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I have had a version of Windows 8 running since the first day the Developer Preview was available for download. I did so out of necessity, not because the techie in me wanted to. The techie in me that has spent the last 10 years exclusively in Microsoft's world wants nothing more than ...
This is the perfect book for the beginner and the advanced MVC developer. It is a one stop shop for learning the ASP.NET MVC 3 Framework. It starts out with a nice little sample application that will get beginners up to speed fast. It then covers the MVC Pattern in detail and how it r...
It’s a daunting task to author a book of over 1000 pages and maintain the interest of the reader. Matthew MacDonald is able to do so for several reasons. He maintains a good sense of humor and he is not afraid to express his opinion about a topic. Two examples come to mind. The first e...
The PowerBuilder 12.1 maintenance release is now available. For people who believe that you should never use the .0 release of any product, the maintenance release means they should feel comfortable using PowerBuilder 12 now. However, there are several good reasons other than that to g...
A great agile team is a highly disciplined team. Embracing new levels of discipline consistently across teams is tough without guidance and continual feedback. Wouldn’t it be great to have an experienced Agile Development Coach entrenched into every single one of your project teams? Th...
In recent years there has been a growing interest in applying design patterns to various aspects of programming. One of the more well-known patterns is the Model-View-Controller pattern or MVC. This pattern has a great deal of appeal in the web design environment because it offers the ...
There are certain authors whose books I look forward to reading because they don't just repackage a manual but offer practical real-work examples and advice. One such author is Scott Mitchell. He has revised his previous version of this book to encompass ASP.NET 4 . This book is well w...
Last week I got the following two questions from one of our clients * “We use ASP.NET PostBacks but can’t find the PurePath for the request triggering the PostBack handler – any hints?” * “We see many ThreadAbortExceptions in our ASP.NET Application and we are not sure why th...
There are several authors of .NET books who not only know their material but are able to present the information in a practical manner. One such author is Scott Mitchell. This book is well written and is divided into four parts with a total of 24 chapters. While the level of the book i...
At a recent Skills Matter event in the UK Goyko Adzic presented for over an hour on Space Based programming in .Net. The slides are embedded below, but as this blog is syndicated and sometimes the slides get stripped out, you can find them here.
In today’s business world change is a constant and companies need to ensure that they keep up with that change. Whether the change is an opportunistic response to new conditions – requirements, regulations, market conditions, a merger/acquisition – or a major transformation, companies ...
AJAX has dominated the web space so extensively that it needs no introduction. Connecting to a server via XMLHttpRequest and making a partial page refresh is what makes this technique so attractive. However, use of these AJAX requests, although very attractive, can pose dangers as well...
I am having a blast with the series where I am updating my simple Mix 09 Business Application demo. In this part, I wanted to consider the scenario that I hope is a common one. The developer writes their Silverlight app using the RIA Services pattern and the application becomes wildl...
Microsoft released ASP .NET MVC for Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1, you can find the installer on CodePlex. Many of the new Visual Studio 2010 features intended to support the TDD workflow fit very nicely with ASP.NET MVC, which ScottGu will describe in an upcoming blog post.
The Distributed Management Task Force (DMTF), today announced that it has formed a group dedicated to addressing the need for open management standards for cloud computing. The “Open Cloud Standards Incubator” will work to develop a set of informational specifications for c...
I am sure that most of you have heard about or have had a chance to use Google Maps. It's a great service and I was really impressed by the responsiveness of the application and the ease with which users could drag and zoom maps from a Web browser. It has in many ways heralded the arri...
PowerBuilder 11.0 supports deploying existing PowerBuilder client/server business applications as an ASP.NET WebForm application. This greatly improves developer productivity without having to learn a new development language and preserves PowerBuilder development skills. Although the ...
Developer Express announced the immediate availability of its reporting platform for WinForms and ASP.NET – the XtraReports Suite v2008 vol 2. Built and optimized for Visual Studio, the DevExpress suite of reporting components allows software developers to deliver cutting-edge capabili...
One of the reasons that ASP.NET has become popular as a framework for Web developers is the availability of third-party controls and tools. This third-party product support means that, when you’re developing features and functionality in an ASP.NET application, you have "buy versus bui...
Come see a no-slides, code-only presentation that starts with a blank directory and builds a data-driven, AJAX enabled, ASP.NET web application from scratch that implements common AJAX patterns with the rich set of AJAX Control Toolkit, accesses data with LINQ, and implements standards...
