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  • Blog Post: Enforcing Unobtrusive JavaScript

    Unobtrusive JavaScript is a concept that’s been around for quite a while, but it’s now finally starting to make its way into the mainstream. The basic idea is that you should separate your JavaScript from your HTML – so instead of; < a href ="Default.aspx" onclick ="alert('Sorry, that is unavailable...
  • Blog Post: Loading Scripts Late

    On the ASP.NET ScriptManager control there is a useful little property that very few people have heard of called “LoadScriptsBeforeUI”. What does it do? Well, simply put... · When “true” (the default) it will render <script> tags for each script you reference using the ScriptManager at the...
  • Blog Post: Monitor your ASP.NET Cache API Behaviour

    Recently I was working on diagnosing a performance issue with a customer’s web site with a colleague (this is one of our favourite engagement types so if you need some help let me know J), and we found that items were being trimmed very regularly from the ASP.NET Cache, causing excessive back-end work...
  • Blog Post: Performance, Scalability, and Stability

    I spend quite a lot of time nowadays advising on architecting applications to be scalable, recommending performance testing approaches and processes, and being called in to help an organisation remediate problems with an existing application. It’s one of my favourite sides to the job. But in spite...
  • Blog Post: Mapping two Tables to one Entity in the Entity Framework

    Whilst at Q-Con a few weeks ago someone asked me about how to map two database tables to one entity in the Entity Framework... something a lot of people want to do at some point or another. At this point I must thank Chris Barker for pinging me some links to get this working. It seems a common thing...
  • Blog Post: Auditing Data Changes in the Entity Framework: Part 2

    In my previous post I described the basic concept behind my auditing approach using the Entity Framework, and covered some of the problems I encountered. This post focuses on the solution I went with; do feel free to comment if you have any thoughts. Audit Lifecycle To get to the root of my requirements...
  • Blog Post: Auditing Data Changes in the Entity Framework: Part 1

    If you’ve read my last post on Types of Auditing , you should be primed for this one; I’m looking at a way to do Data Operation Auditing in the Entity Framework. That is, I want to track who changes which tables & columns , when , and in what way . Why does this specifically apply to the Entity...
  • Blog Post: Using ASP.NET Dynamic Data in an existing Web Site

    One of the tasks I used to hate when building a new system was adding admin pages to allow simple create/update functionality for lookup data. For example, maintaining a simple list of Products. It takes ages to write, and is very boring – even if you write templates to generate code it consumes a lot...
  • Blog Post: Flattening XML Data in SQL Server

    If you’ve got some XML data in a SQL Server column, how can you flatten it out and query it or present it as though it was relational data? It turns out this is quite easy... Setup Let’s create a simple table to hold our data; CREATE TABLE XmlSourceTable ( RecordId INT IDENTITY ( 1 , 1...
  • Blog Post: Project and File References Revisited

    Most .NET developers and architects are familiar with various approaches to Visual Studio solution design: Single Solution Partitioned Solution Multiple Solutions Multiple Partitioned Solutions "What? Haven't heard of "Multiple Partitioned Solutions" before. Did you just make...
  • Blog Post: Design: Architecture Frame Considerations (Part 2)

    In this second instalment we are going to review another set of frames. This guideline should help you to understand what is involved on each one of them as well as considerations and known patterns. You can find the first part following this link. The second part looks like this: The following...
  • Blog Post: Design: Architecture Frame Considerations (Part 1)

    At Microsoft we are working hard in putting together the different components that are involved deciding the architecture approach. One of these components is the architecture frame, which together with the architecture style and application type creates the architectural baseline for modern design....
  • Blog Post: Blueprints Example: View-Presenter - Part 2

    This article follows on from part 1 , so make sure you know how far we got. Basically we can generate a project according to our required template, so next we want to be able to add a new View-Presenter enabled Web Page to the project. We’ll do this using some T4 text templates – one for each file...
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