Debatching data is the process of turning one huge pile of data into many small piles of data. There are multiple tools for debatching large bulk data loads including BizTalk Server and SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS). One can use such tools to break up large batches of data, manipulate it as needed, and send it on to its next reincarnation (for example, into an API, a relational database, or a text file). In this article by Mike Sexton, co-author of Applied Architecture Patterns on the Microsoft Platform, we will take a look at options for processing large data sets and explain how to take giant sets of data and insert them into databases for analysis.Read Debatching Bulk Data on Microsoft Platform in full
Parallel programming is becoming one of the hottest topics in software today as multi-core CPUs decrease in price and increase in power. Parallelism in programs allows multiple processes to be executed concurrently using separate threads and processing units. This is appealing to developers and users alike, because it can help reduce runtimes while still producing the same results as if it were run in serial. This article by Daniel Bolella gives us an overview to Parallel Programming and CUDA and is accompanied with a sample code to present the concept.Read Introduction to Parallel Programming and CUDA with Sample Code in full
In the previous article, Content Based Routing on Microsoft Platform, we took a look at how to send data messages to the correct target system.
In this article by Richard Seroter, co-author of Applied Architecture Patterns on the Microsoft Platform, we will actually construct a working version of the proposed solution, which will leverage core components of .NET 4.0 (WCF and Windows Workflow Services) as well as the AppFabric extensions to IIS. Note that for this demonstration, we are only building the first aspect, which accepts orders, not the second piece which supports querying the status of a given order.Read Building the Content Based Routing Solution on Microsoft Platform in full
Communication between enterprise systems is an essential part of an organization's architecture. How you decide to link these systems and by which criteria you distribute data, is something that you will be faced with time and again. In this article by Richard Seroter, co-author of Applied Architecture Patterns on the Microsoft Platform, we will look at how to send data messages to the correct target system.Read Content Based Routing on Microsoft Platform in full
This article, by Vibor Cipan, author of Silverlight 4 User Interface Cookbook, deals with data input controls, primarily those related to date and time input since those data formats are somewhat specific. Fortunately, Silverlight comes with good support for these data types and implementations; design and development involving those controls is pretty straightforward.
In this article we will be specifically covering:
- Designing date picker interface
- Using and implementing the calendar interface
- Designing time input interface
- Implementing star-based rating
- Designing list views with alternating row colors
Microsoft LightSwitch is the latest standalone product from Microsoft belonging to the Visual Studio suite of products. It is expressly targeted to tech savvy but non-programmers (hobbyists) to develop line of business applications using Microsoft Databases or other sources. This is a new game plan by Microsoft to catch a wider audience as well as encourage them to use its cloud offerings. If priced right and supported well, this may help businesses to develop applications on their own or call in junior level programmers with some knowledge of individual technologies like databases, user interfaces, mouse clicks, window navigation etc.
The LightSwitch Beta 1 was out on August 23rd for the general public while it has been used by MSDN members and Microsoft insiders for couple of months. This article by Jayaram Krishnaswamy shows how you may download and install this program. The article also shows how you may develop a simple database application using this product retrieving data from the Cloud hosted relational database, the SQL Azure.Read Microsoft LightSwitch Application using SQL Azure Database in full
WCF short for Windows Communication Foundation, the latest Microsoft programming architecture has superseded earlier technologies like COM, DCOM, etc. WCF is the Microsoft programming model for building distributed applications for .NET. Visual Studio suite of products provides an easy to use interface for developing WCF applications. Using these IDEs a number of different types of WCF applications can be built.
The emphasis of this article by Dr. Jayaram Krishnaswamy is to show to the user how to leverage the IDE for understanding the ins and outs of a WCF application and learn about the available development tools. Visual Studio 2008 SP1 makes it very easy to create WCF projects. The Visual Studio 2010 Express which is a free program can also be used similar to the way described for Visual Studio 2008 SP1 in this article. In understanding basic WCF you need to go no further than the Visual Studio IDE.
This article describes the default template available in VS 2008 (also works the same in VS2010 Express) to create a WCF application and to understand the out of the box WCF development tools namely the WCF Service Host and WCF Test Client. Along with modifying the service and service contract, publishing the service to the Internet Information Services is also described where in the local host is an IIS7 web server.Read Easy guide to understand WCF in Visual Studio 2008 SP1 and Visual Studio 2010 Express in full
In this article by Gastón C. Hillar, author of the book Microsoft Silverlight 4 and SharePoint 2010 Integration, we will cover many topics that help us create simple and complex Line-Of-Business Silverlight RIAs that run as Silverlight Web Parts to interact with data in the SharePoint Server.
In this article, we will:
- Use a Silverlight RIA to insert items into a SharePoint list
- Prepare code to handle errors when remote operations fail
- Work with messages to allow multiple Silverlight RIAs to communicate with each other
In the first part of this two-part article series by Peter Ritchie, author of Refactoring with Microsoft Visual Studio 2010, we covered principles related to cohesion and refactorings that increase cohesion. In this part, principles related to coupling are introduced and refactorings that decrease coupling are covered. We will see how coupling can be applied to increase code quality.Read Microsoft Visual Studio 2010: Improving Class Quality with Coupling in full