Most Popular .NET Articles in 2010 and Author of the Year

Posted by: Suprotim Agarwal , on 12/31/2010, in Category General Topics
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Abstract: With 2011 fast approaching and 2010 drawing to an end, we've put together our list of the Most Popular .NET articles on this year. The year 2010 featured articles on DotNetCurry covering latest technologies like ASP.NET, MVC, Silverlight, WP7, .NET, VS 2010, Entity Framework and Sharepoint, just to name a few. We have also announced our Author of the Year award.

With 2011 fast approaching and 2010 drawing to an end, we've put together our list of the Most Popular .NET articles on this year. The year 2010 featured articles on DotNetCurry covering latest technologies like ASP.NET, MVC, Silverlight, WP7, .NET, VS 2010, Entity Framework and Sharepoint, just to name a few.

Our ‘Author of the Year 2010’ award goes to Malcolm Sheridan and Mahesh Sabnis. Congratulations to both our authors for not only sharing their knowledge on the latest technologies with us, but also for making the learning curve easier, with their simple yet effective writing skills. Both of them will be receiving a cool prize shortly. Thanks to all our other authors and support staff for your contributions.

This year, we had over 4 million unique visitors to our site and I would like to thank each one of you who has visited our site or contributed to it by Writing an Article, by Subscribing to our Newsletter and Feed, by joining us on Twitter or our Facebook page or promoting our articles via a Social media channel or by giving us a feedback via rating, comments or via an Email. We would also like to express our heartfelt gratitude and thanks to our sponsors and to all others who extended their support during our Giveaways. Many thanks to those who purchased our jQuery ASP.NET eBook.

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Most Popular .NET Articles in 2010


TextBox AutoComplete with ASP.NET and jQuery UI - This article demonstrates how to use the jQuery UI AutoComplete widget to consume an ASP.NET Web Service that is JSON Serialized.

Building A Custom ActionResult in MVC 2 To Download Excel Files - The following article demonstrates how to create a custom ActionResult to allow users to download Microsoft Excel files using ASP.NET MVC 2.

Handle JSON Exceptions Gracefully in ASP.NET MVC 2 - The following article demonstrates how to handle exceptions gracefully when calling Ajax methods using ASP.NET MVC 2.

What's New in ASP.NET 4.0 – Better ViewState Control - In ASP.NET 2.0/3.5, you could disable ViewState for individual controls. However what you could not do is disable ViewState at a Page level and then enable it individually for controls on that page that require it. ASP.NET 4.0 changes that and gives more control to developers.

Keeping Your ASP.NET Session Alive Using jQuery - The following article demonstrates how to keep your session alive when you're using ASP.NET MVC and jQuery.

ASP.NET MVC 3 Preview 1 - Razor View Engine - The following article demonstrates how to use the new Razor view engine in ASP.NET MVC 3 Preview 1 release.

What's New in ASP.NET 4.0 – SEO Enhancements with MetaKeywords and MetaDescription properties - In this article, we will take an overview of the two new properties added to the Page class in ASP.NET 4.0 – MetaKeywords and MetaDescription.

Populate an ASP.NET ListBox from JSON results using jQuery - This article demonstrates how to populate an ASP.NET ListBox using data coming from a JSON Serialized ASP.NET Web Service.

Localize the jQuery DatePicker Control in an ASP.NET Page - The jQuery UI DatePicker widget is highly configurable and full of features, and I use it in my applications whenever I can. In this article, we will see how to localize the DatePicker based on the value selected from an ASP.NET DropDownList.

ASP.NET MVC 3 Preview 1 – Global and Conditional Filters - The following article demonstrates how to use global filters in ASP.NET MVC 3 Preview 1 and also how to use them conditionally.

Efficient Paging with WebGrid Web Helper - ASP.NET MVC 3 RC - The following article demonstrates one way of performing efficient paging using the WebGrid WebHelper in ASP.NET MVC 3 RC.

Three Ways to Populate a Select Element with ASP.NET MVC and jQuery - The following article demonstrates three ways to populate a select element using ASP.NET MVC and jQuery.

Using Dynamic Views In ASP.NET MVC 2 - A really cool addition to ASP.NET MVC 2 is the ability to use the dynamic type as the object passed into the view. This is also known as a dynamic view. If you create a new view and don't create a strongly typed view, out of the box, the MVC framework will make the view inherit from the ViewPage class, but the generic type will be dynamic


Simple Databinding and 3-D Features using Silverlight in Windows Phone 7 (WP7) - Windows Phone 7 (WP7) is the upcoming next generation Mobile Operating System by Microsoft. Amongst the many features, one of the nice features is that it has support for Silverlight. So most of the new features like 3-D, Databinding etc. are now available on WP7. In this article I will explain the basic Databinding as well as 3-D feature on Windows Phone 7.

Printing Support in Silverlight 4 - Silverlight 4 is released and it comes with a whole set of new features. One of the new features added in Silverlight 4 is the support for printing. This was a much needed feature especially when creating business/enterprise applications. In this article, we will see how to use the printing API in Silverlight 4.

Consuming WCF 4.0 REST Service in Windows Phone 7 - In this article, we will consume a WCF REST service in a Windows Phone 7 application.

