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Author Bio
Paul D. Sheriff is President of PDSA, Inc., which provides .NET consulting, products, and services, including an SDLC document and architectural framework. Paul is a Microsoft Regional Director for Southern California. His .NET books include "ASP.NET Developer's Jumpstart" (Addison-Wesley) and several eBooks listed on PDSA's Web site.
For CoDe Magazine | June 22, 2009
Pay attention to the true goal of software to avoid over-engineering your software solutions.
For CoDe Magazine | December 26, 2007
Find out how to protect your code from changes by taking advantage of the Provider Model, which lets you swap components at run time.
For CoDe Magazine | October 7, 2005
Browsers often have a difficult time reading a style definition for one reason or another. Adding a position (and sometimes a width) value to every appropriate CSS definition can jumpstart the browser into recognizing your styles correctly.
For CoDe Magazine | June 1, 2004
Good software development is a combination of many things that are outside of just writing great code. Turning the art of software development into the science that makes for controllable, predictable, managed software projects makes your business more productive.
For CoDe Magazine | February 19, 2004
ASP.NET Whidbey adds a huge number of productivity features and enhancements. Although it's still early in the development process, Paul Sheriff and Ken Getz dig in and start playing with some of the new features, passing along what they've found.
For CoDe Magazine | December 16, 2002
Good exception handling should be put into an application from the very beginning. The Microsoft Exception Management Application Block (EAAB) will allow you to write one line of code in all of your Catch blocks and this one line of code can be configured to call multiple classes to log errors in any way you see fit. The best part is you do not need to recompile your application; you simply have to provide a new DLL that contains these new exception classes.
For CoDe Magazine | October 21, 2002
Most of you are probably aware that the web.config file in an ASP.NET project controls the behavior of your Web site. If you make a change to one of the built-in settings in this file, ASP.NET automatically detects those changes and applies them immediately. Wouldn't it be nice if you could have your own settings in this file applied immediately as well? In this article you will learn how to do just that. You will also learn the difference between the Application object and creating your own Configuration class.
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For XML with Visual Basic and VB.NET | August 21, 1997
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For XML with Visual Basic and VB.NET | August 21, 1997
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For Controls | August 20, 1997
Every control has an implicit "value" property. For ...
For Visual Basic | August 20, 1997
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For XML with Visual Basic and VB.NET | August 20, 1997
Use the Len() function to check for an empty string rather than ...
For Forms | August 20, 1997
There is a very simple trick you can perform with labels and text ...
For Forms | August 20, 1997
If you ever need to disable all the controls on a form you can ...
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