Ken Spencer

Ken
Spencer

Ken Spencer is a longtime Microsoft Regional Director, and he consults as an architect on large application-development projects.

Articles
Automating Development Can Lead to Project Success
To turn around a failing project try building more automation into the development process
Efficient Data Binding with Windows Presentation Foundation and Visual Studio 2008
A free tool helps you use Visual Studio 2008 to automate wiring your SQL Server data with a Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) front end.
Flexible Data Exchange
By using XSLT to customize XML output, you can provide a flexible Web service to fill a variety of needs.
Component Security Terms
Here's the description of the meanings of security terms in a component context.
Many Levels of Web Security 1
Safeguard your Web applications by using COM+ components to provide vital authentication and authorization services.
Filtering and Sorting in ASP 1
Trim your workload, streamline your site, and wow your visitors by using ASP to develop your Web pages.
Cleaning House - 21 Mar 2001
Sweep out the cobwebs while you upgrade your Web site.
Getting Started with COM+ - 26 Jan 2001 2
Explore how COM+, Windows 2000's new middleware feature, can help you build better database applications faster.
Debugging Stored Procedures 4
Use Visual Studio 6.0’s T-SQL Debugger to debug stored procedures.
Further Reading
Here is a further reading list for learning more about the T-SQL Debugger
SQL Server Profiler and Web Apps 3
Use SQL Server Profiler to find out how efficiently your Web application executes code in SQL Server.
Standardizing Data Access with ADO and ASP Scripts 14
Creating data-access code in each script is time-consuming and error-prone, so I was delighted when Microsoft recently sent me a new include file that provides a standard set of data-access functions that you can use from any ASP application.
Application Partitioning
Review the fundamentals of application partitioning and component load balancing.
Processing Large XML Files
Check out this Visual Basic COM component for breaking large XML files and streams into manageable chunks for processing.
Debugging by Design
Proper database design can eliminate later debugging.

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