Shaun Xu

The Sheep-Pen of the Shaun



Shaun, the author of this blog is a semi-geek, clumsy developer, passionate speaker and incapable architect with about 10 years’ experience in .NET and JavaScript. He hopes to prove that software development is art rather than manufacturing. He's into cloud computing platform and technologies (Windows Azure, Amazon and Aliyun) and right now, Shaun is being attracted by JavaScript (Angular.js and Node.js) and he likes it.

Shaun is working at Worktile Inc. as the chief architect for overall design and develop worktile, a web-based collaboration and task management tool, and lesschat, a real-time communication aggregation tool.


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Microsoft had announced ASP.NET vNext in BUILD and TechED recently and as a developer, I found that we can add features into one ASP.NET vNext application such as MVC, WebAPI, SignalR, etc.. Also it's cross platform which means I can host ASP.NET on Windows, Linux and OS X. If you are following my blog you should knew that I'm currently working on a project which uses ASP.NET WebAPI, SignalR and AngularJS. Currently the AngularJS part is hosted by Express in Node.js while WebAPI and SignalR are hosted ......


This is the upgraded version of one of my previous post named “Localization in ASP.NET MVC – 3 Days Investigation, 1 Day Job”. I updated my solution to the latest ASP.NET MVC 4, Visual Studio 2012 with some bug fixes. I also tried to provide some solutions which I mentioned in the original post but didn’t implement. Thanks and History Since I posted the original post two years ago the view count is over 30 hundred and there are about 55 comments till now. I would like to take this opportunity to ......


The Gu and the Haack had just announced the ASP.NET MVC 3 RTM had been released yesterday. You can download the intall file, release note and source code here. As the Gu said with the ASP.NET MVC 3 there are some other productions released as well NuGet IIS Express 7.5 SQL Server CE 4 Web Deploy & Web Farm Framework 2.0 Orchard 1.0 WebMatrix 1.0 The Orchard is a CMS and blogging system which build from ASP.NET MVC 3 with the new Razor view engine which can be found here and here. Hope this helps, ......


When I was working on the TalentOn project (Promotion in MSDN Chinese) I was asked to implement a functionality that makes the top menu items highlighted when the currently viewing page was in that section. This might be a common scenario in the web application development I think. Simple Example When thinking about the solution of the highlighted menu items the biggest problem would be how to define the sections (menu item) and the pages it belongs to rather than making the menu highlighted. With ......


RenderAction method had been introduced when ASP.NET MVC 1.0 released in its MvcFuture assembly and then final announced along with the ASP.NET MVC 2.0. Similar as RenderPartial, the RenderAction can display some HTML markups which defined in a partial view in any parent views. But the RenderAction gives us the ability to populate the data from an action which may different from the action which populating the main view. For example, in Home/Index.aspx we can invoke the Html.RenderPartial(“MyParti... ......

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