Toolbox - UI Mockups, User Experience Tips, JavaScript Checker and More

Wed, 06 Jan 2010 10:00:00 GMT

Scott Mitchell reviews a user interface mockup tool, a blog for user experience tips, a JavaScript code checker and a book that expertly explains the ins and outs SQL Server Reporting Services.

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Toolbox - Database and OR/M Tools, Oren Eini and Custom Visual Studio Tabs

Mon, 14 Dec 2009 10:00:00 GMT

This month we look at tools for enhancing the LINQ to SQL and Entity Framework designers, Oren Eini’s .NET development blog, Visual Studio tab customization, and more.

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Toolbox - Database Documentation, API for Pre- and Post-Conditions, Blogs and More

Mon, 16 Nov 2009 10:00:00 GMT

In this month's column,Scott explores one-click database documentation, covers an API for pre- and post-conditions, takes a look at an interesting blog, and reviews the latest book about the ASP.NET MVC Framework.

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Toolbox - User Interfaces, Podcasts, Object-Relational Mappings and More

Mon, 12 Oct 2009 10:00:00 GMT

This column covers common user interface groupings, configuring NHibernate using C#, and a look at interesting books and podcasts.

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Toolbox - Distributed Caching, Object-Object Mapping, Blogs and More

Fri, 14 Aug 2009 10:00:00 GMT

This column covers Web application performance with distributed caching, a utility for object-object mapping, and a look at interesting blogs.

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Toolbox - Data Snapshots, Subversion, Source Code Organization and More

Fri, 24 Jul 2009 10:00:00 GMT

If you want to save, organize, and annotate snapshots of your database data, find an easy way to install and configure Subversion, and automate the organization of your source code, then you'll want to read more about these latest tools.

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Toolbox - Static Analysis Database Tools, Managing Remote Computers, And More

Thu, 18 Jun 2009 10:00:00 GMT

If you want to apply static analysis to your databases, connect to remote computers, find out more about the Entity Framework, or just check into some cool podcasts for your daily commute, then you'll want to read more about these latest tools and resources.

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Toolbox - Managing in the Cloud, UX Design Patterns, Anders Hejlsberg’sThe C# Programming Language, and More

Mon, 18 May 2009 10:00:00 GMT

Now that you're even managing projects in the cloud, you'll need some tools to help. This month we illustrate one, discuss UX design patterns, a book by Anders Hejlsberg, and more.

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Toolbox - Easy File Backup, Exploring Files And Folders Inside Visual Studio, Multiple Monitor Software, And More

Mon, 20 Apr 2009 10:00:00 GMT

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.

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Toolbox - Microsoft Chart Controls, Visual Studio Automatic Code Snippets, And More

Thu, 19 Mar 2009 10:00:00 GMT

In this installment we look at the Microsoft Chart Controls; Snippet Designer, a free, add-in for Visual Studio 2008 for creating and editing Code Snippets; refactoring SQL applications; and this month’s favorite blog.

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Toolbox - Rich AJAX Data Controls, Analyzing HTTP Traffic, And More

Thu, 19 Feb 2009 10:00:00 GMT

This month we look at rich data Web controls for AJAX, HTTP traffic analysis, and more.

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Toolbox - The Active Record Pattern, Aspect-Oriented Programming

Fri, 23 Jan 2009 10:00:00 GMT

This month we look at implementing the Active Record Pattern in your .NET application and how aspect-oriented programming yields separation of concerns.

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Toolbox - C# JavaScript, Eric Lippert’s Blog, And More

Fri, 19 Dec 2008 10:00:00 GMT

Writing your JavaScript code in C# and having it converted, Eric Lippert’s programming blog, and reading up on T-SQL 2008.

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Toolbox - Static Analysis Tools For .NET, Matt Berseth’s Blog

Wed, 19 Nov 2008 10:00:00 GMT

This month we take a look at FxCop and other tools that enforce your design rules, along with jQuery.

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Toolbox - Online Scheduling, Jeff Smith’s SQL Blog, Easy Regular Expressions, And More

Thu, 23 Oct 2008 10:00:00 GMT

This month Scott looks at improving development skills, writing regular expressions, a web scheduling control and a SQL tips blog.

