Archives / 2005 / September
  • On Vacation the Next Two Weeks

    I just wanted to post a quick note to say that I'll be on vacation (without any access to email) the next two weeks visiting scenic places in Italy.  If you post an email or comment to me through my blog I will get back to you when I return (just wanted to let you know I wasn't ignoring you <g>).

  • Microsoft Expression “Quartz Web Designer”

    This morning at the PDC Microsoft announced the new Expression Designer line of products.  Included as part of the Expression suite is the new product currently codenamed Microsoft Expression “Quartz Web Designer”.

  • Atlas Unleashed...

    I just finished up giving my keynote demo with Anders, Don and Chris about an hour ago.  Coding on the fly in front of 8,000 people for 45 minutes on a single machine with no cutaways or backups is fairly adrenaline rushing. :-)  I think it went pretty well and it was a lot of fun to-do.  A little later today I’m going to try and blog up the code we wrote for Atlas, as well as the screenshots so people can see what we did (update: here it is:

  • Defining Custom Item Templates in Web Projects with VS 2005

    One of the cool new features in VS 2005 that I was playing with a little today is the ability to export and then re-use project item templates.  This enables developers to easily define common templates that they can re-use over and over when adding new pages/classes/controls into web projects or class libraries, and avoid repetitively typing standard content or code.

  • PDC Soon

    I've seen a number of people post their "I'm off to the PDC" posts today and yesterday, so I thought I'd do my obligatory one too. :-)

  • Building Custom Build Providers with ASP.NET 2.0 and VS 2005

    One of the cool new features in ASP.NET 2.0 is support for what we call "build providers".  These are providers that can plug into the ASP.NET compilation system and provide custom compilation support for file-types.  ASP.NET ships with a number of built-in providers in the box -- including support for .wsdl and .xsd files.  These providers can automatically generate the appropriate proxy or dataset class for you without you having to manually generate code and keep it in sync with the declarative format (I believe they also generate as partial types -- so you can add your own object model and methods to extend them).