CodeStock coming August 9th to Knoxville

CodeStock is coming August 9th to Knoxville, Tennessee and you should see the speaker line-up! Jeff Prosise will present the opening keynote and Alan Stevens will mediate the open spaces. There’s a ton of great presenters that will be at CodeStock including Steve Andrews, Rachel Appel, James Avery, Jason Follas, Amanda Laucher, Chris Love, Wally McClure, Jeff McWherter, and more! Be sure to check out the agenda at http://codestock.org/Pages/Agenda.aspx and register for the event today! UPDATE: Unfortunately, I won’t be able to present or attend CodeStock due to a prior engagement. Hopefully Steve Andrews and Rachel Appel can still attend … Continue reading CodeStock coming August 9th to Knoxville

Getting Started with the AjaxDataControls in Visual Studio 2005

Sonu Kapoor just posted about getting started with the AjaxDataControls in Visual Studio 2005. The AjaxDataControls can be found on CodePlex at http://www.codeplex.com/AjaxDataControls/. Included in the controls are a JavaScript version of the Repeater, DataList, and DataGrid. If you’d like to have AJAX functionality over your data with minimal coding, I’d definitely check this out.

AJAX Tip: Don’t forget about the Async Web Service Calls!

FireFox. Internet Explorer 8. Both have great JavaScript debugging tools. Thanks to those tools, I only spent 5 minutes on an issue that could have taken hours to figure out. It was one of those moments when you know its something simple but you can’t figure out what it is. I had a page that loaded web service data into an AjaxDataControl Repeater. After the web service call, I entered some JavaScript to grab a page parameter and choose the item on the page that was selected. When I ran the page, I received an error that the object was … Continue reading AJAX Tip: Don’t forget about the Async Web Service Calls!

LINQ to SQL and MS Small Business Server 2008 Talks at .NET Valley

The next .NET Valley User Group event will be on June 18th at Scranton University in Scranton, Pennsylvania. There will be two talks that evening. The first will begin at 6pm and will be presented by Michael Murphy. Michael will talk about the ins and outs of Microsoft Small Business Server 2008. The second talk will begin at 7:15pm or so and will be presented by yours truly. I will be talking about LINQ to SQL. To register for the event, please visit http://dotnetvalley.com/events/eventdetails.aspx?eventid=59.

Performance Tip: Return Only Necessary Columns Using LINQ

I was running into an issue where one of my webmethods was taking a large amount of time to return a small set (5-10 objects). I was using LINQ to SQL. I noticed that the LINQ to SQL query was returning all of the rows. After looking into the table a bit further, I noticed that the table included some columns with a larger type (old text column, image column, etc). So, I decided to modify my select to contain just the columns I needed. It improved my response time from roughly 8 seconds to 250 milliseconds. Here’s a sample … Continue reading Performance Tip: Return Only Necessary Columns Using LINQ

DirecTV: The Saga Continues…

I received an email from DirecTV about my blog post. They gave a 1-800 number and a 4-digit code so I can reach their team directly. I tried using that number and sat in a queue for nearly 20 minutes. Finally, someone answered and had no clue what my situation was. She placed me on hold for 5 minutes to review my account. Once she came back, she told me that I should have never ordered service with only 1 line. After my head spun completely around, I proceeded to ask her how DirecTV was going to fix this issue. … Continue reading DirecTV: The Saga Continues…

Need "Out of the Box" AJAX Functionality for Your Data Controls?

I’ve been using the Ajax Data Controls (ADC) for 9 months. I recently joined their development team to convert the controls to VS 2008/.NET 3.5. It’s a really cool control set that uses AJAX for the complete data transaction. The documentation is pretty deep and there are a few good examples. You should check it out by visiting http://dotnetslackers.com/projects/AjaxDataControls/. You can download the source and binary on CodePlex by visiting http://www.codeplex.com/AjaxDataControls. If you have any suggestions, please pass them on. I’d prefer if they were submitted using the Issue Tracker on CodePlex.

Establishing a VPN on Windows Mobile 5

Many have found it difficult to establish a VPN connection on Windows Mobile 5. There are quite a few blog posts out there with instructions, but none are really that complete. Before you can establish a connection from your mobile device, you need to establish a VPN server. For my purposes, I’ve setup Routing and Remoting Access on a Windows Server 2003 box (Windows Server 2008 procedure). This is pretty simple to do and there weren’t any settings I needed to modify. Then, on the user account in my domain, I had to right-click and go to properties. There is … Continue reading Establishing a VPN on Windows Mobile 5