Archive for February, 2007

I need a WEB DESIGNER !!!

Being a good web designer requires some artistic tendencies.

I have none !  I think most developers lack real artistic abilities. Maybe being able to use the logical engineering part of the brain is mutually exclusive from using the artistic part.

I’ve been getting lots of email from developers asking for guidance on doing good DESIGN when using ASP.NET.

If you’re a designer, you know the questions. DIV versus Table? CSS in ASP.NET, etc.

Do you have some ASP.NET Visual DESIGN topics that you are especially good at?

Let’s web cast them.

Contact me and I’ll host you in a Live-From-Redmond Webcast on Design.

The web cast will get linked from

Great way for independent designers to show off their skills.

Contest for highest attendance.

Calling Web Dev MVP’s

Are you a Microsoft MVP or RD ??

Wanna show off your tech skills to the developer world ?

Pick ONE COOL THING and I’ll host you to show it off in one of my Live-From-Redmond Webcasts.

Just email me !!!

I’ve been tagged.

Susan Wisowaty, my friend and former team mate on the MSDN Events team has TAGGED me. Tagging is a bit like a chain letter, but with some redeeming social value.

The idea is that after reveling five things about yourself you get to compel 5 other people to do the same.


  1. As a young hungry dude I won 54 of 58 Kickboxing matches and won minor titles in three countries, fighting primarily in Australia (Where I lived in 1978 & 79) and Malaysia (which was a very cheap and short flight from the coast of Australia).
  2. I was married, became a father, and got divorced all before my 21st birthday. In the years that followed, in order to try and survive the financial disaster that divorce can create, I had funny work situations. At one time I worked 3 jobs at the same time totally as much as 20 hours a day and I never had a whole day off from all three jobs. I slept in “shifts” and, lacking a driver’s license, I RAN to and from jobs. (Sometimes 15 miles a day.) Some of the non-professional jobs included working as a bouncer in Boston’s Combat Zone, and moonlighting as a “dancer” 🙂
  3. In my early 30’s I suffered from severe depression that eventually required pharmaceutical treatment. I’ve been taking an anti-depressant for 10 years and every time I stop, it takes about 6 weeks and I start feeling symptoms like the inability to concentrate, poor short term memory, a decrease in patience.
  4. I am a former Marine and I used to work in two different Law Enforce capacities. I trained Law Enforcement Officer’s in unarmed tactics and I helped build Patterns Analysis systems use by Special Investigative Units including the FBI, CIA, DEA, INS, DOD, and the US Military.
  5. While the story of my young life is packed with adventure, mischief, and accomplishment. I believe that the only thing of real importance that I will ever do is Love my wife and children. Being a great dad and husband is both the hardest and the best job I’ve ever had.

OK, Now I’ll tag five people.

  1. My boss Simon Muzio – never hurts to know your Boss’s secrets.
  2. Rick Samona – because he needs to start bogging again and I KNOW the dude has SECRETS.
  3. Rory Blyth – Even though he’s already been Tagged – as the new C9 guy his life is an open book and if you know ROry AT ALL (sorry for the caps Rory) – you know that he has way more then 5 interesting secrets.
  4. Bill Steele – Just because he’s a smart guy with a twisted sense of humor.
  5. Carey Lee Rush – A lifelong musician and friend, he was a long time body-guard client of mine when he was a big time Rock-n-roller, he’s still a musician and now a bleeding heart liberal (which I forgive him for) – but I’m tagging him because you NEVER know what he’ll say. (WARNING – His blog may contain PG13 content.)

BOOK – Murach’s SQL Server 2005 for Developers

If you’re a regular reader of my blog then you probably know that I’m a big fan of the Murach’s books and Murach’s SQL Server 2005 for Developers is no exception.

If I were teaching a course on SQL for Developers this would be the text book that I’d use. It even comes with an Instructor’s DVD.

While it contains the expected academics, it also includes lots of “real world stuff”.  In addition to the basic mechanics of programming against SQL Server it includes great sections on things like SQL Database Design and a SQL CLR drill down. It also includes cool advances sections like all about working with temp tables.

This one will stay on my in-reach book case. Hope you pick up a copy.

Shared ASP.NET Hosting Prices and Hosted PHP on Windows

Check there folks out !

The hosting team at Microsoft has been wokring HARD in recent years to help pull down the cost of Microsoft products for hosters.

The goal has been to afford Hosting companies the ability to offer shared hosting packages on the Microsoft platform on par (price and performance wise) to other Web platforms.

EasyCGI just registered in the ASP.NET hosting directory.

I ca’t vouce for their serivce as I don’t have anything hosted with them, but look at their programs.

ASP.NET hosting starting at $7.96 per month with single click nstallation of popular .NET apps like DotNetNuke and COmmunity Server.

Cool !

New – AJAX Patterns Video Series

This week I launched the first in a series of Videos on AJAX Patterns with the ASP.NET 2.0 Extensions for AJAX

I’ll be releasing 1 or 2 a week and have about 30 topics identified.

PLease check out the first one and sne dme your comments and suggestions.

How Do I: Implement the Predictive Fetch Pattern for AJAX?

Demonstrates an implementation of the Predictive Fetch pattern for AJAX, where the AJAX engine uses the current state of the user’s interaction to predict which set of content will be needed next, and then fetches that data in advance from the server. This provides for a more responsive user experience.

Presented by Joe Stagner

Duration: 24 minutes, 45 seconds

WEBCAST TODAY- AJAX Security Best Practices

Today at 9:00 AM PST / 12:00 Noon EST

Today is the final installment of the AJAX Security Webcasts.

You can still attend TODAY.


AJAX Security Webcast – Starting in 10 Minutes



ASP.NET AJAX in Action Book

Alessandro “Garbin” Gallo, David Barkol, and Rama Krishna Vavilala have been working on a great ASP.NET AJAX 1.0 book for Manning called “ASP.NET AJAX in Action“:

Early chapters are now available online via their early access program.  Click here to learn more and start reading it today.

You can watch all of the videos online for free at: (also make sure to check out the more than 50+ other videos on that page as well).

I am now working on a NEW series – “AJAX Patterns with the ASP.NET AJAX Extensions”.