Tim McCarthy


Tim McCarthy is a principal engineer at InterKnowlogy, where he architects and builds highly scalable n-tier Web applications. His most recent book is Professional VB.NET, 2nd edition (Wrox Press).

Implementing the Design on the Client
Put the finishing touches on the database cache dependency design.
Fast Cache, Fresh Data
To avoid stale data in your Web applications' cache, try this trigger-based solution.
Related Solutions
You can find several solutions online that address data caching for Web applications. Here are some favorites.
Data Caching for Web Applications
Follow these data-caching tips to speed Web application performance.
.NET Development Strategies: Is COM Dead? 1
The .NET Common Language Runtime (CLR) is a much-needed evolution of COM and COM+. Here's a general rule of thumb of whether to develop applications using it.
Using XML to Simplify COM Interfaces
Consider an XML string as a parameter when many people will use the object and you want to keep the interface clean and simple.
Choosing XML for the Right Reasons
XML is an extremely useful and exciting new technology, but don't rely on it for every data-transfer task.

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From the Blogs
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
Aug 27, 2015

A Replacement for Maintenance Plan Backups 1

This blog post is a bit of a ‘repeat’ – since I already covered much of the rationale behind this post in Part 23 of my multi-part series on AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Agent Jobs. But, I also figured that this is enough of an important topic to merit its own blog post....More
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