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One of the things I always forgot to add to my web applications is the Robots.txt file that Search Engines use to see what they should index. This file and site maps help make your site easier to navigate by the bots and let them know what is legal and what you would rather not have the published in their engines. I typically add any administrative pages or account pages even though they are protected by security, no need for the login page to be index if they sniff the link. So how do you add Robots.txt ......

 

The C# Programming Language, Fourth Edition by Anders Hejlsberg, Mads Torgersen, Scott Wiltamuth, and Peter Golde Publisher: Addison Wesley (Special Annotated Edition for C# 4.0) I can honestly say I have had a copy of this book for each edition it was published. I love this book and have always loved it. Ever since Microsoft stopped publishing the White Reference Guides we used to all have back in the day, Addison Wesley has became my reference book dealer. These White cover books with the most ......

 

Since installing Option Pack 4 for Windows NT to get IIS running Classic ASP, we have all felt the lack of ease from Microsoft to actually create websites on a developer box. There has always been an expressed need to not need a custom configured machine to install Visual Studio and create web sites right away. Why must we open Windows Configuration and add all these pieces if a solution for our OS could be added to the development product line. My first development job was 10 years ago when I worked ......

 

Coming to Kansas City April 8th and 9th is the Microsoft Azure Bootcamp. This event looks very promising for those developers who are looking into Azure for themselves or their companies. It covers the wide range of topics required to understand what Azure really is and is not. Space is limited so if you are considering Azure, register for this event today.Agenda:Module 1: Introduction to cloud computer and AzureHow it worksKey ScenariosThe development environment and SDKModule 2: Using Web RolesBasic ......

 

Hello again! This is my first time to blog since July and that is a little bit long I know. So what has been going on? Well quite a bit actually. First, Addison and Brandon are getting quite a bit older and are more active. I truly enjoy spending time with them in the evenings and that takes a lot of time out of blogging. Second, my role as youth leader at my church has been taking a larger priority in my life than when we first started our youth ministry. We are now up to 40 students at our Saturday ......

 

Over the next month we will be migrating the Geekswithblogs system over to new hardware with a platform upgrade to Windows Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008. This upgrade will force us to make some changes that are needed to the database and others that are just because (like ASP.NET 2.0 to ASP.NET 3.5). What does this mean if you are a blogger? Hopefully nothing. The idea is to migrate the data/code to the new servers with dummy IPs and then when we are ready, swap the IPs with the new boxes and BAM, ......

 

Wow, that took a long time but it is finally ready. This morning I released the Geekswithblogs.net 3.0 will all the new features we could finish before PDC 2008. This is definitely not the end of 3.0 features, but it needed to get out the door. The first change you will notice is the GREEN MONSTER has been replaced. This theme has been in the works since the springtime as most of you with shirts know. Keep an eye on this blog and the tutorials section of the site throughout this week so you can learn ......

 

I want to first off thank the 45 members of the Kansas City .NET User Group who attended the presentation held last night. Myself, John, and Doug appreciate the dialog and questions about the topic of ASP.NET MVC Framework and hope to see more interest in the topic as it furthers in development at Microsoft. For those of you who couldn't make it or just want to see what the MVC Framework is all about, check out the samples and presentation located at the end of this post. Recap of A Model View Controller ......

 

... due to all the other moves I am going to ... I can't write that and keep a straight face. No I do not want to have a Microsoft domain attached to my blog or give up my copyright. Instead, I am in the process of implementing the "Custom Domain" portion to Geekswithblogs.net. To test the implementation thus far, I have pointed JeffJulian.net at the site and registered the domain to my blog (portion that isn't finished or you could do the same). Notice it isn't http://www.jeffjulian.net/j... ......

 

In the spirit of posts about joining the different communities, I wanted to chime in. So the question is should I blog? My answer is absolutely. Even if you only contribute a post ever month, I still feel it is a worthwhile activity to participate in. I see a lot of registrations from individuals on Geekswithblogs.net where they state that they read blogs all the time and feel it is time to give back and I think that is excellent. You don't have to aim to be the best blogger in the sphere, nor do ......

