FOWA next Week

What: Future of web apps
The Future of Web Apps showcases the successful web technologies and business trends of the future, delivered by the pioneers of today. Attended by all the major European and US start-ups and industry experts, it’s the best place to learn directly from the developers, designers and entrepreneurs behind the web’s brightest stars in a relaxed and fun environment.
When: Thursday, October 9, 2008 (all day)
Where: ExCel Conference Centre

One Western Gateway Royal Victoria Dock
London, E16 1XL   United Kingdom

I’ll be there for the workshop the 8th Oct 2008

How to prevent crash in your site when crawled by GoogleBot

Sometimes a site running on ASP.NET and IIS6 and implement UrlRewriting can crash when crawled by GoogleBot.

This is due to a bug in Html32TextWriter used by the Adaptive Rendering feature in ASP.NET

You can read more about the error here :
http://todotnet.com/archive/0001/01/01/7472.aspx
http://aspnet.4guysfromrolla.com/demos/printPage.aspx?path=/articles/050504-1.aspx

It happened to my www.gurgle.com after we implemented friendly urls for SEO.

If you’re using Visual Studio 2008 Team System Edition, and you are using Webtest to Test and LoadTest your site, there’s something you can do to prevent your site to crash when crawled by GooleBot or yahoo bot.
You can easily create a custom Browser Template, with the GoogleBot User-Agent and test your site simulating that browser.

HowTo: create a custom Browser Template for LoadTesting
http://blogs.msdn.com/slumley/pages/adding-an-ie7-browser-template-for-use-by-web-tests.aspx

You can then create a loadtest file and execute the webtest using the GoogleBot crawler

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