Visual Studio 2008 Released

Nov 30, 2007

On November 19, 2007, Microsoft released Visual Studio 2008.  Scott Guthrie outlines some of the Visual Studio 2008 key features.

Some reasons on why you may want to upgrade.

Key VS 2008 Features

  • Full tool support in VS 2008 for WF, WCF, and WPF
  • Target builds for .Net 2.0, 3.0 or 3.5
  • Java Script intellisense and richer Java Script debugging
  • Nested ASP.Net master pages
  • Continued support for web site and web application project models
  • ASP.NET AJAX support
  • ASP.NET 3.5 ListView control
  • LINQ (language integrated query) support
  • Intellisense code editing improvements

Key .Net 3.5 Features

  • LINQ support
  • New WCF Protocols (including AJAX, JSON, REST, POX, RSS, ATOM, and several new WS-* standards)
  • New base class library features


Nikon Lens Best Values

Oct 12, 2007

In researching the type of lenses I wanted for a Nikon D80, I became increasingly frustrated by the type and quality of information available. User suggestions and ratings tended to focus on the most expensive lenses and ignored price. I had a limited budget, but wanted to know what would give me a good value for my budget.

I've summarized in this article what I believe as of October 2007 are very good quality lenses for very good value. I favor zoom lenses over a fixed focal length prime lens so I have a bias towards zooms. I also don't favor really wide angle lenses so I've not listed those. More...

Nikon D80

Sep 26, 2007

In early 2007, I decided to get a digital SLR. This is a summary of the research and reasoning that led me to purchase the Nikon D80 and the Nikon 18-135mm lens and various accessories as well as my feedback and review of the products. More...

How Do Google Gadgets Work

Aug 03, 2007

iGoogle allows you to customize your Google home page by adding gadgets which take content from other sites. These can be categorized with tabs and you can even customize your own web pages by adding gadgets developed by others.

I was curious how this worked and how to take advantage of it and this is a summary of what I found. More...

HTML Horizontal And Vertical Bar Charts

Apr 12, 2007

Displaying tabular information in a graphical form is helpful for a visual representation of the data. I've summarized a few simple techniques for displaying information in an HTML page in both horizontal and vertical form.

There are a few techniques I've used to make this simple. More...

How To Install a Web Application for a Site with a Specific Port

Apr 10, 2007

MSI installation projects created in Visual Studio 2003 allowed the setting of a PORT value. This port value would be used to search the IIS sites and install the web application by default on the first site that corresponded to the specific port.

Users migrating from Visual Studio 2003 to Visual Studio 2005 have found that support for the PORT property has been removed and there are few technical options available to solve this problem.

This article outlines how using Visual Studio 2005 SP1 and a command line and MSI custom actions to install a web application on a site configured for a specific port.

After an update to VS 2008, I see no options that resolves this in VS 2008 either.


2007 Keystone Colorado Trip

Feb 28, 2007

I recently had the opportunity to travel to Keystone, Colorado.  This is a summary of the wonderful experiences I had on the trip, including a sleigh ride, snowmobiling, and dinner atop a ski lodge. More...