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fbSliceI had the chance to speak at Microsoft TechDays today about IE8 and the new features that it brings.

I grabbed the opportunity to also demo the new fbSlice Web Slice I鈥檝e talked about at TechEd. Expect to see more about this soon 馃槈

You can find my slide deck and accelerator twitter client demo source code on skydrive if you need to download it, or just see the presentation here:


As I already mentioned earlier, Facebook has recently removed the friends status RSS feed from its pages causing myFacebook gadget users a problem as they couldn鈥檛 easily configure myFacebook sidebar gadget to display friend statuses.

To resolve this issue I changed the way myFacebook gadget retrieved those statuses by removing the RSS feed and instead using the brand new Facebook Stream API, so in the new version, you no longer have to provide an RSS feed url. The only catch is that the specific API calls need the extended permission read_stream. Thus in order to use the new version of myFacebook gadget you鈥檒l have to click the link on the gadget settings page and authorize it to retrieve your friend statuses through that API call.

To make it easier for you, I鈥檝e recorded a small screen cast of how to download, install and configure myFacebook sidebar gadget.

Update: the streaming service is closed.


Right after getting back from Barcelona, on Wednesday the 19th of November, I will be giving a talk for the DNZ community at Microsoft offices about all things Dynamic in.Net 馃檪 Things I will talk about include:

Dynamic Data Web Sites:

  • Creating a Dynamic web site
  • Customizing Look and Feel
  • Connecting to a Database
  • Scaffolding
  • Further Customization of the site

Microsoft SQL Data Services:

  • 路 Pre-Reqisities
  • 路 Selecting a data source
  • 路 Creating a service using ADO.NET Entity Framework
  • 路 Creating a service from any data source
  • 路 Structure of Web Data Services URLs
  • 路 Querystring options
  • 路 Expression Syntax
  • 路 Data Representation
  • 路 Consuming (Selecting, updating, deleting ) a data service

So if you鈥檙e interested into these drop by and say hello鈥

More about the event here http://www.dotnetzone.gr/cs/forums/thread/46173.aspx


I’ll be at TechEd in Barcelona next week. I’ll be at the Ask The Experts booths a few hours during the week. Feel free to come and say hello. I’ll be available if you want to discuss about ASP.NET, my projects 鈥 work , or .NET in general 馃檪

Please ping me if you’ll be there too and would like to meet.


One of my favorite features in Visual Studio is Snippets. I find them very useful when trying to code something really really fast. Till now I had to write them all by hand and then import them on VS, well not any more.

Matthew has released a first version of the Snippet Designer. In it you鈥檒l find:

  • A Snippet Editor hosted in the IDE which lets you edit the code, make replacements and change snippet properties
  • A Snippet Explorer which lets you search for Snippet files on your computer an quickly open and edit them.
  • A context menu item inside of the VB, C# and XML editor that lets you export any highlighted code into the snippet editor

You can find more information about it in Mathew鈥檚 blog http://blogs.msdn.com/matt/archive/2008/09/21/the-snippet-designer-is-released.aspx


I have needed to implement URL rewriting in a lot of projects I was involved with in the past and have chosen various solutions for each, from building my own solution till using open source modules such us UrlRewriting.Net.

If your web project is going to be hosted on IIS 7 though, then I would highly recommend using the IIS URL Rewrite Module.

The Microsoft URL Rewrite Module for IIS 7.0 provides flexible rules-based rewrite engine that can be used to perform broad spectrum of URL manipulation tasks, including, but not limited to:

  • Enabling user friendly and search engine friendly URL with dynamic web applications;
  • Rewriting URL鈥檚 based on HTTP headers and server variables;
  • Web site content handling;
  • Controlling access to web site content.

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Back from my holidays at Nafplio I had to spend a day at home before leaving for Tinos island for another week. So aside from catching up with my favorite blogs and Newsgroups I’ve decided to update my personal computer (I had already done that for my work PC) a bit as it seemed to be a bit outdated in Microsoft time terms 馃槈 So I’ve installed the latest Silverlight RC release as well as Visual Studio 2008 beta 2 one.

Installations though tend to take some time to complete thus leaving you with nothing to do on the meantime. So what’s better than to start some more installations eh? I’ve decided to remove a Home Server Installation I tried for some time on an old PC I use as a server/demo machine to give Windows Server 2008 a try. After all there’s nothing Windows Home Server can do that Windows Server 2008聽can’t.

Overall the process went fine… Don’t try to install聽Microsoft Image files聽though, using Daemon tools. Instead write the image file to a DVD and then run the installation file as if you don’t, you run the risk of a failed installation (as I found out the hard way).

Now I’m thinking of setting up a small workspace on my W2008 server by setting up Team Foundation Server to it as well…. 馃槈 I’ll let you know if this works out.

P.S. I intentionally haven’t mentioned anything on how I’ve spent my vacation time. I plan to do so when all of my vacation time is over as the title says I’m still on transit…


I’ve decided it was time I moved my blog to a newer blogging engine for a long time but didn’t have time to go through with it. Well yesterday I did as I had a few hours to spare (although it took me more than that eventually).

I’ve decided to use SubText as my new blogging engine as it supports .Text data import and since my old Blog was based on .Text this聽would come聽handy.

After solving a number of database related problems (I聽even had to聽run the db installation scripts manually) I managed to get it up and running again. Hope that everything works as it previously did.

If you spot any errors, or have any comments don’t hesitate to contact me.


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