Monday, December 31, 2007

Happy New Year 2008

Wish all my readers and visitors of my blog a very happy and prosperous new year 2008!!!

Monday, December 17, 2007

Friday, December 14, 2007

Dynamic Data

New to Dynamic Data?
Do not know what Dynamic Data is all about?

A wonderful post and an equally wonderful screencast by David Ebbo. Catch on!

What I really liked about this approach is the use of MVC (Model-View-Controller) pattern. Not many of the projects I have seen uses this approach.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

LINQ-ed! - Day One

Well, you might have got the idea!

Yes, I am on the LINQ bandwagon. I tuned into http://www.aspalliance.com/ and touched up on the LINQ articles by Scott Gu. They are really informative and I did get a very clear idea on what the other geeks are talking about (ooohhooo... that LINQ thing...its so cool, you know...). Now I know :-)

My only interest was how to use LINQ with Stored Procedures. And my concern is that we would need a paradigm shift in coding and architecture approach if we start using LINQ in our current applications. DataContext, you see... DataContext is the back bone of LINQ.

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Code Camp and VS.NET 2008 Express

By being a speaker liason for our .NET User Group, I made lot of good friends. Friends whom I could ask any technical question and would get an answer almost immediately.

Code Camp Details - Thanks a million to the speakers
The most interesting and informative presentation was Kevin Goff's Business Intelligence with SSIS, SQL Server 2005, Excel 2007 and PeformancePoint Server 2007.

We had Rachel Appel, Steve Andrews and Andrew Schwam for the first time for our Code Camp and they were great!

John Baird, Dan Clark, Lance Wulfers and Paul Kawaller did a great job too.

VS.NET 2008 - My first stint.
When I downloaded VS.NET 2008 for the first time, it was depressing. The template window was almost empty, when I tried to create a web app. That was depressing indeed. I googled for 2 days and got it fixed. I had installed Expression Designer CTP a long time ago, which had to be unistalled at first (who knew?).

So, with great expectation, I started my journey. This time, I did not want to start with the "Hello World" application. I wanted to do something diifferent. I had a very old project that I did for myself, when I was learning ASP.NET 1.0. So I am picking that up for conversion.

I will be updating this blog with my experiences in upgrading a Visual Studio 2003 (this could be applied to 1.1 too) web application to Visual Studio 2008.

Update:
I am having some hiccups with VS.NET 2008 Web Express. It seems I have to wait for my local InstallFest to get the whole Studion IDE set up for this. Till then I will be posting my experiences with Web Express 2008. Keep visiting!

Saturday, December 01, 2007

Code Camp 2007 Update

Another successful milestone for Central Penn .NET User Group -MSDN Code Camp 2007!

I would be posting the details soon on the same subject ASAP.

I have been lazy in posting .NET content in this blog, but I would be doing so quite often from now onwards with more VS.NET 2008 related topics. So tune in time to time to get some cool ideas on VS.NET 2008.

Till then, enjoy the holidays!!