Microsoft Enterprise Library: Caching Application Block

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This is a a second article on the topic of the Microsoft Enterprise Library. If you have not read the previous article titled Microsoft Enterprise Library: Data Access Application Block, I recommend you do so. Introduction to the Caching Application Block The Enterprise Library Caching Application Block lets developers incorporate a local cache in their applications. It supports both an in-memory cache and, optionally, a backing store that can either be the database store or isolated storage. The Caching Application Block can be used without modification; it provides all the functionality needed to retrieve, add, and remove cached data. Configurable …

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Microsoft Enterprise Library: Data Access Application Block

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For those of you who have been using the Enterprise Library from Microsoft then I tip my hat to you. I admit that I have not used this library for a number of years and in most cases the reason is because I have honestly not been in a position to do so. It is a long story so don’t ask. There are a number of reason why you should seriously consider the use of the Enterprise Library and I cannot think of any better reason than those provided directly from Microsoft. The goals of Enterprise Library are the following: …

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Creating Charts With Microsoft Chart Controls

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There is no shortage of charting controls for the Microsoft .NET framework and while many do a great job, they may be overkill and costly to any project. If you’re not familiar with the Microsoft Chart Controls then you may find that you’re in for a pleasant surprise for two reasons; They are free Quickly render charts Quick Walkthrough My purpose here is simple and to the point. I want to demonstrate just how easy it is to return a chart to the end user. In this case I will be using an XML data source rather than a database …

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Security Development Lifecycle: SQL Injection Attacks

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In an earlier post titled Security Development Lifecycle: Introduction I begun introducing what the Security Development Lifecycle (SDL) represents and as I continue this series I will focus on the SDL model that Microsoft has so graciously provided to the community. Introduction In part 2 of this series I want to focus of SQL Injection and for those of you just getting started it is important to understand what a SQL Injection attack is. Here is what Microsoft has stated: SQL injection is an attack in which malicious code is inserted into strings that are later passed to an instance …

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Ten Most Critical Web Application Security Risks

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I thought it was time to sit down and begin writing a series of articles on the subject of application security for a number of reasons. First, because security should and must be foremost in everyone’s mind and second I have decided to return to school to obtain a Master’s Degree in CyberSecurity. I can think of no better reasons to both educate myself and other surrounding to topic of security. Introduction If you’re not familiar with The Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) then I strongly urge you to take time to visit them. The amount of information you …

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Free Microsoft .NET Development Resources

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CSharp CSharp School First Edition: The Programmer’s Heaven C# School book covers the .NET framework and the C# language. Starting with the basics of the language, it goes on to cover object oriented programming techniques and a wide range of C# languages features including interfaces, exceptions and delegates. Later chapters cover practical topics including database access with ADO.NET, building Windows forms applications, multi-threading and asynchronous I/O. The final chapter covers new features in C# 2.0, including generics. Threading in C#: C# supports parallel execution of code through multithreading. A thread is an independent execution path, able to run simultaneously with …

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