Improving Performance with Output Caching

I’ve been spending most of my spare time over the past few weeks refactoring the code for my site, cocktailsrus.com, in the Visual Studio 11 beta–partly to play with the new stuff, but mostly just to replace my original quick-and dirty back end with something more elegant. With the process pretty much complete, the new […]
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Streamlined Web Loading in the Visual Studio 11 Beta

One of the features of Visual Studio 11 that I’m really looking forward to taking advantage of is CSS and JavaScript minification and bundling. As developers, we like to be able to break our applications into reusable components. That makes development and maintenance much more manageable. Sometimes, however, it can have an impact on performance. […]
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Simplifying Web Development with Page Inspector

I’ve been playing around with the Visual Studio 11 beta for a little while now, and my favorite thing so far is Page Inspector. I like tools that make my life easier – and Page Inspector just saved me a lot of poking around inside the underbelly of an application. I have been busy porting […]
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Managing Screen Updates When Loading UI Controls Using Ajax

I came across an interesting problem recently while working on www.cocktailsrus.com. I was adding a new rating system allowing members to rate cocktails on a scale of 1-5. I wanted to do something that was accessible, but also visually appealing and appropriate, so that this: could easily and accessibly be converted into this: The answer, […]
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Validating That At Least One TextBox Has Content

I came across an interesting little validation problem on my current project. The site is for members only – and in order to become a member, you need to be nominated. You can provide either one or two nominators, but you must provide at least one. So how to force users to enter text in […]
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