In-Depth Features


7 Tips for Software Versioning

It'd be ideal to have versioning support in the core language specs for .NET and Java. But in the absence of such features, you can still do things today to build applications that show resilience in the face of change.

Identify the System's Highest Priorities

Determining the priorities of one software feature over another can be difficult. Here's how to tackle that challenge.

Testing in Application Lifecycle Management

Understand the five phases of the application lifecycle, and learn which tests to perform in each of them.

Dealing With Uninvolved Customers

One of the keys to a successful software development project is participation from the business representatives. Here are a few tactics to help developers work with them.

Inside C# 3.0: Extension Methods, Query Expressions, and Expression Trees

Move beyond the techno-speak, and learn how you can leverage new features in C# 3.0.

Validate Business Objects Declaratively

Take advantage of .NET attributes to provide robust validation for your business objects, while generating user-interface validation automatically.

Improve Development of Data-Centric Apps

Use Visual Studio 2005 Team Edition for Database Professionals to extend your team''s functionality and improve collaboration.

Profile: Staking Out the Microsoft Component Space

ComponentOne is a big player in a niche it helped create, the third-party development space for Microsoft development tools.

Profile: Innovative Information Delivery

Zimbra is looking to build on its reputation of taking Ajax to the limit.

Moving the Enterprise Platform Forward

Just in time for JavaOne, the JCP approves the openly developed Java EE 5 spec unanimously. The latest platform offers ease-of-use features and an overhauled programming model.

What''s So Good About SQL Server 2005 OLAP?

Understand the business imperative for SQL Server 2005''s new OLAP capabilities as well as how to implement them.

Requirements Patterns With VSTS

Learn some simple yet powerful requirements patterns that you can apply to most projects and processes.

Leverage New ASP.NET Security Controls

Learn how to integrate ASP.NET's built-in security tools with the features of your existing site.

Create the Next-Generation User Experience With WPF

See how Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) includes support for advanced typography and layout, rich-media integration, and vector and 3D graphics.

Build Service-Oriented Apps With WCF

Use Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) to build secure distributed solutions that integrate across platforms and interoperate with existing investments.

SQL Server Integration Services: Patterns and Practices for the Real World

Learn how you can apply Integration Services to the ETL paradigm in your business.

Report Builder: An Approach to Consuming Cubes and Relational Data

With SQL Server 2005''s Report Builder, users have the ability to consume both multidimensional and relational data.

Simplify Web Development with Visual Studio 6.0

If you want to build the flashiest, most dynamic site possible and reach the largest possible audience, read on

Directions in Language Innovation: LINQ

Learn how you can use consistent query syntax in your code to access and work with all types of data.

Introducing WinFX: The Managed Code Programming Model for Windows

Understand how WinFX simplifies software development and helps you build new types of applications.