1. VS .NET source control options

    I’ve always been a bit surprised at the lack of source control options from Microsoft. The rudimentary Visual SourceSafe (VSS)offering is okay for small teams and small projects that are housed under one roof, but expand beyond any those parameters and troubles arise. Microsoft doesn’t even use it for its in-house projects. I’ve worked with […]

  2. Working with the page title in ASP.NET

    Recently, I’ve had a chance to work with ASP.NET 2.0 a bit, but I still don’t have a business reason to really dive in. One thing I have noticed with the next version is more access to page elements. One particular feature is access to a page’s title, so it can easily be changed in […]

  3. Is certification relevant?

    As a consultant, in the past I often pursued certifications to demonstrate my capabilities with related technologies. This led to me obtaining IBM, Java, XML, and now .NET developer certifications. In addition to demonstrating some knowledge (I emphasize some), it also gave me a reason to dive in and become acclimated with the various aspects […]

  4. Case-sensitive code

    One situation I’ve witnessed numerous times is the fact that C# and the .NET platform is case-sensitive. This seems to cause problems for older Windows develoeprs that migrated from Visual Basic. One particular problem I encountered recently with an ASP.NET application was located in the Web.config file. The following line caused a problem with the […]

  5. When do you adopt new technologies?

    The latest news from Microsoft is the delay of Visual Studio 2005 until late 2005 (September is the estimate) and the release the .NET Framework 2.0 beta 2. As I received this news, I contemplated when I should begin to wholeheartedly dive into the next release of these tools. After all, I am building applications […]

  6. Open Source and Microsoft

    I’ve been knee deep in Mono for the past month or so, and I’m very impressed with its features and compatibility with Microsoft’s version. I like the idea of my C# skills being transferrable to a whole new set of operating systems, but I’m still a bit uneasy about the combination of open source with […]