# Wednesday, March 25, 2009

What can you do to compete with something that’s already established for years like Adobe Flash? Deliver something decent yourself but most importantly have content for it. Good content that can interest people. Microsoft created during the past years some great technology that can compete with Flash: Silverlight. Used during the last Olympics gave it already a great boost but that was last year. Continuous delivering good content is important to reach new people. Here comes marketing into play. Well it seems there’s some good content for Silverlight and Deepzoom:

  • World telescope. A great way to discover the universe around us.
  • Playboy cover to cover. Apparently the old numbers are scanned in and viewable. Guess a lot of people will have a lot of reading to do. From what I heard there are some pretty good articles in it.

Grz, Kris.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009 7:31:48 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Tuesday, March 24, 2009

I was browsing on the new pages for ASP.NET MVC on www.asp.net and noticed that besides Storefront and Nerddinner there was another tutorial guide available: Contact manager by Stephen Walther. It has currently already 7 tutorials:

Some more reading for me the next days…

Grz, Kris.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009 9:53:39 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 

In case you didn’t know it yet, Microsoft released version 8 of their browser. It ships now with some handy built in developer tools. I found out about this little overview: Discovering Internet Explorer Developer Tools.

Grz, Kris.

IE | Tools
Tuesday, March 24, 2009 5:05:19 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Thursday, March 19, 2009

Grab it here: www.microsoft.com/ie8. Better security included, faster rendering on pages and more standards based.

I only hope that gmail and facebook update their CSS quite rapidly as they don’t render too well at the moment.

Grz, Kris.

Thursday, March 19, 2009 5:30:29 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Noticed it a couple of hours ago on the forums that someone was able to download the bits and just noticed that the download link itself was available: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=53289097-73ce-43bf-b6a6-35e00103cb4b&displaylang=en.

ASP.NET MVC 1.0 provides a new Model-View-Controller (MVC) framework on top of the existing ASP.NET 3.5 runtime. This means that developers can take advantage of the MVC design patterns to create their Web Applications which includes the ability to achieve and maintain a clear separation of concerns (the UI or view from the business and application logic and backend data), as well as facilitate test driven development (TDD). The ASP.NET MVC framework defines a specific pattern to the Web Application folder structure and provides a controller base-class to handle and process requests for “actions”. Developers can take advantage of the specific Visual Studio 2008 MVC templates within this release to create their Web applications, which includes the ability to select a specific Unit Test structure to accompany their Web Application development.
The MVC framework is fully extensible at all points, allowing developers to create sophisticated structures that meet their needs, including for example Dependency Injection (DI) techniques, new view rendering engines or specialized controllers.
As the ASP.NET MVC framework is built on ASP.NET 3.5, developers can take advantage of many existing ASP.NET 3.5 features, such as localization, authorization, Profile etc.n

Time to read the free eBook from Scottgu: http://weblogs.asp.net/scottgu/archive/2009/03/10/free-asp-net-mvc-ebook-tutorial.aspx.

Grz, Kris.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009 12:02:18 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Just noticed that there are several new videos under the learn section at "_blank">www.asp.net. This time about IIS for ASP.NET. Be sure to check them out. At the moment there are 8 tutorials already.

Developing and Deploying In a Shared Hosting

Install Silverlight

Working with IIS7 Deligated Admin

Install Silverlight

Feature Specific Delegated Management

Install Silverlight

Troubleshooting Production ASP.NET Apps

Install Silverlight

Creating a Site with IIS7 Manager

Install Silverlight

Installing FTP7

Install Silverlight

Bit Rate Throttling

Install Silverlight

IIS7 Playlists

Install Silverlight

Grz, Kris.

ASP.NET | IIS | Learn | Tutorial
Tuesday, March 17, 2009 11:44:05 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Thursday, February 19, 2009

Following people on Twitter can not only be fun but also rewarding. Dana Coffey recently twitted about a tool that can be very handy: Color Palette Generator. Just upload a picture and it’ll grab the palette. You can also let it generate a css file with the colors in it.

Grz, Kris.

Colors | CSS | Generator
Thursday, February 19, 2009 1:04:26 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [3]  | 
# Tuesday, February 17, 2009

During the last year I’ve seen several really cool looking WPF applications. But actually mostly demo material. Well today I installed blu. It’s a fancy little tool that connects to your twitter account. You can send direct messages, update your status, tiny url integration. I love it!!

The site of thirteen23 claims that you need Vista or Windows 7 but I just installed on my laptop that still runs Windows XP Pro without a problem.

Here’s a screen shot:


Oh yeah, you can also follow me on twitter of course: http://twitter.com/KvdM.

Grz, Kris.

Twitter | WPF
Tuesday, February 17, 2009 8:04:19 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Monday, February 16, 2009

Web developer or designers don’t only need to check their creations in Firefox but they mostly also love the browser for the simple fact that there are a ton of handy plugins available for that particular browser that makes their effort easier. The last half year I also discovered quite some interesting plugins so I thought it would be nice to share those.

Web developer toolbar. Adds a menu and a toolbar with various web developer tools.


Firebug. Must have plugin which I already used a lot during my current project. Firebug integrates with Firefox to put a wealth of development tools at your fingertips while you browse. You can edit, debug, and monitor CSS, HTML, and JavaScript live in any web page...


YSlow. Integrates into Firebug. YSlow analyzes web pages and tells you why they're slow based on Yahoo's rules for high performance web sites.


Firescope. FireScope is a Firefox add-on that integrates with Firebug, to extend it with reference material for HTML and CSS. This is a nice tool that can help you out to search the html and css archive from the known site sitepoint.com.


Colorzilla. Advanced Eyedropper, ColorPicker, Page Zoomer and other colorful goodies...


Measureit. Draw out a ruler to get the pixel width and height of any elements on a webpage.


jsview. All browsers include a "View Source" option, but none of them offer the ability to view the source code of external files. This tool makes it possible to show the external javascript and css files.


IE Tab. Switch to IE from within Firefox. Very handy to see how your page will be displayed in IE.


Greasemonkey. Allows you to customize the way a webpage displays using small bits of JavaScript.


Cacheviewer. This extenion is GUI Front-end of "about:cache". Allows searching and sorting memory and disk cache files.



There are a myriad of other plugins and addons to be found for Firefox. These are the ones I used during the last half year. Especially Firebug and YSlow have become some of my favorite tools during web development. Firebug is the allround tool in which you can debug javascript, see the box model of an element, drill down, play with css settings like disabling or changing settings. I really recommend people checking it out. YSlow gives you a good indication where and what you can improve when performance becomes a concern to you.

Grz, Kris.

Monday, February 16, 2009 9:58:26 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [1]  | 
# Thursday, February 12, 2009

Aaaah, something to look forward to. The yearly Microsoft local techdays will be in Antwerp this year. Good for me as that city’s way nearer than all the other locations where they did it during the last year (Ghent & Louvain laneuve). If you should attend it I’ll be there too so just come over and say hi.

Take a look at the official site: http://www.microsoft.com/belux/techdays/about.aspx.

Grz, Kris.

Thursday, February 12, 2009 6:49:18 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  |