Download hotfixes

Sometimes you run into a bug in DataSet, or some other product. At this point, you have a couple of choices. You can work around the bug, or you can call CSS/PSS. Most people take the former route unless they can’t figure out a workaround. When you call PSS/CSS, you sometimes get a patch (hotfix),…

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Tech Ed

I’m currently down in sunny Orlando, getting ready for Tech Ed (or is it TechEd? That dot between letters is a very odd thing). I’m going to be presenting on LINQ to DataSet, and Understanding the Entity Framework. As usual, I have far too much material for the time that I have. So I ask…

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LINQ to DataSet – LinqDataView and indexes

Index usage One of the features of the DataView that often gets overlooked is its ability to very quickly find a DataRow (or multiple DataRows) by an index value.  The index is built on the sort criteria, so if you sort based on the last name column, the index will also be on the last…

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DataSets and nullable types

Let’s say you want to have a DataSet with an Integer column, and this column can have no values, which for argument’s sake we’ll call NULL values (there is a whole argument about NULL really means, but we’ll punt on that). The DataSet has been around since the first version of the .NET Framework, and…

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How’ya doing, where’ya been?

It’s been a while – but don’t worry, I didn’t drop off the face of the planet, or get eaten by huge worms. In the time since my last post, I’ve taken on some new responsibilities, namely a number of XML technologies, including those that are shipping in Silverlight 2! So look forward to new posts…

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