Want to Win a Copy of Professional Enterprise .NET?

Posted by: Imar Spaanjaars at Sunday, November 29, 2009 11:53:54 AM in: Imar's Blogs

Due to some confusion and delays at the publisher, I ended up with two review copies of Professional Enterprise .NET by Jon Arking and Scott Millett, the book I recently reviewed on this web site.

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Book Review: Professional Enterprise .NET

Posted by: Imar Spaanjaars at Sunday, November 29, 2009 10:58:02 AM in: Book Reviews
Prior to reading Professional Enterprise .NET by Jon Arking and Scott Millett, I read Scott's Wrox Blox titled "NHibernate with ASP.NET Problem–Design–Solution" which I found to be an excellent introduction to using NHibernate. If you haven't read that eBook yet, and you're interested in learning NHibernate, check it out at the Wrox web site; at a price of under 10 dollar, it's money very well spent. Considering Scott's writing style and the depth of information found in the Blox, I was having high expectations of the book Professional Enterprise .NET. Having read it now, I can say I am certainly not disappointed.
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My New Project - Beginning ASP.NET 4

Posted by: Imar Spaanjaars at Sunday, October 25, 2009 4:21:02 PM in: Imar's Blogs
I meant to announce my new project earlier, but once again, Amazon and the official Wiley site beat me to it.
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TFS for the Masses!

Posted by: Imar Spaanjaars at Sunday, October 25, 2009 4:01:08 PM in: Imar's Blogs
Together with beta 2 of Visual Studio 2010, Microsoft released Team Foundation Server 2010 Beta 2 - Microsoft's team collaboration platform for team portals, version control, work-item tracking, build management, process guidance, and business intelligence. Previously, TFS required a very expensive license and as such was only affordable by larger companies.
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Got the MVP Award Again!!

Posted by: Imar Spaanjaars at Thursday, October 01, 2009 5:08:11 PM in: Imar's Blogs
Woohoo, I've received the MVP Award again....
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Book Review: ASP.NET 3.5 Content Management System Development by Curt Christianson and Jeff Cochran

Posted by: Imar Spaanjaars at Sunday, September 20, 2009 10:55:51 AM in: Book Reviews
Since I work a lot with ASP.NET and work in the business of Content Management Systems in my job as Technical Director at Dynamicweb, I was immediately interested when I saw the book "ASP.NET 3.5 Content Management System Development" from Packt Publishing. So I ordered a review copy hoping for a great book on ASP.NET and CMS. Having read the book now, I am quite disappointed.
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Drag and Drop of Files from Windows to Visual Studio not Working?

Posted by: Imar Spaanjaars at Thursday, July 02, 2009 1:30:30 PM in: Imar's Blogs
Do you ever drag and drop files from a Windows Explorer into Visual Studio running on Windows Vista? And have you noticed that sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn't? When it doesn't work, Visual Studio shows the "stop" icon when you drag the files over the Solution Explorer. I ran into that issue a lot and it was driving me nuts....
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7 Signs You Are Addicted to CodeRush and Refactor!

Posted by: Imar Spaanjaars at Monday, April 20, 2009 7:24:11 PM in: Imar's Blogs

I am a big fan of CodeRush and Refactor! from DevExpress and have been one for quite some time. In my office we jokingly refer to CodeRush and Refactor as the "arrow guy" as my colleagues initially just saw a bunch of arrows pointing to code in my code editor when I gave a first demo of the product. But, obviously, the products do a lot more. They really make me more productive in writing .NET code. But better yet, they help me write good, optimized and organized code. Features like renaming code elements, renaming files to match the type they contain, optimizing namespaces, extracting methods and the many new refactorings that come with the new "Code Issues" feature are huge time savers. Recently I installed the latest version that comes with DXperience 9.1.3. This release includes many cool new refactorings and new features in Code Issues that help you optimize your code with a single click. I can really recommend downloading a trial version and see for yourself if you haven't already done so.

But lately I am wondering if I am not just a fan, but addicted to the products instead. I witnessed the following signs of addiction while working with computer programs in general:

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Book Review: Professional IIS 7 by Ken Schaefer and others

Posted by: Imar Spaanjaars at Saturday, April 18, 2009 7:53:27 PM in: Book Reviews

People often ask me how I like Vista and whether I think it’s better than Windows XP or not. My standard reply is that I would have switched to Windows Vista for IIS 7 alone (I also do like many other Vista features, and thus prefer Vista over XP but that’s beside the point here). In my opinion, IIS 7 is in many respects a lot better than its predecessor IIS 6 which runs on Windows XP and Server 2003. Besides the many new features that IIS 7 brings, it has one big advantage over the version running on Windows XP: it allows you to create multiple web sites that can run at the same time. No more messing around with tools like IIS Admin Pro although it was extremely useful in working around the limitations of IIS on Windows XP.

But with a new release of a complex piece of software as IIS is also comes the need for more knowledge and background information of the product. This is where the Wrox book Professional IIS 7 written by Kevin Schaefer et al proved to be very useful.

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So who gets the credits for the idea of the Validation framework?

Posted by: Imar Spaanjaars at Sunday, February 22, 2009 7:11:23 PM in: Imar's Blogs
In my article series on N-Layer design I credited AzamSharp for his article on creating a domain object validation framework. AzamSharp didn't cite any other resources so it looks as all the ideas presented in the article are his.
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