Kirk Evans Blog

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An Early Happy Festivus

Flipping through TV channels tonight, I stumbled across a classic Steinfeld episode… the Festivus episode. Immediately, my friend Wally jumped to mind. As I was watching, I couldn’t help but give him a call and put the phone up to to TV just as the airing of grievances portion was showing. Happy Festivus to all…. Read more

Zune and Public Marketing

I went to Costco this past Wednesday to pick up some peanut oil to fry a turkey for Thanksgiving.  As I wandered into the store, I was immediately greeted with a display showing off Zune players.  I was interested, because I haven’t seen one up-close yet.  The players weren’t on display, only some plastic packaging… Read more

Implemented TEST

It’s official, I implemented TEST. POST /kaevans HTTP/1.1Host:blogs.msdn.comContent-Type: text/xml; charset=”utf-8″Content-Length: nnnn<person>  <name>Kirk Allen Evans</name>  <state>TX</state></person> Of course, the very first Saturday that I am here, Georgia is playing Auburn, and the FREAKING GAME ISN’T TELEVISED HERE IN DALLAS!!!  I am trying to get updates via ESPN GameCast, but there’s just nothing like hearing the gravelly… Read more

HOWTO: Write controls compatible with UpdatePanel without linking to the ASP.NET AJAX DLL

Eilon Lipton wrote a fantastic article on how to write controls that are “AJAX-aware”. By changing just a few typical lines of RegisterClientScript code and using a small bit of Reflection, you can determine if a page is using a ScriptManager or not and render client script appropriately. Read the post at…. Read more

Scott Guthrie Speaking in Dallas on Nov 2nd

Scott Guthrie, “The Father of ASP”, is speaking at the North Dallas .NET User Group on November 2nd. Scott is a fantastic speaker and always has some incredibly cool demos to show off. His presentation will include: ASP.NET 2.0 Ajax ASP.NET (formerly Atlas) LINQ (ScottGi’s related blog post) Tips and Tricks Ajax ASP.NET Control Toolkit… Read more

My Name Is, My Name Is, My Name Is

I am hugely appreciative any time that someone finds any of my ramblings useful enough to quote or duplicate. It is amazing to me that anyone ever stumbles upon my blog. While I am certainly not the most grammar-conscious person in any crowd, I admit that I found Eats, Shoots & Leaves hysterical. I feel… Read more

Launch event: Visual Studio 2005 Team Edition for Database Professionals

Register quickly at, as this event is sure to fill up quickly.  Atlanta GA 11/30 Boston MA 12/14 Chicago IL 12/12 Cincinnati OH 12/07 Dallas TX  12/13 Denver CO 12/13 Detroit MI 12/05 Ft. Lauderdale FL 12/12 Houston TX 12/14 Los Angeles CA 12/07 Milwaukee WI 12/06 Minneapolis MN 11/29 Mountain View CA 12/5… Read more

Free .NET 3.0 Training!

Want to learn .NET 3.0?  Here’s your chance to learn it for free. .NET University Doug Turnure, Developer Evangelist extraordinaire, announced .NET University.  Want to teach a group on .NET 3.0?  Doug will work with you to provide certificates of completion and even t-shirts for .NET U alumni!  If you would like to teach all… Read more

Live From Redmond Webcast Series

How cool is this? I just read about a great webcast series called “Live From Redmond” that has some really great content in it. The talks are given by the product team members. Personally, I am loving the amount of Atlas coverage coming from the product team.   Upcoming Smart Client Talks   Date Title… Read more