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ASP.NET v2.0 (which is expected this calendar year) brings some exciting technologies including great Web Parts, making reuse lot more powerful and easy than today. Webparts was introduced in Sharepoint and there has been lot of questions on the interoperability between ASP.NET Webparts and SharePoint’s Webpart. This blog entry from one of the Microsoft Sharepoint Technical Evangelist throws clarity into it. The blog also refers to this great tool “SmartPart for SharePoint: Workspace Home” that makes hosting ASP.NET 1.x User Control easily on a SharePoint Webpart today. Great functionality, check it out. I just now upgraded my blog to the new dasBlog…

தமிழில் இப்போது பலப்பல வலைப்பதிவுகள்/வலைப்பூக்கள் வந்துள்ளது. இன்று திரு.மாலன் (திசைகள்.காம்) அவர்கள், என் அலுவலகத்திற்கு வந்திருந்தப் பொழுது சொன்ன தகவல் இதை உறுதி செய்தது – “கடந்த சில மாதங்களில் தமிழில் வலைப்பூக்களின் எண்ணிக்கை பல நூறை தாண்டிவிட்டது, அதில் எழுதப்பட்டவை பல ஆயிரத்தை தொட்டுவிட்டது” என்று. தமிழில் உள்ள பல வலைப்பூக்களைப் படிக்க, இங்கே சுட்டவும்.

After completing 1 year of blogging, I have taken a break longer than I wanted :-). These things (breaks) have a course of their own – kind of the opposite to the “Positive Cycle” that BillG talks about in his book Road Ahead (BTW why is he not writing anymore, his last book came in 1999?). If you take a break for few days, it turns into weeks and then you never continue. Anyways, here I am back and have broken the curse – atleast that’s what I tried to communicate in the image below. I have lots to blog, so…

Happy First Anniversary to venkatarangan.com/blog This blog entry marks the beginning of second year of my blogging. Last year, on the same day, around the same time (during pongal festival) I started this blog. At that time, I thought it to be my recent fad and that it will last only for next few weeks. I see this blog only as recordings of my events, readings & happenings – but as I kept writing, I started to feel a sense of satisfaction. Also interesting for me was to look back few months, read a blog entry and recollect how I felt about something and…

Thanks to a suggestion from Sanjay Vyas, I have fixed the problem of Tamil texts not rendering properly in my blog. Analyzing the problem, I found that my Blog Name which is in Tamil and my blog entry text in Tamil were not rendering properly. The encoding is getting set correctly to “UTF-8” in all browsers. Currently I am using the DasBlog theme in my blog. If I select Just HTML, as my Theme then the texts gets rendered correctly. So it turns out to be a problem with the main CSS that gets applied for DasBlog them. With this, I narrowed the problem…