August 2010

Monthly Archive

The Morning Brew #675

Posted by on 31 Aug 2010 | Tagged as: .NET, Development, Morning Brew

Software

  • New Version of My Free GUI for the Microsoft Ajax Minifier – Jorge Ramon shares the latest version of his GUI wrapper for the Microsoft Ajax Minifier which helps you to produce the smallest most optimal version of your JavaScript code without having to use the command line providing a simple UI to configure and perform the minification.
  • I find you "Ultra!" – Ultra Find VS2010 Add-in (Think "Find in Files++") – Greg Duncan highlights Ultra Find, a Visual Studio extension, available on the Visual Studio Gallery, which provides powerful search capabilities as a replacement for the standard find in files functionality, offering searches for classes and methods, exclude file patterns, and much more.
  • posh-git Release v0.2 – Keith Dahlby announces the release of posh-git v0.2, a set of scripts which provide integration of git into the PowerShell environment
  • CSLA 4 version 4.0.1 released – Rockford Lhotka announces version 4.0.1 of his CSLA application framework which is a bugfix release which addresses a number of issues in the 4.0 release
  • Visual Studio LightSwitch beta Training Kit Now Available for Download – ‘gduthie’ highlights the release of a Developer Training Kit for the LightSwitch beta release which contains demos and hands on labs sessions which walk through the process of creating a LightSwitch application, and building and packaging extensions for users to use.

Information

  • Compiler|Interpreter Warnings Are Important Learning Opportunities – Davy Brion talks about the role of Compiler / Interpreter warnings as a useful educational tool for helping you to write better code, and how you can enable Warnings as Errors which will prevent your build from succeeding if there are errors.
  • Managing business object locks on application level – Gunnar Peipman takes a look at building a solution for locking business objects on a single server at the application level, allowing your application to safely work with a particular object while preventing other threads from accessing that object. Full code is provided for download.
  • The Joy of Moq – Multiple Interfaces – The ‘Bare Bones Coder’ shows how the Moq mocking framework allows you to construct mock objects which implement multiple interfaces.
  • Implementation of an Observer – Abhishek Sur looks at implementing the Observer pattern to provide a way of implementing notifications, exploring the origins of the Observer and some of the theory behind them, along with sample code showing the implementation.
  • The Task Parallel Library Series – The Task Class – Steve Strong continues his series of posts on the Task Parallel Library introduced in .NET 4 with a look at how the Task class makes it very easy to implement parallelized work with the ability to know when the parallel work is completed.
  • HTTP Optimization the easy way: Part 1, how do I know? – Scott Galloway talks about optimising the performance of your web applications by reducing requests to the server and making the data you do transmit make the most of the available bandwidth.
  • Crack .Net Applications 101 – Part 1 – Mark Pearl takes an introductory look at disassembly of .NET executables using Reflector and Reflexil, and how these tools make it quite easy to view and alter the contents of .NET assemblies.
  • Overview of Data Validation in LightSwitch Applications – Prem Ramanathan takes a look at the validation support provided in Visual Studio LightSwitch which allow you to add data integrity rules to your application with little effort, exploring a variety of different validations in a sample application.
  • More on SVG – Jennifer Yu of the Internet Explorer Team talks about the importance of SVG for the modern web, HTML5 and the hardware accelerated support for it in Internet Explorer 9
  • Performance: Profiling how different web sites use browser subsystems – IEBlog – Site Home – MSDN Blogs – Jason Weber (also of the IE team) discusses the different amounts of use that different website generate on the core components of the Web Browser, and how understanding this breakdown can help to optimise the browser platform for optimal use.
  • Rx on the server, part 4 of n: Buffering output to a stream – Jeffrey van Gogh continues his series looking at the use of the Reactive Extensions for .NET on the server-side, looking in this part at the use of Rx in providing buffering for stream output.
  • Testing Rx – Jeffrey van Gogh highlights a Channel 9 video in which he discusses the new testing functionality which is now a part of the Reactive Extensions
  • Demonstrating CLR Side-by-Side Execution – Sasha Goldshtein shares a sample which illustrates the ability to run .NET 2.0 and .NET 4 side by side in the same process by having two COM libraries written in managed code each targeting different versions of the framework, and loading them both in a C++ application.
  • TSQL: Passing array/list/set to stored procedure (MS SQL Server) – Denis Gladkikh looks at the variety of different ways of passing an array of values into a stored procedure in SQL Server, exploring delimited strings, bulk insert and the newly introduced table valued parameters.
  • The Bricks Game – Tetris for Silverlight – Marcelo Ricardo de Oliveira walks through the creation of a Tetris clone created in Silverlight 4 using the styles and themes and MVVM style of development
  • I am an Exception Extremist – John Sonmez talks about his dislike of throwing exceptions, discussing some defensive programming techniques we can use in preference to throwing exceptions, and sharing some best practices for web we really have to throw exceptions.
  • PropertyOf and INotifyPropertyChanged.PropertyChanged without strings – Fabrice Marguerie looks at a technques which allows you to write INotifyPropertyChanged and PropertyOf implementations which do not rely on strings
  • Experimenting with enterprise level bus messaging – Sacha Barber takes a detailed introductory look at the NServiceBus project for implementing a message passing architecture exploring the theory behind the architecture and how NServiceBus implements it.
  • The Programmer’s Body – Scott Hanselman reminds us not to take our bodies for granted and to look after ourselves as our profession as programmers does tend to keep us trapped (hunched) behind a desk, and how that can have serious knock on effects on our health.

