Posted by Chris Alcock on 27 Feb 2009 | Tagged as: .NET, Development, Morning Brew
I attended the first meeting of the Manchester SQL Server Usergroup last night, with a good turnout and some interesting techniques discussed things look promising for the future of this event.
- JSONView: JSON browser from within Firefox – Dion Almaer over at Ajaxian highlights a useful looking Firefox add-in for anyone who works with lots (or even a little) JSON data.
- Prism V2 Refreshed – ‘brumfb’ announces the release of an updated Prism V2 (Composite Application Guidance for WPF and Silverlight V2) release on MSDN which fixes a few issues found in the initial release
- The Caliburn Beta is Live – Rob Eisenberg announces the beta release of Caliburn, a WPF and Silverlight application framework which implements a number of common UI patterns (MVP, MVVM, etc)
Posted by Chris Alcock on 26 Feb 2009 | Tagged as: .NET, Development, Morning Brew
- Ninject 2 Reaches Beta! – Nate Kohari announces the first beta release of Ninject 2, which started life as a spike based on the 1.x version but has turned into a re-write of the code base in order to bring in use of and support for Linq. V2 contains a bunch of new features, but there are also a few things that have been removed, more details in Nate’s post
- Introducing SilverUnit – Roy Osherove announces the release of TypeMock’s latest product, a real unit testing framework for Silverlight. SilverUnit itself is an open source project, however as it it based on top of Typemock’s API you will need a license for Typmock.
Posted by Chris Alcock on 25 Feb 2009 | Tagged as: .NET, Development, Morning Brew
Another enjoyable night at Geekup Liverpool last night.
- SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 1 : CTP is available! – Aaron Bertrand highlights the CTP release of SQL 2008 Service Pack 1 for both Full SQL Server and SQL Express
- PostSharp – Announcing PostSharp 1.5 CTP 3 – The PostSharp team announce the 3rd CTP release of Version 1.5, which includes all the fixes from the 1.0 branch and also brings some dramatic speed ups along too.
- SQL Compare 8.0 released – Red Gate announce the release of SQL Compare 8.0 the latest major version of the SQL database comparison tool, including new rules based selection of entities to compare, improvements to saving of comparison projects, difference synchronisation to SQL creation scripts, and a few more.
- Typemock Isolator Version 5.2.2 is out! – The Typemock team announce the release of Version 5.2.2 of their mocking framework, Typemock Isolator, including a number of new features and some bugfixes.
- Web Dev .NET: ASP.NET MVC RC Compiler Post-Build Step – Elijah Manor highlights a useful feature of ASP.NET MVC which allows you to build your views at compile time to verify that there are no compile errors in the view code, all achieved by the use of the <MvcBuildViews /> element in the project file.
- DevLabs: Code Contracts for .NET – Somasegar gives the detailed lowdown on the Code Contracts for .NET released on the DevLabs site this week.
- Announcing TeamCity.CodeBetter.com – James Kovacs announces a publicly available Team City build server for open source projects (presumably in the .NET space) a new service from CodeBetter in colaboration with JetBrains, IdeaVine and Devlicio.us. From the list of projects currently set up there this looks like it might be a very useful resource if your want to get hold of bleeding edge builds.
- MSDN Magazine: Automate Acceptance Testing With IronRuby – Ben Hall highlights the availability of the latest edition of the MSDN magazine, which includes the second part of his series on IronRuby and testing.
- When Method Overloading Goes Haywire – Jason Bock runs into some troubles with overloads of a method that uses params for additional optional parameters, and finds that it can be difficult to call the version of the method you want.
- A New Look for Visual Studio 2010 – Jason Zander shows off some screenshots of the New WPF powered Visual Studio 2010
- Unit Testing The MVC JsonResult – Jeremiah Clark explores some techniques for testing JSON results returned from ASP.NET MVC
- Creating an API testing framework 101 – Dennis "D.C." Dietrich looks at some of the theory and implementation of creating a simple API testing framework.
- Alt.Net UK ‘In the North’ – Registration now open – Registration for the Alt.NET event for the north of England scheduled to take place 17/18th April is now open. I believe the number of places is limited to ~50 so you may need to get registered quickly as I suspect there will be quite high demand.
