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Scott Davis and I did a little session on the MIX.06 Buzzcast on Channel 9 .  Learn the details of how to get yourself to MIX for free (plus modded XBox 360's [ watch the video ]) by remixing the MIX.06 website or by building a MIX'd up Gadget . Mostly I just wanted to post it so you could all hear what a freakin' dork I am.  In my defense though, I was in the middle of a really horrible cold.  ;)

Another great video with BillG on Channel 9 is up!   I have to admit that he's always been a hero of mine (for many reasons), but now that I know his favorite TV show is mine, well that just tips the scale.  :P  Charles did a great job with the questions.  Bill talks about MIX.06 , IE , Atlas and a whole bunch of other stuff.  Check it out!

I was recently taking a SQL Server 2000 database and moving it over into SQL Server 2005.  I did it the old fashioned way and unfortunately the login that our application used to access the DB wasn't in the new SQL Server.  I was silly and tried adding the login to that server instance.  Fine.  Authentication with the DB still didn't work though and as many of you know, when I went to then delete the login from the DB itself I couldn't.  In SQL Server 2005 there is a sy ... [ read more ]

Sadly, the answer is no.  I submitted a feature request towards the beginning of the release of the product feedback center .  A few minutes ago, I got a toaster message on messenger saying one of my items had been updated.  I clicked it and even though, sadly, it didn't take me directly to the item, I could see that my Guid.TryParse suggestion had been updated.  I went and looked and yipee skippy, there's a workaround posted. I'm a big fan of Regex, but I suck at it. ... [ read more ]

Tonight I uploaded a minor release to Microsoft Gadgets .  This release features bug fixes, the XBox contest winners and AJAX enabled gadget gallery.  Details below... Gadget Gallery Added alphabetical sorting Added sort order changing AJAX Navigate gallery without postbacks (paging, sort type, sort order, tag search) Back and Forward buttons supported for paging in IE and Firefox and Opera support coming soon Tag Search fixed for Firefox and Opera XBox contest w ... [ read more ]

Going to MIX it up?  Check out Adam's post about the image rotator he made ...cool!

http://www.microsoft.com/events/mix I won't go into too much detail and let the official site explain, but basically, Microsoft is going to host a really cool conference in Vegas in March.  At its simplest this is going to be a great place for developers and designers to come together and learn and discuss how we can all develop super, cool, web experiences.  This is not your typical Microsoft conference, but it will be "typically" awesome!  I'll be there!  :) P.S.&n ... [ read more ]

If you're interested in what Microsoft is working on to help you better develop multi-threaded applications, you need to watch this phenominal video !  Extremely passionate and smart guys working on this.  Another great video for the Going Deep Show !

Just had to post this one more time.  This is a hair saving post by Scott Guthrie on how to get intellisense to work again if it stops working in the web.config file and why it stops working, as well as just pointing out how cool the intellisense is in the first place!  Thanks, Scott!  :)
http://channel9.msdn.com/shows/ There's a new concept of "shows" on Channel 9 today.  You can think of shows as a group of "things" like videos, podcasts, threads, etc as episodes.  At the time of this writing, there are 3 shows.  This is a really neat new idea for Channel 9 so check it out, subscribe to your favorites and keep coming back for more! Technically, this is also my first public code written at Microsoft.  It's not much though.  All I did was most of t ... [ read more ]

If you're having troubles upgrading your ASP.NET 1.1 app to 2.0 because of hashing your passwords "not working", my long time friend, Joe, figured it out .

There are a ton of interesting things you can do with the new Xml data type in Sql Server 2005.  The first quick thing that came to mind was to pass in an Xml document into a stored procedure to have many rows deleted at one time in a batch without having to use a loop with a transaction outside of Sql Server in .NET code.  This could be done before in Sql Server 2000 by passing in an Xml document as a nvarchar then using OPENXML to parse out the values you need.  I find the new ... [ read more ]
I'm currently playing around with the new membership stuff in ASP.NET 2.0.  It is simply phenominal.  I love it.  It was a little hard to figure out at first, but once you get going it's really powerful and great.  I'll probably post some more "basics" on it down the road. When creating tables of your own to integrate with the aspnet_Users table like adding UserID to your own table that is an FK back to that table, you'll need the ID field (UserId in the aspnet_Users table ... [ read more ]

The Gotdotnet team is throwing a Birthday Party and all Gotdotnet users are invited! The party will occur at the Microsoft Visitor Center this Friday, November 18, 2005 between 6PM and 10PM. For more event details, see http://blogs.msdn.com/korbyp/archive/2005/11/14/492390.aspx or visit the Gotdotnet homepage .


