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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 … Continue reading

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: … Continue reading

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

The Microsoft Community Roundup

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If you’re a Microsoft end user no matter if it is as a developer, consumer, or administrator then you may find this interesting. Are you looking for resources that can increase you knowledge or looking to find an answer to a question that you may have? If so, I will present a number of resources that you may or may not be aware of. While each resource may deal with a specific topic others may pertain to Microsoft products in general. I work as a software engineer therefore my interest mainly resides within the area of development, but I will … 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

Tools of the Trade: March 2010

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As a software engineer there are a number of tools that I use on a daily basis to both increase productivity and make my job easier. Each month I will discuss products that I either currently use, have used in the past, and what I am hearing is the next best product. Products may include but are not limited to shareware, freeware, commercial, and open source. I will not be targeting any on aspect of software engineering rather I will suggest tools and products that can also make you much more productive in your day to day activities. This month … Continue reading