Word Clouds in PowerPoint with PowerShell

James has really outdone himself here – he’s built a PowerShell script that will create lovely word clouds (ala Wordle but without quite so many options) directly into PowerPoint. This means you have something you can easily adjust afterwards (rather than just an image) and of course PowerPoint is often where you’d use these types…


Problem solved – mounting a VHD backup file

I’m sure this is documented somewhere but as I’ve just run into it I thought I would share. As I’m sure you know, Windows 7 (and IIRC Windows Vista) will generate a backup for you in a VHD format. When I was rebuilding my machine earlier this week, I decided to do a full machine…


Silverlight 4 resources – a top 10 list

With the announcement and release of Silverlight 4 Beta, I thought it might be useful to bring together a shortlist of some useful resources to get to grips with what’s new. Silverlight’s momentum is incredible, overwhelming almost. It seems like only a few months ago we shipped Silverlight 3 (oh yeah, it was only a…


The client script loader is cool

One of the new “features” of the ASP.NET Ajax library is the refactoring of said library into 15 or so separate scripts. As the capabilities of the library have grown, inevitably so has its size. To maximise performance it’s important to be able to specify only the parts of the library you need for the…


ASP.NET 4.0 – <asp:Menu> and semantic markup

By default, the menu control in ASP.NET 4.0 now renders tableless markup. Here’s the default ASP.NET Web Forms template (see my previous post) which uses an <asp:Menu> control for navigation. Below you should be able to see it highlighted on the page (outlined in blue) and the corresponding markup in the IE8 Developer Tools window….


ASP.NET 4.0 – New Project Templates

There’s been a few changes to the project templates in ASP.NET 4.0 to make things cleaner and simpler. I really like them. First off is the streamlining of web.config by moving boilerplate configuration to machine.config. Applications simply inherit these settings. Apart from anything else (like being able to find that elusive entry in your web.config…


ASP.NET 4.0 Beta 2 – What’s New?

A bit behind the times here but in my defence I’ve been up to my ears in nappies and things :). I’ve just been having a read of the ASP.NET 4 and Visual Studio 2010 Web Development Beta 2 Overview whitepaper and spotted a few things which I don’t think were there in Beta 1…