Microsoft Build Conference Day 2

Busy, but awesome day in tech at Build. Going to be short but sweet.

Keynote

Lots of good stuff shown off for VS2013, Azure and Office 365.

What’s New in ASP.NET and Visual Studio 2013

I wont lie. Scott Hanselman is one of the reason I love coming to dev conferences. I find him extremely inspirational and he does such a great job at making his sessions fun. I’ve watched a lot of his sessions twice.
Scott dove into all the great new features coming to VS 2013. Showed off how asp.net is moving to “one” asp.net with seamless integration between MVC and .net forms. Developers will be empowered to build their own templates a lot easier.
This was the session of the event for me. Due to some long demos, these sessions were shifted back a little bit. Scott entertained us with Ascii street view, http://letmebingthatforyou.com/, youtube videos and tons of other fun stuff. He actually favorited my tweet.

This was absolute nervana for me. My coworker and I saw him in the dev area. We wanted to go talk to him but we both felt like we would be this Chris Farley character.
I really didn’t feel up to embarrassing myself like that. Go watch his session, even if you don’t code. You’ll get a good laugh.

Scaling the Real-time Web with ASP.NET SignalR

This was a very informative session that answered just about all of my questions about scaling SignalR. Damian did a really great job demoing all the scaling tools.

Fast Apps and Sites with JavaScript

This was a great session. It put me in my place that I’m not nearly as good at javascript as I thought I was. I normally focus on maintainability and best practices in code. This session was kinda like, to heck with all that! Lets make everything run SUPER FAST! It was pretty mind blowing for me.

Create Fast and Fluid Interfaces with HTML and JavaScript

This was an extension of the what’s new for WinJS from yesterday. Paul went over a lot of the new features, why they decided to improve them and went over code for them.

Today was full of tons of great info. I’m really ready to be home though. I miss my family a great deal. I hid in a corner and tried to face time with Amanda and Lily. The wifi wasn’t so great and it ended shortly. I found several other people doing the same thing a couple hours later. It was good to know I wasn’t the only one missing my family.

Here is where I’m planning on being tomorrow:
9:00AM to 10:00AM
Developing High Performance Websites and Modern Apps with JavaScript Performance Tools
Jonathan Carter

10:30AM to 11:30AM
Visual Studio 2013 for Web Developers: Deep Dive
Mads Kristensen

12:00PM to 1:00PM Sessions
Reusing Your Web Development Skills in Windows Store Apps
Jonathon Sampson , Ralph Whitbeck

2:00PM to 3:00PM
Building REST Services with JavaScript
Nathan Totten

I’m a Technology Architect for Rockfish Digital. I’ve been there since 2007. I love coding and spend most of my time in C# and JavaScript. I’m a firm believer in the Full Stack Developer.

Weekend Tech Reads For 3-22-2013

It’s been a little while. I’ve been really busy and been sick. Let’s get this ball rolling again.

Asp.net / Asp.net MVC

@Html and beyond – This article goes over extending the HTML helper in asp.net MVC.

Web Development

FIVE THINGS YOU CAN DO TO MAKE HTML5 PERFORM BETTER
Native form elements – This is a great resource for getting all the native form element types. You can also use this to see what browsers support what HTML5 elements.
How to Lose Weight in the Browser – This is a really great guide to learn how to optimize front end performance.

I’m a Technology Architect for Rockfish Digital. I’ve been there since 2007. I love coding and spend most of my time in C# and JavaScript. I’m a firm believer in the Full Stack Developer.

Weekend Tech Reads For 1-18-2013

Asp.net / Asp.net MVC

Ten Tricks for Razor Views – Great post on some syntax related stuff with Razer views in MVC. This is really helpful if you have only been using the standard view engine in MVC.

Javascript / jQuery

WAAAAAAAYYY too much stuff has been going on with jQuery this week. It’s really awesome stuff though.
JQUERY 1.9 FINAL, JQUERY 2.0 BETA, MIGRATE FINAL RELEASED
Announcing jQuery Mobile 1.3.0 Beta
ANNOUNCING THE JQUERY PLUGIN REGISTRY

Web Development

The Best Way to Learn HTML – This is a great article for beginners.
Learn Advanced HTML & CSS with one useful guide.

I’m a Technology Architect for Rockfish Digital. I’ve been there since 2007. I love coding and spend most of my time in C# and JavaScript. I’m a firm believer in the Full Stack Developer.

Mobile Website Methods with Asp.Net MVC. Part 1 – Content Sites

I have a fair amount of experience building mobile sites. Mobile sites are essential now because so many people are using mobile phones and tablet devices to browse the internet. Many sites don’t have great mobile experience. They use flash, rely heavily on hover effects, or they have so much content that it takes forever for the page to load.

I’m going to show how I made a mobile version of my site in just a couple hours using Asp.Net MVC and jQuery mobile. My site is primarily content and has very little code involved on it. My website is very basic and very straight forward. I browsed through my site and decided to find the basic information I wanted to display on my mobile version. In my case, I wanted to display my portfolio, resume, about me, contact me, some of my social links, and an about my mobile page so people could see what technology I used.
Continue reading “Mobile Website Methods with Asp.Net MVC. Part 1 – Content Sites”

I’m a Technology Architect for Rockfish Digital. I’ve been there since 2007. I love coding and spend most of my time in C# and JavaScript. I’m a firm believer in the Full Stack Developer.

Easily Manage Many Javascript/CSS Files in Your .Net MVC Project

I’ve worked on a few projects where we crammed all of our javascript into one file. This made navigation of the file a sheer nightmare. Now, I use the SmallSharpTools.com Packer to cram all of my JS files into a single minified JS file. One of the last MVC project I worked on had 143 javascript files that were minified into a single one. There is one frustrating thing about this. You must build your project every time you change javascript code. You can also retrofit these methods for CSS files.
Continue reading “Easily Manage Many Javascript/CSS Files in Your .Net MVC Project”

I’m a Technology Architect for Rockfish Digital. I’ve been there since 2007. I love coding and spend most of my time in C# and JavaScript. I’m a firm believer in the Full Stack Developer.