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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.
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Learn some tips and tricks with the C# 3.0 language features along with exploring some productivity gains with the Visual Studio IDE.
Gain an understanding of LINQ (Language Integrated Query) to XML and see why you'll never want to use the DOM again.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
Here are several lesser-known tips and tricks that will assist you in building fully functional and well performing Windows Forms applications.
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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.
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.
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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.
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.
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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.
Get a sneak preview of the compression and decompression classes that are coming in the .NET Framework 2.0 due out later this year.
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, 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.
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.
The .NET Framework uses an evidence-based security system. Learn how you can use the security policy to allow or deny actions to assemblies.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mark Strawmyer briefly outlines the concept of application configuration files and touches on the native support the Microsoft .NET Framework provides.
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.
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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.
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.
Examine the task of parsing data from a file using the System.IO namespace in .NET.
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Mark not only explains queues, but he also demonstrates writing to and multiple ways for reading from a message queue.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
Explore how to build an object in .NET that can log information to a file or the event log.
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Discover how to build a database access layer within .NET that is database independent.