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Derek Ferguson

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Recently, a client asked me to create a new .NET Web Service that would let them do sales tax calculations from any computer on their network. The product they had been using was an old-fashioned C program meant for a single computer. They used to wrap this in a COM component and access it via traditional Active Server Pages, but now they wanted to migrate to fully managed code. There were two reasons that I looked to SOAPtest to assure the quality of my newly constructed Web Service. On one hand, I had been working to inculcate a sense of quality craftsmanship in the development group at this client and wanted to demonstrate that creating unit tests for code could be fun and productive. On the other hand, the client was concerned that the new .NET Web Service would perform the same or better than its current ASP-based solution. Installation was straightforward. It ... (more)

.NET Developer's Journal's Derek Ferguson Introduces ASP.NET 2.0 Focus Issue

Derek Ferguson (pictured), editor-in-chief of .NET Developer's Journal, writes: As I write this, I am simultaneously preparing to present on ASP.NET 2.0 at three local MSDN Events (www.msdnevents.com), building an advanced ASP.NET 2.0 Web site for my client at Magenic, and pulling together the last bits of the magazine that you now hold in your hands - our ASP.NET 2.0 Focus Issue for 2005. While the specifics of each of these ASP.NET 2.0 projects differ from each other, the one thing that they all have in common is that they all involve a lot of master pagination. This is to say ... (more)

Let's Face It, We're All Screwed

When I was a kid, I remember someone saying, "If you like where you're sitting, you had better stay there!" They were referring to a prediction that the Earth's population was going to increase to the point that there wouldn't be enough room for everyone to sit, so we'd all have to stay standing forever, or some such nonsense. As I got older, of course, I came to realize that overpopulation was - or so I thought - strictly going to be the problem of other, less "developed" parts of the world. Since everyone couldn't come here, they'd simply have to rot in whatever god-forsaken h... (more)

SYS-CON Radio Interviews Adam Cogan

  SYS-CON Radio interviews Adam Cogan, Chief Architect of www.ssw.com.au and Microsoft Regional Director for Australia about SQL Server Reporting Services, Extreme Programming and Windows Forms. Click here to listen {interview in MP3 format} ... (more)

MS + AT&T = Enterprise Wireless Breakthrough

(August 1, 2002) - In a joint announcement made yesterday, Microsoft Corporation and AT&T Wireless announced plans to cooperate on a number of new wireless data initiatives. The first of these initiatives will see AT&T Wireless beginning to sell Microsoft's Pocket PC Phone Edition Edition before the end of the year. AT&T is also slated to begin selling Microsoft's SmartPhone devices as soon as they are released -- most likely, early in 2003. Microsoft and AT&T Wireless are also working closely together to ensure that many Microsoft applications will be ready to use "out of the b... (more)