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Using the SQL Table Profile Provider in ASP.NET 4 Web Applications (C# & VB) by Ken Cox [MVP]

This post and accompanying projects demonstrate how to use Microsoft's SQL Table Profile Provider with an ASP.NET Web application. ASP.NET's built-in Profile provider (SqlProfileProvider) stores Profile data in an oddball, serialized format that’s hard...

EF 4 Pluralization Update by Ken Cox [MVP]

I previously wrote about playing with EF 4’s PluralizationService class . Now that OrcsWeb is running ASP.NET 4, you can play with my little pluralization page and its WCF service online. The source code (such as it is!) can be downloaded from the MSDN...

EF 4’s PluralizationService Class: A Singularly Impossible Plurality by Ken Cox [MVP]

Entity Framework’s new 4.0 designer does its best to generate correct plural and singular forms of object names. This magic is done through the PluralizationService Class found in the System.Data.Entity.Design.PluralizationServices namespace and in the...

Display ‘–Select–’ in an ASP.NET DropDownList by Ken Cox [MVP]

A purchaser of my book writes: “I would like a drop down list to display the text: "-Select-" initially instead of the first value of the data it is bound to.” Here you go…   <%@ Page Language="VB" %> <script runat="server">...

Animation on MSDN Web Pages? No Thanks by Ken Cox [MVP]

I may be fighting a losing battle against the Silverlight/Flash animation gurus. The Visual Basic Developer site on MSDN is showing off a preview of its proposed redesign . One of the “features” is a flashing, fading, distracting, and very annoying animation...

Publishers Prepare for Year End .NET 4.0 Release by Ken Cox [MVP]

While Microsoft is coy about product release plans (“When it’s ready” is a common evasive answer to the question), book publishers frequently reveal their (and Microsoft’s) plans online. If you’re curious about when software like .NET 4.0 and Visual Studio...

Silverlight 2 Data Form - Episode 7: Adding Some Style by Ken Cox [MVP]

Episode 7 of my series on creating a Silverlight 2 data form concentrates on adding visual appeal. You implement rounded borders, gradient effects, and import professional styles from the Silverlight Control Toolkit . You also learn how to use the AutoCompleteBox...

DevTeach: Beth's Beer Demo by Ken Cox [MVP]

We're having lots of fun at DevTeach , and the mood was bubbly at Beth Massi 's presentation on the new features in VB 9.0. You see, the big boss of DevTeach, Jean-René Roy, opened the beer cooler for the whole crowd in mid-afternoon. You can imagine...

Is 'Thingy' Okay When Talking LINQ? by Ken Cox [MVP]

Hey gang, I need some support here. I'm in the author review phase of ASP.NET 3.5 For Dummies . In a chapter on LINQ, an editor wants me to change 'Thingy' to "a more concrete noun". Here's an example heading: Narrowing the thingys with a Select...

Jim Fawcette and 1105 Media Keep Their Word by Ken Cox [MVP]

I've done a lot of articles and product reviews for Visual Studio Magazine over the years, mainly because I enjoy technical writing but also for some pocket change for new toys. When Fawcette Technical Publications ran into financial trouble a few...
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