February 2008 - Posts

SQL Server 2005 Driver for PHP Community Technology Preview


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Microsoft announces the CTP release of SQL Server 2005 Drivers for PHP

This opens up some very cool possibility for heterogeneous environment developers.

My first project ? A PHP Class library to integrate with ASP.NET's Membership & Profile System.

Click HERE to get the SQL Driver CTP

Click HERE to get the FREE Express Versions of SQL 2005 & Microsoft Visual Web Developer Express for ASP.NET

2 New AJAX How-Do-I Videos Released

Here is the latest in my AJAX How-Do-I Video Series

Hope you like them !

How Do I: Retrieve Values From Server Side AJAX Controls

How Do I: The AJAX Toolkit Reorder Control

Posted: Feb 22 2008, 09:18 AM by JoeStagner | with no comments
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Telligent (Rob Howard & Team) Releases Graffiti CMS


Microsoft and Telligent go way back. Rob Howard (the owner of Telligent) wrote the original ASP.NET forums code way back wen he worked at Microsoft with Scott Guthrie.

 Telligent makes Community Server, and all of my Team's web properties (,,, are built on top of Community Server code base.

Telligent just released GraffitiCMS - there is a free version for non-commercial use and commercial use versions start at $399.

Check it out at :

New Live-From-Redmond Webcasts with Visual WebGui



My blog posts on Visual WebGui have generated allot of interest so I thought we'd have a couple of webcasts and dive into the VWG experience.

Live from Redmond: March 13th 01:00PM Pacific

Visual WebGui - An Enterprise AJAX application in 20 minutes.

It is all about simplicity: Simplicity in programming next generation complex AJAX application that makes the productivity difference.   In this Webcast we will demystify Visual WebGui. We will build a fully blown application in less than 20 minutes, and strip off the covers, showing you how you can cut your development cycle by as much as 90% .  

Visual WebGui is open source, so you can dive into the code. Throughout the webcast we will demonstrate that while VWG enables rapid application development (RAD) , the developer is free to create custom controls, wrap third party controls , invoke HTML resources and interop with standard ASP.NET applications like DNN and others, all in a matter of minutes.

Click HERE to attend !

Live from Redmond: March 14th 01:00PM Pacific

Visual WebGui - Silverlight for line-of-business application.

In this webcast we will "light up", in minutes, the fully blown line-of-business application that we built in our previous webcast adding the rich look and feel of Silverlight as well as its enhanced performance.
You will see how we accomplish this by a "push of a button". We will demonstrate how to make WinForms controls available to your web application and  how you can style your UI by using fully enabled Expression Blend. The outcome is a very light footprint client, unaffected by application size and weight, and as a bonus, secured by design.  You will be shown how you  can, extend, invoke, interop and customize your application using Visual WebGui.  

Click HERE to Attend !

Posted: Feb 19 2008, 10:26 AM by JoeStagner | with no comments
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New 4 part series of videos on DOWNLOADING with ASP.NET


I'm adding to my How-Do-I Video Series with 4 new videos to help you with a variety of upload scenarios, from simple file uploads to AJAX-style to multiple files. !

Posted: Feb 12 2008, 02:26 PM by JoeStagner | with 1 comment(s)
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A Must Have MSDN Reader !


We're Web Developers.... But there is still a place for rich client apps.

recently we published a "Syndicated Client Starter Kit" over on (my team owns that site too. )

In the showcase for that starter kit there is an AWESOME MSDN Reader application.

ITS FREE - Install it !

DOM Manipulation with JQuery


There seems to be allot of interest with ASP.NET Developers doing DOM manipulation with JQuery there days. I'm finding it a very powerful addition to my client side toolbox so I thought I would share some links that might be of interest.

JQuery Home Page

JQuery Defivition at Wikipedia

Video: Introduction to JQuery

jQuery Controls by David Taylor

Using JQuery to Make Asp.Net Play Nice with Asp.Net

Using jQuery with ASP.NET MVC

ASP.NET and JQuery - first example

JQuery and ASP.NET - lets involve ASP.NET

Visual JQuery

JScript IntelliSense: Working with jQuery

Intellisense for jQuery in Visual Studio 2008

Posted: Feb 12 2008, 08:48 AM by JoeStagner | with 3 comment(s) |
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Windows Workflow Foundation Tutorial Series


I've had a couple of emails recently from ASP.NET developers asking about how to get a jump start on learning Windows Workflow Foundation.

So, I dug up this list of links to a seven part Webcast Series on the subject.

Have fun !

Intro to Windows Workflow Foundation (Part 1 of 7): Workflow in Windows Applications (Level 100)

Intro to Windows Workflow Foundation (Part 2 of 7): Simple Human Workflow Using E-mail (Level 200)

Intro to Windows Workflow Foundation (Part 3 of 7): Hosting and Communications Options in Workflow Scenarios (Level 300)

Intro to Windows Workflow Foundation (Part 4 of 7): Workflow, Messaging, and Services: Developing Distributed Applications with Workflows (Level 300)

Intro to Windows Workflow Foundation (Part 5 of 7): Developing Event Driven State Machine Workflows (Level 300)

Intro to Windows Workflow Foundation (Part 6 of 7): Extending Workflow Capabilities with Custom Activities (Level 300)

Intro to Windows Workflow Foundation (Part 7 of 7): Developing Rules Driven Workflows (Level 300)

Posted: Feb 05 2008, 10:44 AM by JoeStagner | with 18 comment(s) |
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Axosoft - PureChat


Axosoft is a really interesting company and I've been using OnTime for a couple of years now.

They have just released a Chat Application, Single  User is FREE - Unlimited is on sale for $99

Visitors to your ASP.NET web site are presented with this simple and straightforward chat client. It's made to be super easy to use while also providing users with visual cues that help them follow the conversation.

  • Depending on your preference, users can chat instantly or provide name and topic prior to chat.
  • Color-coded messages: user, operator and system notifications
  • Custom skins / logo images via simple css edits
  • "Operator is typing..." indicator
  • End-of-chat rating (optional)
  • End-of-chat print / save options
  • Opportunity to send an email in case an operator does not respond
  • Send web page links

PureChat is written entirely with C# and javascript, against the 2.0 .NET framework. It uses Microsoft's ASP.Net AJAX, as well as selected controls from the AJAX Control Toolkit.

Check it out here - AxoSoft PureChat !
Posted: Feb 04 2008, 02:00 PM by JoeStagner | with no comments
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YouTube - Microsoft conference call !

If you have ever been on hold waiting for a conference call with Microsoft to begin, then this video will ring bells for you, if not make you laugh out loud.

Since I was on campus last week I spent time trying to catch our Dev Leaders Like ScottGu, Shanku, and BradA doing stuff like you see in the video, but didn't have any luck !

Click Here if you need to see the video at YouTube!

Posted: Feb 04 2008, 12:19 PM by JoeStagner | with no comments |
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