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Desert Code Camp Is This Saturday (May 31st) by dwahlin

Arizona's Desert Code Camp is this Saturday (May 31st) at the University of Advanced Computing building.  Here's the address: University of Advancing Technology 2625 W. Baseline Road ( map ) Tempe, Arizona 85283 It looks like there are a lot of great...
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A Software Developer Trying to Get In Shape with the Wii Fit?? by dwahlin

We interrupt this tech blog for a quick (and pointless) message about trying to get in shape.... Back in high school and college I played a lot of sports so it was pretty easy to stay in shape without really trying much.  Those years have definitely...
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Why Unit Tests Matter and How They Will Actually Save You Time by dwahlin

Note :  The point of the post is to explain why unit tests can actually save you time in the long run even if you or your boss don't currently use or believe in them.  It's not my goal to go into some silly religious discussion about why unit...
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Free eBook - Best of Simple Talk ASP.NET by dwahlin

I wrote a few articles for the Simple Talk Website (run by RedGate Software ) over the past year and was honored to be included in the "Best of Simple Talk ASP.NET" eBook they just released.  The book is a free PDF that covers a lot of...
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SQL Server 2005 Configuration Manager - Cannot Connect to WMI Provider Error by dwahlin

I was trying to use the SQL Server 2005 Configuration Manager tool tonight and kept getting a "Cannot connect to WMI provider" error.  Very frustrating because the error message didn't give the slightest clue how to fix the problem. ...
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Carl, Richard and Myself on .NET Rocks Talking About Silverlight 2 by dwahlin

I recently had the chance to sit down with Carl Franklin and Richard Campbell at DevConnections Orlando to record a session of .NET Rocks about Silverlight 2 .  They're both a lot of fun to talk with and could probably talk all day without realizing...
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Working with the GridView and the System.Data.Linq.Binary Type by dwahlin

I'm working with a database table that has a RowVersion field defined as a TimeStamp data type.  The TimeStamp field is there to add concurrency into the application to ensure a row hasn't changed while a user is trying to update or delete it. ...
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Service Pack 1 Beta Released for Visual Studio 2008 and the .NET Framework 3.5 by dwahlin

Microsoft just released the SP1 beta for Visual Studio 2008 and the .NET Framework 3.5 and it includes a huge number of new features and enhancements.  Check out Scott Guthrie's blog for details but here's a quick list of what's included: ASP.NET...
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Using LINQ to Perform "WHERE IN (Value1,Value2)" Queries by dwahlin

I recently needed to select a few products from a database where the product ID matched up with a list of IDs.  That's easy to do with a normal SQL statement since you can use the "WHERE IN (Value1,Value2)" clause to find what you need...
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Update To Deep Zoom Composer for Silverlight Released by dwahlin

Microsoft just released an update to the Deep Zoom Composer that works with Silverlight 2 Beta 1. If you're unfamiliar with the "deep zoom" technology it provides a way to zoom in and out of images. When I say "zoom in" I mean zoom way in. Check out the...
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