Playing with the .NET Jigsaw - So what can this thing do?

Visual Studio Code

Microsoft release version 1.0 of the new code editor which is cross platform & free to download.

Visual Studio Code is a new choice of tool that combines the simplicity of a code editor with what developers need for their code-edit-debug cycle.

Code is a very light weight download & install but its still feature packed and fast with lots of features for Code focused development, its also great for working with the command line tools and version management tools like GIT, TFS and Visual Studio Team Services.

Code is free and available on your favorite platform - Linux, Mac OSX, and Windows.

Be sure to check out to get a copy and read the very helpful doc's.

Some helpful links:

ASP.NET Web Pages - WebMatrix

Be sure to check out Microsoft WebMatrix with support for the New ASP.NET Web Pages (Razor) WebMatrix Built in support for IIS 7 Express and SEO tools, a very small download and its free.

This is a great way to start building websites, for more getting started guides take a look at

Visual Web Developer 2010 Express with tooling refresh for MVC 3

I have to say that I am really liking the visual studio refresh for ASP.NET MVC3, and support for ASP.NET Web Pages (Razor) Pages and the added support for IIS 7 Express and HTML 5 Support with modernizr

The best way to get started is to use the green button at to install everything you need.

IE and large images

Well this has been one of thoose things that i said I would find a solution to but never found the time. However this weekend I started to read Que's Special edition using Microsoft Expression web by Jim Cheshire which is a great book so far, more about the book when i have finished it, and in one of the troubleshooting section it said:

Large image appears too small

When you load a page with a large image it appears large for a split second then shrinks to a smaller size automatically.


The cause is Image Toolbar feature introduced in Internet Explorer 6, the feature automatically resizes images so they fit in the current window.

How to stop this

You can disable this feature for an entire page by adding the following META tag to the page:

<meta-equiv="imagetoolbar" content="no" />

or per image using galleryimg like this

<img galleryimg=no alt="image1" src="one.jpg" width="140" height="100" />

Beginner Developer Learning Center

Visual Studio Express team have just announced a new Beginner Developer Learning Center. The main part of the site is for beginners of all ages who are interested in learning how to program computers or design and build dynamic web sites. It looks really interesting and I hope it allows people to get started and have some fun with free and great technologies.

This site has a Windows Development track, and the Web Development track. Allowing you to start at the level they feel comfortable at and progress through three separate levels of instruction.

I think that one of the best parts of the site is the Kid's Corner which includes learning and teaching resources for younger learners.

The Kid's Corner features: