.NET Programmer Thoughts

Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Best Kept Secrets in .NET

Best Kept Secrets in .NET is an excellent book! There is lots of good information about Visual Studio .NET. .NET includes so many features that there is no way that any one person could find all the features. This book shows you some of the “little” features that you wouldn’t ordinarily know about. It covers the IDE, windows forms, coding tricks, ADO, and defensive development. Unfortunately, what it doesn’t cover is ASP.NET.

This is a great book for beginning and intermediate .NET programmers. It helps you to quickly find the tools that will make your programming life much easier. All code samples are in VB.NET and C#. There are lots of screen shots to help you visualize what you’re reading without having to go into the development environment to find it.

The book is well laid out and well written. It is straight to the point and very easy to read. It’s definitely a book I plan to keep handy when I’m programming.

First Completed .NET Project!

I've finished my first .NET project! It was a proof-of-concept involving SharePoint. I had a couple of people providing help when I needed it. But I'm still excited to report I have actually finished something.

Friday, November 19, 2004

70-290 - Managing and Maintaining a Windows 2003 Server

I took the test this morning. And I PASSED!!!!! I'm now officially an MCDBA! It's a very hard test. Don't go into it lightly! Especially if your a "programmer-type"!

SARK wants me to take the Security test next. I might wait until next year to work on that one. But I guess it all depends on how long I'm going to be on the beach!

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

On the Beach

I'm finally off that awlful SOX (Sarbanes-Oxley) project! When we roll off of a project at SARK and there isn't another project lined up for you, you roll on to the "beach". Currently there are six of us on the beach. We come into the main office and sit in a training room and work on various things.

I'm going to make another attempt at the Windows Server 2003 exam. Yes, I've started studying for it again. I purchased the Sybex book. It's much better than the Exam Cram 2 book. SARK has also provided me with the Transender questions also. These are not the actual exam questions. Actually, they are much harder. So keep your fingers crossed for me!

Friday, November 05, 2004


Since I'm so bored at work I decided to watch a webcast on InfoPath to see what it was all about. It looked pretty simple so I stopped the webcast and followed a link to do some labs. It is very simple. I can see this being a replacement for end users who like to use Access to develop forms with.

I got stuck on Lab 8 though. It has nothing to do with InfoPath though. They want you to create a web server. I followed the directions to step 14. I have NTFS but I had no Security tab so I skipped down to step 27. I updated the web.config file. I'm running Windows XP SP2. I used my machine name\user name. When I try to bring up the screen in step 31, it asks for my user name and password. I put it in and then it says I don't have access to the form. I've tried everything I can think of and can't get it to work. Does anyone have any ideas?

I ran into this same problem when I tried to run Infragistics Tracker program. I'm sure I'm not doing something right. I just don't know what!

Tuesday, November 02, 2004

70-290 exam

I had a previous post that I was studying for a Windows Server 2003 exam. Well, I took the exam last week and failed miserably. You definitely need more than the Exam Cram book. I'm going to pick up the Microsoft Press book shortly and start trying to study again.

SharePoint Portal Server Training

Last week I got the opportunity to attend SharePoint training. I had been using SharePoint at work but only as an end-user.

Unfortunately, the training didn't cover customizing SharePoint with .NET. It just involved using it right out of the box.

It's a good product. It requires MSDE or SQL Server. It also can not be run on a domain controller. So if you have a small network, it will require another computer.

The worst part is the licensing. A SharePoint Portal Server 2003 Server License with 5 CAL's is $5619.00. You have to have a CAL for all user's that are going to connect to your site. So I don't think this is an option for small businesses. Try DotNetNuke instead. It's free and it works pretty good.

I find it amazing that CAL's are required. You already have to pay for the Windows 2003 Server licence and probably it's CAL's too. Then you have to pay for SharePoint on top of it. Come on Microsoft. It's an internet portal! It's unbelieveable that a company has to pay for users to use it's own intranet!