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Simplifying ADO.NET Data Access, Part 4

This is a continuation of a series on simplifying the use of ADO.NET. In the last article we added the ability to cleanly separate query definition from the underlying data provider. But we left out parameters which are generally critical (and specific) to ADO.NET providers. In this article we will add support for parameters and add a fluent interface to make it easy to use.

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Simplifying ADO.NET Data Access, Part 3

In part 3 of this series on simplifying ADO.NET data access we will finally switch gears and start providing a cleaner approach. Under the hood we will continue to use ADO.NET but it will be wrapped in a provider-agnostic layer that doesn’t require any of the boilerplate code that we are used to seeing with ADO.NET.

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Simplifying ADO.NET Data Access, Part 2

Part 2 of a series on simplifying ADO.NET code.

In the previous article we talked about the basics of ADO.NET. There are times where ADO.NET is still the correct choice for data access. Unfortunately it was written back in the original days of .NET and hasn’t been updated with newer features like generics. In this article we will update the ADO.NET types to make them easier to use. This is a stepping stone to simplifying the overall data access process.

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Upgrading TFS 2013 Process Templates

A while back we wanted to make some changes to our process template. The template was selected back when we switched to TFS 2010 and has been used every since. We’re using TFS 2013 now. The problem is that we had no idea which variant of template we were using. There are several flavors and versions of Agile, SCRUM and even CMMI. Searching online revealed that most people just recommend setting up a new team project but that was out of the question. We had years of history and work items that we didn’t want to migrate. So we opted to go through the tedious process of upgrading our template manually to the latest version before making our customizations. This is a summary of what we did in case anyone else needs to go down this road.

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Simplifying ADO.NET Data Access, Part 1

Even with the advent of ORMs, under the hood ADO.NET is still the core infrastructure used to access databases. There are many cases where using ADO.NET is still the easiest solution and oftentimes you find that you have to mix in some ADO.NET with your ORM calls. This is a testament to the solid design of ADO.NET. The biggest issue with ADO.NET is that it requires quite a bit of boilerplate code to retrieve data from the database. In this series of articles I’m going to demonstrate how I do data access when working with ADO.NET. The end result will be simple code to access any database in a (relatively) generic manner without the need for boilerplate code. Here’s a rough outline of where I’m going.

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Cat Simulator Version 1

UPDATE: And then I saw this. Oh well, there went my idea.

Have you heard about Goat Simulator? How about Rock Simulator?With the advent of indie game devs we’re getting lots of great games but occasionally a few questionable ones show up. When I first heard about Goat Simulator I thought it was a joke. Later I found it available on Steam. A coworker bought it and said it was hilarious but it got repetitive after the first hour. That got me to thinking, maybe I can create my own simulation? So here you go: Cat Simulator.

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Windows Services Made Simpler, Part 3

In this series of articles I have been demonstrating a simple approach to making Windows services. In the previous article I discussed the different components generally involved in writing a service. I also provided the code for the service host and started working on the service instance. In this article I’m going to finish up the implementation of the service and demonstrate how all this comes together.

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