Book Review: Essential Windows Workflow Foundation

I’ve been working with Windows Workflow Foundation for over a year – and was lucky enough to implement a project that ended up being the first world-wide enterprise system in production based on Windows Workflow. At the time, I struggled to understand the concepts behind workflow before documentation was publicly available. Even now that the…

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System.Transactions Article

System.Transactions in .NET 2.0 provide a fantastic way to manage your transactions in .NET without having to resort to messy code that tracks and passes SqlTransaction objects around. Best of all is it supports lightweight transactions. So as long as your database does as well (SQL 2005 does, SQL 2000 doesn’t) then you won’t have…

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Read the chapter on Generics from Essential C#

Mark Michaelis is bringing out a new book called “Essential C#”. There is a great chapter on generics which you can read here. Enjoy!

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DataContractSerializer: A better XMLSerializer

XMLSerializer provides a simple means of serializing and deserializing object graphs to and from XML. However, simplicity brings a price, and there are limitations that I have seen people come up against. The most common of these is that XMLSerializer will only work on public properties and needs setters to be able to deserialized, and this…

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Book Review: Inside Microsoft SQL Server 2005: T-SQL Querying

This book is destined to become a classic. Benefiting from the main author’s close relationship with the product team, this text provides a distilled insight into the machinations of SQL Server that are hard to garner from elsewhere. Managing to be both a reference text and a step-by-step tutorial, this book will furnish you with…

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