July 31, 2014
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Dynamic Language Support in the .NET 4.0 Framework

The focus of this article will be on the dynamic language support (DLR) that will be released as a part of the upcoming 4.0 version of the .NET Framework.

Improved COM Interoperability

Learn about the COM Interoperability improvements comingwith the next release of the .NET Framework and how theywill make your COM Interop such as Office applications mucheasier.

The Future of Managed Languages: C# and Visual Basic

In this installment of the .NET Nuts & Bolts column we'll be discussing three industry trends that are influencing the next releases of C# and Visual Basic.

Introducing the Entity Framework

The Entity Framework provides a .NET class-based model of a data store, letting you query the model with LINQ, while the model do the background grunt work of contacting the data store to add, update, or delete data.

Language Integrated Query (LINQ) to SQL

Mark Strawmyer shows us another valuable part of the LINQ family, LINQ to SQL. LINQ to SQL allows users to query and manipulate objects associated with relational database tables.

C# Tips and Tricks

Learn some tips and tricks with the C# 3.0 language features along with exploring some productivity gains with the Visual Studio IDE.

LINQ to XML

Gain an understanding of LINQ (Language Integrated Query) to XML and see why you'll never want to use the DOM again.

Introduction to Language Integrated Query (LINQ)

Gain a solid understanding of what Language Integrated Query (LINQ) is and isn't and what it can do for you.

Lazy Loading the ASP.NET AJAX TabContainer Control

Learn how to avoid possible performance problems in your web applications when using the ASP.NET AJAX TabContainer by employing a technique known as lazy loading.

C# Language Highlight: Using Keyword

Learn about the dual-purpose of the C# using keyword. Examine why it can be extremely helpful in object management, and the syntax for its use.

Language Feature Highlight: Local Type Inference in C# 3.0 and Visual Basic 9.0

Learn about local type inference in C# 3.0 and Visual Basic 9.0. Examine why it is relevant and the syntax for its use.

Language Feature Highlight: Extension Methods

Discover what extension methods are, the syntax for using them, and why they are important.

Building a Webpart to Display a Virtual Earth Map

Discover how to build an ASP.NET webpart that will display coordinates on a Virtual Earth-created map. You can do this by using the IWebPart Interface, an HTTP handler, and the Virtual Earth API.

State Machine Workflow with WinWF

Discover the power behind state machine workflow and how it can be used to more closely match business and other processes.

Building a Custom Activity in Windows Workflow Foundation

Activities are the building blocks of workflows. When you use Windows Workflow Foundation, you likely will want to build custom activities to fit your tasks.

Get Ready for Windows Workflow Foundation

Microsoft will introduce the much-anticipated Windows Workflow Foundation (WinWF) as part of the .NET Framework 3. Get the lowdown on WinWF and learn how to build a sequential workflow with it.

Windows Forms Tricks You May Have Missed

Here are several lesser-known tips and tricks that will assist you in building fully functional and well performing Windows Forms applications.

ClickOnce Extends Windows Forms Applications into Smart Client Applications

Use ClickOnce technology and smart clients to extend the reach of traditional Windows Forms applications. The process involves some wizard-based configuration and minimal code.

Wire Up Data-Driven Web Apps with an ASP.NET 2.0 DataSource Control

ASP.NET 2.0 provides the ObjectDataSource control to enable you to connect data binding controls to data objects and components. Find out how to select data and display it in a GridView by binding to an ObjectDataSource.

Communicating over Sockets: Blocking vs. Unblocking

You asked for it... more details on socket communication. Specifically, Mark will focus on blocking versus unblocking sockets. As an added bonus, the solution will include the use of generics and a sample socket connection pool.

Accessing Directory Services in .NET Framework 2.0

The Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 has made several improvements to the System.DirectoryServices namespace. They expand your ability to interact with your enterprise Active Directory.

Eliminate Unnecessary Code and Boost Performance with C# 2.0 Iterators

With the .NET Framework 2.0 release now available, you can explore the C# 2.0 iterators feature. Examine the iterators design pattern and find out what it takes to implement and then modify it manually.

Use Custom HTTP Handlers in Your ASP.NET Applications

Explore the built-in ASP.NET HTTP handlers and then learn how to create your own custom handlers. When you're done, you'll be able to enable special handling within your Web applications.

Discover Dynamic Code Compilation

Explore dynamic code compilation with a demonstration that creates new assemblies on the fly and compiles them in memory. This functionality has a number of potential uses and benefits.

Improved .NET Remoting, Part 2: Secure TCP

The security enhancements that the .NET Framework 2.0 made to the TCP channel enable secure TCP communication either through code or application configuration files. Learn how to apply both techniques to .NET remoting clients and servers.

Improved .NET Remoting, Part 1: Same-Box Communication

Learn how to create and consume .NET remoting clients and servers using Visual Studio 2005 and the Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0. In particular, find out how to use the new IpcChannel for same-box communications.

Serialization Part 2: Version-Tolerant Serialization

Serialization introduced many powerful capabilities, but it also introduced problems as you refactor your objects to include new properties. Learn how the version-tolerant serialization included in the upcoming 2.0 Microsoft .NET Framework will help.

Compression Classes Enhance I/O in .NET 2.0

Get a sneak preview of the compression and decompression classes that are coming in the .NET Framework 2.0 due out later this year.

What .NET 2.0 Has in Store for ADO.NET

Take a foray into ADO.NET to see what's in store for the next release. You'll find some very handy additions and enhancements.

