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There is an old saying that good things come in small packages. This saying definitely applies to this book, which focuses in on a set of functions that most people are not aware of that are available in SQL Server. To start off with we need to answer the following question: What are T-SQL Window functions? These functions have nothing to do with the Microsoft Windows API. They are in essence a way to create a window into your data as you process each line in a query. Their strength lies in the ease with which you can solve tricky queries. The authors also point out that these functions don't add any new functionality per se as you could create the queries the old way; however, in general the functions are much more efficient. One very neat capability of these functions is to allow you to include non-aggregated columns in an aggregated query, which is a big limitatio... (more)

Book Review: Teach Yourself Windows PowerShell in 24 Hours | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps

While this book was designed to be used by Windows System Administrators, any developer who has ever needed to write a batch (.bat) file will welcome with open arms the flexibility and power provided by Windows PowerShell. This book is up to date covering all the way through PowerShell version 5. There are 24 chapters that cover a wide array of topics. In addition, any developer who has worked with the .NET framework will enjoy PowerShell, which is a command-line interface built on the .NET Framework. Teach Yourself Windows PowerShell in 24 Hours Publisher: Sams Publishing; Pape... (more)

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Murach's Beginning Visual Basic .NET Ms. Prince's goal in writing this book is to teach beginners how to develop simple but complete Windows applications. She shows users how to code, test, and debug their applications as well. The book is divided into five sections. The first section teaches you how to code and test object-oriented programs. The second section teaches you how to develop graphical user interfaces. The third section introduces you to .NET classes, arrays, structures, and XML. The fourth section touches upon database development using ADO.NET. For the examples in t... (more)

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.NET - A Complete Development Cycle It's all a question of balance. You can apply these words of wisdom to managing software development projects and to planning out the contents of a book, but it's still a tightrope walk. Gunther Lenz and Thomas Moeller have learned this balance from their many software projects and now try to reflect their experience in this book - which, as the cover says - covers the complete development cycle of a .NET software project. In almost minute detail then we are taken through the analysis, design, implementation, deployment, and maintenance strategi... (more)

Programming ASP.NET 2nd Edition

Now that ASP.NET has hit its stride, the number of books out that deal with it on an intermediate level has increased nicely. The problem, though, is that if the books all cover the same topics, how do you decide which one to buy? I have several criteria that I look at in making that decision. Firstly, how does the book read? Is the writing crisp and clear or does it plod along? Does the author have a sense of humor? Are the examples offered full-bodied? Is this a book that you'll be able to use as a reference book as you develop your own applications in ASP.NET? Are the code lis... (more)