In-Depth Features


Achieve 99.999% Uptime

Datacenter Edition is more than just a fancy repackaging of Windows Server 2003. It's only available as part of a hardware and software bundle that puts a Windows mainframe into your data center.

Spice Up Your Windows Forms

Users expect to find popup-style windows, irregularly shaped forms, and collapsible and dockable controls in a robust application. Learn how to implement the three features that can make or break your next Windows Forms app's UI.

How to Explain SOA to Your CIO

SOAs will help change how business and IT work together. It will take time, though. Meanwhile, here's what you want your CIO to know so that your company can move in the right direction.

Access Web Data Programmatically

Use the power of the DHTML Document Object Model to access elements of your Web Browser documents and automate data gathering.

Sneak Peek at the Future of Visual Studio .NET

S. "Soma" Somasegar, corporate vice president of the Developer Division at Microsoft, speaks to VSM about the future of Visual Studio, including the lifecycle-management tools.

Design Reusable Custom Controls

Build custom controls that can inherit from existing .NET controls, add custom properties to inherited controls, and support reuse in any app that needs them.

Build a SharePoint Web Part

Create a customizable Suntimes calculator using the free, built-in SharePoint functionality that lets users supply their own data to a custom Web Part.

Books: Learn the Fundamentals of VB.NET

The Visual Basic .NET Programming Language targets both beginning and experienced developers alike. Paul Vick explains how VB works clearly and concisely, and he covers data types, conversions, exceptions, object-oriented properties, events, delegates, attributes, and more.

The Changing Face of Security in Java Apps

Watch a video of Paul Patrick''s Java Pro Live! keynote, in which he explores the growing trend of service-oriented security infrastructures.

Take a Generics Approach

Improve code reusability, reliability, flexibility, and performance with generics, one of Visual Studio .NET 2005's key enhancements.

Visual Studio 2005 Preview

View the slides and listen to the audio from Prashant Sridharan's opening keynote at VSLive! New York described how the much-anticipated Visual Studio 2005 that will simplify Web development.

Build Effective Speech Apps

Use Microsoft Speech Server 2004 and its new Speech Applications SDK to improve the user experience in your speech apps.

Secure Your Intranet

Secure the sites, subsites, content, and Web parts that make your Intranet such a powerful tool, without destroying its usefulness.

Choose the Right Tab Control

ASP.NET's Repeater, DataList, and DataGrid controls display data in a tabular format with various features. Learn which control is the best fit for your app.

Learn ASP.NET Via CD-ROM

Nothing can replace a live classroom setting, but this complete CD-ROM course on ASP.NET and Web services re-creates training sessions faithfully. Well-known experts teach using motion video, manuals, and tests.

Overcome Limitations With TabControl

Learn how to customize TabControl components. The author shows you how to fix shortcut keys on TabControl and hide and show TabControl pages.

Books: .NET Reference for Every Bookshelf

Brad Abrams' .NET Framework Standard Library Annotated Reference should be on every .NET developer's bookshelf, regardless of the type of .NET development you're doing.

Books: Delve Into OOP in VB.NET

An Introduction to Object-Oriented Programming with Visual Basic .NET shows you how to develop object-oriented solutions in VB.NET by showing you everything from capturing requirements to how to implement your object-oriented designs.

Resources for Security

Check out these links for additional information on security.

Simplify Updates With Templates

ASP.NET developers often use a base class inherited from the root class Page as a template to make their Web sites look consistent. However, the HTML is often embedded in the base class, preventing the template from being previewed or edited. Learn to work around this problem by separating the template and the base class.