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Toolbox - Realistic Test Data, Dare Obasanjo’s Blog, Color-Coding Tools, and More

Fri, 19 Sep 2008 10:00:00 GMT

This month Scott shows how to generate realistic test data, visits Dare Obasanjo's blog, and demonstrates color coding code for better readability.

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Toolbox - Easy LINQ Queries, Becoming A Better Developer, And Logging Help

Wed, 20 Aug 2008 10:00:00 GMT

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.

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Toolbox - Serializing objects, Scott Allen’s blog, Site Performance, and more

Tue, 29 Jul 2008 10:00:00 GMT

Serialize and Deserialize Fixed Length and Delimited Files, Scott Allen's blog, inspecting Web Pages, and more.

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Toolbox - Easy Wiki Hosting, Scott Hanselman’s blog, and Snagging Screens

Fri, 20 Jun 2008 10:00:00 GMT

Host a wiki the easy way, get the screen shots you need and mark them up, and read about LINQ this month in Toolbox.

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Toolbox - Cross Browser Testing, Mock Objects, and Raymond Chen

Thu, 22 May 2008 10:00:00 GMT

This month test your web site on many platforms and browsers without setting up a test environment, use mock objects for unit testing, and visit Raymond Chen.

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Toolbox - Database Audit Logs, Joel on Software, Code Handouts, and More

Thu, 17 Apr 2008 10:00:00 GMT

This month the Toolbox column takes a look at database logging, Joel Spolsky's blog, printing code projects, and ASP.NET reading.

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Toolbox - Logging Web App Errors, Learning LINQ, and More

Mon, 14 Apr 2008 06:17:18 GMT

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.

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Toolbox - Easy Web Debugging, Extending Reflector, and More

Wed, 20 Feb 2008 10:00:00 GMT

This month, a better design-time experience for Web apps, Scott Guthrie's blog, extending Extend Lutz Roeder's Reflector, and more.

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Toolbox - Live Chat, Code Conversion, Multiple Monitors, and More

Wed, 24 Oct 2007 10:00:00 GMT

This month, more of the tools you need to get your job done.

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Toolbox - Updated grid controls, open-source comparison tools, and more

Fri, 28 Sep 2007 10:00:00 GMT

This time: Windows Forms grids, professional-looking date textboxes, file merging, and more.

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Toolbox - Manage databases, easier FTP, and clustered caching

Wed, 19 Sep 2007 10:00:00 GMT

This month's products include DatabaseSpy, FileZilla, NCache, and more.

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Toolbox - ASP.NET Controls, FTP, and More

Tue, 17 Jul 2007 10:00:00 GMT

ASP.NET controls, a comprehensive FTP library, rich imaging support, and a book about SQL Server 2005.

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Toolbox - Create Graphs, Send E-Mail, Spell-Check, and More

Tue, 19 Jun 2007 10:00:00 GMT

Turn boring data into stunning graphs, create, parse, send, and receive mail messages from code, and more.

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Toolbox - Find Bottlenecks, Code Similarities, and More

Tue, 22 May 2007 10:00:00 GMT

This month, find performance and memory bottlenecks, essential security reading, and more.

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Toolbox - XML Comments, Online Payments, and More

Wed, 18 Apr 2007 10:00:00 GMT

This month, online payment processing services, XML comments the easy way, and more.

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Toolbox - Code Exploration, SQL Queries, and More

Wed, 11 Apr 2007 10:00:00 GMT

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Toolbox - WiX Installation, Creating PowerPoint Decks, and More

Tue, 13 Mar 2007 10:00:00 GMT

The WiX toolset’s use of a command-line environment allows for integration with automated build processes. The Toolbox column explains.

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Toolbox - Share Your Desktop, Lightweight Code Editing, and More

Mon, 15 Jan 2007 10:00:00 GMT

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Toolbox - Rich Web App UIs, Tools for Regular Expressions, and More

Thu, 21 Dec 2006 10:00:00 GMT

In this issue, create rich Web app UIs, explore tools for regular expressions, and create screen mockups.

