People often ask me where to find resources to learn ASP.NET
New Zune are available, as well as new software!
What's really nice is the upgrade is also available for previous Zune (device + desktop software)!!!
I am very disappointed by this upgrade, some really good points, some really bad, but both software and firmware can be a lot better!
- Podcast support
- WiFi sync!!
- Online Zune Card (social)
- New menus are nicer
- WiFi sync do not support WPA2 (ok, not a big deal).
- No music resume
- No "Stop" button
- No genre filtering
- No live search box
- Zune software UI is such a piece of crap
- Still no "Add to now playing list" feature in the device
- Still no "Recently added" list in the desktop software
The simple fact that the last 2 features are missing is a problem for me, because I *still* need to use Windows Media Player. And I still don't understand why they had to create a new player, everybody already have WMP 11 right ?
Conslusion: This software is unusable for anyone with a large quantity of music files.
For those who got the upgrade don't forget to check the cool but not so easy to find (almost hidden!) "now playing" feature: it displays your current playlist in front of a wall filled with your albums art collection! To launch it you have to click in the small icon at the very right bottom.
Another feature well hidden.. the "search as you type". To get this, you have to click somewhere in the artists list first and then start typing. Why the top right search box does not have the same functionality as in WMP ???
To finish it is good to know that you can download for free the preloaded content that come with the new Zune, in case you "accidentally deleted the preloaded content"... or not!
Preloaded content for Zune devices
In case you wonder how Expression Web deals with custom ASP.NET controls, there are 2 things to notice :
Whoohoo that is a great news !!!
ComponentOne is preparing a suite of Silverlight 1.1 controls that looks pretty amazing!! Button, CheckBox, ListBox, DatePicker, Accordion, DataGrid, ... the list of controls is totally incredible (see below) *more controls than ASP.NET !!!* and they even use Astoria for data access!
This week I had to debug some asp.net pages that has a weird behavior. They work well but each time a Js alert() raise, the hover menu are no more available (it is a classic asp:menu with dynamic hover for sub-menu).
The problem was simple: the current function attached to window.onload (which display the hover menu) was ripped by another one (which throw the alert).
Keep in mind that such line window.onload = alert('warning!'); remove the existing function attached to onload event.
Just a simple useful Live Writer plug-in I wanted to talk about:
After publishing your media to Silverlight Streaming right from Media Encoder, you can now blog it directly from Windows Live Writer via this new Insert a Silverlight Streaming application plug-in:
Waiting for real 1.1 input controls, we can find some custom projects; Kathy Kam made 2 great controls for Silverlight 1.1: MonthCalendar and Datepicker. Download them for free on her blog post :
MonthCalendar and Datepicker control for Silverlight
Some times ago I blogged about InlineSearch, a really cool add-in for IE to get the ctrl+F just like Firefox.