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  • Blog Post: Dublin VS 2008 launch - screencast of my LINQ demo

    If you missed the Dublin launch of Visual Studio 2008 in Tripod on March 11th, or if you just want a recap of my talk, check out the below screencast. It has an audio track so break out the headphones - apologies in advance for the low key voice, you wouldn't believe how many takes I had to do to get...
  • Blog Post: CTP of VS 2008 support for SQL Server 2008

    If you were at the Dublin community launch event on Feb 13th you saw an ASP.NET / VE / SQL Server 2008 demo that I put together during Dave's talk on Windows Server 2008. (Philip from MTUG was sitting beside me, not doubt a little concerned that I should have had my demos done by then :-)) When I...
  • Blog Post: Free Microsoft Press E-Book (Introducing Microsoft LINQ)

    Preview the first chapter from any of these Microsoft Press Visual Studio 2008 titles here , and then download the entire contents of Introducing Microsoft LINQ, as well as additional chapters from the other two titles. Introducing Microsoft LINQ by Paolo Pialorsi and Marco Russo ISBN: 9780735623910...
  • Blog Post: Hands-on LINQ learning material now available

    The good follks at InnerWorkings ( http://www.innerworkings.com/ ) have just released 3 hours of hands-on LINQ learning material. Find out more at http://www.innerworkings.com/catalog/drills/D0047B-CS/linq-to-sql .
  • Blog Post: LINQ to Entities Beta 2 and CTP of Entity Framework Tools

    So far for me LINQ to SQL has been perfectly adequate and has just worked without any intervention needed.However, if you want to get more control than LINQ to SQL gives you then you might want to take a look at LINQ to Entities. I've yet to delve into it in too much detail, but among other things...
  • Blog Post: Want to learn LINQ? Learn some of the new language features first - it will pay off.

    As you can probably tell from the title of my last few posts I've been doing some work with LINQ over the last few days. Your life will be a lot easier if you learn about some new features in C# 3.0 before getting into it, so here are some resources I've found useful and I hope you will too: Jomo Fisher...
  • Blog Post: Debugging LINQ

    I recently recorded a screencast on Javascript debugging (haven't put it up yet, watch this space) but one of the things that I covered was debug visualizers, which are a great alternative to the text-only property-name/value way of viewing state when debugging. If you're using LINQ with Visual Studio...
  • Blog Post: LINQ to SQL - compiled queries (with working example for beta 2), performance

    I've been meaning to dig into LINQ performance for some time (actually since it came up during one of my interviews for this job), so I was interested to read a sequence of posts from some of the C# team, tracing the performance of LINQ to SQL from the May 2006 CTP (it was called DLINQ back then) up...
  • Blog Post: Take 5 - 5 time-saving features in VS 2008

    Ok, in no particular order, here are 5 features in VS 2008 which are going to save me some time: Extender Wizard This is convenient for use with the AJAX Control Toolkit: to add an extender to a given control, just click the to show the popup menu below: Then choose the extender you want...
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