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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UML Modeling and Visual Studio .NET 2010

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First things first. If you have been living under a rock you may be surprised to learn that Visual Studio .NET 2010 RC is available for download. I have been looking at this IDE since the public beta was made available and the release candidate is fast and stable. Give it a spin for yourself. Microsoft even released a Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 Training Kit just a few days ago that presentations, hands-on-labs, and demos. UML is not my favorite activity of software development but it is none the less important and Microsoft has made great strides with …

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Best Practices: Visual Studio .NET Project Naming Standards

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If you have not adopted a best practice when it comes to naming your solution and projects within Visual Studio .NET, I urge you to take a moment a think about this subject. As anyone will tell you best practices are worth their weight in gold and why would anyone not want to review what others has determined that works? By doing so you are not doomed to make the same mistakes. I believe a great place to start is the .NET Framework Class Library itself. By looking at this framework you will notice that the namespaces are grouped by …

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Professional Developer Conference (PDC) 2009

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Unfortunately I was not able to attend PDC2009 but I am keeping track with friends that I know who were as well I am keeping tabs on the speakers such as Scott Hanselman and Scott Davis,  via Twitter. Here are a number of topics that I find interesting and possibly you will also: Reactive Extions for .NET (Rx) ASP.NET MVC Beta 2 Windows Server AppFabric Windows Azure Tools and SDK Visual Studio .NET Functional Testing Open Data Protocol (OData) Be sure to visit Channel 9 and PDC2009 (which is streaming live) for further breaking news and for you folks in LA, …

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SiteMinder Versus Custom Code

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The benefits of using a Single Sign-On system are endless. User-rights are tightly integrated with user and company policies and these policies are all centralized in data center or such within a given organization. Users have only one identity (user IDs and Passwords) to maintain. Companies have the feeling of security that all the entry points to a number of applications and data are secured in the LDAP Directory which controls the company’s user and password-policy. Now that Single Sing-On has been defined and the positives aspects have been discussed what are your options when it comes to Single Sing-On web applications. I will discuss two …

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