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  • Blog Post: Great architectural overview of RIA with Silverlight 2.0

    If you want to get a nice comprehensive overview of Silverlight 2.0 Architecture Development and Deployment then check out this 4 part series from my colleague Bob Familiar. There's some great information here that covers a broad spectrum of integration with Silverlight -  everything from WCF to...
  • Blog Post: Some compelling reasons why you should prefer Windows Vista as a platform for your applications

    Sometimes the people on my team try to just sneak stuff by the rest of us. I was just forwarded a link that's a perfect example of that. It's a whitepaper written by my co-worker right her in Atlanta, fellow DE Doug Turnure . He wrote it in December 2006, and I only just now found out about it? Shame...
  • Blog Post: Some SQL injection attack misperceptions - and reality

    My colleague Brian just posted about an error page he encountered on a public ecommerce site, and the clues it gave him about how the coding of that site was wrong in a lot of ways.  He gave some good tips on fighting SQL Injection attacks, but I think he wasn't as complete as he could have been...
  • Blog Post: Resources for my WCF3.5/REST talk at Atlanta .NET User Group March 31 2008

    Thanks to all those who turned out for the meeting, despite it being basically on the heels of the Atlanta Code Camp on the 29th. I hope you got a lot out of the talk. Here are some resources that will help out as you explore the topic: The demo code was created by my colleague Rob Bagby, he...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight and Astoria sample site from Shawn Wildermuth

    Shawn has put together a great sample site showing a Silverlight client consuming the REST based data services provided by Astoria. And he's even made the source code available. Nice job, Shawn! theADOguy - Rant: Silverlight + Entity Framework + Astoria == Crazy? By the way, thanks again to Shawn for...
  • Blog Post: Sample code from webcast "Exploring the System.Net namespace"

    Thanks to those who attended my webcast "Exploring the System.Net namespace" earlier this week. Here is the sample code and slide deck (about 500k download) and I'm still working on the questions that were asked so check back Friday! (Note that this is pretty much the same presentation and code...
  • Blog Post: GSP Developers 2006 Study Groups launching

    The Greenville-Spartanburg Enterprise Developers Guild is launching their 2006 Study Groups this week. They will be holding the meetings in CSI's training room. CSI is located on E. Main St in Easley. Due to the fairly large signup, they will be holding 2 different sessions each week. On Wednesdays...
  • Blog Post: .NET Pet Shop 4: Migrating an ASP.NET 1.1 Application to 2.0

    Here's a useful resource - an article on migrating one of our best practice applications (".NET Pet Shop") from ASP.NET 1.x to ASP.NET 2.0. Along the way, look for using the System.Transactions namespace, an upgrade of the membership elements, master pages, and caching. .NET Pet Shop 4: Migrating...
  • Blog Post: Implementing a SiteMapProvider that reads a SQL Server database

    In my current series of MSDN Events, we are covering site navigation. With site navigation, the data for the site map is (by default) stored in a file called web.sitemap that is accessed by the default SiteMapProvider. The provider model allows you to change this, and obtain your site navigational data...
  • Blog Post: Do you have tab on the menu?

    [While writing this post, I was reminded of the scene in Back to the Future where Marty McFly goes into Lou’s diner in 1955 and orders a Tab (the predecessor to Diet Coke, first marketed in 1963) to which Lou replies "Tab? I can't give you a tab unless you order something. " Hence, the post title.] ...
  • Blog Post: Cool article about usage scenarios for web services in SQL Server 2005

    I just read this recent article on MSDN that covers some neat aspects about how native XML web services in SQL Server 2005 might be used. Of particular interest is the samples of PERL scripts for executing T-SQL via SOAP.
  • Blog Post: Need a GUID?

