Archive for March, 2009

New Web Site Monitoring Service.

When one of our sites is down, it’s a “all hands on deck” scramble.

I use several monitoring mechanisms to let me know if there are problems on one of the sites I work on. 

I recently added a service from APLUS Monitoring.

Their services start at FREE !!!  – and go up to $20.95 per month. Are customizable, send email alerts (there is an SMS option) and have good reporting.

Here’s how they describe their services.

APlusMonitoring is a solution for your whole company. We monitor your website, server availability and performance externally from our worldwide network of monitoring locations, 24/7 and every day of the year. When your website or network fails to respond, we notify you instantly via Email, SMS/Text Messaging, RSS so that you can hit the right chord at the right time and fix them before it costs you money, customers or reputation. ”

In addition, we keep detailed statistics about your website’s availability and response time so that you can have overall picture of your website availability and downtime. Read more about How it Works or Sign Up for a free service.

After several weeks I continue to be impressed.

Read [ HERE ] to see is it might be useful to you.


Receive a discount when you sign up for any paid service before April 10th 2009.

PSSMIS – 100% off on 1st month.
MSYR01 – 50% off on yearly payment.

Help Shape the Future of ASP.NET

We, The ASP.NET team, are very interested in ensuring that the “top customer pain-points” within ASP.NET are considered or acted upon in every new release.

I’d like to ensure that you have the opportunity to connect with the product team so that you can submit your top “pain points” and so that we get a consolidated (and ideally prioritized) list of such items from a number of avenues.

As most of my readers are avid ASP.NET Developers, I’d love to hear from you.

Here are some areas to consider:

– Problems understanding, as the feature area is way too complex or cumbersome

– Problems in coding, such as way to complex, or not possible, or involves way too much code”

– Plain bugs in the product with either no or complex workarounds

In addition, if there are requests for new scenarios or feature sets, please pass them my way too.

When you provide a response or idea, please give us some idea of the number of times you have encountered the issue, that might help us set priority for our investigation.

For example, as we are in late stages for FX4, we might be able to accommodate only a few remaining requests, so a sense of priority on the issue would be required.

We cannot guarantee that every issue will be resolved, but this represents one way that the team can be more connected with our users, and for you to help shape what gets added in new releases.

Please send your comments, issues or any other ideas by using this link (Email Joe) and please include‘ASP.NET Customer pain-point: .. ‘ in the top of the message

Many Thanks!

Joe & The ASP.NET Team

Migrating your Web Applications from IIS 6 to IIS 7

 Did you know there is an easy(er) way ???

This article [ HERE ] explains how to use the  Web Deployment Tool [ Get it HERE ] to migrate your web applications from IIS 6 / Windows Server 2003 to IIS 7 / Windows Server 2008

WROX Blox – Secrets of Real World ASP.NET Dynamic Data Websites

ASP.NET Dynamic Data is one of the “Big New Things” in ASP.NET development.

It’s a templating / scaffolding system in ASP.NET that REALLY accelerates rapid application development.

I did a set of How-Do-I videos which you can find here –

WROX has come out with a “Wrox Blox” e-book on Dynamic Data.

I’ve read it and it’s definitely worth the$6.99

Click [ HERE ] to check it out or buy it !

MVC Book Download from "The Gu"

Scott Guthrie has a free 185 page book chapter on ASP.NET MVC that you can download for free.

Info on the book can be found at :

The chapter is available directly at :

It builds an application from scratch and introduces all of the concepts involved with ASP.NET MVC along the way.


LINQ-TO-Twitter ?

Mehfuz Hossain (a Microsoft MVP) has been working on [ Creating Custom LINQ Providers ] and has built a [ LINQ-to-Twitter ] provider.

Man our MVP’s are the BEST !!

Email Reporter: VSTS 2008 Load Test Plug-in

The ASP.NET Community Rocks !!!!

ASP.NET MVP Mohammad Ashraful Alam just released a cool Plug-In for VSTS …….

An “Email Reporter” for VSTS…..

“Email Reporter: VSTS 2008 Load Test Plug-in” enables users to send the load test reports to one or more pre-configured email addresses automatically, once a VSTS Load Test is completed. This open-source load test plug-in also provides supports for customization by which you can customize the reported performance data.

Check it out here…..

.NET Rocks Interview on the Application Architecture Guide 2.0

If you read my blog by now you know I’m a big fan of the Microsoft Patterns and Practices Team !!

Well, my buddy Carl Franklin just did a .NET Rocks episode on the new Application Guide 2.0

Check out .NET Rocks show #426, Rob Boucher on Application Architecture Guidance

It’s an in-depth interview with Rob Boucher from our Microsoft patterns & practices Application Architecture Guide 2.0 project

It’s a behind the scenes look at the making of the guide and you get to know Rob along the way.  There’s a lot of insight about the structure of the guide, as well as the approach we used in the guide.  There’s also a lot of inside information on the design intentions and usage scenarios. 


Evolutility Open Source ASP.NET Framework

Evolutility is an open source framework for CRUD (Create, Read, Update, Delete) web applications running on Microsoft and SQL Server

The Web Service Software Factory: Modeling Edition

I’ve been playing with yet another goodie bundle from the P&P folks.

Did you know about this ???

The Web Service Software Factory: Modeling Edition (also known as the Service Factory) is an integrated collection of resources designed to help you quickly and consistently build Web services that adhere to well-known architecture and design patterns. These resources consist of patterns and architecture topics in the form of written guidance and models with code generation in the form of tools integrated with Visual Studio 2008.