Everything Has Its Place: Tread Lightly with Update Panels

Whenever I give a presentation on ASP.NET AJAX, one of the features that impresses is the Update Panel.  It makes it dead simple to add AJAX functionality to an existing ASP.NET website.  Got some complex server-side logic (like a Gridview control) that you’d like to execute via AJAX without refreshing the page?  Just wrap it…

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Could it be? FIOS coming soon?!

In my neighborhood, all of the utilities run underground.  I’ve been waiting patiently for the day Verizon brings their FIOS service to my town.  I always figured that when they did, I’d know in advance since they’d have to dig up the streets to lay the fiber.  On Saturday afternoon while driving around my neighborhood,…

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Vibrant Ink in Visual Studio

If you do any Silverlight development, you’ll likely end up spending a good deal of time switching between Expression Blend and Visual Studio.  Blend is the designer tool that lets you build the pretty XAML interfaces in a WYSIWYG mode.  The UI in Blend is distinctly different from Visual Studio, with mostly black backgrounds.  When…

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New Live Maps Hits the Streets

The new version of Live Maps is being rolled out this week.  Lots of new features.  Check out the post from the Virtual Earth team for more details.  In summary: New & streamlined user interface Party Maps! Formally known as 1-Click Directions Route Around Traffic as part of directions Import data from GeoRSS, GPX, and…

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Partying with PHP on Windows

So I have a ReMIX confession to make.  I was originally scheduled to deliver a session at ReMIX called “Partying with PHP on Windows”.  With all of the behind the scenes work going on, I just wouldn’t have had time to prepare a great session.  Instead, I passed my speaking slot over to my colleague…

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MS NYC Bike Tour 2007

On Sunday,  I participated with a bunch of my Microsoft colleagues in the 23rd annual NYC MS Bike Tour.  What a great experience!   Our small team of about 31 riders joined over 5,200 others on a 30 mile loop around the edge of Manhattan island.  The numbers are still coming in, but I’m proud to…

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Reminder: Peter & Bill MSDN Roadshow in Parsippany, NJ Tomorrow

Just a reminder for everyone…  the Peter & Bill MSDN Roadshow is coming to Parsippany, NJ tomorrow October 16th.  We’ll be meeting from 1-5pm at the Hilton Parsippany Hotel, which is located at One Hilton Court in Parsippany, NJ.  Click the map below to get directions from Live Maps: On the agenda for tomorrow’s roadshow:…

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Live From ReMIX 07 Boston – Update 2

After Brad Abrams completed his Silverlight portion of the keynote, he did a demo of PopFly.   PopFly is a mashup tool that was built with Silverlight 1.0.  It was designed so that average Joe could build neat things out of different services on the web.  After seeing the cool animated interface, Brad showed us how…

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Live From ReMIX ’07 Boston

I’m at ReMIX ’07 Boston today.  ReMIX is all about connecting web designers, developers, and business decision makers and showcasing topics and solutions that bridge Microsoft and non-Microsoft perspectives, and emphasize the inclusive and participatory nature of the next web.  It’s been great to see the hard work of all of my evangelism team colleagues…

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ASP.NET MVC Framework Announced at Alt.NET Conference

I was down in Austin, Texas this weekend attending the Alt.NET conference.  Great event and meeting of the minds in the heart of Texas.  (Wow, I can’t believe how much Austin has grown since the last time I was there in 2000!) Anyway, more thoughts about the conference later.  First off, I wanted to let…

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