Community

  • Andreas Öhlund on NServiceBus on 29 September 2010 – The European Virtual Alt.NET group have a presentation from Andreas Öhlund on the evening of Wednesday 29th September 2010, starting at 7:00 GMT (8pm UK). In the presentation Andreas will be giving a hands on introduction to NServiceBus, showing how to get started developing with the project.
  • Douglas Crockford: Crockford on JavaScript – Scene 6: Loopage – (52 min.) – The Yahoo! User Interface team share the latest instalment of Douglas Crockford’s talk series on the JavaScript language. This sixth session looks at event loops and server side JavaScript, and the video of the session is available in a variety of formats.

The Morning Brew #674

Posted by on 27 Aug 2010 | Tagged as: .NET, Development, Morning Brew

Monday is a public holiday here in the UK (the last one before Christmas Day – a depressing thought), and as is the Morning Brew tradition I shall be taking the day off so there will be no edition of The Morning Brew on Monday. Normal posting will resume on Tuesday. Have a good (long) weekend everyone.

Software

  • SigParse uploaded to MSDN Code Gallery – David Broman highlights the release of SigParse on the MSDN Code Gallery. SigParse is a code sample written by Rico Mariani which takes the method signatures in CLR metadata and parses out information about their components. This code is now licensed as MS-PL.
  • VS 2010 – Fix for hang on debugging ASP.Net 3.5 Apps – Joel Varty highlights the availability of a fix for Visual Studio 2010 users who have problems with the IDE hanging when debugging ASP.NET 3.5 applications

Information

  • Must I release everything when using Windsor? – Krzysztof Kozmic continues his series of posts looking at the lifecycle of components in the Windsor Container, looking in detail at the process for releasing components once you have finished with them, and looks at how Windsor makes it easier by doing most of the work for you.
  • Intro to RX – Scott Weinstein highlights a series of 7 posts from Lee Campbell looking at the Reactive Extensions for .NET, exploring the key concepts of Observables, subscribing, combining, flow control, and types of observables.
  • The Downside Of Providing An API Through Extension Methods – Davy Brion looks at one subtle difference between Moq and RhinoMocks in the form of its API, and use of Extension Methods, showing that an API which is heavy with Extension methods can result in very cluttered Intellisense.
  • C#/.NET Five Little Wonders That Make Code Better (1 of 3) – James Michael Hare starts a mini-series of three posts each consisting of 5 C# / .NET features which can make you code much better. This first part explores Null Coalescing, Auto Properties, ‘as’ casting, the Stopwatch and TimeSpan Factory methods.
  • PSSCor2: GC Heap Analysis Commands – Sasha Goldshtein continues exploring the PSSCor2 debugger extension showing some of the improvements it offers to the commands for exploring the managed heap
  • Coding: Mutating parameters – Mark Needham discusses a long held coding practice of not mutating or changing values passed as function parameters in functions, looking at the origins of the practice, and looking at some cases where its not been followed, questioning if it really is that important a principle
  • Writing Files from Low-Integrity Processes – Eric Lawrence looks at the ability to write files in processes started in Low Integrity mode, discussing the origins and uses of low and medium integrity processes using Internet Explorer as an example. Eric shares a solution to allow your low integrity processes to write to locations that aren’t normally allowed by creating the file initially as medium integrity and marking it to be allowed to be access from low integrity processes.
  • Release Management White Paper and Assessment – Jez Humble shares a white paper “Agile Release Management: Towards Frequent, Low-Risk Releases” and multichoice assessment looking at the release management process based in part on the content of his book ‘Continuous Delivery’
  • The Anatomy of a LightSwitch Application Part 3 – the Logic Tier – The LightSwitch team continue their series on the architecture behind LightSwitch applications, looking at the ‘logic’ tier which acts as the gateway to the data storage, including concepts such as Transactions, data providers, Data services, queries, etc.
  • TekPub Content is FREE this Friday! – Darcy_Lussier highlights a special 1 day offer of free content on TekPub in celebration of James Avery’s birthday. TekPub is a great resource of detailed screen casts and tutorials created by well known and respected developers covering a wide variety of tech concepts, and this is a great opportunity to check it out.
  • We’re Not Paid To Write Code – Phil Haack discusses what our primary goal as software developers is, and that its not writing code, its delivering solutions which provide customers with value

