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Another question I got at the denver launch was how can someone check to see if a database (in SQL 2005) was backed-up or not. There is a couple of ways you can get this information Use the SQL Management Studio. Open the studio, right click on the database in question, choose restore, restore database... On the general tab you will see the backup sets associated to this database. If you have a backup file and want to get more information, you can use commands RESTORE FILELISTONLY, RESTORE HEADERONLU, ...
A while ago a friend told me that he was having problems rebuilding the master database in SQL 2005 running on WindowsXP SP2. I wanted to verify the steps to rebuild master when runnnig on Windows XP since I rarely work on XP boxes just to make sure there were no hidden gotchas in the process. Here is what I did to rebuild the master db in the environment described above: Step 1. Put SQL Server into Single User Mode The first thing you will want to do is stop the SQL Sever Sevicer (sqlservr.exe) ...
Book seven, and the last of the agile books for now, is Test-Driven Development in Microsoft .NET by James W. Newkirk and Alexei A. Vorontsov (ISBN 0735619484). While not the defacto standard on test driven development, that title goes to Test Driven Development: By Example by Kent Beck, I found this book to be a more practical learning tool for .NET developers. If you have never used test driven development, the concept is fairly simple. Write tests first, then write code. This will force you to ...
This is my first entry blog ever, and I'm struggling to figure out what my blogging style will be. It's sort of like how I often see dress ties I think look great on other people, but when it gets down to committing and shelling over good money for a tie and imagining myself wearing it, all the colors and patterns seem a little too drab, or a little too gaudy, or too dressy, or too weird, or whatever. (My solution is to pick two or three favorites and not wear ties often enough for anyone to figure ...
Now that Visual Studio 2005 has been released for a month, more books are starting to hit the shelves, training classes are popping up, and a lot of articles are (still) being written. Below is a roadmap I have laid out to bring experienced Visual Basic .NET programmers up to date. Visual Basic 6er's will probably be okay too. Video Tutorials There are two video series available for free from the MSDN site. One covers Visual Basic and Windows Forms, the other ASP.NET. These are very basic and will ...
I forgot to write about this before the event (sorry) but if you're a cool SQL Server kid in the Vancouver area then you already knew about the Vancouver PASS Caffeinate With Scott event and the informal meeting last week as well (which I didn't get to). Basically it was just a bunch of SQL geeks getting together over coffee, and picking up some SQL Server 2005 training DVDs. I also understand the group managed to raise a bit of money for a worthy cause as well, so thanks to Scott for that. I had ...
Just a few more days and I am done with my University. I am soo glad that I am graduating it has been long 3.5 years. My exams will end on 6th of December but after that I have an assignment due on 12th of december and then I will be free. I already made plans, I will be going to California from 16th to 19th to meet my beautiful wife :). After that I will come back and get back to work. I have already stacked up some books that I will be reading during the course of next year. powered by IMHO ...
This is a first response to my day today. I'll post this intro now and then add more in a later post. I spent today with 40 of my Sarasota County Schools tech related collegues in an all day training session. It all started as part of a laptop initiative that our district started this past summer with several schools piloting the program. It gives (loans) each ninth grade student an (HP) PC laptop for the duration of their high school career in Sarasota. Since many schools in our district are predominantly ...
So many of us out there in the technical community know about BookPool for buying tech books at a good discount. Of late, I have found that Amazon has really caught up to them on some books and haven't seen that BookPool has been able to keep my business. Anyhow, while I was searching for a specific title on Froogle (Google comparison shopping), I found another really good site. NerdBooks.com. The site was easy to navigate and the service was terrific. Better yet, they had Bookpool beat by a couple ...
From the suggestion of a friend I picked up Andrew Troelsen's new Pro C# 2005 and the .NET 2.0 Platform. I am extremely happy with it. I have only had the book for 3 days and I am about a 3rd of the way through it. He starts out the book with just the basics of the C# language that most people could just skim through, but then gets in to the new version pretty deep. He uses some really good examples and is very clear about the concepts and usage of C#. As noted earlier I am impressed by Troelsen's ...
