Tim McCarthy

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).

Articles
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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Aug 27, 2015
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A Replacement for Maintenance Plan Backups

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
Aug 19, 2015
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Looking forward to Containers

Virtualization has long been a staple when it comes to computing. In essence, virtualization is really just the use of abstraction to make things either easier to manage or more fault-tolerant. Disks, for example, have long been virtualized in the sense that a single, physical, can easily be divided up into multiple logical (or virtual) volumes (or drives) just as easily as a number of discreet physical disks can also be virtualized into a single drive (via RAID) – which can further be partitioned into volumes, LUNs, and so....More
Jul 28, 2015
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 29: Practical Implementation Tips

My initial goal in writing this series of posts was to outline some of the concerns surrounding Availability Groups (AGs) and SQL Server Agent Jobs – and call out how there is virtually no guidance from Microsoft on this front and then detail some of the pitfalls and options available for tackling this problem domain. I initially expected this series of posts to have between 25 and 30 posts – according to some of the early outlines I created ‘way back when’....More
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