Category: Tech News and Issues

From dasBlog to WordPress

After 4 hours of tweaking and fiddling I finally got the whole site migrated from dasBlog to WordPress. I love dasBlog and have been using it since 2005 but the lack of updates and progress made me decide to move to a new platform… There’s still some things that are left to be done like tweaking the home page of keithrull.com to something more informative than the blank space that I have right now but I’ll get to that in the next few days after customizing the theme in this blog.

I’m going to miss dasBlog but this ‘new shiny thing’ will sure make me not miss it for long. Catch you guys later!

Expression Studio 4 is out and my 60-day tool

I was really excited last Monday after seeing Expression Studio 4 has been released (I have to admit that I’m one of those developers who logged in at MSDN at 12 midnight to check if the RTM bits are already out. hehe). I think this is great news for all XAMLers all over the world. On thing that I’m really sad about though is that our corporate MSDN license only has Expression Studio 4 Professional and not the Ultimate version. Bummed. So I ended up downloading the 60 day trial up until I can figure out how I can get a copy of the full version (OK, here’s the part that I ask donations to get a full copy but I’ll leave that out. LOL).

Sad, but still happy. At least I have 60 days to enjoy this new tool. 😉

Just Released: Silverlight 4 Tools for VS 2010, new SL themes and WCF RIA Services

Just in case you missed it, Tim Heuer has announced that Silverlight 4 Tools for Visual Studio 2010, WCF RIA Services and 3 new SL themes have been released today. This is an exciting news for Silverlight aficionados who have been waiting for the RTM version of SL4 Tools since the last RC who are itching to put their hands on this new set of goodies.

If you want to learn more about SL, the best place to start is to go to Silverlight.net and checkout the Getting Started section. I would also suggest you follow Tim’s blog and subscribe to his updates and also as follow Silverlight Cream for the latest stream of info from SL developers.

If you are looking for Silverlight books for beginners my suggestion would be to get Laurent’s book (a SL4 edition will come out in September) and start from there. You should also checkout Jeff Pairies mind boggling book about Silverlight animation and also John Papa’s classic SL book that talks about data-driven services with Silverlight. Although some of these books are 1-2 versions behind I still believe that there are a lot of value in them that you can still apply with your Silverlight 4 projects.

I’ve just downloaded the package via the WPI
and I can’t tell you how much excited I am to see SL4T-4-VS2010 RTMed.
This will surely be a fun week.

Nice, time to rock this ship!

dasblog 2.3 released and my urge to make a new theme

dasBlog 2.3 was released last Monday March 16, 2009. It’s a minor release that fixes a few bugs in the code base. Congrats dasBlog team for this release.


Below is the list of changes for this release:



New version of dotNetOpenId
Small bug fixes
Several small JavaScript errors
Captcha now works more reliably
Better Time handling in timeline
New 32/64 bit version of the Basic DatePicker
Centralized handling of binary files to a BinaryDataService


On a side note, I’ve been thinking for the past few months now about updating my site theme. I think I’ve been using this theme for the past 2 years and it’s starting to look bland. I think this new release of dasBlog will give me the chance to upgrade my site theme. I don’t know how  it’s gonna look yet but i’m sure its going to be better than what it is today (Hopefully!). 😉

ASP.NET MVC 1.0 RTMed

I saw this on the ASP.NET MVC download page and it seems like it was released yesterday.



I haven’t seen any official announcement anywhere yet but I expect to hear something coming out of the MIX09 event regarding ASP.NET MVC 1.0 RTM. I was able to confirm with Ben Scheirman via twitter that it’s RTMed. I don’t know where he got the news but judging by the screenshot above it looks like its true.


In case you are interested in learning about ASP.NET MVC, Microsoft has released an application called NerdDinner.com which is a event management website that enables users to register for “geek dinners”. I believe that application was built using ASP.NET MVC 1.0 RC2 but it should be compatible with the RTM version (I haven’t compiled it with the latest version yet). It’s a really nice sample application that shows you how to build an application using ASP.NET MVC. Whats neat about NerdDinner.com is that it part of the book that Scott, Scott, Phil  & Rob are writing and they have been kind enough to let as peek at their upcoming book by giving a free chapter that details how they built the NerdDinner.com website step-by-step using ASP.NET MVC.


Wow, I’m really stoked! This is going to be a fun day! Thanks MS!

ASP.NET MVC RC 2 Source code and Futures are now available on CodePlex


I just saw this twitter…



Sweeeeet!


Time to start polishing my ASP.NET MVC skills. I’ve played with ASP.NET MVC before but never had the chance to use it other than building small samples. I might be rusty but I know I’ll have a great companion book in learning ASP.NET MVC 1.0 once Rob, Scott, Scott and Phil‘s upcoming book comes out.

Keith’s Free eBook Recommendations Of The Month

Speaking of free books… Below are the list of free ebooks that I recommend reading/downloading for this month. I personally love Karl Seguin’s book and giving it 5 out 5 stars is actually an understatement if you ask me. 🙂


Karl Seguin‘s Foundation Of Programming: Building Better Software rocks so much I recommended it to everyone I know. This 79 page book is pack with a hearty bowl of software development knowledge that would teach you about the principles of development that you should have known way before you started coding that nightmarish system.


Red Gate’s Dissecting SQL Server Execution Plan is a must read for anyone who deals with data on a daily basis. It talks about how to optimize your querries and understand whats causing your querries to sleep on you while being executed.


InfoQ’s Domain Driven Design Quickly is a quickly-readable summary and introduction to the fundamentals of DDD that tries to summarizes Eric Evans’ book as well as Jimmy Nilsson’s Applying Domain Driven Design and various other sources. The book gives you hints and tips about DDD as well as ideas on how to start DDD in your own projects.


Minh T. Nguyen‘s Visual Studio.NET Tips & Tricks is a must read for all developers who use Visual Studio. Enuff said!


So what are you waiting for? Download and read ’em now!

Visual Studio 2008 SP1 and .NET 3.5 SP1 out now!!!

Wooohooo!! Get ’em here!


Combined Visual Studio 2008 Service Pack 1 and .NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1


The update for Visual Studio 2008 SP1 and .NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1 in a single install.


.NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1


The update for just the .NET 3.5 Service Pack 1, it does not include updates for Visual Studio 2008.