July 2008 Entries

Missing Dynamic Data Templates - VS 2008 SP1 and .NET 3.5 SP1

In case you have installed the .NET 3.5 SP1 and Visual Studio 2008 SP1 and are unable to find the Dynamic Data Website Template, you can install the latest version of the runtime from

To explain it further, I had the December 2007 CTP installed which contained the Dynamic Data Runtime and Astoria, Entity Framework etc.,  All of these gets bundled into the .NET 3.5 SP1 Beta and you dont need the December 2007 CTP any longer.  So I went ahead and uninstalled the December 2007 CTP.

Post the uninstallation, I was unable to find the "Dynamic Data Website" Template.  After some research I found that instead of fixing the issue by installing/uninstalling SP1 Bits again, it was better to install the latest bits of the Dynamic Data Runtime from CodePlex.  The other advantage is that, you also get the "Dynamic Data Website Wizard (Preview)" that allows you to configure a data driven website very quickly, by following the wizard steps.

I would experiment with these bits and post my experience in my further posts.  Till then, happy exploring.

Cheers !!!

DLR Hosting

Was talking to a DLR Team member and stumbled upon his blog which interestingly focuses on DLR Hosting and how you can start writing a host for DLR.  Here below is the link to his blog.

If you are new to DLR, is it the Dynamic Language Runtime that would be a layer on top of CLR for creating and running Iron Python and Iron Ruby (currently limited, but extending to other languages in future) on .NET.

DLR would also be supported in Silverlight 2, currently in Beta which means you can program using Iron Python or Iron Ruby and create a Silverlight Plugin for your Web. If you want to play with the bits, you can download the same from

Cheers !!!

p.s. A quick and dirty way of restarting my blog posting.