In-Depth Features


Do You Need Multiple Forests?

One forest is easier to manage than multiple forests, but it might not be secure enough.

Q&A: Use Word's Spell Checker in .NET

Use Word's spell check from within your .NET application.

Monitor Your Systems Easily

Use free tools from Microsoft to monitor your systems and make sure they are running properly

Build a Longhorn App

Longhorn includes significant changes that will affect developers, from how it handles graphics to how it stores data. Learn how to create a simple Longhorn app.

Serialize Arrays and ArrayLists to XML

The XmlSerializer class provides a great way to convert objects to XML and back. However, it can be difficult to serialize collections such as Arrays and ArrayLists properly unless you know a few tricks.

Books: .NET Impacts Existing Patterns

.NET Patterns by Christian Thilmany shows you how the .NET Framework impacts existing patterns, which are recurring solutions to software design problems. The author covers patterns in detail, focusing on exception handling and logging the most.

Longhorn's Architecture

Longhorn is the next major version of Microsoft's Windows operating system for consumers. These architectural models show how everything fits together.

Longhorn: The Base Operating System

The complex model for Longhorn's base operating system illustrates how Microsoft has organized it, as well as where any piece you're interested in fits into the larger view.

Get a Grip on Longhorn

The upcoming Windows version's refactored API and new graphics-presentation model, storage subsystem, and messaging services will bring development opportunities -- and challenges.

Avalon: The Longhorn Presentation Layer

Avalon is a core part of Microsoft's presentation layer for its next major version of Windows, code-named Longhorn. Drill down on what it contains in this architecture model.

Indigo: The Longhorn Communications Layer

Indigo is the core for communication in the next generation of Windows, code-named Longhorn. This model of its architecture gives you a good sense of what to expect from it.

Bind Data to WinForms Controls

Display data programmatically with only a few lines of code, using the databinding features built into the .NET Framework's WinForms controls.

Books: Develop UIs in C#

Chris Sells shows you how to develop user interfaces in .NET in his book, Windows Forms Programming in C#.

Integrate xmlspy 2004 Into VS.NET

Integrate Altova's new release of xmlspy 2004 into your existing Visual Studio .NET projects.

Gear Up for Generics

Generics support in version 2 of the .NET Framework will help you write simpler, more powerful code, whether you consume generic classes built into the Framework or roll your own.

Navigate the Road to Whidbey

The next version of VS.NET includes a plethora of enterprise and RAD features, but the tool remains geared more toward higher-end than occupational or hobbyist programmers.

XML Advances on B2B Front

Version 2 of the .NET Framework introduces XML-to-relational data mapping, support for XQuery, and typed APIs. Find out why these changes are great news for B2B app development.

Use the Best Security for SQL Server

Learn tips for administering SQL Server securely.

Unload Assemblies From an Application Domain

You don't want to lock needless assemblies into the VS.NET process. Avoid this problem by loading the assembly into a separate application domain that you can unload later.

Books: Implement Security and Cryptography

NET Security and Cryptography by Peter Thorsteinson and G. Gnana Arun Ganesh lays down the foundation for .NET security features and shows you how to use them properly.