    These days it’s less frequent that you’ll need a GUID. But sometimes you do. I remembered a little utility called GUIDGEN.EXE would create one and place it on your clipboard. I didn’t have that installed, so on a whim I browsed to www.guidgen.com not expecting to find anything there (and giving me an...
  • Blog Post: OOP in VB.NET webcast - demo code

    I've just added the demo code from my webcast Object Oriented Fundamentals in VB.NET to my Presentations page, plus a link to watch the webcast if you missed it or need a refresher. Enjoy!
  • Blog Post: Passing the buck

    One of the nice things about sharing the stage with local .NET personality Michael Earls during my last 2 MSDN Events is that if there’s any questions from the audience during his demos I can give him first shot at answering them. Michael presented the session on ASP.NET debugging and a question...
  • Blog Post: Secure that trace.axd file

    In our current series of MSDN Events , we are spending a good bit of time on ASP.NET tracing and showing the usefulness of the trace.axd file. After doing some research around the web (using MSN Search of course!) I came across some information on how to control access to the trace.axd file if you set...
  • Blog Post: When is a door not a door...

    OK, I just got into a little debate with my cohort Bill Steele over a few lines of code. Why don't you, dear readers, take a look for yourselves: Private Function DoSomething() As Boolean Try Return True Catch ex As Exception Finally MessageBox.Show("Here I am!") End Try End Function Now, without trying...
  • Blog Post: Sample code and slides available for ASP.NET Mobile Controls and Security Best Practices

    I have added links to slides and demos (and to recordings of the webcasts) for 2 recent webcasts I did to my presentations page (see link on the right as well). Enjoy!
  • Blog Post: Follow-up: Webcast on 9/9 (Best Practices for CLR Objects in SQL Server 2005)

    Thanks to all those who attended my webcast. I've just written this article which includes some unanswered questions from the webcast, as well as the link to download sample code that I used in the demos. If you have further questions about this webcast, please feel free to post a comment and I'll do...
  • Blog Post: Useful Article: Digitally Signing Data in InfoPath 2003

    I just came across this great article on the home page of the MSDN site today: Digitally Signing Data in InfoPath 2003 . Since we're covering InfoPath SP1 enhancements in our MSDN Events these days, I thought it would be useful for attendees (or anyone else interested in InfoPath for that matter). The...
  • Blog Post: Application Block resources

    I've just wrapped up my last events for MSDN Events until August. In typical fashion, after presenting that content for 2 months, I'm still discovering useful related resources. Take, for example, the workspaces on GotDotNet . These provide a way for you to share information about a product or technology...
  • Blog Post: Good article on unit testing ASP.NET

    I came across an article today which showed some really good thinking in solving the problem of unit testing ASP.NET application functionality. Usually, testing ASP.NET apps involves issuing HTTP requests and comparing the response to some set of known values. This is really too far removed from the...
  • Blog Post: VB.NET Keyword of the Week: DirectCast

    I'm starting a new series of blog entries - a weekly keyword in VB.NET that I find interesting, and that some of you may not be aware of. This weeks word: DirectCast . If you've been using CType to convert values, as in var=CType(expression, typename), consider using DirectCast instead. You can use...
  • Blog Post: He said what???

    Some of you that tuned into my webcast (or attended my session) at TechEd might have been surprised when, during the section reviewing the pros and cons of Windows authentication, I stated the following: “So disadvantages are along the same lines in that you're now linked to Active Directory...
  • Blog Post: HowTo: Create a SQL Server 2000 Reporting Services Report from a Stored Procedure

    Several folks at my sessions have asked how to create a report in SQL Server 2000 Reporting Services Report Designer based on a stored procedure. Keep in mind, there are some tricky steps if you are using the report wizard. You don't get the opportunity in the wizard to tell it you are using a stored...
  • Blog Post: BASIC at 40 looks better than I do at 37...

    Well, not if you ask my wife, I guess. Forty years ago today BASIC was born at Dartmouth college. Could they have ever envisioned a language as powerful and respectable as VisualBasic.NET back then? I think it's fascinating how far the language has progressed. BASIC was actually how I got into my...
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