Posts by James

Windows 8 UX Fundamentals–Free Virtual Training

Metro style apps are the focal point of the user experience on Windows 8 Release Preview, and great Metro style apps share an important set of traits that provide a consistent, elegant, and compelling user experience. With the first apps in the Windows Store, it’s exciting to see the designers begin to push the boundaries […]

Web Camps–30 new events in the calendar, seats going fast!

   The Web Camps team has been busy working on organizing new events around the world and we’ve got a bunch of new events to share with you!  We’ve also been getting reports in on the first Web Camps where developers have been getting free training on how to build web applications using cutting edge […]

New PayPal Helper for WebMatrix

This week I’ve been at the PayPal Innovate Conference in San Francisco where Microsoft and PayPal have been talking to thousands of developers about the work we have been doing to create the easiest way to build apps that use PayPal for payments.  Today we are releasing the PayPal Helper for WebMatrix (in beta) which […]

New Facebook Helpers in WebMatrix Beta 2

Today we launched WebMatrix Beta 2 with a bunch of new features.  Here are my favorites: Themes – quickly switch between different themes on your website New HTML5 Templates in the box – rounded corners, transitions, sexy HTML5 templates. yum. NuPack Package Management – get the bits you need, when you need em New @Helper […]

Top Links to get started with WebMatrix

WebMatrix is everything you need to build Web sites using Windows. It streamlines Web site development and makes it easy to start Web sites from popular open-source apps. Getting Started Download WebMatrix Top 10 features for Web Matrix Twitter Archive of everything WebMatrix Scott Gu’s Blog Post on WebMatrix API Reference Guide ASP.NET Web Pages […]

jQuery Templating in the wild

It seems like longer, but it’s only been 6 months since we announced that Microsoft was going to start contributing to jQuery instead of developing our own JavaScript library.  Today, Scott Guthrie announced that we’ve had our code checked in to the main branch of the jQuery project – you can read more about that […]

Web Camp LA–Trip Report

“This was the best training I’ve ever had, this was even more useful than TechEd” – Gabriel Cruz Last Friday, Phil Haack, Jon Galloway and I ventured to Los Angeles to deliver a Web Camp at the downtown Microsoft office.  Photo – “What do you mean you drive on the other side of the road […]

Web Camps Training Kit – September Edition

The Web Camp in Los Angeles was a great success last Friday with Phil Haack, Jon Galloway and myself imparting a raft of knowledge on ASP.NET MVC 2, jQuery, Entity Framework Code-first, ASP.NET MVC 3 and Razor.  However, there’s little time to pat ourselves on the back – because this week marks the launch of […]

Web Camp LA–Results of the agenda poll

For the Web Camp in LA we asked you what you wanted to hear about at the event.  This is always a bit risky because you end up not being able to please everyone but it was clear that there were some popular topics out there.  Here are the results: Phil, Jon and I spend […]

Ask the expert on Web Camps TV: Rey Bango

Every week we give you the chance to ask the experts questions on Web Camps TV when we’re in the studio.  To ask a question – use the Facebook Live Stream below during the “on air time” and we’ll attempt to answer as many questions as possible.  The show will be aired at a later […]