SYSK 1 – 300

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Welcome to the "AppDev: Something You Should Know" blog

SYSK (Something You Should Know) 1: What is a Digital Locker

SYSK 2: A word on versions – deployment, assembly, file…

SYSK 3: Resumable file downloads

SYSK 4: Why are the read only-cursors (i.e. "firehose cursors") faster than server side cursors?

SYSK 5: Do you have rootkits?

SYSK 6: Summary of agile methodologies

SYSK 7: Tool Time – .NET Reflector

SYSK 8: .NET Generics = C++ Templates?

SYSK 9: Multiple column searches with one WHERE clause?

SYSK 10: Automating nightly builds

SYSK 11: Is now the time for Binary XML?

SYSK 12: Office 12 chooses Open XML

SYSK 13: Cool Products: Wi-Fi Finders

SYSK 14: The easiest way to sign your assembly

SYSK 15: Show me the … Open Windows!

SYSK 16: How StringBuilder works, or on the importance of StringBuilder initialization

SYSK 17: Do you C++?

SYSK 18: CLR “discrimination” of large objects

SYSK 19: Confused about Forward and Backward Compatibility? Then read this...

SYSK 20: Testing UserControls without writing a line of code

SYSK 21: How slow is invoking properties via reflection?

SYSK 22: Detecting a Change in Network Connectivity

SYSK 23: DropDownList with ToolTip that Automatically Shows Up as You Mouse-Over the Items in the Dropped Down List

SYSK 24: ?? operator. Is it new to you?

SYSK 25: What happened to ObjectSpaces (object-relational mapping technology), and what is it, anyway?

SYSK 26: Want to see DataGrid-like view of the contents of your DataSets right from within the debugger?

SYSK 27: What you need to know about referenced assemblies in VS2005

SYSK 28: Do you know about ‘Anonymous Methods’? If not, read on…

SYSK 29: The Power of Ctrl+Shift+N

SYSK 30: Differences between SET and SELECT in SQL Server

SYSK 31: Wondering what is vhost.exe, and why you need it? Then read on…

SYSK 32: Should you use temp tables or table variables in SQL?

SYSK 33: New kind of “friend” -- assembly:InternalsVisibleTo

SYSK 34: Tool Time – Spellchecker for Visual Studio

SYSK 35: Performance comparison of WITH and TABLE variable queries

SYSK 36: The Cost of SQL EndPoints

SYSK 37: 5 minute video on Windows Vista

SYSK 38: Visual Studio 2005 Code Snippets

SYSK 39: ASP ViewState Stored as SessionState

SYSK 40: Beyond E-Mail – E12 promises to be one of the most impressive upgrades to Exchange that Microsoft has ever released

SYSK 41: “The Curse and Blessings of Dynamic SQL” by Erland Sommarskog

SYSK 42: A must-read article on BackgroundWorker class

SYSK 43: What’s New in IIS 7?

SYSK 44: ASP.NET 2.0 Website Administration Tool

SYSK 45: Is RSS Just a Fad?

SYSK 46: New in SQL 2005 -- Snapshot Isolation

SYSK 47: OLEDB deja vu? A look into LINQ.

SYSK 48: Why is Microsoft Recommending WebServices as the Best Path to WCF upgrade?

SYSK 49: Have You Heard about BitLocker™ Drive Encryption?

SYSK 50: Beyond Vista…

SYSK 51: Ten Essential Tools for VS Developers

SYSK 52: Looking for NDOC that Works with .NET 2.0?

SYSK 53: To Close() or to Dispose()? That is the question…

SYSK 54: The New Way to Deal with Apostrophes in SQL

SYSK 55: Rotate SQL table without any INNER JOIN (narrow to wide table without PIVOT)

SYSK 56: A Word on Frameworks (from the lighten up series)

SYSK 57: Handy Undocumented Stored Procs

SYSK 58: Making Code Line Length Conformance Easy in VS

SYSK 59: How to Stay Young

SYSK 60: How Does SqlBulkCopy Deal with Duplicate Records?

SYSK 61: Creating Temporary (not persisted, a.k.a. in-memory) Projects in VS 2005

SYSK 62: Jim Allchin's view of what Vista will offer the enterprise

SYSK 63: Vista’s Speech Capabilities

SYSK 64: Notes from “Windows Presentation Foundation Under the Hood” talk

SYSK 65: Change to Full Trust Definition in .NET 2.0

SYSK 66: .NET 1.1 and 2.0 Handles ASCII Encoding Differently?

