Pro ASP.NET 3.5 and C# 2008 Released! Another Master Piece

Many of you know that my favorite technical book in the world was Pro ASP.NET 2.0 and C# 2005 by Mathew MacDonald.  Well, Mathew has done it again.  I can't believe I didn't know it was coming, but there I was in the book store looking for books on LINQ and right in front of me was his new book with a nice chapter on LINQ.  So, it's now mine!  It's also got a large section on all the new Ajax stuff that I'm looking forward to reading.  I'm mostly a back end database kind of guy but I know I need to learn the javascript stuff better.  I can do it, but not as well as I'd like to be able to. Run don't walk.  go buy this book! Amazon.com: Pro ASP.NET 3.5 in C# 2008, Second Edition … Continue Reading

Book Review: Pro LINQ Language Integrated Query in C# 2008 by Joseph C. Rattz, Jr.

Now that Visual Studio 2008 has RTM' d, I'm very motivated to learn LINQ.  Like most of us, I've read articles, seen presentations, talked a lot about it, but now, it's time to begin in earnest.  What does that mean?  Time to get the books and start doing some serious examples myself.  I just bought the book "Pro LINQ Language Integrated Query in C# 2008" and so far am very impressed.  Because I'm a total newbie to link, I started with the first chapter (very unusual for me).  That was a good overview of the different types of LINQ.  One thing I learned was that all those names like dlinq,xlinq, etc. are no longer valid.  I kind of thought that, but couldn't find it written explicitly … Continue Reading

Why can I not Bind to a value on a DropDownList in a GridView with ASP.NET 2.0 or 3.5?

So, I guess I should have know the answer to why the following does not work.  Basically, the scenario I have is that I have a foreign key column in my GridView that I want to show as a DropDownList of values.  The code below shows me the values in the DropDownList, but when I update it with the "edit" of the GridView row, the value does not get saved.  Here is the code and what it looks like running: … Continue Reading

3.67 Gig Available on XP Pro in VMWare Session!

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This is just too exciting not to share with the world so here it is.  My base development system is a Quad Pentium with 8 Gig of ram running Vista-64 (recently update (with angst and worry I might add) from Vista-32).  I'm running VMWare Workstation 6.02 software.  So, just out of curiosity, I tried upping the amount of memory available to the VM to 4096 Megabytes.  I expected to see at most 3000 Megabytes, but to my surprise, 3.67 Megabytes shows up as available. … Continue Reading

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