 

North Park Missionary Baptist Church mission is to seek the lost, strengthen the saved and meet the needs of the people through the teaching and preaching of the word of God. The site will be dedicated to informing individuals and families about the services and assistance we offer through our facility. One of the amazing facts about this project is that this organization's is first presence on the Internet. The team didn't just want to build the standard site, they wanted to build them something ......

 

I have to say I am excited to see Microsoft release a new process template named eScrum. After installing it I must say I am pretty happy thus far. Steve Loethen goes into more detail about what the template offers. One issue I have with these new Microsoft project that use other downloadable Microsoft project to build their solutions are the constant list of separate download and moving dll. Just push the version you used with the download. In eScrum's case, they have you download ASP.NET AJAX, ......

 

Steve Loethen, one of the Microsoft Developer Evangelist, has fixed the E-Learning code he had for free training. I would highly recommend you check it out to... There are a few WSS and a bunch of ASP.NET courses out there to pick from. Technorati tags: E-Learning, Free, Training, Microsoft ......

 

*** Request For Participation *** As we are pushing the next version of Geekswithblogs.net closer to the door, I was wondering what features you would like to see on the main page of a community blog site? I have some ideas (including the removal of the green monster) but I would like to get your opinions on the topic. What I would like to see is a "portal"-style homepage that would allow readers to register with the site and customize what they would like to see. Also, since ASP.NET 2.0 has a great ......

 

I can not attend CodeMash myself this year, but when I got wind that Josh Holmes will shave his head if they receive 500 posts about CodeMash, I had to participate. The reason is simple, Josh would look funny with a shaved head. Not just funny, but hilarious (and it is a good event). Why do I want Josh to look funny you might ask? We at TechEd 2005 in Orlando, Drew Robbins (Microsoft's Dancing DE) and I decided to have a private competition of Dance Dance Revolution. Well Josh and his video camera ......

 

...here are my answers anyway. I think it is a fun topic. [Update: Or maybe I just can't read well...Chris Haaker (can't believe he isn't an MVP yet) tagged me last year and I just didn't see it.] Geekswithblogs.net was created because I was kicked off of dotnetweblogs.com (A.K.A weblogs.asp.net). The back story was, a few of us were discussing the differences between VB and C# and we can just say the conversation started to get heated. Toward the end of the conversation, Cory Smith and I were the ......

 

One of my friends Scott Cate has just released some really cool Knowledge Base Server for Community Server. If you are running CS on the side or at work and want a place to start a KB of your own, this is a great product for you. Check out his post with how-to videos about the product. Technorati tags: Knowledge Base Software, KB, Community Server, CS ......

 

DiscountASP.NET has been amazing to us. The hosting is excellent and we can't be happier with their service. That said, our site has outgrown what they have offered us as the original solution. Since they do not provide dedicated services, we will be moving the site to another hosting firm that does. This means more power and more control for us. I haven't finalized the server configuration and purchase yet, but it should happen within the next 48-60 hours. We will then announce a date and time the ......

 

After a machine of mine became consumed by a project, I have been building a new set of disks latest for my use during new projects. I always build my VPCs using differencing disk. For those of you new to this concept, it allows you to build a disk off of a parent disk and all changes at that point will go to the new disk. With the environment changing on us constantly with different releases of products, it is critical for you to get your project up quick. Here is my example: As you can see, I am ......

 

I have been brainstorming with other community members lately to find what the next compelling features of Geekswithblogs would be. We have lots of ideas but the two that stuck out in my head are: Tagging System Feed Generation System What do you think? I hear often that people want a smaller communities that have a focus (Don was nice enough not to mention us as a bloated community). These sites are starting to pop up and are getting lots of traffic. Even though the content is similar on our site, ......