Generics in .NET: Type Safety, Performance, and Generality

Generics, a new addition in version 2.0 of the .NET Framework, offer a combination of type safety, performance, and generality in the defined type. Find out why generics are valuable and what they can add to your applications.

Code Access Security with Microsoft .NET Framework, Part 2

The Microsoft .NET Framework provides imperative and declarative ways to check for proper permissions prior to attempting an action. Learn how and when to use them.

Code Access Security with Microsoft .NET Framework

The .NET Framework uses an evidence-based security system. Learn how you can use the security policy to allow or deny actions to assemblies.

Access Newly Available Network Information with .NET 2.0

A new namespace in the upcoming 2.0 release of the Microsoft .NET Framework adds support for some very useful network-related items. Explore some of these new items and how you can use them to your advantage.

.NET Delegates: Modern-Day Callback Methods

What are delegates, and what value do they provide? Mark Strawmyer explains why you may already be familiar with them and then digs into some examples of how you can use them.

Perform Exception Handling in .NET Exceptionally

This month, .NET Nuts & Bolts covers exception handling, examining what exceptions are and why they are important. You'll learn how to use them, how to create custom exceptions, and how to apply common best practices.

Playing .NET Doctor: Diagnose Application Hiccups with .NET Classes

This month's .NET Nuts & Bolts covers the different .NET Framework options for diagnosing issues within your applications. A couple of classes provide functionality for debugging and tracking an application's execution path.

Using Lists and Collections in .NET

The .NET Framework provides native support for lists and collections. Learn the concept behind these classes and why they are especially important with the planned inclusion of generics in version 2.0 of the .NET Framework.

Using Application Configuration Files in .NET

Mark Strawmyer briefly outlines the concept of application configuration files and touches on the native support the Microsoft .NET Framework provides.

Build a Localized Form that Speaks the User's Language

Learn how to build a multilingual application using Microsoft .NET. In this installment of the .NET Nuts & Bolts column, Mark Strawmyer outlines the construction and then demonstrates it with examples.

Implement Common Creational Design Patterns

Explore some common creational design patterns and learn how to implement them using Microsoft .NET.

Performance Counters Determine Application Performance

Determine the overall performance of your applications and diagnose those pesky 'undocumented features' with performance counters. Learn the basics of deploying and using features in your instrumentation.

Using Timers in a Windows Service

Learn how to create a Windows Service that takes an action on a scheduled interval by using classes in the System.ServiceProcess.ServiceBase and System.Timers namespaces, among others.

Parsing Data Files

Examine the task of parsing data from a file using the System.IO namespace in .NET.

Sending E-Mail with System.Web.Mail

Discover how to send e-mail from within your .NET applications using the System.Web.Mail namespace.

Using Message Queues

Mark not only explains queues, but he also demonstrates writing to and multiple ways for reading from a message queue.

Creating Simple Charts and Graphs

Learn to create simple, yet dynamic, charts and graphs using the Microsoft .NET Framework's System.Drawing namespace.

Serialization/Deserialization in .NET

Discover how to easily store and retrieve objects into a file, a database, or in an ASP session state.

Overloading Operators in C#

One of these concepts included with C#, but not with Visual Basic .NET, is the ability to overload operators.

Accessing Files and Directories

Explore how to interact with files from within .NET. The topics covered will include how to get the properties on files in a directory as well as how to use a number of classes in the System.IO namespace.

Accessing Directory Services

Explore how to access directory services from within .NET. Cover how to use the Active Directory for items such as searching and providing authentication services for an application.

Secure Your ASP.NET Application from a SQL Injection Attack

Does your ASP.NET application access a database? Does it use SQL? Does it have forms for users to enter information? Learn what someone may be able to do to your application, and how you can prevent it.

Multithreading in .NET Applications, Part 3

Mark presents his third and final installment of the series on multithreading. Take a look at how threads can be used to write a server application to accept multiple requests. This will involve using classes from the System.Threading namespace along with classes from the System.Net namespace.

Multithreading in .NET Applications, Part 2

Mark Strawmyer continues his discussion on multithreading, a powerful tool for creating high performance applications. Here he looks at the basic methods involved with working with threads, along with the synchronization of thread activity.

Multithreading in .NET Applications

Multithreading is a powerful tool for creating high performance applications, especially those that require user interaction. In this article, you will explore multithreading with the .NET Framework as well as learn how multiple threads can be used to improve an application's user interface.

Creating a Windows Service in .NET

Visual Studio .NET makes it relatively simple to create a Windows Service. Learn what Windows Services are and how to create, install, and debug them.

COM Interoperability and .NET

Explore COM Interoperability, also known as COM Interop. COM Interop is the means to which COM objects can be used in a .NET application and how .NET objects can be built to appear to be COM objects.

Building a Logging Object in .NET

Explore how to build an object in .NET that can log information to a file or the event log.

Eliminate a Tedious Task Through Creating Self Configuring Objects

Retrieving application settings is a pretty common task that falls under the category of another of those tedious and repetitive tasks that programmers have to deal with. Explore a way to eliminate this tedious programming task through a combination of technologies.

Cryptography in .NET

Mark Strawmyer provides an overview of cryptography, covers the basics on some of what's available through the .NET Framework, and then focuses on the use of symmetric encryption to protect data such as user passwords.

.NET Remoting

Remoting is a more efficient means than Web Services for allowing programs to interact. Learn how remoting differs from Web Services and other technologies. More importantly, learn how to implement remoting.

Building Database Independent Data Access

Discover how to build a database access layer within .NET that is database independent.

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