Software Engineer

Web developers, software engineers, and programmers of various stripes will find a variety of tutorials and tips to help them improve their methods, deepen their coding skills, and build better applic

  • Tony Patton // March 16, 2008, 11:43 PM PST

    Moving to CSS-based layouts with the YUI Library

    Find out why Tony Patton thinks the YUI Grids CSS portion of the free YUI Library is an excellent resource for building Web interfaces that use Web standards.


  • Tony Patton // April 21, 2008, 1:24 PM PST

    Demonstrate your .NET 3.5 prowess with certifications

    If you are wondering how Microsoft .NET 3.5 certification relates to .NET 2.0 and .NET 1.1 certs, read Tony Patton's overview of where Microsoft is going with its .NET certification.


  • John Lee // April 22, 2008, 6:26 AM PST

    How do I... Use CSS to create an image map on my Web site?

    Thanks to the rise of Flash technology, image maps are rarely used anymore. However, CSS does allow you to create an image map with some subtle mouse over effects with a few slick modifications to the HTML list tags. John Lee shows you how to create an image map with two hotspots using CSS code.


  • Zach Smith // March 17, 2008, 6:32 AM PST

    How do I... Determine the distance between ZIP codes using C#?

    Calculating the distance between ZIP codes has become a common feature in search engines. For instance, if you're searching for restaurants, a Web site will often allow you to enter a ZIP code and display all restaurants within x miles of that ZIP code. Zach Smith shows you how to implement a ZIP code distance calculator in C#.


  • Tony Patton // March 18, 2008, 12:05 AM PST

    Browse ListView data with .NET's DataPager control

    Microsoft .NET 3.5’s DataPager control delivers a paging interface that is tied to the ListView control and communicates with its corresponding ListView control regarding user input. Tony Patton explains how you can use the DataPager control to page through ListView data.


  • Tony Patton // April 18, 2008, 7:54 AM PST

    Create custom Visual Studio 2005 code snippets

    Enhance your productivity and coding standards with Visual Studio 2005 code snippets. Tony Patton puts this concept into action with examples and instructions for creating custom code snippets to easily reuse common code blocks in your application.


  • Zach Smith // April 18, 2008, 5:15 AM PST

    How do I... Implement the Soundex function in C#?

    For years Microsoft SQL Server has provided developers with a method called Soundex that is used to retrieve an encoded string. Words that sound alike have similar encodings, so you can use this functionality to provide some flexibility in searches. Zach Smith shows you how to implement Soundex completely in C# without having to use the SQL function.


  • Justin James // June 5, 2008, 5:31 AM PST

    Alpha Five: Data-driven application development done right

    Alpha Five allows developers to rapidly and easily create data-driven applications. After seeing a demo, Justin James shares why he is impressed with the development package.


  • Zach Smith // April 7, 2008, 5:52 AM PST

    How do I... Publish a custom application performance counter in C#?

    One important aspect of enterprise level application development is the need to monitor processes and determine if those processes are working as intended. One often overlooked solution to this problem is to use performance counters to expose application performance information. Zach Smith demonstrates how to publish a custom performance counter from your applications using C#.


  • Tony Patton // June 9, 2008, 12:37 PM PST

    Keeping up with development technology at TechEd 2008

    Get details about the new products and updates Tony Patton heard about during the TechEd North America 2008 Developers conference. He also reveals the biggest surprises from the conference (hint: PHP).


  • Mary Weilage // June 17, 2008, 12:55 AM PST

    Firefox 3.0: A look at features, add-ons, and record-setting

    Hear what bloggers are saying about Firefox 3.0's new features and add-ons. Plus, find out how you can help set a Guinness World Record by joining in the Firefox Download Day.


  • Justin James // June 19, 2008, 1:36 AM PST

    Do version numbers still matter?

    Justin James notes that distributing an updated version of the application is much easier compared to pushing out a new desktop application. Take this poll to let us know whether you think version numbers still matter.


  • Justin James // June 19, 2008, 11:00 PM PST

    How relevant is browser speed?

    Take this poll to let us know: how relevant you consider browser speed and how you think browser speed should be measured.


  • Justin James // June 24, 2008, 11:00 PM PST

    Do you use text, icons, or both to display input?

    Take this poll and let us know whether you use text, icons, or both to display input.


  • Justin James // July 10, 2008, 11:00 PM PST

    What title is your career goal?

    Are you striving to be a Senior Developer, an Architect, a Business Analyst, or some other title? Let us know about your career aspirations by taking this poll.