William Sheldon

William
Sheldon

William Sheldon is a contributing editor for SQL Server Pro and a Microsoft MVP for Visual Basic .NET. He's coauthor of Professional Visual Basic 2010 and .NET 4 (Wrox) and an instructor at University of California, San Diego.

Articles
An ADO Data Binding Primer
There are commonalities between the different forms of data binding. This article's focus on simple Windows Forms and ASP.NET examples provides a great introduction to data binding while running through some best practices.
Must-Have XML Tools
XML tool suites from Altova and DataDirect Technologies are both excellent for XML editing and XML Web services support.
Filling a Green Field
Today's green field is tomorrow's green swamp. Although rewriting code from scratch might seem easier, learn why you should do it in only rare cases.
Two Sides of the Same Coin
People have had both good and bad experiences with merging changes in Team Foundation Server (TFS). If your experiences have been bad, here's how you can prevent problems.
.NET Now Positioned to Replace COM
When Microsoft introduced its .NET technology, there were many discussions about whether this was a sign of the end of COM. At the time, most people concluded that it wasn't the end for COM. However, the mind-set is changing.
Looking for a New Job? Keep These Pointers in Mind
Learn what really sets a candidate apart when interviewing for a developer (or any) position.
Coming Attraction
There hasn't been much discussion about the contents of Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1. Here's a sneak peak into two features that this service pack will include.
Paradigm Shift Isn't About the Client Environment
In companies, the desktop computer is here to stay but the servers they connect to might be hosted elsewhere.
Snapshot Isolation vs. NoLock
In SQL Server 2005, Microsoft introduced Snapshot Isolation, which is supposed to be an alternative to using NoLock. However, Snapshot Isolation has a few problems.
Software Sector Is Seeing Another Paradigm Shift
Every so often, the business software industry's focus goes through a paradigm shift. We're on the verge of another shift, but it's not the one you might think.
Interested in a Programming Career? Here's How to Start
Here's some advice on how to start a programming career when you're working fulltime at another job.
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ASP.NET 2.0: Cache In on Performance Shortcuts
Take advantage of callback functions and enhanced caching options to boost your Web application’s performance at the client, Web server, and database tiers.
Three Non-TechEd Announcements That Are Important to Developers
Learn about the CTP release of the Visual Studio Team Edition for Database Professionals, an interesting blog about the Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0, and Project Glidepath.
Scrum Isn't Just for Agile Processes
You can improve your software development process by leveraging Team Foundation System's (TFS's) built-in process-documentation features when you create a new TFS project. TFS ships with two processes: CMMI and Agile.
Daily Builds and Scrum
Today, developers have to build reliable applications and build them fast. Team Foundation Build, (a Team Foundation Server add-on) and Scrum (an agile process) can help in this endeavor.

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Mar 17, 2015
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 21: Assigning Backup Preferences

An option when creating new AlwaysOn Availability Groups is to specify Backup Preferences. It’s also something you can easily configure once the Availability Group has been set up as well – by simply right-clicking on the Availability Group and selecting Properties – then navigating into the Backup Preferences tab.  ...More
Mar 14, 2015
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For Data Quality, Intelligent Rules Add Value to the Golden Record 6

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
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