November 27, 2014
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Making Pull Requests in GitHub

Want to start contributing to the various open source projects on GitHub? Learn how to fork, clone, commit, push, and make pull requests.

Creating Your First GitHub Project

Even if you’re a complete beginner who doesn't have a GitHub account, you can learn how to create a GitHub repository, and make your very first commit.

How to Start Contributing to Open Source

Want to give back to the open source community, but unsure where to start? Learn how to make your first contribution to the world of open source.

Start Using Java Lambda Expressions

Constantin Marian Alin explores the power of Lambda expressions and streams, from simple to complex examples.

Incremental Intellisense Improvements in VS2010
Learn about the history of debugging and evolutionary improvements in Intellisense in VS2010.

Declaring Anonymous Types in VB
Using an anonymous type in VB, which is essential for technologies like LINQ, means that the compiler will generate a class for you based on context and named initializers saving you time and effort. To learn more read on.

Dynamic Programming with Lambda Expressions
Add ultimate flexibility and power to your programs with function parameters and Lambda Expressions.

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.

Running Custom Tracepoint Macros in Visual Studio
Programming is hard,debugging is hard. Doing both well is critical to being a good programmer. To make things easier for us Paul Kimmel demonstrates how to run custom Tracepoint with macros.

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.

Hardware's Dirty Little Secret, or Why Software Can be Mass Produced
OP-ED: Unlike the Illuminati, the IEEE exists, and they have a secret. This secret helps them turn out shiny MP3 players, phones, and computers with processing power than we programmers can figure out how to use. This is how they do it. When will developers learn the same truths?

DataBinding a DropDownList in a FormView
Providing a drop down list in your ASP.NET Web applications help users avoid wasting time with bad data and it's a kinder, gentler thing to do.

Displaying and Customizing Images from a Database
Discover how to render an image directly from a database using an IHttpHandler and how to modify the image on its way to the client using GDI+.

Intercepting Every HTTP Request with IHttpModule
You can respond to every HTTP request. Just implement event handlers or an IHttpModule (which is a cool way to write a re-deployable solution for multiple projects).

Good Old OOA, OOD, OOP Techniques are Economically Sound
How do I hide the unneeded features? Don't cut corners just because budgets and staff are being cut.

Updating a Database from WinForms Controls, Old School
Old school programming, whereby the programmer reads control values and writes inline SQL, still works, but it's so 90s. If you are new to WinForms or Web programming but experienced, peruse the article and then master LINQ.

Online Updates with VB.NET
With custom applications getting bigger and more involved, there is very often a need to supply updates for them. There is also a need to provide them as quickly as possible. Learn how to do this.

Creating a Rounded Panel Control
Round those corners and make your user interfaces a little jazzier with a rounded rectangle Panel control; a fun chunk of code to incorporate into your application.

OP-ED: Software Development from Core to Cosmetics
Few projects end up having too much time. Successfully completing a project often depends on tackling core, significant, and risky aspects of any custom solution first—like the long hard march up hill—and finishing with the trim, or cosmetic work, last.

Records Management for Microsoft Office SharePoint Server
The Records Center is an important MOSS (Microsoft Office SharePoint Server) component for companies that need to save critical or legally sensitive information. Discover how to create a Records Center then secure its contents with the MOSS Object Model and one of its default WebServices.

Dumping an Object's State with a DynamicMethod
Emitted code and the DynamicMethod have the benefit of speed and the emitted code can be unloaded when the DynamicMethod goes out of scope, resulting in the best of all worlds.

Speed Up Your Reflection Processes
Use Reflection.Emit to speed up Reflection intensive processes by writing one general algorithm that emits a specific solution.

Dumping an Object's State with Reflection and Extension Methods
One general-purpose algorithm, written one time, is a great time saver for programmers.

Handling that Pesky Windows ControlBox
Some things that seem hard are actually quite easy, and some things that seem easy take a little work, like that little [X] on a Windows Form, the ControlBox. Learn how to know just when that little bugger is pressed.

Creating a Most Recents Menu Item with the MenuStrip
The MenuStrip and ToolStripMenuItem are a little harder to use than the Menu from earlier versions of VB. Walk through exercises using the MenuStrip, ToolStrip, and the Command behavior pattern to encapsulate a Recents menu for your applications that operate on files.

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