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ASP.NET Ajax V1 Beta

October 21st, 2006 by Patrick S

Announcing the new ASP.NET Ajax V1 Beta available for download from 
I have been looking forward to this… This will be one major step for WEB 2.0, more and more sites will begin to use it. Hopefully future version of WSS have this included 🙂

With ASP.NET AJAX, developers can quickly create pages with rich, responsive UI and more efficient client-server communication by simply adding a few server controls to their pages. This new Web development technology from Microsoft integrates cross-browser client script libraries with the ASP.NET 2.0 development framework. ASP.NET AJAX provides developers building client-based Web experiences with a familiar development process and programming model that they already know from using server-side ASP.NET development. Because ASP.NET AJAX is integrated with ASP.NET, developers have full access to the built-in ASP.NET 2.0 application services and the entire .NET Framework.

Download it from HERE

Posted in .NET Framework, Beta News, Visual Studio | 1 Comment »

Visual Studio.Net 2003 Service Pack 1 has been released

August 18th, 2006 by André Nogueira

As the title says, Visual Studio.Net 2003 Service Pack 1 is now available for download!

Download size: 160 MB


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Operating Systems:

  • Windows NT 4
  • Windows 2000
  • Windows XP
  • Windows Server 2003
  • Windows Vista

Supported Frameworks:

  • .NET Framework 1.1
  • .NET Framework 1.1 SP1 (recommended Framework level)

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Source: Visual C++ Team Blog

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Clarify on .NET 3.0(formerly WinFX) with Timeframe and Language Version

June 18th, 2006 by kenlin@HK [MVP]

I am one of VB Insiders and I got some clarify news from VB Product Group, I also feel confuse when WinFX is confirm to be .NET Framework 3.0. Many VB Insiders are also having the same feeling, finally VB Product Group tell us something and this is not able to be search from public area. After reading it, I feel better. After confirm, I know that I could be able to blog about this and I cannot wait to be share with you all. Here is the content,



This is indeed a confusing topic., and there really isn’t much out there to clarify. Here’s a tabular view of what’s is coming down the pipe, and when. Highlighted items ship together.

Product/Deliverable Timeframe Language Ver. CLR Ver.
.NET FX 2.0 Nov 2005 VB 8.0/C# 2.0 2.0
VS 2005 Nov 2005 VB 8.0/C# 2.0 2.0
FX 3.0 (Formerly WinFX; Includes Avalon, Indigo, Workflow) Windows Vista RTM (2006) VB 8.0/C# 2.0 2.0
Visual Studio “Orcas” 2007 VB 9.0/C# 3.0 2.0
FX 3.5 (LINQ) 2007 VB 9.0/C# 3.0 2.0


Here’s some information on what each version includes:

  • FX 2.0: Includes CLR 2.0 generics, etc. Shipped with VS 2005; not much to say here.
  • FX 3.0 = FX 2.0 + WPF (Avalon), WCF (Indigo), WF (Workflow). In other words, FX 3.0 is a set of assemblies that has been added to FX 2.0; it  only includes service pack-level fixes to existing (FX 2.0) assemblies or the existing languages (VB 8.0). FX 3.0 is installed by default on Windows Vista (and is therefore bound to the Vista RTM date), and available for download on down-level platforms. There currently is not a supported version of Visual Studio that targets FX 3.0, however; you can download extensions to VS 2005 that provides some rudimentary support for FX 3.0 at
  • FX 3.5 = FX 3.0 + LINQ. Basically, you can think of FX 3.5 as the new compilers, tools, and assemblies required to support LINQ. Again, FX 3.5 includes new assemblies (e.g., System.Query.dll) and service-pack-level fixes to existing assemblies. FX 3.5 will ship with VS “Orcas”.


An important thing to note about the above versions of the FX is that they all run on CLR 2.0, which shipped in 2005. Unlike previous versions of VS, VS “Orcas” will include the ability to build applications that target each of the above framework versions FX 2.0, FX 3.0, and FX 3.5.You’ll have the ability to specify what framework version the project should target when a project is created, opened for the first time in VS Orcas, and via the property pages. Once a framework version is selected, references, IntelliSense, Object Browser, the Toolbox, etc will be modified such that references that aren’t available in the chosen target are filtered (grayed out, generally).Some common questions,

  • Will I be able to open my 2005 project in VS “Orcas” without upgrading it to FX 3.5? Yes. Users will have the option to upgrade the project’s framework target the first time they open it in VS “Orcas”; however, upgrading will not be required
  • Will I be able to open my 2005 project in VS “Orcas” then re-open it in VS 2005? No. Once a project has been opened in VS “Orcas”, it cannot be subsequently opened in 2005.
  • Will I be able to use LINQ in my FX 2.0 project? No. LINQ requires assemblies that are only available in FX 3.5 projects.
  • If I already have FX 2.0 installed and my app requires FX 3.0, what do I need to install when I deploy my app? Because FX 3.0 is just an add-on pack of sorts for FX 3.0, you’ll only need to install the 3.0 Runtime Components, which have FX 2.0 as a pre-requisite.


Admittedly, this whole framework versioning scheme is pretty confusing, so we’re trying to make the related user experience in VS opt-in: by default you’ll target the latest and greatest version of the FX 3.5 when you create a project and most of this will be transparent. If you do need to target an earlier version, the option will be available. We’ll certainly be interested in your feedback on the model when the first VS “Orcas” CTP is released. Fire away with any questions or rants, I’ll do my best to clarify.


Posted in Introductions, Visual Studio, Windows Vista | 3 Comments »

Aero Glass inside a WPF Window

June 12th, 2006 by kenlin@HK [MVP]

Searching from google about WPF, I found a cool blogger. His name is Adam Nathan, He is good in Win32API and .NET, from his blog, he mention that he is also going to publish a book about Win32 and WPF. He took the WPF UI he created for the Internet Hearts Migration, slapped it in a System.Windows.Window, and “glassified” it. Here is his result, 


 He didn’t change a thing in the Hearts UI, and everything worked as expected: the 2D & 3D animations, the elements that already had partial opacity (like the card table), etc. And when doing a “Flip 3D” (which I’m surprisingly finding more useful than the standard Alt+Tab), the result is pretty cool:

Do you wanna read the full story and his code, go here : Adam Nathan’s Win32 to WinFX Blog


Posted in Learning, Visual Studio | 2 Comments »

Sudoku by WinFX(WPF)

June 8th, 2006 by kenlin@HK [MVP]
Yesterday, I read about an example on Code4Fun about WinFX, It is a sample on creating a sample Sudoku with WinFX. Althought it is saying that the sample code are based on Feb CTP, but I could make it work by using May Beta2. Before you could be able to do WinFX programming, you may need to follow the instruction and download the setup files from And I found that the installation is terrible. Finally, I created one but it is in Extensible Application Markup Language(XAML) which you will use to create a simple layout and a more complex layout.   


Oh? Not .NET language? Yap, as the tutorial are in XAML. Later on I will try to use VB2005 to see if I can make one. And I found out that building application, don’t have UI Designer. I heard from friends that there is a product with codename “Cider” and you may read and download from: Later I will download it and have a try on it too. Come back later after the first hand on “Cider”.


Posted in Learning, MSDN, Visual Studio | 4 Comments »

Visual Studio 2005 Express is free forever

April 19th, 2006 by Dennis Fraederich [MCP]

Dave Massy announced on his blog today that the Express version of Visual Studio 2005 will be free forever! It started as a promotion but now they decided to keep it free!

Source: Dave Massy’s Blog

Download: Visual Studio Express Editions

Posted in Visual Studio | 1 Comment »

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