May 2007 - Posts

Removing Comment Support for the Summer
20 May 07 05:27 AM | Scott Mitchell

As noted earlier, I am going to be taking an extended sabbatical this summer and won't be as actively maintaining this blog. Since this blog receives ~10 spam comments a day (despite the presence of a CAPTCHA), I have decided to turn off comment support to reduce the volume of comment spam that will no doubt grow if not regularly pruned. Existing blog entry comments still remain, but the interface for adding a new comments has been disabled.

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June's Toolbox Column Now Online
20 May 07 05:12 AM | Scott Mitchell

My Toolbox column in the June 2007 issue of MSDN Magazine is now avaiable online. The June issue examines three products:

  • GhostDoc - a free Visual Studio Add-On that helps automate the repetitive task of adding XML comments.
  • Authorize.NET - one of many payment gateways that you can use to start accepting online payments.
  • ReSharper - enhance your Visual Studio develop-time experience with this productivity tool, which offers extended refactoring support, customizable code formatting, built-in unit testing, tools for quickly exploring the types, classes, and files in a project, and so forth.

This month's issue reviewed Hitchhiker's Guide to Visual Studio and SQL Server (Seventh Edition), by William R. Vaughn. Here is an excerpt from the review:

When I first started programming data-driven Visual Basic applications back in the late 1990s, a coworker encouraged me to pick up a copy of William R. Vaughn’s Hitchhiker’s Guide to Visual Basic and SQL Server, a tome whose heft and thickness earned it the nickname "the doorstop." Throughout the 90s, Vaughn published six editions of his popular Guide. After a nine-year hiatus he has released the seventh edition, written with Peter Blackburn, and renamed Hitchhiker’s Guide to Visual Studio and SQL Server (Addison-Wesley, 2007). Like the previous editions, the seventh provides detailed and thorough discussions on important topics, from installation of SQL Server™ 2005 to T-SQL basics to creating and working with data through a .NET application.

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