I am moving to a new house this week, so I unfortunately didn't get a chance to create any new original content this weekend. But thankfully a few people did forward me some good links that I haven't seen pointed to elsewhere that I highly recommend checking out:
Free ASP.NET AJAX Hands-On Tutorials
Sascha Corti from Microsoft Switzerland helped produce some really nice ASP.NET AJAX hands-on tutorials in German and French, and Ken Cox (a great ASP.NET MVP from Canada) did an awesome job translating them to English. You can download these labs and walkthrough them yourselves for free here.
Note that the documentation .zip file is 8MB (it contains lots of step by step pictures) - so I recommend using the "Save As" option in your browser and store them locally to disk as opposed to trying to open them directly.
Also - in case you missed it, also make sure to check out the great free ASP.NET AJAX 1.0 Videos here.
Cool ASP.NET Disk Output Cache and RSS Toolkit CodePlex Projects
Dmitry, who used to be the ASP.NET Dev Manager and who now runs the Dynamic Language group within my team, created a number of really cool ASP.NET projects early last year. Over the last few months Dmitry has worked with members of the .NET community to create CodePlex projects for some of these free components, which will anyone to join in enhancing them and adding new features. Below are pointers to two recent CodePlex groups:
- ASP.NET RSS Toolkit: This toolkit provides a ton of great support for efficiently consuming RSS feeds from a remote server (including automatic caching of them, as well as a RssDataSource control to enable easy databinding to feeds), and also support easily generating RSS feeds of your own. My past RSS Toolkit Tip./Trick tutorial shows just some of the cool things you can do with it. This CodePlex project is now being run by Marc Brooks.
Free Podcasts with Me
Two podcasts that were recorded two weeks ago while I was in the UK at the excellent WebDD conference have recently been published. You can listen to both for free:
- NxtGenUG podcast -- NxtGenUG is a free .NET usergroup that meets regularly in Birmingham, Coventry, and Oxford. You can learn more about them, as well as their upcoming free conference on May 23rd in Reading here.
Hope this helps,
P.S. And now I have to go back to carrying boxes....<g>