The Morning Brew #673

Posted by on 26 Aug 2010 | Tagged as: .NET, Development, Morning Brew, Uncategorized

Update: Looks like I forgot to assign the Tags/Categories to this post, so some of you may have missed out on it. I’ve added them now – thanks to Dan Puzey for spotting it

Software

  • Microsoft Project Code-Named ‘Houston’¯ CTP 1 (August 2010 Update) – The SQL Azure team announce the August 2010 CTP release of ‘Houston’ their light weight database management tool for SQL Azure. This CTP update features improved navigation and search, better visibility of database statistics, table, view and stored procedure designers. This preview version has also been deployed to all datacenters allowing you to experience better performance by using an instance local to your database.

Information

Community

The Morning Brew #672

Posted by on 25 Aug 2010 | Tagged as: .NET, Development, Morning Brew

Software

  • WikiPlex 1.4 Released – Matt Hawley announces the release of WikiPlex 1.4, the wiki engine behind the CodePlex wiki. This release consists of a .NET 3.5 and .NET 4.0 release, with the sample website implemented in ASP.NET MVC 2, Silverlight 4 support by default, ability to include Vimeo videos and a number of other bugfixes.

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  • An effective testing strategy – Jimmy Bogard shares some details of how a recent project he worked on structured their automated testing to minimise the requirement for manual QA team testing of the application, discussing the break down of types of tests they had, the quantities of tests of each type, and some other testing and development practices relating to large projects
  • Quality Assurance – Jeffrey Palermo, Blake Caraway and Eric Hexter of HeadSpring discuss how they handle Quality Assurance, discussing the importance of having responsibility for quality in every team member, how you don’t need testers to have quality assurance, and also the importance of Full System Tests.
  • Upgrading to Windsor 2.5 (Northwind) – Krzysztof Kozmic shows the process of upgrading an existing code base to use the latest Castle Windsor 2.5 release, illustrating by upgrading the Sharp Architecture project explaining the steps along the way
  • New! Unit Testing Asp.NET Applications with Pex and Moles Tutorial – Jonathan "Peli" de Halleux highlights a new tutorial document from the Pex and Moles team which walks through the process of creating isolated tests for ASP.NET code using the Moles and Pex libraries
  • Search and Navigation Tips/Tricks with Visual Studio – Scott Guthrie continues his series exploring the featues of Visual Studio 2010 and .NET 4 with his 27 instalment. In this post Scott explores some of the less known Visual Studio search features such as incremental search, Find Usage, Navigate Backwards / Forward and many more.
  • iPhone to Windows Phone 7 Tutorial – #0 – Jesse Liberty begins a new series of posts looking at providing you with the basic information to be a Windows Phone 7 Developer, approaching it from the point of view of a developer who has worked with iPhone development. This introductory post sets the scene, and introduces some of the key concepts.
  • Learning F# for C# developers – Bill Morrissey starts a series lookin at F# from the point of view of a C# developer, and in this first post looks at a hello world example, and starts to explore types, whitespace and comments
  • PSSCor2: Object Inspection Commands, Part 2 – Sasha Goldshtein continues with his look at thePSSCor2 debugging extension looking in this part at some of the commands and output relating to exploring objects which live on the heap.
  • "Getting Started with UML" DZone Refcard – Greg Duncan highlights the latest RefCard quick reference card from DZone. This card, created by James Sugrue provides a 6 page overview to the key concepts of UML.
  • Degrees of Breaking Changes: Optional Parameters in C# 4.0 – Bill Wagner looks at the level of consideration you should give to Optional Parameters included in your API, looking at the effect a change of default value on code that is compiled against your library.
  • LightSwitch: Initial thoughts & Profiling LightSwitch using Entity Framework Profiler & Analyzing LightSwitch data access behavior – Ayende takes a peek under the covers of LightSwitch, looking at the development experience, application performance and the way it does data access using his Entity Framework Profiler.
  • What were you doing 15 years ago today? The launch of Windows 95… – Eric Ligman reminds us that yesterday was the 15th anniversary of the release of Windows 95 and looks back at the Microsoft of 1995. Raymond Chen also shares a memory of the Apple perspective in Windows 95 in his post ‘Windows 95: It sucks less

Community

  • Irish Open Spaces Coding Day III – Saturday 11th September sees the 3rd Irish Open Spaces Coding Day, being held in Enterprise Ireland’s offices in Dublin. The main focus of the event is .NET development, although other technologies are welcome to join in, and the day consists of getting into groups various interest based and writing some code collaboratively – a great opportunity to work with a range of developers and learn lots.

