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One thing I love about software is that there are very few limits to what you can do.   Basically if you can imagine it, it can be done.   After all it is all ones-and-zeros.   One implication of this is that it is easy to think up new features for a software product.   What developer hasn’t dreamed up an idea for making VS better or some new API for the framework?   But features in and of themselves don’t make for a great product.   What is important in pl ... [ read more ]
The ADO Guy expresses his frustration that the ObjectDataSource doesn't work with typed DataSets in ADO.NET 2.0. In an earlier post I expressed my frustration about using it with business objects. In the case of CSLA .NET 2.0 I'm writing my own CslaDataSource that understands how to work nicely with CSLA .NET business objects. In conferring with the ASP.NET team it seems like this is the best option. It turns out that writing a DataSource control isn't overly di ... [ read more ]
What's the next big thing? AJAX ? Ruby on Rails ? PC Virtualization ? Open-Source Software ? Data Security ? Open Office File Formats ? Windows Vista ? Windows Live ? Apple's iWhatever ? Yeah, all those things will get lots of hype, but the next big thing is something we've had access to all along: Simplicity Are my thoughts revolutionary? Nah, I've been reading about it at places like Information Week and the other usual suspects. Even Bill ... [ read more ]
Mike Murach & Associates has just published VB edition of their ASP.NET 2.0 book - Murach's ASP.NET 2.0 Upgrader's Guide: VB Edition   They have Chapter 3 "Master Pages" up for grabs here - http://www.murach.com/books/ugvb/index.htm  - if you are not familiar with the new ASP.NET Master Pages concept be sure to check the sample chapter - cool stuff! This book assumes you are already familiar with ASP.NET 1.x On a side note, other than the two books I mention ... [ read more ]
Here's an article on MSDN that lists some nice add-ins for Visual Studio, and mentions other useful tools like ndoc as well. For more information go to www.lhotka.net .

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