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More articles by Michael S. Jones

Author Bio
Michael S. Jones is the Director of Systems Architecture for Passport Health Communications, Inc., a national healthcare technology provider connecting hospitals, physician clinics and outpatient centers with payer and patient information to facilitate and improve their revenue cycle process. Michael, his wife, and three children live in Franklin, Tennessee where he spends his spare time reading and enjoying time with his family outdoors. .
For .NET Zone | January 30, 2008
Discover anew why Visual Basic is one of the most successful programming languages in history by exploring some of the new features Microsoft added to Visual Studio and Visual Basic.
For .NET Zone | October 5, 2007
Harness the power of SQL Server Management Objects to create, document, and manage your SQL Server databases.
For .NET Zone | August 24, 2007
Stop copying and editing configuration files, and find out how to build your own system to store and deliver configuration information from a central location.
For Database Development Zone | March 27, 2007
Not quite a knockout, SQL Service Broker beats MSMQ at its own game.
For .NET Zone | November 8, 2006
With a new name, new capabilities, and a new focus, the product formerly called SQL Server Mobile Edition expands its reach to small-footprint desktop applications—and it's free!
For .NET Zone | September 26, 2006
Continuous Integration is an agile process that rebuilds a project whenever the underlying code changes. Find out how to modify your Team Foundation Server projects' "build types" to implement continuous integration features such as automatic builds, testing, and problem notification.
For .NET Zone | July 28, 2006
Learn to use Visual Studio Team Edition's built-in unit test generation and code coverage analysis capabilities to ensure all your code gets tested.
For .NET Zone | June 27, 2006
Find out how to customize Team Foundation Server's process templates, altering work items to suit your team's needs.
For Web Development Zone | May 10, 2006
Amazon's S3 storage service adds to the already-long list of places for storing data—but provides the advantages of location-independent, always-available access. Build this S3 client application and perform your own storage tests.
For .NET Zone | June 23, 2005
Developers are familiar with reflection as a way to create object instances, and discover and call object properties and methods, but reflection's usefulness extends even further—you can also use it to create a diagnostic tool to discover and validate dependencies for deployed code, and to report missing dependencies.
For Database Development Zone | May 20, 2005
Sometimes it's the little things that can simplify your life the most. Learn to combine SQL Server's PIVOT and UNPIVOT commands with Common Table Expressions to make your T-SQL code easier to read and produce more useful crosstabbed results.
For .NET Zone | April 15, 2005
Learn how to use MSMQ to send messages with complex messages types (not just strings), send MSMQ messages over HTTP, and explore several more useful queue and message properties as well as a few invaluable MSMQ tips and pitfalls.
For .NET Zone | March 16, 2005
MSMQ provides robust and easy-to-use messaging capabilities that let you send and receive messages between applications running on one machine, different machines, and even across the Internet, both synchronously and asynchronously. Unfortunately, MSMQ is notoriously underused. Find out how to get started with MSMQ and what you can do with it.
For Editorials and Opinions | December 21, 2004
Not so fast. X12 isn't dead yet. In fact, in many respects, X12 is still the best choice for electronic data interchange today. XML is making great progress toward being a good alternative, but we aren't there yet.
For Enterprise Zone | November 1, 2004
MSMQ is a transformational development tool, but it's not without reliability and performance problems. Help enterprise-proof your MSMQ installations with these nine tips.
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