Simplify N-tier Development with WCF RIA Services

January 14th, 2011 Comments

Last night I was at Dallas .NET User Group meeting where Tony Sneed of DevelopMentor made a presentation on WCF RIA Services called “Turbocharge Silverlight Development with WCF RIA Services“. I had read about this new technology before, but never had the time to play with it.

The presentation turned out to be pretty cool. I think WCF RIA Services provides a very neat way to design n-tier apps without much hassle as it takes care of much of the heavy lifting for you providing very easy data validation, authentication, and role-based security amongst other awesomeness.  Also through code projection it automatically allows shared code between UI and the service tier, which makes it easy to write code once and use it cross-tier.  While WCF RIA Services can be used with any front-end, e.g. WinForms and ASP.NET, it really shines when combined with a Silverlight front-end.  The best part of the technology is automatic batch updates, which is really neat.

Download and Install

  1. Install WCF RIA Services for Silverlight 4
  2. Install WCF RIA Services SP1 Beta for Silverlight 4

How And When To Use Different Management Styles To Get The Most Out of Your Team

June 18th, 2009 2 comments
Men Without Faces

Management style is the general way a manager uses to manage his teams.  Some managers use a particular management style because that’s the only style that they are aware of.  More mature managers know different styles and can quickly adapt to any style to their advantage depending upon the situation, the capabilities of their teams, and the nature of tasks that need to be performed.

In this article I will go over the 4 general management styles, and explain how IT managers can best use each to their advantage. Read more…

5 Steps to Stellar Team Management

June 17th, 2009 Comments
Team Blocks

Over the years I have come across a slew of management styles, some formal, some informal, some great, while others… well you get the idea.  During my own management career I drew upon best practices from my former bosses as well as management gurus in order to come up with something that was effective and yet easy to implement.  Here I’ll share with you a summary of my management style, which is based upon my general philosophy about employees that: Read more…