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Books I recently read…

A while ago, I was contacted by the people of Packt Publishing asking me to review two of their latest books, ASP.NET Data Presentation Controls Essentials (by Joydip Kanjilal) and LINQ Quickly (by N. Satheesh Kumar). Since both books stated something about LINQ on the back-cover, and me wanting to read more on tha... Read more »

ASP.NET Session State Partitioning using State Server Load Balancing

It seems like amount of posts on ASP.NET's Session State keeps growing. Here's the list: ASP.NET Session State Partitioning ASP.NET load balancing and ASP.NET state server (aspnet_state) Yesterday's post on Session State Partitioning used a round-robin method for partitioning session state over different state ser... Read more »

ASP.NET Session State Partitioning

After my previous blog post on ASP.NET Session State, someone asked me if I knew anything about ASP.NET Session State Partitioning. Since this is a little known feature of ASP.NET, here's a little background and a short how-to. When scaling out an ASP.NET application's session state to a dedicated session server (SQ... Read more »

LINQ for PHP (Language Integrated Query for PHP)

Perhaps you have already heard of C# 3.5's "LINQ" component. LINQ, or Language Integrated Query, is a component inside the .NET framework which enables you to perform queries on a variety of data sources like arrays, XML, SQL server, ... These queries are defined using a syntax which is very similar to SQL. There is... Read more »

ASP.NET MVC framework - Security

Some posts ago, I started playing with the ASP.NET MVC framework. In an example I'm creating, I'm trying to add Forms-based security. "Classic" ASP.NET offers a nice and easy way to set security on different pages in a web application, trough Web.config. In the example I'm building, I wante... Read more »

ASP.NET DataPager not paging after first PostBack?

A few posts ago, I mentioned that I am currently giving a classroom training on ASP.NET. People attending are currently working on a project I gave them, and today one of them came up to me with a strange problem... Here's the situation: in VS 2008, a web page was created containing 2 controls: a DataList an... Read more »

Thank you, ISP!

Living in Belgium sometimes feels like living in the desert. Over the past few years, my ISP has always offered the same: a cable modem subscription with 10Mbit downstream speed, and 256Kbit upstream speed. Great! Except for that data transfer limit of 12 GB per month and the ridiculous price of 42 E... Read more »

ASP.NET MVC Framework - Basic sample application

You might have noticed that I'm quite enhousiast about the new ASP.NET MVC framework. What are you talking about? Basically, this new ASP.NET MVC framework is an alternative to standard ASP.NET webforms, with some advantages: No more postbacks or viewstate, no more page lifecycle trouble: all co... Read more »

ASP.NET 3.5 Extensions CTP preview released

Just over the weekend, Microsoft has released the ASP.NET 3.5 Extensions CTP. This download includes several additions to ASP.NET 3.5: ASP.NET AJAX Improvements contains some new AJAX features like browser history support (back-forward), improvements to the JavaScript library, ... The new ASP.NET MVC framework... Read more »