ASP.NET Presentation Patterns

In a layered Web app, the presentation layer is just as important as navigation logic, business logic, and data access. In the December 2008 issue of MSDN Magazine, Dino Esposito examines some design patterns for building an ASP.NET presentation layer, starting with the Model-View-Controller (MVC) pattern—the root of all patterns specifically targeted to the UI.

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How Connection Manager Connects

Without Connection Manager, for all but the simplest network environments, the only way an application could choose a connection would be by presenting the user with a list and asking him to select one. In the December 2008 issue of MSDN Magazine, Marcus Perryman explains why the correct use of Connection Manager is vital when…

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x64 Debugging With Pseudo Variables

For many years, Visual C++ has included a set of pseudo variables and format specifiers for use in debugging. In the December 2008 issue of MSDN Magazine, Kenny Kerr shares some of the pseudo variables and format specifiers that he’s found most useful for debugging C++ applications in the x86 and x64 processor architectures. Check…

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Configuration Testing With Virtual Server

In the September 2008 issue of MSDN Magazine, Dr. James McCaffrey introduced you to software configuration testing with Microsoft Virtual Server. In the December 2008 installment of the Test Run column, he walks you through the process of automating software configuration testing using Virtual Server and Windows PowerShell. For more articles on testing, be sure…

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Claims-Based WCF Services with Geneva Framework

The "Geneva" Framework, formerly called "Zermatt," is the code name for the new framework for building claims-based applications and services, and for implementing federated security scenarios. In the December 2008 issue of MSDN Magazine, Michele Leroux Bustamante describes how to approach claims-based WCF services using the Geneva Framework, and compares to WCF claims-based security without…

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Rendering Text On A Path With WPF

Text is more than just its literal meaning. By treating text characters as graphical objects, the programmer can make text dance and fly on the screen. In the December 2008 issue of MSDN Magazine, Charles Petzold shows you how to position text characters along a curved line with Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) and animate the…

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Design Patterns for Testability

Testability is both as an important quality of your designs and another tool you can use to create and think through designs. In the December 2008 issue of MSDN Magazine, Jeremy Miller examines the design issues, patterns, and principles that can enhance testability in your apps. For more articles on testing, be sure to check…

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LINQ To SQL And The Entity Framework

With the releases of LINQ to SQL and the ADO.NET Entity Framework, developers now have two products from Microsoft designed to tie together relational data and object-oriented programming. In the December 2008 issue of MSDN Magazine, Anthony Sneed provides a roadmap to these technologies and demonstrates how you can create an abstracted data access layer…

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VSTO Power Tools Office interop API extensions

C# developers can use the Visual Studio Tools for the Office System (VSTO) Power Tools Office interop API extensions to streamline Office application development. The extensions provide a thin, strongly typed layer over the loosely typed Office object models. In the December 2008 issue of MSDN Magazine, Andrew Whitechapel, Phillip Hoff, and Vladimir Morozov walk…

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Advanced Basics: The ObservableCollection Class

Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) adds functionality to the Microsoft .NET Framework so that you actually can reliably keep bound controls synchronized with their data sources. In the December 2008 issue of MSDN Magazine, Ken Getz demonstrates how to use the ObservableCollection class provided by WPF to keep bound controls in sync with underlying data sources….

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