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MvcContrib released to match ASP.NET MVC Preview 3

Get it here!

We have received many patches that keep making MvcContrib THE library for extra functionality on top of the ASP.NET MVC Framework

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Call for Party with Palermo RSVPs. Reserve your spot now for the Tech Ed party

RSVP now for the HUGE Tech Ed Developers edition of Party with Palermo.  I’ve rented out an entire night club right down from the convention center for this party.  Bring your friends and your business card.

Party with Palermo: Tech Ed 2008 Developers Edition

June 2, 2008 @ 7:00PM – 10:00PM
Glo Lounge  http://www.gloloungeorlando.com/
8967 International Dr, Orlando, FL
Ph: 407.351.0361
Cover charge is 1 business card.  This will get you in the door and register you for the grand prize drawings.
  • Free to attend
  • Free fingerfood
  • Free drink
  • Free swag

Infragistics has a countdown to the party on thier website.
PreEmptive will be bringing a Pinata to the party
Feel free to blog and link back to this site. 


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Austin Code Camp 2008 has great reports

The Austin .Net User Group conducted its third annual Austin Code Camp on May 17, 2008.  Eric Hexter and John Teague did a great job heading up the effort to put on this weekend conference.  Attendance was around 203, and St. Edward’s PEC graciously hosted again.  Those facilities are great!!

I was returning from the DevTeach conference in Toronto, so I had to miss.  Very unfortunate.  I was able to vicariously experience it through reading second-hand reports from some of the attendees.

Peter Seale provided some encouragement that the focus of the Austin .Net User Group is on the right track with his report of the code camp.

“The code camp did not feature an “Introduction to Silverlight” session. This is the simple, effective test by which I will measure all future conferences: is there an intro to Silverlight session. If there is, then good chances are most of the sessions will be useless. Further down the road, change out “Silverlight” with whatever new UI framework/data grid/designer tool that is “up to two years away from release.” I’m officially tired of these type of talks, 4 LIFE. Call me back when you’re running a “Best Practices in Silverlight Smackdown.”

The code camp was heavy on OO principles. This is a good thing; between “patterns cage match” and “IoC jumpstart” and “OO design” and “mocks and stubs”, my brain was assaulted by lots of OO. Which is good, I haven’t gotten this much in the 3+ years of involvement with Houston user groups and events. Not to gripe on my home city, let’s stay positive etc.”

Others have also provided thier thoughts about the conference:

Ben Scheirman

Jimmy Bogard

Mitch Fincher

Michael Koby

Chad Myers

Rhonda Tipton

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Automated Builds with SQLExpress

A quick tip about scripting a software build using SQL Express 2005.  It isn’t network-enabled by default, so you’ll want to change the network configuration to enable TCP/IP.  The setting is in Sql Server Configuration Manager.  Here is a screenshot:  And I used Cropper on x64 windows to make the screenshot. 


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Cropper can now work on x64 Windows (and SvnBridge works well)

I recently tried out Windows Server 2008 x64, and I’m gradually transitioning.  I’m installing all the tools I have on my XP drive, but I won’t complete the switch until I’ve verified there are no blocking issues.  

I regularly use Cropper to grab snapshots of my screens and portions of them.  I tried running it, and it failed spectacularly!  I decided to grab the code from CodePlex and see why it was failing. I ran through and was able to fix the issues.  The main issue was that it was built against .Net 2.0 with Any CPU, but it depends on Win32 APIs.  I switched the build configurations to x86, refactored an assembly load problem buried in a static constructor, modified the MSI setup project, and it started working.

I’ve submitted a patch back to the CodePlex project, so if you need Cropper on x64 Vista or Server08, you can grab the code with TortoiseSVN, apply the patch and make your own build.  I’ve sent Brian a note, so I’m hoping he’ll either add me to the project or apply the patch soon.

I used SvnBridge to pull down the source code.  I didn’t want to install Team Explorer JUST to pull down one project.  I’m happy to report that SvnBridge 2.0 worked very well.  I followed the instructions here for pulling down the source code with TortoiseSVN. 

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