Hosting a SignalR application on Windows 2008r2 and IIS 7.5

ASP.NET SignalR is Microsoft’s new library for adding real-time functionality to applications.   You can host ASP.NET applications with SignalR on Windows Server 2012 and IIS 8 (this setup provides full HTML 5 WebSocket API support for real-time functionality), or you can host on previous versions of Windows Server and IIS.  Previous server versions do not offer…

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Publish the SignalR Getting Started Sample as a Windows Azure Web Site

Here’s a quick walkthrough for publishing the ASP.NET SignalR Getting Started tutorial sample as a free Windows Azure Web Site.  This shows how simple it is to deploy and host an ASP.NET application that adds SignalR real-time functionality.  Note:  HTML5 WebSocket transport is available in SignalR, but is not currently supported for Windows Azure Web…

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Using the Library Package Manager with Add-on Libraries in Visual Studio

Have you ever noticed how complex it can be to add, remove, and update libraries of code functionality in Visual Studio?  First you have to hunt all over the place to find the library you want.  Then you have to download it, and figure out how to install it.  Often, you find it has dependencies,…

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Working with HTML5 pages in WebMatrix and the Razor Syntax

Most web developers know that HTML5 is available and is already supported (though not completely supported in all its features) in the leading browsers.  See a summary of new tags and features in HTML5. Internet Explorer 8, Firefox 3.6+, and the latest versions of Safari and Chrome all have strong support for HTML5. Upcoming releases,…

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Using @functions in an ASP.NET page with Razor Syntax

In July Microsoft released the WebMatrix Beta. WebMatrix is a set of tools and technologies which includes a code editor, a development web server, various tools, and the new simplified “Razor syntax.” The Razor syntax is a type of syntax for writing server code in ASP.NET pages. It is simple to use and has some…

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The New ASP.NET Default Web Template in Visual Studio 2010

Introduction When Visual Studio 2010 hit the market in April 2010, it had a nice surprise for hard-working web developers: a new default ASP.NET web site template that you can use to jumpstart a new site. The new template improves on previous VS site templates by giving you some nice extras in the areas of…

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