Devscovery, Atlas, VB, and Warhawks

Devscovery New York isn’t far away. I just purchased a plane ticket and put the finishing touches on a bunch of code samples. If you’re at the conference, be sure to attend my session on Microsoft Atlas. I have some rocking demos to show, and I now have a VB version of the samples for those…

Morning Chuckle

Need a quick laugh to start the day? Check out this little gem from Google Videos: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=2899771876757809023 Look for enrollment to suddenly increase in journalism schools.

LIVE!

As you can see, our new Web site is finally live. It has been in the works for many months, and a lot of people put in a lot of time to make it happen. The look was designed by Kevin Goldman, an independent Web designer in Seattle who’s a favorite of ours and of…

Atlas Cometh

I’ve been away from the blog for a while because I’ve been immersing myself in Atlas, the code name for the forthcoming product from Microsoft that is, for lack of a better term, AJAX for ASP.NET. AJAX is the hottest thing going in Web programming these days, and it’s no surprise that Microsoft is working…

AMA Insider

I recently wrote an article for my local flying club’s newsletter and it got picked up by the national organization (the Academy of Model Aeronautics, or AMA). Titled “The Three Deadly Sins of RC Flying,” you can read it here: http://www.modelaircraft.org/insider/06_01/02.html I didn’t figure any of my computer buddies would see the article, but I’ve…

Yes, Santa, There is an East Virginia

True story from Sara Faatz, Wintellect’s director of marketing and communications, who recently moved from Virginia to Georgia: I went to UPS today to ship out some packages.  As part of UPS’s shipping regulations, they have to look at your drivers license (or government issued ID) and enter your name and state in the computer…

Francesco Gets a Facelift

Francesco Balena is at it again: his .NET-to-the-Max Web site is looking really spiffy after a facelift, and Francesco tells me that in the future, most of his writing will be published in his blog rather than in magazines (U.S. magazines, anyway). Meanwhile, Sara Faatz and others have been working really hard on Wintellect’s new…

XslCompiledTransform Performance

I’ve been meaning to write some benchmark code to compare the performance of .NET 2.0’s new XslCompiledTransform class and 1.1’s deprecated XslTransform. I finally got around to it this morning, and the results were a little disappointing. In my tests, which used a fairly simple style sheet, XslCompiledTransform ran about 3 times faster than XslTransform.…

Spice Up Your Web Pages

Want to add a cool (albeit IE-only) effect to your ASP.NET 2.0 Web pages? If so, add the following statement to the <head> element of the site’s master page: <meta http-equiv=”Page-Exit” content=”progid:DXImageTransform.Microsoft.Fade(duration=.5)” /> Then watch what happens as you navigate between pages. DXImageTransform is old news in a way; it’s been around in one form…

Comment My Code

I saw a neat T-shirt the other day that said something like this: Comment my code? Why do you think they call it code? I think I’ll buy one for every developer I know.

SqlCacheDependency Hell

I just emerged from SqlCacheDependency hell–actually, SQL Server 2005 hell. I thought I’d document the problem (and the solution) so others won’t have to waste as much time as I did. First, I’ve been using SqlCacheDependency with great success since early betas of ASP.NET 2.0 and SQL Server 2005. I marveled at how little work…

Jerky Heaven

I love beef jerky. It’s a great snack when you’re hiking, scuba diving, or spending a long day at the flying field. Lately I’ve been in jerky heaven since a friend taught me how to make my own. It’s not only cheaper than the store-bought stuff, it tastes better, too. Here’s the secret to making…