 

I noticed the other day that weblogs.asp.net is running ads now. I am glad to see this because it is hard to run ads on these sites, because most bloggers don't like them. The dilemma is you have to pay for the site and work on the site somehow. After 3 years of this site being launched, we are quite large are have a very large following. These hits cost money and to do the work on the site cost money. I believe running ads is the best solution, because charging for blogs adds more cost to the blogger ......

 

After my post announcing my Provider Model presentation in Kansas City, ScottGu commented about the ASP.NET Developer Center's Provider Toolkit available on MSDN. This is an excellent resource to get more information about Providers and examples for ASP.NET. If you are dabbling in ASP.NET 2.0, this is definitely a page to bookmark. Two great articles on Extending Providers: Understanding and Extending the Site Navigation System in ASP.NET 2.0 Custom Site Map Providers in ASP.NET 2.0 ......

 

On April 25th, I will be presenting "The Provider Model and You" at the Kansas City .NET User Group. This has been one of my favorite topics to discuss since Microsoft annouced they would have built-in provider logic in .NET 2.0. This presentation will cover the use of Providers in ASP.NET 2.0, show examples of how to extend the ASP.NET providers, and how to build your own providers by leveraging the new provider and configuration classes. If your in the area, I hope you can make it ......

 

During a current project, I needed a tool for generating PDF documents for reporting on pre-printed forms. The majority of reports in the system use this form. I wanted to find a solution that fit my needs and nothing more. Other systems do so much and very well, but for just developer needs, they are a bit much. I found a utility call Siberix PDF Library and it's counterpart Siberix Report Writer. If you need a tool for PDF generation, I highly suggest these products. At the current time, the price ......

 

Well you have probably guessed by the title that DiscountASP.NET is our hosting sponsor for the site. They have been very generous to John and I with the equipment we have dedicated to the site and are now offering a great deal for our members and readers. If you sign up for a annual hosting plan with them, THEY WILL GIVE YOU 6 MONTHS FREE. Visit the site for more details, but this is a great deal. Also, look into their ASP.NET 2.0 Beta 2 hosting details for those of you interested in jumping into ......

 

We recorded out first show yesterday and will be releasing it very soon. I am putting the final touches on out new feed system for the podcast show. We are using ASP.NET 2.0 and I am loving it. Here are some photos of our equipment and setup. Welcome to our podcast studio for PodcastStudio.net. John Alexander's view where he does the recording and editing of the shows. Jeff Julian's view where he makes sure all the levels are ok, plays the intro and outro music, and connects the callers. JK Audio ......

 

What's New in ASP.NET? How can I Leverage Data in ASP.NET 2.0? These are the questions I will be answering in St. Louis on Thursday. I have finish configuring the presentation and demos and am excited about the content. This event should be outstanding and I am speaking with some top notch speakers. John Alexander and I will be driving out in the morning and spending the evening hanging with friends so if you are around, send me an email and hook up for an geek dinner or just for fun. ......

 

First off, I am sorry I pulled Jason to the front of the class with my previous entry; I was just trying to make a point. As far as the main feed goes, this has been under review for some time because we know a lot of good information comes out of this site and feel it could be filtered better than we have done with one feed. We still want to offer the non-”Greatest Hits” feed, so you will still be able to get all the content from this community, but with our growth into other realms ......

 

The Visual Studio 2005 Developer Conference by Microsoft is coming to Kansas City and St. Louis in late May/early June and I will be presenting two sessions at each. The sessions are Leveraging Data in ASP.NET 2.0 and What’s New in ASP.NET 2.0. The events should be lots of fun and they have some great speakers in each city. If you are new to .NET or have been a seasoned veteran, this event is right for you. Registration is low (Only $99) and you will also walk away with the precious beta discs ......

 

Today, XML is 7 years old.

Irwin asked what we were doing at this time 7 years ago.  Well I was a Junior at Clinton High School in Clinton, Missouri taking PASCAL and BASIC.  I really hope they upgraded their development classes, maybe I should check.

What were you doing when XML was born?