SYSK 67: SQL – Who is Connected and What are They Running?

SYSK 68: Choosing Between T-SQL and .NET Stored Procs

SYSK 69: Visual Studio – Controlling Which Files Are Saved At Build Time

SYSK 70: Where Does the Expression “You’re Fired” Come From?

SYSK 71: Dataset Footprint in Memory vs. Remoting Size

SYSK 72: Fast Comparison of Dates

SYSK 73: On the Importance of allowExeDefinition Attribute

SYSK 74: Are You Using SecureString Class?

SYSK 75: Do You Use Your Computer From Public Places? If Yes, Read This...

SYSK 76: When Should You Call AddMemoryPressure?

SYSK 77: The Difference Between Microsoft.Security.Application.AntiXSSLibrary.HtmlEncode and System.Web.HttpUtility.HtmlEncode

SYSK 78: Avoiding Infinite Loops Due to Error Handling Retries

SYSK 79: Good SQL Interview Question -- What is the Left Anti Semi Join?

SYSK 80: Keyboard Shortcuts to Comment/Uncomment Code in SQL Server Management Studio and in Visual Studio 2005

SYSK 81: How compression works

SYSK 82: Compression Example in .NET

SYSK 83: On the Importance of Calling TrimToSize

SYSK 84: Where Do GAC Assemblies Live?

SYSK 85: What are the key features of TFS (Team Foundation Server)?

SYSK 86: .NET Reflector Revisited

SYSK 87: A Better MaskedTextBox For Currency Fields

SYSK 88: How to Avoid Hardcoding Stored Procedure Names

SYSK 89: Hashing Explained...

SYSK 90: SQL: What Is a Hash Join and When Should You Use It?

SYSK 91: Cool Trick -- Move an Entire Paragraph with a Key Stroke

SYSK 92: How to Clear or Remove Certain Items from “Recent Projects” List in Visual Studio

SYSK 93: SQL 2005 – How to Script Database One Object per File

SYSK 94: as, is, where keywords in C#

SYSK 95: Expand Your Horizon – Learn About NUMA

SYSK 96: Macros to Expand and Collapse Regions in VS.NET

SYSK 97: The Power of Environmental Variables

SYSK 98: Digging Deeper Into GetHashCode

SYSK 98: Digging Deeper Into GetHashCode

SYSK 100: Can You Define What Is Web 2.0?

SYSK 101: How to Release Build an ASP.NET application

SYSK 102: Unexpected Behavior in Generics

SYSK 103: WriteFile or TransmitFile?

SYSK 104: Great Tool for ASP.NET developers

SYSK 105: Switching Between Running ASP.NET Project Under IIS and Personal Web Server

SYSK 106: The Cost of Using WindowsPrincipal

SYSK 107: The Difference Between Decimal.ToString(“C”) and Decimal.ToString(“C2”)

SYSK 108: What is XPS?

SYSK 109: Is it possible to change the ForeColor of a SubItem in a ListView?

SYSK 110: Two-Key Dictionary Class

SYSK 111: RoundUp and RoundDown in .NET with Decimal Digits

SYSK 112: How to Invoke a Method on the Parent Web Form From a Control

SYSK 113: System.Convert.ChangeType Undercover

SYSK 114: String Interning

SYSK 115: Do You Know When and How to Use TypeForwardedTo Attribute?

SYSK 116: Which Code is Faster and Why – Using ‘As’ or ‘Is’ + cast?

SYSK 117: Are You Using Eval or Bind for your ASPX Data Binding?

SYSK 118: ReadOnly or ContentEditable?

SYSK 119: Granular Role Based Security via an Attribute

SYSK 120: When == is not same as Equals

SYSK 121: When it’s Not Only Acceptable, but Recommended to Check into Source Control Your .user File

SYSK 122: Clone a WinForms Control with all its Properties

SYSK 123: Expand Your Horizon – Learn About How BitTorrent Works

SYSK 124: IDENT_CURRENT Without an Identity Column

SYSK 125: Custom Controls in ToolBox

SYSK 126: Protect Yourself – Use ‘deployment retail’ Setting

SYSK 127: ResetBindings To the Rescue!

