Microsoft’s WebsiteSpark Program

Microsoft announced a new program which is designed for independent web developers and web development companies that build web applications and web sites on behalf of others. This program offers software licence that we can use for three years at no cost.

Here is a list of software which can be downloaded once you enrolled in to this program:

  • 3 licenses of Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition
  • 1 license of Expression Studio 3 (which includes Expression Blend, Sketchflow, and Web)
  • 2 licenses of Expression Web 3
  • 4 processor licenses of Windows Web Server 2008 R2
  • 4 processor licenses of SQL Server 2008 Web Edition
  • DotNetPanel control panel (enabling easy remote/hosted management of your servers)

The only two requirements to join the program are:

  • Your company builds web sites and web application on behalf of others.
  • Your company currently has less than 10 employees.

For more information check:

ScottGu’s Blog or Microsoft’s site.


Ajax Loading Images

Here is a site from where you can generate your-own ajax loading images.

Easy as 1-2-3

1. Select type of indicator, background color and foreground color.
2. Generate the image.
3. Download the generated image.

Microsoft’s Bing

Microsoft’s new search engine ‘Bing‘ unveiled by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer on May 28, 2009. Bing went fully online on June 3, 2009. It is a replacement for Live Search(Windows Live Search, MSN Search).

The homepage is crisp and clear and the image will change daily. The Bing interface is refreshingly clean and results are displayed by helpful categories. For example, I type books and results are grouped by History, Electronic, Best Sellers, Publishing and Writing. “Simple Organized System, thats Bing”

The Indian version currently doesn’t have the full functionality.

The Indian version doesn’t Have Search History And The Image On The Bing Home Page Here Is Not Interactive As In The Us Version To Explore The Full Version Of Bing. You can change the Indian version to the US version by clicking on the ‘India’ link at the top right of the page and selecting the United States from the country list.

Some of the interesting features that you will notice at first glance:

When you hover on a search result, you will see the orange icon – which gives you a quick preview of the site (text preview). Very useful, if you are still not sure of clicking.

Just search for any video on Bing Videos and hover the mouse over any of the video thumbnail to watch a short clip.(WOW!)

Bing is such a decision engine. It provides an easy way to make more informed choices. It organizes popular results by category to help you get the answers you’re looking for without having to guess at the right way to formulate your query.

Now is Bing a real competitor for Google? Check the here to get a comparision of Bing with Google

FLV video not streaming

In one of my web application, there was one FLV file that has to be shown when the home page is viewed in a browser. During the development time it was working fine. However when I put the files in the server and tried to access the home page, then the flv file didn’t show up. Instead it showed the space for .flv file with black color.

After some googling I found the reason: ‘With IIS 6.0, Microsoft changed the way streaming media is handled. Previous versions of IIS did not require any modification to stream Flash Video. Microsoft IIS 6.0, the default web server that ships with Windows 2003, requires a MIME type to recognize that FLV files are streamed media.’
To overcome the above difficulties just follow the blow steps;

1. On the Windows 2003 server, open the Internet Information Services Manager.
2. Expand the Local Computer Server.
3. Right-click the local computer server and select Properties.
4. Select the MIME Types tab.
5. Click New and enter the following information:
    o Associated Extension box: .FLV
    o MIME Type box:flv-application/octet-stream
6. Click OK.
7. Restart the World Wide Web Publishing service.

Note: These files work correctly if tested on other operating systems. The issue affects all FLV files played via Windows 2003 server, including files made with the Flash Video Kit for Dreamweaver MX 2004.

New Windows website

Check out the new Microsoft Windows website. They took all the geek stuff out. Now its more clean.

Empty Row in GridView

If we want to display some text when a GridView control bound to a data source that does not contain any records, we can use a property called EmptyDataText.

<asp:GridView ID=”GridView1″ runat=”server” DataSourceID=”ObjectDataSource1″ AutoGenerateColumns=”False” DataKeyNames=”Id” EmptyDataText=”No Records Found!!”>

Alternatively we can use EmptyDataTemplate.

<EmptyDataTemplate>No Records Found!!</EmptyDataTemplate>

If we used both EmptyDataText and EmptyDataTemplate at the same time, then EmptyDataTemplate property takes precedence.

We can set the appearence of the Empty data text using the property EmptyDataRowStyle.

<EmptyDataRowStyle Font-Bold=”True” HorizontalAlign=”Center” Font-Size=”Larger” />