July 2007 - Accelerate Apps with Velocity Reporting

The length of durations in supply-chain applications reflects how well a business is serving its role. Learn to set up and change durations in a supply-chain reporting application that’s both metadata- and template-driven. Also, Roger Jennings on Layer Data Access with LINQ to SQL, implementing expandable menus, reducing lines of code with C# 3.0, first looks at Infragistics’ NetAdvantage for ASP.NET 2007 and SlickEdit’s SlickEdit 2007 12 and more.

VSM Cover Story

Accelerate Apps With Velocity Reporting

Learn to set up and change durations in a supply-chain application that's both metadata- and template-driven.

Ask Kathleen

Implement Expandable Menus

Learn how to create expandable menus such as you find in Office; handle mouse up/down events properly; and create a custom toolstrip button.

C# Corner

Reduce Lines of Code With C# 3.0

You already know what those new features in C# 3.0 are doing because you do these same things in C# 2.0. Learn how C# 3.0 can reduce coding lines and improve readability by walking through a reverse migration.

Developer Product Briefs

Dotfuscator, PDF Suite 3.0, More

Learn about the latest and greatest products available from vendors that provide tools and services for Visual Studio .NET.

Editor's Note

Mad Libbing the Microsoft Way

If you're a Visual Studio developer, you're now a [fill in the blank] developer. The way Microsoft has updated this line over time says a lot about the versatility of its core tools and development platform.

Guest Opinion

Agile Coding, or Software Factory

Agile coding and the software factory approach to coding both offer strong benefits for developers, but following either to its extreme logical end can stunt productivity.

Letters from Readers


Readers respond to Kathleen Dollard's Guest Opinion that asserted no developer can remain competent given the rate of change in developer tools and technologies.

Don't Neglect Your Skills

A reader explains that job market forces often force developers to opt for the latest and greatest, rather than tried and tested; another reader explains why he voted for no products in the most recent Readers Choice Awards survey.

What's Hot

VB Does VB

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First Looks

Infragistics' NetAdvantage for ASP.NET: AJAX-Enable Web Sites

Ken Cox reviews Infragistics suite of more than 30 controls for building AJAX-enabled ASP.NET Web applications, including grid, chart, toolbar, menu, editors, data entry, and scheduling controls.

SlickEdit: Enhance Code Editing

SlickEdit is an alternative development environment designed for hardcore developers. It's a highly configurable and highly productive environment, but one that has a steep learning curve.

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