- An evening of mockery at Skills Matter on the 23 of March – Mike Hadlow announces a free evening event from Skillsmatter covering two of the most popular .NET mocking tools, Moq and Rhino.Mocks. Pre-registration is required for this event, although it is free to attend,
Posted by Chris Alcock on 24 Feb 2009 | Tagged as: .NET, Development, Morning Brew
- Who Knew Domain Validation Was So Hard? – Justin Etheredge shares his thoughts on the current hot topic of Domain Validation
- JQuery Visual studio documentation – Amr ElGarhy highlights the availability of the updated Visual Studio documentation for jQuery 1.3.2
- Thoughts on the Code Contracts Preview for .NET 4.0 – K. Scott Allen explores the new Code Contracts preview release, showing how contracts are verified, and talks about some of the IL Rewriting features.
- Partial Classes, Default Constructors – watch Out! – Ron Jacobs talks about the use of generated partial classes, adn how when creating your own constructors for these types it is always a good idea to call the default constructor too in case some important generated code goes there
- Leveraging ILMerge to simplify deployment and your users experience – Daniel Cazzulino talks about using the ILMerge tool to combine assemblies to give a simpler deployment strategy, reducing the number of files to distribute
- With modern tools, Is a solution\project structure important? – Artur Trosin asks if the structure of projects / solutions is as important as it used to be, now that we have tools that make navigation between classes much easier. I have to admit that I only make ocasional use of the solution explorer these days, tending to use ReSharper’s goto type functionality
- Closures in C#: Variable Scoping and Value Types vs Reference Types – Derick Bailey follows on from Sergio with a look at the variable scoping of closures in C# with particular regard to Reference and value types
- Adding Parallel Extensions to F# – Matthew Podwysocki takes a look at an example of using the Parallel Extensions with F# code to help improve the performance of compute intensive code.
- Announcing Family.Show v3 – Our WPF Reference Application – Tim Sneath announces the release of FamilyShow V3, the 3rd significant release of the real world WPF sample application. The project is hosted on CodePlex (so code is available).
Posted by Chris Alcock on 23 Feb 2009 | Tagged as: .NET, Development, Morning Brew
Posted by Chris Alcock on 20 Feb 2009 | Tagged as: .NET, Development, Morning Brew
I had a very enjoyable night at the Thoughtworks Manchester Geek Night last night, where Jim Webber gave a very interesting and entertaining presentation on Web Based integration using HTTP based services as the middleware.
- MonoDevelop 2.0 Beta 1 – Miguel de Icaza gives a detailed run through of what is new in MonoDevelop 2.0′s first beta release. From the screenshots included its looking like a very nice IDE, and I especially look forward to some of the improvements they have planned for Windows users
- Announcing FsCheck 0.5 – Kurt Schelfthout announces the latest update to FsCheck, the F# port of QuickCheck, the Haskell automatic specification based testing tool
- StyleCop for ReSharper is Feature Complete. RC (refresh) Released. – Howard van Rooijen announces a new release of the StyleCop Plugin for Resharper. This release brings it to parity with StyleCop 4.3 and marks a significant milestone in the project.
- Is a Crisp a Value Object? – Dylan Beattie gives a really nice explaination of the concept of a value object vs an entity, just (amongst other things) Crisps as an analogy
- CLR Team Blog : Why catch(Exception)/empty catch is bad – Andrew Pardoe, of the CLR team at Microsoft talks about why catching exceptions with empty catch blocks can be problematic, especially when it leaves the program in a corrupted state, and talks about a forthcoming VS2010 feature in this area.
- Parallel Programming with .NET : Getting random numbers in a thread-safe way – ‘toub’ explores some of the problems you can have when generating Random Numbers in multi-threaded applications, and looks at better ways of doing this.
- The Oxite Architecture: Good, Bad, and Meh Part 1 – Mike “Sampy” Sampson, who works on the Oxite project talks about some of the design changes that have taken place in the project, and gives some background on the development style and practices. This part talks about the use of Unity as a DI Container, and
- The Oxite Architecture: Good, Bad, and Meh Part 2 – Part 2 explores action filters with attributes.
- Soft-deletes are bad, m’kay? – Frans Bouma talks about Soft Deletes, where instead of deleting records, they are marked with a ‘Deleted’ status, and hidden from view. Frans continues with a suggestion of an alternative implementation, wher you move deleted records into an archive catalog.
- "Inappropriate Intimacy" points to the bleeding out of your domain logic – Ian Cooper talks about how having classes that know too much about each others internals violates the law of demeter and can lead to your domain logic getting fragmented and placed into places it shouldn’t be.
