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Joel Ross March 2006 Entries
Interested In Web Content Management 2007?
If so, then this'll be of interest to you. For those not in the know, Web Content Management is the next version of Microsoft Content Management Server, and should bve a solid replacement.Anyway, if you want to get a look at it before it's released, Andrew Connell will be doing a webcast on April 18th, and he'll go into what's new (everything, it seems!) and how to migrate from CMS 2002 (the last major release) to the latest and greatest. If you're interested, check out Andrew's post for some more ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 28, 2006 5:46 PM

A Possible Issue With Website Deployment in Visual Studio 2005?
I've harped on Visual Studio 2005's website projects quite a bit lately, and I'm going to move to the web application model now that it's been officially released. But, I did want to talk about one last issue I've seen, because it's a doozy.Some background: We have three projects that we're building and deploying. One is at the root of the website, and the other are sub applications (virtual directories) under the root. Of the two sub applications, one was set to compile all of the code into one ......

Posted On Friday, March 24, 2006 8:13 PM

Mix06 Sessions Coming
Mike Swanson is reporting that about 50 sessions from Mix06 will be available online for free - for everyone. Microsoft did the same thing for PDC '05, so I was hoping this was going to happen. Expect to see it in three to four weeks.I spoke with Brian, who was there, and he told me this was the best conference he's ever been to - and he's been to a few Tech Eds and PDCs. I'm looking forward to downloading a few of these.Technorati Tags: Mix06 ......

Posted On Friday, March 24, 2006 6:22 PM

Viewstate On The Server
We're going through an existing application with an eye on performance. One of the first things we noticed was viewstate. We had quite a few pages that were pretty heavy, so we started looking at what we could do about it.The obvious choice was to reduce the size, but that takes time to determine what can be excluded, and with a lot of pages, that would be a fairly large undertaking. We plan to do that over time, but we wanted a speed increase now. So we started looking at alternatives to storing ......

Posted On Thursday, March 23, 2006 6:20 PM

Differing Opinions on Differencing Disks
After reading my post on how I use virtual machines, Andrew Connell pointed me to an article he wrote about his extensive use of Virtual PC, including how he uses Differencing disks to his advantage. He also says he doesn't see the huge differencing disks that I'd heard about in the past. I'm now rethinking my plan, and when I update my base image to have Visual Studio 2005, I may give it a try.My biggest hang up with using differencing disks wasn't the size - I really do find it hard to believe ......

Posted On Sunday, March 5, 2006 8:53 PM

Nant Standards
TheServerSide.NET has an older article that's a nice introduction article to Nant, which, if you've read this blog for a while, you'll know I swear by. If you're not familiar with Nant, go read the article. It'll give you a good feel for what you can do with it.But that's not the point of this post. I've posted enough about Nant introduction articles. I'm still looking for the killer Nant article - one that gets into details of how to do some fairly complicated things with it, but this one does have ......

Posted On Saturday, March 4, 2006 9:39 PM

Upgrading Large ASP.NET Projects
We made a decision on a project I've been on for over a year now to upgrade to ASP.NET 2.0. This is my first major upgrade project, and to be honest, it was fairly smooth. Now that we're on .NET 2.0, we have a few issues, but we'll get to that. First, the upgrade process. We upgraded two projects that shared a library. We ran a test ahead of time, and did it disconnected from source control, and ran into one immediate issue: the first project upgraded just fine, but as soon as we tried to open the ......

Posted On Saturday, March 4, 2006 7:52 PM

Use C# To Write Javascript?
Ever since I started writing web apps, I've realized that there's a huge need to be able to write solid Javascript. Even when ASP.NET launched, there was still a huge need to know Javascript - despite the claims you heard. I'm hearing a lot of the same claims now that ASP.NET 2.0 is out - not quite as much, but they're still there, despite the proliferation of AJAX. Obviously, the need for Javascript is not going away.Well, given that Javascript seems to be such a touchy language, and is dependant ......

Posted On Saturday, March 4, 2006 6:54 PM

Code Generation or O/R Mapping?
I'm going to be doing a major revamp of the business and data layers of an application I have. Right now, it's mainly data readers and dataviews being used, with a few custom business objects. While it works, and is efficient for the task, I programming will be easier and less error prone if I can switch to a domain model with all business objects.Which brings me to my question. Which is better? Code generation or O/R mapping? I'm a huge fan of CodeSmith, and recently got a license for version 3. ......

Posted On Friday, March 3, 2006 9:44 PM

How I Use Virtual PC (or VMWare) For Development
A reader recently (well, recently when I first starting writing this!) asked me to expound upon how I use Virtual PC for development, and I'm more than happy to do so. I made the switch to Virtual PC for development early last year, so I've worked through quite a few of the issues I ran into, and I'll talk about those, as well as highlight some of the issues that I'm still struggling with, and how I've been able to work around them so far.The first thing I did was build a base image that had everything ......

Posted On Thursday, March 2, 2006 9:37 PM

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