In-Depth Features


Lock Down Your Handheld Devices

As the capabilities of handheld devices have grown, so have the threats.

Books: Use ADO.NET in Your C# Apps

Learn how to turn ADO.NET classes into tools for constructing software using C# in Mahesh Chand's book, A Programmer's Guide to ADO.NET in C#.

Enhance UI Performance in WinForms

You can improve your UI in several ways, using the .NET Framework's built-in multithreading and asynchronous execution mechanisms.

Automate Exception Logging

You can automate exception logging with one line of client code, control it through an App.config file without recompiling, and use custom publishers to craft cool logging tools.

All That JAAS

JAAS is based on the Pluggable Authentication Modules model and provides authentication and authorization services. Check out its many security benefits for Java applications.

Books: Write Customized .NET Add-Ins

Writing Add-Ins for Visual Studio .NET helps you write an add-in customized to your needs. Les Smith walks you through the wizard and shows you how to develop your UI, trap IDE events, manipulate controls, and migrate your VB6 add-ins to the new platform.

Defending Against Layer 8

Remember the 8th layer of the OSI networking stack: humans. System administrators must educate themselves and their users about social engineering practices to prevent attacks.

Beyond the Firewall

Network security is more important than ever. But network protection must move beyond the firewall. What new tools are on the horizon to help you with your combat strategy?

Activate Windows Impersonation Selectively

Activate Windows impersonation selectively, determine the update order of DataTables at run time, guarantee the delivery order of asynchronous delegates, and more.

Enlist ADO.NET Connections in Pooled Objects Manually

You can boost performance in server-side apps by using COM+ pooled objects to cache resources. Be sure to enlist the connection manually each time the object pool picks up the object.

Book Review: Delve Inside C#

The C# Programming Language is a reference book that will benefit both beginners and veterans alike. Topics include exceptions, unsafe code, generics, anonymous methods, iterators, and partial types.

Use InfoPath With VS.NET 2003

InfoPath SP1 and the new .NET 2003 Toolkit let you implement business logic behind InfoPath forms with managed VB.NET or C# code instead of JScript or VBScript event handlers.

Recalculate VS.NET Project Dependencies Automatically

You can build a macro that recalculates and sets assembly dependencies upon request with the VS.NET automation model, even if your solution uses file references.

Implementing a Low-Budget Disaster Recovery Plan

How to prepare a small or medium business for disaster without overextending its already tight budget or overwhelming management with the details of an in-depth proposal.

Books: Develop Web Solutions With VB.NET

VB.NET offers an improved palette for creating Web-based software. Programming the Web with Visual Basic .NET is a complete reference book that gives you all the info you need.

Transfer Files Over the Internet

Use FTP or HTTP POST to transfer files over the Internet with .NET. Also learn how to secure a database Connection string.

Create a .NET-J2EE Shared Database

Create a shared database to provide interoperability between .NET and J2EE platforms, then extend it with a notification level between platforms.

Speed Up Your ASP.NET Pages

Users will notice how much faster your Web pages and sites run when you apply these seven ASP.NET tips to your coding.

Five Layers of Defense

You can adapt the logical perimeter network design to suit your own access requirements, but most common requirements are met with this design.

Securing IIS

How to move the default directories created by IIS from the system drive. Plus, methods to make FTP more secure.