Archive for January, 2007

Scott Guthrie ~ ASP.NET AJAX 1.0 Source Code Released

Posted in Ajax Links on January 31, 2007 by Shaun

Just found the following post from Scott. I stil find it hard to think that Microsoft are giving stuff away free.

As I mentioned last week when ASP.NET AJAX 1.0 shipped, we are publishing the full source code to the ASP.NET AJAX product.  This includes the source to the server-side ASP.NET integration (including the UpdatePanel, UpdateProgress, and ScriptManager controls, as well as the source to the Network Serialization code).

The client-side ASP.NET AJAX JavaScript library (which we also call the “Microsoft AJAX Library”) is being released under the Microsoft Permissive License (Ms-PL).  This grants developers the right to freely customize/modify the library, as well as to redistribute the derivative versions of the JavaScript library for both commercial and non-commercial purposes. 

The code for the server-side ASP.NET AJAX 1.0 implementation was released this morning.  You can download it here.  It is being released under the Microsoft Reference License (Ms-RL).  Included with the source code are debugger symbols for the shipped binary, which will allow you to step from your own code into the ASP. NET AJAX library while debugging, with line number and symbol data preserved.  Note that the setup installs the source code locally on your machine within the “\Program Files\Microsoft ASP.NET\ASP.NET 2.0 AJAX Extensions\v1.0.61025\Source” directory.

You can also obviously download (and modify) the source code for the ASP.NET AJAX Control Toolkit.  It is built as a collaborative CodePlex Project that both Microsoft and non-Microsoft developers contribute code and work on together.



P.S. I’m hoping on a plane to Europe in an hour for my presentations in Belgium and the UK, and will be out the rest of this week (it only took me 3 frantic hours to find my passport last night — sheesh).  As a result there will be some delays with blog comments (and my responses to them) while I’m away. 


[Via ScottGu’s Blog]


See Joe Hewitt’s Firebug Power User Demo

Posted in Web Development on January 31, 2007 by Shaun

Ajaxian have a great article and video of Joe Hewitt deomnstrating the latest version of Firebug. Well worth the watch if you want to get the most out of Firebug and improve your debugging and development on the Firefox browser.

Take a look at the video here.

[UPDATE]: there seems to be an issue with the link above, and many people are reporting that the video doesn’t play or has bad sound. If you have the bandwidth you can download and view a better copy from the yahoo theatre. It’s in mp4 format and should play fine in Windows Media Player or Quicktime.
It ran for me in the browser using Quicktime.

More free reference material. – ASP.Net Ajax cheat sheets

Posted in Ajax Links, Asp.Net, Atlas on January 31, 2007 by Shaun

The folks over at aspnetresources have updated their cheatsheets for MS Ajax in line with the RTM version.

you can get more info at the Ajaxian blog too

Visual Studio Keyboard Shortcut Reference Posters

Posted in Ajax Links on January 30, 2007 by Shaun

I love shortcuts, saving time when developing and keeping my hands on the keyboard anf off the mouse is such a timesaver. But try as I might I just can’t retain the hundreds of shortcuts available in Visual Studio, and that’s just the defaults.

Looks like my prayers have been answered, some dood has only gone and put up a reference poster – free!!!

From the Federal Developer Weblog:

We all love those shortcuts in Visual Studio. You know, those handy little programming keystrokes we have all become accustomed to built into the product for most of the functions normally found through the user interface – just like CTRL-C for copy. Just released today, the Visual Studio team has published freely downloadable posters that map out all of the default key bindings for the most popular Visual Studio 2005 languages – Visual Basic and Visual C# 2005. Feel free to download these high resolution posters in both color and grayscale formats and share your power-user knowledge.

Happy Coding!

– James

[Via Public Sector Developer Weblog]

Aptana IDE surpasses 250,000 downloads!

Posted in Ajax Links on January 29, 2007 by Shaun

Wow! what a milestone 250,000 downloads and it’s still a beta app. I suppse it’s no surprise given that Aptana is so stable, has an ever increasing feature set and just does the job so much better than everything else out there.

This is from the official Aptana blog:

We’re proud to announce that our great user community has helped us surpass the 250,000 download mark in January 2007! In only 5 months since first public beta, Aptana IDE went from 0 downloads to over a quarter of a million! We’ve placed a download counter on our home page to promote awareness of the success we’re having. Check it out at We’re also hard at work implementing the things you have asked for, and we hope that you continue to use us and tell your friends about us.

From the entire Aptana IDE team, we want to that you for your support and we look forward to a great 2007!

[Via Aptana :: Weblog]

I took the Superhero test… With Surprising results ;0)

Posted in Ajax Links on January 29, 2007 by Shaun

Your results:
You are Mr. Freeze

Mr. Freeze
The Joker
Green Goblin
Lex Luthor
Dr. Doom
Poison Ivy
Dark Phoenix
You are cold and you think everyone else should be also, literally.

Click here to take the “Which Super Villain are you?” quiz…

Cool article on CSS mockups using Photoshop

Posted in Web Development on January 28, 2007 by Shaun

A List Apart have another great article up this week. This one teaches us how to do some quick mockups in Photoshop to produce a prototype that has a bit more about it than a plain image file.
It’s not an effort free process and requires that you have access to Photoshop. But I think it’s quite interesting.

Hopefully you will too

It may seem like we’re trying to party like it’s 1999, but rest assured, we’re not. Casper Voogt shows us a way to use Photoshop, ImageReady, and slices to produce mockups that utilize clean XHTML and CSS.


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[Via A List Apart]