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  • Blog Post: Entity Framework 4.0 Sneak Previews

    NOTE: This was cross posted from here . If you haven’t been keeping up on the ADO.NET team blog , but you want to get up to speed with what’s coming in the next release of the Entity Framework (.NET 4.0), then now is the time to start monitoring their blog.  Since 5/11, they’ve cranked out seven...
  • Blog Post: DevDinnerOnDemand: Overview of the .NET Framework 3.5 SP1

    With the .NET Framework 3.5 (the version native to Visual Studio 2008) coming up on its first anniversary, Microsoft is poised to release the first update to the framework in the form of Service Pack (SP1).  This Service Pack is unlike your standard Service Pack, in that it will introduce new features...
  • Blog Post: Preventing SQL Injection with the Entity Framework and Data Services

    Yesterday, at the Developer Dinner, I answered a bunch of questions around SQL Injection in the various usage scenarios of the ADO.NET Entity Framework & ADO.NET Data Services.  For the most part, my responses were correct.  However, the last question asked was specific to Entity SQL queries...
  • Blog Post: FOLLOW UP: Developer Dinner on .NET Framework 3.5 SP1

    Thanks to everyone who attended! You can download the deck and links to the code here: Normally, I make my actual demo code available for download. However, this time around, my demo code was based on the .NET 3.5 Enhancements Training Kit. I blogged about it here: http://blogs.msdn.com/devkeydet...
  • Blog Post: Free training on .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 and ASP.NET MVC

    Looking for free introductory training on the .NET 3.5 SP1 & ASP.NET MVC?  Head over to Jonathan Carter's blog to get all the details on the .NET 3.5 Enhancements Training Kit RTM .  What will you find?  Information and links to download a kit that has presentations, demos, and labs...
  • Blog Post: FOLLOW UP: Public Sector Developer Conference (Downers Grove, IL)

    Thanks to everyone who attended!  Here are the links to the decks and code for the sessions.  I don't have the content from the LINQ & VSTO sessions yet, but will update this post when I get them.  However, I did promise to have a post up this morning. How Visual Studio Team System...
  • Blog Post: Free training on .NET 3.5 SP1

    I just came across this update to the .NET 3.5 Enhancements Training Kit from Jonathan Carter .  If you've seen my ASP.NET 3.5 Extensions Preview webcast and are looking for the code, then you will want to download the kit.  I used the kit as the starting point for my demos.  I do a few...
  • Blog Post: WPF for Line of Business applications

    I'm a big believer that WPF is a great UI technology for LOB applications.  Yes, there are some shortcomings in the designer experience if you compare the WPF designer to the Windows Forms designer in Visual Studio 2008.  Yes, WPF is missing some controls that people expect like a DataGrid...
  • Blog Post: WEBCAST FOLLOW UP: Overview of the Microsoft ASP.NET 3.5 Extensions Preview

    Thanks to everyone who attended!  Sorry about the demo hiccups / going over.  As I mentioned in the beginning, I had a hard time trying to get everything I wanted to cover into 90 minutes.  As you can see, there's quite a bit in the ASP.NET 3.5 Extensions.  Normally, I make all of...
  • Blog Post: WEBCAST: Overview of the Microsoft ASP.NET 3.5 Extensions Preview

    The ASP.NET 3.5 Extensions Preview is a new release that provides new functionality being added to ASP.NET 3.5 and ADO.NET in 2008. This release delivers a set of new features that target: Enabling High Productivity Data Scenarios - including MVC, Entity Framework, ADO.NET Data Services and Dynamic Data...
  • Blog Post: DC Launch Follow Up

    Thanks to everyone who stuck around for my "Defy Occasionally-Connected Challenges With Smart Client Applications" session at the DC Launch.  The deck and demo files are available here: Deck Workflow Services Demo Sync Services for ADO.NET Demo Server Database The demos require Visual...
  • Blog Post: WEBCAST: Microsoft Synchronization Services for ADO.NET

    Microsoft Synchronization Services for ADO.NET makes building applications for occasionally connected environments a logical extension of building applications where you can count on a consistent network.  Rather than simply replicating a database and its schema, the Synchronization Services application...
  • Blog Post: Webcast Schedule for April 2008