Saw it this afternoon (again). Good movie. It's definitely the best so far. If you've read the book(s), it definitely helps, but this one is pretty faithful to the book. Certainly much more than HP3. Keep in mind we're talking about 800+ pages. Obviously a lot of the smaller details are going to be left out. There are no Diagon Alley scenes, no mention of house points, no Hogwarts Quidditch matches, no Durseleys or Christmas break. It's just assumed that you've seen all of this in the last three ...
A friend of mine, Scott Cate, recently gave me a challenge to create an ASP.NET server control that renders images similar to Microsoft Max. That is with a little tilt and some reflection below as if it were sitting on a glass table. This is the first of three posts in which I'll detail how to make that happen. Overall the real challenge comes in getting GDI+ to do anything resembling 3D. It will do great 2D things all day long. Part of the namespace is appropriately called “Drawing2D”! ...
Okay, I have turned to E-Books. The one thing that I dont like about paper books is that when you are reading the page and it turns (because of the wind or something). On the other hand when reading E-Books I have to switch between screens. But for me E-Books win in the end since I don't have to carry it around. I have serveral geeky E-Books that I plan to read in few days. Anyway, I right now the time is 10:17 PM and I plan to go to bed in serveral minutes since I need to wake up at 4:00 AM to study ...
Crossposted from my Apress blog... I’m learning C#. As someone who has been using VB since version 3.0 (around 1993) and vb.net since the first beta, I’ve been on the fringes of learning C# for a few years now. Oh sure, I could read it pretty easy. Drop the semicolons and add a few keywords here and there… piece of cake. The problem was, I always tried to relate it back to VB. I never just absorbed it as C#. At some point, I decided to actually LEARN the language. Learn it, use ...
Great article, reposted without permission, from here: http://vision.pcvsconsole.c... is it folks. The beginning of the end.The winds of changeThe winds of change are in the air. Can you feel it? I know I can, and so do millions of other gamers. It’s the looming arrival of the next generation of consoles, and the winds are powered by the approaching hurricane known as the Xbox 360, fresh off the heels of the mighty little tornado known as the Nintendo DS.Tornadoes and hurricanes ...
A number of you have emailed me privately and asked how the community launch event went, given all the hiccups experienced along the way. It went very well. Murray did a great job and we had near-record (for a UG meeting) attendance. 43 people showed up out of the 54 that registered. Murray also says the training he got was pretty excellent. We opted to show videos in place of a lot of the live demos for a couple reasons you might want to consider. The videos are fairly quick and the performance ...

Are they? The best practices for .NET tells us not to use Hungarian Notation. The books that should apply this ethics and relay this to the world are showing reluctance, it seems.

Just browse through one of your text books and see for yourselves....

Wow, looking at my editors site, there he is holding one of my latest books. Wow! Nice to see it on paper ... can't wait to get my copy!!!! :) I have worked on three books in the last year and a half and they are all coming out this week and next. I can't tell you how good this feels! IT'S HALLOWEEN (just in case you didn't know). My kids were so excited, that they woke up at 4am! No kidding. So, what are the costumes this year? My daughter (7) is a ballerina, my youngest son (6mon) is a clown, and ...
via Chris Webb Euan Garden notes that the new SQL 2005 certifications have been announced, one of which is the MCITP: Business Intelligence Developer. See here for more details: http://www.microsoft.com/le... I think I'm going to have to get myself certified in this too. I have the MCP for Datawarehousing, but that was for SQL Server 7.0 and I have not seen anything for SQL Server 2000. I notice that most of the books they have listed as resources are not due out until 2006 so it ...
How to get your book published... In regards to publisher channels.The thing to do is find a publisher that DOES NOT publish anything in the space you are trying to publish in.So that they have a clear path to add something to their portfolio.Think of it as a stock broker they are always looking to balance out their portfolios.Also if you can get an agent it is worth the 2 % since they will deal with the publisher for you. Once you get in front of a publisher DO NOT show him the whole book pitch ...
