How to Use a Partial Class and Alternative HTTP Authentication Methods using GetWebReques

Today, I was talking with a friend about a problem he was having using a third party web service from within a .NET application he had written. Apparently, there was an authentication problem, even though it was verified that the NetworkCredential object was instantiated correctly and according to the third party’s spec in how to authenticate – using Basic Authentication.

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Creating Buzz and the Micro-ISV

A lot of folks are talking about Eric Sink’s latest post on generating buzz about one’s product.

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Top-down Design Using System Designer

Another great designer resource by Bill Gibson.

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White Horses and Enterprise Systems: System Design Simplified

I’ve been digging into a lot of the great resources published by Bill Gibson covering the Distributed System Designers and applying it directly to a fairly large and integrated system I am architecting for my current project assignment. I am struck by a few things already in the use of the designers, but before I get into my experiences and observations, I want to provide the links to the documentation that I am reading through this learning experience.

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The Data Access Layer

I was discussing the topic of Data Access Layers with Ben Harrell tonight and it prompted some good thoughts about DAL, especially in relation to viewing them as building an API or Framework, which other developers will consume but not necessarily care about how things are implemented.

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How to Build a Custom WebControl using CompositeControl

Yesterday, I posted about a new Email WebControl I just published with promise of more follow up posts about it. You can probably find some of the same pointers outlined in this post elsewhere, and likely written better and more authoritatively than my attempt at it. However, I'll add to blogosphere my own version of "how I wrote a custom WebControl library".

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Resourceful Blogging

Brian, author of CopyBlogger, has it right when he states it's important to provide good resources for your readers instead of just "filler content".

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Cost Analysis on Team System

Many small to medium .NET shops, in my experience, make use of some combination of either SourceSafe or SourceGear Vault for source control along with a tool like FogBugz for work item tracking.

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Software as a Service Portal

Microsoft has recently just launched a site, or portal rather, dedicated to the architectural topic of Software as a Service.

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Focused Factories in Healthcare

Dr. Stanley Feld has an excellent blog where he posts exclusively on repairing the US healthcare system. He points out in an older post the topic of "Focused Factories", basically hospitals that only focus on one ailment and because of this specialization the cost of delivering service is far cheaper than the standard hospital.

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