April 22, 2014
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Retraction: The ReportViewer Control Does NOT Support SQL Server 2008 RDL in Local Mode
William Vaughn clarifies a misunderstanding regarding the ReportViewer Control.

OP-ED: Why LINQ to SQL is a Better Option than Straight SQL
LINQ to SQL eliminates SQL Injection Attacks and is easier to use than straight SQL to boot.

Creating a Service with Windows Communication Foundation and LINQ to SQL
The .NET framework is full of small, discrete, and useful classes and big chunky bits. When you start combining the chunky bits, like LINQ to SQL and Windows Communication Foundation, things get interesting real fast.

Using Stored Procedures and Parameters.AddWithValue
Developers working at all levels of experience can take advantage of this technique. Discover how to invoke a stored procedure with parameters using the AddWithValue method of the SqlParameterCollection to define SQL parameters in one step.

LINQ to Entities Preview
ADO.NET 3.0 and the ADO.NET Entity Framework are designed to let you spend less time writing SQL and database plumbing code and more time working in the space of the problem you are trying to solve.

Programming with LINQ to XML for Objects (LINQ to XSD)
By using LINQ for XML for Objects (aka LINQ to XSD), you can define an XML document and an XML Schema that then can be treated like any other data repository. Discover how Visual Studio makes this easy by generating strongly typed object wrappers that are easy to use.

OP-ED: Second Class Citizenship Is a State of Mind
VB.NET can do anything C# can do. VB.NET is a first class language with all of the object-oriented elements that support mega-enterprise software development. Why then do some outspoken VB programmers feel like they are treated like second class citizens? I say it's a state of mind.

Beginner's Guide to SQL Server Database Development with VSTS Database Edition
Learn how to make Visual Studio Team Suite Database Edition part of your development process.

Using Functional Construction to Create XML Documents
Dynamically construct XML documents in code quickly and easily with LINQ to XML and Functional Construction.

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