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.NET Center Of Excellence

A Hanu Software Solutions Inc.Informative Blog on .NET Technology

Friday, December 15, 2006

AJAX is every where and every one is talking about....

AJAX is every where and every one is talking about. As expected Micorsoft again has done a very good job in creating a high productivity tools, SDK and control infrastcruture to provide the best progarmmer as well as end user experiences in creating UIs with programming ease and flexibility to customize. The thing that are available from MS now are.. (Yes, forget ATLAS now and there is even lot more easier and power full support on AJAX )

ASP.NET AJAX Extensions

Core ASP.NET 2.0 AJAX Extensions 1.0 for creating AJAX-style applications with either server-centric or client-centric development models

ASP.NET AJAX control tool kit.

The Control Toolkit provides both ready-to-run samples and a powerful SDK to simplify creating custom ASP.NET AJAX controls and extenders. The latest release of the Control Toolkit has been updated to work with ASP.NET AJAX 1.0 RC and the ASP.NET 2.0 AJAX

Microsoft AJAX library

This package contains the complete set of client JavaScript components that are included in the full ASP.NET AJAX RC installation. You may use and modify these scripts in your own applications. To simplify installation, the Microsoft AJAX Library package is available as a compressed (.zip) file

So businesses! be ready to see the AJAX - all around and see the blurred diffrentiation between desk top richness and web content delivery. Now both are having even more similarities in user ergonomics designs.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Performance and Scalability

ASP.NET is built to perform, using a compiled execution model for handling page requests and running on the world's fastest web server, Internet Information Services. ASP.NET 2.0 also introduces key performance benefits over previous versions.
  • 64-Bit Support. ASP.NET 2.0 is now 64-bit enabled, meaning it can take advantage of the full memory address space of new 64-bit processors and servers. Developers can simply copy existing 32-bit ASP.NET applications onto a 64-bit ASP.NET 2.0 server and have them automatically be JIT compiled and executed as native 64-bit applications (no source code changes or manual re-compile are required).

  • Caching Improvements. ASP.NET 2.0 also now includes automatic database server cache invalidation. This powerful and easy-to-use feature allows developers to aggressively output cache database-driven page and partial page content within a site and have ASP.NET automatically invalidate these cache entries and refresh the content whenever the back-end database changes. Developers can now safely cache time-critical content for long periods without worrying about serving visitors stale data.

Friday, August 11, 2006

In continuation with discussion on .Net 2.0,today’s concentration is given to Flexible Extensibility of new version.

Flexible Extensibility

ASP.NET 2.0 is a well-factored and open system, where any component can be easily replaced with a custom implementation. Whether it is server controls, page handlers, compilation, or core application services, you'll find that all are easily customizable and replaceable to tailor to your needs. Developers can plug in custom code anywhere in the page lifecycle to further customize ASP.NET 2.0 to their needs.
  • Provider-driven Application Services. ASP.NET 2.0 now includes built-in support for membership (user name/password credential storage) and role management services out of the box. The new personalization service enables quick storage/retrieval of user settings and preferences, facilitating rich customization with minimal code. The new site navigation system enables developers to quickly build link structures consistently across a site. As all of these services are provider-driven, they can be easily swapped out and replaced with your own custom implementation. With this extensibility option, you have complete control over the data store and schema that drives these rich application services.

  • Server Control Extensibility. ASP.NET 2.0 includes improved support for control extensibility, such as more base classes that encapsulate common behaviors, improved designer support, more APIs for interacting with client-side script, metadata-driven support for new features like themes and accessibility verification, better state management, and more.

  • Data Source Controls. Data access in ASP.NET 2.0 is now performed declaratively using data source controls on a page. In this model, support for new data backend storage providers can be easily added by implementing custom data source controls. Additionally, the SqlDataSource control that ships in the box has built-in support for any ADO.NET managed provider that implements the new provider factory model in ADO.NET.

  • Compilation Build Providers. Dynamic compilation in ASP.NET 2.0 is now handled by extensible compilation build providers, which associate a particular file extension with a handler that knows how to compile that extension dynamically at runtime. For example, .resx files can be dynamically compiled to resources, .wsdl files to web service proxies, and .xsd files to typed DataSet objects. In addition to the built-in support, it is easy to add support for additional extensions by implementing a custom build provider and registering it in Web.config.

