Download the Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 Beta for improved features for both client and Web development. Additionally, SP1 for the .NET Framework introduces the ADO.NET Entity Framework and ADO.NET Data Services.
Visual Basic Power Packs 3.0 now includes a new DataRepeater control that enables you to use standard Windows Forms controls to display rows of your data in a scrollable container, giving you more flexibility and customization than standard grid controls.
This free project item template automates creation of XML schema sets from any number of XML documents. If you are working with Language Integrated Queries (LINQ) to XML in Visual Basic 9, this utility can significantly improve your editing experience by adding XML schemas (.xsd files) to your project that add IntelliSense for XML properties.
The Snippet Editor is an application with UI for creating, editing, and testing Visual Studio code snippets. You can specify snippet code and metadata (for example, title, author, description, keyboard shortcut), replacement variables, and referenced assemblies and easily manage them all.
The Visual Studio 2008 SDK includes tools, documentation, and samples for Visual Basic developers to design, build, test and deploy extensions for Visual Studio 2008. You can also use the VS 2008 SDK to create custom tool environments based on the new Visual Studio 2008 Shell.
The Visual Basic Pack for the Visual Studio 2005 SDK includes SDK samples converted into the Visual Basic language and a new wizard for generating Visual Basic-based integration packages for Visual Studio.
This toolkit helps you bring the power of .NET to your existing Visual Basic 6 applications, by allowing them to display .NET WinForms and UserControls from within the same application. Instead of upgrading the entire code base, these applications can now be extended one form at a time in a phased upgrade path. Version 2.0's addition of .NET UserControls, simpler deployment tools, and MDI support, makes upgrading your applications easier than ever.
Refactor! for Visual Basic 2008 by Developer Express Inc. enables Visual Basic developers to simplify and re-structure source code inside of Visual Studio 2008, making it easier to read and less costly to maintain.
Download the latest version of the Visual Basic 2005 Power Packs which now includes Line and Shape controls that enable you to draw lines, ovals, and rectangles on forms and containers at design time making it much easier to enhance the look of your user interface.
These Visual Basic LINQ Hands-on Labs provide an introduction to the LINQ Project. Learn basic LINQ features, including the Standard Query Operators, and see how these features can be used against in-memory collections, connected databases, and XML documents. The labs also provide a clear picture of the relational data access support provided by the LINQ Project, referred to as LINQ to SQL.
The Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 Beta 2 is the latest preview release of the .NET Framework. In support of existing users, the .NET Framework 3.5 has a minimal number of breaking changes. Download it today.
Publisher's Point E-Column: Visual Studio Platform and Extensibility
As a .NET architect and developer I cannot imagine my everyday work without Visual Studio. I was always in a strange excitement when waiting for a new CTP, Beta or RTM of Visual Studio because I always expected some great new features with every release. During the years I have bought a few third-party add-ins and utilities for Visual Studio to make my development tasks easier and even created small add-ins to produce some useful piece of code. I knew that Visual Studio was extensible; I downloaded the SDKs and tried to get familiar with those hundreds of extensibility interfaces. However, due to lack of good documentation I often got frustrated.
Publisher's Point E-Column: Beyond the Mists of Avalon
Markus Egger discusses tools used to create WPF (Windows Presentation Foundation, formerly "Avalon") interfaces, in particular, WinFX Extensions for Visual Studio as well as the Microsoft Expression product line.
At PDC 2005, Microsoft announced a new technology called Language Integrated Query (LINQ), which will be available with Visual Studio “Orcas” (the next version of Visual Studio). A lot of exciting new technologies are announced at every PDC, and as a result, LINQ got some attention, but not nearly as much as I think it deserves. LINQ represents the ability to run queries right inside of Visual Basic, C#, or any other .NET language.
C# 2.0 just shipped with a number of interesting new features: anonymous methods, nullable objects, iterators, partial classes, generics, and others. But the innovation does not stop there! Microsoft (and Anders Hejlsberg in particular) have already allowed us a sneak peek at some of the new features that will be available in C# 3.0.
CODE Magazine, Issue 2014 Jan/Feb is now available!
