Archive for February, 2007

Its time I share a grave reality with you folks. Yes; what I don’t know much about Microsoft SharePoint Portal. I was hardly able to get a clean install ever… well i tried only once 🙂 . I don’t know about the architecture behind SharePoint. No idea as how could I customize it for all the great features that it provides. That’s one of the reasons that I still haven’t been comfortable; going live with my new community website as being a Culminis Alliance Members community leader.

Still one day a colleague of mine a SharePoint wizard asked me why don’t we start using ASP. NET AJAX on the development server of SharePoint that we have. Well he was pretty sure that I being an ASP .NET AJAX expert would be able to pull of with the installation and the getting the first website/web page of “Hello to the world of ASP .NET AJAX in SharePoint!” done. Rest what happened is a secret for all!!!

But today I was just going through my mails and received an invitation from Box Mixon an MVP in SharePoint 2006 and 2007. Okay it took me a while in going through his huge profile and I jumped into reading his Blog and there I found out about the SharePoint AJAX toolkit, which itself pointed to a Blog by Daniel Larson. Just a copy paste here.

 [Taken directly from an e-mail I received from Daniel:
“The SharePoint Ajax toolkit @ Codeplex which includes an auto-updating RSS web part (the Xml Web Part, which can be used on any XML source with any XSLT transform) and a core client side framework built on Atlas. The RSS (Xml) Web Part also works against SharePoint secured feeds.  It’s a shared source project, so if you’d like to contribute let me know. 

So here we go its not far; in the near future I would be developing a website in SharePoint using ASP .NET AJAX.  You too can get the Toolkit directly from here.

I recommend going through the blogs of Bob Mixon and Daniel Larson.

Note please officially ASP .NET AJAX is not supported on MOSS or WSS; so do go through the recommendations provided by Daniel.

Happy SharePoint AJAXing!!!



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Folks now that’s what i call IT at work. There is a workshop for the Google AdWords Workshop. You can be able to get a feel of the Googles PPC (Pay Per Click) policy and methods from people in Pakistan certified by Google.

Now why did I not mention about this last week. Well sometimes do to the work load going on in office I am unable to check my private emails for weeks and this last week was pretty busy. Well at the start of the weekend I managed to scan through my Inbox and found this email regarding a workshop being conducted by Syed Najam Ahmad (profile). Well it was detected as spam by my system 🙂 . Ooops did i just mention that it ended up in my  spam folder never should have mentioned that :-X . Sorry!!!

Still I managed to get to the associated URL and was pleased with the new things comming up. I am giving out some details below. Hope to see lots of professionals brushing up their skills by attending this workshop. 

Well I also came to know that the ECM group had been into this Internet Marketing bussiness since 2003 now. Great work folks for recognizing the potential of this new trend of Internet marketing taking all over the World.

(Its just a copy paste below you can go through the same text on the main wesite here.)

Do you want to advertise your business on Google?
Do you want to become a Qualified Google Advertising Professional?
Do you want to make more money with Google?
1-Day Google AdWords Workshop
Pay Per Click (PPC) Advertising
  by Syed Najam Ahmed, the first Qualified Google Advertising Professional from Pakistan

In this workshop, you’ll Learn how to:

  • How to get Google Certification and become a Google Certified Advertising Professional
  • How to Make Money with Google AdWords
  • Get listed on the first page of Google within 30 Minutes or less.
  • Attract a new potential customer for as low as 1 cent.
  • Define your own Target Market
  • Select your Targeted Countries
  • Your ads show up on Google almost instantly.
      Write your ads.
      Select your keywords.
      Set your budget.
      Start seeing results.  
  • Your ads appear in AOL, Netscape Netcenter, EarthLink, CompuServe, Shopping.com, AT&T Worldnet, Ask.com, About, Lycos, NYTimes.com, InfoSpace, HowStuffworks, Business.com, Food Network, HGTV, Froogle, GMail and thousands of other important web sites and portals along with Google Search Network.
  • You’ll be provided with a CD containing all about Google AdWords in 100 Pages .PDF document
  • After attending this workshop; when you’ll launch your own Google AdWords campaign, 3-Month Email Support will be provided to all the participants without any cost.

You reach your audience at the right time, with the right message…

Only with Google AdWords

Find buyers searching for what you sell
Google AdWords ads connect you with new customers at the precise moment when they’re looking for your products or services. The Google Network reaches more than 80% of Internet users.

With Google AdWords you create your own ads, choose keywords to help us match your ads to your audience and pay only when someone clicks on them.

Hurry up if you would like to attend because its on 4 Feb only 2 days away…

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Okay I know about the fact that the current version 8.1 of the Yahoo Messenger is Compatible with Window Vista.
But wait isn’t Vista supposed to be the future of all Operating systems with a high level of graphics. This time Microsoft really means business as far as graphics are concerned.

No longer are the [Vista powered Systems going to behave as “dull little boxes dutifully performing dull little tasks.”]
And proudly I would like to say here “…Vista based system is for everyone” unlike the saying by Laura Ries “…Mac is not for everyone”.  🙂
So folks now we have a new yahoo messenger just for VISTA, download.
It has some really cool features all thanks to the new GUI (Graphical User Interface) of the development framework in
Vista called Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF).
I assume that already a lot of my fellow programmers like me are already using this new framework to create new applications that are rich in graphics.

A small list of the available features:

  • Instant message, voice, webcam video, and more
  • Keep conversations organized by dragging and dropping them into one tabbed window
  • Brand new emoticons, program icons and alert sounds
  • Automatic groups are created in your contact list based on your Yahoo! interests (i.e. Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Football league)

While you can also find more about the product on yahoo’s own blog here.
Be amoungst the first ones to check out this GEM. Just get your Id’s registered.
I would like to mention it here that the Vista Yahoo Messenger still under development and the public beta of vista yahoo messenger will be launched during second quarter of 2007, and man I can’t wait to get my hands on it.


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Join the Strong Coders Community, Scott Guthrie, General Manager, Microsoft Developer Division, and Microsoft MVPs for the continuation of the 1st MVP Live Chat on Friday, February 16, 2007 from 8:00pm-9:00pm EST. Get your tough questions answered by experts. No question is too hard.

The chat will take place on MSDN Chats. See details below. Also, don’t forget to add the date to your calendar. See you there.


ICS: http://msdn.microsoft.com/chats/outlook_reminders/07_0216_MSDN_ASPNET.ics

Post Of The Month

There is something new at the Strong Coders Community in February. Beginning this month, you can win a prize for posting a question! The best original question, as voted by the moderators, will win a fabulous prize. The winning poster this month will receive a copy of Infragistics NetAdvantage for .NET 2006 with priority support.

January Strongest Coders

Congratulations to the January Strongest Coders. Thanks to those members for answering questions day and night.

1st Place – Dean Fiala (dfiala)
2nd Place – James Curran (JamesCurran)
3rd Place – Doug Nelson (doug.nelson)

For a recap of what they won, see http://community.strongcoders.com/forums/thread/1497.aspx.

February Prizes

The February Strongest Coders will receive a copy of ComponentArt Web.UI Developer License for ASP.NET version 2006.2, which is compatible with ASP.NET 1.0, 2.0, and ASP.NET AJAX.

Answer questions, win prizes.
ASK questions, win prizes.

Thanks for visiting!


Now thats a Chat session worth attending 🙂 


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