New Page 1 { Not invented here } Unless I scribble this down somewhere, I will forget. So let me dump my memory . . Kernel Streaming is a fairly complicated topic. And to study this, the available resources are the DDK help documentation and the samples. AFAIK, there are no books written on this topic. And what is present online is also meager. The Streaming Devices (Video & Audio) subsection of the DDK help, has everything documented. Now, in order to emulate a virtual audio hardware, we have ...
As I am sure everyone who takes the time to read this article is aware, in November Microsoft releases a huge upgrade to their developments platform, VS2005. (There is also some other releases in this time too, but that is for another article.) Part of that release is a complete reworking of the ASP.Net platform. Not that there is anything disastrously wrong with 1.1, but if you have developed with it for any amount of time, you know where its weak points are. That is, there are not an inordinate ...
Is it just me or is the information regarding customization of Windows SharePoint Services Sites confusing? It seems to be fragmented and incongruent regarding what changes are affected throughout the site, what changes update the template, what changes should be made with FrontPage, what changes should be made in XML files, etc., etc. I have a couple of really good books and they, in turn, reference Web sites and URL's for garnering more information on customization and template creation. I am reading ...
John Wiley, Pearson, and some other publishers have come together to sue Google over Google Print - a service that is putting books online. The publishers are stating that this is a copyright infringement. As an author, I would tend to agree with the publishers here. You write all this content to be packaged as a book or sold as an e-book - not for Google to take and provide to the world for free. I really hope the publishers are successful in their endeavors ...
Where do I start learning .NET? This is perhaps the most asked question on www.asp.net forums. With the arrival of ASP.NET 2.0 I think it will be a better idea to start learning 2.0 instead of 1.x. The reason I am saying this is that 2.0 is quite different from 1.x. Here is some basic stuff which might help a newbie to start .NET. C++ and Java developers: If you are coming from the C++ or java background your choice should be C# since its pretty much the same syntax and you can quickly pick it up. ...
Whew! In addition to the Professional ASP.NET 2.0 book I have coming out this month, I also co-authored two other books coming out this month: Professional C# 2005 & Professional VB 2005 Both these books were reworked for the lastest release of both of these languages. The table of contents for the Professional C# 2005 is as follows: PART I: THE C# LANGUAGE.1. .NET Architecture. 2. C# Basics. 3. Objects and Types. 4. Inheritance. 5. Operators and Casts. 6. Delegates and Events. 7. Memory Management ...
I just noticed that Bookpool is offering all Wrox/Wiley books for 50% off! You can get the new Professional ASP.NET 2.0 book for only $25 bucks. Not bad!
Just got back from the MVP Summit yesterday - had a great time. I think the best thing about it is seeing everyone I talk to often but don't very often get to see. And of course it's always a thrill meeting new people, some of who I have been following (their work not stalking) for many many years. Got a chance to chat extensively with Bill Vaughn this year which was a great thrill considering his SQL books were my primary form of reference on that topic. Meeting the lady that taught me to “do ...

If you haven't seen print.google.com before, you are going to fall down from your chair when you will see it.

Search with some word, it will give you all the books which contains the result. Click on a result. you will see a scanned page of the book which contains the word. Not only that, inside that scan, you will see your search words highlighted.

Now this is called technology.

http://print.google.com

Via MSDN Here are few useful online free books listed on MSDN that will get you started with Microsoft Content Management Server before you do your own investment and buy a MCMS 2002 Book or take an official MOC Training. Note these books are not meant for beginners though. For beginners I will still Recommend the Book Building Websites with Microsoft Content Management Server as per my post here earlier.You can get good deal on this book from Amazon and other online book sellers. (1) Building, Deploying, ...