  • Expression Builders. ASP.NET 2.0 introduces a declarative new syntax for referencing code to substitute values into the page, called Expression Builders. ASP.NET 2.0 includes expression builders for referencing string resources for localization, connection strings, application settings, and profile values. You can also write your own expression builders to create your own custom syntax to substitute values in a page rendering.

Monday, July 24, 2006

Continuing with the discussion on new in .NET 2.0,today we are taking second of the aspect that is Administration and management. It plays very important role in deployment, management, and operations of ASP.NET servers.

Administration and Management

ASP.NET 2.0 is designed with administration and manageability in mind. We recognize that while simplifying the development experience is important, deployment and maintenance in a production environment is also a key component of an application's lifetime. ASP.NET 2.0 introduces several new features that further enhance the deployment, management, and operations of ASP.NET servers.

  • Configuration API. ASP.NET 2.0 contains new configuration management APIs, enabling users to programmatically build programs or scripts that create, read, and update Web.config and machine.config configuration files.
  • ASP.NET MMC Admin Tool. ASP.NET 2.0 provides a new comprehensive admin tool that plugs into the existing IIS Administration MMC, enabling an administrator to graphically read or change common settings within our XML configuration files.
  • Pre-compilation Tool. ASP.NET 2.0 delivers a new application deployment utility that enables both developers and administrators to precompile a dynamic ASP.NET application prior to deployment. This precompilation automatically identifies any compilation issues anywhere within the site, as well as enables ASP.NET applications to be deployed without any source being stored on the server (one can optionally remove the content of .aspx files as part of the compile phase), further protecting your intellectual property.
  • Health Monitoring and Tracing. ASP.NET 2.0 also provides new health-monitoring support to enable administrators to be automatically notified when an application on a server starts to experience problems. New tracing features will enable administrators to capture run-time and request data from a production server to better diagnose issues. ASP.NET 2.0 is delivering features that will enable developers and administrators to simplify the day-to-day management and maintenance of their Web applications.

Friday, July 21, 2006

What's New in .NET 2.0- big picture

ASP.NET is a programming framework built on the common language runtime that can be used on a server to build powerful Web applications. The first version of ASP.NET offered several important advantages over previous Web development models. ASP.NET 2.0 improves upon that foundation by adding support for several new and exciting features in the areas of developer productivity, administration and management, extensibility, and performance:

Experts from Hanu software Solutions are keeping close eye on recent developments in this technology .We will discuss each area in detail and let our readers know that what new .Net 2.0 is offering to its loyals. First is the turn of developer productivity….

Developer Productivity

ASP.NET 2.0 encapsulates common Web tasks into application services and controls that can be easily reused across web sites. With these basic building blocks, many scenarios can now be implemented with far less custom code than was required in previous versions. With ASP.NET 2.0 it is possible to significantly reduce the amount of code and concepts necessary to build common scenarios on the web.

