Looking back at the Year 2008 and the Year Ahead @dotnetcurry.com

Posted by: Suprotim Agarwal , on 1/1/2009, in Category General Topics
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Abstract: A very Happy New Year 2009 to all of you! I plan to start the first post of this year with a recap of what we achieved in 2008. I will also share a few plans that we have for 2009.
Looking back at the Year 2008 and the Year Ahead @dotnetcurry.com
 
Every man should be born again on the first day of January. Start with a fresh page. Take up one hole more in the buckle if necessary, or let down one, according to circumstances; but on the first of January let every man gird himself once more, with his face to the front, and take no interest in the things that were and are past. ~Henry Ward Beecher
A very Happy New Year 2009 to all of you! I plan to start the first post of this year with a recap of what we achieved in 2008. I will also share a few plans that we have for 2009.
Achievements @2008
 
Ø Suprotim Agarwal, founder and primary contributor for dotnetcurry.com was awarded the MVP (Most Valuable Professional) title by Microsoft in July 2008 for his contributions to the community via this website, as well as for the contributions made at the ASP.NET and MSDN forums.
Ø One of the biggest achievements is that we had set a goal to publish one article every alternate day, and kudos to the team; we have delivered on that too! Under all normal circumstances, we promise the same this year. Wish us luck!
Ø DotNetCurry.com scaled new heights in popularity and acceptance. Its visitor base now stands to lakhs of visitors per month and thousands of registered users.
Ø Plenty of articles on dotnetcurry.com were accepted and published at www.asp.net as well as www.windowsclient.net.
Ø We promised and we delivered! New sections like LINQ and Silverlight were promised via our newsletter. We also cover jQuery now.
Ø Scott Gutherie, Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Developer Division runs one of the most successful blogs. Scott listed one article of dotnetcurry.com in one of his posts. I personally consider that an achievement J. After all, not bad for a start!
Ø Dotnetcurry.com got into the elite group of the top 100,000 sites at Alexa.com. Way to go!
Ø New members joined our team. Carol Nadarwalla joined us as an Editor. Authors like Harsh Bardhan joined us in contributing articles for dotnetcurry.com
What’s New @2009
 
Ø A brand new blog called www.devcurry.com was launched today! Check my first post over there Why a new blog?
Ø We plan to revive www.sqlservercurry.com and will cover SQL Server 2008 and BI topics.
Ø Watch out for a brand new look of dotnetcurry.com in the coming days.
Ø A new section called ‘Interviews’ will be introduced. We will be interviewing .NET Developers/Architects/Managers/Testers etc. who have been influencing our lives through their work.
Ø New sections like ASP.NET MVC, Design Patterns, ASP.NET AJAX 4.0 and a few more will be introduced.
Ø Our newsletter section will be open to all users. Currently only the registered users get newsletters.
Ø Look out for Free Contests and Free Ebooks
 
TOP 10 Articles in 2008 @DotNetCurry.Com
 
Some articles that made it to the TOP 10 listings in 2008 are mentioned here. If you missed them earlier, you can check them out now :-
GridView Tips and Tricks using ASP.NET 2.0 - Some of the most frequently asked questions about the GridView control. The article discusses ten tips and tricks that you can use while using the GridView control.
How to open popup windows in IE/Firefox and return values using ASP.NET and Javascript - This article explains how to transfer values between the Parent page and a Pop-up window using both IE and Firefox
Save and Retrieve Images from the Database using ASP.NET 2.0 and ASP.NET 3.5 – This article explores how to store images in the database as well as use an Http handler to display the image in an ASP.NET server control along with other controls.
How to call Server Side function from Client Side Code using PageMethods in ASP.NET AJAX - Using PageMethods to call server-side functions using javascript.
ASP.NET AJAX Calendar Extender – Tips and Tricks -  In this article, we will see some tips and tricks that can be applied to a CalendarExtender control
Top 10 Windows Forms Articles You Must Read – Top 10 articles on Windows Forms
ASP.NET Validation Controls – Important Points, Tips and Tricks - In this article, let us see some tips and tricks that can be applied to the validation controls.
ASP.NET AJAX TabContainer – Tips and Tricks - In this article, we will explore some common tips and tricks with the ASP.NET AJAX TabContainer control.
Exploring the Global.asax file in ASP.NET – The different events in Global.asax
ASP.NET AJAX Interview Questions – ASP.NET AJAX Interview questions to help developers facing an interview.
Top 10 Visual Studio Team System (VSTS) and Team Foundation Server (TFS) Articles You Must Read – Top 10 VSTS and TFS articles which got encouragement from top Microsoft Evangelists as well as  on Channel 9 by Dan Fernandez
 
Conclusion
Regular visitors must have observed that a lot of articles at dotnetcurry.com are based on the queries and feedback given to us. You drive the site! So write back and let us know what you would like to see in the Year 2009. Thanks and have a great year ahead!
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Suprotim Agarwal, MCSD, MCAD, MCDBA, MCSE, is the founder of DotNetCurry, DNC Magazine for Developers, SQLServerCurry and DevCurry. He has also authored a couple of books 51 Recipes using jQuery with ASP.NET Controls and a new one recently at The Absolutely Awesome jQuery CookBook.

Suprotim has received the prestigious Microsoft MVP award for nine times in a row now. In a professional capacity, he is the CEO of A2Z Knowledge Visuals Pvt Ltd, a digital group that represents premium web sites and digital publications comprising of Professional web, windows, mobile and cloud developers, technical managers, and architects.

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Comment posted by Rob Bennett on Thursday, January 1, 2009 8:50 PM
Wish you the best. I have enjoyed reading your articles and will continue to do so!
Comment posted by Ramesh Talwar on Friday, January 2, 2009 11:51 PM
you guys rock..:)
Comment posted by Lueber on Wednesday, January 7, 2009 1:27 AM
I visit your site frequently to read about Silverlight and the stuff you can do with it. I have learnt so much from all these articles. Lately I have observed there haven't been many articles on Silverlight. Please share your plans around silverlight.
Comment posted by Suprotim Agarwal on Wednesday, January 7, 2009 7:11 AM
Leuber: Thanks for the kind words. We will continue focusing on Silverlight. I just posted a new article couple of days ago over here
http://www.dotnetcurry.com/BrowseArticles.aspx?CatID=56
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