One of the major productivity benefits that the common language runtime (CLR) offers developers of managed code is that the garbage collector (GC) makes sure any memory allocated on the managed heap is cleaned up after it is no longer needed.
If you would like to learn how to build and customize your very own Windows service to retrieve posts from multiple RSS feeds, and then store those posts in a SQL Server database, let John Papa guide you through his tutorial.
The .NET Framework 2.0 introduces a very handy new class in the System.Data.SqlClient namespace called SqlBulkCopy that makes it very easy and efficient to copy large amounts of data from your .NET applications to a SQL Server database. You can even use this class to write a short .NET application that can serve as a "middleman" to move data between database servers.
Damon Armstrong presents an extremely powerful and flexible token replacement mechanism for your ASP.NET applications. It is based on regular expressions so allows you to search for dynamic text, instead of just a static token, in a given string.
One of the best benefits of the .NET Framework over lower level programming is that it enables developers to create very complex, custom solutions, without writing low-level code. Zach Smith explores how you could take advantage of the built-in .NET Framework functionality to develop a simple object oriented database in less than 140 lines of code.
What does a SQL Server developer care about the Enterprise Library? SQL Server guru David Poole is starting to work with .NET and brings us his perspective on what this library is and how it benefits those who develop against SQL Server.