Microsoft, Open Source and the CODEPLEX Foundation

Today the CodePlex Foundation announced the addition of the Orchard Project to it’s ASP.NET Gallery. Orchard is a free, open source, community-focused project aimed at delivering applications and reusable components using the ASP.NET platform. It’s first focus will be on delivering a .NET-based CMS application, and an extensibility framework allowing developers and customizers to provide…

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Accelerate PHP Applications on Windows with the new Cache Extension

What is it? The Windows Cache Extension for PHP is a PHP accelerator that is used to increase the speed of PHP applications running on Windows and Windows Server. Once the Windows Cache Extensions for PHP are enabled and loaded by the PHP engine – PHP applications can take advantage of the functionality without any…

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Web 2.0 – What’s it all about?

Introduction Ask any ten people what Web 2.0 is and you’ll likely get ten different answers. Ask any ten business owners what it is, and you’ll likely get the same variety of answers – but one thing will be in common – they’ll all want to have a part of it, and they’ll all want…

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Dream it: Build It: Grow It – With the Microsoft Web Platform

The Internet and the Web are hardly new, but, with the rapid change and rapid innovation that is happening almost daily, knowing how easy, or how hard it is to get content on the web is a constantly moving target. So, I’m starting this series of blog posts – on the theme of Dream It…

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Update to WebNEXT Blog

It’s been a little while since I’ve updated this blog, but there’s a lot of new content coming down the pipe. I’ve moved on from being the Silverlight Evangelist at Microsoft and am now working on Web Development Strategy across a number of technologies including ASP.NET, PHP, Silverlight and more. I’m excited, and I hope…

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How to build a good install UX with Silverlight

Technorati Tags: Silverlight del.icio.us Tags: Silverlight The Silverlight object model exposes events that can be used to build a very friendly end user experience for installing Silverlight. When it comes to using a Web site that requires a plug-in to render content, the user is generally faced with a choice. Is it worth spending the…

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Free Silverlight 3 Book Preview Now available…

del.icio.us Tags: Silverlight Technorati Tags: Silverlight For those of you who were not able to attend MIX (and it wasn’t just the best MIX ever, but IMHO the best conference I’ve ever been to), and were not able to get their hands on a copy of my Silverlight 3 preview book, it’s now available to…

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March Madness is upon us

Technorati Tags: Silverlight,Basketball,March Madness   Just a quick update from MIX. If you’re a sports fan, I’m sure you’re familiar with March Madness 🙂 Well it kicks off today, and it’s all available, free and in HD on http://mmod.ncaa.com Go, now, look, it’s great! Streamed with Silverlight in a number of bitrates, so you always…

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One Last Riddle: Solve this and win a pass to MIX09

del.icio.us Tags: MIX09,Silverlight Technorati Tags: MIX09,Silverlight So, if you haven’t gotten into MIX already, or if your employer is pulling back on budgets because of the economy, here’s a chance to score a free pass (just a pass mind you, and not airfare, hotel etc.). [Note if you’ve won already, please don’t enter, and MS…

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Composite Application Guidance for WPF and Silverlight

The Patterns and Practices team @ Microsoft have been busy working on helping answer the question – how do I maximize my skills in XAML and .NET development to build for both Silverlight and WPF. The result: Prism 2.0 has just been released to the wild. You can find it on CodePlex here. The focus…

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