# Thursday, 01 February 2007

Yesterday evening I gave a presentation about ASP.NET AJAX. About 30 attendees came to see some small demos about the UpdatePanel, giving precedence to certain async callbacks or cancelling one. Apparently everyone liked the demo material and the response was good.

I also used ZoomIt, a free utility that's really helpfull during presentations, during the session. No more changing font sizes etc. You can download it here.

I'll post the demo + slides after some cleaning up and providing somewhat more detailed information to better understand the demo's without the explanation of the speaker.

This evening I'll also be attending the talk provided by Scott Guthrie so I hope to see some familiar faces there too.

Another interesting thing to note: the source code of ASP.NET AJAX Extensions has been made available. Grab the bits here.

Another thing to note: Apparently there's a small issue with the current release of ASP.NET AJAX but there's a workaround. Take a look at the following article: How to work around the "Access denied" cross-domain frame issue in ASP.NET Ajax 1.0.

Grz, Kris.

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Thursday, 01 February 2007 09:48:33 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Tuesday, 23 January 2007


I just found out that the RTM bits are available for download:

ASP.NET AJAX Extensions
ASP.NET AJAX Futures CTP January
ASP.NET AJAX Control Toolkit

Update: Scott Guthrie also wrote a, more lengthy, article about it on his blog. Apparently they're also releasing the source code of the Extensions (UpdatePanel, UpdateProgress, ...). Personally I think this is great news and could help in the adoption of this AJAX framework.

Grz, Kris.

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Tuesday, 23 January 2007 19:04:44 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Monday, 22 January 2007

VISUG and Microsoft Belux collaborated to get the "father of ASP.NET" to our fine country. He'll be giving 2 presentation:



16:15 – 16:30 Registration

16.30-18.00: Session 1: First Look at Visual Studio and ASP.NET “Orcas”

This session will cover some of the great new features that will be coming soon with Visual Studio and ASP.NET “Orcas”.  Learn how web development with .NET will continue to improve and evolve, and talk about some of the upcoming features and how best to use them.

18:00 – 18:30 Registration session 2 / Drinks / sandwiches

18:30 – 20:00: Session 2: ASP.NET 2.0 and ASP.NET AJAX Tips and Tricks

This session will provide some great tips and tricks on how to improve your web development today with ASP.NET 2.0, ASP.NET AJAX, and Visual Studio 2005.  It will cover VS project management recommendations, ASP.NET 2.0 UI techniques, ASP.NET AJAX suggestions, performance improvements, and deployment best practices.


Attendance is free in case you're wondering.

You can register here: http://www.visug.be/ScottGuthrieEvent/tabid/69/Default.aspx.

Grz, Kris.

Monday, 22 January 2007 08:33:36 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [1]  | 
# Monday, 15 January 2007


last saturday I already wrote about the new anti XSS library and I just found out there's a dedicated forum for all your question available. Take a look here: Anti-Cross Site Scripting Library.

Grz, Kris.

Monday, 15 January 2007 08:19:48 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Saturday, 13 January 2007

Microsoft recently release the new version of their Anti-Cross Site Scripting (XSS) Library, currently at version 1.5. You can download and find more information about it here. If you're concerned about security in ASP.NET give this library a try.

Grz, Kris.

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Saturday, 13 January 2007 11:08:37 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Saturday, 06 January 2007

Though I'm already quite familiar with ASP.NET I'm just now starting to experiment with ASP.NET AJAX for real. I did some testing with the early alpha's about a year ago.

After installing the Extensions (RC1) and the December CTP I also downloaded and installed the samples to get a look at how it could work. I started with the SimpleList application and after copying the assemblies Microsoft.Web.Preview.dll and System.Web.Extensions.dll I soon found out that the webform 2_SimpleList_AutoComplete_DragandDrop.aspx doesn't really behave that great. So I did some digging around and I soon found out that the web.config wasn't entirely correct. I added the following parts:

   23     <profile>

   24       <properties>

   25         <add name="dragOverlayPosition"/>

   26       </properties>

   27     </profile>

because this part's used by the DragOverlayExtender control in the page of which it's the content of the ProfileProperty attribute. After that was done the page could be opened but after dragging the "Notes" around I got a javascript error. It seemed that the <profileService> in the web.config was still commented out and that the properties weren't set properly. I uncommented the part and filled in the properties like this in order to get it to work properly:

   92       <profileService enabled="true"

   93                       readAccessProperties="dragOverlayPosition"

   94                       writeAccessProperties="dragOverlayPosition" />

And now the application works like a charm. 

Now I hope to find something in ASP.NET AJAX like drag & drop and auto updating of where an element was. Just like the demo of script.aculo.us' shopping cart. Hmm, guess I still have quite some learning to do.

Grz, Kris.

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Saturday, 06 January 2007 18:35:12 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Friday, 05 January 2007


since I'm a contributing member of the Visug site, a Belgian user group, I was asked to create a custom module for DNN. Since I never before played around with DNN I found this site to quite interesting for beginners: DNNWiki.NET. Especially the video tutorials were very interesting to get started with building your own custom modules for the platform.

Update: I just noticed my buddy Gill Cleeren wrote an article about How-to: DotNetNuke: Installation. Check it out if you're interested on setting it up on Vista with IIS7.

Grz, Kris.

Friday, 05 January 2007 08:51:25 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Thursday, 04 January 2007


I always like to recommend these tutorials to people who are taking their first steps with ASP.NET 2.0. Since I have a couple days off I thought, why not take the lessons myself? The first tutorial shows how to use TableAdapters, which was something I never used before, so it also turned out to be very interesting for me too.

You can find the data tutorials here.

The next weekend and weeks I hope to spend some time on ASP.NET AJAX as well.

Grz, Kris.

Thursday, 04 January 2007 13:25:38 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Monday, 01 January 2007

May this year be the one where your dreams/wishes come true and that you can share them with the ones you love. May you find happiness in your jobs and if you don't have a job that you may find one that makes you happy. I hope that the politicians will finally have the guts to see that they're not doing so great as they say they are and will do something about it. I also hope that 2007 won't be dominated by bad news: war, sickness, murder, hate, racism and that the news will bring some more positive news like science found a cure against cancer, coldfusion will become a fact, new plants that can survive in the desert and produce a lot of fruit so people don't have to starve anymore from hunger.

For myself: I hope I may find a nice house/appartment that I can buy and go live on my own and that I may become better at playing badminton.

Happy 2007!!

Grz, Kris.

Monday, 01 January 2007 09:11:05 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Monday, 25 December 2006

Yes, I finally installed Office 2007. It looks great and the new ribbon does need some "getting used to" but I'll manage. The only thing that drove me a bit crazy was that first it didn't want to install. Seemed that the installed conflicted with the installation of Expression Web Designer Beta. After uninstalling that everything went just fine. Pity though that the installer couldn't immediately tell me which program was causing the conflicts.

Anyway: Merry Christmas to all!!

Grz, Kris.

Monday, 25 December 2006 15:36:31 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  |