# Sunday, 04 February 2007

I just installed Windows Vista Enterprise edition. The graphics card of my laptop only got a score of 1.9 so I'm not into Aero. My hard drive however, a brand new 100 Gb 7200 rpm, got a score of 5.0. And indeed, installing Vista on it was much faster then I could imagine. I also just installed IIS and now will begin with Visual Studio 2005 Team System For Developers and SQL Server 2005 for developers to get as quickly as possible up to speed again.

Grz, Kris.

Sunday, 04 February 2007 12:52:06 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 

Yesterday the EBC badminton club, of which I'm a member and former board member, organised its annual championship. Normally I would rank very low because I, together with my usual partner, are the only recreational players. But yesterday I even got to the cross finals! Some games were real thrillers. The most important things: I had a lot of fun playing, learned some new tricks while playing against people who were by far better than me and I also noticed that I'm getting better at my own game.

Sunday, 04 February 2007 09:40:35 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Friday, 02 February 2007

Yesterday evening I had the pleasure to attend the presentations by Scott Guthrie. It was very interesting to see what's coming up in the new version of Visual Studio codenamed 'Orcas'. I like the multi-targeting feature, now you can choose which .NET framework you want to target your solution to: 2.0, 3.0 or 3.5. Another nice feature, and something I'm looking forward to is Javascript intellisense. This'll be a great feature once someone starts developing with ASP.NET AJAX.

Afterwards we had the chance to talk to Scott directly and some group pictures were taken by Sven Mus. I hope he posts them quickly so I can also share them.

Grz, Kris.

Friday, 02 February 2007 09:05:55 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# 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

Woohoo!!

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:

 

Agenda:

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

Hi,

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

Hi,

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]  |