Archive for May, 2008

Practice Your Japanese on my Blog

Thanks to the awesome folks at Microsoft Japan….

My blog will now be available in Japanese.

Thanks to Seiichi Sato for taking the lead !!

Tool to convert your C# to VB and your VB to C#

Some time ago, my buddy Jesse posted about his new favorite utility.

As a matter of policy, we record How-Do-I videos while doing the programming in VB and than I have to re-write the sample code in C#.

So, automatic code conversion was really interesting to me.

So – I got the VB to C# and the C# to VB Converters from Tangible Software Solutions.

$179 for one language or $299 for both.

My thoughts…..


They work great and will save me TONS of time!

Thanks Tangible !

[ Click HERE to visit Tangible Software Solutions]

TechEd 2008 – My presentations, come say hello !

WUX315 – PHP on Windows: Not an Oxymoron!
Session Day/Time: 6/6/2008 10:15AM-11:30AM
Room: S230 A

Is it a well kept secret? From Microsoft Internet Information Services, to AJAX, to Microsoft .NET, Windows is a viable platform for your existing PHP based applications. In this session, see how to configure PHP on Windows for performance and reliability and how you can take PHP applications to the next level by leveraging .NET and Windows.

WUX314 – AJAX Programming with the Microsoft AJAX Technologies
Session Day/Time: 6/5/2008 4:30PM-5:45PM
Room: S320 C

Microsoft AJAX Developer technologies are a collection of offerings that make AJAX programming slick and productive, but have you wrapped your head around all the pieces? This session provides a soup-to-nuts explanation of the Microsoft AJAX Technology Stack and demonstrates how to use Microsoft Visual Studio for AJAX, The ASP.NET Extension for AJAX, The AJAX Control Toolkit, and non-Microsoft third-party AJAX Libraries to develop true RIAs.

Book: ASP.NET 3.5 AJAX Pocket Guide

ASP.NET 3.5 AJAX Pocket Guide
by Matthew EllisRead more about this book…

Ok readers. Check out this little nugget.

Matthew Ellis and Magma Interactive just released the ASP.NET 3.5 AJAX Pocket Guide.

It contains concise chapters packed with useful info for the ASP.NET AJAX Developer including a Client Side Reference, a Server Side Reference, Web Services, Extender Controls, The Control Toolkit and more.

At $1.26 per chapter – It’s almost FREE !

Just click on the book image above to get the details over at

Free Visual Studio Plug-in to Format your Mark-Up !!

Daniel Crenna shared my frustration that Visual Studio drag-n-drop doesn’t always leave our markup nicely formatted.

So, he wrote a plug-in to do it for us.

Click [ HERE ] to get it for Visual Studio 2008 or 2005

He also offers up the source code so if you want to add some custom formatting rules, you can !


Intellisense for jQuery

I’m a jQuery Fan !

Lance Fisher has made an update to jQuery for Intellisense in Visual Studio 2008

[ Click here to read about it and download jQuery with the Intellisense updates. ]

Code Snippets from DotNetSackers

The slackers are at it again !

Check out their growing collection of swipe-able code !

.NET 3.5 Enhancements Training Kit

馃檪 If this looks familiar, it’s because a prematurely posted about this last week. (And I wasn’t supposed to.)

Well, NOW I can tell you WHERE to get it !

Here is the announcement ……….

The Visual Studio & .NET Framework evangelism team released a revision of the .NET 3.5 Enhancements Training Kit, updated to work with Visual Studio 2008 SP1 & .NET 3.5 SP1 Beta 1! The April Preview of the training kit has been downloaded over 13,000 times. The May Preview release includes updated hands-on-labs as well as new presentations.

The following features had their labs updated in this iteration:

路 ASP.NET AJAX History


路 ASP.NET Dynamic Data

路 ADO.NET Data Services

路 ADO.NET Entity Framework

Due to the incompatibility between Visual Studio 2008 SP1 beta 1 and the Silverlight 2 SDK beta 1 release, the ASP.NET Silverlight controls lab that was available in the initial release of the kit, won鈥檛 be available in the May preview.

The following features have supporting presentations included in this iteration:


路 ASP.NET Dynamic Data

路 ADO.NET Data Services

New presentations will continue to be developed for inclusion in future iterations. In addition, demo scripts for each presentation will be created and added to the kit.

路 You can download the Visual Studio 2008 & .NET 3.5 SP1 beta releases here.

路 You can download the training kit here.

Microsoft is pleased to announce the release of the User Guide, Samples and Walkthroughs for the Visual Studio 2005 extensions for Windows SharePoint Services 3.0, v1.1. The Visual Studio 2005 extensions for SharePoint were released back in Feb 2008 and an update for Visual Studio 2008 is planned for release in June 2008.

The user guide is downloadable here and represents approx 200 pages of documentation applicable to both the 2005 and the 2008 release of the Visual Studio extensions for SharePoint. The user guide contains an introduction to using the Visual Studio extensions for SharePoint, and it contains walkthrough samples for each of the project templates that are supplied with the Visual Studio extensions for SharePoint. These are the document sections:

  1. Starting out in SharePoint Development
    An introductory guide.
  2. Walkthrough of the VSeWSS User Interface including the WSP View
    A description of the user interface elements. The WSP view is a new tool panel which helps you put together the deployment package for SharePoint projects.
  3. The Team Site Project
    A walkthrough and complete sample.
  4. The Blank Site Project
    A walkthrough and complete sample.
  5. The List Definition Project
    A walkthrough and complete sample.
  6. The Web Part Project
    A walkthrough and complete sample.
  7. The Workflow Projects
    A walkthrough and complete sample for each of Sequential and State machine workflows. Although these project templates are not shipped with VSeWSS we added them for completeness. They are included in Visual Studio 2008 and are available for Visual Studio 2005 in the Windows SharePoint Services SDK.
  8. Project Item Templates
    A description and usage for each of the project item templates. Essentially the project templates are largely empty templates with default project items contained.
  9. Best Practices with VSeWSS
    A collection of suggestions for working with the tool.
  10. Changes from 1.0 to 1.1
    A list of what was improved. There were lots of improvements from V1.0 of VSeWSS

Here’s what the default install directory looks like on my machine. I’m running Windows Server 2008.

Once you unzip the Samples you can see these sub directories. Each sample is a completed example which the User Guide contains a walkthrough (similar to a Hands-on Lab) for. Each sample is in both C# and VB.NET.

To use this user guide you will need the following on your machine or on a Virtual PC image.

  1. Windows Server 2003 or Windows Server 2008
  2. .NET Framework 3.0 鈥 no charge download
  3. Visual Studio 2005 Professional or greater 鈥 trial available
  4. Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 SP1 鈥 no charge download
  5. Windows SharePoint Services SDK 1.3 鈥 no charge download
  6. Visual Studio 2005 extensions for .NET 3.0, Windows Workflow Foundation 鈥 no charge download
  7. Visual Studio 2005 extensions for Windows SharePoint Services 3.0, v1.1 鈥 no charge download

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聽Cool Name Huh ?

Mustafa Basgun has created a pretty cool info site for ASP.NET Developers

Click [ HERE ] to pay him a visit!