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For a number of reasons which include interface, ease of customizability and others, I've decided to move my blog to http://drisszouak.spaces.li... I hope you'll join me with this new location. Please note that the best articles from here have been reposted there with the category of REPOST: Technical ......

Recently I purchased a Maxtor Shared Stored II - 1TB network attached storage device. Good simple device. However, for a reason that baffled me I couldn't get the EasyManage software to see the device for love or money. I was able to get another computer I have to see it with no effort, and thus a frustrating search for the answer began. The answer ......

I'm running into this a lot lately with developers who are using EntLib for the first time, particularly the Data Access block. You create a new project, you use the Enterprise Library configuration tool, you have your first db line like Database db = DatabaseFactory.CreateDatab... and you get an exception that is talking about ......

The Microsoft Enterprise Library for .NET, whether for 1.1 or 2.0, is a good thing in general. The Data Access application block definitely adds value, but there are things that aren't clear. One of those things is how to properly use transactions with it. The way you could use transactions with ADO.NET 2.0 doesn't seem to properly work, depending on ......

So you have Visual Studio Team System, and you opened up Team Explorer, selected Source Control, found the project you want, double click it, and select the wrong place for the files to go (local folder). You want to fix this, but where? How? There's seemingly no logical place where you go and do this. The thing to remember with Visual Studio Team System ......

If you're like me using Team Foundation Server, aka Visual Studio Team Edition aka Team System, has had its bumps and there isn't a lot out there to help you figure out some issues. As I recall them, or encounter them, I'll try to post them here. Today's big issue was not being able to creat a build type because I was told that the directory (C:\temp ......

For a recent project I had to use Oracle though we had initially been lead to believe that it would be SQL Server. This provided a good learning experience in getting to know Oracle. It's been more than 7 years since I've used Oracle, and thus never used it with .NET. At first I thought it would be pretty straight forward, and thus I didn't anticipate ......

Over the past couple of months I've been working furiously on a couple of projects, and now I need to start taking some of those learnings and putting them here on the blog.

More to come shortly...

If you're wondering if this is the same Driss Zouak who presented at Code Camp in Montreal, yes it is.



I was working with a customer a couple of months ago where they were repeating code again and again, for every business entity, so that each business entity had the same base set of persistance methods: RetrieveById Save CreateNew Before you ask, there lots of reasons why it had to be done this way and was done this way, none of which I'm really supposed ......

This week I received my Motorola Q phone; Telus Mobility is my provider. The first thing, as any developer would, is I wanted to get my favoriate apps installed, and then get myself setup to write my .NET Compact framework apps and getting them on my Q. Btw, I love this device to pieces. It's awesome, and the people at Telus are awesome when you call ......

Level - Beginner to Intermediate Audience - .NET WinForm Developers The article doesn't get into multithreading itself, I'll leave that for another potential article, it focuses only on the proper way to make your WinForm work properly with multi-threading. Recently I couldn’t remember how to make a WinForm have a responsive user interface that ......

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My career with .NET started with Beta 1 when I was at Microsoft in their consulting division, after over 4 years I decided to head out on my own (www.zouak.com). Over the years I've authored articles and courses, I've taught courses, I've spoken at conferences (member of the MSDN Canada Speaker's Bureau), I've delivered many projects, and most importantly ......

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