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Google invented AJAX? WTF?,1895,2088644,00.asp
"Back in '96-'97, me and a group of people, many of whom are here at Google, helped build stuff that these days is called AJAX," Bosworth said. "We sat down and took a hard look at what was going to happen with the Internet and we concluded, in the face of unyielding opposition and animosity from virtually every senior person at Microsoft, that the thick client was on its way out and it was going to be replaced by browser-based apps.

Let's see, I read an article from a Microsoft PM a few weeks ago claiming that AJAX was actually created in 1994.  Now, Google has invented AJAX.  Al Gore invented the Internet.  I invented the concept of a GUI interface.......yeah, that's the ticket.
One item off the checklist.........

I've got about a few things on my shortlist of todo's.  The problem is that they all take a while to work on.  I have gotten two items off of my list.  Here's the current list:

  • Update the Beginning AJAX Book's content regarding Atlas.  The problem here is that most of the cool stuff in Atlas that I covered got moved into the Futures CTP so, its off limits for writing right now.
  • Customer A.  I got some code written and updated to their development server today along with some forms for getting an update finished.  I am expecting more to do here fairly soon.
  • Basketball Coach.  I'm the basketball coach for the kid's team.  We have basketball twice a week for the next month still.
  • Customer B.  Work continues there.
  • Update the Beginning Atlas Book's content and get it ready for production.
ECIS slams Microsoft over Vista

As Microsoft Corp. gears up for the consumer launch of Vista, rivals slammed the new product, claiming that it breaks the very same European antitrust laws that its operating-system predecessor, XP, fell foul of in 2004, and that it will be riddled with bugs.

"Microsoft has chosen to ignore the fundamental principles of the Commission’s March 2004 decision," said Simon Awde, chairman of the European Committee for Interoperable Systems (ECIS) in a statement Friday, adding that the new product goes even further, by leveraging its desktop dominance to compete on the Internet.

ECIS filed a formal complaint about Vista to the European Commission's antitrust division a year ago. The Commission said at the time that it would examine the complaint carefully. That examination is understood to be still ongoing, however Commission spokesman Jonathan Todd wasn't immediately available to comment.

On Friday the ECIS described Vista as "the first step in Microsoft's strategy to extend its market dominance to the Internet." Microsoft’s XAML markup language inside Vista was designed to replace HTML (Hypertext Markup Language), an industry standard used for publishing material online, it claimed.

XAML is designed to be dependent on Windows, and therefore not interoperable with other systems, ECIS said.

In addition, Vista and Microsoft Office 2007 will introduce the Open XML file format called OOXML in a move to replace the ODF industry standard.

My problem with issues like this is that they sound good however, they are bad for business.  I don't know these ECIS people in Europe, but they have no right to run around and attempt to controls features in products.  I have a fundamental problem with it.  If MS wants to put a feature or not put a feature into their product, it is based on whether or not the marketplace will accept the product.  Their dominance in the marketplace is based on the fact that their customers are paying for the products, nothing more.

ASP.NET Podcast Show #84 - Interview with Matt Gibbs


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Show Notes:

  • ASP.NET AJAX is out.
  • Matt Gibbs - Development Manager ASP.NET AJAX.
  • Some of the new things that you can do with AJAX.
  • Source Issues.
  • Richard Ersek.

Please check out our friends at OrcsWeb.

AJAXToolkit prefix in ASP.NET
If you want to prefix your code to use the AJAX Control Toolkit, add in the following item to your web.config.

        <add tagPrefix="ajaxToolkit" namespace="AjaxControlToolkit" assembly="AjaxControlToolkit" />

I think it helps out with the Intellisense in Visual Studio .NET 2005
ASP.NET AJAX 1.0 is Released!
Its out.
Sql Server 2005 Service Pack 2 CTP

Nice, I didn't know that there was a build of SP2 for Sql Server 2005 out.

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Blogging and Podcast posts will be down
Due to to many other things going on, look for blogging and podcasting posts to be down over the next several weeks.
MVP Stuff

Sweet, my MVP stuff showed up about 1-2 hours ago.


ASP.NET Podcast Show #83 - Writing a Custom AJAX Extender
Here is a videocast Paul did that shows you how to create a custom Extender control using the Microsoft ASP.Net AJAX Extensions. This will be the first of a series of video casts on custom ASP.Net AJAX controls. The next one will deal with extender controls using the AJAX Control toolkit and contrast the different approaches. The next one may deal with ScriptControls and so on.

This videocast will create a very basic extender control from scratch but will leave you with enough of the basics to fashion your own complex custom extender controls. Enjoy.

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Creating an Extender 

Show Notes:

  • Creating Custom Extender Controls
  • Difference between ScriptControl and ExtenderControl
  • Embedding script resources
  • ServerSide and ClientSide components
  • Linking the two together
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