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Display ‘–Select–’ in an ASP.NET DropDownList by Ken Cox [MVP]

A purchaser of my book writes: “I would like a drop down list to display the text: "-Select-" initially instead of the first value of the data it is bound to.” Here you go…   <%@ Page Language="VB" %> <script runat="server">...

Solving a Mystery About 'BC30205: End of statement expected' by Ken Cox [MVP]

A reader of my book ran into the strangest problem that had me going around in circles. He was working through one of the ASP.NET 3.5 examples in Visual Web Developer 2008 and was getting weird errors like these: error BC30205: End of statement expected...
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Using the Silverlight Server Control in ASP.NET Pages by Ken Cox [MVP]

Microsoft makes available server controls that help you insert rich media such as Silverlight into your ASP.NET pages. If you’re confused about where to find the latest version of these controls, you’re in good company! Pre-release versions have appeared...

Caught Up In a Language War by Ken Cox [MVP]

Alas, C#/VB language bigotry rears its ugly head again. My book, ASP.NET 3.5 For Dummies got its first negative review from a purchaser on Amazon.com solely because I used VB instead of C# in the examples. As I stated in the book's introduction, I chose...
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My Book Excerpts at the Beginner Developer Learning Centre by Ken Cox [MVP]

Hey folks, Microsoft has licensed four chapters of my book, ASP.NET 3.5 For Dummies ! You can browse the chapters at http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/beginner/cc409659.aspx in the Microsoft Visual Studio Express Editions Beginner Developer Learning Centre...

Soma, Scottgu, and I Are on the Same Page! by Ken Cox [MVP]

Ah yes, S. Somasegar, Scott Guthrie and Ken Cox. What an influential trio! It's kind of a geeky rat pack. We definitely run in the same circles... the MSDN Home page where my MVP profile is part of the current random display cycle. Just in case I disappear...
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Set a Validator's Display to 'None' for the ValidatorCalloutExtender by Ken Cox [MVP]

If you look at Figure 15-1 in ASP.NET 3.5 For Dummies , you'll notice that there's an almost-hidden question mark (?) behind the AJAX Control Kit's ValidatorCallout control. The arrow in the picture points to the mistake (bug) in the book. At the time...
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Compliments for ASP.NET 3.5 For Dummies by Ken Cox [MVP]

I'm still trying to get www.asp.net to include ASP.NET 3.5 For Dummies in their Starter Books section. Not sure what's going on there. They list other Dummies books, so it can't be an anti-Dummies thing. In the meantime, here are a couple of kind reader...
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ASP.NET 3.5 For Dummies Published by Ken Cox [MVP]

I hope you'll forgive a bit of self-promotion. I haven't blogged much about my book ASP.NET 3.5 For Dummies because it's a beginner's book. Most readers here are ASP.NET experts who could (and do) write advanced books and articles on ASP.NET. That said...

LINQing Up at the Victoria Code Camp by Ken Cox [MVP]

I'll be speaking on the topic "LINQ: Simplifying Data Handling in ASP.NET" at the Victoria .NET CodeCamp on January 26th. It's going to be a great (free!) day with expert presenters that include Beth Massi and Richard Campbell . Here's the abstract...
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