12/15/2008 – Two things to update:
First, sources at Microsoft confirmed this bug for me and said that a fix was already completed for v-next. I’m not sure when the next release will take place; if it will be with VS 2010 or sometime earlier, but they have it fixed.
Second, Jason Kealey has a fix that is less intrusive than the one I suggested here. You can find it here
Since the rest of the tech-world is talking about and trying Google Chrome, I thought that I’d give it a whirl and see how it interacted with ASP.NET AJAX. I’ve worked on a couple of ASP.NET AJAX applications for work (including a public website: http://showcase.costar.com) and have a bunch of small test application that I’ve written for other purposes and was curious to see how those held up when accessed with Chrome. For the most part, with the smaller applications the browser worked as expected. I had almost no layout issues (as we program for IE6, IE7, FF2, and FF3) and almost no JS problems. But, when I ran ShowCase, which uses UpdatePanels to load large swathes of a page and in doing so loads external scripts dynamically, the application broke when accessing the mapping portion of the application. Since I was responsible for this part of the application, I needed to investigate further.
See this post for the latest solution. This one has a small problem with it.
Yesterday I posted an entry where I wrote about an initialization problem in the AJAX Library portion of ASP.NET AJAX. Today, having a few spare minutes and already having found a few entries on the setTimeout problem which I linked to yesterday, I decided to do a bit more research on the window.onload problem and see how other libraries had gotten around the issue. I started with JQuery because it’s next on my list of AJAX libraries to become familiar with. So I downloaded the library, opened Visual Studio, and took a look around (don’t you love the open source nature of JS?!).
With Virtual Earth 6.1 there’s a new map style called Shaded that places topographical information on the map in the road view. It’s sort of a combination of Aerial and Road styles and is set to replace the Road view. In fact, maps.live.com uses the new Shaded map style instead of the previous Road view so whenever you think you’re viewing the Road style you’re actually viewing the Shaded style.