February 2012 Entries

Juice UI: Open source ASP.NET Web Forms components for jQuery UI widgets

This morning at MVP Summit, Scott Hunter just announced a new open source project fromappendTo called Juice UI. Juice UI is a collection of Web Forms components which make it incredibly easy to leverage jQuery UI widgets in ASP.NET Web Forms applications. You can start using it right away by adding the JuiceUI NuGet package to your app, and you're welcome to go nuts with the source, which is dual licensed under MIT and GPL. Basically this is a version of the AjaxControlToolkit powered by jQuery and jQueryUI. I’m kind of torn on...

30 new OS X Mountain Lion features in 2 minutes

A load of stuff I can’t get too excited about, but one or two gems in there (specifically having Notes sync with my iOS devices) and a lot more integration with iCloud and in general more sharing options. Hopefully it’ll also have cleared up all the nagging issues with Lion that some people have mentioned too. Tags: Apple, OSX

Seven tips for starting a small business

Seven tips for starting a small business contains.. well come on, you’ve probably worked it out by now – some of the tips are pretty obvious, but it could be a useful guide for someone starting out and not knowing where to start. The first 2 are particularly relevant for startups – research, and have an elevator pitch. If you can’t tell people quickly what’s unique about what you’re doing, then there’s a chance that you shouldn’t be doing it.

What’s new in ASP.NET 4.5 and Visual Web Developer 11

What's New in ASP.NET 4.5 and Visual Web Developer 11 Developer Preview – somehow I only managed to stumble across this one recently. It was originally posted in September 2011 – wow, really? My quick picks for things I’m personally looking forward to here; Strongly Types Data Controls – one of my pet peeves around non-MVC ASP.NET databinding has been the “bind and hope” approach that Eval has. It always felt a little icky – hopefully this will change now (it looks good on paper, but I think it needs a proper test run before I’ll know for...