Here's what this ends up looking like, when you right-click the pinned icon on the taskbar:
One important thing to note: when you make your icons, it's a good idea to provide several sizes, as IE9 will choose the best icon size relative to the DPI setting on the user's machine. Providing icons of 16x16 and 32x32 at a minimum, and adding 48x48 and 64x64 will provide for best coverage. Keep in mind that the more sizes you choose, the larger your favicon.ico file will be. The same goes for color - the more colors, the larger the .ico file, and the more bandwidth you will use (Internet Explorer caches the favicon.ico file, but not all browsers do). I made my icons 8-bit color, and that kept the size reasonable.
There are a number of free icon editors available to help you design your icons. I used one called IcoFx, which does a great job of creating multi-image icon files, including importing from existing jpg, gif, or png images.
There's lots more you can do with pinning, including adding overlay icons, customizing the highlight color for the back and forward buttons, and more. Find out more in this MSDN article on Desktop Integration with Internet Explorer 9.
Microsoft WebMatrix: DevNuggets and Upcoming UG Talks
In the past few weeks I've been taking the new Microsoft WebMatrix out for a spin, and so far I like what I see. To be clear, WebMatrix isn't targeted at the professional developer, but rather is a nice lightweight tool for beginners, hobbyists, and folks who just want to download and deploy useful open source applications.
To help folks better understand Microsoft WebMatrix, and where it fits in the Microsoft Web Platform, I've started a series of DevNuggets screencasts covering various aspects of the tool, and I'm also going to a variety of user groups in Mid-Atlantic to talk about WebMatrix, and related technologies. Here's a list of the screencasts so far:
Here's the most recent screencast, covering the new site options in WebMatrix:
I'm planning additional screencasts to cover using the built-in site templates, creating sites from open source apps and deploying them, working with styles and layout, and more.
The user group talks I have lined up will cover Microsoft WebMatrix, IIS Express, and the new Razor syntax, and are going to be on the following dates:
If you're interested in having me speak at your group, just drop me a line. I'm happy to give the above talk, or cover other web technologies you might be interested in.
Code Camp Update
An issue of the MSDN Flash in the Fall wouldn't be complete without a reminder about upcoming code camps…
The next code camp coming up in Mid-Atlantic will be in Pittsburgh, PA on Saturday, October 16.
The Central Maryland Association of .NET Professionals in Columbia, MD recently announced that their next code camp will be held on November 6, 2010. They're currently accepting proposals for talks, so if you're interested in speaking, go apply now!
Last, but surely not least, the Northern Virginia Code Camp has chosen a date for their next code camp, which will be held at the Microsoft office in Reston, VA on December 11, 2010. More details in a future issue of the MSDN Flash.
In addition to the code camps, there are the following SQL and SharePoint events you may want to take advantage of:
You don't want to miss out on these opportunities for great learning and networking, absolutely free!
Did I miss a code camp or other event? Let me know.
To find out about and/or promote upcoming local developer and IT pro community events, check out Community Megaphone. Check out our podcast, too.
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Until next time...
G. Andrew Duthie
Developer Evangelist, Mid-Atlantic States District
Andrew Duthie has been working with computers since the days of the Commodore PET, hacking game programs loaded from cassette tapes to say funny stuff, and has been writing and speaking about developer technologies for more than a decade.