June 2009

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The Morning Brew #379

Posted by on 30 Jun 2009 | Tagged as: .NET, Development, Morning Brew

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The Morning Brew #378

Posted by on 29 Jun 2009 | Tagged as: .NET, Development, Morning Brew

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  • Principals, Code-Behind, & View Engines – K. Scott Allen highlights his article in MSDN Magazine this month (available online) on ‘Guiding Principles for your ASP.NET MVC Applications’, along with Justin Etheredge’s piece on ‘Building Testable ASP.NET MVC Applications’
  • C# 4.0 Dynamics vs. Reflection – Kevin Rohling compares the performance of the new .NET 4 Dynamics to that of Reflection and direct property access. The results aren’t really a surprise, but the interesting bit is how close the dynamic gets to the direct property
  • Elegant Code Project Structure Purse Fight – Chris Brandsma posts a summary of a recent healthy discussion on the Elegant Code private mailing list looking at the great debate of how to structure your .NET Solutions
  • The MVC T4 template is now up on CodePlex, and it does change your code a bit – David Ebbo releases his ASP.NET MVC T4 Template, and discusses the implementation details, along with the feedback about having the template change some of your code.
  • First Chapter for my selenium book – Manish Chakravarty releases the first chapter of a book on Selenium, the Web application testing framework from ThoughtWorks
  • Code Samples, Documentation, and Twitter! – The Visual Studio Editor Team are looking to engage with the Developer community, and have released a number of samples for extending the Visual Studio Editor experience in VS2010, along with releasing updated documentation, and engaging with Devs over Twitter
  • Z is for… Zermatt – Jim O’Neil reaches Z in his A to Z series, with a look at the ‘Geneva’ Identity and Access management Framework, which was previously known as Zermatt.
  • Real World Refactoring – Joshua Flanagan talks about a recent real world refactoring he undertook on the Docu documentation generation tool (which takes .NET XML summary files and generates nice simple HTML documentation).
  • Useful VS Key Sequences/Shortcuts – Jean-Paul S. Boodhoo shares some keyboard short cuts in Visual Studio, including both the long hand keyboard shortcut and any short versions too
  • Fighting Fabricated Complexity – Patrick Smacchia looks at Fabricated Complexity, the complexity of a method due to its implementation, and looks at techniques for fighting this form of complexity
  • Is It Too Late To Change JSON? – Phil Haack follows on from his recent post on hijacking JSON arrays with some discussion of what can be done to browsers and the JSON standard to help avoid this type of exploit

The Morning Brew #377

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

Update: Corrected the post number to 377, that is what I get for rushing in the morning – thanks to Bill Craun for pointing it out.

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  • New release of WPF Toolkit, now with charts! – Jaime Rodriguez highlights the latest release of the WPF Toolkit (June 2009 Release), with the significant new feature of Charting, along with the usual bugfixes
  • Windows 7: Be first. Save half. – ‘sachinp’ highlights the Windows Pre-Order introductory offer, including some substantial savings on the list prices. Restrictions do apply, and sadly (for me) this also seems to be a US only offer

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  • VAN Meeting with Ryan Svihla on the Castle Project – Zachariah Young announces two Virtual Alt.Net Events for the Folks in the US (8pm GMT-5 start is too late for me in the UK). These events features Ryan Svihla talking on the Castle Windsor IOC Container and also Castle Monorail, ActiveRecord and Brail

The Morning Brew #376

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

Is anyone else getting ‘Bad Request – Request Too Long’ errors on blogs.msdn.com all the time?

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  • Mind if my MVC T4 template changes your code a bit? – David Ebbo talks about a technique he discovered which allows T4 templates to modify the other code in your solutions by way of the Visual Studio Code Model API, and he asks the questions, is it alright for his templates to do this?
  • It Already Is A Scripting Language – Eric Lippert follows on from his previous post about top level methods, responding to some of the comments on that post, and looking at C# as a scripting language
  • New WPF 4.0 Features – A nice summary of some of the new features of WPF in .NET 4 relating to text clarity and rendering.
  • Avoid Using NHibernate With NUnit 2.4.6 – Davy Brion highlights an interesting difference between NUnit 2.4.6 and 2.4.7 and how changing version helped shave a third off the build and test time for NHibernate
  • Using PostSharp and log4net to Set Up Controller Logging in ASP.net MVC – Alex Cuse applies Aspect Oriented Programming using PostSharp to implement logging in his ASP.NET MVC Controllers in this walk through of his implementation
  • Session Attacks and ASP.NET – Part 2 – Jason Montgomery continues looking at the security of ASP.Net sessions. This part looks at some forms authentication scenarios, and looks at what you can do to reduce the risks and what counter measures you can apply
  • Moving to scenario-based unit testing in .NET – David Tchepak talks about test case organisation when writing test, looking at the common test organisation of one test fixture per class under test, and offers an alternative structure based on scenarios
  • Parallel For Loops over Non-Integral Types – ‘toub’ looks at how you can use the Parallel For loop when you don’t have and int32/int64 loop variable

