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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Mar 14, 2015
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For Data Quality, Intelligent Rules Add Value to the Golden Record 5

The quest for the Golden Record to achieve a single, accurate and complete version of a customer record is worth the pursuit to attain survivorship. Record matching and consolidation are only the beginning. Melissa Data takes a new approach. Learn how to apply intelligent rules based on reference data to make smarter and better decisions for data cleansing....More
Mar 12, 2015
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 20: Avoiding Backup Fragmentation

On SQL Servers where Availability Groups (or Mirroring) isn’t in play, I typically recommend keeping a combination of on-box backups along with copying said backups off-box as well. Obviously, keeping databases AND backups on the SAME server is the metaphorical equivalent of putting all of your eggs in one basket – and therefore something you should avoid like the plague....More
Mar 6, 2015
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 19: Availability Group Database Backups

One of the biggest strengths of AlwaysOn Availability Groups is that they allow DBAs to address both high availability and disaster recovery concerns from a single set of tooling or interfaces. But, this doesn’t mean that you won’t still need backups....More
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