Sunday, November 22, 2009

Google Chrome OS, the "Cloud", and Ubiquitous Internet

Google demonstrated their Chrome OS again this past week where they indicated the OS will be essentially a gateway to the "cloud". For example, your files would be stored remotely in the cloud, not on a local hard disk.

If you think in terms of our current world where access to the Internet is done through an application on our computers, i.e., the browser, the Google concept for Chrome OS is somewhat foreign. However, projecting forward to Internet access being ubiquitous through many devices independent of a separate application like a browser, the Google OS approach makes sense.

Apple's success with the iPhone stems in large part from it being a consumer focused device rather than something made by techies with an engineering bent. Currently, the PC is still a techie device not a consumer device. The inner workings are too exposed to the user of the device. The Apple Mac computers are a step closer to a consumer device, but still too techie.

If we no longer think about computers as necessary for Internet access, i.e., we just use the services, the Chrome OS starts to make more sense. Is it premature in relation to the current mindset? Maybe, but the thought process behind it is definitely in the right direction.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Boston Area Code Camp Sat 10/17

The 12th edition of the Boston area Code Camp will be on Saturday 10/17/2009. Speaker abstract submission will end on Wed 10/7/2009 so submit an abstract if you want to do a presentation. Also, please register so we can get an accurate count for food. Details are at

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Boston .NET User Group: MVC Discussion Group Wed 7/20 #aspnetmvc #bostondotnet

Join us for a discussion on ASP.NET MVC the next two Wednesday evening (7/20, 7/29) as well as prior to our August meeting on 8/12. Details on the Boston .NET User Group web site

Vermont Code Camp: Speaker Requests Open #codecamp #vtcodecamp

The first Vermont Code Camp will be held on Saturday 9/12/2009 at the University of Vermont Business School in Burlington, VT. Speaker abstract submission is now open through 8/15/2009. This is a great chance to share what you know w/ fellow developers. It's also a great time of year to visit Vermont and enjoy the beautiful City of Burlington.

Monday, June 8, 2009

loginUrl for Forms Authentication in ASP.NET MVC on a Hosted Site

While implementing an ASP.NET MVC site which was hosted by an ISP I followed this information from MSFT since the server is running IIS6 and I could not access the web server to configure it for MVC.

This resulted in the following route maps in Global.asax.cs

//Hosted Configuration: Uses .aspx in IIS.
//If MVC installed can map directly.
new { action = "Index", id = "" }


new { controller = "Home", action = "Index", id = "" }

I then implemented FormsAuthentication using the

[Authorize(Roles = "User")]

attribute on my actions.

However, when the user visited a "page" w/o sufficient permissions the standard loginUrl attribute of the element in web.config did not work.


After some thought I realized the loginUrl value needed to follow the mapped routes and changed it to


which works nicely.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Miguel de Icaza on Mono 2.0 @ Boston .NET User Group Wed 4/8

Miguel de Icaza will return to the featured speaker at the April 8th meeting of the Boston .NET User Group at the Microsoft Waltham MA Office. This will be a great evening for anyone working with the .NET Framework whether it's on Linux or Windows. Few people know more about the Framework than Miguel and he's a great speaker. So bring your ?s. Hope to see you Wednesday.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

jQuery Presentation by John Resig

Recently, we had the pleasure of having John Resig, the creator and lead developer for the jQuery library speak at the Boston .NET User Group meeting.
For those of you not familiar w/ jQuery, it is a JavaScript UI library that packs an incredible punch for it's very small size.
John's presentation showed the tremendous power and flexiblity of jQuery for enhancing the UI of a web page/site. I've been using it for about 8 months and never looked back. The jQuery library is one of those tools that comes along and changes the paradigm of a playing field. Combined w/ the jQueryUI collection of UI components this is a must have for web developers. Check it out!

Monday, February 9, 2009

John Resig: jQuery Creator at Boston .NET User Group this Wednesday 2/11

John Resig, the creator and lead developer of jQuery will be the featured speaker at this Wednesday's 2/11 meeting of the Boston .NET User Group. Check out the details a

New England Code Camp 11

The next edition of the always popular New England Code Camp will be held on Saturday March 28th. We're holding a one-day mega event which should be packed with lots of great material. Submission of speaker abstracts and registration is now open at Chris Bowen has a detailed description of the event post on his blog.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Miguel de Icaza, Founder of the Mono Project to Speak at April 8th Boston .NET User Group Meeting

Miguel de Icaza, founder of the Mono Project will be the featured speaker at the 4/8/2009 meeting of the Boston .NET User Group meeting in Waltham, MA at the Microsoft office from 6-8 pm. Miguel will be giving a tour of Mono 2.2. Previous visits to the group have been very informative and entertaining. If you are in the area, this is a meeting not to be missed!

Monday, January 26, 2009

Microsoft Virtual 24-hr TechDay 4/1/2009: Call for Speakers

Microsoft is holding a virtual 24-hr TechDay on April 1st where any and all individuals are welcome to submit a proposal. For more information visit

Sunday, January 18, 2009

jQuery Creator John Resig to Speak at Februrary 11th Boston .NET User Group Meeting

jQuery creator and lead developer John Resig will be the featured speaker at the Wed 2/11/2009 meeting of the Boston .NET User Group. This will be a great opportunity to hear from the source about this fantastic Ajax Javascript library.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

TechEd 2009 Birds-of-a-Feather Topic Submission Now Open

Birds-of-a-Feather (BOF) sessions are open discussion topics of mutual interest to Tech·Ed attendees. They give developers and IT professionals the opportunity to meet with people who have similar interests and challenges in an open-forum environment that promotes discussion and interaction.

If you are going to TechEd 2009 in Los Angeles, 5/11-15/2009 you can propose a topic at

Boston .NET User Group: 1/14/2009 Meeting: Parallel Extensions in .NET 4.0

Richard Hale Shaw will be speaking on Parallel Extensions in the upcoming .NET 4.0 at the 1/14/2009 Boston .NET User Group meeting (6-8 pm) at the Microsoft Waltham, MA office. Details on