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Toolbox - Save Coding Time, Manage Compressed Files, and More

Wed, 22 Nov 2006 10:00:00 GMT

Save Coding Time, Manage Compressed Files, and More

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Toolbox - Issue and Defect Tracking, Automate IT Tasks, and More

Wed, 18 Oct 2006 10:00:00 GMT

In this issue, issue and defect tracking, automating IT tasks, and more.

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Toolbox - Synchronize Files, Rich Textboxes, and More

Thu, 12 Oct 2006 10:00:00 GMT

Compare files and folders, create demo and support videos, add rich textboxes in your web apps, and more.

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Toolbox - Protecting Code, Persisting Data, and More

Wed, 09 Aug 2006 10:00:00 GMT

This month obfuscating your code, persisting your data, and a good read on SQL Server 2005.

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Toolbox - Create Help Docs, Automate Builds, and More

Thu, 03 Aug 2006 10:00:00 GMT

This month we look at creating documentation, guarding intellectual property, automating the build process, and a book on writing software.

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Toolbox - Synchronize Data, Review Runtime Errors, and More

Thu, 06 Jul 2006 10:00:00 GMT

This month we bring you products that let you synchronize data, correct runtime errors, and more.

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Toolbox - Networking, Rich UIs, and More

Thu, 08 Jun 2006 10:00:00 GMT

End users today expect a level of interconnectivity between applications that was unheard of a mere five years ago.Many applications periodically determine if a new version is available and, if so, offer to download and install it.

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Toolbox - Generate Office Documents, Monitor Event Logs, and More

Thu, 04 May 2006 10:00:00 GMT

Most data-driven Web sites are used as interfaces to collect, process, and summarize information.Reports that summarize the data can be presented to the user in a variety of formats—the most common way is to display the report directly in a Web page.

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Toolbox - Database job scheduling, Browser Analysis, and More

Thu, 06 Apr 2006 10:00:00 GMT

From a developer’s perspective, once a database’s schema has been defined and the tables, stored procedures, and other database objects have been created, it can be forgotten, abstracted away into the data access layer of the application’s architecture.

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Toolbox - Analyze HTTP Traffic, Synchronize Databases, and More

Thu, 09 Mar 2006 10:00:00 GMT

Debugging Web applications can be a difficult process due to the logical, physical, and temporal differences between the mishmash of technologies that comprise such an application. For bugs that arise from the HTML and script received by the browser or in the transfer or request of a page's markup, developers often adopt archaic debugging techniques, such as using View Source and Notepad to scrutinize the contents received by the browser.

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Toolbox - Automated Build Process, Real-World E-Mail Tasks, and More

Thu, 09 Feb 2006 10:00:00 GMT

While the Visual Studio® Build menu's Build Solution option is the usual way developers compile their current work on a project, the process of building the complete solution for testing, deployment, or production often requires many more steps.

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Toolbox - User-Friendly UIs, Online Data Entry Controls, and More

Tue, 10 Jan 2006 10:00:00 GMT

Microsoft® Office is one of the most well-known and most-used consumer products.For many people, their only experience with a computer is when using Office, be it checking e-mail, creating presentations, or writing a document.

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Toolbox - Code Generation, A Charting Component, and More

Tue, 13 Dec 2005 10:00:00 GMT

Developers have a number of tools at their disposal, but which of these components do you really need to complete your project? Each month we'll analyze the latest software and books to see if they merit inclusion in your toolbox.

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ASP.NET - Create Snazzy Web Charts and Graphics On the Fly with the .NET Framework

Tue, 15 Jan 2002 10:00:00 GMT

Knowledge workers can understand data more effectively when raw numbers are presented in a graphical format. This is especially true when displaying database information on a Web page, where a simple chart can make the difference between a dry presentation and a vivid data source. In the past, creating dynamic, data-based charts on the fly in ASP required purchasing a third-party, image-generating COM component. Now with ASP.NET, developers can access the .NET Framework's drawing classes directly with C# to create dynamic images and charts.

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