- Stubs and application scaffolding – Louis Salin talks about stubs, and how they can help simplify your development by providing solutions to complex problems you don’t yet need to solve, allowing you to get on with that other bits.
- Application logging – yes it is important – Ryan Ternier gives some good advice for logging within your application, suggesting that writing everything out to disk all the time is unnecessary, just logging exceptions doesn’t give enough information, and much more.
- Microsoft Press : Wait: more free e-books in February! – The Microsoft Press Blog highlights 2 other free titles that are availble this month in e-book format.
Posted by Chris Alcock on 19 Feb 2009 | Tagged as: Uncategorized
- YUI 2.7.0 Released – The Yahoo User Interface library team announce the release of YUI 2.7.0, which brings with it new functionality in the form of the StyleSheet utility, improves support for IE8, fixes a load of bugs and promotes three components out of ‘beta’ status
- New Release: Composite Application Guidance for WPF and Silverlight v2.0 (PRISM) – J.D. Meier announces the official release of the Composite Application Guidance for WPF and Silverlight Version 2, often referred to as ‘Prism’. Also, Blaine Wastell shares some screenshots of the sample application from Prism V2 and links to a number of resources about the parts of this release, along with some video content.
- DDD: What Kind of Applications Is It Suited To? – Casey Charlton continues his DDD series with a look at how well Domain Driven Design fits with different types of application development.
- System.Linq.Enumerable.Aggregate – Better Know an Extension Method Part 1 – Chris Hampson gives a nice example rich introduction to the Aggregate Linq extension method.
- Implement Linq to Objects in C# 2.0 – Think Before Coding – Jérémie Chassaing explores how you can implement a lot of Linq like functionality in C#2, looking at how Linq works and how an implementation can be achieved in C#2
- Types of testing – Laila Bougria offers definitions for the various types of testing that can occur in a software project. Many people seem to get bogged down in the idea that testing == unit testing and then actually create ‘unit test’ which are actually different types of test (such as integration test, load test, etc)
- Fluent Interfaces: What am I missing? – David Starr considers what Fluent Interfaces are, and if they are actually useful in many contexts.
- GOF’s Adapters and Some Magic – Erich Ledesma examines the Gang of Four Adapter pattern, and shows how you can antomatically generate Adapter functionality to make implementation easier.
- C#: Extensions methods != Open classes – Mark Needham reminds us that extension methods do not mean our classes all instantly become Open Classes (in the sense of the Open Closed principle). One of the key missing features is the ability to override using extension methods.
- Reflection Speed Test – How slow is it really? – Grant Barrington looks at one of the common uses of reflection, to get a name for an enumeration value, and pits its performance against a number of other ways of achieving the same.
- The M Programming Language – Part 2 – Collections and Extents – Bart De Smet continues his series on the M programming language with a look at implementing collections and extents, comparing to implementations in C# and Linq.
- Effective Error Handling with WCF & REST – Rob Bagby looks at providing good error handling in WCF based REST services using HTTP status codes and error descriptions.
- WebDD ’09 – Reading – 18th April 2009 – The first of 2 clashing community events announced yesterday, Web DD is a Free conference to be hosted at Microsoft’s Reading campus. Like the other DeveloperDeveoperDeveloper events this is a Saturday event which will cover all things web and web related, and will have information about many of the things that are to be announced at Mix09. Speaker submissions for this event are now open
- Announcing the Alt.Net.UK ‘in the North’ Conference – Richard Fennell announces an ALT.NET event in the north of England, unfortunatly to be held on the same day as Web DD 09. This will be the usual Alt.Net style of an open spaces event with session planning taking place on the Friday evening and the main conference on the Saturday.
- Hereford Falls To The Mighty NxtGen Empire – Guy Smith-Ferrier announces the latest branch of the NxtGen usergroup to operate out of Hereford, with the first meeting being on the 17th May.
- Alt.net London Beers #6 – Sebastien Lambla announces the 6th Alt.Net London Beers event, a short open spaces session ina pub. This time round they event is sponsored by TeQUILA\UK and Thoughtworks
Posted by Chris Alcock on 18 Feb 2009 | Tagged as: .NET, Development, Morning Brew
** Update: I’ve corrected the post number which I typo’d as 389 (although the perma-link will be a constant reminder of the mistake) **
- DDD Southwest – Chris Hay shares some more detailed information about the format for the DeveloperDeveloperDeveloper Southwest event
- UK Gigs – Eric Nelson has put together a list of the upcoming events that the Microsoft UK Developer Evangelist team will be speaking at.
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