March 2007 Entries

Exploring ASP.NET AJAX Webcast

We did a webcast series on ASP.NET AJAX and a bunch of other technologies like WPF/E, Gadgets etc., this week.  Some of you might have attended the same and I hope you found it useful.

If you had missed the same, you can still catch up with the On Demand Webcasts recording at - Next Generation Web Applications section

My webcast was particularly on "Exploring ASP.NET AJAX" and it can be viewed / downloaded from the above URL.  It is a 13MB download which you can download for offline viewing or watch it streamed over the internet.

Feedbacks and suggestions are welcome !!!


Microsoft Innovation Days - Windows Vista, WPF/E, ASP.NET AJAX 1.0


Microsoft invites you to experience the next generation of application development platform that will let you deliver rich, interactive experiences to your customers.







Fortune Katriya









Kohinoor Continental



Ambassador Pallava



Royal Orchid


Date, Time, Venue:

15 March 2006
9:30 AM (Registration and Tea)
Hotel Fortune Katriya,
8, Rajbhavan Road, Somajiguda,


10:00 AM - Running well on Windows Vista
Learn about common pitfalls that cause applications to fail on Windows Vista. Find out about the Works with Windows Vista and Certified for Windows Vista product certifications and how you can get your products ready for them.

  11:30 AM - "WPF/E" Building Better Web Experiences
Learn how “WPF/E” will enable the creation of rich, cross-platform, interactive experiences including animation, graphics, audio, and video using using Web standards for programmability.

1:00 PM - Lunch Break

2:00 PM - Advanced ASP.NET with AJAX: Parts I & II
During the first part of this session we put together an e-commerce website using advanced features of ASP.NET 2.0. We then greatly enhance the user experience by plugging in the ASP.NET AJAX framework.


Hurry! There are exciting early bird prizes to be won! Plus you get a chance to participate in lucky draw for the grand prize: Windows Vista Ultimate! Walk in on the event day and get deep discounts on Microsoft Press books and certifications!

Click here to register or e-mail to let us know that you'll be coming. You can also call us on 022-28204776.





Visual Studio "Orcas" - the next version of Visual Studio

Well, you heard it right!  Visual Studio "Orcas" the next version of Visual Studio is getting ready and stated for release later this year.  Visual Studio "Orcas" presents unlimited capabilities and compelling features which can make a developer's life, more productive.

Lets have a peek into the list of features

.NET Framework 3.5 (includes support for 3.0, 2.0 versions) - You can write applications which target any of these versions and Visual Studio would automatically filter intellisense, toolbox controls, and add reference dialog items (among other things) to only show those features supported within that specific version of the framework.  You can then compile against each of these different framework releases, as well as get full debugging support for each. 

Extensions for Windows Workflow Foundation (Currently this can be downloaded separately for Visual Studio 2005 from

Windows SDK and .NET 3.0 Runtime Components (Currently this can be downloaded separately from Some of the other features worth mentioning are


Extensions for WCF, WPF (Currently this can be downloaded separately from


ASP.NET AJAX 1.0 (Again, can be downloaded currently from


All of the above, improved and with much more features and capabilties.  One of the main things, I didnt mention is the support for LINQ.  Will talk about it in a later post, but, it would definitely take programming languages to the next level of capabilities, what, with the support for querying Collections, Database and XML - all in the same way we are used to - SQL.


Check Scott Guthrie's post on some of these features at



  • Support for Expression - Expression Blend is specifically designed for this
  • Split View of Design and Code
  • Rich support for CSS .... and much much more.

My next series of articles would focus on "Orcas" and a preview of the new features coming out with it.

The "Orcas" March CTP can be downloaded from  It comes out it two forms, a pre-configured VPC as well as an individual tool download.

It can work side by side with Visual Studio 2005.  So go ahead and download the March CTP and try your hands first on Visual Studio "Orcas"

Cheers !!!