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IE8, ACID2 and You

This is a bit of a follow-on to the feedback from the initial IE8-is-here post. First, on ACID2, see this post from the IE team. If you aren’t in the clicking mood, the short answer is that you need to use the official one due to security constraints baked into IE8. As for the “what is the IE team focusing on” angle, see my post on the keynote for a more extant description of what the IE team is saying about...

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.NET on the 'NET Feb 15-22: Silverlight 2 is Sweet

First, an abbreviated Windows 2008 Server trip report: it is freaking awesome in too many ways to enumerate at the moment. Now, on to the regularly scheduled foray into the DotNetosphere. Today Scott Guthrie gave us a very impressive first look at Silverlight 2. Don’t miss the tutorials on building the Digg application at the end. On the IE 8 front, Dean Hachamovitch notes a milestone and announces that an IE 8 beta would be...

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.NET on the ‘Net Feb 8-14: Windows 2008 Server Made My Valentines Day

Hey ladies and laddies. It was a very, very significant week in .NET. First and foremost, Windows Server 2008 was released to manufacturing and it is currently available to MSDN and TechNet subscribers. The most significant offshoot, for us ASP.NET types, is that this opens the door to production IIS7 hosting. Which oftentimes translates to “no more calling the sysadmins to tweak some IIS setting because I can set them in...

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What's in Your Toolkit?

After suffering through an inordinate number of “Whats in Your Wallet” commercials, I decided to share a few key components of my toolkit. No they do not involve faries, princesses, dragons or wierd looking centaur things. Anyhow, at the top of my chest of tools is: Fiddler: when dealing with modern applications with significant amounts of remote requests (aka AJAX) having a tool that can enumerate and...

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Silverlight Takes Shape & MS Gets Dynamic at MIX '07

In case you missed the hubbub, Microsoft’s marketing machine has gone into rich media overdrive. First, at NAB, they gave WPF/E a reasonably non-geeky name: Silverlight. Mix 07’s keynote was a series of very impressive demos—all available online at the Mix site—showing what the alpha bits of Silverlight can do. The really exciting part is the full CLR integration, allowing for some very heavy lifting in the client side .NET...

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DevConnections Spring 2007 Day 2

See Day 0 or Day 1. Successfully avoiding direct sunlight yet again, I managed to hit another set of fine sessions. Paul Litwin gave an excellent summary of basic, yet important and poorly documented tips and tricks for getting the newfangled ASP.NET 2.0 Data Controls to actually work in non-demo situations. I don’t think much can be done to save the DataControls in complex scenarios—the abstraction is just too leaky ...