Wednesday, October 18, 2006

C# Generics

A must read three part interesting blog on C# Generics by Charlie Calvert's Part 1 , Part 2 and Part 3 and a great video on Generics from Anders Hejlsberg(he and his team developed C#)

Comparison of Visual Studio 2005 and Dreamweaver 8

I am an avid fan of DreamWeaver and I have being using it from the very first version. It is a great tool with Intuitive IDE and rich feature sets. Follow the link to compare both products features

Monday, October 16, 2006

Xtreme Programming - C# Test Driven Devlopement using Visual Studio Team Suite

Most Developers often thinks that their job is develop code and deliver it to the testing team for testing. The problem with this approach is more bugs and cost of quality is very high.

XP strongly advocates for Test Driven Devlopment, Practicing TTD (Test Driven Development) helps team to deliver high quality and mostly bug free product to the customer. In short it helps us to reduce rework and produce well documented test cases. Even team members can test the code without breaking it. The developers can refactor the code without affecting the core functionality later .

So how to Test
Basic steps are

  • Write a test to fail
  • Write a test to pass
  • Start over again.

Let us look at it how to TDD using Visual Studio Team Suite

More on this future

Other Testing Tools of Interest:

NUnit is open source unit testing framework devloped in C# based on JUnit/xUnits testing frameworks for .Net Languages. Nunit is Attribute based testing framework. which can be downloaded from

Thursday, October 12, 2006

AJAX, Much Hyped Technology in Recent Times

We were in a discussion with our client, who wanted us to implement AJAX in their project. We had a brainstorming session with our team members to find out what features can be implemented. Sadly enough we found most of the members are carried away by the term AJAX and talking too much about AJAX as a whole new technoloy. They are all ignorant about the fact that AJAX is a new NAME given to the decade old technology by Jesse James Garrett of Adaptivepath.

AJAX is nothing but acronym for Asynchronous JavaScript and XML. It basically groups the following technologies :

The main part of this technology is XMLHttpRequest used for manipulating or to consume xml data from the webserver using HTTP protocal.This was developed by Microsoft and supported in IE and also adopted by Safari and mozilla webbrowsers. The XMLHttpRequest(W3C site) object is being standardized by W3C.

AJAX was popularized by in a big way. Check out thier applications like Google Maps, Google Suggestion etc.,

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

XQuery in .net 2.0

Microsoft decided not to ship Client Side XQuery in .Net 2.0 to know about the current status . check this URL

Thursday, May 11, 2006


Atlas is a new technology from Microsoft which integrates Client Scripts with ASP.NET 2.0 Server Based Development Framework. You can take advantange of AJAX techniques on the web and create awesome rich client side behaviours. AJAX details can be found on the following link

Webservices without IIS / Run ASMX without IIS

During one of our project development, our client wanted to run webservices with out IIS. There is an excellent article published by Aaron in MSDN which details how to run webservices with out IIS.

Microsoft People Ready Event Photos

I am sharing some of the photos taken on the People Ready Event.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Microsoft People Ready Program

I was at HYAT Residency , New Delhi,last week (17th april-18th april) to give a demo of our product "Office for Retail" developed for Microsoft on Office 2003 platform. It was a great experience to talk to other techie's and giving presentation to people. Needlessly to say that this was an successfull event for me.

(to know more about People Ready Program follow the link

Mr.Jeff Raikas, President , microsoft Business Division unvieled Microsofts future plan for india and office 2007 (code named 012)

more about O12 (office 2007) in my future blogs.

During this Event 18 ISV's Showcased their products. we developed retail application for the unorganized retail sector. The highlight of the product is easy interface, using the features of Excel, Word, PowerPoint, XML and Webservices.

I shall share some of the problems we faced while developing the application in future blogs.