Model-First Development with Entity Framework 4

ADO.NET Entity Framework ADO.NET Entity Framework (EF) is an object-relational mapping tool included with .NET. It is used to automate database access. To use it, you need a data model which defines classes (or entities). Entities contain properties that are mapped to fields inside tables in a relational database. If you already have a database […]
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Silverlight or HTML 5?

I was teaching Learning Tree course 975: Windows® Presentation Foundation (WPF) and Silverlight Introduction a couple weeks ago and a student asked which was better, Silverlight or HTML 5. I program with both, so let me give you a few reasons why each is better than the other. Reasons why HTML 5 is better than […]
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Making WCF (Windows Communication Foundation) Services Simpler and More Efficient

This week, I was teaching Learning Tree course 2620: .NET 4 Programming for Existing .NET Developers. This course covers many of .NET’s new features and how they can be used to simplify development. In one chapter we talk about taking advantage of some WCF features WCF Configure-less Services There are a number of things that […]
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Windows Azure: Cloud Computing for .NET Programmers

What is Windows Azure Cloud computing is the hottest new technology in IT. Microsoft’s platform for implementing cloud-computing is called Windows Azure. With Windows Azure you rent servers and storage for a low monthly fee. Under the hood, Windows Azure provides virtual machines running Windows 2008 server and Internet Information Services. You can specify how […]
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Windows Azure Training Series: Setting up a Development Environment for Free

This is the second in a series of articles on getting started with Windows Azure.  To use Windows Azure, you’ll want to set up Microsoft Visual Studio, and install the Windows Azure tools and SDK. If you don’t have Visual Studio, you may be thinking this will be expensive. Actually, it’s free! This article will […]
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