Friday, January 04, 2008

Visual Studio Magazine Article Retrospective Redux

Following are thumbnail images of Visual Studio Magazine (VSM) issues from late 2003 to the present that have cover stories by Roger Jennings (me). This post originated on June 30, 2006 and has been periodically updated as new articles appear on the cover page. 1105 Media's Redmond Media Group acquired VSM on January 1, 2007 and last Tuesday, January 1, 2008 was my first anniversary of writing for the new management.

Many of the recent stories, such as Optimize LINQ to SQL Performance, also appear in the Redmond Media Group's Redmond Developer News, as well as Microsoft Certified Professional MagazineManage SharePoint Lists, Update Local Data Caches with Sync Services, Layer Data Access with LINQ to SQL, Program SQL Server 2005's Service Broker, Manage Data With VS 2005, and more.

Each entry includes the article name and deck. Click the image to open the article from the 1105 Media (formerly Fawcette Technical Publications' FTPOnline) Web site. Registration no longer is required to read page 2 and onward or download the sample Visual Basic .NET or C# projects that accompany the articles.

Visual Studio 2008 Kicks Off

Visual Studio 2008 is all about integrating new .NET Framework 3.x Web and smart-client technology, increasing developer productivity, and managing the application lifecycle. Find out how VS 2008's greatly expanded feature set and new .NET Fx 3.5 namespaces can boost your career as a professional developer and add to your programming enjoyment.

Additional VS 2008 articles in the January 2008 issue:

Optimize LINQ to SQL Performance (November 2007)

Persisting business objects to sQL Server 2005 or later with object/relational mapping by LINQ to SQL can extract a performance Penalty. Learn how to take maximum advantage of LINQ's strongly typed query capabilities without overtaxing the database server or losing front-end agility.

Update Local Data Caches with Sync Services (May 2007)

The Microsoft Synchronization Services 1.0 API for SQL Server 2005 Compact Edition and the new Sync Designer in the Orcas March 2007 CTP team up to generate a local data cache that synchronizes incrementally and bidirectionally with SQL Server [Express]. 

Lighten Up Your Local Databases (March 2007)

Put local data storage on a resource diet and improve performance with the newly upgraded (and free) SQL Server 2005 Compact Edition.

Objectify Data with ADO.NET vNext (October 2006)

The ADO.NET vNext August 2006 Community Technical Preview reincarnates ObjectSpaces’ object/relational mapping technology and OPath query language as the Entity Framework, Entity Data Model, Entity SQL, and LINQ to Entities for the Visual Studio “Orcas” release.

Program SQL Server 2005’s Service Broker (June 2006)

SQL Server 2005’s versatile Service Broker infrastructure enables asynchronous messaging between databases and server instances, handles database server event notifications, responds to database change notifications, and sends Database Mail.

Test Drive VB9 and DLinq (April 2006)

The January 2006 Language Integrated Query (LINQ) preview for the next ("Orcas") version of Visual Basic enables automating SQL Server object-relational mapping for DLinq and enhances XLinq syntax for literal XML and late binding.

Add Reports and Charts to Web Pages (March 2006)

The ASP.NET 2.0 version of Visual Studio 2005's ReportViewer control and its Report Designer let Web page developers quickly embed, format, and export interactive reports and charts without running a SQL Server Report Server.

Build Client-Side Reports Easily (November 2005)

VS 2005's new ReportViewer control and its built-in Report Designer enable smart-client and Web page designers to lay out, format, embed, export, and print interactive reports without running a SQL Server Report Server.

Create Interoperable Native Web Services (October 2005)

Yukon lets you take advantage of the new kernel-mode Http.sys listener and eliminates the need for IIS to process ASMX files or SQLXML 3.0 templates that implement Web services.

Exploit Yukon's XML Data Type (June 2005)

Take advantage of SQL Server 2005’s new native XML data type to add XML columns to a table, populate and index the columns, and understand basic XQuery syntax.

Build Real-Time Web Images (August 2004)

Use Microsoft's TerraService and MapPoint Web Services to start your own VS.NET-based Windows form mapping projects.

Store Large Lookup Tables in DataSets (July 2004)

Persist DataSets of lookup information as local XML files so disconnected laptop and Pocket PC users can search and update DataSets quickly.

Get a Grip on Longhorn (February 2004)

Take a running start at developing applications for the next Windows OS.

Optimize SQL Server Data Access (November 2003)

Numerical test data with real-world data objects can help you choose a data-access methodology that maximizes the database's overall performance. (Cover story thumbnails for issues earlier than November 2003 aren't available at this time.)

Note: The preceding list excludes articles for "Database Design" and other department columns.

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Anonymous said...

Please help me! How to download Visual Studio Magizine?

--rj said...


You can read current and past VSM editions at and you can sign up for a free subscription at