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Enterprise Library 5 is out!

Hopefully all you application Developers know about Enterprise Library, and how it can save you...

Author: Adam Hems Date: 04/21/2010

Photosynth rocks!

I'm an avid shutterbug and had the opportunity to explore some of Delhi, India's points of interest...

Author: Adam Hems Date: 11/13/2009

A new way to avoid writing boring code

Those who know me will be familiar with my quest to avoid writing boring code using any tool that...

Author: Adam Hems Date: 02/20/2009

Using Custom Performance Counters to measure multi-threaded operation durations

When building WCF Services it's very useful to know how long the individual operations within it's...

Author: Adam Hems Date: 12/04/2008

Leveraging multi-threading when calling Web Services or SQL Server

If you need to make more than one call to one or more web services in your code in a single request,...

Author: Adam Hems Date: 10/15/2008

Terrarium is back!

"Terrarium" is a project Microsoft created with .NET 1.0 that allowed devs to write a bug or plant...

Author: Adam Hems Date: 09/08/2008

Distributed Caching in .NET

Saw this today and thought this intesting: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc645013.aspx...

Author: Adam Hems Date: 06/10/2008

Aspiring Architects Webcasts this Month

I saw these Webcasts coming up this month and think they might be of interest to a lot of folks (all...

Author: Adam Hems Date: 06/06/2008

.NET: What's coming down the Pike

Today there a bunch of new bits to play with that have up until now been a collection of individual...

Author: Adam Hems Date: 05/12/2008

Enterprise Library and WCF

If you're creating Web Services using WCF (or ASMX, for that matter) then you are, of course, using...

Author: Adam Hems Date: 05/12/2008

An easier way to Create SharePoint Feature Solutions

If you're developing Features for SharePoint then you will have discovered what a laborious process...

Author: Adam Hems Date: 02/22/2008

Entity Framework beta 3 Released

If you like tools that make creating your data layers easier (like NHibernate or code generation...

Author: Adam Hems Date: 12/06/2007

Interesting Discovery: a book on the CAB & SCSF!

I learned today that there was a book published a few months ago on two of my favourite...

Author: Adam Hems Date: 10/31/2007

Progammatically Adding Folders to a SharePoint List

This took me longer than it should have to get working as the things I tried first compiled but did...

Author: Adam Hems Date: 08/30/2007

Updated MOSS SDK

If you're a MOSS guy like me then you'll know all about the MOSS Software Development Kit - and how...

Author: Adam Hems Date: 08/23/2007

The Repository Factory

As you might know, the Web Service Software Factory includes a Data Access Guidance Package that can...

Author: Adam Hems Date: 08/22/2007

Making and reading ZIP Files in .NET

So you want to use the zip file format in your .NET 2/3/3.5 application? There is a compression...

Author: Adam Hems Date: 08/10/2007

More Acropolis Goodness

If you're testing out all the new features of VS 2008 (now in beta 2) then you might want to play...

Author: Adam Hems Date: 08/08/2007

Learning ASP.NET & WCF by Example: .NET Trader

If you're like me, then you like figuring out how something is supposed to be done by looking at a...

Author: Adam Hems Date: 08/07/2007

More Acropolis for you XAML Form-based Application Writers

Happy July 4th! As a Brit, I kindov don't celebrate July 4th in the US, so much... :-) However did...

Author: Adam Hems Date: 07/04/2007

The CAB + WPF Designer → Visual Studio = “Acropolis”

If you're writing winforms ("smart client") apps, then hopefully you're aware of the Smart Client...

Author: Adam Hems Date: 06/05/2007

Handy Office Developer Map

Hello, Just published to MSDN: a handy little WPF app that places in one place lots of the resources...

Author: Adam Hems Date: 06/04/2007

Developers: Learning While Commuting

Most of us still have to commute to the office, and some of us have to travel a fair bit, and a...

