If you're a .NET developer, working with or without a database on the back-end, your world is about to change. The emergence of LINQ and SQLMetal technologies will mark a fundamental change to your development approach to collections, and provide a simpler, more consistent way of accessing your database. Steven McCabe provides what you need to get started.
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Ever wondered whether it's possible to create neater URLS, free of bulky Query String parameters? Gaidar Magdanurov shows you how with a step-by-step guide to his rewriting solution for ASP.NET 2.0.… Read more
The ability to authenticate .NET application users against Active Directory is a common requirement. Here, Jeff Hewitt demonstrates how to build wrapper classes in Visual Basic that can convert AD data types into ones that can be used in a .NET application.… Read more
OfficeWriter is a reporting tool from Softartisans, which allows you to execute and generate business reports in familiar Excel and Word formats. Here, Ty Anderson, an independent consultant, provides an overview of the tool's capabilities and provides the code you need to start generating Excel reports from your ASP.NET applications.… Read more
Jesse Liberty demonstrates a role-based security architecture for Windows Forms applications that will allow you to restrict access to any given control, on any form, so that it is either invisible or disabled, based on who is using the form.… Read more
Damon Armstrong presents an extremely powerful and flexible token replacement mechanism for your ASP.NET applications. It is based on regular expressions so allows you to search for dynamic text, instead of just a static token, in a given string.… Read more
The latest craze for mashups involves making cross-domain calls to Web Services from APIs made publicly available by companies such as Google, Flickr and so on. Unfortunately, the XMLHttpRequest object doesn't allow calls made in one domain to a web service in another.
The article surveys the current, somewhat unsatisfactory, solutions and then assesses future directions.
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With only 24 hrs to go to the release of his brand new C# 2005 CRM application, Mike Bloise encountered severe memory leak issues. This case study describes how he solved them using ANTS Profiler.… Read more
Although FTP is commonly used to transfer files over the Internet, it's somewhat unfriendly to firewalls. Phil Wilson shows you how to create a BITS upload program using C#, which will transfer files over browser ports.… Read more
In Windows Forms applications, we often need to perform some complex processing in the background, while still continuing with other tasks, such as monitoring user input and updating the user interface. For example, if you think of a web browser, it fetches and renders a web page without the main form hanging, so we can still press the Stop or Back buttons without waiting for the current page to load. This is achieved through asynchronous processing; that is, processing that takes advantage of Windows' multi-threading abilities to perform (as it appears to the user) two tasks at the same time.… Read more
Most Web Parts implementations allow users to create a single portal page where they can personalize the look, feel, functionality, and experience of their "My Home" page in an application. But what if you want to take Web Parts a step further and allow users to define a personalized interface that applies to a series of pages in an application?… Read more
It seems that there is both excitement and confusion surrounding Master Pages and Themes. A big part of the problem is that they always seem to be mentioned in the same breath - like I just did. The reality is that they are two separate but equally important technologies. … Read more
The business impact of varying page download time has not, until now, been defined. This article provides data that allows website owners to understand the business impact of their web application performance. … Read more
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