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TechTip: Getting Started with Microsoft Visual Studio Express 2012

Learn Microsoft from the perspective of an RPG developer. Develop C# Web Applications using Visual Studio 2012.

tom snyderWritten by Tom Snyder

Being a code junkie, I'm thoroughly enjoying all of the career changes I've been experiencing over the past few years, and fortunately I was able to work with some amazing people along the way. Upgrade that to being fortunate enough to be a writer for MC Press; having the opportunity to share these perspectives is a genuine treat. I have a lot of goodies to share in my new bag of tricks, but I have to get beyond the building blocks first. In this article, I'll cover how to add the Visual Studio IDE to your Developer toolbox and take it for a test drive with a simple web application.

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TechTip: Troubleshooting Team Foundation Server

Learn how to properly install TFS and then make the best use of it.

joydip kanjilalWritten by Joydip Kanjilal

Team Foundation Server (commonly known as TFS) is a source control management offering from Microsoft that has over the years matured a lot. TFS provides complete ALM featuresdata collection, project planning and tracking, and also reporting. You should have a good knowledge of Team Foundation Server components, understand its installation prerequisites, and also know the strategies and best practices to make the best use of TFS in your development environment.

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TechTip: Installing Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Express on Your Local Machine

Expand your skills from the perspective of an RPG developer: Keep your IBM database close; keep your Microsoft database closer with Microsoft SQL Server.

tom snyderWritten by Tom Snyder

As a writer for MC Press, I understand how the sentiments on Microsoft can be, and I just happen to be watching The Godfather while putting this article together, so I thought that keeping your friends close and your enemies closer would be a good opener for my new series on Microsoft products.

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TechTip: DB2 Web Query and Excel Spreadsheets: Easy as Pie!, Part I

Did you know DB2 Web Query has output options to send your reports directly to Excel? Learn about some features that will help you easily and quickly build spreadsheets.

gene cobbWritten by Gene Cobb

The Excel spreadsheet is an immensely popular tool for analyzing business data. It has a vast array of features and functions for manipulating and representing information in various ways to help you understand your business data and make more informed decisions going forward. Consequently,many users and analysts go to great lengths to extract data from their production database and copy it into Excel. If your business data happens to be stored in a DB2 for i database, there's simply no easier way to push this information down to Excel than by using IBM DB2 Web Query for i.

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TechTip: Run MS Access Apps for Free!

With MS Access Runtime, users can run Access applications without buying a license.
Written by Michael Sansoterra

Microsoft Access has always been a powerful tool that is easy to use for users of almost any skill. It can store relational data, interact with other Office applications such as Word and Excel, and present users with attractive forms and reports. For IBM i shops, it can even import and export data from other databases such as DB2 for i using ODBC. It can also be used programmatically using Visual Basic for Applications (VBA). However, in spite of it being a useful tool, several major things have hindered widespread adoption of Access:

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TechTip: IIS 6.0 Best Practices to Improve Performance of ASP.NET Applications

Leverage IIS 6.0's built-in features, including MetaBase auditing, file expiration, HTTP compression, and more.

joydip_kanjilalWritten by Joydip Kanjilal

Internet Information Services (IIS) is a flexible, scalable, easy to use and manage Web server that can be used to host your Web sites and run applications on the Web seamlessly.

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Rev Up "i" Reporting with SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services

Take advantage of the excellent reporting capabilities that Microsoft brings to the table.

By Michael Sansoterra

Originally introduced as an add-on to SQL Server 2000, SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) is a stable product currently in its third version with SQL Server 2008. This article offers a high-level overview of SSRS and explains how to create reports against a DB2 for i data source. If your organization has significant reporting needs, SSRS could be a great fit.

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Is Internet Explorer 8 Ready for You?

Bad timing underscores vulnerability in the gold release of IE 8.

chris_smith.jpgBy Chris Smith

Microsoft released Internet Explorer 8 to the Web last week, prompting a rousing debate about which product is leading the pack in the browser wars.


But system administrators have questions they want answered: is it safe, and is it stable? Our considered reply: compared to what? They're all a bit soggy.



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