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  • Tom Dupont

    Advanced PLINQO Future Queries, Part 1

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    The immediate uses of PLINQO Future Queries are readily apparent: Do you have multiple queries that need to be executed back to back? Add future to the back of them and save yourself a few database trips. What might not be quite as easy to spot, are those places where using a more advanced design pattern can really enhance your application's performance. Here is an example of one of those patters. Part 1: Entity Loaders When retrieving entities from the database you can not always use DataLoadOptions...
  • Tom Dupont

    Advanced PLINQO Future Queries, Part 2

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    The immediate uses of PLINQO Future Queries are readily apparent: Do you have multiple queries that need to be executed back to back? Add future to the back of them and save yourself a few database trips. What might not be quite as easy to spot, are those places where using a more advanced design pattern can really enhance your application's performance. Here is an example of one of those patters. Part 2: Pipeline Loader Patter There are many times when an application needs to process a series...
  • Tom Dupont

    Why CodeSmith Projects?

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    To me, asking "why would I want to use a CodeSmith Project?" is a lot like asking "why would I want to use a Visual Studio Solution?" Well, for starters, it... Saves you time. Takes less effort. Exposes more functionality. Drastically simplifies automation. IS EASY! CodeSmith Projects let you control the generation of all your CodeSmith Templates, just like Visual Studio Solutions let you control the compilation of your Visual Studio Projects. The CSP A .csp (CodeSmith Project...
  • Tom Dupont

    Two Important Questions about PLINQO EF

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    The .NET community is the best development community ever. How do I know that? Because they ask the best questions! Here are two really important questions that we have been asked concerning PLINQO for Entity Framework that I wanted to call some extra attention to: What is the advantage of using PLINQO EF instead of standard Entity Framework? In 1.0 the primary goal was to improve the regeneration story of Entity Framework, thus making it easy to update and sync data and code changes. The entities...
  • Tom Dupont

    Dallas Day of .NET Discount or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Alliteration

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    The Dallas Day of .NET is coming! http://www.jointechies.com/ This will be a two day event, Friday March 4th through Saturday the 5th, and it will be held at the Microsoft center in Irving, TX. There are going to be a lot of big names and speakers there, including the man behind Hibernating Rhinos, Ayende Rahien! This fest is going to be littered with advanced talks on modern .NET topics. Ayende even has his own expert track that will last the whole two days! And best of all, the CodeSmith Tools...
  • Tom Dupont

    CodeSmith 2011 User Group Tour Update!

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    The Arkansas leg of the tour went really well. Hey, rest of the US: Arkansas has an amazing .NET community! I don't know what's better, their top notch developers or their gorgeous scenic byways? Either way, I am officially a huge fan of Arkansas. My thanks to everyone who came who out, and a special thanks to all the user group leaders. Update: We have added a Louisiana leg to the tour! Calling all Louisiana .NET developers, I will be visiting your city the second week of August! If you...
  • Tom Dupont

    Defining Many To Many

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    There are a lot of simple tasks that we humans can do with little effort, but when put into logic, can often become quite difficult to define. A great example of this is Many To Many Table Associations. So, how do you programatically take a table and tell if it is a many to many association? My train of thought started off simple: the table has two foreign key columns. Then the flaws started rolling in... Regular tables could have two for foreign keys. It can't just be two columns, there could...
  • Tom Dupont

    Winter Retrospective

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    It has been spring now for a few weeks, and while the weather in my home state of Texas still seems to be confused about this, I am just happy to finally have the sun set after the work day ends! With the changing of the seasons also comes (for us) the arrival of a new business quarter. Before I look forward, I would like to take a moment to look back and see how things went last quarter and maybe even learn something about how to move forward. So without further adieu, here is the CodeSmith Winter...
  • Tom Dupont

    PLINQO @ Fort Worth DNUG

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    The CodeSmith Tools (Shannon and Tom) are continuing their PLINQO presentation tour! Second stop: Fort Worth If you or any developers that you know will be in the Forth Worth area on October 20th, you should come see us and learn more about PLINQO, the replace and enhance alternative for LINQ to SQL! Forth Worth DNUG Topic: PLINQO - Supercharged LINQ To SQL Speaker: Shannon Davidson & Tom DuPont Date: October 20th @ 6:00 PM Where: 610 W. Daggett - Fort Worth, TX 76104
  • Tom Dupont

    Oct 12th is (Insight) Party Time!

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    We are very excited about our upcoming CodeSmith Insight Launch Party . We rented out the Addison Convention Center, ordered ten old school arcade machines, bought over $1,000 in prizes, booked flights for the entire CodeSmith Tools team is come in from around the country, and now we are counting down until party time! However, there have been some questions (and even concerns) about party which I feel need to be addressed. First: This party is NOT a time-share-condo-ploy. We are going to speak about...
  • Tom Dupont

    Another CodeSmith DNUG Tour Update!

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    On the road again, I just can't wait to get on the road again! The life I love is making code with my friends, and I can't wait to get on the road again! Dates New York July 6th - Fairfield DNUG - Code Generation July 7th - Long Island DNUG - Code Generation Texas July 12th - College Station DNUG - PLINQO July 26th - Dallas ASP.NET UG - Attack of the Cloud August 12th - Dallas TechFest - Attack of the Cloud, Embedded QA October 23rd - Austin, SenchaCon - (Pending Approval) Louisiana August...
  • Tom Dupont

    Video: Mailboxes in CodeSmith Insight

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    The primary goal of CodeSmith Insight is to "unite different forms of communication", and email is a crucial medium with which users communicate with us. This is why Insight is capable of both importing and sending email, and this is why Insight includes a complete email client build into it's web UI. Insight's email capabilities are all controlled by Mailboxes inside the system. To help demonstrate the configuration and use of these Mailboxes, I have created a new tutorial video...
  • Tom Dupont

    PLINQO @ North Houston DNUG

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    The CodeSmith Tools (Shannon and Tom) are taking their PLINQO presentation on the road! First stop: North Houston If you or any developers that you know will be in the Houston area on October 15th, you should come see us and learn more about PLINQO, the replace and enhance alternative for LINQ to SQL! North Houston Dot Net User Group Topic: PLINQO - Supercharged LINQ To SQL Speaker: Shannon Davidson & Tom DuPont Date: October 15th @ 6:30 PM Where: Lone Star College - Montgomery
  • Tom Dupont

    How To: Customize Unhandled Exception Reports in CodeSmith Insight

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    One of the top benefits of integrating CodeSmith Insight into your application is that it will automatically catch and report all unhandled exceptions. As quick and easy as it is to just let Insight do all the work, you may want to make customizations to these unhandled exception reports. This is very easy to do: Just register for the UnhandledExceptionReporting event in your application startup, and then you can use an event handler to programmatically customize your reports. Example protected void...
  • Tom Dupont

    PLINQO @ Houston DNUG

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    The CodeSmith Tools (Shannon and Tom) are back on the road and delivering their first presentation of the new decade, in Houston! If you or any developers that you know will be in the Houston area on Thursday, March 11th, you should come see us and learn more about PLINQO, the replace and enhance alternative for LINQ to SQL! Houston Dot Net User Group Topic: PLINQO - Supercharged LINQ To SQL Speakers: Shannon Davidson & Tom DuPont Date: March 11th @ 6:30 PM Where: Microsoft Houston Meeting Facility...
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