This category contains all .NET Framework related posts, from .NET 1.0 to 3.0 (and later), including ASP.NET, Compact Framework, and any other flavor of it.
Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 available now

After a surprise comment to a three year old posting I realized that I have gotten sloppy, since I used to post about Visual Studio beta and service pack releases. Since Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 just came out I thought it would be a good opportunity to pick up that old tradition again. Visual Studio has become much more than the development environment it used to be when Microsoft released the first version of Visual Studio .NET in 2002. After losing the .NET moniker with the release of Visual Studio 2005 the number of different editions dramatically increased, the flagship...

posted @ Wednesday, October 21, 2009 3:05 PM | Feedback (14)
How to (not) restore SQL-driven ASP.NET websites

After having really nothing important to report on for quite a while I wanted to share some experiences and gotchas I ran into while restoring this blog. Basically what had happened was that my server (and the rest of the stuff from my old house) was moved to a new location, and at the same time I decided to perform a hardware refresh (I really wouldn’t call it upgrade since I replaced the existing processor with a low power Celeron and an energy saving power supply) and topped it off by switching from the old Windows Vista 32bit system to a...

posted @ Wednesday, October 21, 2009 2:53 PM | Feedback (11)
Debugging Subtext on Windows Vista using IIS7 and Visual Studio 2005

This post describes how to compile and debug a web application using IIS7 instead of the built-in web server that comes with Visual Studio 2005. The built-in server should work right out of the box without any further configuration. While this post can pretty much be applied to any ASP.NET web application, I am writing it specifically for the source code of the open source blogging engine Subtext and as a third installment on my blog posts about how to install Subtext on Windows Vista and IIS7. Most people that set up Subtext on a machine are likely to compile...

posted @ Monday, December 10, 2007 11:31 PM | Feedback (53)
Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2, Silverlight, Rosario August CTP, and more!

Update 3/8/2007 2:32pm: As promised by Brian Harry they released a VPC image of the Visual Studio Team System Code Name "Rosario" August 2007 CTP! Head over to the download page and give it a try! The white paper mentioned on the download page is available here, and additional documentation for the CTP and the new Team Foundation Server is available here. It's been a while since I posted something since I was busy working on some of my programming projects (so busy I even left the much anticipated iPhone launch day without a comment), but the recent slew of Microsoft...

posted @ Friday, August 3, 2007 2:56 PM | Feedback (1)
Microsoft MIX07 Session Videos Direct Download Links

This year's MIX07 conference is loaded with new and unexpected announcements and introductions of new technologies. To satisfy all the people that tried to get tickets but couldn't get into the sold out conference anymore Microsoft recorded all sessions and keynotes on video and made them available on the MIX07 sessions website. They can be viewed online through the Silverlight plugin or downloaded as WMV files for offline viewing. However, probably due to heavy load the website is fairly slow and times out a lot, so I collected the direct download links for the WMV files and listed them below sorted...

posted @ Thursday, May 3, 2007 3:27 PM | Feedback (1)
Visual Studio Code Name "Orcas" Beta 1 Released

It seems like Microsoft is finally getting a handle on meeting their own timelines, or in this case even beating the previously announced "late April to early May" timeframe for the release of Beta 1 of the next version of Visual Studio. As of now only the Virtual PC version is available, meaning that you can download a whole VPC image that has the Orcas Beta 1 installed on Windows XP for easy testing without having to install the components on your own development machine. Within the next couple of days they will most likely also release the installation package...

posted @ Monday, April 30, 2007 11:15 AM | Feedback (3)
Direct download for popular Visual Studio 2005 hot fixes

In an unexpected move Microsoft created a website with download links for available Visual Studio 2005 hot fixes that were previously available only through Microsoft Developer Support. This is great news because there was little visibility over what hot fixes existed for certain problems with Visual Studio. The list of available hot fixes for download can be found here. Some of them address corner cases which don't affect a lot of people, but if you are one of the corner case users it's great to finally get it fixed. As a side note, Service Pack 1 for Visual Studio 2005 has...

posted @ Tuesday, December 12, 2006 4:23 PM | Feedback (4)
Technology Showcase: WPF/E

Introduction Since I am into cutting edge technology I would like to showcase something that has caught my attention periodically (meaning whenever I have time to write about it without actually setting a fixed interval) to give everyone a snapshot of cool/new emerging technologies which might become the standards of tomorrow and which might be worth considering for future projects. For this showcase I have chosen Microsoft WPF/E, which has garnered a lot of attention lately in blogs [1], [2] and press [3] and which marks an important milestone with the recent release of the December CTP [4]. WPF What? One of the pillars of the...

posted @ Thursday, December 7, 2006 5:13 PM | Feedback (4)
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