February 2009

Monthly Archive

The Morning Brew #296

Posted by 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.

Software

  • 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)

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The Morning Brew #295

Posted by on 26 Feb 2009 | Tagged as: .NET, Development, Morning Brew

Software

  • 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.

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The Morning Brew #294

Posted by on 25 Feb 2009 | Tagged as: .NET, Development, Morning Brew

Another enjoyable night at Geekup Liverpool last night.

Software

  • 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.
  • Safari 4: New look, but what about the engine – Ajaxian has the low down on the new Beta release from Apple of Safari 4, which includes a new JavaScript engine, Acid3 compliance and support for the CSS canvas (amongst others)
  • 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.

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  • 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.
  • JavaScript, inner functions and private members – Sergio Pereira continues his series on Javascript with a look at functions inside functions and how you can achive private members in Javascript.
  • 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.

Community

  • 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,

The Morning Brew #293

Posted by on 24 Feb 2009 | Tagged as: .NET, Development, Morning Brew

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The Morning Brew #292

Posted by on 23 Feb 2009 | Tagged as: .NET, Development, Morning Brew

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The Morning Brew #291

Posted by 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.

Software

  • 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.

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The Morning Brew #290

Posted by on 19 Feb 2009 | Tagged as: Uncategorized

Software

  • 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

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  • 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

The Morning Brew #289

Posted by 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) **

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  • 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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