• .NET Mobile

    Another Awesome VS11 Feature - WAI-ARIA Support

    Taking a Step Back – What is Accessibility? Accessibility is always  a large concern when creating applications. Whether these are meant for the web, desktop machines, or even mobile devices, accessibility is a huge factor. I have often run into scenarios where developers are not even aware of accessibility concerns, or decide to leave it as one of those “oh, I’ll get to it later” tasks on their TODO list. Some of you might even be asking yourself what accessibility actually is. Well, when I talk about accessibility I’m referring to the ability for your application to function for people with...
  • .NET Mobile

    The Present and Future of Using JSON in WebForms

    JSON (JavaScript Object Notation) is the way to handle data on the client these days. It really is the cat’s pajamas. Almost all the client-side widgets or libraries that you’ll be working with will most likely be utilizing JSON, and sending large chunks of data over the wire as JSON as opposed to other bulky forms of data can lead to some dramatic performance increase across any application. I often come across individuals not sure of what JSON is, or how they can use it today, and I wanted to address this issue in a blog post. Of course I...
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    Take your ASP.NET Controls to the Gym

    There’s a ton of cool stuff coming out with ASP.NET 4.5 and Visual Studio 11. If you haven’t had a chance yet, take a look at my top five list of Visual Studio 11 Designer improvements for ASP.NET 4.5 development, as well as my deeper dive into the VS11 Page Inspector tool. Today however, I want to jump a bit more into code since, so far I haven’t covered too much of that! One of the new ASP.NET 4.5 improvements I’m excited about is the ability to have strongly typed controls. That’s right, you heard me, strongly typed! Why am I so...
  • .NET Mobile

    Become a Visual Studio 11 Master Detective – A Look into the Page Inspector

    Last week I mentioned my top five Visual Studio 11 designer improvements for ASP.NET development which took a look at some new goodies for us ASP.NET devs in VS11. One of these items, the Page Inspector, did get a bit of a spotlight but I think a paragraph or two cannot contain the sheer awesomeness that is this tool. Now I can hear some of you asking “What is this Page Inspector, and what makes it so special?” Well, let me tell you :) The Page Inspector found in VS11 brings in some of the most useful features within our favorite modern browser’s...
  • .NET Mobile

    My Top 5 Visual Studio 11 Designer Improvements for ASP.NET 4.5 Development

    A couple of weeks ago Microsoft released a beta version of the latest iteration of our favorite IDE - Visual Studio. This latest version, Visual Studio 11, contains quite a lot of improvements over Visual Studio 2010. With this release we also get to see all of the latest additions to ASP.NET 4.5 and of course the integration with VS11! I've been tinkering with both ASP.NET 4.5 and VS11 quite a bit lately, and I wanted to give a quick list of my top favorite features in the new Visual Studio's Designer interface. Keep in mind that these are just...