ASP.Net Webcasts

The Microsoft ASP.Net Developor’s center has a series of web casts for beginers that covers features that are new or changed in ASP.Net 2.0 like data access, membership providers, master pages. For more advanced and indepth coverage of these and other topics, check out the Essential ASP.Net series.

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Virtual (and Free) Visaul Basic.Net Programmer's Cookbook

This is a very useful reference because of the problem/solution format that it employs to present the Visual Basic.Net language. However, I’m waiting for Microsoft Press to re-publish it for VB.Net 2005 before I buy a copy. Until then, I’ve discovered that you can download the complete source code for all examples in the book […]

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Implementing Dispose()

A best practice when you create a classthat uses unmanaged resources is to implement the Dispose() method of the IDisposable interface. Even if your class is not using unmanaged resources directly but contains members that do (i.e. ADO.Net objects), it’s a good idea to implement Dispose() to call Dispose() on those members. In order to […]

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.Net Date Format Strings

I keep forgetting these and not being able to find them in the MSDN library without going through pages of locailzation jargon, so I’ve decided to reprint this list that I found on vb-helper.com. d – Short date %d – Day number M?d – Month and day number dd – Day number, two digits ddd […]

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MSDN Library on Application Architecture

When I think of sources for information on application architecture, I rarely think MSDN Library, but I did find the article on Designing Data Tier Components and Passing Data Through Tiers for .Net applications to be full of useful information and design considerations.