XML, ASP.NET, career advice, and .NET basics are among the most-read topics in TechRepublic's Software Engineer blog in 2012.
The 10 most-read Software Engineer posts (based on Google Analytics data about pageviews) include some pieces that date back to 2008. Thanks to our Software Engineer writers and readers for your contributions this year. Let us know what topics you'd like to see cover here in 2013.
Tony Patton focuses on what he thinks is one of the more exciting aspects of the LINQ technology: working with XML. LINQ to XML allows you to create, read, and write XML-based data.
Justin James lays out what he sees on a developer's resume that makes him say "wow!"... and what makes him say "ugh!"
The System.Net namespace includes the WebClient class for uploading and downloading files via HTTP. You can copy or read files with only a few lines of code. Tony Patton details how the WebClient class helped him solve a recent problem.
ASP.NET provides a few ways to move to different pages. Tony Patton looks at these options and provides commentary on when you should use which approach.
There are many options when it comes to placing text on an ASP.NET Web form. You may type the text directly within the page markup, use a Label control, or use a TextBox control to name a few. One option that is often overlooked by new and experienced developers is the Literal Web control, which allows you to place and easily manipulate text within a page.
The soapUI tool makes it much easier to test Web services during development. It's also useful for interacting with third-party Web services to get a better idea of what to expect (and what to include) in the response. See how to put soapUI to work.
Software development hiring managers and potential interviewees will find these open-ended C# proficiency interview questions and answers useful.
This overview of the ASP.NET page life cycle covers how and when page elements are loaded and corresponding events are fired.
Developers often overlook basic programming options in favor of new or cool ways to deliver results. This is true for many of the standard ASP.NET features. A good example is the TextBox Web control, which offers plenty of options for building applications.
An application developer's job takes many shapes and forms; sometimes we create new applications from scratch, while other times we try to reverse engineer an existing application. Reflector is one option that makes it easy to take a peek inside existing assemblies.Keep your engineering skills up to date by signing up for TechRepublic's free Software Engineer newsletter, delivered each Tuesday.