The anxiety of Project Management Professional aspirants Some how, there is a general perception that Project Management Professional credential is very difficult to achieve. Some times some of my students get panicked with this, and they tend to pass this on to others in the batch also. It is some sort of epidemic among the aspirants. The panic trigger (the one who brings and spreads panic within the group) comes into the training program with the whole list of books available on project management ...
I resisted the temptation for several years, but on a whim I decided to start a blog. I guess we'll see where it goes. I ordered some books today: "The Non-Designer's Design Book, Second Edition"Robin Williams "Bringing Graphic Design in House: How and When to Design It Yourself"Orange Seed Design A Programmer's Introduction to C# 2.0, Third Edition (Expert's Voice)"Eric Gunnerson Eric's book was the first C# book I bought way back in beta 1, and I look forward to the times where I forget some C# ...
I am not a self proclaimed geek, but a co-worker of mine suggested that I start a blog smack dab in the middle of geekdom to become acclimated to this foreign world. I dabble here and there in some technologies, but nothing big. This will be by far a learning tool for me. I am a recent graduate of a Masters in Information Science program from the University at Albany in Upstate New York. Although this degree may make some people believe it is technical in nature, anyone that really knows what they ...
XML, is one of the greatest standards that have been developed and adopted over the recent years for data storing and retrieving. XML Documents can store as much information as required and yet consume very less disk space due to them being flat files. XML has provided a great means of replacement to some extent for Databases.However XML has some restrictions (rather a good one) in it. XML is case sensitive. Man, MAN, man & mAn are all different when it comes to XML.XML tags need to be supplemented ...
Pardon me for waxing nostalgic for a bit before I get to the meat of this entry. In early 1986, I bought my first self-improvement programming book, The C Programming Language, by Kernighan and Ritchie. At the time, all true C programmers had a copy of this book, and it was never referred to by title, but simply called “K&R” or even “The Bible”. I had a few other computer books, but they were all required reading for whatever class I was taking. Purdue didn’t teach ...
The Greater Charleston .NET User Group I hope to see some of you this evening. We're covering the pizza and sodas, and providing a speaker (courtesy of Apress). All you have to do is show up! How much easier can we make it? :) Our .NET Lending Library is up and running, with a page of it's own on the GCNUG.org website. Contact Cherrie if you see anything you want to check out. Also, reader reviews are always encouraged (although not required) as a great way to keep the books coming from our publisher ...
Hello, World! So I'm a little late, but here nonetheless! This is my first blog entry, and I'm excited to start sharing with the software development community. As the subtitle of my blog indicates, I'm extremely passionate about 2 things: [1] .NET development [2] Agile processes A little background about each one ... .NET development. I've used both C# and VB in the past due to client/company requirements, and I see the good and bad in both languages ... the most obvious of which are: VB - Love ...
Time to study for the third leg of the triathelon - the XML Web Services and Server Components exam, C#.Net version (70-320). It has been two years since I took the last MCP exam, the web applications exam. I passed both the Windows and web MCP exams in 2003. Previously I used the Microsoft MCAD/MCSD Self Training Kit books, Visual C#.Net Core Reference, and ADO.Net Core Reference books, and daily took practice tests from Measureup.com as my study regimen. Measureup helped me alot last time. I have ...
Thank you to the International .NET Association (INETA) for the honor of selecting me as a member of their speakers bureau last week. It's a pretty big thrill to even be included in a list whose names include people I have been seeing at groups and whose books I've been reading for a very long time; people like Brian Noyes, Juval Lowy, Andrew Brust, Stephen Forte, Carl Franklin, Tim Huckaby, Rob Howard, Scott Hansleman, Ken Getz, Michele Leroux Bustamante, Billy Hollis, Rocky Lhotka, and the lady ...
I borrowed a couple of books from my university library about ASP.NET 2.0 + ASP.NET data access and have to report they were quite informative. Check them out, they might make the 1.1 to 2.0 transition a bit smoother.