Silverlight 4.0 - Using Commanding Feature to Fetch data from a WCF 4.0 service - Command is a class that supports the ICommand interface and lets you data bind specific operations in your application. In Silverlight 4, there is a new pair of properties added to the ButtonBase and Hyperlink classes named Command and CommandParameter that lets you do so.

Querying Netflix OData Service using Silverlight 4 - In this article, we will see how to consume the Netflix OData service and display data in a Silverlight DataGrid control.

Line of Business (LOB) Application using Silverlight 4, WCF 4, EF 4 and Commanding Architecture - In this article, we will see how to create a sample LOB application using Silverlight 4.0. We will see how different application layers in Silverlight 4.0 can be isolated from each other. Since the UI is not associated with any compiled code, even if a layer is changed, it does not require any recompilation of the UI.

.NET 4.0

Parallel Tasks in .NET 4.0 - The Parallel class found in the System.Threading.Tasks namespace “provides library-based data parallel replacements for common operations such as for loops, for each loops, and execution of a set of statements”. In this article, we will use the Invoke method of the Parallel class to call multiple methods, possibly in parallel.

Hosting WCF 4.0 Service on IIS 7.5 with SSL - This article is Part 2 of the two part series where I demonstrate how to create a certificate, create a WCF service that uses this certificate and finally host a WCF service on IIS 7.5 with SSL. In this article, we will see how to host a WCF service we created in Part 1, on IIS 7.5 with SSL.

Parallel Tasks in .NET 4.0 (Part II) – Methods that Return value - In one of the previous articles Parallel Tasks in .NET 4.0, we explored a set of new API’s called the "Task Parallel Library (TPL)" which simplifies the process of adding parallelism and concurrency to applications. We used the System.Threading.Tasks.Parallel.Invoke() to call methods that did not return a value. However for methods that return a value, you would need to use the Task(TResult) class which represents an asynchronous operation that can return a value. We will explore how to use this class in this article

Creating Routing Service using WCF 4.0, .NET Framework 4.0 and Visual Studio 2010 - The Routing mechanism WCF 4.0 provides an excellent feature for developing SOA based application. Now the client application is free to send request to any WCF service based upon filters.

Expression Web

Using jQuery to Open External Links in a New Window - Expression Web - This article is about using jQuery to open external links on your page in a new window.

What's new in Microsoft Expression Web 4 - In this article we will explore the new features available in Expression Web 4.

Creating scrollable content area using CSS overflow property in Expression Web - In this article, we will create scrollable content area by using the CSS overflow property for HTML divs in Expression Web

Designing websites for accessibility in Expression Web - Accessibility is a vast topic and there are many aspects to be considered while creating an accessible website. In this article, I have tried to touch upon some important points to be considered while making you website accessible.

Visual Studio 2010

Introduction to Visual Studio Test Professional 2010 - Microsoft offered the testing tools built in Visual Studio Team System since 2005. Although these tools were probably not as rich and mature as some of the competitors in the field, they provided quite high ROI wherever they could be used. There were some gaps like non-availability of comprehensive test management tools, test case not being recognized as workitem etc. Microsoft has done lot of homework before making a new offering with Visual Studio 2010. Name of the new product offered is ‘Visual Studio Test Professional 2010’

Visual Studio Test Professional 2010: Organization of Artifacts - In the previous articles, we studied some of the artifacts that are required for planning the testing for a project. In this article we will study the remaining artifact types.

IntelliTrace: Fast Track to Debug Microsoft .NET Applications in Visual Studio 2010 - IntelliTrace is a new feature that is introduced by Microsoft in Visual Studio 2010 for putting the debugging in the fast track. It will reduce the time taken by debugging an application by reducing the number of debugging passes required to be executed by the developer.

Database Development with Visual Studio 2010: Working with Database Projects  - In this article, we will see how to create database project in Visual Studio 2010, add database objects schema to it and how to build and later deploy database to the server.

Visual Studio Test Professional 2010: Organization of artifacts - In this article, we will explore Test Plan and Test Run Settings in VSTS 2010 as different artifacts that are used to define the testing efforts.

Team Explorer Everywhere - A Plug-in to access TFS from Eclipse - Team Explorer Everywhere is an Eclipse plug-in that is being provided by Microsoft with the Visual Studio 2010. The purpose of this plug-in is to provide access to Team Foundation Server 2010 from Eclipse which is one of the most popular IDEs for Java development.

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Suprotim Agarwal, MCSD, MCAD, MCDBA, MCSE, is the founder of DotNetCurry, DNC Magazine for Developers, SQLServerCurry and DevCurry. He has also authored a couple of books 51 Recipes using jQuery with ASP.NET Controls and The Absolutely Awesome jQuery CookBook.

Suprotim has received the prestigious Microsoft MVP award for ten consecutive times. In a professional capacity, he is the CEO of A2Z Knowledge Visuals Pvt Ltd, a digital group that offers Digital Marketing and Branding services to businesses, both in a start-up and enterprise environment.

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Comment posted by Dan Chung on Friday, December 31, 2010 1:27 AM
Congratulations to both authors and thanks for tutorials.
Comment posted by Simon Milligan on Friday, December 31, 2010 11:40 AM
Wonderful roundup, well written articles ^_^
Comment posted by crescentkew on Monday, January 3, 2011 7:50 AM
the & silverlight posts are wonderful. Thank you so much!






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