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Microsoft has added new security features surrounding mapped drive usage in Windows 2008. Previously, with Windows 2003, we could utilize mapped drive not only from Windows explorer but also from the command line. Now, we can continue to map a network drive from Windows explorer; however, command line applications and batch scripts no longer have access ......

Those who are familiar with BizTalk 2006, should know about Development and Deployment modes in Visual Studio. Personally, I never questioned why it's not Debug and Release just like everything else in Visual Studio. Then everything changed in BizTalk 2010. BizTalk and Visual Studio 2010 now uses Debug and Release modes by default. When we upgraded ......

My last day at Rising Medical Solutions was June 3rd. I have decided to move on after 4 years of employment with them. I need something different at this stage of my career. What's next??? Clear my head, and possibly explore something on my own. Now, I'm travelling abroad... will be in Europe and Asia for the next two months. I wanted to do it differently ......

Many of us who haven't worked for Google often read about corporate culture and product innovation that make Google an exciting organization. There are plenty of articles and blogs online, and then there are 'word of mouth'. Many corporations also find Google's continuous growth and profitability envious. Top executives often try to take lessons from ......

Recently, I felt the need to utilize online source code repository and version control system (SVN) for my personal project. As I started searching, I found plenty, and many of them are free of cost; however, I wanted my code to reside in a private repository. With this criteria in place, I was able to very quickly narrow my search down to a handful ......

In almost every field, people should never take things for granted, and remain content with their skill level. In the world of information technology, it's doubly true. Some technology folks may sometimes develop a certain comfort level after staying in one organization for a long time. They may also remain so busy with usual daily tasks where thoughts ......

Someone recently asked me “is cloud computing going to change the way we perceive data?”. My first instinct was “off course”; but I restrained myself and thought for a moment. Then my answer was “no”. Why do I feel that way? Technology and business have evolved quite a bit in the past few decades; however, the need to effectively view and utilize data ......

As many corporations build business partnerships with other organizations, the need to share information becomes necessary. Large amount of data sharing using snail mail, email and/or fax are quickly becoming a thing of the past. More and more organizations are relying heavily on Ftp and/or Web Service to exchange data. Corporations apply wide range ......

When Microsoft came out with C#, many embraced it instantaneously; whereas, others took some time to adopt it. Over time, the number of C# developers grew in a major way. I would not be surprised if the number C# developers have surpassed the number of VB .NET developers today. Recently, in a similar manner, we are observing the continuous growth and ......

I have come across many articles/blogs where authors have strongly hailed the death of Service Oriented Architecture (SOA). I could almost hear the laughter pouring out of their writings. Being a big supporter of SOA, I have found myself wondering – have I been following the wrong path all along? Do I need to change the way I think? Then I started to ......

Top executives of most smaller organizations want their companies to be different from the larger corporations. They want their organizations smaller in size; but bigger in productivity by eliminating red tapes and corporate bureaucracy. When the company is smaller, people often work like firefighters – taking on new business and technology challenges ......

We all love to develop services, right? First timers want to learn technologies like WCF and Web Services. Some simply want to build services; whereas, others may find services as natural architectural decision for particular systems. Whatever the reason might be, services are commonly used in building wide range of systems. Developers often encapsulates ......

It is very common these days for corporations to share and interchange a large amount of data. The type and complexity of data obviously varies significantly from one organizations to another. Despite the complexity of data, security, interchange frequency, type of transmission protocols and data volume are often the key areas of discussions among interchange ......

Is unit testing a difficult thing to ask for? I don't understand why developers try to simply avoid unit testing. We have unit testing integrated to Visual Studio; there is also NUnit. These make life easier, not difficult. Maybe, it needs a little getting used to at first; but eventual benefit simply outweighs all the pains. I have noticed that people ......

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