Wrapping up 2006

Well, 2006 is pretty much in the bag at this point.  Tomorrow will be my last day here in the office for the year.  Microsoft empties out quickly this time of year as people start getting to the point where they need to take vacation or lose it at the end of the year (we…


Updated Toolkit (for AJAX RC) released on a windy day in Seattle

I write this post from a coffee shop in downtown Bellevue (not far from Microsoft).  We had a massive wind storm here last night and most of the Seattle area is without power, Microsoft included.  There are trees down everywhere.  For some reason, there’s a few blocks here in Bellevue with power.  And Internet.ns Anyway,…


Toolkit components on Microsoft.com

Oh that’s right – we’re big time now! Someone pointed out to me that one of the new microsoft.com pages is using the TextboxWatermarkExtender.  Saawwweeet! Check it out: http://www.microsoft.com/design/


Toolkit Extender for creating WPF/E components

If you haven’t already seen ScottGu’s post on WPF/E, I’d recommend checking it out.  WPF/E is a new technology that opens up incredible new possibilities for improving the richness and interactivity of the web.  Scott links to a few demos, and the WPF/E install is quick simple, and even works on a Mac! Adding a WPF/E…


Updated Toolkit bits available on CodePlex

We’ve refreshed the recent Toolkit release, you can download it here.  After the last release, we discovered that the ASP.NET AJAX install didn’t drop the Microsoft.Web.Extensions.Design.dll on machines that didn’t have VS installed.  This was causing quite a bit of pain for people, so that dependancy has been addressed – meaning the Toolkit will now work…


Creating Toolkit components for script management

When I was getting familar with Atlas, something that struck me was how nicely you could use it to gather up all the random bits of script on your website and factor them into nice reusable blocks of code.  This scenario was one of the driving forces behind my design of the Toolkit classes –…


TechEd Impressions

Phew, long day yesterday.  Three sessions is as many as I’ve ever done in a single day at TechEd.  I’ve now been to three TechEd’s in Europe and they consistantly impress me, not only in terms of organization, but in terms of the technical savvy of the attendees.  Plus, Barcelona is a beautiful city and…


TechEd Talk & Demos

I’m excited about my Toolkit talk tomorrow here at TechEd: DEV344: ASP.NET AJAX Control Toolkit Unleashed: Creating Rich Client-Side Controls and Components 8 November 2006 10:45 – 12:00 The ASP.NET AJAX Control Toolkit is a set of controls and extenders designed to help ASP.NET developers easily integrate rich client User Interface (UI) features into their…


Updated Toolkit (for AJAX Beta 2) available on CodePlex

  We’ve released an updated version of the Toolkit on CodePlex to match ASP.NET AJAX Beta 2, which launched yesterday. Not many changes here other than what was necessary for compat.  We fixed a few other bugs that people were running into as well (ModalPopup positioning issue, handling of behavior ID in Dynamic Populate base,…


Getting ready for TechEd

I’ll be headed over to Barcelona for TechEd…been working on my slides, talks and what-not. I’m giving a talk on writing Toolkit components.  It’s coming together nicely.  David will be giving a very similar version of the talk at ASP.NET Connections in Vegas, so if you’re headed to that you’re in good hands.  After I…