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  • Blog Post: Advanced Basics: More On The LINQ Enumerable Class

    The System.Linq.Enumerable class plays an important role in every LINQ query you create, making it possible to use querying semantics with objects that wouldn't otherwise support querying methods. In the July 2008 issue of MSDN Magazine , Ken Getz took you on a quick tour through half of the methods...
  • Blog Post: Data Hierarchies With SQL Server 2008

    SQL Server 2008 supports a new data type, HierarchyID, that helps solve some of the problems in modeling and querying hier­archical information. In the September 2008 issue of MSDN Magazine , Kent Tegels introduces you to the HierarchyID data type by presenting a bill-of-materials implementation in SQL...
  • Blog Post: September 2008 MSDN Magazine now online

    The September 2008 issue of MSDN Magazine is now available online. Here's what's in the issue: Hierarchy ID: Model Your Data Hierarchies With SQL Server 2008 We explain how the new hierarchyID data type in SQL Server 2008 helps solve some of the problems in modeling and querying hierarchical information...
  • Blog Post: Advanced Basics: The LINQ Enumerable Class

    The Enumerable class plays an important role in every LINQ query you create. Because the Enumerable class's extension methods can process many other classes—including Array and List—you can use methods of the Enumerable class not only to create LINQ queries, but also to manipulate the behavior of arrays...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server Data Services

    SQL Server Data Services (SSDS) is a robust, scale-free data service that internally uses proven SQL Server technology and exposes its functionality over industry standard Web service interfaces. In the July 2008 issue of MSDN Magazine , David Robinson introduces you to the basics of developing a data...
  • Blog Post: Test Run: Testing SQL Stored Procedures Using LINQ

    The need to test a program that accesses and manipulates a back-end SQL Server database is very common. In many such cases, the application interacts with the back-end data through the use of SQL stored procedures. In the April 2008 issue of MSDN Magazine , James McCaffrey shows you how to simplify SQL...
  • Blog Post: Extreme ASP.NET: Controls for Silverlight and Data-binding

    In the March 2008 issue of MSDN Magazine , in our Extreme ASP.NET column, Fritz Onion explains how the new ListView control can literally replace all other data-binding controls in ASP.NET . Fritz demonstrates how ListView makes several data-binding tasks much easier than they were with previous controls...
  • Blog Post: Apply Test-Driven Development to your Database Projects

    Visual Studio Team System Database Edition, also known as DBPro or Data Dude, introduced a product lifecycle methodology to database development. DBPro also introduced a database unit-testing designer that makes it easy to either generate or write T-SQL-oriented unit tests to verify database objects...
  • Blog Post: Data Points: Designing an Entity Data Model

    The Entity Framework is an exciting new technology for ADO.NET developers that enables you to view data using a logical model instead of a physical model. At the heart of the Entity Framework is the Entity Data Model (EDM), which defines the entity types, relationships and containers that developers...
  • Blog Post: Uncover Hidden SQL Server Data to Optimize Application Performance

    Many application performance problems can be traced to poorly performing database queries; however, there are many ways you can improve database performance. SQL Server 2005 gathers a lot of information that you can use to identify the causes of such performance issues. In the January issue of MSDN Magazine...
  • Blog Post: Data Points: Common Table Expressions

    Common Table Expressions (CTEs) can help improve the readability (and thus the maintainability) of SQL statements without compromising performance. They also make writing recursive code in T-SQL significantly easier than it was in previous versions of SQL Server. In the October issue of MSDN Magazine...
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