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It is no longer popular to use .NET framework 2.0. The time has come to use the latest version of .NET framework, the 3.5 version. Released in 2007, it offers many new great features compared to the previous versions, which are really sought after by developers.

Deep integration of Language Integrated Query

Language Integrated Query (LINQ) is the component that adds native data querying capabilities to .NET languages in Microsoft .NET framework 3.5. This is the first new feature you must be looking for. Using this feature, you will be able to write codes in LINQ-enabled languages to filter, specify, and create some types of SQL data projections, collections, XML, and DataSets with the same syntax.

LINQ also allows Visual Basic and C# (new language features in .NET 3.5) developers to access data from XML and relational databases in much simpler and faster way to code with less error and easier to maintain or debug.

.NET Framework 3.5, ASP.NET, AJAX

As everybody knows, ASP.NET AJAX offers you the ability to create quick, efficient, interactive, and highly personalized web experiences workable in all the most popular web browsers.  Unfortunately, earlier, ASP.NET AJAX should be a separate download installed on the top of ASP.NET 2.0.

However, with the beginning era of .NET Framework 3.5 release, all of these features are built-in within ASP.NET, which saves much of your time as there is no need anymore to download and install ASP.NET AJAX separately in application development.

The ASP.NET AJAX version built in .NET 3.5 provides a number of nice improvements  too- including support for using UpdatePanels with WebParts, WCF based JSON end-points, the ASP.NET Profile, Role and Login Application Services using JavaScript, performance improvements, and also fixes for bugs.

Full Support for Microsoft Visual Studio 2008

As the latest release of Microsoft’s best developer product, Visual Studio 2008 is there to provide many new great important features to help most developers to access data. Hand in hand with .NET framework 3.5, Visual studio 2008 complete .net with some .NET improvements – including Windows Communication Foundation (WCF), updated to support the growing popularity of REpresentational State Transfer (REST) much better.

The .NET framework 3.5 itself offers full support for Visual Studio 2008 like Windows Workflow Foundation (WF), Windows Communication Foundation (WCF), Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) and Windows CardSpace including the new workflow-enabled services technology.

Well, considering there are so many outstanding new features from the new .NET framework 3.5, who will not look for it? Even I , myself, find it so wonderful after knowing the features. So, let’s get ourselves to use it for better result.

Get ready for an upgrade! We proudly inform you that we will perform MS-SQL upgrade for your accounts. All accounts using MS-SQL 2000 will be upgraded to either MS-SQL 2005 or MS-SQL Express 2005. We have specified the upgrading process.

All accounts using our old cluster (old plans) will be upgraded to MS-SQL Server 2005 Express Edition. Moreover, those having accounts in our all new Premium Hosting (the new cluster) will use the MS-SQL Server 2005 Standard. What’s so special about both MS-SQL 2005?

MS-SQL Server (SQL 2005 Express)

From the first of many pluses, The Express edition is a fast and easy way to develop dynamic applications, which is easy-to-use and lightweight. With MS-SQL Express 2005, you’ll be able to build robust and reliable applications. Simple but powerful application development is in your hand.

It offers you with attractive features for website development and performs fast There is full-text search features to provide powerful query capability over textual data. Additionally, You can also easily load databases to a hosted environment with XCopy feature. Native XML is also supported inside the database to ensure Web environment easily interoperates with other applications through Web services.

Another plus is that SQL Server Express cooperates with SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services to create interactive reports. Complicated reports with tables and charts are no longer impossible tasks to do as SQL Server Express reduces the complexity with graphics and integrate them in applications.

And What about MS-SQL Server (SQL2005 Standard)?

Many users recognize MS-SQL Server 2005 as the successor of the previous version, MS-SQL Server 2000. Just like the Express edition, it also has many advantages you can take from.  For example, the native XML support, that helps to manage XML data. MS SQL Server 2005 has the massive support to manage efficiently the Extensible Markup Language data.

It also has embedded some database file extensions to the T-SQL engine to allow further embedding  in any XQuery inquiries in T-SQL.  Moreover, MS SQL Server 2005 clearly identifies new file extensions named XML and DML, permitting modifications on the query based on the XML data.

Additionally, it delivers powerful and productive management tools for DBAs and simplifies management with integrated management environment to monitor and manage plus adjust all  databases and associated services throughout your enterprise. An extensible management infrastructure (easily programmed) using SQL Management Objects (SMO) is also provided, enabling you to customize and extend their management environment and build additional tools as you’d like to.

That’s why we decide to upgrade our MS-SQL into the 2005 Standard and Express, clearly nothing more than to provide more awesome web hosting experience for all users. So prepare now for perfection…

~ Gabrielle ~

When your site seems to be your whole life, SEO and SEM are no longer unfamiliar in your ears. However, do you really notice that they are different “roads” to take although they share the same idea, to drive more traffic to your site? Have you figured out which one to use for improving your site traffic? Or, deciding the best is still a big question mark for you? If so, let me help you erase all the confusion.

How is the Idea of Search Engine Optimization (SEO)?

Everybody must have the picture of what SEO is in your mind. Nevertheless, nothing wrong to review it again. Frankly speaking, SEO refers to the strategies of increasing traffic site with appropriate keywords or tags, site design and structure, coding, or whatever directed to natural site optimization to target different search types such as usual search, image search, or others.

SEO is done through the calculation of mathematics, computer languages, and linguistics to define what people search for and to attract more clicks on a website. It basically aims to improve the site rank in search engines, especially those leading search engines such as Yahoo, Google, or Microsoft. Why do you think rank is important? Very simple. The higher your site rank is, the better chance for attracting more visitors. And the higher traffic your site has, the higher your chance to grow your business and gain success.

And what about Search Engine Marketing (SEM)?

People say that SEM is almost or exactly the same with SEO since they share the same purpose, to drive more traffic. However, when you dig deeper, you will know they work on different paths. When SEO has stuffs to do with coding, computing languages, calculation, designs, and structures (simply free of charge if you can do it by yourselves), SEM already includes SEO and paid listing or inclusion. You get what you pay for. Webmasters define SEM as internet marketing strategies.

This term, SEM, didn’t appear suddenly. SEO developed as SEM when it began to expand the strategies into marketing and advertising chances, pioneered by leading search engines such as Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, by paying some amount of money to get included or listed. These are obviously beneficial for your site traffic. You pay and they’ll do the job for you. When you decide to use SEM, that will cover all possibilities to increase your site traffic and rank, involving payment for inclusion in search engines and listing in directories, online marketing strategies, and the SEO itself.

To Decide which One…

This now depends on how far the online success you want to achieve. It is now very crystal clear that both are very essential for your website revenues. There is none that  is exactly the best. The combination between them will be a great chance for you to develop online. What you need to do is calculating how much budget you want to spend since SEM is more costly than SEO only. However, money does talk. You can say that what you pay is what you get.

-Gabrielle Capstick-