 

The team is back! The team is back! And with a blog. Mike Champion, who was a recent MS hire, started the XML Team blog along with his own blog on MSDN. Very cool, and thanks for listening. He also has a cool title, "Program Manager - XML Standards". Good job Mike, and we look forward to hearing from you and the team. Is Arpan back? Hopefully ......

 


I hope other teams don't follow this trend.

 

Well it's announcement time. We are in the process of partnering with Microsoftbookstore.com to form the Developer Book Club, formerly known as .NET Book Club. With this name change comes a reformation of the club itself. An online forum community for books is a utopia, but only brings advantages to participants, and they were few and far between. Instead, we are focusing on the message. We want to have the authors interact with the community about the book. We will have a monthly webcast for the ......

 

Derek Hatchard tells us about the new Atom feature of GMail. It seems that https://gmail.google.com/gm... is a way to aggregate to your email. If you are like me and got a few GMail names with your invites, then you probably know the pain in the butt that it is to check multiple GMail accounts. If you use an aggregator like RSSBandit, they protect you from subscribing to the same feed more than once, but if you concatenate a querystring on the https://gmail.google.com/gm... url ......

 

Wow, I was the Community Who's Who in ASP.NET Pro this month. That is so awesome! First time I have had my mug shot printed in a magazine.

 

ESS, Event Share Specification, is currently in it's 0.91 version and will be where it will stay until something major is needed for future usage. It is drafted format, it was sampled for usage inside an RSS container element. We took this approach because at the time, RSS was the most popular source of syndication, but wouldn't always be. Now that Atom is gaining popularity, I have decided to add an appedix to the specification with a sample usage of ESS inside an Atom container element. The sample ......

 

Geekswithblogs.net's member and all around great guy, Drew Robbins has been named Regional Director and ASP.NET MVP in one week. This is well deserved for the creator of *Bloggers.com during major conferences.


 

Georgeo from MSDN Webcast just announced the ASP.NET Webcast series in October. I am extremely pumped about this event because of the amount of great presenters and presentations. This site is not active today, but you can take a look at what is to come with this query. My session, "Designing Flexible Applications Using the Provider Model in ASP.NET 2.0", should be lots of fun. After my 2 days of Test-Driven Development in St. Louis and Kansas City with John, I plan to spend all extra time coming ......

 

Looks like ::ScottW pushed a new Default.aspx/MainFeed.aspx for Weblogs.asp.net. From what I can tell, they got shortened display (max characters), bloggers.aspx, and the removal of the list of bloggers. I really like the new display and hope to get my hands on a quick fix soon ......

 

Wow, Chill Out Guys! After all this, the whole community needs to give ::Scott (formerly .Scott) a big thank you for supporting this project. About my post the other day, don't worry about it Scott, take your time ......

 

I started Geekswithblogs.net as an alternative to weblogs.asp.net. We would promote Geekiness which is 50% technical / 50% personal. The service is free and has been pretty successful. However, lately the blog request I have been getting are rude and demanding. An example from ONE REQUEST is "Hence I request you to provide me a blog here" and "expecting a fast and positive reply". Now come on. This is a free service, but I am not your bitch. I suggest to individuals who want to request something ......

 

Scott Watermasysk pushed a new version of Community Server :: Blogs to weblogs.asp.net/blogs.msdn.com tonight giving them comment moderation. The only problem is this quote, "This build is not ready for mass consumption yet, so I am not sure if/when it will be released to the public". I hope this will not be a length process to package up into a new build. I know it would have to be a major pain since the .Text source has most likely changes since the last release in January, but we definitely would ......

 

One of the problems Kzu points out is the massive code blocks bloggers add to their feeds which here are added to a mainfeed that you mainly see. This can get very annoying and is mostly unnecessarily because the blogger ripped it out of a sample or a book that all of us own anyway. That is a whole other topic though. If you want to add a code block to you blog entry, I suggest this post to hide the code for most browsers/aggregators and the reader can toggle its visibility. Check it out and jump ......

