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How-To: New ASP.NET 3.5 Extensions Video Screencasts

December 21, 2007 Comment on this post [17] Posted in ASP.NET | ASP.NET MVC | Microsoft | Programming | Screencasts | Speaking
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Release today are four new screencasts about the ASP.NET 3.5 Extensions by various members of the ASP.NET team. You can get them immediately at the same page as before, at the bottom:

Every video is available in numerous formats, and note that this also includes re-encoded versions of my Intro to MVC Screencast in a pile of formats including an iPod/iTouch compatible format, as well as ones for the Zune and PSP and a utterly unwatchable ;) 40 meg 3GP one for 3G Phones.

We also have included Audio-Only downloads in five different formats, so complain not, Dear Reader! We've got your back. I expect to wait less than 5 minutes before my first snarky reader lives the obligatory "what about Ogg Vorbis?" comment. :)

Here they are:


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December 21, 2007 10:22
Love what you do Scott, but don't you find it silly to have to encode in so many formats? It reminds me of the days when sites were designed for IE. A little off topic, but what do you think of the explosion in formats lately?

I'm personally involved in writing a CMS for podcasting purposes and we support mp3, m4a (with chaptering) and ogg for our audio podcasts and mov, m4v, and avi (all are h.264) for our video podcasts.

All the best this holiday season,
December 21, 2007 10:26
Sure, the formats are ridiculous. I agree, of course, it's easy to encode them from a production perspective, but it's lame to have them all out there. There is a demand, however. Everyone gets mad if you don't have their pet format. Personally I'd do two, if I could. One at 1024 at MP4 and one at 640 at MP4. Basically h.264.
December 21, 2007 11:05
WHAT ABOUT OGG VORBIS!? I demand Sorenson 3 Video and FLAC Audio in a Matroska Container!

Seriously tho, 42 minutes of MVC awesomeness...can't wait to watch it :)
December 21, 2007 13:41
A little off-topic, but can you tell me which presentation tool you used in the MVC video? The one that causes the red circles around your mouse to appear when you click on something? And is it the same tool that allows you to zoom?
December 21, 2007 13:54
the screen capture software he (and most people recording for uses is Camtasia. Not a free tool, but well worth the investment.
December 21, 2007 14:26
What is Microsoft's recent obsession with videos? Seriously, videos have got to be the least efficient way to impart technical information known to man. For some reason, the AJAX extension team is especially bad about this. If I want to learn about a technology I am unfamiliar with, I want a (text) article I can skim quickly, not some boring geek blathering on for 15 minutes. No offense to boring geeks, I am one myself, but really now... MS needs to cut that silliness out immediately.

December 21, 2007 15:51
Thanks Scott!

Many of us really appreciate the time and effort you put into your work!

I don't agree with Matthew on the video matter. Written text and videos are both powerful teaching tools, and, as far as i am aware, MS still publishes plenty of technical articles.

So keep up the good work Scott!

Best Regards,
December 21, 2007 17:26
Matthew, there's a LOT of text out there, this blog is (ahem) full of it. We're just trying to balance things out.
December 21, 2007 23:24
Great video! This is a must see for developers interested in an MVC architecture.

Is ASP.NET Dynamic Data available with the MVC architecture?

It seems that many of the task you were completing reminded me of the old ASP days. I am curious; can we use DevExpress, Infragistics, and AJAX effectively in MVC? You demo implies that you need to have a higher level of control of the actions on the page.

Thanks again for the video!

Bryan Reynolds
December 22, 2007 1:22
I was at the PADNUG InstallFest and enjoyed your MVC presentation - so of course I had to check out your video too.

The only thing that sticks out is the use of strings everywhere to point to the different controllers and views. Will there be any kind of refactoring support for this? What happens when you decide that you want to rename one of them? Of course, it would also be nice to have IntelliSense for the controllers and views. In a few cases you pointed out ways around using the strings (the URL generation is pretty slick) but I didn't get the sense that they could be avoided entirely. Am I wrong?

As an aside - I, for one, really enjoy the videos. Skimming articles is great but for us visual types a video can be really helpful.

Thanks for listening!
December 22, 2007 5:05
Thanks for the work you do.
December 23, 2007 8:05
Just finished using the MVC video to create a VB version of the example. The video helped me learn alot even though I know little C#.

Thank you
December 23, 2007 10:30
Converted MVC video to VB
I Just noticed a problem, everything works fine, except if I click on a link in List that contains a ' it only returns text preceding it. (Chef Anton's Cajun Seasoning') fills only Chef Anton(same with Jack's only returns Jack)) in the Edit pages Input Textbox.

Is it Something I missed? (as I do not see this happening in the Video)
December 24, 2007 0:22
Converted MVC video to Vb
Got the answer on the forums needed to use HmlEncoding and change single qoutes to double qoutes on the input tags.
December 24, 2007 4:49
The MVC video is one of the best I have seen. I especially liked the "picture in picture" style used - I realize it is quite some extra work to do this, but it added to the overall presentation in the same way your conversational style of presentation adds . The video seemed personalized - as if you were presenting directly to a small group or individual. Also helpful were to "let's review" points before going on to the next additional feature.

I hope your presentation style will be reflected in other future video presentation from Microsoft.

Many thanks for your efforts. Please keep up the great work.
December 25, 2007 4:56
Just want to chime in that I appreciate videos very much. And if you download the vid, yes you *can* skim or fast-forward if you wish; you can also re-watch sections. The two things that help me the most are: solutions I can load into Visual Studio and with maybe some data setup & hopefully just minor tweaking, get working so I can examine the code and step through it too, and videos that show someone firing up Visual Studio, starting more or less from scratch and making something happen. For me text best serves as an online reference - I want to see someone do something, then do it myself! Oooo yeah...
December 27, 2007 18:56
Hey Now Scott,
These flix are one of the best way to learn. I've seen so many, & this content is a great for new ones.

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