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Spice It Up: Sprinkle Some Pizzazz on Your Plain Vanilla Windows Forms Apps

With the .NET Framework and GDI+, you can easily add elements of style to your applications. You can use transparency, irregularly shaped windows, notification icons, toast pop-ups, different color sc...

SQL Server 2005: Fuzzy Lookups and Groupings Provide Powerful Data Cleansing Capabilities

SQL Server 2005 offers a completely redesigned SQL Server Integration Services engine, formerly known as Data Transformation Services. It includes many new features such as built-in support for Fuzzy ...

Call Mom: Instrument and Monitor Your ASP.NET Apps Using WMI and MOM 2005

The current version of Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) satisfies many current and future manageability requirements. In this article Michael Jurek demonstrates how WMI provides important syst...

ASP.NET 2.0: Personalize Your Portal with User Controls and Custom Web Parts

ASP.NET 2.0 introduces a Web Part control that is designed to deal with the serialization, storage, and retrieval of customization and personalization data behind the scenes. In this article, the auth...

Best Practices: Fast, Scalable, and Secure Session State Management for Your Web Applications

ASP.NET provides a number of ways to maintain user state, the most powerful of which is session state. This article takes an in-depth look at designing and deploying high-performance, scalable, secure...

Easy UI Testing: Isolate Your UI Code Before It Invades Your Business Layer

The User Interface Process Application Block (UIP) from the Microsoft Patterns & Practices team can help you isolate your UI, write unit tests for your UI logic, and write a UI that really is the thin...

Winsock: Get Closer to the Wire with High-Performance Sockets in .NET

The Win32 Windows Sockets library (Winsock) provides mechanisms to improve the performance of programs that use sockets, and the Microsoft .NET Framework provides a layer over Winsock so that managed ...

Data Binding: Give Your Everyday Custom Collections a Design-Time Makeover

In this article, Paul Ballard shows how you can provide data binding support for your custom collections to enable sorting, searching, and editing in as simple a manner as possible. In addition, he sh...

Proxy Detection: Take the Burden Off Users with Automatic Configuration in .NET

Proxy settings can be a real pain in the neck and very frustrating for users to configure properly. In this article, Durgaprasad Gorti discusses how you can use automatic proxy configuration via scrip...

Debugging: Root Out Elusive Production Bugs with These Effective Techniques

Errors happen. But in production, error logs often provide little or no help in pinpointing the exact line of code in which the problem originates. You can't usually isolate the root cause by modifyin...

Behind the Scenes: Discover the Design Patterns You're Already Using in the .NET Framework

In this article, the author presents a basic overview of several common design patterns and how they are used in the .NET Base Class Library and other areas of the .NET Framework. You'll discover some...

Visual Basic: Simplify Common Tasks by Customizing the My Namespace

Underlying the My namespace's APIs is a fully extensible architecture you can leverage to customize the behavior of My and to add new services to its hierarchy to adapt to specific application needs. ...

Reflection: Dodge Common Performance Pitfalls to Craft Speedy Applications

With reflection in .NET, you can load types, understand their members, make decisions about them, and execute, all within the safety of the managed runtime. But to use this power wisely, it's importan...

Smart Tags: Simplify UI Development with Custom Designer Actions in Visual Studio

Windows Forms 2.0 components expose smart tags by utilizing Designer Actions. By taking advantage of this feature, you can add smart tags to your own custom components to make setting their properties...

XML Comments: Document Your Code in No Time At All with Macros in Visual Studio

Starting in Visual Studio 2005, XML documentation support will become available in Visual Basic and C++ as it has been for C#. However, making full use of the many comment tags will take a little extr...

Get A Raise: Discover a Series of Fortunate Event Handlers in Visual Basic

You may use them every day, but how much do you really know about events What's going on when you add an event handler to a class In this article, Ken Getz demonstrates various ways to interact with e...

Make It Snappy: Juice Up Your App with the Power of Hyper-Threading

In this article, the author explores the hyper-threading technology found on newer Intel Pentium 4 processors and demonstrates how adding parallelism to your code can improve performance on hyper-thre...

Mine Your Business: AMO Lets You Dig Deeper into Your Data from Your Own Applications

Analysis Management Objects (AMO) for SQL Server 2005 facilitates client-side custom programming as Decision Support Objects (DSO), the object model in SQL Server 2000 Analysis Services. With AMO, a w...

Say What: Make Sense of Your Web Feedback using SQL Server 2005

By now, you're certainly collecting a variety of data from your Web site. But once you collect it, what do you do with it. For it to be meaningful, this data must be categorized and analyzed. The SQL ...

Know Thy Code: Simplify Data Layer Unit Testing using Enterprise Services

If you want to employ unit testing and test-driven development techniques in your database application development process, you'll have different factors to consider than you do when you're not involv...

Hackers Beware: Keep Bad Guys at Bay with the Advanced Security Features in SQL Server 2005

Get a peek at the new security features in SQL Server 2005 from a developer's point of view. While there are lots of admin enhancements, there are also plenty of dev-specific security improvements you...

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