Extended WebBrowser Control – Version Uploaded

After a long time, I finally managed to upload a version of the Extended WebBrowser Control to CodePlex.

It's still a work in progress, but it's usable. Feel free to download, comment and file issues. A nice tabbed browser demo is included.

Internet Explorer 8 RC 1 has now been released!

Internet Explorer 8 RC 1 has now been released! You can get it here.

Before installing, please read the Release Notes and more information about features and developer docs can be found in the IE8 Readiness Toolkit.

Internet Explorer 8 RC 1 is now platform and feature complete and this is our opportunity to try out the new browser before its final release. If you find issues with IE8, please file a bug. More information and instructions can be found at the support page for Internet Explorer 8 RC 1.

To ensure your browser is up to date, all RC1 users will be automatically updated with the final version of Internet Explorer 8 via Windows Update so you'll always have the latest version of the browser.

PDC2008: Are Windows Forms Dead?

This year’s PDC is all about the cloud (or cloudy as I call it) and the .NET Framework 4.0.

No one at Microsoft has ever told me that Windows Forms are dead (quite the opposite) but looking at the list of sessions for this year’s PDC I can only see WPF.

So the question remains: Are Windows Forms dead?

Make The HttpValueCollection Class Public And Move It To System.DLL

I find the System.Web.HttpValueCollection class very useful in a wide number of situations that involve composing HTTP requests or any other need to represent name/value collection as a string (in an XML attribute, for example).

As of now (.NET Framework 3.5 SP1 Beta), the only way to create an instance of the System.Web.HttpValueCollection class is using the System.Web.HttpUtility.ParseQueryString method.

I’d like to see it public and available in a more generic assembly like System.DLL to be available on every type of .NET application (Windows Client applications, Windows Service applications, Silverlight applications, Windows Mobile applications, etc.).

If you agree with me, vote on my suggestion on Microsoft Connect.

.NET Framework 2.0 Service Pack 1 and .NET Framework Service Pack 1 available as a standalone download

For those who can't (or don't want to) deploy .NET Framework 3.5, the service packs included for the 2.0 and 3.0 versions of the framework are available as standalone downloads.

Visual Studio 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5 shipped!

Visual Studio 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5 has finally shipped.

MSDN subscribers can download the final version of Visual Studio 2008 from MSDN Subscription Downloads, but anyone can get a trial version or an Express Edition.

The .NET Framework 3.5 contains many new features building incrementally upon .NET Framework 2.0 and 3.0, and includes .NET Framework 2.0 service pack 1 and .NET Framework 3.0 service pack 1. and is also available for download.

You can read all about it from various teams and team member's blogs:

A new phase for the Acropolis project

The Acropolis Team has announced that Acropolis is going to enter a new phase.