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Monthly Archives: September 2003

"Northwind Unplugged: Building a Semi-Connected Application in Visual Basic .NET"

In an earlier post I asked about designing applications with offline support. MSDN has recently published an article by Sean “Early” Campbell and Scott “Adopter” Swigart of 3 Leaf Solutions describing a method using datasets and web services. This is definitely getting … Continue reading 

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SQL Server 2000 Reporting Services public beta invites go out

Woohoo! I just received an email from the SQL Server team informing me that I’ve been selected for the public beta of SQL Server 2000 Reporting Services: “Welcome to the SQL Server 2000 Reporting Services Beta Program! You have been … Continue reading 

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Useful IDE shortcut for curly brace matching in C#

If you didn’t know already, if you’re programming in C# you can quickly find the opening or closing braces in your C# code files by hitting CTRL-] on the opening brace to go to the closing brace, and CTRL-] again … Continue reading 

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Reminder – check out .NET Rocks Radio!

“.NET Rocks! is an Internet Audio Talk Show for .NET Developers” hosted by Carl Franklin and Mark Dunn. The show features a lot of interesting information that you can put to practical use in you daily development efforts. In their latest … Continue reading 

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Designing apps with offline support

I’m currently designing an application that will feature an “offline mode” where users can work completely disconnected from the local network or internet. I came across an article on Designing “Sometimes Off-line” Microsoft .NET Compact Framework Applications and was curious if anyone … Continue reading 

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More on using Enums and designing for performance

Fellow blogger and long time friend Darrell Norton recommends that you always use Enums instead of hard coded constant values. I’d even argue that even with a marginal performance impact, code should be designed for long term maintenance rather than … Continue reading 

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Random Observation: “Eating your own dog food”

This is an expression used by developers and managers within Microsoft to live by the software that they develop. This isn’t a bad idea, but the food they eat is usually fresh and right out of the kitchen. While this … Continue reading 

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Tip Selected for .NET Developer eXTRA Newsletter

I’m looking forward to receiving an autographed copy of “.NET Framework Solutions: In Search of the Lost Win32 API” by John Mueller. John selected my tip about managing solutions and projects within Visual Studio .NET and will be publishing it … Continue reading 

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