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The Morning Brew #375

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

A lot of video content in today’s edition…

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  • Still on the Windows 7 Beta? – John McClelland shares a timely reminder about the expiry of the Windows 7 Beta release – only a few days before it goes into 2 hour shutdown mode.
  • Velocity Administration Console – Gil Fink announces a nice little project to create a WinForms administration console for the Velocity distributed cache. I look forward to it being added to CodePlex
  • A new day for DotNetNuke, 5.1 Released – Chris Hammond highlights the release of DotNetNuke 5.1, a significant improvement over the V5.0 release which fixes all the know issues introduced as breaking changes in 5.0, along with a number of new features.

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  • Enterprise Library 5.0: Some Architecture Changes – Bob Brum talks about one of the major architectural changes that the Enterprise Library team have undertaken for the V5 release
  • Vista Squad: OWASP Top 10 Security Vulnerabilities Video – Barry Dorrans highlights the availability of an extended edition of his recent UserGroup talk on security. This talks has been delivered at a few events I’ve been to, to much praise, so if you haven’t already seen it this video is worth a look
  • Three Men and a Whiteboard: Windows Azure – Eric Nelson releases the second and third ‘Three Men and a Whiteboard’ videos where Eric and the two mikes talks about specific technologies, in the case of the 3rd episode Windows Azure, and in the second edition its Windows Client Technologies. The First video on MVC was great, so I’m looking forward to watching these this evening
  • Managed Extensibility Framework: Part 1 – Sriharsha Vardhan takes an introductory look at the Managed Extensibility Framework (MEF) examining why you would want to use it, and how to go about it. Continued in Part2 which contains the example use
  • AjaxView, Performance Profiling of AJAX web sites | Peli at RiSE – An interesting sounding video from Channel 9 (another for me to watch tonight) where Ben Livshits and Emre Kiciman talk about the Ajax Profiling Extensions (AKA AjaxView) which enables you to profile your client side code
  • Improving performance and scalability with DDD – Gojko Adzic talks about the use of DDD in Distributed Systems, specifically the use of aggregates, looking at how they can help improve performance of your distributed system if applied correctly
  • Enumerable.Except(T) and IEqualityComparer – a little help – Arnold Matusz looks at the role of the IEqualityComparer in making Linq operators work
  • Microsoft forums – where they are? – Gunnar Peipman highlights the existence of official Microsoft forums for most Microsoft developer related technologies in this useful list.
  • Back to Basics – Trust Nothing as User Input Comes from All Over – Scott Hanselman highlights one of the most important developer related security issues with a real world example. Never trust any input that a user or external system has been involved in….ever ;)
  • NHibernate – <natural-id/> – Ayende continues his look at all the aspects of the NHibernate Mapping syntax, with a look at Natural ID which allows you to use another column in your table as in identifier for entities (such as username in his example)

The Morning Brew #374

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

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  • Spark View Engine – Release: Spark v1.0 – The Spark View Engine reached a V1 final release last week. This release brings a few minor changes since the RC2 release, improvements to samples, the odd bugfix, the removal of dependencies on MVCContrib, and a new installer to name a few
  • Announcing: Entity Framework Feature CTP 1 – The ADO.NET team announce the release of the Entity Framework Feature CTP1, which brings a number of new features to the Entity Framework, including POCO code generation support, a code only approach, and self tracking entities

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  • Microsoft TechEd Europe 2009 – TechEd Europe will be the week 9-13 November this year, and is being held in Berlin, Germany, and registration is now open

The Morning Brew #373

Posted by on 22 Jun 2009 | Tagged as: .NET, Development, Morning Brew

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The Morning Brew #372

Posted by on 19 Jun 2009 | Tagged as: .NET, Development, Morning Brew

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  • TestDriven.Net 2.22 RTM – What’s New? – Jamie Cansdale announces the RTM release of TestDriven.NET 2.22 which includes support for VS2010, NUnit 2.5, TypeMock, NCover, F#
  • NSyntheis 0.1.1 has escaped! – Stuart Caborn announces his first release of NSyntheis, a port of the Ruby project Syntheis which aims to provide a means of joining tests which call mock expectations with tests which call actual implementations. This release works with Nant, NUnit 2.5 and Rhino Mocks.
  • VS Addin: Fast Add Reference Dialog – No more Coffee Break! – Tuna Toksoz shares a new Visual Studio Add-in which aims to provide a much faster Add References dialog. This is something I will be checking out, as despite the efforts made by the VS team the dialog in 2008 is still far too slow

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