April 2010

Monthly Archive

The Morning Brew #591

Posted by Chris Alcock on 30 Apr 2010 | Tagged as: .NET, Development, Morning Brew

Monday is a Public Holiday here in the UK, so in keeping with Morning Brew tradition there will be no Morning Brew post on Monday, with a larger post on Tuesday next week. Have a good weekend everyone.

Software

  • Windows Phone Developer Tools CTP Refresh! - The Windows Phone Developer Blog announce the release of the April CTP refresh of the Windows Phone Developer Tools. The main feature of which is support for the RTM release of Visual Studio 2010. Other significant changes are an OS update for the emulator, improved documentation, along with a number of other changes and improvements
  • Windows Phone 7 Developer Tools April 2010 Refresh - Tim Heuer shares some more details of the Windows Phone Developer Tools Refresh, including a work around for a common problem, and details of the Expression Blend integration.
  • Windows Phone Developer Tools CTP Refresh and XNA Game Studio 4.0 CTP Refresh now available for download - Aaron Stebner joins in the announcing of the CTP refresh of Windows Phone Developer tools, along with highlighting the updates to XNA Game Studio 4.0 which is included in the release.
  • MooTools 1.3b1: A ‘Slick’ release - Ajaxian highlights the release of the first Beta of the MooTools 1.3 JavaScript library, including a new quicker and better tested pure JavaScript selector engine
  • LINQ to GPU (with Brahma) - Greg Duncan highlights the Brahma open source library which allows .NET 3.5 / C#3 applications to perform parallel streaming computations across a variety of processors using LINQ syntax to specify the work.

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  • Every Program There Is, Part Two - Eric Lippert continues his series looking at generating test programs using the tree like nature of programs to help. This part looks at a simple programming Context Free Grammar for working with numbers performing addition.
  • Your Visual Studio 2010 Dream Machine - Brian Harry discusses the optimum hardware for developing using Visual Studio 2010, discussing what his suggested specification would be, and looking at how VS would utilise certain aspects of the machine.
  • Download and Share Visual Studio Color Schemes - Scott Guthrie highlights the StudioStyles.info site which provides a way of sharing and creating custom Visual Studio Colour Schemes.
  • My first VS2010 Extension - Christiaan takes a step by step look at creating a simple Visual Studio 2010 Extension for the NArainge tool
  • Unbounded concurrency - Ayende explains why the challenge code he posted the other day was broken, caused by particular times taken for the individual operations being parallelised, and the increasing use of threads as the process progresses.
  • Download SQL Server 2008 R2 Express (Database Size Limit Increased to 10GB! ) - Aamir Hasan provides the download link for the Express Edition of SQL Server 2008 R2, along with pointing out a 2.5 x increase in the maximum database size in this edition.
  • jQuery Micro Optimizations - Ajaxian features some things you can do to micro optimise your jQuery code. The list, originated by Corey Hart, includes a number of code related things you can do, along with recommendations of functionality to avoid for performance reasons.
  • Can’t hit breakpoints in a plug-in or can’t debug .NET 2.0/3.0/3.5 from a mixed mode .exe project with Visual Studio 2010? - Andrew Hall takes a look at mysterious problem when debugging where sometimes the symbols won’t be loaded, and explains why this can occur due to the two debugging engines included, one for .NET 4 and the other for .NET 2/3/3.5.
  • The Ted Neward F# Folding Challenge - Richard Minerich shares a Functional Programming Code Kata learning exercise from Ted Neward, looking at an easy imperative solution, and the more challenging functional solution.
  • Visual Tooling Will Make You Go Blind - Rob Conery takes a look at Visual Tooling, and how he feels that command line tools are often better for productivity, sharing a simple cheat sheet for working with Mercurial from the command Line.
  • How I do VCS - ‘Wes’ shares his list of rules, recommendations and best practices for working with Version Control systems.

Community

The Morning Brew #590

Posted by Chris Alcock on 29 Apr 2010 | Tagged as: .NET, Development, Morning Brew

Based on further feedback (and my own experiences in putting The Morning Brew together it seems the delay in posts making its way to your feed reader is down to FeedBurner. Hopefully the situation will improve soon.

