CSS: after and before Pseudo Elements - CSS Pseudo Elements are useful for adding special effects to selectors, which would be difficult to achieve if we were to use real markup. For eg: styling of the first letter or first line of a paragraph.
HTML 5 DataList Element with Fallback option for Old Browsers - A DropDown menu in HTML 5 is accomplished using a combination of the new DataList element and the list attribute. This is done in two steps
jQuery: Convert Text to Links - I had some italic text in a paragraph and I wanted to convert this text into links, all pointing to the same url. Here’s how this can be done using a single line of jQuery code.
Which .NET Attributes are my Assemblies Using? - An attribute describes a characteristic of some elements (classes, methods, fields) of a .NET program. Once associated with a program entity, the attribute can be queried at run time and used in any number of ways. In this post, we will learn how to list all the .NET Attributes that are used by the loaded assemblies in your program.
Where are my ASP.NET Temporary Files Stored? - Ever wondered where ASP.NET stored its temporary files? ASP.NET provides the HttpRuntime.CodeGenDir property which gets the physical path to the directory where ASP.NET stores temporary files (generated sources, compiled assemblies, and so on) for the current application.
PLINQ: Set Degree of Parallelism using WithDegreeOfParallelism - Degree of parallelism is the maximum number of ‘concurrently’ executing tasks that will be used to process the query. A query could become a long running one if it is waiting for a resource to be released or hardware to respond. PLINQ can parallelize this query by calling WithDegreeOfParallelism (which sets the maximum processor cores) after AsParallel().
50 LINQ Examples Now in LINQPad - I had recently written an article on 50 LINQ Examples, Tips and How To's. Software Developer and geek John Flynn took these examples and did a great job compiling these queries into a format which can be executed using LINQPad.
SQL Server for .NET Programmers - As a programmer who has been developing data oriented .NET applications on SQL Server for over a decade now, I have become a strong believer of the fact that a programmer’s knowledge is incomplete, without having knowledge of the database and network he/she is interacting with. I have published two link lists that I feel would help a .NET programmer to increase his/her knowledge of the SQL Server database.
Parallel Running Task Window in Visual Studio 2010 - Visual Studio 2010 has provided lots of facilities for developers writing applications targeting various .NET versions. The .NET 4.0 Framework has introduced task parallel library using which you can write code which makes use of the available cores on the deployment machine.
.NET Framework 4 Reliability Update 1 - Microsoft has released a Reliability Update 1 for the Microsoft .NET Framework 4 to fix some stability, reliability, and performance issues in the Microsoft .NET Framework 4.
Windows Azure Tools v1.4 for Visual Studio 2010 - Windows Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio extend Visual Studio 2010 to enable the creation, configuration, building, debugging, running, packaging and deployment of scalable web applications and services on Windows Azure.
Free Podcast For Developers - I love reading books but when I am travelling or commuting to and from work, I prefer listening to Podcasts or what is also known as AudioBooks. There are many podcasts available for developers, but in this post, I will share some podcasts that are FREE, interesting, regularly updated and have maintained quality over the years.
WCF RIA Services Toolkit Update - There is an update to the WCF RIA Services Toolkit and new features have been added
Entity Framework 4.2 Beta 1 Released with Bug Fix - The given assembly name or codebase was invalid - The Entity Framework 4.1 Update announced in July contained a bug that affected third party EF providers using a generic class for their provider factory implementation. A FileLoadException occurred with the message “The given assembly name or codebase was invalid”. Microsoft recently announced EF 4.2 Beta 1 which fixes this bug.
Building Applications for Windows Phone Mango–Free Training on Aug 23/24 - Microsoft MVP’s are always on the forefront when it comes to adopting and training others on the latest technologies. Rob Miles and Andy Wigley, two mobile development MVPs are conducting a FREE two-day Jump Start class which is specially tailored for developers looking to build cool applications and games for the new Windows Phone “Mango” Platform
Free Minesweeper and Sudoku for Windows Phone 7 - If you are a Windows 7 Phone owner and are in the US, here’s a good way to spend the weekend. Microsoft has added Minesweeper and Sudoku to the Windows Phone Marketplace, and Owners of Windows Phone 7 devices can download both Xbox LIVE Sudoku and Xbox LIVE Minesweeper immediately.