.NN #21: Gracefully Upgrade Your ASP.NET Sites

I was doing some research this week around the publishing wizard for ASP.NET and stumbled across a MSDN Library article that made mention of something I head never heard of before: the App_offline.htm file. Apparently, this is a feature introduced in .NET 2.0 where if you simply create a file named App_offline.htm and place that in the root of your ASP.NET application then all requests to the application will be immediately redirected to this page.

VS2008 Ships with Samples

Did you know that Visual Studio 2008 has samples of code out of the box? Well, if you choose to not remove them from the install that is. You can reach these by clicking on the Samples menu item on the Help toolbar menu. These include samples in VB.NET, C# and C++ for things like: LINQ, PInvoke, Yield, Data, generics, etc. If you are new to .NET 3.5 this may be worth a look through.

.NN #20: Developing with Two Monitors

There are a lot of studies out there that talk about the benefits of multiple monitors. Just doing an Internet search for “multiple monitor productivity” will bring up a lot of information on the subject. I’m not going to rehash that information, but rather I’m going to talk about how I use multiple monitors when I develop with Visual Studio. The client I’m working at now provides dual monitors (mostly 17" flat panels) to all of their developers.