Author: Adam Hems Date: 04/18/2007

Caching in Winforms / SmartClient Apps

Caching frequently-accessed data is often desirable in Winforms/Smart Client applications in order...

Author: Adam Hems Date: 04/16/2007

Creating Compelling browser-based applications: WPF/e

I thought you might be interested in quickly learning the essentials of the upcoming Microsoft...

Author: Adam Hems Date: 04/10/2007

Synchronizing data from disparate sources over two-tier, N-tier, and service-based architectures

We recently published a CTP of a technology used to sync various (even non-MS) online and offline...

Author: Adam Hems Date: 03/01/2007

Scripting SQL Server Database Data

There have been many times when I've needed to script the creation of SQL Server database data;...

Author: Adam Hems Date: 01/24/2007

"Web Client" Best Practices...

The patterns and practices team come out with some fabulous stuff that I have used many times over...

Author: Adam Hems Date: 10/27/2006

Avoid writing boring code using the Web Service Factory

One thing about the ongoing releases of the Web Service Factory (WSF) that I think may have escaped...

Author: Adam Hems Date: 10/13/2006

Building Web Services the Easy Way

Regular Readers will know that I prefer to avoid writing boring code if at all possible, and use...

Author: Adam Hems Date: 07/31/2006

Even very experienced ASP.NET Developers can learn something from this...

I've done a lot of developemnt on the Microsoft platform over the last 11 years and there were still...

Author: Adam Hems Date: 07/19/2006

Program Robots using the new "Microsoft Robotics Studio"

The robotics platform that really interests me is the Lego MindStorm range; these are really cool,...

Author: Adam Hems Date: 06/22/2006

Configuring the SharePoint 3.0 RSS Reader to use a Proxy Server

Here's a problem I hit today - I was setting up an instance of Microsoft Office SharePoint Server...

Author: Adam Hems Date: 06/13/2006

How to Dynamically Generate Word Documents from a Web Site

On my most recent project, an ASP.NET 2.0 web site, we thought it would be useful if we offered...

Author: Adam Hems Date: 05/26/2006

Very Excited about... Custom Search Providers in IE 7

I tried running IE 7 beta 1 but gave up as it had one critical bug that prevented me from developing...

Author: Adam Hems Date: 05/11/2006

Increasing my Productivity With Virtual Server R2 on Windows XP

I learned recently that not only was Virtual Server now free, but that it worked on Windows XP....

Author: Adam Hems Date: 04/28/2006

ASP.NET: Exporting a report to Excel, with HTTP Compression

I often find myself asked to code a page to display data from a database in a format users of a...

Author: Adam Hems Date: 04/11/2006

How to determine if a .NET Assembly was compiled in Debug Mode

A colleague asked this question in an email and as often happens I didn't know the answer. However...

Author: Adam Hems Date: 04/05/2006

Passing Session Data down through the Tiers

So here's a conundrum that my customer and I worked through yesterday. We have an ASP.NET site, with...

Author: Adam Hems Date: 03/31/2006

Connecting to SQL Server on a non-default Port

Here's a little tid-bit that threw me today. How to connect to SQL Server (using SQL Management...

Author: Adam Hems Date: 03/23/2006

If you are unable to select a block of text in IE 6...

We hit an interesting conundrum yesterday which had me stumped for a while; an erstwhile colleague...

Author: Adam Hems Date: 03/16/2006

.NetTiers: Avoiding Typing Boring Code

Perhaps, like me, you often perform the role of .NET developer and you hate typing boring code. One...

Author: Adam Hems Date: 03/02/2006

Adventures with VS2005 Team Test Load Agent And Controller

I've been using VS2005 Team Test on an ASP.NET project I am currently on to hammer the code we've...

Author: Adam Hems Date: 03/01/2006

Now running Office 12 on my Main Machine

Well I took the plunge this weekend and upgraded to the beta 1 of Office 12. I was nervous that it...

Author: Adam Hems Date: 02/27/2006