Have you ever wished you could run ASP.NET applications on Linux, without having to rewrite your code or leave the Visual Studio development environment? In this article, I show you how to port Steve Clements' AJAX ASP.NET RSS Reader to native Java and deploy it to Apache Tomcat on Lin...
ASP.NET developers are bored with traditional books that outline concepts in a lengthy way. These books are good if you like to learn the features in a detailed manner. However, by the time the book is read, a new version will be released. Hence, many learners including myself prefer s...
CLINQ v1.1 has been released. Some of you may have already downloaded some of the new builds, but here's a rundown of what the new release includes: Support for Continuous Aggregation. Now, in addition to being able to have your result sets automatically update themselves in response t...
As soon as ASP.NET systems grow to the point that more than a single Web server needs to be deployed, decisions need to be mode about where the session state will be held. By default, ASP.NET session state lives in the memory of the server hosting the application. The problem with this...
One of the big buzzwords that rose to fame in 2005 was 'Ajax.' The term 'Ajax' was first coined by Jesse James Garrett in his essay 'Ajax: A New Approach to Web Applications' (www.adaptivepath.com/publications/essays/archives/000385.php), and it refers to the use of asynchronous JavaSc...
In the past few months, the design pattern of combining Asynchronous JavaScript and XML (AJAX) to develop highly interactive Web applications has been growing in popularity. High-profile Web applications such as Google Maps and A9 are currently leveraging the combination of these techn...
The new family of bound controls lets developers build data-driven applications almost without writing a line of code at page level, but there's more work to do to build really robust, fully featured controls. With the new version of .NET Framework, developers can extend base controls ...
You already know the sheer productivity advantages of developing applications that run on the .NET framework using the Visual Studio.NET IDE, and have likely developed and deployed one or more of these in the years since they became generally available. But did you know that you can do...
ComponentArt has released version 2006.1 of its next-generation 3D charting line: ComponentArt Charting for .NET. The release consists of WebChart for ASP.NET for web-based solutions, and WinChart for .NET for Windows Forms development, and the controls are available individually or to...
Web sites are based on a client-server model. While the client (usually a browser) can use client-side script such as JavaScript to do simple tweaking of existing data, getting new data requires a request to the server. The server does the heavy processing and makes a response back, wh...
On the eve of the official release of .NET 2.0, developers around the world were anxiously waiting and priming their PCs for a speedy download from MSDN. And who could blame them? Microsoft's .NET development platform has been a hit with the developer community ever since the first bet...
Recently, a number of Web sites have begun to raise some eyebrows within the developer community. What's unique about these sites is that they behave more like a desktop application than a Web application. As you interact with them, they quickly display an endless amount of information...
Before there were Web parts, DotNetNuke created installable private assemblies nicknamed modules to encapsulate the functionality desired within a modular environment. It doesn't take much experience developing modules for DotNetNuke before you start asking the age-old questions: I kno...
Did you know that the terminology known as skinning has been around for quite some time, but never in the hands of mainstream designers and Web developers in the content management space? Simple skinning or skin themes, which are more familiar, started back in the days of Windows when ...
One underutilized technique for maximizing code reuse and increasing developer productivity is the creation and utilization of ASP.NET Server controls. Even when the problem domain is well known and understood, each new project has many developers starting at square one, dragging and d...
I'm working on an application where I built a custom membership provider because of custom database scheme requirement. My custom membership provider is using the hashed format for passwords and user answers. I've got that working and now want to deploy the new application including th...
In December 2004 it was decided that DotNetNuke would break out its existing core modules into separate Projects so that they could be enhanced, released, and supported independently from the core Web Application Framework. It was further decided that some additional modules would also...
Over the past few years, a paradigm shift of monumental proportions has been quietly occurring on the World Wide Web. The traditional 'brand-builder' Web site whose sole purpose was the delivery of static marketing information to potential customers has finally lost its appeal. Fuelled...
RSS is the technology driving the blogging craze that's sweeping the Internet, but it's far more than a blogging technology. It's a prime foundation on which to build 'service-oriented' applications.
Since the introduction of CGI in 1993, the Web has become an increasingly popular medium for interactive content and application development. The evolution of Web programming has come a long way in 12 years, and new technologies are being introduced on an almost daily basis. As a devel...