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Tim is a Solutions Architect for PSC Group, LLC. He has been an IT consultant since 1999 specializing in Microsoft technologies. Along with running the Chicago Information Technology Architects Group and speaking on Microsoft and architecture topics he was also contributing author on "The Definitive Guide to the Microsoft Enterprise Library".

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Tim Murphy's .NET Software Architecture Blog Adventures in Architecting and Developing .NET March 2011 Entries
Alternate OOXML Document Generation Approach
Eric White has put out a document generation example which uses XPath and Word Content Controls. I applaud Eric for the amount of work he has done with his exploration of different ways to perform template base generation. This is a subject that is challenging and we need as many ideas as we can get. There are a couple of areas that I see room for improvement in this XPath design that I would like to bring up. The first is that Eric has chosen to put his document generation in the document itself. ......

Posted On Thursday, March 31, 2011 6:49 AM

Linq to SQL and Linq to SQL classes
While I have been using Linq to Object for a couple of years now I had not investigated Linq to SQL up to this point. I figured I would put together my take on this technology’s use. Linq is a wonderful syntax for navigating an object graph without having to walk the graph object by object and member by member. It is concise and compact but for someone who has never seen its syntax you would swear you went from reading English to obscure mathematic notation. If you want to learn about the general ......

Posted On Sunday, March 27, 2011 3:13 PM

Architecture Blooming In Chicago
For the last three years the Chicago Information Technology Architects Group has been the only community in the Chicago area for Software Architects, Enterprise Architects, Infrastructure Architects and Database Architects. Suddenly this is changing. The first change was a special interest group created by member of the Chicago .NET Users Group (CNUG). This has just started in the last couple of months. Now it was just announced that IASA is finally launching a Chicago chapter. This is something ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 22, 2011 3:18 PM

What Is INET_ATON And Why Is It In A Database
While converting some MySql databases to SQL Server I ran across this function. Confused by the lack of hints to its purpose in the name I did what any red-blooded IT person would do… look it up. It turns out that this function turns the string representation of an IP address into a long integer. What good that does I am still not sure, but here is the jist of the operation. (octet1 * 256^3) + (octet2 * 256^2) + (octet3 * 256) + octet4 Simple enough, right? Now for the real question. What the heck ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 22, 2011 12:18 AM

March 2011 Chicago IT Arch Group Recap
This month’s meeting was outstanding. We had a record turnout for John Sprunger’s presentation on mobile architectures. I guess that is what happens when you put up a presentation on the most popular topic in technology. I invite everyone to join us for next month’s event. And while I love to see new faces it is always great to have people come back and continue the conversation. Here are some resources from last night’s presentation. Presentation slides Whitepaper Case study Stay tuned for information ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 16, 2011 5:23 AM

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