SQL Server Denali CTP 3 New Features – Project Crescent, IIF Function, CHOOSE Function

The third community technology preview, or “CTP” of SQL Server Denali was made available for download last week.  It is available for download from Microsoft at http://www.microsoft.com/sqlserver/en/us/future-editions.aspx. According to Microsoft’s blog, this new version now contains all of the features … Read More

Proper Exception Handling in .NET

When an error occurs in your application, it creates an “exception” – a disruption to the normal course of execution of the program.  Most modern languages support a way to handle these exceptions – in .NET, there are three portions … Read More

VB Livin’ in a C# World

A favorite college professor, when asked why programming classes were taught predominantly in C++ instead of Visual Basic, would reply, “C++ is a language for adults.”  Though perhaps indelicately stated, the thought was not without merit.  Not only is C++ … Read More