Information

  • Windows API Code Pack - Past, Present, and Future - Yochay Kiriaty gives some background on the Windows API Code Pack, which brings a managed code API for underlying Windows API functionality, and seeks feedback to help them improve the product.
  • Managed Extensibility Framework Overview - Shen Chauhan of the UK Microsoft Consulting Services team gives a nice introductory overview of the Managed Extensibility Framework (MEF), looking at why you might want to use it and showing a simple example
  • Constructors and Value Types - Ron Petrusha of the BCL Team looks at the use of constructors with Value Types (structs) in the .NET Framework, showing examples in VB.NET and C#
  • Process for Securing Web Sites and Applications - Aamir Hasan shares a useful check list of things you can do to secure your web applications focusing on the Server related aspects of the process.
  • Dependency Injection in ASP.NET MVC: Contextual controller injection - Jimmy Bogard continues his series on ASP.NET MVC and Dependency Injection with a look at injecting some of the property based dependencies of the Controller base class
  • ASP.NET MVC 2.0 Templating - Brian Mains takes a look at the Dynamic Data based Templating support included in ASP.NET MVC 2, which allows you to create templates for certain objects which can be used across your application via a simple call to the DisplayFor / EditorFor methods
  • MonoTouch and Apple’s Section 3.3.1: Two Theories - Miguel de Icaza shares two theories about the change in Apple’s terms and conditions for iPhone Development, which impacts the MonoTouch project by restricting the languages applications may be programmed in.
  • Challenge: What killed the application? - Ayende shares another of his puzzling ‘why does the application crash’ puzzles. Lots of possibles in the comments so far.
  • Mocking the Unmockable: Using Microsoft Moles with Gallio - Thomas Weller looks at using the Microsoft Moles Framework, and how you can use it to mock almost anything, and shows it in use with the Gallio test framework
  • DRY Violations May Indicate A Missed Modeling Opportunity - Derick Bailey looks at how the a violation of the Don’t Repeat Yourself (DRY) principle can sometimes suggest that there is something wrong with your application model, and shows an example of turning a violation into a better design
  • RavenDB - An Introduction - Ayende & Paul B take an introductory look at the Raven DB document database in the CodeProject article, looking at the setup of the Raven DB server, and introducing using it from C# code.

Community

  • Community For MVC.Net: The MvcContrib Grid Component - The Recording of last nights C4MVC virtual event is now available, and sees Jeremy Skinner show the ASP.NET MVC Contrib Grid, which allows you to quickly build tabular data UI in your ASP.NET MVC applications
  • Party with Palermo, Tech Ed 2010 save the date! - Jeffrey Palermo announces the date and venue for his TechEd 2010 New Orleans Party with Palmero event. These events are a great way of getting to meet other conference attendees, and the admission is typically one business card.
  • Cambridge GeekBeers (Summer of 2010 ) #2 - The Cambridge .NET Developer’s User Group announce the dates for the second Cambridge GeekBeers event, based on the AltNetBeers style events, this event contains 4 slots for focused attendee defined topics, along with an opportunity to network with fellow developers over a beer (or two)

The Morning Brew #589

Posted by Chris Alcock on 28 Apr 2010 | Tagged as: .NET, Development, Morning Brew

A few people have reported that The Morning Brew has been taking a long time to show up in Google Reader this week - I’ve been publishing at my usual time, so I suspect something out of my control is causing the delay. To that end I will be announcing each post on Twitter as soon as its posted, so follow @calcock for the updates.

Software

  • Mono’s C# Compiler as a Service on Windows. - Miguel de Icaza announces a preview of the latest bits of C# from the Mono Team. This preview release now allows you to use the Mono C# compiler on the .NET Framework, use the Mono C# REPL shell against the .NET Framework, and embed the Mono Evaluator in your C# applications. Miguel also outline their plans for the future.
  • Windows Embedded Standard 7 RTM has Shipped! - The Windows Embedded Blog highlights the RTM release of Windows Embedded Standard 7. This release beings some of the more consumer facing functionality to the product, for devices such as meda centre systems, set top boxes and Televisions.
  • StreamInsight 1.0 Released - Roman, of the StreamInsight Team, highlights the release of StreamInsight 1.0, Microsoft’s complex event processing system which is a part of the SQL Server 2008 R2 product suite.
  • Visual Studio goes international - Somasegar shares the plans for releases of Visual Studio 2010 and .NET 4 for the international audiences, with existing translations in French, German, and Japanese, and planned releases from Microsoft in a number of additional languages, with some community language packs also planned,

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Community

The Morning Brew #588

Posted by Chris Alcock on 27 Apr 2010 | Tagged as: .NET, Development, Morning Brew

