Hear Me Now and Believe Me Later



Hear Me Now and Believe Me Later


By David Riggs


Saturday Night Live, NBC s venerable and ageless late-night comedy extravaganza, has been launching and showcasing the careers of many of our generation s most talented comedians since 1975. So many, in fact, that there is no way to list them all here, let alone choose a select few who epitomize the talent pool.


To say that the show and its collective cast have influenced contemporary entertainment is an understatement. Indeed, the show s many iconic characters have influenced pop culture beyond the realm of realistic. The Blues Brothers. The Coneheads. Roseanne Roseannadanna. These characters, and many, many more, have inspired feature-length movies, Halloween costumes, and, maybe most appropriate to how we communicate with each other, slang. Indeed, most everyone I know has their favorite character-speak or catch-phrase they like to repeat (believe me, I asked).


A couple of my favorites come from one of Mike Myers recurring segments from the 1990s, Coffee Talk with Linda Richman, which gave us such classics as like buttah and Tawk amongst yourselves I ll give you a topic. Linda Richman got people talking.


People like you and me, communicating. Which brings me to blogs and chat rooms (smooth, huh?). Lately, the hip, trendy means of communication is via blogs and chat rooms. Sure, blogs and chat rooms vary in their functionality but at the heart of it all, people are communicating. Blogs and chat rooms enable us to talk amongst ourselves and share ideas more easily. And this issue of asp.netPRO offers new content to make it easier for you to start your own blog or chat room.


This month I m excited to announce the debut of a new column: CodeTalk. Throughout the course of this column, Bipin Joshi will illustrate real-world use of ASP.NET features by dissecting small-scale applications. His articles will be a combination of design, concept, and code-level implementation. To kick things off, Bipin starts a three-part series wherein he explains how to develop a blog using ASP.NET 2.0 and SQL Server Express Edition. This month, Build Your Own Blog: Part I is featured as the cover story; look for Parts II and III as the new CodeTalk column starting in May.


Likewise, check out Steve C. Orr s ControlFreak column, WebChat. This month, Steve presents a WebChat control that you can drop onto any ASP.NET Web page to get an instant, fully functional chat room. And during the process, you just might learn some cutting-edge development techniques, such as how to implement ASP.NET 2.0 client-side callbacks (AJAX), how to use the new Visual Studio 2005 Resource Manager, and how to work with Generics. You might also learn some valuable tips about how to create custom controls, how to work with application state, and how to write server code that emits client-side JavaScript.


Thanks for reading. Now go talk amongst yourselves.


David Riggs is editor-in-chief of asp.netPRO and its companion e-newsletter, asp.netNOW. Reach him at mailto:[email protected].




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