eWeek Got It Right

A much better and more accurate account of the great discussions that took place at yesterday’s Atlas BOF appears on eWeek’s Web site: http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1895,1976726,00.asp Check it out if you want the real scoop.

More on the Atlas BOF

MSFN (Microsoft Software Forum Network) has picked up the Atlas BOF story run by InfoWorld. In the BOF, we discussed the brilliance of the Atlas UpdatePanel as well as some of the challenges Microsoft faces in getting it to work in every conceivable scenario. InfoWorld highlighted the problems but balanced things out by mentioning that Microsoft…

InfoWorld Story Didn’t Capture the Spirit

Yesterday at TechEd I moderated a Birds-of-a-Feather (BOF) session on Microsoft Atlas. It was standing room only and the atmosphere was electric. InfoWorld reporter Paul Krill attended the session and within hours had posted an article on what he saw and heard there. While the story wasn’t inaccurate, it failed, I believe, to capture the spirit…

Want to do a Good Deed? XBoxes for Heroes

If you’ve read this blog for a while, you may recall that last year I ran a little project sending goodies to troops in Iraq. I sent them an XBox, the XBox team at Microsoft kicked in a bunch of games, and readers of this blog contributed XBox games and videos. We made some soldiers…

Atlas BOF at TechEd

I’m flying home tomorrow after a couple of days of meetings at Microsoft headquarters in Redmond. On Saturday I leave for TechEd in Boston. There I’ll be doing a Sunday precon on ASP.NET 2.0 (with a little Atlas thrown in, too) and a couple of ASP.NET 2.0 breakout sessions during the week. On Wednesday at…

Warbirds, 25 or 6 to 4, and More

We enjoyed an awesome Memorial Day weekend in East Tennessee as a cool, rainy spring finally gave way to a hot, sultry summer. I have a new appreciation for Memorial Day since I’ve become so interested (obsessed?) with WWII aviation. The men who flew those beautiful Mustangs in Europe and Corsairs in the Pacific paid…

The Problem with TreeViews

I continue to receive e-mails from developers wondering how to fix an irritating problem with TreeView controls bound to site maps: namely, how to preserve the state of the TreeView as a user clicks around the site. The solution is documented in my latest Wicked Code column in MSDN Magazine. My solution involves recording the…

AJAX Explained

I usually begin presentations on Atlas by saying “Atlas is Microsoft’s AJAX framework for ASP.NET.” That assumes everyone in the room knows what AJAX is. IBM’s Web site contains an excellent article describing the fundamentals of AJAX. It’s written for Java developers, but it cuts across language and platform boundaries and makes an excellent read for ASP.NET…

F4U and Atlas

I continue to be excited by the potential of Atlas. I’ve been doing talks on it at conferences and user groups and the buzz is unbelievable. It reminds me of the early days of XML when XML talks packed the house. This week I’m traveling to Atlanta to present Atlas to some big companies down there…

Cruise Blog (Finally!)

It’s finally online: my blog from Wintellect’s December 2004 .NET Nirvana Geek Cruise. I intended to post it several months ago, but then decided to wait for our new site to roll out. Then one thing led to another and…well, better late than never, as they say. Read all about the 60-foot wave that caused…

Warbirds Over the Summit

This weekend the Chattanooga Radio Control Club held its annual Warbirds Over the Summit meet, which brings warbird lovers from all over the Southeast together to fly models of WWII aircraft. The turnout was great, as was the weather once last week’s storms finally moved out of the area Saturday morning. I took my B-25…

Microsoft ASP.NET 2.0 Providers – Grab the Source!

I spent several weeks this winter documenting the internals of Microsoft’s ASP.NET 2.0 providers. You can view the results at http://msdn.microsoft.com/asp.net/downloads/providers/default.aspx?pull=/library/en-us/dnaspp/html/asp2prvdr01.asp. While you’re at it, you can also download the source code for many of Microsoft’s providers and get a look behind the scenes at how they work. (The published source isn’t perfectly identical to…