Mapping a New Site Collection to a Specific Content DB

Bill English had an interesting post on creating a top level site in a specific content database that falls in the “Duh why didn’t I think of that”category for me. While I agree with him that this isn’t a solution for everyone and really should only be considered when the specific need arises to create a new site collection within a specific content database – I do think it’s worth sticking in my bag of tricks since from time to time, it is a question I get asked.

My Very Own Wizard Card

Besides being one of the greatest buddies a gal could ever ask for, my niece Samantha is quite the little Photoshop wiz. I look forward to her works of art ranging from cartoon characters or animated stickmen because they are always so funny and incredibly creative. But today was special….today I got my very own Wizard Card.

I can’t really remember what I was doing when I was 13 but I am pretty sure it was nothing like that.

New to Development?

As a .NET user group leader I am always on the look out for good development resources for all experience levels. That is why I thought this “New to Development” portal set up by the ASP.NET team is absolutely fantasic! It contains a series of How to Videos that walk a new developer through topics such as working with web parts, master pages and localization with ASP.NET 2.0. Great for beginners as well as those looking to familiarize themselves with the new framework.

View the ASP.NET 2.0 How to video listing here.

AJAX, XAML patented?

I watched the flash work of Balthaser years ago (if it’s the same bunch). Apparently there is a new reason to look at these guys now.

A patent has been granted to a relatively unknown California Web-design firm for an invention its creator says covers the design and creation of most rich-media applications used over the Internet. The patent holder, Balthaser Online Inc., says it could license nearly any rich-media Internet application across a broad range of devices and networks.

The patent–issued on Valentine’s Day–covers all rich-media technology implementations, including Flash, Flex, Java, Ajax, and XAML, when the rich-media application is accessed on any device over the Internet, including desktops, mobile devices, set-top boxes, and video game consoles, says inventor Neil Balthaser, CEO of Balthaser Online, which he owns with his father Ken.

Is this for real?

Google Web Pages

It looks like the rumors were true, Google releases a web page service complete with WYSIWYG editor

Google Page Creator is a free online tool that makes it easy for anyone to create and publish useful, attractive web pages in just minutes.

No technical knowledge required.
Build high-quality web pages without having to learn HTML or use complex software.
What you see is what you’ll get.
Edit your pages right in your browser, seeing exactly how your finished product will look every step along the way.
Don’t worry about hosting.
Your web pages will live on your own site at