20 Must Read LINQ, WCF, Expression Web, VSTS and Windows Forms articles on DotNetCurry – 2009

Posted by: Minal Agarwal , on 12/24/2009, in Category General Topics
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Abstract: In this post, we have compiled 20 Must Read articles that were published in the year 2009 and focus around technologies like LINQ, VSTS, Expression Web, WCF and Windows Forms.
20 Must Read LINQ, WCF, Expression Web, VSTS and Windows Forms articles on DotNetCurry – 2009
 
A couple of days ago, we had published 20 Must Read ASP.NET, MVC, jQuery and Silverlight articles on DotNetCurry – 2009 articles, how-to’s, tips and techniques around Microsoft Web and related technologies. In this post, we have compiled 20 Must Read articles that were published in the year 2009 and focus around technologies like LINQ, VSTS, Expression Web, WCF and Windows Forms. These articles have been selected based on viewership, comments and user rating. Featured Authors include Minal Agarwal (MVP), Shoban Kumar (MVP), Subodh Sohoni (MVP), Mahesh Sabnis, Suprotim Agarwal (MVP) and Malcolm Sheridan
Articles on LINQ
 
Some Common GroupBy Operations on List<> using LINQ - The ‘GroupBy’ feature in LINQ is amazing and very powerful. In this article, we will see some common GroupBy operations using LINQ.
Fun with LINQ - Find the Longest and Shortest Type Name in .NET 3.5 using LINQ - While browsing through the forums a couple of days ago, I came across this query where the user wanted to list down the types in .NET 3.5 in the order of the length of their names. He also wanted to find out the total number of types in .NET 3.5 and 2.0. Here’s how to do so using LINQ.
LINQ - Using Quantifiers like Any, Contains and All while Querying Objects - Quantifier operations return a Boolean value if some or all of the elements in a sequence satisfy a condition. In this article, we will see some common LINQ to Objects scenarios where we can use these operators.
Articles on WCF
 
What's New in Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) 4.0 Part- I - VS 2010 and .NET 4.0 has come out with many new features. Typically there are a lot of changes in Windows Workflow 4.0 (WF 4.0), Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF 4.0) and Windows Communication Foundation (WCF 4.0). In this article we will see some new features of WCF 4.0
Creating a Simple Procedural Workflow using VS 2010 and Windows Workflow WF 4.0 - I hope most of you are by now aware that in .NET 4.0, there have been some major changes in Windows Workflow 4.0. Most of the activities of WF 3.x are now changed by new activities. In this article, we will see how a workflow can be designed using procedural activities, how input arguments can be specified in a workflow and how a hosting application can pass these input arguments. We will be using Beta 1 release of VS2010, .NET 4.0.
Creating WCF Services using .NET 4.0 and WF 4.0 - In this article we will see how to develop a WCF service using Workflow 4.0 and how to use workflow procedural and messaging activities.
Articles on Expression Web
 
Insert FrontPage Includes in Microsoft Expression Web 2.0 and 3.0 - If you have content that is repeated on many or all the pages of your web site, you may want to use FrontPage Includes or Server Side Includes. Includes allow you to create a page with content that you want to repeat on multiple pages and Include such file in all your pages. Let us learn about to insert FrontPage Includes in Expression Web 2 and 3 in this article.  
Adding Google Gadgets to your web page in Microsoft Expression Web - You must have seen Google gadgets and perhaps used them in your iGoogle. But now you can have them on your web pages. So you can add a ‘quote of the day’ on your site or display your city’s temperature or display current news, without having to write any code for the same. All this can be done by adding Google gadgets to your web page. This article demonstrates how to add Google gadgets to your web pages in Microsoft Expression Web 2. 
Snapshot Panel in Microsoft Expression Web 3 - Microsoft Expression Web 3 has replaced the task panes with compact panels. In this article we will explore one such new panel in Microsoft Expression Web 3 called Snapshot Panel. 
What’s new in Microsoft Expression Web 3 - The wait for Expression Web 3 is finally over, with release of Expression Studio 3 on 22nd July 2009. With Expression Web 3, we have a new, improved and a complete package for designers and developers, since it also includes Expression Design 3 and Expression Encoder 3. This article is an introduction to the new features in Microsoft Expression Web 3. 
Swap images with user interaction in Microsoft Expression Web 2 - Behaviors in Microsoft Expression Web are scripts that enable you to add interactivity to your elements. When you add behavior to an element, Expression Web adds a JavaScript code for that behavior, to your page. In this article we will learn how to add a behavior to swap images without having to write a single line of code.
Articles on VSTS
 
VSTS 2010: Overview of Team System 2010 for Architects - In this article we will take an overview of diagrams, features and tools provided in Team System 2010 for Architects. Although we will not cover the concepts of UML and other architectural concepts in details, we will refer to them time to time.
Overview of Visual Studio Team System 2010 for Developers (Part 1) - In this two part article we will take an overview of various features and tools of Team System 2010 for Developers.
Overview of Visual Studio Team System 2010 for Developers (Part 2) - In the first part of this article we have seen some of the features which were present in VSTS 2008 but may have been enhanced in Team System 2010. In this second part we will study two new features which are added in Team System 2010.
How to: Ensure that files are buildable when they are being checked in to Team Foundation Version Control - This article demonstrates how to ensure that files are built locally before they can be checked in.
Articles on Windows Forms
 
Build a Simple Gmail Notifier using Windows Forms - Google does not have an official Gmail API. Having one would have made it very easy to create a notification application. In this article, I will show you how to exploit the Feed facility of Gmail to build our own Gmail Notifier.
Screenshot in 2 Clicks using .NET - As a developer, I take lot of screenshots and its time consuming to press the screenshot button, paste it in MSPaint or any other Image editing software and then save it. The pain is even more when we need to use two Buttons (Fn + PrintScreen) in most Laptops ;-). So I thought I will develop my own screenshot capturing tool which will allow me to take screenshots as well as save it in just two clicks. In this article I am going to show you how easy it is to develop your own tool using .NET.
Screenshot in 2 Clicks using .NET – Now with More Options - In my previous article, Screenshot in 2 Clicks using .NET, we learnt how we can capture the screenshot with just 2 clicks. But what if we want to capture a part of the screen? In this article we will see how we can capture a part of screen with just few more addition to the existing code
Google Talk (GTalk) Autoreply using .NET - In this article, we will see how you can develop a simple Gtalk client using .NET using which you can notify your users that you are away from your desk
Bulk Insert into SQL Server using SqlBulkCopy  - The following article demonstrates how to bulk insert data into SQL Server 2008 using SqlBulkCopy.
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