Internet Explorer 9 Beta Released!

http://www.beautyoftheweb.com/ I’m at a team meeting this week, but I’ll be posting more thoughts and perhaps some demo videos once I’m back. For now, go get it! CAVEAT: Unlike the platform preview, which installed side-by-side with IE 8, the IE 9 beta will replace IE 8 when you install it, so if you’re not comfortable…

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Visual Studio LightSwitch beta Training Kit Now Available for Download

If you’ve seen the videos, or downloaded the Visual Studio LightSwitch beta, and you’re ready to dig in a little deeper, well you’re in luck. The team just posted a Training Kit for LightSwitch that contains demos and labs that will walk you through the process of creating a LightSwitch application, and advanced labs that…

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Slides and Code from CapArea.net User Group – Visual Studio 2010 Web Jumpstart

I had a great time last night presenting at the Capital Area .NET User Group. I was thankful for the opportunity to share with the group what’s new in Web development for .NET 4 and Visual Studio 2010 as part of their Visual Studio 2010 Community Launch event. What a great turnout, with over 65…

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Internet Explorer 9 Platform Preview 4 Now Available

If you haven’t had a chance to try Internet Explorer 9, as a developer, you’re missing out on some great stuff. The fourth platform preview for Internet Explorer 9 is now available, and while it’s not intended as a replacement for your current browser (in fact, it installs side-by-side with previous versions of Internet Explorer),…

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WebMatrix Introduced – Download Now Available!

I’ve noted a couple of recent blog posts by Scott Guthrie announcing some nifty new tech bits, including IIS Express and SQL Server CE 4…now Scott has finally let the cat all the way out of the bag, announcing Microsoft WebMatrix, a new web development tool designed to streamline and simplify web development: Last week…

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Deploying Azure Apps Just Got a Whole Lot Easier

I noticed earlier this week, thanks to David Makogon, that a new release of the Windows Azure Tools for Visual Studio (v1.2) is now available. There’s much coolness in this release, particularly with respect to deeper Visual Studio integration (.NET 4 support, monitoring of compute and storage via Server Explorer, deployment improvements, etc.), but my…

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Microsoft Touch Pack for Windows 7 Now Available

Very cool news from the Windows Team Blog: The Microsoft Touch Pack for Windows 7 was first introduced last May as a series of 6 applications that are designed to showcase Windows Touch in Windows 7 and to help people learn touch gestures. It consists of 3 casual games, and 3 Microsoft Surface applications that…

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New Favorite Tool: Windows Live Writer Backup

If you’re blogging and not using Windows Live Writer to write your blog posts, stop reading NOW and go get it. Seriously. Just stop. OK. Now that that’s taken care of, if like me you rely on Windows Live Writer and the various plug-ins that are available for it (I use the Text Template plug-in…

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Get Started Quickly with Web App Toolkits

Just saw the following over at Marc Schweigert’s blog: http://www.microsoft.com/web/downloads/webapptoolkits/ “These FREE Web App Toolkits help you complete common web development tasks and quickly add new features to your apps. Whether it’s Bing Maps integration or adding social capabilities to your site, there’s a toolkit for you. Download and install them today.” http://blogs.msdn.com/webapptoolkits/ My friend…

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Silverlight Lessons Learned Materials

I just realized that I failed last week to post a link to my materials from my Silverlight Lessons Learned session at Richmond .NET UG. You can find the code and deck (these are from a previous delivery, but they’re mostly the same) on my SkyDrive site. Bing Maps Developer info can be found at:…

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