Three ways to interact with SQL Azure …

There are several different tools that one can use to interact with a SQL Azure database.  Each tool has scenerios that it is best for and an audience to whom it will appeal.  Here are three along with some thoughts on each. Method #1: Tried and True, SSMS There has been plenty written on this…

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Absolutely No Excuse!

We work in a field populated by brilliant people.  But, like any field, it is also populated by charlatans.  I’m not trying to name call, but when I see a flagrant Security Development Lifecycle violation such as information disclosure of Personally Identifiable Information over a machine and trust boundary, I get upset.  At first I…

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Do you know about SkyDrive?

Over the past few days, I have done a completely unscientific survey about SkyDrive.  This test was conducted among three adult males over two days.  Here are the results … Q: Do you know about SkyDrive? Yes: 0 No: 3 Q: Do you know about Live Mesh? Yes: 0 No: 3 SkyDrive is part of…

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Set specific port for ASP.NET Development Server …

Just a quick tip … if you get tired of the ASP.NET Development Server (the HTTP Server formerly known as Cassini) deciding to start-up on whatever port it feels like using at the time, you can constrain that in the Properties of your Web Application.  This is particularly useful when your particular “Web Application” happens…

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MSDN Looks Different (Who Moved My Cheese?)

I’ve recently been having a Who Moved My Cheese issue with MSDN.  Pages seem to have a new look.  For example, I was recently looking up how to do COM Automation (formerly “OLE Automation” and now just “Automation”) in Silverlight and specifically, the AutomationFactory class (which itself is causing Who Moved My Cheese moments because…

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Some tools I highly recommend …

All are free or relatively inexpensive (the ones with a license fee are well worth it).  Most are excellent learning tools as well as productivity tools. LINQPad: I can’t say enough good things about this gem!  It’s a scratch pad for .NET applications and so much more!  The .Dump() method is fantastic! .NET Reflector: Great…

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