Links of the Week July 25th
This week I am coming to you from the Microsoft Campus. So as you would expect I have a lot of energy going this week and lots of great links to share. I even tried to organize them somewhat.
Special thanks to all who were at the ASP Insiders this week. I had a blast and learned so much this week.
What Every C# Programmer Should Know Before they Write VB – Remember VB is not case sensitive and you do not need to end every statement with a;
Adding OpenId to your ASP.NET Web Site – Thank you Dan!
Virtual Earth Updates – Lots of great new imagery.
Web, Load and Unit Testing Videos – I like that we can do screencasts to show how things should be done now.
New Releases to ASP.NET tools and Extensions – ASP.NET AJAX 4.0, Dynamic Data for MVC (Man this is some really cool stuff), More Dynamic Data Updates and MVC CodePlex Preview 4.
Loading a DLL outside of the BIN folder in ASP.NET – Tom has a great blog for debugging ASP.NET stuff.
SlickEdit Versioning Screencast from James Avery
Create PDFs in C#
Free CSS Templates
CSS Tools in Visual Studio – It is getting better all the time, this should help you know what is available in Visual Studio.
Installing Northwind in SQL Express – This is important for students taking a .NET class
44 Silverlight Videos – Silverliight is the future, I am telling you.
Microsoft Extensibility Framework – OK I get all the word play jokes.
The File IO System in .NET – Never thought of producing the Class Diagram for a post, but I think it goes a long way. I think he missed a few important support classes though, where is Compression?
The Myths and Realities of Web 2.0 – Really good article codifying many resources about what Web 2.0 is and is not.
Building an IQueryable Provider – Important stuff if you are into making your own LINQ to Whatevers
Jeff Atwood on Regular Expressions – Jeff give a very good detailed explanation as to why every developer should be using Regular Expressions, when and how to use them and a review of RegexBuddy.
John Robbins Follows Up on Jeff’s Discussion of Regular Expressions -
Are You Ready for IE 8? – The time is getting closer and many, many sites are going to be broken.
Another Is your site ready for IE 8
5 jQuery Plugins you can’t live without
jQuery Content Slider
Matt Berseth on jQuery
Master-Details with the DataView – Explores the ASP.NET AJAX Templating Engine in the ASP.NET AJAX 4.0 Preview.
Entity Framework – I am working on a project with Entity Framework this summer and getting up to speed is super important, so here are some links I am finding valuable.
Danny Simmons Blog – He is the main Entity Framework Guy.
Danny Simmons on DNRTV – This is a great screencast to watch to start getting your mind right with Entity Framework.
Introduction to the Entity Framework – Thank you Shawn
Tim Mallalieu’s Blog
MSDN Introduction to Entity Framework
Julie Lerman Talks about Relationships in the Entity Framework – Julie is writing a book on Entity Framework and shares some complex solutions on her Blog
The Repository Pattern and the Entity Framework – I think I may do more with this topic very soon.
Entity Framework Contrib Project – Some sample applications and other helpful projects
Mapping Tables with No Keys in Entity Framework – Good article on how this is handled in Entity Framework. It create a Read-Only Defining Query. David is right, I wish the Entity Framework Designer gave some sort of indication of this issue. It took me about 4 tries to figure out what was going on the day.
Wikipedia on Entity Framework – It is really worth a read. I found it very easy to read compared to many other sources