In case you missed it: App_Offline.htm

I recently found out about a featured introduced in ASP.Net 2.0 that makes it pretty easy to take your application offline, which is pretty useful for when you are doing upgrades, releases, etc. I’m not sure how I missed this as it has been out there for at least a couple of years, but still wanted to do a post about it in case other people missed it as well.

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Improving Silicon Halton’s Business Directory

About Silicon Halton

In a nut shell, Silicon Halton is a group dedicated to connecting and creating strong and local relationships for hi tech entrepreneurs and leaders in the Halton region.

I have been attending Silicon Halton’s meetings (and un-meetings) for a few months now (http://www.siliconhalton.com/); I am both impressed and encouraged by the groups potential; obviously there is networking and the possibility of making new business connections, but the group also aims to play a role in the Halton business community as a whole… and that is what’s kept me going back!

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ASP MVC – Delete confirmation with Ajax & jQuery UI Dialog

In this post I will show you how I implemented a delete confirmation implementation for MVC using the jQuery UI Dialog control. I have done this by adding virtually no customization to the templates generated ASP.Net MVC, and aiming the functionality to be as reusable as possible.

Our Objective

When a user clicks the “Delete” button on a list (or elsewhere), we are going to show a confirmation dialog. If the user confirms, the record will be deleted. If he/she cancels, no action will be taken. In essence, this is what we are trying to do:

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Notes form Visual Studio 2010 At the Movies event (Part 2)

Well, finally I get to write the rest of my notes on this event. If you haven’t read the first part of the notes, go here https://ricardocovo.wordpress.com/2010/04/26/notes-form-visual-studio-2010-at-the-movies-event-part-1/.

Visual Studio 2010 (again..)

Before we continue with the new topics, let me comment on a couple points I forgot on part one.

Extension Gallery

It is now simpler than ever to extend VS2010 functionality. On the Start Page, you will find a link to the extension gallery where you will be able to download extensions both free and commercial.

I already used it, I was able to find a OpenId template from the gallery, installed it and used it immediately. Continue reading “Notes form Visual Studio 2010 At the Movies event (Part 2)”

Notes form Visual Studio 2010 At the Movies event (Part 1)….

On April 20, I attended the Microsoft Event “Visual Studio 2010 – At the movies”. One of the best events I’ve attended lately (content-wise), which speaks very well of the organizing partner Object Sharp. I took a few notes and wanted to share them with all of you. Here it goes:

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MS BizSpark – Good move to get Start-ups

Starting a company is a lot of work… and expensive! Usually you gave up a steady income to go an do your own thing, and the expenses and costs can creep up very quickly.

For developers on  Microsoft’s technologies, and in general for most start-up, it was always been hard to come up with the money for the MSDN Subscription that can be up to 6K a year. Company with competitive technologies which are open source, this is a major disadvantage for MS.

On top of this, if you developed your site on microsoft’s technologies, shared hosting was always much  more expensive for licensing issues.

Well, it seems that MS has noticed they are loosing too many start ups and are doing something about it…

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SpryPhoto – An excellent and affordable image server

As a web developer, it is very common to have the need for an image server. Usually the requirement is pretty straight forward: We need to dynamically re size an image. This is very common when you display thumbnails and regular size pictures in a site.

Personally, I also like to have a single source image; that way, I don’t have to create all the sizes I need before hand. But most importantly, if I need a new size in the future I don’t have to create that new size for all the images I already have.

When working on enterprise environment, people tend consider only solutions by big companies which tend to be pretty expensive. People that can’t afford these solutions try to create the component them selves, which can be very time consuming (if done correctly).

I’ve been u sing Spry Photo for a while (http://www.spryphoto.com/). You can see it in action in http://www.clickclassified.ca and http://www.storybank.com.

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