Improve LINQ to SQL performance

May 5, 2008 at 12:21 pm (LINQ, SQL)

While it is easy to get carried away with using LINQ to SQL, developers have the responsibility to understand what is going on under the hood and to ensure that things are running as smoothly and efficiently as possible.

The following blog post describes 10 tips from improving LINQ to SQL performance, highly recommended for anyone using LINQ to SQL.

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HOWTO: Silverlight Unit Testing Framework

April 2, 2008 at 11:16 am (Silverlight, Testing)

Jeff Wilcox has a detail blog post on unit testing Silverlight applications. I can’t wait to try this out. Looks very promising, since I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to test the UI.

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ASP.NET Debugging

March 28, 2008 at 10:36 am (.NET, ASP.NET, Blogroll)

For help with debugging ASP.NET issue especially on production servers. The following 2 blogs provide very valuable information as to inner working of ASP.NET.

http://blogs.msdn.com/tess/

http://blogs.msdn.com/tom

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Open-source Silverlight Charts!

March 28, 2008 at 10:32 am (Free, Silverlight)

The guys at Visifire have made available some really nice Silverlight 2.0 charts. These charts render beautifully with animation.

 

Best of all it’s open-sourced!

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Debugging WPF Databinding

March 26, 2008 at 12:31 pm (Silverlight, WPF)

Beatriz Costa has a good write up on debugging WPF databinding. I will have to try out to see if there is something similar with Silverlight.

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ASP.NET MVC Request Lifecycle

March 20, 2008 at 12:40 am (aspnetmvc, Microsoft)

Stepehn Walther has a great in depth blog post on the lifecycle of an ASP.NET MVC request. You will need to dedicate several minutes to reading this in-depth, but it certainly is worth it.

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Moq – An Awesome .NET Mocking Framework

March 20, 2008 at 12:34 am (.NET, Mock, Testing)

I came across Moq a mocking framework specifically designed for .NET 3.5. You know when you hear that lambda expressions are going to be used heavily…and they are.

But, that’s a good great thing. You just need to start using it in a couple of tests and bam! before you know it, it will seem intuitive to you.

Oh and btw the document is not bad at all and full of examples to get you started.

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Online CSS Reference

February 5, 2008 at 12:45 am (CSS, Free)

CSS can be a very tricky and complicated subject. Using it for layout sometimes can get hairy and quite frankly you can often get lost with so many style classes.

Here is a great link to an online CSS reference that explains the ins and outs of CSS

http://reference.sitepoint.com/css

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January 2008 release of SQL Server 2005 Best Practices Analyzer

January 21, 2008 at 11:38 pm (Free, Microsoft, SQL, Utilities)

Microsoft has released a new version of the SQL Server 2005 Best Practices Analyzer tool. The tool is from a Database Administrator’s (DBA) perspective and not from an architect nor developer’s perspective.

Check it out here:

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=da0531e4-e94c-4991-82fa-f0e3fbd05e63&displaylang=en

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Intro video on the Semantic Web

January 18, 2008 at 12:56 pm (Semantic Web)

There is a lot buzz about the Semantic Web. The possibilities that it offers are very exciting. The following is great intro video to answer the question, what is it, and what can it do for me?

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