Drops Support for Internet Explorer 7

Earlier this evening, I visited to find the following: I’m quite surprised that IE7 is being dropped especially on such a popular website. However, I commend them on moving forward. IE7 is now over 6 years old and estimates are that less than 3% of users are still using IE7. That’s less than Internet Explorer 8, Internet Explorer 9, Chrome 22, Firefox 15, Firefox 16, and even Internet Explorer 6 – which is slowly dying off, but not fast enough. As a reminder, if you’re using Windows 7, you can download Internet Explorer 10 Release Preview here.

Syncing “Application Installations” Across Windows 8 Machines

Windows 8 has done a great job with syncing settings across machines. So good in fact that you can even see what you’ve “purchased” from the Windows Store and what you’ve “purchased” that is not installed. I’m using the term “purchased” loosely as this infers that you’ve downloaded and includes free apps. So, how do we sync theses application installations? Quite easily. Go into the Windows Store, right click or swipe down) and choose the item at the top that says “Your Apps”. When that loads, you’ll notice a drop down that shows Apps not installed on this PC. If … Continue reading Syncing “Application Installations” Across Windows 8 Machines

Dropping MS SQL Tables that have a Prefix using T-SQL

How many times have you wanted to drop a selection of Microsoft SQL Server tables that have begin with some common characters? I have many times especially when I’m testing certain web applications, such as Orchard CMS, and using different database prefix values to switch between instances. Thanks to Curt Hagenlocher over at a StackOverflow post, I now can. This can easily be updated to include views, stored procedures, and functions.

Being a Microsoft MVP for 10 Years

First of all, thanks to all who are involved with the Microsoft MVP program for acknowledging the technical community. It is much appreciated. It’s hard to believe, but it’s been 10 years since I first became a Microsoft MVP. I still remember where I was 10 years ago. Since that time, I feel that I’ve grown as a community leader and have become a better developer. I think I’ve learned that our user group, .NET Valley, will always have peaks and valleys. Even though we haven’t had consistent attendance, we’ve still managed to observer over 20 IT professionals and developers … Continue reading Being a Microsoft MVP for 10 Years

Microsoft Stack for Startups

One of the questions I’ve been getting asked lately at user group meetings, advisory board meetings, and lunch discussions about technology is “What startups are using Microsoft technology?” The perception is that building on top of the Microsoft stack costs money, much more than using LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP). Let’s see what Microsoft can offer as of today. Microsoft BizSpark Many startups aren’t aware of BizSpark. BizSpark is very similar to WebSpark (for web developers) and DreamSpark (for students) in that businesses can have access to Microsoft software and services and partner expertise during a three year time … Continue reading Microsoft Stack for Startups

Embed JavaScript in Custom ASP.NET Server Controls

As ASP.NET evolves, using ASP.NET WebForms is still the most popular way to serve up ASP.NET. One of the biggest benefits of ASP.NET WebForms is the fact that we can use re-usable code in several ways including in a compiled server control. What you may not know is that server controls can be quite powerful and can allow referencing JavaScript files. But, if you’re distributing your controls or do not have the means to host your JavaScript files on a content delivery network (CDN), you may want to package the files with your control. So, let’s start from the beginning. … Continue reading Embed JavaScript in Custom ASP.NET Server Controls

Windows Store is Missing Enterprise Capabilities

The Windows Store is great. Seriously, it is. There are some minor issues with it that I’d like to see such as a way to track “recommended apps” by either your friends or by Microsoft and a way to sort Games by “Xbox” titles. However, the biggest thing the Windows Store is missing is a way for businesses to handle it. IT professionals have never had to deal with this in the way they do now. Windows design style applications are coming out to accomplish so much and a lot of business functionality is moving to these types of applications. … Continue reading Windows Store is Missing Enterprise Capabilities