Software

  • Axum for Visual Studio 2010 RTM is here! - The Axum team announce that the 0.3 release of Axum is now available, and supports Visual Studio 2010 RTM. Axum is an incubation project of the DevLabs team at Microsoft which aims to bring a message passing style of programming to .NET
  • The Open Data Protocol .NET Framework Client Library - Source Code Available for Download - Shayne Burgess of the WCF Data Services Team announces the availability of the source code for the OData Protocol .NET Client Library for .NET 3.5 SP1 and Silverlight 3, licensed under an Apache 2.0 license and available from Codeplex.
  • TFS 2010 Power Tools have released - Brian Harry highlights the availability of the TFS Power Tools for the 2010 RTM Release, and outlines the changes in the product since the 2008 release (as a number of Power Tool features are now core product features)
  • Visual Studio 2010 Report Viewer Available - The Innovation Showcase Blog highlights the availability of the Report Viewer Control for Visual Studio 2010 / .NET 4 applications allowing your .NET apps to show reports from Reporting Services versions up to SQL2008R2 level.
  • NCover 3.4: .NET 4 Support And More - The NCover Team announce the release of NCover 3.4, their latest versions now supporting .NET 4.0, Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Core, along with the latest MSTest and NUnit Releases

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Community

  • Microsoft UK Tech Days - The UK TechDays site has been updated to include video and resource content from the 5 days with both the Developer and IT Pro content now available to view online, allowing you to catch up if you missed out.

The Morning Brew #587

Posted by Chris Alcock on 26 Apr 2010 | Tagged as: .NET, Development, Morning Brew

Software

  • Announcing Fiddler 2.2.9 - Eric Lawrence announces the latest release of the Fiddler Web Debugger which includes a number of new features, along with some significant performance and architectural improvements. Eric also announces the new Fiddler Blog, the new home for news about all things Fiddler
  • S#arp Architecture 1.5 released - Alec Whittington announces the release of S#arp Architecture 1.5, the first release since he took stewardship of the project, which introduces ASP.NET MVC2 support, VS2010 using .NET 3.5 support, along with updates to all the libraries which make up the project.
  • Pex 0.91 is out! - Jonathan "Peli" de Halleux announces the latest release of the Pex Automated white box testing project from Microsoft Research. This release can be found on MSDN, the Visual Studio Gallery and the Microsoft Research Project site, and brings VS2010 RTM support and x64 support, along with the usual improvements and enhancements.
  • Microsoft StyleCop going open! - Greg Duncan highlights the news that Microsoft StyleCop is going to be moved to the Open Source Microsoft Permissive License (MS-PL), and the project will move to being hosted on CodePlex with full code available.

Information

  • Don’t overlook Enterprise Library 5.0 Migration Guide - Grigori Melnik talks about the Enterprise Library 5 release, and highlights a valuable piece of guidance included which will help with migrating your projects to the new release from versions 3.1, 4.0 and 4.1.
  • Introduction to the Reactive Extensions for JavaScript - Going Parallel with ForkJoin - Matthew Podwysocki continues his Reactive Extensions in JavaScript series with a look at how the latest Reactive Extensions Release enabled parallel programming in JavaScript using the Fork/Join pattern
  • What is New in ASP.NET 4.0 Code Access Security - Xiaohong Tang of the ASP.NET QA Team looks at the changes to Code access Security (CAS) in .NET 4 and how it relates to ASP.NET
  • Exploring UnhandledException in .NET and Watson buckets - Naveen takes a look at the undocumented Windbg SOS extension function !WatsonBuckets, and looks at how you can obtain additional information using the CLR hosting interface to debug exceptions.
  • A Gentle Introduction to WCF - Martin Rue takes an introductory look at Windows Communication Foundation WCF, looking at the basics of creating, hosting and consuming WCF services in .NET
  • A gotcha for those Fluent interfaces - Rob Ashton talks about a tricky gotcha when creating fluent interfaces using the lambda based GetProperty implementation
  • The Agile Visitor - Derek Greer talks about an implementation of the Vistor Pattern which combines it with the Strategy pattern to help avoid some of the Single Resposibility violations which can occur in the standard visitor pattern,
  • First 3 ASP.NET MVC for the Rest of Us Videos - Joe Stagner shares the first three videos in his ASP.NET MVC For the Rest Of Us videocast series, sharing almost 1.5 hours of content starting from the first principles of ASP.NET MVC.
  • First three NHibernate quickstart tutorials available - Bob Palmer announces the publication of the first three NHibernate quick start tutorials, starting with the basics of NHibernate in part 1, and moving on to look at the repository implementation in part 2, and the mapping of object relations in part 3.
  • WCF RIA Services - Hands On Lab - John Papa goes through the step by step process of building his Silverlight 4 Launch demo application, looking at the implementation of the WCF services back end and binding the data to the Silverlight UI.
  • Game programming in F# with Silverlight and WPF) - Windows Live - Brian McNamara shares the details of building a simple game using Silverlight, WPF and XAML and F# to implement a breakout clone in 400 lines of code - impressive stuff,