In a short 5 years, mobile development has gone from a non-existent market to a multi-billion dollar one. This issue focuses on the art of mobile software development with concepts inclusing cross-platform development and mobile design.
CODE Magazine, Issue 2013 Nov/Dec is now available!
I’ve been working on a technical assessment of a system for a new client during the last few weeks. As I looked at line after line of the source code they gave me, I saw test-driven design (TDD), inversion of control (IOC), dependency injection (DI), and plenty of other TLAs (three letter acronyms). I saw “convention over configuration.” I saw layer upon layer of abstraction. There was more unit test code than code. Code coverage was very high. Marvelous! I can almost hear some of you salivating.
Sometimes your .NET applications need to interact with Microsoft Active Directory (AD) to authenticate users, get a list of users, retrieve groups, or determine which users are within which AD groups. There are a few different approaches you can use to retrieve information from your AD database within your domain.
Online Article: Planning Web Solutions Today: Web Forms, ASP.NET MVC, Web API, and OWIN. Oh My!
Be aware that this is not going to be a classic how-to article that delves more or less deeply into some technical issue or feature. It is, instead, an article that aims at providing an overview of the options you have at present for architecting Web solutions.
Online Article: Building Robust Applications with MySQL, PHP, and CodeIgniter II
In last issue's article about CodeIgniter, Menachem took a first look at this tool and how to build simple applications with it. In this installment, Menachem looks further into CodeIgniter and show how easily it can be used to build large-scale applications with the features that any good application should have.
CODE Magazine, Issue 2013 Sep/Oct is now available!
Online Article: CODE Framework: WPF Standard Themes
If you have been following this series of CODE Framework articles, you are already aware that CODE Framework provides the ability to use, create, and customize awesome-looking WPF application themes that also make apps maintainable and easy to build. But not everyone wants to create brand new Themes or customize existing ones. Instead, why not just use one of the great themes that ship in the box?
Online Article: Distributed Cache in SharePoint 2013
The future at Microsoft is cloudy, with an increasingly bleak chance of on-premises. It’s interesting to see how Microsoft is aggressively transitioning into a device and services company, and that on-premises applications are getting step-child treatment lately. Almost all of the innovation lately happens on or for the cloud, and if we are lucky, we get morsels of treats in our on-premises doggie bag. I’m not complaining, merely observing. A move to the cloud makes a lot of sense.
This article introduces a few of the coolest features in RavenDB 2.5, but before I get to the stuff that will make you drool, there is a slight possibility that you aren't familiar with RavenDB. The next section fixes that, and then I will go into what is new and cool.
Writing software is hard, particularly when the schedules keep programmers’ “nose to the grindstone;” every so often, it’s important to take a breather and look around the world and discover what we can find-ironically, what we find can often help us write software better.
Online Article: The Baker’s Dozen: 13 Examples Using XMLA to Update Analytic Databases
Database developers who learn Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS) know that they face a number of learning curves. In prior Baker’s Dozen articles, I’ve covered many of the steps for creating both SSAS OLAP and SSAS Tabular databases. In this article, I’m going to cover another topic: How to add or change data in analytic databases.
Online Article: Asynchronous Composition with the Reactive Extensions
Increasingly, users have come to expect that applications they use continue to respond while the application processes information in the background. To achieve the best responsiveness, you need to build applications to be as asynchronous as possible. In the past, creating asynchronous operations consisted of passing callback delegates or lambda expressions to indicate what action to take when an action completes. These can lead to an unmanageable mess of spaghetti code.
Online Article: Listing Processes Running on a Computer
I have a client that has a few Windows Services and some EXEs that run on a computer to perform various business functions. Every once in a while, the processes fail and need to be restarted. I helped the client write a Windows Service to monitor their running processes and ensure that they are up and running and to notify them and to attempt to restart those processes. As part of this process, I had to write a class to get a list of all of the processes running on the current computer or on another computer on their network.
Online Article: Getting to Know the Identity of .NET 4.5
Since the release of .NET 1.0 more than ten years ago, the classes governing identity have remained unchanged. That’s a good thing, because identity and security is at the core of most applications, so you don’t want that to change very often. However, with the release of .NET 4.5, the identity model has changed significantly.
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