SYSK 128: Unexpected Behavior in NumericUpDown Control

SYSK 129: A Tool Every ASP.NET Developer Should Know

SYSK 130: The Sexy Side of Internationalization in ASP.NET

SYSK 131: SQL: String to Bit Conversion

SYSK 132: Loop Performance Comparison -- foreach vs. for

SYSK 133: Oh, the Mighty OUTPUT Clause!

SYSK 134: Intellisense for SQL Server

SYSK 135: Hot Key for Windows XP System Properties Dialog

SYSK 136: INSERT SHRED(DelimitedString) INTO TABLE MyTable

SYSK 137: A Quick Way to Get to System Information Dialog

SYSK 138: Still Using text, ntext, and image data types? Then this post is for you…

SYSK 139: Multiple Environments Support by a ClickOnce Application

SYSK 140: Ranking Functions in SQL 2005

SYSK 141: RTFEditor Control

SYSK 142: Method Inlining

SYSK 143: Async Invocation of Stored Procs from SQL

SYSK 144: A Faster Way to Get a Total Number of Rows in a Table

SYSK 145: Preventing Configuration Setting Inheritance in Web Apps

SYSK 146: SMTP – More Configuration, Less Code

SYSK 147: On the Importance of Script Closing Tags

SYSK 148: Format My Code, Please!

SYSK 149: Performance Analysis of the ‘yield return’ Statement

SYSK 150: RTF2PlainText

SYSK 151: New in SQL 2005 – DAC (dedicated administrator connection)

SYSK 152: Comparison of DoEvents, Sleep and SpinWait

SYSK 153: Leveraging XQuery in SQL Server

SYSK 154: Adding Existing Classes to a Class Diagram

SYSK 155: Don’t Know Much About GAX? Then read on…

SYSK 156: For Smart Client Developers…

SYSK 157: Conditional Methods

SYSK 158: IComparable<T> vs. IEquatable<T>

SYSK 159: How to Clear ClickOnce Application Cache

SYSK 160: Implementing Session Expiration Concept in WinForms

SYSK 161: SQL – the Pros and Cons of Updating Statistics Asynchronously

SYSK 162: P/Invoke Required. Or Is It?

SYSK 163: New Way to Reduce the Number of Unhandled Exceptions

SYSK 164: ASP.NET ProfileModule Undercover

SYSK 165: Are You Encrypting Your Stored Procedures?

SYSK 166: Stream Output Performance Comparison

SYSK 167: “A program is trying to access your Address Book…”

SYSK 168: Why Developers Should Know About Memory Bandwidth?

SYSK 169: Quick Access to SPS 2007 Mobile View

SYSK 170: Under the Hood of SQL System Objects

SYSK 171: MSDE Will Not Be Supported on Vista

SYSK 172: C# 3.0 is Not Part of .NET 3.0

SYSK 174: What Does Stand-By Mode Have To Do With Display Device Driver?

SYSK 173: Rediscovering the Immediate WindowSYSK 175: Border for a <TR> Element Without a ColSpan or a Div

SYSK 176: Recycling Only One Application Pool

SYSK 177: Formatting Numeric Data with Comma and Decimal Separators in SQL

SYSK 178: A Simple Way to Improve Performance of a Secure Web Site

SYSK 179: MSMQ Roadmap

SYSK 180: Different Accessor Accessibility

SYSK 181: What Is a Greynet?

SYSK 182: SQL -- Are We There Yet?

SYSK 183: Variable Number of Parameters – the Right and the Wrong Way

SYSK 184: What Is CardSpace? The Reader’s Digest Version…

SYSK 185: CSS as a Replacement of Tables? Yes!

SYSK 186: CSS as a Replacement of Tables? Yes! … part 2

SYSK 187: The New Way to Get Configuration Settings

SYSK 188: Understanding AspNetHostingPermission…

SYSK 189: The Footprint of SQL Everywhere

SYSK 190: Desktop View at Your Fingertips

SYSK 191: Is Your Public Web Site P3P Compliant?

SYSK 192: Compact Policies

SYSK 193: Uncommon HTTP Verbs

SYSK 194: “X-Ray Vision” of HTTP Traffic

SYSK 195: Speeding Up Index Creation

SYSK 196: Is there a performance hit and CPU spike when concatenating literal strings?

