Tuesday, 29 November 2005

Microsoft Sydney Launch Party (Part 2)

Today was the formal launch at the Hilton. A pretty swish venue.

The keynote was quite good, but I think the best session was Dave Glover's overview of ASP.NET 2.0 - probably the most relevant to me too.

The other highlight (apart from all the freebies from the vendors' expo) was chatting to Joel Pobar. While he wasn't presenting today, it was good to let him know how excellent his talk at this year's CodeCampOz was. I'm pleased to hear he'll be back again next year. He also had some interesting things to say about what it is like working at Microsoft in Redmond, and some of the challenges he is working on for the next version of .NET (eg. Concurrency and Versioning).

Monday, 28 November 2005

Microsoft Sydney Launch Party (Part 1)

As you may know, because I'm currently visiting Sydney instead of being in Adelaide, I'm attending the Sydney events for the Visual Studio 2005 Launch.

This evening I went to the Microsoft offices in North Ryde for what turned out to be a drinks and pizza evening.

Not personally knowing anyone at an event is a bit strange when you are used to always knowing someone when you go somewhere in Adelaide. However I did get to meet and chat with Rob Caron, who's blog I happen to read regularly, so that was a nice highlight.

I also chatted with some nice Microsoft people, and got a few nice freebies (haven't tried on the T-shirt yet, normally XL is my preference).

Tomorrow the formal day-long launch is in at the Sydney Hilton in the city, so that should be interesting. I'll catch the train in, so a bit easier than having to drive across Sydney traffic.

Saturday, 19 November 2005

WinFX and ActiveSync updates

"Windows Presentation Foundation" (Avalon), "Windows Communication Foundation" (Indigo), and "Windows Workflow Foundation" will be part of Windows Vista and also available for Windows XP and Windows Server 2003

Thursday, 17 November 2005

Work With Relative Paths

I was reviewing some ASP.NET 1.1 code last night using Visual Studio 2005, making use of the Code Analysis (fxCop) tools that are built in.

I noticed some of the .aspx pages had hyperlinks with a leading tilde (~), which I'd never noticed before.

Turns out, this make the link relative to the application root, which is something that I suspect I could have made use of before now.

While not documented for 1.1, it is in the ASP.NET 2.0 documentation now, as well as referenced in quite a few articles on the web.

Ready Launch

Microsoft have opened registration for the full-day Launch events for Visual Studio 2005 and SQL Server 2005

I'll be going to the Sydney event, so it will be interesting to see how that compares to the Adelaide ones i normally attend.

Note, these are different to the community launches that are also happening around the place.

Monday, 14 November 2005

CLVY Planned!

Happened to browse the Internode ADSL2+ coverage table, not expecting too much, but hang on a tick, that would be my local exchange listed!

So sometime next year, we might be moving up in the world.

I'll stick with my trusty Billion 711CE for the meantime, but at some stage I might invest in a nice new ADSL2+ device, maybe with one of those new-fangled wireless doo-hickies, and throw in a central splitter to boot :-)

Thursday, 3 November 2005

Problems with webresource.axd

I've been trying to make use of a new ASP.NET 2.0 feature - embeded resources using the special HTTPHandler webresource.axd.

But looks like I'm not the only one who can't get it to work. Talk about frustrating! This should be a really nice way to embed client javascript files. Maybe I'm missing something really obvious but I can't even get the workaround to work either.