# Thursday, 04 September 2008

Last week I had to help someone out on the ASP.NET that was asking the question that he couldn't find the 2.0 bits anymore of the ASP.NET AJAX Control Toolkit. Indeed, when you navigate to the Releases tab of the project on Codeplex you'll only see this list:

Source Code AjaxControlToolkit-Framework3.5SP1.zip
source code, 3033K, uploaded Aug 21 - 24104 downloads
Application AjaxControlToolkit-Framework3.5SP1-NoSource.zip
application, 1716K, uploaded Aug 21 - 8256 downloads
Application AjaxControlToolkit-Framework3.5SP1-DllOnly.zip
application, 512K, uploaded Aug 22 - 5704 downloads
Application AjaxControlToolkit-ScriptFilesOnly.zip
application, 238K, uploaded Aug 22 - 2555 downloads
 
Phew, no more 2.0 bits. It seems that Microsoft decided to cut on keeping things rolling since SP1 of .NET 3.5 came out.
 
Luckily for the person I helped out you can still reach to the 2.0 bits by navigating to this url (the release of February 29th 2008).
 
Grz, Kris.
Thursday, 04 September 2008 13:51:08 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Tuesday, 02 September 2008
During my studies of becoming an engineer I found marketing one of my most interesting side courses. During the last years I tried to follow blogs like the one of Seth Godin and was greatly amused by the Apple commercials.

Well today I found out about a great way that Google made up to show Chrome, their new browser, to the masses in the form of a comic book. I think it's just great marketing. I haven't tried out the Chrome browser myself yet but I'm looking forward to it. Not just because of the marketing behind it (I like to read comic books myself a lot so that also added to the appeal) but also from the point of view of a webdeveloper. Especially the javascript V8 engine looks very interesting with all kinds of AJAX web applications nowadays and if it's really as fast as they claim I'm highly interested.

Exciting times ahead with the newest release of Firefox (3) and the upcoming IE8. Since I also like to use a Mac I also use Safari nowadays. Aaah, I see a new browser war coming already like in the good old days between Netscape and Internet Explorer.

Grz, Kris.

Tuesday, 02 September 2008 22:16:07 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [2]  | 
# Tuesday, 12 August 2008

I just found out about the new training kit thanks to the blog of Guy Bernstein. While I'm downloading this kit I'm also downloading the latest MSDN library optimized for VS 2008 SP1, a whopping 2205Mb.

Grz, Kris.

Tuesday, 12 August 2008 19:25:01 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Monday, 11 August 2008
Well, just after last week SQL Server 2008 was released, SP1 for Visual Studio 2008 came out today. Normally a service pack only contains some patches but this time there's a lot of extra added features inside the package. The things I'm most looking forward to are these:

  • ADO.NET Entity framework
  • ADO.NET Data Services
  • Classic ASP support in Visual Studio.
  • ASP.NET Dynamic Data
  • ...
I noticed the links on the MSDN subscription pages and you can also download the goods here.

Here you can read more about what's inside.

Grz, Kris.

Monday, 11 August 2008 21:27:43 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Sunday, 10 August 2008
Last week I bought several new songs on iTunes and suddenly I noticed in the store a link to a free podcast by MASASHI OSAKU. If you're into it you can subscribe to it: www.ibizaeivissa.com/podcast1.xml. He's got several podcasts available right there.

Grz, Kris.

Sunday, 10 August 2008 19:10:15 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Thursday, 07 August 2008

Yes, you read it correctly, SQL Server 2008 hit the RTM status. You can download a trial here or the real stuff at the MSDN subscription pages.

Hopefully SP1 for .NET 3.5 and Visual Studio 2008 will arrive soon also?

Grz, Kris.

Thursday, 07 August 2008 07:52:11 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Tuesday, 05 August 2008

Some time ago I received this book for reviewing and now I finally got the time to completely finish reading it. The nice thing about the book is that it covers the data presentation controls from all .NET frameworks (1.x, 2.0 and 3.5). The repeater, datalist, datagrid, gridview and listview are covered. The book itself is less than 250 pages so a quick read when you dedicate the time to it.

The thing I didn't like however was the chapter about list controls. This shouldn't be in a book about data presentation controls. I would've loved to see more about the listview control instead. That particular chapter could also use an update since it still talks about Orcas (the codename of Visual Studio 2008). It would be a great thing if this book would get an upgrade on that chapter and even an extra chapter instead of the list item controls chapter which should never have made it to the book in the first place.

Since I started with ASP.NET in 2002 I've been around for some time with the data presentation controls myself so I didn't really learn much from the book but for people that want to learn more about these controls or are just beginning. The controls from that were introduced during the .NET 2.0 era have quite some coverage so that's good material.

Grz, Kris.

Tuesday, 05 August 2008 20:50:50 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Friday, 25 July 2008

The most complicated aspect of large software projects is not the implementation, it is the real world domain that the software serves. Domain Driven Design is a vision and approach for dealing with highly complex domains that is based on making the domain itself the main focus of the project, and maintaining a software model that reflects a deep understanding of the domain.

Domain Driven Design Quickly is a short, quick-readable summary and introduction to the fundamentals of DDD.

Grz, Kris.

Books | DDD | InfoQ
Friday, 25 July 2008 21:26:36 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Sunday, 29 June 2008
On June 26th, community day 2008 was held in Keerbergen. Last year I couldn't make it so I really wanted to go this year. It was all thanks to the sponsors that this event could be held in the first place and it was fun to see so many familiar faces. Old colleagues, other MVPs, ...

I followed these 3 presentations: Entity Framework, new things in SQL Server 2008 and 10 greatest new additions to SQL Server 2008. During the first session I even won a book (Programming Microsoft LINQ) given by one of the sponsors of the event. Tip: it pays off to be a Star Wars fan when you get a question.

After all the sessions we still had some time to enjoy a dinner in company of our peers. Of course a lot was talked about community day, technology, ... during that time.

Grz, Kris.

Sunday, 29 June 2008 18:32:31 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Wednesday, 18 June 2008
Yesterday I already downloaded FireFox 3 on my MacBook Pro and today on my PC. In the meantime I also downloaded and installed IE8 Beta. Both are working just fine for me.

Grz, Kris.

Firefox | IE
Wednesday, 18 June 2008 12:23:38 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  |