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WordPress You can now create blogs for free using WordPress hosted platform. This means that you need not have to buy a domain to host your blog. Instead, you will be provided with a unique sub domain URL like http://.wordpress.com. You just need to register at www.wordpress.com and start your blogging life in style with predefined themes. However, if you would like to customize your site then you can buy a hosting plan from a reliable provider and host your WordPress site by uploading the required files. You have to follow certain steps to install the blog and also you have access to thousands of free themes which can downloaded from various websites. Twitter It is a very popular micro blogging platform. You need not have to write a long blog post. Instead you can simply record your hourly/daily/weekly activities. I would suggest you not to includ... (more)

Rich Content Rotator for ASP.NET

Web developers are always on the lookout for great products to add dynamic effects to their Web pages. Dynamic pages, often called DHTML pages, make use of slide shows, random content rotation, and news scrollers, and are generally developed using languages such as Visual Basic, Java, JavaScript, and VBScript. Many developers also use Macromedia Flash and other animation tools. Although it is possible to create dynamic pages with these languages, developers face many challenges, such as cross-browser compatibility issues, complex code, high maintainability requirements, and slow ... (more)

Book Review: ASP.NET 2.0

ASP.NET developers are bored with traditional books that outline concepts in a lengthy way. These books are good if you like to learn the features in a detailed manner. However, by the time the book is read, a new version will be released. Hence, many learners including myself prefer short and succinct books that not only explain the topics in a user-friendly way, but also enable the reader to learn the concepts of the current technology before a new version is released. ASP.NET 2.0 – Your Visual Blueprint for Developing Web Applications is a book that examines ASP.NET 2.0 ... (more)

Review: ASP.NET 3.5 AJAX Unleashed

Nowadays, many web developers have implemented AJAX in their web applications. This enables them to create dynamic, rich web sites. There are numerous resources available on the web for learning ASP.NET 3.5 AJAX, but it is always nice to refer to a book as and when required. In his latest book, ASP.NET 3.5 AJAX Unleashed, Robert Foster examines the relevant concepts in less than 300 pages, which I think is excellent and is rarely achieved by authors. It is hard to write short and crispy content, especially on ASP.NET related concepts, but Robert has worked really well to bring ou... (more)

Murach’s ADO.NET 3.5, LINQ, and the Entity Framework with C# 2008

Mike Murach & Associates has just published a new, C# edition of their popular ADO.NET book. Entitled Murach’s ADO.NET 3.5, LINQ, and the Entity Framework with C# 2008, it covers what today’s C# developer needs to know to create database applications the way the best professionals do. Here are some highlights: #1: For rapid application development and prototyping… This book shows how to use the ADO.NET tools, like data sources and the DataGridView control, that enable developers to create working database applications in a minimum of time, with a minimum of coding. #2: For seriou... (more)