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If the responsibility for creating, managing, and executing routine backups is yours, these tools will make it easier. Also see how you can browse folders and files from inside Visual Studio.
MSDN Magazine May 2009
This month Scott looks at improving development skills, writing regular expressions, a web scheduling control and a SQL tips blog.
MSDN Magazine November 2008
In this article, the author explores how the F# language helps you create asynchronous function libraries that can be called seamlessly from any other .NET-compliant language.
MSDN Magazine October 2008
This month Toolbox provides help with error logging, finds an app that helps you write LINQ queries, and explores the non-technical side of development.
MSDN Magazine September 2008
Host a wiki the easy way, get the screen shots you need and mark them up, and read about LINQ this month in Toolbox.
MSDN Magazine July 2008
This month, a better design-time experience for Web apps, Scott Guthrie's blog, extending Extend Lutz Roeder's Reflector, and more.
MSDN Magazine March 2008
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 layer it was always meant to be. Mark Seemann shows you how it's done in this article.
MSDN Magazine August 2005
If you've been following Ted Pattison's excellent series of Basic Instincts columns on multithreading and asynchronous behavior, you should by now be an expert on handling the issues involved in working with multiple threads in WindowsÃÂ®-based apps.
MSDN Magazine March 2005
Windows SharePoint Services helps improve collaboration and workflow while protecting documents and intellectual property. But one feature is conspicuously missing - an easy way to back up and restore deleted files from document libraries. In this article, the authors take advantage of the extensibility of WSS and its server-side and client-side object models to build a restore feature that works like the Recycle Bin in Windows Explorer.
Maxim V. Karpov and Eric Schoonover
MSDN Magazine February 2005
To execute a SQL injection attack, a hacker writes a Web page that captures text in a textbox to be used to execute a query against a database. The hacker enters a malformed SQL statement into the textbox that causes the back-end database to perform operations the owners did not intend it to perform, like making unauthorized updates. This article explains how you can protect against the all too common SQL injection attack in your own database. The steps covered include data validation, proper exception handing, and much more.
MSDN Magazine September 2004
The .NET Framework provides a surprising new way to quickly and easily create user interface test automation. By using objects in the System.Reflection and System.Threading namespaces, you can write automated tests in minutes instead of hours. This article walks you through the building of a typical Windows-based application that will be used as the test subject. The author then runs through the creation of a C#-based test tool that simulates clicking the test app's UI controls and checks the application's state. After the tool is built, the author explains in detail how it works so you can modify and extend it for your own use.
MSDN Magazine January 2003
Pre-built custom controls make application design easier and faster and allow you to maintain UI consistency. However, prepackaged controls can be big and slow, and are OS-specific. For those who don't want to use prepackaged controls, Visual Studio .NET provides controls for Web Forms similar to those found in Windows Forms, including label and textbox, and new additions such as the DataGrid, all of which you can customize. If you want to design your own controls, the .NET Framework provides inheritable classes that take care of all the nasty stuff you want to avoid, including page lifecycle, maintaining state across invocations, and browser detection. This article discusses these concepts, as well as eventing, rendering, and client-side scripting.
David S. Platt
MSDN Magazine June 2002
Web Services are a great way to accept and manage contributions to a public clip art library, digital music catalog, or corporate knowledge base. Since the SOAP interface to a Web method operates over HTTP, contributors can easily publish content any time, from anywhere across the Internet. However, accepting binary content and managing content metadata through SOAP over HTTP presents Web Service developers with some interesting design decisions. This article discusses three ways to enable content publishing using Web methods.
MSDN Magazine March 2002