Passed MCTS .Net Framework 4 Web Applications (70-515)

Smile  Yesterday, I passed MCTS .Net framework 4 (70-515), Web applications(VS2010) with a score of 850/1000. My exam is of 51 questions. The study materials I referred are MSDN documentation  Microsoft Self Paced Training Kit 70-515, JQuery Documentation. The training kit book explains each individual topic in a simple way although most of the contents you can find in MSDN documentation(not organised same as the book). Read more

SharePoint 2010: Site Definition Vs Web Template

Site Definition and Web Template are used for building a SharePoint site. If you are new to SharePoint, you may wonder which one to use?. Well, it depends on your site requirements and extensibility. Both are used to build a site UI interface to the end user.  The major difference is a Web template is always based on a existing Site Definition either directly or indirectly. I have outlined some comparisons in the below table Read more

SharePoint 2010: Creating a Site Definition Using Visual Studio 2010

A SharePoint site definition is the core definition of what a site in SharePoint. A site definition can include more than one site definition configurations i.e. family of configurations.  A configuration specifies the sets of lists, Features, Modules etc. that are included when a new site is created. Read more

Visual Studio 2010 and .Net Framework 4 Training Kit

This training kit is designed to help you learn how to utilize visual studio 2010 and framework technologies. it includes presentations, hands-on labs and demos of the following framework technologies

  • C# 4
  • ASP.Net 4
  • Windows 7
  • Entity Framework
  • ADO.Net Data Services
  • Managed Extensibility Framework
  • Windows Communication Foundation
  • Windows Workflow
  • Windows Presentation Foundation

This kit works with Visual Studio 2010 and .Net Framework 4 only. It’ll walk you step by step through loads of content and is a great starter if you’re getting into what’s new in .NET 4.

You can download kit from here Visual Studio 2010 and .Net Framework 4 Training kit

Migration to Net 4.0, ASP.Net 4.0 hosting server

Today, I have migrated my blog to a new server running on .Net 4.0/ASP.Net 4.0 platforms. Now my blog supports Silverlight 4/RIA, MVC2, WCF, WPF, Microsoft Chart controls, Entity framework, Linq technologies. In the coming few days, I’ll try to post and host some examples in these technologies.

The first thing I have noticed is the response time. My blog is running under IIS 7.0 and the response time is far better than my old server. The good thing here is I can access IIS 7 through IIS manager remotely and a nice web control panel to manage .net applications including recycling pools.

Also, I have moved my DB from SQLServer 2005 to SQLite 3. SQLite(VistaDB, Compact SQL Server) is the best option for blogs and other small sites because nothing much can be stored only blog related posts and settings and is easier to maintain.

ADO.Net Data Services

ASP.Net 3.5 SP1 includes a new concept ADO.Net Data service. Commonly you can ask why we need one more service concept if we have WCF, ASMX services already?. Simply I could write a ASMX or WCF service to  provide API interface for my data. Yes its possible, the problem here is we have to write the code for everything(sorting, filtering, joins, CRUD operations etc) from scratch. Also for supporting different formats(JSON, ATOM, XML etc). Additional code required if we wish to expose it as a RESTful service. ADO.Net data services designed specially for these purpose. In a one go, we can a have service that performs CRUD operations, sorting, filtering etc and provides a RESTful interface supporting ATOM feeds and JSON formats without writing too much code and which well works with Entity Framework. Read more