May 2007 - Use Sync Services

Team up Orca's Sync Designer with MSS in SQL 2005 CE to generate a local data cache that synchronizes incrementally and bidirectionally. Plus beautifying your code with extensions, designing and importing styles for Windows controls, compressing your persistent data store, creating stunning help files and more.

VSM Cover Story

Update Local Data Caches with Sync Services

The Microsoft Synchronization Services 1.0 API for SQL Server 2005 Compact Edition and the new Sync Designer in the Orcas March 2007 CTP team up to generate a local data cache that synchronizes incrementally and bidirectionally with SQL Server Express.

Ask Kathleen

Use Enums Across Assembly Boundaries

Call a combo box across assembly boundaries with generics and enums; add contact information with Assembly Information; and drill down on FxCop spelling rules.

Code Focused

Beautify Your Code With Extensions

Extension methods bring together old and new ways of working with data, and open the doors to new language opportunities.

Developer Product Briefs

FarPoint Spread for Web Forms 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

Thinking Outside the VS Box

Editor in chief Patrick Meader explains why the magazine (generally) forbids discussion of third-party products, while allowing authors to discuss non-Visual Studio-specific tools from Microsoft.

Guest Opinion

Pace of Change Leaves No One Competent

The pace of change is on the verge of putting one-man shops out of business; no one is capable of remaining truly competent as a general .NET programmer.

Letters from Readers


A reader asserts that new isn't necessarily better, merely different; and a reader explains how the editor in chief used the term jump the shark incorrectly in a recent editorial.

What's Hot

Express Yourself

Express yourself with Microsoft Expression

First Looks

NetAdvantage for Windows Forms 2007

This comprehensive suite of Windows Forms controls for .NET applications features external style support, and faithful reproduction of Microsoft's UI.

Madcap Flare 2.5: Create Stunning Help Files

Check out this innovative documentation tool that produces most common documentation file formats from a variety of sources.

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