CloudFront API for content invalidation by joelvarty

Good news from Amazon this morning as they have announced what I’ve been asking for – an API for content invalidation.  Previously, they allowed content to have a max-age of 1 hour, but it didn’t allow for the control that a manual invalidation would...
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VS 2010–Fix for hang on debugging ASP.Net 3.5 Apps… by joelvarty

Just got this in an email from Microsoft: Greetings from Microsoft Connect! This notification was generated for feedback item: VS 2010 - Hangs when debugging ASP.Net 3.5 web application or website which you submitted at the Microsoft Connect site. Hello...
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Getting comfortable with Javascript callbacks by joelvarty

It seems every language has it’s own way of implementing callbacks. Back in the VB days (daze?) we used the addressof operator and all kinds of win32 stuff to get app and activex control to do what we wanted. In C#, we have the delegate (and the anonymous...
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Twitter OAuth Authentication with TweetSharp by joelvarty

The Twitter API is something that you may have learned to love and hate over the last while, but as of August 16th, you may have to change the way you access it.    Basic Authentication is Going Away Previously, the easiest way to authenticate...
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