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December 2009 - Posts

  • Download Now! DXperience 3rd And Last Release For 2009

    DXperience 2009 volume 3 is now available to download! This release packs a punch with 2 new WPF products (beta) and a new Silverlight product subscription: DXperience for Silverlight!

    The .NET product suites have received major improvements with new controls, features and enhancements! Julian and I did our best to cover ALL the different product lines:

    Be sure to check out the “What’s New…” pages and get the complete details on this final release of 2009:

    What's New in DXperience v2009 vol 3

    So what are you waiting for? Grab your copy of DXperience 2009 volume 3 now!

    DXperience? What's That?

    DXperience is the .NET developer's secret weapon. Get full access to a complete suite of professional components that let you instantly drop in new features, designer styles and fast performance for your applications. Try a fully-functional version of DXperience for free now:

  • Video: CodeRush Guitar Code Challenge at PDC 2009

    Do you remember the challenge Mark Miller laid down for this year’s PDC conference?

    Yes, that insane challenge where he would use an XBOX guitar and no keyboard!

    Check out this video of Mark Miller at PDC 2009 as he took on all kinds of challengers:

    Video PDC 2009: CodeRush Challenge

    I was expecting many more winners since Mark had crippled himself without a keyboard. However, in the end there were only 2 winners who both won within a few seconds of Mark’s time! (Congrats to Ariel & Eirikur). However, you can’t underestimate the power and speed of CodeRush!

    Click the image above and watch the full PDC guitar code challenge video.

    Do you have DXperience installed in your Visual Studio? What's That?

    DXperience is a royalty-free tool suite for rapid business application development for WinForms and ASP.NET apps.

    Instantly enhance your WinForms and ASP.NET apps by dropping in new feature sets encapsulated in components. DXperience contains:

    • IDE Productivity Tools - Make Visual Studio easier and more effective with IDE enhancements
      • DXCore - IDE tools extensible engine
      • CodeRush - Extensible swiss army knife of tools to make source code editing faster and easier, including code editing templates, code editing utilities (selection, navigation, clipboard), inline code visualizations and the upcoming unit test runner.
      • Refactor Pro - Code editing tools specifically geared for refactoring source code.
    • XAF - Business app framework for WinForms and ASP.NET
    • XPO – Object-relational mapping for .NET
    • Reporting - Reporting "platform" for WinForms and ASP.NET
    • UI Components for WinForms, ASP.NET, WPF and Silverlight

    Try a fully-functional version of DXperience for free now:

  • Video: Scott Hunter Discusses ASP.NET 4.0 at PDC 2009

    Check out this informative PDC video chat with Microsoft ASP.NET Lead Program Manager, Scott Hunter. Scott oversees both the ASP.NET WebForms and MVC frameworks!

    If you care about ASP.NET then I recommend watching the Scott Hunter ASP.NET PDC video chat. In the video, Scott discusses:

    • ASP.NET MVC vs WebForms
    • ASP.NET Futures: What’s coming ahead?
    • MVC 2 … MVC 3
    • What are Smarty Routes?
    • Convention over Configuration
    • A lighter Web.Config
    • Rendering Changes in VS2010 and .NET 4
    • VS2010 New Project Changes
    • New ASP.NET Helpers


    Click the image above and watch Scott Hunter tell you about all the cool stuff coming out in the ASP.NET 4.0 release next year with Visual Studio 2010.

    Thanks for watching and drop me a line below with your thoughts.

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  • Video: Software Craftsmanship with Steve Smith

    Check out this Steve Smith software craftsmanship video from PDC 2009. Steve is an MVP, Microsoft Regional Director, and an ASP.NET Insider.

    In this video, Steve discusses how developers can improve their skills and the code we generate.

    Check out the full video as Steve explains software craftsmanship and how you can get started:

    PDC 2009 Video: Steve Smith discusses Software Craftsmanship

  • Free CodeRush Plugin: Method Preview

    Check out the CR_MethodPreview plugin screencast below with Rory Becker. Rory’s cooked up another great little plugin that shows you the code of a method in a tool tip. Even if the method is in a separate file or module.

    Click the image below and watch the CR_MethodPreview plugin screencast:

    CR_MethodPreview Plugin Screencast

    Then download this plugin or any other other great community plugins for free and enjoy!

    Be sure to leave Rory some kind words below in the comments for his generous efforts. Thanks Rory!

  • PDC Video: Internet Explorer Is Changing With The Times

    Check out this Internet Explorer (IE) discussion with Giorgio Sardo. Giorgio loves IE8. And with good reason, since IE8 has come a long way in terms of performance, standards, and features.

    Watch Giorgio’s lively personality by clicking on the image below and you’ll see his passion for IE:

    PDC Video: Giorgio Sardo Discusses Internet Explorer

    In the video above, Giorgio talks about all things IE including the past, present and future:

    • Upcoming IE9 Performance Improvements (JavaScript speed to match Chrome and FireFox!)
    • What’s new in IE8
    • IE6 – Released in 2002
      • Why enterprises should stop using a browser from 2002
    • Web Standards - Microsoft commitment to improve
    • IE8 Top features for developers
      • Some HTML 5 Specification support
      • CSS selectors
      • DOM storage
      • XSS scripting and security
      • Web slices and accelerators
    • IE8 Top features for, um, non-developers (for example, my Mom)

    To learn more about IE, read Giorgio Sardo’s blog. IE9 sounds very promising. Are you as excited about IE9 as I am?


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