SYSK 197: Smart Start and Stop Service in VS.NET Build

SYSK 198: What is CodePlex?

SYSK 199: A Quick Way To Lock Your Computer

SYSK 200: How To Detect and Remove No Longer Valid Windows Logins From SQL Server

SYSK 201: Using Linked Server? Possible bug discovered…

SYSK 202: Shining a Light into the Mystery of the Boot Process

SYSK 203: Mind That Label Length in SQL Reporting Services

SYSK 204: Windows Vista Resources

SYSK 205: Profiling Tool for .NET Developers

SYSK 206: Aliases in SQL Server

SYSK 207: Delete Recycle Bin Icon from Your Desktop

SYSK 208: Slow Running SQL Queries? Here are possible reasons…

SYSK 209: What Is Groove 2007? And, Is Microsoft Competing with Itself?

SYSK 210: Cross-Process Synchronization

SYSK 211: Trace Only What You Want with TraceSource and SourceSwitch

SYSK 212: Does .NET Garbage Collector call Dispose? Dispose – Best Practices.

SYSK 213: Curious to Know How C# lock Keyword is Actually Implemented? Then read on…

SYSK 214: in cm mm pt px pc em… You guessed it – this post is about font sizes

SYSK 215: Testing the Limits of .NET 3.0 Workflow Foundation

SYSK 216: BizTalk Orchestration or Windows Workflow Foundation?

SYSK 217: Processing WebService Response using JSON

SYSK 218: Reclaim Space Immediately After Dropping a Column

SYSK 219: Solution for SQL Reporting Services Problem Described in SYSK 203

SYSK 220: Triggers and Bulk Insert of Data

SYSK 221: Combat Spyware -- Check Your Browser Settings

SYSK 222: CPU Impact of Animated GIFs

SYSK 223: The Power of Double-Not Operator

SYSK 224: Why Join Is Better Than Sleep

SYSK 225: Portals, Dashboards, Scorecards…

SYSK 226: Exception Handling in JavaScript

SYSK 227: Monthly Calendar control in ASP.NET

SYSK 228: Get Table Columns or Rows with Single Key Press

SYSK 229: AJAX.NET Update Panel or Web Service?

SYSK 230: Do You Need BizTalk To Load a CSV File?

SYSK 231: Is WinForms Dead? And What Presentation Technology (WinForms, WPF, XAML, WPF/E, AJAX ASP.NET, DirectX) Should You Use and When?

SYSK 232: Why Are There Four HTTP GET Requests Retrieving an AJAX Enabled Web Page?

SYSK 233: How to Decrypt an ASP.NET Encrypted Data

SYSK 234: WeekDiff = Number of Weeks (full + partial) Between Two Dates

SYSK 235: Display .pdf Document Search Results Programmatically

SYSK 236: Using SQL Server Notification Services API Remotely

SYSK 237: What is my Object’s Memory Footprint?

SYSK 238: Vista… Six SKUs… Which One Is For Me and Which One Is For My Spouse?

SYSK 239: Header/ContentPlaceholder/Footer Without Hardcoding Header and Footer Height Size

SYSK 240: AJAX.NET – Resolution for Sys.ScriptLoadFailedException when Opening Login page

SYSK 241: Generate and Download Animated Progress Indicators for Free… Nothing to install!

SYSK 242: PDC? TechEd? What about MIX?

SYSK 243: Stopwatch Undercover

SYSK 244: Writing Multi-Processor and Multi-Core Aware Applications with #pragma Directives

SYSK 245: Are You Using the ‘media’ Attribute In Your CSS?

SYSK 246: User-Friendly URLs

SYSK 247: Generate BizTalk XSD from SQL Server Generated XML

SYSK 248: I’m an administrator!!! Why do I get User Account Controls prompts all the time in Vista?

SYSK 249: Choosing the Right Microsoft Integration Technology

SYSK 250: How To Start ASP.NET Development Server Without Visual Studio

SYSK 251: A Word about Forefront Client Security

SYSK 252: Running SQL statements at a desired time

SYSK 253: SQL: version, platform info and then some…

SYSK 254: How to make your Windows XP or 2000 run a bit faster

SYSK 255: BizSharp a.k.a. Biz # a.k.a. PPS a.k.a. Microsoft Office PerformancePoint Server 2007

SYSK 256: JavaScript: Embed or Separate? Pros & Cons of both scenarios.