    Register today for our upcoming webcasts! DATE TIME LOCATION TITLE AND REGISTRATION LINK PRESENTER S OWNER TARGET AUDIENCE April 9 , 2008 14:00 -15:30 EST Webcast Geospatially Enabling SharePoint with IDV Solutions’ Visual...
  • Blog Post: Video: ADO.NET Entity Framework... One year later

    This is a video that's been in existence for a while and some of you may have already seen it, but throughout all of the research that I've done on The Entity Frameworks future, I hadn't seen it. If I hadn't seen it, I was thinking that others may not have either. What I found interesting in the video...
  • Blog Post: Free download: ADO.NET Entity Framework Samples

    If you are in the midst of learning about the ADO.NET Entity Framework, then you'll want to get the samples that I found on the CodePlex web site. Description Initial samples for Entity Framework Beta 3: includes updated Getting Starting, NorthwindEF, and Query samples with three new sets of samples...
  • Blog Post: Building online/offline synchronization capabilities with the Microsoft Sync Framework

    Although many applications are being built today with Web based (ASP.NET and other) architectures in mind, there is still a major requirement/need in the industry for semi-connected applications. The bases of a semi-connect (often called occasionally connected) applications is that when you are connected...
  • Blog Post: WEBCAST: What's new in Visual Studio 2008 for Smart Client Developers?

    UPDATE: I am aware that the registration link is broken. I am working to get the proper link from the company who sets these up for me. Sorry about the broken link. UPDATE2: The link has been updated and now works:). Come see a demo-rich overview of the new features Visual Studio Code Name “Orcas” has...
  • Blog Post: WEBCAST FOLLOW UP: What's New for Web Developers in Visual Studio 2008 & the Microsoft ASP.NET Futures

    Thanks for attending! If you missed it, you should be able view the recording here . The deck and code are here . If you are looking for today's code, then make sure you download WebDevVS2008_democode_beta2 and FuturesJuly2007_democode . You will, of course have to wait for Visual Studio 2008 beta 2...
  • Blog Post: Validation and Business Logic using LINQ to SQL

    I have spoken to quite a few customers about LINQ & LINQ to SQL over the last few months. Oddly enough, very few people have asked me about how one might encapsulate validation and business logic using LINQ to SQL. Scott Guthrie just posted another in his LINQ to SQL series blogs here . Part of his...
  • Blog Post: LINQ to SQL performance

    One of the things I get asked quite often is "How does LINQ to SQL affect performance compared to writing my own Data Access Layer?" LINQ to SQL perf is a work in progress of course since it is still in beta. However, if you are curious, check out Rico Mariani's first three of a series of post on LINQ...
  • Blog Post: PUBLIC SECTOR WEBCAST: Introduction to LINQ + LINQ to SQL (July)

    July 11th 2:00P-3:30P EST (11:00A-12:30P PST) Modern applications operate on data in several different forms: Relational tables, XML documents, and in-memory objects. Each of these domains can have profound differences in semantics, data types, and capabilities, and much of the complexity in today’s...
  • Blog Post: WEBCAST FOLLOW UP: Introduction to LINQ + LINQ to SQL (June)

    Thanks to everyone who attended! You can download the deck here and code here . -Marc Technorati Tags: LINQ
  • Blog Post: PUBLIC SECTOR WEBCAST: Introduction to LINQ + LINQ to SQL (June)

    June 27th 2:00P-3:30P EST (11:00A-12:30P PST) Modern applications operate on data in several different forms: Relational tables, XML documents, and in-memory objects. Each of these domains can have profound differences in semantics, data types, and capabilities, and much of the complexity in today’s...
  • Blog Post: What's new in Visual Studio 2008 & the .NET Framework 3.5 for Smart Client Developers?

    I've been spending a bit of time getting spun up on what's new in the .NET Framework 3.5 & Visual Studio 2008. With all the buzz around Silverlight & ASP.NET AJAX, you may not have heard about the new tools, APIs, and services for Smart Clients. Here is a list of some of what's coming: WPF "Cider...
  • Blog Post: Developer Conference Follow Up

    Thanks to everyone who attended our Public Sector Developer Conference in Downers Grove, IL. I don't have all of the decks yet, but I figured I would post anyway to get you started. I will update this post when I get the other decks. Introduction to LINQ + LINQ to SQL - deck , demo code What's New for...
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