Big Things in Mini Packages

(the image above is not displayed at actual size) Mini Packages Yes!, paid delegates to Australia’s TechEd 2009 are each receiving Microsoft Windows 7 on a HP 2140 Mini notebook (aka: netbook). Pop over to the TechEd 2009 web site to register to see all the terms and conditions etc. Mini-note Relevant Speeds and Feeds:…

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IronPython at SyPy, 3rd April 2009

Photo thanks to James Dumay Thanks to all for questions, and attending on Thursday night. Big ups to the Googlers (including the cheeky @pamelafox!) for their hospitality. Linkages for relevant Pythonic and IronPythonic stuff: Zoomit for Windows. Zoom into stuff when presenting. General Courtney Hick Hodges (thanks, Dylan) Dylan, the programming language (yes, I know…


Need to Test Against Varied Versions of Internet Explorer?

Need to test your website against new and old versions of Microsoft Internet Explorer? Microsoft offers a set of VPCs free specifically for this purposes. They are downloadable as .vhd images, and include the base operating system. Of course. http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=21EABB90-958F-4B64-B5F1-73D0A413C8EF&displaylang=en#filelist These VPC images expire in April, 2009


IIS7.x, Server Farms and Ruby

(Caution: Ruby application names are as prolific, esoteric and funny as Microsoft code names) The previous post (broadly) demonstrated how to use a combination of URL Rewrite and FastCGI to put a Ruby on Rails application on IIS7.5. As Rails, Merb (which I am reliably informed is what all the cool kids use today) and…

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Windows 7, IIS 7.5 and Ruby on Rails

Having spent the weekend working on Ruby on Rails with IIS/SQLServer 2008 Express backend via FastCGI, here are some tips to get you going: The best resource is Ruslan’s post on Rails and IIS7. In fact, go and bookmark this site right now. In Ruslan’s post, the web.config shown is best edited in a text…

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John Resig: “The DOM is a Mess”

John Resig, a developer at the Mozilla Foundation, presented at Yahoo! on jQuery. More specifically, John talks about the Document Object Model (DOM) … and the mess that web developers deal with across browsers. John Resig: "The DOM Is a Mess" @ Yahoo! Video


Editing CSS in Internet Explorer 8

A question from a recent workshop given by my colleague in evangelism, Delicategenius (please note: I was merely the apprentice to the sorcerer in this workshop) Q: How do you add elements and attributes in the CSS/Developer Tools of Internet Explorer 8? As we have seen in a previous post, it is possible to in-line…


Pragmatic Internet Explorer 8 (RC1) Testing

Yay! Internet Explorer 8 gets closer to final release. A Release Candidate is what happens after a beta release. Microsoft thinks its ready for prime time, but until the rest of the world tests this under live fire, we are never 100% sure. So, please install and test, test, test. We want to hear how…

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Internet Explorer 8, Enterprise and Intranets

A common question from Web developers is: “when in IE6 going to die?” Yesterday, visiting the developers behind a large Australian web site, we had a squiz (translated: squiz is Australian for look) at browser use statistics. One highlight was during the week, a larger percentage of users were using Internet Explorer 6. On weekends,…

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Inaugration: Photosynth on the Mac: via Silverlight

No matter your political standing, the election and inauguration of Barak Obama is a moment for all time. Even if you are not a US citizen, like myself, you probably watched (or saw) the ceremony. Crowdsourcing digital images from the front of the millions of well-wishers; CNN ‘synth’d photos using Microsoft Photosynth to create a…

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