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More on AJAX Thursday, November 10, 2005 2:36 PM
I've been reading and thinking alot about AJAX recently. Seems there are a lot of other people doing the same. According to wikipedia "Ajax applications look almost as if they reside on the user's machine, rather than across the Internet on a server." Keyword in that statement is "almost". Some of the time people forget that the devil is in the details. Alex (Adam's son) Bosworth on AJAX mistakes can be found here. I've worked my way through a couple of AJAX tutorials and an MSDN article. Interesting stuff.
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Migrating from ASP.NET 1.1 to 2.0 Monday, November 07, 2005 12:54 PM
I've read and written a bit about ASP.NET 2.0 and I'm impressed by the new features. The ASP.NET team has done a great job bringing new features to the .NET web developer. Well, I finally got around to installing the latest beta of VS 2005 this last week to look at porting some old sites and creating some new sites under the new .NET libraries. I was a little suprised to find out how difficult it is to move the existing applications to ASP.NET 2.0. I figured that all it would involve is a recompliation. Instead at first glance it appears that getting the old applications running under the new version means tweaking each and every page file and underlying code behind file. Maybe there is a switch somewhere I can throw. But I ran across this article describing migration techniques up on msdn this morning... makes it sound a little daunting. It might be better/easier to do a re-write (doesn't that sound screwy).
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Viruses and worms, oh my Friday, November 04, 2005 1:32 PM
I was thinking about the popularity of the iPod this morning and was wondering why no one has written a virus for it (not that I'm suggesting anything). I've always subscribed to the idea that the reason so many viruses are on the Windows platform was because its popularity made it a target. But if popularity is a condition for viruses and worms, then wouldn't that mean that the iPod will experience similar problems... is it only a matter of time? Or is there something fundamentally different about the iPod platform which would preclude the existance of viruses on it?
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New laptop hell Wednesday, November 02, 2005 11:19 AM
I got my new laptop yesterday afternoon and I was pretty pumped. I ran up to the msft company store and got an upgrade for Windows XP Home to Windows XP Pro and Office 2003. I had dinner with Paul and then went home to install my little heart out. Well, part way through the WindowsXP upgrade, I encountered a bad file on the disc which caused a crc error. I tried a couple of times again but got the same error. Now I was in a bind because the upgrade had only paritally taken place. So, like a novice I decided to use an older full copy of WindowsXP Pro to do the upgrade. In the process, I answered affirmatively when prompted if I wanted to overwrite the existing version of Windows. Oh the humanity. The overwrite deleted all the drivers which had been setup. No problem, I'm sure Dell has a way to reset the image... right?...right? Not to my knowledge. I tried pressing ctrl F11 every which way possible but the image restore wouldn't initialize (maybe I had overwritten it in my zeal to upgrade). So, I went back to the company store today and got the latest version of WinXP Pro and started the reinstalled from scratch. Everything went well this time. No problems. No crc error. But no network drivers were loaded either.

Luckily, I have a computer sitting right next to the laptop with a USB flash memory reader on it. I downloaded the Broadcom network driver, connected to the Internet and have been downloading drivers from the dell site for the last hour or so. Everything is getting back to normal.

btw - 30mb for Intel's wireless driver? people talk about msft's bloated software... hmmm...
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Windows Live and Start.com Tuesday, November 01, 2005 3:07 PM
I was up on the web the other day looking for information about AJAX - Asynchronous Javascript and XML when I just so happened across Start.com. The site is interesting and there is a channel 9 webcast with Steve Rider and Sanaz Ahari (the webcast takes about 8 minutes before they actually tell you what start.com is). I thought this is a pretty cool website. Well, today I notice there is an announcement by Billg and RayO about Windows Live which is supposed to be Microsoft's next generation of Windows online services. So, my curiousity piqued, I follow the link to Live.com. Guess what, it looks almost exactly... okay, exactly like Start.com. Turns out that Start.com and Live.com are built using the Atlas project which is an extensible, object-oriented 100% JavaScript client framework that allows you to easily build AJAX-style browser applications with rich UI and connectivity to web services. With Atlas, you can write web applications that use a lot of DHTML, Javascript, and XMLHTTP. I'm glad scottgu works for Microsoft. More goodness for asp.net!
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New programming paradigm? Tuesday, November 01, 2005 11:11 AM
I've been spending time up in the ASP.NET newsgroups and it's interesting to me that this seems to be the most active of Microsoft's newsgroups. On a random day like today there were 34 new unique posts with an average of 3 responses per post. In the Winforms newsgroup there were only 9 new posts. Another indication is the amount of community help given in the asp.net newsgroups. In the asp.net newsgroup most posts have at least one response. In the winforms newsgroup it seems more the rule that posts go unanswered. Maybe the asp.net is a self-selecting group which seeks out newsgroups for support because they're more comfortable using the net. Or maybe there is a bit of a paradigm shift in application development.

Another article of note about the asp.net newsgroup is how many of the issues are about configuration of IIS and the .net framework. It suprises me how much of a problem distribution and setup of the .net framework continues to be.
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