 

Looks like Rob Howard has release Community Server :: Forums or ASP.NET Forums 2.0. Pretty cool, but I like InstantASP still. http://forums.asp.net/Forums/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=457530#457530

 

Back when geekswithblogs.net was my own personal blogging system :D, I used jjulian.geekswithblogs.net as my blog's home. Well when I decided to move over to .Text I lost this sub-domain functionally but have always wanted it back. Well now we do. If you are a blogger on geekswithblogs.net, you can now reference your blog with "your-blog-name.geekswithbl... and it will redirect it to "geekswithblogs.net/your-bl... Pretty cool, eh? So now all the old links that pointed to my original RSS ......

 

Thanks to Steve and Michelle Smith of DevAdvice.com, the .NET Book Club will now have a new home to discuss the books we are reading at forums.devadvice.com. I am betting on the rich experience that ASP.NET forums gives will boost interaction from the members (compared to the lacking .NET Nuke discussion module). Please join in on the first few threads covering this summer's book, Test-Driven Development in Microsoft .NET. http://forums.devadvice.com... ......

 

Yesterday, the XML Coverpages pushed a story on EventML. This is the first I have heard of it, but didn't get time to read it when I first saw it, so no worries. Tonight, Kzu pops in and says, “Hey look at this”. After reading the RSS module portion of the draft, it looks a lot like ESS. Because it is so close to the ESS 0.91 specification, I don't think we will get the adoption we need to compete against this one. I still hope to promote ESS, but this looks like the fly swatter that ......

 

Check out this video of Jason and I at the MVP summit talking about Imagine Cup! Looks like I have been declined for a tourist VISA to Brazil and will most likely not have enough time to get a business VISA. Kind of sucks, but I will survive if I can't make it. They want a letter from a senior executive by tomorrow. I replied, “Yeah, that's going to happen, have you heard of Microsoft? They aren't small.” She said, “Well isn't there and executive in Kansas?” More laughter. ......

 

Well the book club isn't going off as planned, but I will keep trying. This idea is definitely hard to complete, because it is asking a lot out of the members. Even though reading books is part of our profession, it is hard to get developers to read. It is too much of a chore for most of us. How can we change that? What would make a group like this better? I hear a lot of people complaining about time. I have no time, blah blah blah. I don't know how many people I have seen from the lab portion of ......

 

.NET Book Club now has an affiliation with SAMS and Addison Wesley Publishing to get the selected books of the month and reviewed books at 30% to members. First Look at ADO.NET and System.Xml v. 2.0 (30% off)SAMS Teach Yourself ASP.NET in 24 Hours (30% off) ......

 

Sign up now at dotnetbookclub.org and you can preview chapters from Alex Homer's book ASP.NET 1.1 Insider Solutions, due out in June, in its raw format. There are discussions attached to each chapter for you to give your feedback of the work. Thanks to Amy and SAMS publishing for providing the content. One of the issues I have heard from people and the idea of having a "Book Club" is the lack of time to actually read the books, or the lack of interest in the books themselves. Well the "Book of the ......

 

Hell yeah "people", I am going to Columbus! Got my bags packed, my friend formerly from Ohio driving, and the slide deck and examples. This is going to be a blast. I want to thank Greg Reinacker for donating a copy of Newsgator and 2 months of Online Services for the presentation. It is the perfect prize. If you are in the area, Drew has suggested a get together afterward, so you know it will be fun if Drew brings the camera ......

 

Randy Holloway ask if .Text has the ability to upload OPML. Well I was wanting that same functionality the other day because I read way to many blogs to update it by hand. So I built one! It works pretty well, but I have to build a page for uploading and extend the Newsgator plugin. Should be fun! If anyone wants to use it now, I can give the source to build a console application to do it ......

 

We have a bus, 54 seats, and an XBox to giveaway. What else could you ask for? If you are in Kansas City and want to go to the “ASP.NET Roadshow” in St. Louis, please contact me and I will get you of the list. This is going to be fun! The date is 12/4/2003 and we will be leaving around 1:30. Update: Microsoft has actually set up an event for us. http://msevents.microsoft.c... ......