May 2003 - Posts
Some of you have heard of a new group, the ASPInsiders
. Lately, I've been getting a lot of questions about this group such as who are they, are they a replacement for (insert another group here), how do I get in, etc. Thankfully, the group has created an FAQ to answer these exact questions. You can find the answers to these questions and more here
My new book, the ASP.NET Developer's Cookbook, is now available. I just checked Amazon and it's still just accepting pre-orders, but I know it's done because I have a copy in my hands! This book was written as a combined effort between myself, Rob Howard of the ASP.NET Team, and about 20 columnists from ASPAlliance.com. It contains over 200 task-oriented recipes aimed at solving common problems faced by experienced ASP.NET developers in their day-to-day activities. Some of the recipes are pretty basic for completeness' sake, but this is not a beginner's book. It is designed to be a quick reference on your desk, and I hope that many of you will find it useful.
For more information and (soon) sample chapters, check out the book's website at http://aspalliance.com/cookbook/.
I completed my Regular Expression Cheat sheet a couple of days ago, so that I can hand it out this week at my session on regular expressions at ASP.NET Connections in New Orleans. It's intended to be printable (thus it's not a complete reference - only the simple beginner stuff that fits on one page), so that someone could tack it up to the wall of their cubicle or tape it next to their monitor if they were new to regular expressions, didn't necessarily care to memorize all the little characters, but had to work with regular expressions nonetheless.
And on the topic of the conference, I'm leaving tomorrow and should arrive in New Orleans around 3pm. I'm going to be in the exhibit hall at the MS booth from 3:30 to 6pm answering questions as part of a MS Q&A thing they are doing all week. Later there is an "unplugged" event from 7-9pm Wednesday that I'll be at as well. If you're around look me up and say hi. This year I'm speaking on caching and performance, custom controls (using my favorite, validation controls, combined with other web controls using templates and design time support), and of course, regular expressions. Hope to see you there!