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
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See how to log Web application errors for better health monitoring, what to read if you're thinking about LINQ, and which blog Scott recommends reading this month.
MSDN Magazine April 2008
Started in middle of a new project. Our design architecture uses an n-tier (not MVC - no controllers) structure with Presentation, Data, Business and Service tiers. However the lead analyst has the majoriety of code all in the Business tier claiming it all contains Business logic. Our data tier is nothing more than a single .dbml model of the primary database to support all of the Linq queries in the Business tier. To my mind Linq queries and classes they use are data access and belong in the data tier but our lead analyst says they contain business logic therefore have to be in business layer.
LINQ's ability to project randomly shaped data into anonymous types can be a blessing and a source of frustration, says Julie Lerman. It's great when you just need to grab a special view of your data, but it can be problematic in certain circumstances. She explains what the limitations are and how to get around them.
MSDN Magazine May 2010
Did you know that by precompiling LINQ queries you might actually be degrading your app's performance if you're not careful? Julie Lerman explains how to ensure you're not re-precompiling queries each time and losing the expected performance benefits across post-backs, short-lived service operations and other code where critical instances are going out of scope.
MSDN Magazine March 2010
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
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
Use Parallel Language Integrated Query (PLINQ) to take advantage of multi-processor computers and the newer wave of multi-core processors.
Joe Duffy and Ed Essey
MSDN Magazine October 2007
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Databeacon Smart Client software allows users to perform data analysis, turning relational data from any data source into online analytical processing (OLAP) cubes that can be explored and manipulated using one of three Databeacon viewers.
MSDN Magazine December 2005
Code refactoring is defined as the act of changing code without changing what it does. The actual work involved in refactoring-extracting methods from oversized modules, tidying up and unifying variable names, identifying unhandled exceptions, and all the other cleanup, simplification, and standardization chores-can be daunting, indeed, and risky too.
MSDN Magazine November 2005
ActiveReports for . NET 2. 0 by Data Dynamics is written in C# and integrates with the Visual StudioÃÂ® . NET development environment to let you create dynamic reports and charts. Drop the Report Viewer control on your WindowsÃÂ® Form or Web Form, specify the data source and authentication information for the data connection wizard, and it builds the connection string for you.
MSDN Magazine October 2005
From my first look at VG. net V2. 4b by Prodige Software Corporation, it seemed like just another typical graphics add-on, but as I discovered what a potent tool it is for Visual StudioÃÂ® . NET graphical interface development, I became more and more impressed.
MSDN Magazine September 2005
Tired of spending oodles of time trying to reproduce bugs so you can then fix them? RadViewSoftware Inc. has a new addition to their Web application function and load testing tools that captures everything that goes on at the client and the server in synchronized logs.
MSDN Magazine August 2005
r.a.d.controls by telerik gives you an impressive set of great looking interface components, Visual StudioÃÂ® .NET design-time support, cross-browser compatibility, keyboard support, and data binding.
MSDN Magazine July 2005
A few months ago I had a large SQL ServerT asset management database into which I had to import data from text files in daily batches. I needed to tweak the tables, add some queries, and generate new reports.
MSDN Magazine June 2005