Toolbox: Networking, Rich UIs, and More
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.
Scott Mitchell - July 2006
Toolbox: Generate Office Documents, Monitor Event Logs, and More
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.
Scott Mitchell - June 2006
Toolbox: Database job scheduling, Browser Analysis, and More
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.
Scott Mitchell - May 2006
Toolbox: Analyze HTTP Traffic, Synchronize Databases, and More
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.
Scott Mitchell - April 2006
Toolbox: Automated Build Process, Real-World E-Mail Tasks, and More
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.
Scott Mitchell - March 2006
Toolbox: User-Friendly UIs, Online Data Entry Controls, and More
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.
Scott Mitchell - February 2006
Toolbox: Code Generation, A Charting Component, and More
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.
Scott Mitchell - January 2006
ASP.NET: Create Snazzy Web Charts and Graphics On the Fly with the .NET Framework
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.
Scott Mitchell - February 2002