The Morning Brew #586

Posted by Chris Alcock on 23 Apr 2010 | Tagged as: .NET, Development, Morning Brew

Software

Information

  • That No SQL Thing: Document Database Migrations - Ayende presses on with his NoSQL article series, taking a look at data migrations in Document Databases, showing how changes to the schema can be achieved with Document databases vs standard RDBMS
  • Every Tree There Is - Eric Lippert follows up on his previous post about binary trees, looking at the answer to his challenge question on the number of trees possible of size n, looks at generating binary trees and talks about applications of this generation
  • A Guide to Parallel Programming - Drafts of Preface and Chapters 1 & Drafts of Chapters 2 and 5 - Ade Miller highlights the availability of the first three chapters of the Patterns and Practices Team’s book on Parallel Programming looking at the background to parallel programming, working with parallel loops and futures and continuations.
  • Digging into the NET Parallel Framework - Kevin Jones looks at how easily you can convert non-parallel code into parallel code using the Parallel.For method to support parallelism of loop operations.
  • SQL 2008 R2 RTM’s check out the free training - David Lean highlights a collection of training materials available from Microsoft under the guise of the SQL Server R2 Digital Tour which includes, resource kits, developer training kits, ebooks, and videos/webcasts covering the range of new features in the product.
  • A (Re)Introduction to Patterns - Jason Hogg begins a new series looking at the role of patterns in cloud and service based systems, and in this opening part takes a look at how patterns differ from other forms of guidance that are available.
  • Contributing to OSS, a Git Bootcamp - Karl Seguin takes a look at setting up Git to access the code for Open Source Projects, something which is increasingly important as more and more projects move to using Git repositories.
  • Portable Area excerpt from MVC2 in Action - Eric Hexter shares an extract from the book he is a co-author (along with a number of other well known ASP.NET MVC people) about ASP.NET MVC2, sharing a section on the Portable Areas functionality.
  • Using Unity Part 1 & Part 2 & Part 3 - ‘nmarun’ has been looking at using the Unity Application Blockl to implement common Inversion of Control practices, and in these three parts looks at setting up the container, explores type aliases, and looks at lifecycle management.
  • Expressive Code: Good Variable Names Instead Of Magic Values And Calculations - Derick Bailey talks about introducing variables in place of magic number to aid code readability (even at the expense of adding some lines of code)

Community

The Morning Brew #585

Posted by Chris Alcock on 22 Apr 2010 | Tagged as: .NET, Development, Morning Brew

Software

  • SQL Server 2008 R2 RTM - Robert Bruckner highlights the RTM release of SQL Server 2008 R2. R2 represents a significant amount of development of the product, introducing a number of new features across the various editions.
  • SQL Server 2008 R2 Released (RTM) - Download it or try the Hosted version from PASS! - Jacob Sebastian also features the SQL Server R2 RTM Release, with download links to the product, along wtih some documentation (in ebook format), some videos and highlights a hosted preview from PASS which will let you try it out without installing.
  • SQL Server 2008 R2/SQL Server 2008 R2 Express RTM/RTW Today - Greg Duncan also focuses on the SQL Release, highlighting the Express edition release, and associated supporting tools
  • DiffPlex 1.1 Released - Matt Manela highlights a minor update to the DiffPlex project, taking the version to 1.1, and improving the performance of this Diffing library for Silverlight and HTML based applications.
  • WF State Machine Activity Pack CTP1 Released - Alan Ko, Program Manager on the Windows Workflow team shares the news of the release of the first CTP of the Windows Workflow State Machine Activity Pack, bringing support for statemachine activities to WF4. Full source and installs are available for this from the CodePlex site.
  • Goodbye Teamprise, Hello Team Explorer Everywhere - Martin Woodward talks about the new Team Explorer Everywhere product, and how it relates to the acquisition of TeamPrise by Microsoft and what provisions are being made for existing Teamprise customers.

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The Morning Brew #584

Posted by Chris Alcock on 21 Apr 2010 | Tagged as: .NET, Development, Morning Brew

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