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Essential Developer SEO

There are many things that fall under the wide umbrella of SEO/SEM, and as a developer chances are high that you don’t really want to know about a large number of them. However like it or not if you’re creating web sites or applications there are some things you absolutely need to understand. All of what’s contained in this post is pretty simple stuff – but it’s absolutely essential. There are so many resources out there covering SEO, and yet I keep seeing sites which ignore some or all of the basic things I’m going to mention, and I...

Looking back on the past couple of years as a freelancer

It's coming up to the 2 year mark since I resigned from my full time job and went into freelancing / owning my own businesses. After many years of working as an employee, a contractor and doing small bits of freelancing on the side I probably thought that switching to freelancing would be a bit easier than it ended up being, which is part of why I wanted to write a little about my experiences. There's plenty of material out there offering freelancers helpful tips or things to avoid - this post is similar to many of those, but it's...

The obligatory Happy New Year post

This is the obligatory Happy New Year post.. so, happy new year all! I’ve got quite a few posts currently sitting in various stages of draft – I’d planned to write a bit around Christmas, however the novelty of actually having a break took over. So I’m a little behind, but feeling well rested. Here’s a quick preview of what I’ve currently got sitting in draft: My “lessons learned” post from experience over the past couple of years as a freelancer/small business owner. Writing down a bit about my experiences was helpful for my...

Using the asp:Chart control

The world of .NET is an exciting and ever changing environment to work in so it’s easy to occasionally miss useful things when they’re released. The asp:Chart control fits into this category – it was released well over a year ago, however I haven’t had any reason to use it until very recently. Here's a short (possibly the shortest) post with a snippets of information that I found useful about the Control, my 60 second summary if you will. To use the control with version 3.5SP1 of the .NET framework you have to install a...

jQuery and Microsoft

A while ago I did a bit of exploring into jQuery. I really liked what I saw, and was trying to decide whether to invest a bit of time into knowing it better - but with so many JavaScript frameworks and libraries out there it's hard to know which ones are worthy of attention. It looks like Microsoft and jQuery have made that decision a lot easier, with this announcement from Scott Guthrie: I'm excited today to announce that Microsoft will be shipping jQuery with Visual Studio going forward.  We will distribute the jQuery JavaScript library as-is, and will not be...

More ASP.NET MVC goodness

There's more MVC goodness announced on ScottGu's blog, namely the Preview 4 release which means another step closer to the final thing. As always there's a bunch of useful info showing it all in action, so check it out. Tags: ASP.NET , MVC

ASP.NET AJAX Roadmap

If you work with ASP.NET and AJAX then you'll probably want to take a look at Microsoft's ASP.NET AJAX Roadmap document. After restating their goal of "making ASP.NET Ajax the first-class choice for all Web 2.0 Developers" they start listing some of their ideas for the future. Template driven binding sounds useful, and I've recently come across a few people mentioning that even though the version in Atlas had it's faults, that it was still a good idea. The DOM APIs around element selection look useful,  and there are various other shiny things such as increased animation effects...

SQL Server Web Report Viewer Issues on Windows 2008 Server/IIS7

About a year back I wrote a quick post detailing a problem (and a fix) for an issue I was having with the SQL Server Web Report Viewer on Windows 2008 Server/IIS7 (the 'RSClientController is undefined' error). Most of the comments implied that the article helped people, however a few people weren't able to follow what was written. Partly because I wrote it very quickly at the time it was happening, and didn't grab a screenshot at the time. So I've just gone back and made a quick update to the article so that it now includes a bit...

LINQPad

  LINQPad is a handy tool for anyone who works with LINQ: LINQPad is more than just a LINQ query tool: it's a code snippet IDE. Instantly execute any C# 3 or VB 9 expression or statement block! Best of all, LINQPad is free and needs no installation: just download and run.  The executable is under 2MB and is self-updating. Fun! Tags: ASP.NET , SQL , LINQ

The Dramatic Password Reveal

I found "The Dramatic Password Reveal" to be an interesting read. It's interesting to read the post and gauge your own personal reaction, followed by whether you change your mind after stopping and thinking about it a little bit. As the owner of 2 Das Keyboards I can tell you that there are many times when revealing my password for a quick double check before entering would be useful. Occasionally for online accounts I'll find myself typing my password into Notepad and then pasting it into the form to prevent me from locking my own account out. ...

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