In-Depth Features


String.Together Snazzy String Routines

String handling is one of the most basic -- and important -- capabilities that all developers must deal with. Learn how to take maximum advantage of the way VB .NET handles strings.

Next Version of VB Dubbed ''VBx''

Paul Vick dishes on Microsoft''s reboot of Visual Basic.

ASP.NET Futures Release Showcases New Controls and Capabilities

Check out Microsoft''s early versions of new tools for ASP.NET and the Silverlight cross-platform browser plug-in.

Get Down and Glitzy With Gadgets

Add pizzazz to your users' desktops with Windows Gadgets, lightweight desktop applications that provide useful bits of functionality while also bringing fun back to the development process.

Device Development Makes a Move

Don''t be deterred by Microsoft''s recent changes to the mobile development space.

Build a Custom Data-Bound Generator

Learn how to write custom data-bound generator.

Write Tests Before You Code

Use the Test-Driven Development methodology in Visual Studio Team System to write tests and improve the quality of your code.

Microsoft Issues ASP.NET Glitch Fix

Microsoft has released a public hotfix patch to address a number of ASP.NET 2.0 compilation issues, according to Microsoft Developer Division General Manager Scott Guthrie.

Microsoft Warns of New DNS Attacks

Microsoft Corp.'s far from silent spring continues.

Microsoft Delivers First Public Beta of Orcas and .NET 3.5

Visual Studio Orcas and the .NET 3.5 Framework are now in public beta.

Addressing SOA's Vulnerability

Get beyond the myths of service-oriented architecture. Learn how to leverage WCF to successfully implement SOA design patterns that can help deliver on the promises of SOA.

It's All in the Cache

There are advantages and disadvantages to today's application-tier caching techniques. Consider your data caching options for improving data-intensive application performance.

Microsoft Joins OpenAJAX Alliance

Microsoft bolsters interoperability of AJAX-based applications by joining the OpenAJAX Alliance. Find out what the announcement means for developing rich Internet applications.

Express Yourself

Interactive designer Brad Becker helps Microsoft get creative.

Use the Ruby on Rails Alternative

Take a more expedient approach for developing MVC Web applications than you might take using J2EE technologies.

VSLive! 2007: ASP.NET AJAX Under the Hood

Scott Cate illustrates how to implement key features of ASP.NET AJAX to a packed crowd at VSLive! San Francisco 2007.

Profile: It's All About Quality

Most organizations in software development are interested in application quality; Instantiations is doing something about it.

Download Hotfix for Latest SQL Service Pack

Less than a month after shipping SP2 for SQL Server 2005, Microsoft issues a hotfix to prevent maintenance plan cleanup tasks from removing data before the specified cleanup interval.

Altova Delivers on UML 2.1

Altova demonstrated a new version of its UModel 2007, which displays the full UML 2.1.1 compatibility, at VSLive! San Francisco 2007.

Microsoft Ships Windows Server 2003 SP2

Dubbed Service Pack 2, or SP2, the second service pack for Windows Server 2003 will be the last service pack for the aging Windows Server 2003 before the company ships its putative replacement at the end of the year.