Awarded Microsoft MVP Award for 2013

This afternoon I received an email from Microsoft to tell me that I’d been awarded the 2013 Microsoft MVP Award for ASP.Net/IIS!  This is my sixth MVP Award and I’ve mentioned before I am extremely humble to be associated with a great group of less than 5000 technical people around the globe.  I’ll be aiming to continue my efforts to help the community and deliver as much content as I can to aid and spread knowledge. 

Blog Now Hosted on IIS 8.0–DiscountASP.Net

On Thursday night I was having an email conversation with Takeshi Eto from DiscountASP.Net about the hosting of my blog.  I’ve been hosting my blog with DiscountASP.Net for nearly five years and have been very, very happy with their service – always up to date often offering services faster than other hosters and very quick turn around of support tickets if ever I’ve had any issues – they also host the NEBytes site. Well on Thursday I was asking about migrating my site onto IIS 8.0 hosting and enquiring when it would be available.  Well during the same conversation Takeshi … Continue reading Blog Now Hosted on IIS 8.0–DiscountASP.Net

Book Review: MCTS 70-515 Web Applications Development with Microsoft .Net Framework 4 Self-Paced Training Kit

For many reasons I haven’t had much time to blog in the last few months.  This is something with the coming of the New Year I’m aiming to rectify.  One of my other personal/work goals is to complete the Microsoft Professional Developer (Web Developer) Certification.  This requires me to site and pass four exams: 70-515: Web Application Development with Microsoft .Net Framework 4 (TS) 70-513: Windows Communication Foundation Development with Microsoft .Net Framework 4 (TS) 70-516: Accessing Data with Microsoft .Nest Framework 4 (TS) 70-519: Designing and Developing Web Applications with Microsoft .Net Framework 4 First on my list of … Continue reading Book Review: MCTS 70-515 Web Applications Development with Microsoft .Net Framework 4 Self-Paced Training Kit

Sparkling Websites and New Enhancements for the MS Web Platform Announced

This morning Scott Guthrie announced a new program to help Small Web Development Companies (10 employees or less) and individual Web Developers who develop Web Sites and Services.  The program runs for three years is free to join, all that is payable is a $100 fee on exit.  Benefits of the program include: Windows Web Server 2008 R2 – licenses; SQL Server 2008 licenses; 1 Expression Studio 3 license; 2 Expression Web licenses; 3 Visual Studio 2008 Professional licenses and more… For full details of the announcement see Scott Guthrie’s blog post and to register visit the WebsiteSpark portal. Announcements … Continue reading Sparkling Websites and New Enhancements for the MS Web Platform Announced

Handling Webpage Display Issues in Internet Explorer 8.0 using IIS

I have been using Internet Explorer 8.0 since the release of Beta 1.  IE 8 requires more standards compliance in the code of web pages for them to display correctly.  Today I was catching up on my RSS Feeds and came across this very useful article – Configuring IIS to work around webpage display issues in Internet Explorer 8.0 and this article discusses the use of adding a HTTP Response Header which then informs IE to run in IE Compatibility mode, therefore rendering the page as it would render in Internet Explorer 7. The article gives complete details of how … Continue reading Handling Webpage Display Issues in Internet Explorer 8.0 using IIS

Tutorial for Using ASP.Net MVC Framework on Different Versions of IIS

Last night Alan Dean came up to VBUG in Newcastle to speak on ASP.Net MVC Framework.  One of the discussion points we had was any potential issues for hosting sites on IIS due to the routing and url rewrite elements of the MVC Framework.  I wasn’t clear on the implications, and I hadn’t seen much traffic personally on the issue.  So with a task of downloading ASP.Net MVC Framework Preview 5 so I could have a good look at it and understand it all as an alternative to Webforms, and looking into the implications and workarounds for hosting within versions … Continue reading Tutorial for Using ASP.Net MVC Framework on Different Versions of IIS

RemixUK – Ready Steady Speak Competition! – Win an XBOX 360!

Ready Steady Speak is back for the RemixUK Event in Brighton on Thursday 18th and Friday 19th of September 2008.  Are you a budding speaker? A Designer with a passion for what you do who would like to educate us Developers in how it’s done or some other aspect of design which we really don’t get?  Are you a Developer who wants to get his message across to designers about just how cool the latest features in Web Development Technologies are or do you just want to share your knowledge with your fellow designers and developers?  If so then Ready … Continue reading RemixUK – Ready Steady Speak Competition! – Win an XBOX 360!