Which .NET CMS to Use?

The question for today is – if I’m planning on implementing an ASP.NET Web CMS, which one should I choose? My company used to have its own custom .NET Web CMS, Mantranet. Mantranet was a good solution in its day – it was end-to-end AAA accessible, for one thing – but eventually it became a […]
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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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Conditional Compilation

Have you ever been in a situation where your application needs to behave one way in development and another in production? Perhaps you only want to send an email if the application is on the live server, or you’re developing an ASP.NET MVC application and need to add the [RequireHttps] attribute – but only if […]
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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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