Archive for the 'C#' Category

Generate book-compatible code with Version 2

July 28, 2006

The book was written before the 2.0 update, so there will be minor differences–especially in the LLBLGen application screens. If you use the self-servicing templates, the code changes should be minor. The adapter template changes were fairly large, however. (See two screenshots below for the selections that will best generate the kind of code used in the book.)

LLBLGen Overview Video

March 23, 2006

David Betz put together a great 26 minute video that gives you a start to finish look at LLBLGen Pro. If you know anyone who is completely unfamiliar with what the product does, this is a great link to send out. You can tell David is quite proficient in programming, giving presentations, and working with Visual Studio .NET 2005. Great work, David! Thanks for sharing your knowledge with us.

Strongly-typed DataSet Article on

February 8, 2006

I have an article entitled Using Strongly-Typed Data Access in Visual Studio 2005 and ASP.NET 2.0 on the popular ASP.NET developer website For people who are new to strongly-typing their data access layer, it explores some of the features of strongly-typed DataSets in Visual Studio 2005. This is a good introductory article for people who don’t know what an O/R Mapper is and why it will save them time and effort.

Most requested advanced features

February 4, 2006

Thanks to everyone who has sent feedback on my book. The most requested advanced features so far are inheritance, remoting, and XML web services. Keep the suggestions coming as I do read and respond to them all.

Top 750 at

February 4, 2006

In a little over a week on the market, I made it to #750 at, and #10 in best sales this week. Thanks to all my readers who have made this project successful! It has already led to writing opportunities and some new friends in the technical writing field.

My first book now on

January 26, 2006

Today I start on a new adventure in my life. I’m self-publishing a book about programming. The title of the book is Rapid C# Windows Development: Visual Studio 2005, SQL Server 2005, and LLBLGen Pro. Hopefully, it will fill a void in good documentation. Many developers use tools like code generators to reduce the amount of time it takes to code a project. Many of these tools have steep learning curves, and especially as a beginner, it’s hard to get started.

This is also an experiment to see if technical writing is a viable side business for me. I have more graphic design experience than programming experience, so being able to design the cover, create the infographics, and layout the text is fun for me. I have no idea what to expect! In future posts I’ll talk about why I went with Lulu, and go into more detail about each step in the process.