Blog: March 2013

T-SQL: STR Function

Excerpt by Don Kiely

The STR function is another way to perform a specific conversion: It returns a string from a numeric expression.

This course excerpt was originally posted March 29, 2013 from the online courseware SQL Server 2012, Part 7 of 9: Introduction to T-SQL by Don Kiely

SQL Server


Transact-SQL and Data Types

Excerpt by Don Kiely

Some programming languages are quite forgiving about implicitly converting data types in expressions and computations.

This course excerpt was originally posted March 27, 2013 from the online courseware SQL Server 2012, Part 7 of 9: Introduction to T-SQL by Don Kiely

SQL Server


More Evidence that C# is Poised to Become the Mobile Development Language of Choice

By Martin Schaeferle

ZDNet is reporting that Xamarin, the Boston-based software company, will now start allowing iOS coders to use Microsoft's Visual Studio.

This blog entry was originally posted March 26, 2013 by Martin Schaeferle

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Transact-SQL Programming: Batches and Scripts

Excerpt by Don Kiely

A batch is a collection of SQL statements that SQL Server processes as a single unit.

This course excerpt was originally posted March 25, 2013 from the online courseware SQL Server 2012, Part 7 of 9: Introduction to T-SQL by Don Kiely

SQL Server


Putting Java's Recent Troubles in Context- And How It Can Affect Your Career

By Martin Schaeferle

Java has been in the news quite a bit recently - and it's not all good.

This blog entry was originally posted March 22, 2013 by Martin Schaeferle

Java


ASP.NET Web API: Self-Hosting

Excerpt by Phil Ledgerwood

Building a service-oriented architecture with the ASP.NET Web API does not restrict you to IIS deployment.

This course excerpt was originally posted March 21, 2013 from the online courseware ASP.NET Web API, Part 4 of 4: Hosting and Dependency Resolution by Phil Ledgerwood

ASP.NET WebAPI


What are the Most In-Demand Programming Languages?

By Martin Schaeferle

If you're a programmer, sometimes it's a good idea to occasionally read up on job reports that illustrate the most popular languages on the job market.

This blog entry was originally posted March 20, 2013 by Martin Schaeferle

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Dependency Resolution and Hosting: Dependency Injection

Excerpt by Phil Ledgerwood

There's a sense in which the entire idea behind having consumable services such as the ASP.NET Web API provides is a decoupled, reusable architecture.

This course excerpt was originally posted March 19, 2013 from the online courseware ASP.NET Web API, Part 4 of 4: Hosting and Dependency Resolution by Phil Ledgerwood

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New SharePoint Features Will Boost Adoption, Creating a Demand for Proficient IT Workers

By Martin Schaeferle

For the past 20 years, IT has struggled with the perception that it is a utility, rather than a "strategic partner" to the business.

This blog entry was originally posted March 18, 2013 by Martin Schaeferle

SharePoint


Requesting Other MIME Types

Excerpt by Phil Ledgerwood

MIME originally stood for Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions to refer to the fact that emails would sometimes carry data that wasn't text, such as attached graphics or spreadsheets.

This course excerpt was originally posted March 15, 2013 from the online courseware ASP.NET Web API, Part 3 of 4: Model Binding and Media Formats by Phil Ledgerwood

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Creating Placeholder Images

Excerpt by Ken Getz

As a courseware writer, I often need free images to work with, and I know website developers need them as placeholders when building sites.

This course excerpt was originally posted March 14, 2013 from the online courseware Windows 8 Using XAML, Part 05: Bindings by Ken Getz

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Programmers & Developers Take Note: Yahoo to End All Telecommuting Arrangements by June '13

By Martin Schaeferle

The programming and developing world is buzzing over news that Yahoo will significantly restrict work-from-home options for its employees.

This blog entry was originally posted March 13, 2013 by Martin Schaeferle

C#


Model Binding: HTML Templates

Excerpt by Phil Ledgerwood

The client-side migration revolution has not left markup untouched.

This course excerpt was originally posted March 12, 2013 from the online courseware ASP.NET Web API, Part 3 of 4: Model Binding and Media Formats by Phil Ledgerwood

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Don't Fall Behind in this Digital Age

By Martin Schaeferle

Increasingly in work places, employers are realizing that their current staff does not have the updated computer programming skills needed to advance their company into today's progressive digital age.

This blog entry was originally posted March 11, 2013 by Martin Schaeferle


Facebook is Sending Its Employees to Boot Camp....Coding Boot Camp!

By Martin Schaeferle

If you're an IT professional looking to make yourself marketable, mobile development is where it's at.

This blog entry was originally posted March 08, 2013 by Martin Schaeferle

C# Mobile


ASP.NET Web API: Server-Side Pipeline

Excerpt by Phil Ledgerwood

In a recent article we discussed the client-side of the Web API pipeline. This article takes a look at the server-side!

This course excerpt was originally posted March 07, 2013 from the online courseware ASP.NET Web API, Part 2 of 4: HTTP Pipeline by Phil Ledgerwood

ASP.NET WebAPI


Accomplish More with a 3rd Party LMS System

By Martin Schaeferle

An LMS is a vital part of many businesses. These systems allow you to provide instruction to a large number of employees over time, without having to lead them through the process.

This blog entry was originally posted March 06, 2013 by Martin Schaeferle


Microsoft Rolls Out Bold New Upgrades to its SharePoint Platform

By Martin Schaeferle

Microsoft recently rolled out a revamped Office 365 Enterprise, its hosted collaboration service. The service includes Office 2013 Professional, Exchange 2013, SharePoint 2013, and Lync 2013.

This blog entry was originally posted March 05, 2013 by Martin Schaeferle

SharePoint


ASP.NET Web API: Client-Side Pipeline

Excerpt by Phil Ledgerwood

Microsoft .NET Framework technologies that support a request-response pattern typically use a pipeline, which is a sequence of events that fire to process a request and send back an appropriate response.

This course excerpt was originally posted March 01, 2013 from the online courseware ASP.NET Web API, Part 2 of 4: HTTP Pipeline by Phil Ledgerwood

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