Entity Framework beta 3 Released

If you like tools that make creating your data layers easier (like NHibernate or code generation tools like Codesmith & NetTiers), you might be interested in the latest release from the ADO.NET team – the Entity Framework (EF). The latest release, announced today, now also supports Visual Studio 2008 RTM and together with a modeling…

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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 technologies, the Composite UI Application Block (CAB) and the Smart Client Software Factory (SCSF):  Programming Microsoft Composite UI Application Block and Smart Client Software Factory If you’re not familiar with the CAB, and you write moderately+ complex…

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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 nothing: myList.Folders.Add(“DoesNotWork”, SPFileSystemObjectType.Folder); The way I got it to work in the end was like this:              SPList myList = myWeb.Lists[“My List”];            SPListItem newFolder = myList.Items.Add(myList.RootFolder.ServerRelativeUrl, SPFileSystemObjectType.Folder, null);            if (newFolder != null)            {                newFolder[“Name”] = “Name of…

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Updated MOSS SDK

If you’re a MOSS guy like me then you’ll know all about the MOSS Software Development Kit – and how it could really use.. erm… filling out 🙂 Well an updated version of it has just been released (download it here or see it online here), along with one for SharePoint 3.0 too (download it here or…

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The Repository Factory

As you might know, the Web Service Software Factory includes a Data Access Guidance Package that can generate sprocs, entities and data access components from a database schema – great if, like me, you hate typing all this boring code yourself when you need a nice Data Access Layer to talk to your Database. Well…

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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 namespace in .NET 2.0, of course; but it doesn’t do zip, only deflate and GZIP (so you can’t have multiple files in one archive). So to date I’ve always used the venerable SharpZipLib, written for .NET 1.1 but…

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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 with the latest CTP of Acropolis, which is the next version of the Composite UI Application Block (CAB), which if you’re a WinForms developer you are hopefully already using to save you a lot…

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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 really good example. Complete, full-blown, high-performance ASP.NET Enterprise Client-Server Application examples are rather few and far between. In fact I think for many people, the first one they’ve really seen the insides of is the first one…

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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 you know that we British celebrate July 4th on Thanksgiving?? Just kidding! 😀 Well of interest today is a new Acropolis CTP, just released. (See my earlier post for details on Acropolis). Features included in…

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

If you’re writing winforms (“smart client”) apps, then hopefully you’re aware of the Smart Client Composite UI Application Block (CAB), a free, community-supported toolkit released in December 2005 by the Patterns & Practices group (PAG) to assist with assembling more flexible Windows Forms applications. This is supported by the Smart Client Software Factory (SCSF) which…

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