Friday, September 17, 2010

SVG gets rendered on IE 9.0

Looks like Microsoft has decided to support SVG in IE. This is a thing I always wanted to happen.

I ran the butterfly.svg file found here ( in IE 9.0 Beta and it rendered as expected (shown). The Mozilla also rendered it the same way.

I also tested (with a little change) one of the svg graphics demonstrating svg as inline html from Jennifer Yu's

blog at

Surprise, IE 9.0 rendered the HTML file but Mozilla 3.6.10 could not as shown.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

IE 9.0: Love at first sight

It's cool and it's fast and it is called IE9.0
Little more than IE9.0, it's Beta 1.
You can download it from here:
Versions Vista (Windows 7),  32-bit or 64-Bit
IE9-Windows7-x86-enu.exe  19.0MB file
Installs fast and it's really nice. If you can do without Norton Toolbar you can take off a full 1 second from waiting time.
Here are some screen shots. Go get yourself IE 9.0 and experience yourself.
Some problem getting it, review some screen shots here.
I Got rid of Norton Toolbar

Navigational icons at the bottom
Home. Tools etc are unobtrusive

Here are the highlights:
Seamless with Windows 7 (how about Vista? some seams perhaps!)
HTML 5 Support
Focused, UI-Centric Page
 Faster Web. Yes, it looks like it is for now.
Jump lists
 HTML 5 supercharged web sites!!. Cool tool to design
Flower-o-scope tool is great

 I discovered my musical talents here. Go there and find out how?  

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Who said you cannot have design view of an SQL Azure table?

It is true that if you are connecting to SQL Azure from SSMS you only have recourse to T-SQL for the most part (with the Delete however you do get a user interface). Well, this has been one of the sour points as some believe that GUI is more productive than using T-SQL. T-SQL and SSMS are really the two sides of a doppelgänger and, you know who the evil one is.

But the Project 'Houston' has changed it for good. It has a lovely (if I may so call it) user interface blessed with Silverlight. You even have animation effects. It is the web based database management tool that is a nice offspring of Windows Cloud platform. Although new for Microsoft web based database management tools are in vogue quite for some time.

Houston is presently hosted on the SQL Azure developer portal.

Why wait, sign-up for Windows Live follow it up owning a Windows Azure account. You are all set and ready to roll. Roll baby roll!

Here is a screen shot of something you always wanted to do with SQL Azure. See all the (gory) details of your table in design view and make changes to it and save.

I am sure if Microsoft adds a dash of CSS and shine a bit more of Silverlight you could have syntax highlighting and intellisense in no time at all. Right now the syntax is all monochrome. Protection Status