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I've been looking at the Microsoft Data Access Application Block recently. I've noticed a problem that maybe someone can help me with, if not this will make you aware of it. It seems most the places I've worked recently use the Data Application Block, and normally use these methods most: SqlHelper.ExecuteNonQuery(_... CommandType.StoredProcedure, _spName, _arParms)SqlHelper.ExecuteR... CommandType.StoredProcedure, _SPName, _arParms)SqlHelper.ExecuteD... CommandType.StoredProcedure, ......

I have to share my frustrations with the enemy Automated Voice Interaction Systems that seem to be popping up everywhere... Do these companies actually think we are sitting in a silent room and can pronounce everything perfectly so thier machine can translate it into meaningful text? I don't know how many times I have been on my cell phone, driving down the road trying to talk to one of these things, amplify that with going to lunch and going to the drive thru. The phone thinks I want to buy Burger ......

You got me thinking Matthew.... I'm sure this may be a touchy topic. It seems we live in a world of developers who don't see a need for any project design and documentation. I sit right next to one at work, and of course he doesn't like C# either. :) cheers CB. In addition, my boss thinks that we should scrap .Net and go back to ASP :) I haven’t really used any too formal architectural models in my career either. A few years back however I started working on a distributed real time software ......

I got a request from a blog reader on the details of my certification journey: 1) Top 5 reasons you decided to get certified? 2) What books/resources/courses/web sites/etc.. did you use for your studying? 3) In what order did you take the exams? 4) How much preperation time did you need for the exams? 5) If you had to do it again, what would you do differently, if anything? 6) What level of experience did you have before starting your studying? So, to answer these questions: 1) Top 5 reasons you ......

I had this problem a while back and recently revisited it, so I figured I would share if anyone didn't know this: System.Timers.Timer CAN HAVE PROBLEMS IN A WINDOWS SERVICE!!! Sorry for yelling, but maybe that will catch some attention, yes its true, I drove myself nuts on a service I was writing once, everything seems to work fine until one time, the timer just stops firing. "Server-based timers use the thread pool internally, and the event handler runs in a thread taken from the pool. For this ......

I just passed the 8th and final test to become MS Certified.  I got the MCSD.NET and MCAD.NET in both C# and VB.NET.  I'm a contractor, so I didnt want to just get certified in one language, and if you can use both, why not!  So, kudos to myself, its been quite the road. :)

Gavin