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Happy Birthday To Microsoft .NET

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It is hard to believe but .NET is turning 10 years old on July 11, 2010. I recall my first look at .NET 1.0 many years back and I must say Microsoft has done very well with this framework over the years and I am excited to see what will come in the near future. I also wanted to take a moment to address Scott “ScottGu” Guthrie. Scott was instrumental in the development of the .NET framework and he know is the corporate vice president of Microsoft’s .NET developer platform and he never ceases to amaze me when it comes … Continue reading

AES Encryption Example In C#

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In cryptography, the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) is a symmetric-key encryption standard. This standard comprises three block ciphers, AES-128, AES-192 and AES-256, adopted from a larger collection originally published as Rijndael. Each of these ciphers has a 128-bit block size, with key sizes of 128, 192 and 256 bits. What Is Encryption? Encryption is the process of changing data into a form that can be read only by the intended receiver. To decipher the message, the receiver of the encrypted data must have the proper decryption key (password). In traditional encryption schemes, the sender and the receiver use the same … Continue reading

Secure Code With The Microsoft Anti-Cross Site Scripting Library

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Recently I attended a Security Development Lifecycle training course in Dallas, Texas and I must admit while I was aware of many vulnerabilities in web applications, I learned just how easy it is to do some real damage if software engineers don’t fully understand the implications they face when developing a web application. In fact, while I was researching statistics on this topic I ran across a statistic that stated applications today contain more security flaws themselves than the operating system that they run on. Now stop and think about this for a moment. Typically companies do everything in their … Continue reading

Microsoft BizSpark Helping Startups

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Microsoft BizSpark is nothing new but I did want to take the time to write about this unique opportunity that Microsoft has opened the door to for potential companies seeking to make their mark in the world of information technology. In fact there have been a number of startups that has utilized this program to make their mark in the world of information technology. If you have ever considered a startup I am sure you have found is discouraging considering the reasons and hurdles you will face. Be sure that you know what you’re getting into and the following rules … Continue reading

Visual Studio 2010 Released To Maintenance

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Today Microsoft has released Visual Studio 2010 to maintenance which probably means if you’re anything like me you are downloading your copy from MSDN as we speak. Don’t even get me started on the download speeds or interruptions with the file transfer manager but this is to be expected on day one. Even as I sit in Auburn, Alabama Wishing I Was At The Visual Studio 2010 Launch Event this week, it simply was not to be. Thank goodness for Twitter (#VS2010) and Microsoft, I almost feel like I am at the event, almost. Microsoft also announced that Silverlight 4.0 … Continue reading

How To Process JSON With C# and JQuery

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JavaScript Object Notation affectionately known as JSON is a wonderful way to deliver content to the browser in a lightweight method that can both save on bandwidth and reduce page weight. Who doesn’t like the idea of performance improvements? In this tutorial, I will demonstrate how to make a call to a SQL Server database via a Web Method and create an employee object that will hold the top ten employees. This object will contain the JSON data that in turn will be displayed in a standard HTML table. Of course you could use CSS to display the data and … Continue reading

March JQuery Goodness Roundup

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I haven’t done a roundup for jQuery plugins before so I thought it was long overdue. I have noticed that there are quite a few of new jQuery plugins out there and they really caught my attention as well as the proven older plugins that I have found useful. If you have a favorite plugin why not leave a comment and share wit the community? Tabs JQuery Tools: Tabs Done Right TabContainer jQuery UI Tabs Bookmarkable Tabs Tabs Made Easy ToolTips JQuery Tools: Tooltips Done Right The JQuery Tooltip qTip ClueTip AJAX Tooltip Sliders JQuery Tools: Scrollable AnythingSlider Featured Content … Continue reading