Windows Live for Developers: The Good, the Intriguing, and the Way to get Started

On Friday, I showed IT @ Cork the Windows Live Platform for developers.  The “one link to rule them all” for those who want to get started mashing a wide variety of services into their web-based applications is the Windows Live Developer Center on MSDN.   1. The Good: Virtual Earth API The Virtual Earth…

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Develop, Design, Deploy

Over the holidays, I built a data-driven website for a family member.  It gave me a chance to explore some new Microsoft web technologies and tools hands-on.  Here’s how I developed, designed, and deployed the site: Develop: using ASP.NET AJAX and Visual Studio Web Developer Express Edition I wanted to use the features of ASP.NET…

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Express Yourself (Expression Web, Expression Blend)

The Expression line of applications are a suite of designer tools that help integrate the designer and developer’s workflows. Expression Web Expression Web was released earlier this month. It’s a professional design tool for creating modern, data-driven, standards-compliant websites, and although it’s targeted at designers, it has deep ASP.NET 2.0 support. You can find out…

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Windows Live for Developers: Online Resource hub. In Beta, natch.

What does Windows Live have to offer Developers?  Have you ever wanted to… … add Virtual Earth to a website?  … use the Live platform to build Messenger activities? … build Search on your site? … write your own Gadgets? … perform authentication and authorization with Live IDs? …  or — do something else with the other…

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SQL Server 2005 – scripting your database for moving to your hoster – Hosting Toolkit

I’ve written before about how to ease the challenge of scripting your data to move it from a local SQL Server 2005 .mdf database to a hoster. Things got a little easier today with the SQL Server Hosting Toolkit, which, in its first incarnation, is a command line tool that generates a T-SQL script designed…

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Students ask the most interesting things

Last Wednesday I gave a presentation to SkyNet, the University of Limerick Computer Society.  About 30 undergrad and graduate students turned up for Atlas, Vista and pizza, in that order. What I showed them was basically a riff on my ASP.NET “Atlas” presentation from ApacheCon Europe, but I also spent some time talking about the…

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ASP.NET 2.0 Quick Tip: Add a hyperlink to an image in a GridView column

I was asked today how to add a hyperlink to an image in an ASP.NET 2.0 GridView column, so that clicking the image will cause the browser to navigate to a different page.  I thought I’d post it in my blog, just in case anyone else is searching for this. It’s very easy to add…

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Top Tips for free Microsoft support and training resources

Clare asked Dave and me to reveal some hidden gems that are available from Microsoft for technical support and learning.  This was our list of the shiniest gems that we find devs and IT pros don’t always know about.  I also posted the Best of the Rest as an article.   1. MSDN Forums –…

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Dave and Rob’s Top 5 Tips for Free Microsoft Support and Learning Resources (and the Best of the Rest!)

Dave and Rob’s Top 5 Tips for Free Microsoft Support and Learning Resources   1. MSDN Forums – http://forums.msdn.com Looking for answers to your toughest technical questions?  The MSDN forums are regularly visited by members of the product teams, MVPs, influencers, and experts.  Broken out by technology and then by detailed subject.  Solve technical problems,…

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MSDN Flash Ireland – International Resources – 19 Sept 2006

Special Section: ASP.NET 2.0 [ASP.NET] [Windows Forms and Smart Clients] Dundas Map for .NET Released Dundas Software has officially launched Dundas Map for .NET – available for ASP.NET with AJAX support and Windows Forms. [ASP.NET] September ASP.NET Support Voice: Log Parser 2.2 and ASP.NET [ASP.NET] [Web Development] Free E-Learning: Create a Microsoft ASP.NET 2.0 Web…

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