Visual Studio 2010 Image Optimizer Extension

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Visual Studio 2010 Image Optimizer Extension One thing that caught my attention while watching the session that Mads Kristensen had in MIX11 was the Image Optimizer extension he is writing. This extension can be very valuable when you are trying to optimize your ASP.NET application (whether it is Web Forms or MVC 3). The Image Optimizer Extension The extension adds the opportunity to use industry proven algorithms such as SmushIt and PunyPNG for optimizing the images in the solution. This is enabled by a new set of menu items that are being...
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A Tough Nugget – NuGet Package Manager

Sunday, May 8, 2011

A Tough Nugget – NuGet Package Manager Once upon a time when a .Net developer wanted to install a third-party/open source component the amount of work he had to do was enormous. Things like downloading the component with all its dependencies, installing the latest component version, saving the component into source control, deploying the component with the application and more made this mission very hard and cumbersome. In other platforms such as Java and Ruby there were solutions for this problem which wrapped components into packages and deploy those packages. NuGet is an open source package manager that is integrated...
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Quick Tip – HTML5 Intellisense For Visual Studio 2010

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Quick Tip – HTML5 Intellisense For Visual Studio 2010 This is something I learnt recently in a meeting with Pete LePage. Mikhail Arkhipov from Microsoft has published a HTML 5 Intellisense add-in for Visual Studio 2010 and 2008. You can download the add-in from here. After you install the add-in you can start using HTML5 intellisense by picking its validation schema first: Then you’ll have your intellisense validation schema working and you will be able to use it in order to write HTML5 web pages. For example in the following images I use the new HTML5 video tag with this...

MSDN Subscribers Giveaways Reminder

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

MSDN Subscribers Giveaways Reminder In a previous post I wrote about two MSDN subscribers which I’m going to give away. As I wrote I’m giving this valuable gift to people in the Israeli development community that will be committed to volunteering at least 100 hours to develop open source projects during the following year.   This post is only a reminder that on the 26 of September (in four days) the applying form will be closed.  Terms of participating: You need to be an Israeli (because if you will be selected I’ll be able to give you the subscriber personally). You...

MSDN Ultimate Subscriber Giveaways

Sunday, September 12, 2010

MSDN Ultimate Subscriber Giveaways A few days ago I got three MSDN subscribers for MSDN Ultimate to give away as I see fit. The subscriptions allow their owner to download and own full featured versions of Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate, as well as most of Microsoft software. The retail value of such subscriber is approximately $12,000. Also, the subscriptions are valid for one year of use.  So I thought to myself how do I intend to give away such a valuable gift? do I intend to give it in a session I...

Changing The OutputCache Provider During Runtime

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Changing The OutputCache Provider During Runtime I got a question in the post I wrote about ASP.NET Output Cache Provider which asks whether we can change the cache provider during runtime. The post will try to answer the question. Overriding The OutputCache Provider One of the changes in ASP.NET 4 is the ability to override the OutputCache provider name in the Global.asax file. This enables us to create logic that stores the OutputCache in more then one type of cache...
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OData Explorer

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

OData Explorer One nice tool to use with OData is the OData Explorer. The OData Explorer is a tool that helps to explore OData feeds in a visual way and not by exploring the Atom/JSON responses. You can download the tool from here. Another way to use the tool is by going to the following link: http://Silverlight.net/ODataExplorer. OData Explorer Requirements The tool is a Silverlight 4 project. In order...

Loading WCF Data Services Ajax Script Library

Monday, July 5, 2010

Loading WCF Data Services Ajax Script Library Since I’ve given sessions about WCF Data Services in  the past (when they were called ADO.NET Data Services) I wanted to reuse some of the Ajax examples I showed for my coming OData  session. One of the things that have been changed lately were the scripts to use when you want to make Ajax calls to your Data Service. So I downloaded the new scripts and saw that the names of the objects to use have been changed a little but their functionality remained the same. Moreover we have a new feature...

SQL For .Net Developers – Entity Framework 4 Second Cycle Slide Deck

Monday, June 28, 2010

SQL For .Net Developers – Entity Framework 4 Second Cycle Slide Deck Yesterday’s evening I delivered a session at Microsoft Raanana about Entity Framework 4 as a part of Microsoft’s SQL For .Net Developers series of sessions. I want to thank all the attendees who came to the session. I really enjoyed to talk about Entity Framework and the audience was very cooperative with a lot of really good questions. As I promised, I uploaded the session slide deck and demos to my Skydrive and you can download it from here. Pay attention that in the demos main directory...

Consuming OData Feed using Microsoft PowerPivot

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Consuming OData Feed using Microsoft PowerPivot PowerPivot is a data analysis add-in for excel that brings to it computational power. It also helps “to create compelling self-service BI solutions, facilitates sharing and collaboration on user-generated BI solutions” (taken from the PowerPivot site). This post will help you to understand how to consume OData feed from PowerPivot in order to use the data the OData...