I just read Bill Evjen's Learn ASP.NET Page, and it has a lot of good information you should check out. For some reason the comments on his page were not working. I couldn't get anything to post. So, here is a quick blast of items that I have stored in Yahoo! MyWeb related to .NET 2.0 Books There are not a lot of books out yet, but if you are familiar with ASP.NET already, check out ASP.NET 2.0: A Developer's Notebook. I leave it sitting on my Safari Bookshelf. They also publish a Visual Basic and ...
Deploying BizTalk Server 2004 - Complete / Clustered - Production Setup (NOTE: If you find any errors here - please feel free to point them out - I worked hard to document each step and leave nothing out. Some of the steps that are not detailed are so because the process is pretty straight-foward.) This document takes the following considerations into account. Please note: You need to be familiar with basic network naming conventions for this setup. Before beginning the processes to setup BizTalk ...
Treeview is one of the important controls being used in applications to improve the usability experience for users for displaying Hierarchial Data. ASP.NET 1.x versions did not ship with a built-in treeview control as a part of the Web Controls. However Microsoft did release a set of UI Controls including the Treeview, Tabstrip Control etc., collectively called as Microsoft IE Webcontrols. Though Microsoft doesnt support these controls currently (as mentioned in their MSDN Documentation), those controls ...
If you're new to coding, things can seem overwhelming. You don't just need to learn how to program anymore. You need to learn databases, markup languages, object design, methodologies, etc. So, you can expect mistakes. Not just coding mistakes, but big mistakes in all those areas. A good mentor is your best bet to seeing it through the early years. It also helps to absorb as much knowledge as possible. At least then you will be able to identify if your mentor is a screwball. This is probably also ...
We're expecting around 150 people... although we do have a few seats still open, so (Sign up here!) So far, we have... an XBOX an iMate SP3 Smartphone Visual Studio .NET Enterprise Architect 3 copies of the Code Magazine CD (5 years of articles) 2 copies of Developer's Assistant (from Method Factory) a veritable buttload of VS 2005 beta 2 DVD sets Infragistics NetAdvantage Toolset a large pile of Tshirts (20-30 with more coming...) 20+ books from Apress 15+ books from O'Reilly 15+ books from Addison ...
Reading about vCards and hCards and rdfCards, I was wondering about the lack of a 'simple' XML format for personal cards. Cards that could be posted on your web page, blog or anywhere you feel the need to give your personal/business info in a standard way. Info that could then be easily parsed and consumed by browsers, aggregators, address books and all sorts of apps that deal with that kind of info. Need to say more? Let's see: http://georgenava.com/xcard... http://georgenava.com/xcard... Now, ...
I’ve been reading Steve McConnell’s excellent Code Complete 2nd Edition, and it’s caused me to have an epiphany of sorts regarding dealing with errors. The funny thing is that I don’t even think that this section is particularly well written, nor do I agree with some of his conclusions. But reading it did get me to thinking about the way I code and the reasons I make the decisions that I do. (Ok, Ok, so this book has been on my “Currently Reading” list for almost ...
One of the blogs that I frequent is Dan Applemans. I've read a few of his books and he always has something interesting to say on his site. Tonite i was browsing the web at Paneras and their filter caught his site as being “Cult/Occult”. I thought that was pretty darned funny. Now i understand why we all buy his books. Its cause Mr. Appleman has brainwashed us with his cultish ways. ...
Its been almost a month since I last blogged - partially due to the fact that I was in Redmond, meeting key product teams and also attending TechReady - an internal technical conference. During my trip, I met Steven Pratschner who authored Customizing the Microsoft .NET Framework Common Language Runtime - check details on this book here. Its an excellent behavioral insight into the CLR, with complete details on the new hosting APIs of CLR 2.0 and its implications. This book serves to be the complement ...
Tonight I was finally able to get back in to looking in to the future of .NET. I am starting to work my way through the Developer's Notebook Series by O'reilly. I am finding these books to be a very nice change from the usual long, drawn out, teach every aspect of development books. They are specific and within the first few pages you are starting to play with some of the new features of 2005. I also have to say that even though I have run in to a few bugs, I am VERY impressed with many of the changes ...