Blog: September 2012

ObjectContext's SavingChanges Event

By Martin Schaeferle

ObjectContext's SavingChanges event lets you validate or change data before Entity Framework sends it to the database.

This blog entry was originally posted September 28, 2012 by Martin Schaeferle

Entity Framework.NET


Go Ahead and Be Geeky

By Martin Schaeferle

There was a time when computer programming was considered something that only "geeks" did. Anyone who spent all of his or her time in front of a computer clearly had no social life.

This blog entry was originally posted September 26, 2012 by Martin Schaeferle

VideoWeb DevelopmentHTML5C#WebSharePoint


When is your PC not your PC?

By Martin Schaeferle

Since growing up in Seattle I have always been a big proponent of Microsoft. One of the key characteristics of Microsoft's software that kept me loyal was that they always gave me enough rope to hang myself with.

This blog entry was originally posted September 25, 2012 by Martin Schaeferle

Web DevelopmentWindows 8


It's Cleanup Time, Entity Data Model Style

By Martin Schaeferle

As good and useful as a model generated using database-first design can be-it is highly dependent on the quality of the underlying database design.

This blog entry was originally posted September 24, 2012 by Martin Schaeferle

Entity Framework


Learning A New Programming Language

By Martin Schaeferle

Microsoft's .NET interpreted languages are some of the easiest to learn and some of the easiest to use to develop fully functional software applications.

This blog entry was originally posted September 21, 2012 by Martin Schaeferle

C#Visual Studio.NETVideo


Leave Well Enough Alone: The iOS6 Maps App

By Ken Getz

One "change for change's sake" popped up this morning: I installed iOS 6 on my iPad and iPhone, and tried out the new Maps app.

This blog entry was originally posted September 20, 2012 by Ken Getz

Windows 8iOSiPhone/iPad


Updating Existing Entities

By Martin Schaeferle

Querying data is a useful benefit of using Entity Framework, but you'll often need to create, modify, and delete entity data as well.

This blog entry was originally posted September 19, 2012 by Martin Schaeferle

Web DevelopmentEntity Framework


XAML vs. HTML ain't like VB vs. C#

By Ken Getz

Before Windows 8 apps came along, I spent a lot of time writing courseware for both VB and C#, and converting between the two was relatively easy--I got it down to a science.

This blog entry was originally posted September 14, 2012 by Ken Getz

JavaScriptVisual BasicHTMLC#XAMLWindows 8


The Fabulous Free Utility, LINQPad

By Martin Schaeferle

This tool lets you interactively query databases using LINQ expressions you build in its own development environment.

This blog entry was originally posted September 13, 2012 by Martin Schaeferle

LINQWeb Development


Learn and Do with Video Tutorials

By Martin Schaeferle

Reading a textbook or attempting to complete a workbook on your own is not always as useful. This is especially true with learning new computer-related skills.

This blog entry was originally posted September 12, 2012 by Martin Schaeferle

.NETC#Video


Just When "Metro" Started Making Sense...

By Martin Schaeferle

Microsoft has always had a knack of constantly branding, and then rebranding; shifting focus, and then rolling it back.

This blog entry was originally posted September 11, 2012 by Martin Schaeferle

Windows 8 Apps.NETWindows 8


Entity Data Model in the Raw

By Martin Schaeferle

The Entity Data Model designer in Visual Studio displays a graphical view only of the conceptual model, which Entity Framework uses to provide entity data objects to an application.

This blog entry was originally posted September 10, 2012 by Martin Schaeferle

Entity FrameworkVisual Studio


The Entity Data Model Designer

By Martin Schaeferle

Entity Framework's Entity Data Model is the key link between the entity data objects in your application and the backend data store where data resides.

This blog entry was originally posted September 07, 2012 by Martin Schaeferle

Web DevelopmentEntity Framework


Visual Basic vs Visual C# Smackdown

By Martin Schaeferle

Visual C# is similar to Visual Basic, but it has some special features not found in Visual Basic.

This blog entry was originally posted September 06, 2012 by Martin Schaeferle

C#VideoVisual Studio


Can you hear me now?

By Martin Schaeferle

As mentioned in one of my previous blogs, there are four learning styles that we cover in our online courses.

This blog entry was originally posted September 05, 2012 by Martin Schaeferle


The .NET Objects 411

By Martin Schaeferle

ADO.NET has long provided a variety of generic data objects you can use to access data in a variety of data stores.

This blog entry was originally posted September 04, 2012 by Martin Schaeferle

.NETADO.NETEntity Framework