Rob Howard


Rob Howard is a program manager on the .NET Frameworks team at Microsoft. Specifically, he works on the ASP.NET feature of the .NET Framework.

.NET Framework Beta 2
Learn about some changes Microsoft implemented between Beta 1 and Beta 2 of .NET Framework.
Web Services, Part 2
Rob Howard continues his discussion of the .NET features that let you easily build Web services with a sample Web service that connects to a SQL Server database and returns a dataset.
Web Services, Part 1
Rob Howard begins a series about Web Services with a discussion of ASP.NET Web Services.
The .NET Framework
Rob Howard, a program manager on the .NET Frameworks team at Microsoft, provide an overview of the .NET Framework.

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Sep 29, 2015

Data Breaches and Insider Threats

I’ll sound a bit like Captain Obvious for bringing this up, but it’s important to remember that security encompasses a lot more than protecting sensitive data from the specter of outsider threats like hackers. Properly implemented security policies also account for threat-models that include insiders – or people within your organization....More
Sep 15, 2015

Setting Up Additional Checks to Ensure Regular Transaction Log Backups 1

There’s simply no way to overstate the importance of regular Transaction Log Backups. Not only do they help protect from disaster, but regular execution of T-Log backups on Full (and Bulk-Logged) Recovery databases helps keep thing “fit and trim”. Most of the time, setting up a Notification for when T-Log Backup Jobs fail is enough to let you know when something goes wrong....More
Sep 1, 2015

Stop Using INFORMATION_SCHEMA and SysObjects for Exists Checks 3

Code like this isn’t optimal: IF EXISTS(SELECT * FROM sys.objects WHERE name = N'TableToDrop' AND type = 'U')         DROP TABLE TableToDrop; GO Neither is this: IF EXISTS(SELECT TABLE_NAME FROM INFORMATION_SCHEMA.TABLES WHERE TABLE_NAME = 'TableToDrop')         DROP TABLE TableToDrop; GO Yet, I see both of those used all of the time – over and over again. Even though it’s 2015.  ...More
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