November 2008

Monthly Archive

The Morning Brew #233

Posted by on 28 Nov 2008 | Tagged as: .NET, Development, Morning Brew

Finally caught up with my reading thanks to a quiet day of posts due to Thanksgiving.


  • 1.1 Released – Brad Wilson announces the release of xUnit 1.1. This updated release contains breaking changes, so be sure to read the blog posts about the release before upgrading.
  • Are You Fussy About Markup? – Derek Hatchard highlights a usefult code formatter Visual Studio Add-in for ASP.NET, WPF and Silverlight developers which improves the formatting of your markup.


The Morning Brew #232

Posted by on 27 Nov 2008 | Tagged as: .NET, Development, Morning Brew

Happy Thanksgiving Day to all my US based readers!


  • Early Christmas from Iron Languages and DLR – Harry Pierson highlights three significant release of Iron languages and the DLR – IronPython 2.0RC2, IronRuby 1.0 Alpha 2 and a new home for the DLR source code on Codeplex, including the initial 0.9 beta release of the DLR


The Morning Brew #231

Posted by on 26 Nov 2008 | Tagged as: .NET, Development, Morning Brew

Still not quite caught up with my backlog of posts to read, but I think normality will be restored tomorrow – I’m down to the low signal to noise feeds now, so I don’t anticipate a huge deluge of old content will be being posted now.


  • Treemap + Silverlight => Gasp! – Wade Dorrell highlights a new Silverlight control which renders treemaps – a visualisation I really like
  • Visual Studio Team System 2008 Database Edition GDR – RTM – Data Dude rounds up the features included in the RTM release of Visual Studio Team Systems 2008 Database Edition GDR (what a mouthful!) which was released to web yesterday.
  • MEF Re-factored, Preview 3 has shipped. – Glenn Block announces the release of Preview 3 of the Managed Extensibility Framework, along with a number of other changes, the great news about this release is that its licensed as MS-PL, the Microsoft Permissive License, allowing you to use the source in other environments.


The Morning Brew #230

Posted by on 25 Nov 2008 | Tagged as: .NET, Development, Morning Brew

Almost caught up with the backlog of posts, but Tomorrow may include a few more ‘older’ posts in a final push to get back to Zero unread items in my feed reader.


  • Announcing Isolator for Sharepoint with a free full license for bloggers – Roy Osherove announces TypeMock’s latest product, ‘Isolator for SharePoint’ which allows developers to unit test sharepoint code without having a Share point server, along with a competition for bloggers to get a free copy of the full Isolator product for a specific mention on their blog.
  • Packer for .NET 4.0.1 Released – Brennan announces the latest release of Packer for .NET a tool to minify (shrink) CSS and Javascript files to help improve download time of your pages.
  • Download Prism Drop 6 – David Hayden highlights the latest code release of Prism the Composite Application Guidance Application Block for WPF and Silverlight from Microsoft’s Patterns and Practices Team.


The Morning Brew #229

Posted by on 24 Nov 2008 | Tagged as: .NET, Development, Morning Brew

A larger than average post today as I’m still catching up from being away for most of the past week – expect another larger than usual post tomorrow.



The Morning Brew Delayed

Posted by on 24 Nov 2008 | Tagged as: Uncategorized

Today’s edition of the Morning Brew will be slightly delayed – a combination of factors (including me throwing my physical morning brew [mug of coffee] all over my desk, and the Ma.gnolia web service API timing out) have conspired against me this morning. If the WS doesn’t come back soon I’ll put the post together manually.

The Morning Brew #228

Posted by on 21 Nov 2008 | Tagged as: .NET, Development, Morning Brew

Back in the UK again following my trip to Romania, and still have a huge list of posts to read through. Today’s edition is not comprehensive, but you can look forward to a large catchup post either Sunday or Monday. Looking forward to DDD 7 tomorrow – you you spot me there come over and say hello.


The Morning Brew #227

Posted by on 20 Nov 2008 | Tagged as: .NET, Development, Morning Brew, Uncategorized


  • Where TDD fails for me – Jimmy Bogard talks about some of his current problem areas when working in a test driven way.
  • Multi-tenancy part 1: Strategy. – Mike Hadlow talks about Multi-Tenancy in Web applications, and considers what strategy will work well for his ECommerce project. Mike and I talked at length about this subject at the UK Alt.Net conference, and I’m really looking forward to seeing how he goes about doing it – can’t wait for part 2.
  • Introducing IronPython – Harry Pierson looks at IronPython in this introductory article, looking at how it differs from C# and VB.NET and yet still allows you to make good use of your .NET experience.
  • XML Documentation File For Your .Net Project – It’s Important – Shahar Y reminds us about the XML Documentation Generation in Visual Studio and how that helps with working with the code in the IDE.
  • Spike Code and Source Control – K. Scott Allen makes some good sense about not throwing away any code by keeping all your spike code in source code control for a number of very good reasons
  • Emergent Complexity – Justin Etheredge talks about complexity in code due to interactions between classes, in the hopes of making people consider complexity when writing their applications
  • Constructors and Inheritance – Why is this still so painful? – Tom Hollander talks about the pain points of having lots of constructors that you also want in implemented in subclasses

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