I'm at home this weekend slamming out some code for fun using SQL Server 2005 and Visual Studio 2005.  It's a lot of fun and it's great to finally get to use the RTM bits to build an application.  I noticed though that on my machine (XP SP2) SQL Server takes a lot longer to start up than SQL Server 2000 did.  The problem with that is that it holds up my machine from loading up everything else.  I also noticed that my memory usage is way up from what it used to be (pre SQL2K5) ... [ read more ]

So, I have decided to take a role at Microsoft as a SDE on the Developer and Platform Evangelism team (i.e. Channel 9 , Microsoft Gadgets , etc).   I am super excited about this job.   There are some really exciting things I’ll get to work on and I’m honored to have the opportunity.  Also, Jeff's still hiring .   Being a Visual Basic MVP, you might find it interesting (or disturbing, take your pick) that the title of this message is in C#, but the role ... [ read more ]

Sometimes, I randomly get an error when developing ASP.NET apps saying that access is denied to some assembly in my bin directory.  Specifically under C:\Windows\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v1.1.4322\Temporary ASP.NET Files. A local guy I know from our user group (and work we've done for their company), Jeremy Diller, found the answer for me.  It turns out that it's the Indexing Service freaking out ASP.NET and seemingly locking files.  This answer is gold!  S ... [ read more ]

I just learned this a few minutes ago, but you can take an ASP.NET 2.0 application offline temporarily by uploading a file called App_Offline.htm.  It will spin down the appdomain and redirect all requests to that page.  Neato!
So, in the current tech preview of Atlas they've added a "new" idea of a declaritive code model.  Ok, this isn't new.  This is pretty much how XAML works.  This is used for many things that I'll probably post about later.  Behaviors are used to add functionality to existing controls.  An out of the box behavior that's really cool is AutoComplete.  Ever wanted to have a textbox that has an autocomplete dropdown window that's filtered as you type (kind of like Google ... [ read more ]

So Wally posted how to get the JavaScript proxy to call a WebService from a page in Atlas.  It's probably obvious to most, but I went ahead and did a little Hello World app in Atlas.  Here are the steps to make a WebService call with Atlas.  Note: You should have Atlas installed. Create a new Atlas Web Project.  Add a new WebService called HelloWorld.asmx and add a WebMethod called HelloMe that takes a String called Name and returns a String. <WebMethod()> _ ... [ read more ]
Scoble mentions how Java kind of bashes the fact that Microsoft is building WPF to make a big move even more into smart client applications.  You kind of get the sense that Scoble's going back and forth on which is better, web applications or smart clients and some people in the comments, give him some crap for it, but the core idea is dead on: Both Web Applications and Smart Clients have their own individual advantages and to say one is better than the other is fine, but irrelivant.&nbs ... [ read more ]

Jon Galloway posts about GroupBar out of Microsoft Research.  I have complained for many years now that the Windows taskbar is crap without the ability to move applications around.  I've always given the example that when you lay a piece of paper with some notes on it down on your desk that's just where it is.  The next time you want to read something off of that paper you reach for where you know it is.  It doesn't move somewhere else when you pick it up, it's in your hand ... [ read more ]

We have some crystal reports we call to generate invoices.  Basically just setting the content-type and content-disposition header, doing a BinaryWrite, passing it the byte array generated by the crystal report and calling Flash and Close on the Response.  Works just fine in every browser of every OS except for Safari on Mac.  Going through some Community Server code yesterday I noticed that after every Response.Redirect (at least in the code I was looking in) they called Response ... [ read more ]

So in ASP.NET 2.0 you can have validation groups so one set of fields can be validated when a certain button is clicked and another set of fields on the same page can be validated when another button is clicked.  I don't find myself needing this too often, but this is fantastic for when I do need it.  However, I've recently found a place in one of our applications where we needed it and we're using ASP.NET 1.1.  How to get around it?  This gem of an article describes a kind ... [ read more ]

This is a feature that's been in VB (.NET) since day one and is very cool.  If you've never used it before, what it does is add a condition to your catch statement so the catch is only executed the condition is met.  I've never really had much of a use for it, but it's good to know it's there.  A couple days ago though, I had a really good use for it though, even though a bit unconventional.  My scenario is basically that after a long process a webservice is called to update ... [ read more ]

I've been looking around (read: googling) for how to create your own IFilter in Windows Vista and haven't come up with anything good.  Figures I stumble across something on the Channel 9 Wiki.  I should've looked there earlier.  Check it out ...good stuff...

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