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Join me on Thursday, April 10th in Nashville
Hi All, If you are in the Nashville, TN area, I hope you will join me at the Nashville .NET User Group http://nashdotnet.org/ for a seminar entitled "Best Practices for Flexible Code". Seminar Description Creating applications that are flexible and maintainable...
Posted: Apr 09 2014, 07:19 PM by psheriff | with no comments
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Put Development Standards In Place At Your Shop
Before beginning any application development consider implementing programming and database standards with your team. Using development standards allows all programmers to know what is expected of them and how to create new applications from scratch....
WPF for the Visual Basic Programmer (Pluralsight)
Hello All, I have just published a new course on www.pluralsight.com ! Check it out! WPF For the Visual Basic Programmer Visual Basic Programmers are still in demand. Upgrade your skills by learning XAML and WPF. This course is specifically designed for...
Two more courses on Pluralsight
Hello All, I am pleased to announce that I have released two more courses on Pluralsight.com. How to Start and Run a Consulting Business Have you ever wanted to break out of the corporate life and be your own boss? Many people have this dream. In this...
Posted: Sep 18 2013, 01:45 PM by psheriff | with no comments
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Create a Login Window in WPF (2013)
One of my most widely-read blog posts had to do with creating a Login Windows in WPF that I wrote several years ago. I thought I would revisit this login screen with an updated version in Visual Studio 2012 and with an updated look and feel. Most business...
Posted: Aug 20 2013, 08:28 AM by psheriff | with 3 comment(s)
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My First Course on Pluralsight
So, my first course went live on Pluralsight today! Entitled "The Many Approaches to XML Processing in .NET Applications" this ~4 hour long video course covers the following topics: - What is this XML Thing Anyway? - A Myriad of Methods to Read XML -...
Posted: Jul 23 2013, 01:37 PM by psheriff | with 2 comment(s)
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Creating Collections of Entity Objects using Reflection
In my last blog posts I have been showing you how to create collection of entity objects using code that is custom for each table and object you create. Well, if you use a little reflection code you can shrink this code quite a bit. Yes, we all know that...
Join PDSA at DevIntersection Conference - April 8 - 11, 2013
Use the Code 'PDSA' when registering and receive $50 off your registration! Top Microsoft Speakers Featured at DevIntersection & SQLIntersection, Including 3 Speakers from PDSA, Inc. Top Microsoft and third-party speakers, including PDSA's Paul Sheriff...
Posted: Mar 04 2013, 09:07 AM by psheriff | with no comments
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Creating Collections of Entity Objects using LINQ and Field Method
Let’s now look at another advantage of using a DataTable. A lot of developers today are used to using LINQ. After loading data into a DataTable you can iterate using a foreach statement, or you can use LINQ to create a collection of entity objects. The...
Creating Collections of Entity Objects using LINQ
As discussed in my last two blog posts you have a variety of ways to create collections of Entity classes. Using a DataSet or DataTable is a little slower than using a DataReader, but in most cases the difference is in milliseconds so in a real world...
Posted: Feb 11 2013, 07:17 AM by psheriff | with 3 comment(s)
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