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Technical Best Practices for Dynamics AX - Shared and AOT Object Standards

by Anil Kumar Gupta | March 2008 | .NET Microsoft

Most of the qualities of an ideal ERP system such as, Total Cost of Ownership, Flexibility, Usability, Integration and many more are implemented by conformance to the technical best practices discussed in this two part article by Anil Kumar Gupta. The Dynamics AX best practice can be grouped into three categories i.e. application design standards, shared standards, and AOT object standards.

The previous article discussed the Application Design Standards. This article will focus on Shared and AOT Objects Standards in Dynamics AX.

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Technical Best Practices for Dynamics AX - Application Design Standards

by Anil Kumar Gupta | March 2008 | .NET Microsoft

Most of the qualities of an ideal ERP system such as, Total Cost of Ownership, Flexibility, Usability, Integration and many more are implemented by conformance to the technical best practices discussed in this two part article by Anil Kumar Gupta. The Dynamics AX best practice can be grouped into three categories i.e. application design standards, shared standards, and AOT object standards.

The first part of this article will discuss Application Design Standards.

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Term Extraction Tasks in SQL Server Integration Services

by Dr.Jay Krishnaswamy | March 2008 | .NET Microsoft

Microsoft SQL Server's SQL Server Integration Services is a comprehensive, full featured tool for processing data in the back-end storage locations. Extraction of attributes in a body of text is an important task while mining data and the SSIS provides just the required transformation - Term Extraction, to accomplish this task. SSIS looks through the presented text document and sorts out terms. By terms are meant specifically nouns, noun phrases, and both nouns and noun phrases. You also have the flexibility of limiting extracted terms based on their frequency of occurrence. For example you could configure the task in such a way that you can capture terms that are repeated in the body of text a certain number of times.

This tutorial by Jayaram Krishnaswamy shows a simple example of extracting terms from a body of text.

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Using the Data Pager Control in Visual Studio 2008

by Jayaram Krishnaswamy | September 2008 | .NET Microsoft

When query results exceed the display area then you resort to scrolling and wish you had some way to limit the number of results displayed and comfortable to view without scrolling. Paging functionality which provides an answer to this is therefore a much desired feature. The Data Pager Control in Visual Studio 2008 provides this functionality when you create an ASP.NET web form under .NET Framework 3.5. It can be configured automatically using the GUI, or it can be installed manually after installing the ListView. In this article both of them are described. While the number of items displayed in a list can be declaratively coded, it is possible to set it at page load time as well.

This article by Dr. Jayaram Krishnaswamy describes how you may connect to SQL Server 2008 and display the retrieved data in a ListView Control on a web page. The ListView Control is the only control in ASP.NET that supports the new ASP.NET control, the Data Pager Control. This article shows how the data from a table in SQL Server 2008 is displayed in the ListView and how the Data Pager is configured to cycle the List View items.

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Windows Presentation Foundation Project - Basics of Working

by Dr.Jay Krishnaswamy | February 2008 | .NET Microsoft

This article by Jayaram Krishnaswamy introduces the reader accustomed to working with the traditional graphic user interface in earlier versions of VB to Windows Presentation Foundation. Importantly, it introduces the reader to the XAML's declarative format and what it means in the design interface of VS 2008. WPF can do a great deal more than what is described in this article. The power of markup extensions such as declarative binding, dynamic resource, template binding and many others are not discussed. It is hoped that the reader will be up and running WPF projects based on his previous experience after reading this article.

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Moving a Database from SQL Server 2005 to SQL Server 2008 in Three Steps

by Jayaram Krishnaswamy | February 2008 | .NET Microsoft

There are several options if one wishes to move a database from a SQL Server 2005 to SQL 2008 Server. First of all there is a 'Copy Database Wizard' in SQL 2008 Server which is meant for transferring a database from any version of SQL Server 2000 and above to 2008 version. In the other option the database will be copied using the SQL Server Management Program for which the source database need not be stopped. However this is slower than the previous method and would also require the SQL Server Agent since a package has to be run.

An option which works without too much hassles is manually detaching and attaching the database/log files. In this step-by-step (really two steps) tutorial by Jayaram Krishnaswamy, this simple procedure is described. If you are just interested in taking a small database from 2005 to 2008 server the author strongly recommends this procedure.

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The ASP.NET Repeater Control

by Joydip Kanjilal | January 2008 | .NET Microsoft

The Repeater control is a data-bound control that uses templates to display data. The Repeater control works by looping through the records in your data source and then repeating the rendering of one of its templates called the ItemTemplate, one that contains the records that the control needs to render. In this article by Joydip Kanjilal we will learn more about the Repeater control and some of its uses.

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Microsoft SQL Server 2008 - Installation Made Easy

by Jayaram Krishnaswamy | January 2008 | .NET Microsoft

SQL 2008 server is the latest in the line of Microsoft database servers and this article by Dr. Jayaram Krishnaswamy discusses the challenges one may face in installing the Developer version of this product which was released in November 2007. On a virgin machine the software probably installs without a hitch but with a history of installs, especially of the earlier versions it is anything but a joy ride.

"It is almost always true for most of the software I have installed, not necessarily limited to Microsoft. However, most of Microsoft products need entry in the Window's registry and it is almost certain that one has to follow a certain protocol if one wishes to have a successful install. In fact the unsuccessful install flags out what went wrong while the initial steps do verify the requirements during installation. Despite this help and warnings one may face problems simply because it is not possible to foresee all possible combinations of hardware, software, user created error issues at launch time of the product. Again this article does not guarantee a successful install if one were to follow the steps delineated but gives you some guidance based on the author's experience."

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Application Development in Visual C++ - The Tetris Application

by Stefan Björnander | August 2008 | .NET Microsoft

Tetris is a classic game. In this article by Stefan Björnander, we will develop a version very similar to the original version. Seven figures of different shapes and colors fall down and the player's job is to move and rotate them into positions so that as many rows as possible are completely filled. When a row is filled, it disappears. Every removed row gives one point.

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DotNetNuke Skinning: Creating Your First Skin

by Darren Neese | August 2008 | .NET Microsoft Content Management Open Source

The thought of creating your first skin may be intimidating. You may believe that there are steps that will have to be done just right or there's no point even getting started. The fact is that once you understand some simple concepts, skinning is relatively easy. Ultimately, you will need to know your HTML and CSS markup and styling, but that is common in any type of web design you would do anywhere. This article by Darren Neese is geared toward those who have never created a skin, and it will get you over any anxiety you thought you had about creating a skin.

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