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February 2006 - Posts

ASP.NET Podcast Show #37 - January CTP of Atlas
ASP.NET Podcast Show #37
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Posted: Feb 13 2006, 08:58 PM by Wallym | with no comments
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It looks like there is a namespace called Web.Profile.  This namespace appears to be for managing profiles through Atlas, though don't quote me on the specifics.  It appears to be similar to the Web.Services.Authentication class that I found earlier.
Posted: Feb 13 2006, 04:37 PM by Wallym | with no comments
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It looks like I finally found how to do Authentication in Atlas.  There appears to be a static class called Web.Servcies.AuthenticationService.  It has two methods.  These are

  • login.
  • validateUser.
Posted: Feb 13 2006, 04:00 PM by Wallym | with 2 comment(s)
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Posted: Feb 10 2006, 04:37 PM by Wallym | with 3 comment(s)
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Special Button in Atlas - "abortButton"
I was just reading thru Nikhil's posts about the new build of Atlas and I cam across this interesting little nugget of information.  You can stop an async operation through the <ProgressTemplate> by creating a special button with the id of "abortButton."  I like the idea, however, I just hate magic numbers, or buttons in this case.  Perhaps the team could put in some type of special attribute on a regular button or something like that....................
Posted: Feb 09 2006, 08:33 PM by Wallym | with 4 comment(s)
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New Build of Atlas (yeah, I'm a day late on this)

Many Thanks to the ASP.NET team for putting out another update of Atlas.  The ever-awesome Nikhil Kothari has some information on the goodness contained within.

Posted: Feb 09 2006, 01:34 PM by Wallym | with no comments
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My thoughts on the MVP Program "Deterioration" Post

A post was made last week regarding the perceived deterioration of the MVP program at  Now that I am back home and have gotten a chapter out, I wanted to throw my two cents worth in on the subject, and reserve the right to make it four cents at a later time.

  • So what if there are some young MVPs.  If you have skills, you have skills.
  • Favoritism.  The truth is that there is favoritism in everything (and I hate it to), just deal with it.
  • Authors and Community Web Site Owners.  I can't speak for a community web site owner, but as an author, I can guarantee that the pay really sucks(yeah, I am no longer "work safe" with this blog entry).  As a lead author, the situation is even worse.  The other authors get mad at you because the publisher says something.  The publisher is mad at you because someone is not getting their stuff done on time.  Did I mention that the pay really sucks?  I am not saying that every author on a MS topic should be an MVP, but I am saying that being an author is a good qualification.  This idea that because someone is an author that disqualifies them really gets me upset.  It is typically made by people that have no idea how little money most authors make on a technology book.  I write because I love the technology, want to learn new things, and share with the community, definitely not for the money.  I honestly believe that authors deserve somethng extra given the crap that they have to go through.
  • The program has gone downhill in the last few years.  Well, I got my MVP in 2004.  I have written several books (currently working on my third), heavily blog, go to user groups in the south east to speak, pay for those trips out of my pocket, and run the ASP.NET Podcast.  I think I am worthy.  To say that it has gone downhill over the last few years insults me and a number of people that I know that are new MVPs that I think are worthy.
  • Grandfathering.  I know of some people that were not reawarded this year.  To think that the MVP award is forever does not jive with the facts.
  • Newsgroups.  Well, there are more places to talk then the newsgroups.  I don't hang out a lot in newsgroups, so it is rare to see me in there.  I am glad that MS has expanded their vision beyond the newsgroups. 

To me, that post reads just like those old jokes that the "older generation" always had it harder than the "younger generation."  I almost expected to hear the poster say something about walking uphill to and back from the MVP Summit through three feet of snow.

ASP.NET Podcast #36 - Personal Web Site Starter Kit

Ok, so Paul has actually gotten busy and managed to do a podcast. The main content on this one is about some good and bad points on the personal web site starter kit that is available for .Net 2.0. Paul has recently used it to create my new site at and thought he would share some impressions of it, its internals, and how it held up for him.

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Full show notes:

- Paul's 1st Podcast for 2006
- A little on Atlas in user controls and getting Atlas info
- A little more on tactical and strategic solutions previously mentioned by Wally
- A sydney weather report
- Visual Studio 2005 - Still a bit rough around the edges?
- Personal Web Site Starter Kit (available
- Paul's site which uses a customised version of the Personal web Site Starter Kit
-- What was good, what was bad, what I did to customise it, migrating it to a full SQL Server depoyment.

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