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If you are a beginner and want to learn about creating XML Web services from a very structured and detailed perspective then you'll want to look at this book. The authors present the material by building a Web service that will validate credit cards. Each chapter builds upon the one before it to give the user a good foundation in creating Web services using both HTTP and SOAP protocols. The development tool used to build the clients and Web services is Visual Studio.NET. I recommend using Visual Studio 2003 because the wizard for adding Web references is much improved compared to the one provided in Visual Studio 2002. The examples can be downloaded from the Microsoft site and are provided in VB.NET as well as C#. Each chapter is presented as a number of steps that the user must accomplish to reach his/her goal. Some of the topics covered in the book are: Understand... (more)

Book Review: Professional ASP.NET MVC 1.0

In recent years there has been a growing interest in applying design patterns to various aspects of programming. One of the more well-known patterns is the Model-View-Controller pattern or MVC. This pattern has a great deal of appeal in the web design environment because it offers the developer more control and a greater separation between the major aspects of web design - the presentation layer (View), the business layer (Controller), and the data layer (Model). In fact the pattern should probably have been called MCV as the controller portion really serves as the glue that hold... (more)

Book Review: The CSS3 Anthology

The CSS3 Anthology by Rachel Andrews is subtitled instant CSS answers, how-to's, and examples. This subtitle clearly explains the goal of this book. The book consists of nine chapters. The first chapter is a quick review of CSS. The other chapters cover major topics such as text styling, image design elements, navigation, tabular data, forms and user interfaces, CSS positioning basics and CSS for layout. The topics in each chapter are laid out in the form of a question followed by one or more solutions and then a discussion explaining why that solution was offered. Here is an exa... (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)

Book Review: Expert T-SQL Window Functions in SQL Server | @CloudExpo #API #Cloud #TSQL #SQLServer

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 fu... (more)