Windows Communication Foundation is one of the most important features in the history of .NET. Not only does WCF provide a unified programming model for communications, it also promotes the use of interfaces and various recommended programming practices.
SQL Server 2008 gets new developer features, and SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services gets a facelift and new architecture that no longer requires Internet Information Services.
ASP.NET 3.5 and LINQ provide the greatest amount of functionality yet for building data-aware web applications. Even if you prefer to write stored procedures, you can still leverage some of LINQ to SQL functionality for accessing stored procedures inside .NET.
PerformancePoint Server, the newest product in the Microsoft Business Intelligence stack, offers tremendous productivity gains for building dashboards to display key performance indicators as well as many other reports and charts.
MDX is a SQL-like query language used to retrieve data from OLAP databases and to define Key Performance Indicators (KPI) in SQL Server 2005 Analysis Services.
Explore how the rich reporting functionality in Crystal Reports XI and SQL Server Reporting Services 2005 works with common reporting requirements.
SQL Server 2005 offers T-SQL language features that can improve your productivity.
Start becoming familiar with the different areas of LINQ with the Microsoft Visual Studio "Orcas" Beta.
WCF is meant to make things easier for developers, but as with any new technology, getting started can be difficult. Follow these thirteen steps to rev up your WCF knowledge quickly.
Build a database search Web page using new features in ASP.NET 2.0, SQL Server 2005, and .NET generics in C#.
This article is a redux, or "Version 2.0" of the Baker's Dozen article on Crystal Reports that ran in the January/February 2005 issue of CoDe Magazine. The article updates some of the classes, covers some new features in Crystal Reports XI, and demonstrates techniques to help developers get the most out of Crystal Reports.
In this installment of "The Baker's Dozen" you'll get some handy tips on creating Office eye candy: generating PowerPoint output.
These thirteen random observations on .NET development will get your thought processes ticking.
The conclusion of a two-part article on managing data with Visual Studio 2005 and SQL Server focuses on .NET generics, provides an introduction to the new ObjectDataSource class, and demonstrates some additional new capabilities in T-SQL 2005.
Regardless of your .NET language of choice, managing data is a vital skill for most applications.