Data Points: Data Binding in WPF

Did you know that Windows® Presentation Foundation (WPF) provides powerful data-binding capabilities? With WPF, you can perform data manipulation using Microsoft® .NET Framework code, XAML, or a combination. You can bind to controls, public properties, XML, or objects, making data binding quick, flexible, and easier than ever. In the December Data Points column John Papa…


CLR Inside Out: Writing Reliable .NET Code

What does it mean to be reliable? When you’re talking about software, it means more than being dependable and predictable. There are a number of key attributes that define reliability, including resilience and recoverability, all of which depend on a number of factors. And .NET Framework-based applications have their own particular considerations, relating to the…


Toolbox November/December Update

Every month in MSDN Magazine, our Toolbox column, written by Scott Mitchell, highlights handy utilities that simplify development tasks and extend the reach of your applications. In the December installment of Toolbox, Scott shows you the .netLIVEHELP live chat help solution for your ASP.NET Web site, automated code converters like that take your Visual Basic…


Test Run QA: Quick and Easy UI Test Automation Suites

Here’s a question from a reader who’s working with the code that James McCaffrey (also known as Dr. James McCaffrey in our article archives) provided in his article Build Quick and Easy UI Test Automation Suites with Visual Studio .NET from the January 2003 issue of MSDN Magazine. I have attempted to go through this…


December 2007 MSDN Magazine now online

The December 2007 issue of MSDN Magazine is now available online at The December issue is something of a grab bag, with articles about Visual Basic and Office development, mainframe interop, Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF), Windows Communication Foundation (WCF), and even programming Active Directory Federation Services. Here’s a quick rundown of the articles: •…


Office Space: Event handling in SharePoint 2007

The ability to handle server-side events is a key element of building custom business solutions based on SharePoint sites. Windows SharePoint Services (WSS) 3.0 and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007 both employ the new event-handling infrastructure introduced with WSS 3.0. In the November issue of MSDN Magazine, Ted Pattison introduces you to the new…


Cutting Edge: Managing the User Experience in AJAX

In recent columns, Dino Esposito has been enthusiastic about how AJAX technologies help you build Web sites in which the old stop-and-go pattern is replaced by a more interactive structure. In the November issue of MSDN Magazine, Dino reviews the problems, solutions, and tools needed to implement an effective user interface for Web applications based…


Foundations: Synchronization contexts in Windows Communication Foundation

The .NET Framework 2.0 introduced a little-known feature called the synchronization context, which is used to bounce a method call between a calling thread and a target thread or threads, in case the method cannot execute on the original calling thread. By far, the most common use of a synchronization context is with UI updates….


Custom check-in policies for Visual Studio Team System

In the past three editions of our Team System column, Brian A. Randell explored the Team Foundation Server (TFS) version control and work item tracking APIs. Brian used the APIs to build a Microsoft Word 2003 add-in that provides support for check-ins and work item association of Word documents similar to what’s available via the…


Test Run Q&A: Test automation

This post represents the beginning of a little experiment: we’re going to post questions directed to our column authors via the column e-mail aliases, and let you take part in the conversation. Our authors will answer as they are available, and we encourage you to chime in with questions or comments as well. We start…