SYSK 257: .NET way to analyze SQL data I/O performance

SYSK 258: dr[columnIndex] or dr[“ColumnName”]? The cost of field name lookup…

SYSK 259: Is ‘internal’ class modifier a sufficient level of protection?

SYSK 260: Custom Configuration Settings Just Like Ones Used in .NET Framework Classes

SYSK 261: Investigating Blocked Processes in SQL Server

SYSK 262: Lowest common denominator? No – interfaces offer a superior solution!

SYSK 263: .NET Stored Procs Do Not Execute in Parallel using MARS

SYSK 264: Restricting Item Types in Generic Collections

SYSK 265: Thought Provoking Statement About Design by Douglas Martin

SYSK 266: SOA Versioning Best Practices and on the Importance of Using Nullable Types and IExtensibleDataObject Interface in Data Contracts

SYSK 267: How to bypass YourGenericClass<T> where T : ValueType constraint restriction

SYSK 268: You Know Your Project Is Not Agile If…

SYSK 269: XBAP Introduction

SYSK 270: How to implement C++’s typedef in C#

SYSK 271: A Better (?) NameValueCollection Class

SYSK 272: Excellent 11 min video about WPF – what it is and how you can use it today in your applications!

SYSK 273: How to use the latest version of Visual Studio and build your project targeting earlier version of .NET framework

SYSK 274: How to Implement a Serializable Type with Read-Only Properties

SYSK 275: Pagination in SQL – Easy!

SYSK 276: Are These “Requirements” or “Desirements”?

SYSK 277: How-To Bring Back the TrustedInstaller

SYSK 278: How-To Use Windows Live Search on Your SharePoint Site

SYSK 279: What’s New in the World of Database Tuning?

SYSK 280: ControlChars in C# Without Using Microsoft.VisualBasic Assembly

SYSK 281: Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF): The Missing LinkButton

SYSK 282: How JSON is Making Your Code Cleaner

SYSK 283: Use Caution When Using ‘Short’ Data Type in Enumerated Types

SYSK 284: Calculating WeekOfYear in C# Using 1 Line of Code Without Referencing Microsoft.VisualBasic.dll

SYSK 285: Is JavaScript an Object Oriented Programming Language?

SYSK 286: What Does a Web Service Proxy Look Like on a Client Side?

SYSK 287: Custom C#/VB (CLR) Types Used in SQL Server

SYSK 288: Callbacks vs. Delegates Explained…

SYSK 289: Want to Have a Choice of Running an XBAP Application in a Standalone Mode Using the Same Project File?

SYSK 290: ASP.NET AJAX -- $get vs. $find

SYSK 291: SQL 2005 SP 2 is Available and Comes with Good News About Licensing Costs

SYSK 292: Assembly in GAC != Assembly in Add References .NET tab

SYSK 293: Business Rules – Easy, Flexible, Decoupled

SYSK 294: Surf Internet Anonymously

SYSK 295: Difference between password handling in SQL 2000 and SQL 2005

SYSK 296: MSI Inventory tool

SYSK 297: Condense JavaScript Code for Faster Download

SYSK 298: WPF: Control Whether a Grid’s Cell Is Editable in XAML

SYSK 299: WinForms controls and COM support – an interesting fact…

SYSK 300: Why TABLESAMPLE Is Not Returning Specified Number of Rows




Also, below are links to previously published non-technical SYSK topics:


What is the lowest denomination of paper currency ever issued by the U.S. government?

What’s the difference between heat and temperature?

How much time per day does the average giraffe spend sleeping?

Why are many Arctic shrubs evergreen?

What country requires judges to wear wigs?

How did enthusiasts come to be called buffs – as in sports buffs, opera buffs, and computer buffs?

What was the original name of the Bank of America?

In real-estate shorthand, what does the acronym FDR represent?

Who was the first king to be called “the Great”?

Why Tundra flowers are mostly white or yellow?

Wreaths made of what vegetable were awarded to victorious athletes at the Nemean games in ancient Greece?

Which American state was the first to officially abolish slavery?

What are the only three fruits native to North America?

Why is the Sun red at sunrise and sunset?

How many bones are in a giraffe’s neck?

Which U.S. state was the first to impose a sales tax?



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