Visual Studio 2008 and .NET 3.5 give developers substantially increased data access options.
The ADO.NET Entity Framework is core technology in Microsoft's evolving data platform that bridges the gap between data structures and objects in your applications.
ClickOnce makes deploying apps easy and secure, but there's plenty to learn when you want to go beyond the standard out-of-the-box wizard-based functionality. Here's a host of tricks for developers who might find ClickOnce a little limiting.
Julia Lerman discusses the disconnect between software versions, writing, and real-world usage patterns.
.NET 2.0 and SQL Server 2005 combine in Query Notifications to notify applications when critical data changes occur and eliminate the need to repeatedly ask the database, "Has it changed yet?"
There's a delicate balance between not releasing enough technology to keep developer gurus happy and involved, and releasing too much technology, which overloads the developer community. Microsoft may be tilting toward the latter.
One of the more interesting and challenging places to use Ink is in Web applications. But how can this technology, which is dependent on the physical relationship between the stylus, the digitizer, and the operating system, work over the Internet?
With debugger visualizers, you can define the information you would like to see about a specific .NET or custom class during debug mode. And as the name suggests, you can also choose how you would like to visualize these details.