  • New Server Controls. ASP.NET 2.0 introduces many new server controls that enable powerful declarative support for data access, login security, wizard navigation, menus, treeviews, portals, and more. Many of these controls take advantage of core application services in ASP.NET for scenarios like data access, membership and roles, and personalization. Some of the new families of controls in ASP.NET 2.0 are described below.
    • Data Controls. Data access in ASP.NET 2.0 can be accomplished completely declaratively (no code) using the new data-bound and data source controls. There are new data source controls to represent different data backends such as SQL database, business objects, and XML, and there are new data-bound controls for rendering common UI for data, such as gridview, detailsview, and formview..
    • Navigation Controls. The navigation controls provide common UI for navigating between pages in your site, such as treeview, menu, and sitemappath. These controls use the site navigation service in ASP.NET 2.0 to retrieve the custom structure you have defined for your site.
    • Login Controls. The new login controls provide the building blocks to add authentication and authorization-based UI to your site, such as login forms, create user forms, password retrieval, and custom UI for logged in users or roles. These controls use the built-in membership and role services in ASP.NET 2.0 to interact with the user and role information defined for your site.
    • Web Part Controls. Web parts are an exciting new family of controls that enable you to add rich, personalized content and layout to your site, as well as the ability to edit that content and layout directly from your application pages. These controls rely on the personalization services in ASP.NET 2.0 to provide a unique experience for each user in your application.
  • Master Pages. This feature provides the ability to define common structure and interface elements for your site, such as a page header, footer, or navigation bar, in a common location called a "master page", to be shared by many pages in your site. In one simple place you can control the look, feel, and much of functionality for an entire Web site. This improves the maintainability of your site and avoids unnecessary duplication of code for shared site structure or behavior.
  • Themes and Skins. The themes and skins features in ASP.NET 2.0 allow for easy customization of your site's look-and-feel. You can define style information in a common location called a "theme", and apply that style information globally to pages or controls in your site. Like Master Pages, this improves the maintainability of your site and avoid unnecessary duplication of code for shared styles.
  • Personalization. Using the new personalization services in ASP.NET 2.0 you can easily create customized experiences within Web applications. The Profile object enables developers to easily build strongly-typed, sticky data stores for user accounts and build highly customized, relationship based experiences. At the same time, a developer can leverage Web Parts and the personalization service to enable Web site visitors to completely control the layout and behavior of the site, with the knowledge that the site is completely customized for them. Personalizaton scenarios are now easier to build than ever before and require significantly less code and effort to implement.
  • Localization. Enabling globalization and localization in Web sites today is difficult, requiring large amounts of custom code and resources. ASP.NET 2.0 and Visual Studio 2005 provide tools and infrastructure to easily build Localizable sites including the ability to auto-detect incoming locale's and display the appropriate locale based UI. Visual Studio 2005 includes built-in tools to dynamically generate resource files and localization references. Together, building localized applications becomes a simple and integrated part of the development experience.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

. NET Solutions for Many Industries

Today’s write-up will introduce reader to the different industries where Hanu Software has proved her excellence by the providing unmatched quality solutions

We develop .NET solutions for a wide range of industries. Some of these industries and typical applications are described below.

Real Estate —Hanu Software Solutions can help realtors develop information-rich, easily navigated Web-based portals and desktop applications enabling them, their customers, and prospects to easily access accurate, up-to-date information.

Telecommunications — For telecom companies and wireless service providers, our expertise in .NET technology can build reliable, scalable hosting infrastructures; integrate computer and telephony technologies; and enable consumers and businesses to efficiently access information from PCs and other devices. This enables telecommunications companies to use Web services to create new business value.

Healthcare — Efficient, cost-effective integration of data from multiple sources is a necessity for organizations in the healthcare industry. Our .NET solutions help providers and insurers realize improvements in areas such as claims payment, rate setting, pricing, marketing, care management, prescription benefits, eligibility verification, medical records management, and customer service.

Retail — Hanu Software Solutions makes it easy for merchandisers to use .NET technology to make information available to the people who need it, when and where they need it—from customers using a store’s web site to security personnel stopping fraud at the checkout to sales reps closing deals at customer sites.

Entertainment and Media— Hanu Software Solutions is helping media and entertainment businesses realize the ability of .NET solutions to provide their customers with seamless media technologies, audio processing software, education industry solutions, gaming applications, and PDA-based gaming solutions.

Manufacturing With web-based information systems utilizing the .NET framework, manufacturers can integrate business and industrial processes, internally as well as with partners and customers. This integration is a real advantage in today’s competitive market. Hanu Software Solutions can help develop and deploy.NET-based solutions that deliver Web services benefits across the enterprise.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

The COE Value Proposition to Customer Organizations

Hanu Software Solutions .NET COE benefits customers by providing:

  • Specialized and industry-certified engineers.
  • Improved time to market.
  • A specialized, automated Quality Management System.
  • Improved release management.
  • A future-ready delivery system.
  • Better absorption of the business dynamics.
  • A synergetic system to offer complete solution set.
  • Better ROI for your IT investments.
  • Better integration with customer organizations at all levels – developers, tools, middle management, senior management, communications, and documentation.