The Morning Brew #671

Posted by on 24 Aug 2010 | Tagged as: .NET, Development, Morning Brew

Software

  • LightSwitch Public Beta 1 Now Available! – The Visual Studio LightSwitch team announces the release of the first public beta of LightSwitch, the Rapid Line of Business application development tool.
  • SQLCop update Version 1.1 – George Mastros highlights an update to the SQLCop project, an FxCop like tool for your SQL Server database, which will inspect and report on possible problems. This version includes a number of bugfixes to improve the experience (especially in use in partially connected environments)

Information

Community

The Morning Brew #670

Posted by on 23 Aug 2010 | Tagged as: .NET, Development, Morning Brew

Software

  • Castle Windsor (incl. Core with DynamicProxy and Dictionary Adapter) v2.5 final is out – Krzysztof Kozmic announces the official final release of Castle Windsor v2.5. This release targets .NET 3.5 (SP1), .NET 4, .NET 4 Client Profile, and Silverlight 3 & 4. This release sees some minor improvements over the beta 2 release of a month ago and there is one sample application (a Silverlight 4 app) which illustrates some of the new versions features
  • Getting Started with PowerConsole – Bil Simser takes a look at PowerConsole, a Visual Studio 2010 add-on available from the Extension Manager which brings PowerShell right into the Visual Studio Environment, allowing you to explore, manipulate, and query the IDE environment from a command line.
  • Visual Studio ALM Rangers – Visual Studio Database Guide "ships"… Cowabunga! – Willy-Peter-Schaub highlights the release of the latest Visual Studio ALM Rangers Guide, the Database Guide which looks at Database Projects in detail, giving guidance for Solution and Project Management, Source Code and Configuration Management, External Changes, Build and Deploy, along with database testing and deployments.

Information

The Morning Brew #669

Posted by on 20 Aug 2010 | Tagged as: .NET, Development, Morning Brew

Software

Information

  • RequestValidation Changes in ASP.NET 4.0 – Rick Strahl talks about a change made in ASP.NET 4 to how the Request Validation works, with a new attribute required in the web config to maintain backward compatibility with how it behaved in previous versions
  • How to switch between HTTP and HTTPS in ASP.NET MVC2 – Jeff Widmer looks at how you can make ASP.NET MVC 2 switch to HTTPS for pages where you require security, and looks at the more difficult aspect of switching back to the non-secure side after that work has been completed
  • Must Windsor track my components? – Krzysztof Kozmic talks about the lifecycle management of of components created by the Windsor container, and looks at why you would want the container to manage this, illustrating with a discussion of the Unit Of Work in a Web Application
  • Developing a (very) Lookless Silverlight Radial Gauge Control – Colin Eberhardt walks through the creation of a gauge control for Silverlight, sharing the XAML and code for every stage so you can see the process he took, and providing the full working control with source code as a download
  • Introducing the new Silverlight 4 themes – Tsitsi Gora highlights the new themes for Silverlight 4, Cosmopolitan (code name Metro), AccentColor and Windows7 (OS compatible theme) which provide a nice way of making sure your applications UI is consistent.
  • Analyzing Silverlight Memory Usage: Part 1 – Obtaining Measurements – Mike Cook of the Silverlight Performance Team takes a look at the various tools available to help you establish what memory is being used and how inside your Silverlight applications, exploring Windbg, HeapMonitor and VMMap
  • The 4-contact points of software development – Brett Schuchert discusses the importance of observing the correct process of TDD, and to only tackle one aspect of the process at a time.
  • Design Through Testability – An Example – Karl Seguin discusses how you can gain better design by refactoring your code to be more testable through a simple example.
  • Dynamic LINQ Part 2 (Evolution) – David Fowler continues his exploration of merging the .NET 4 Dynamic functionality with LINQ to provide a means of creating LINQ queries for existing providers based on dynamic input, sharing a partial implementation as a library you can use.

Community

  • MonoTouch and MonoDroid! – The Manchester NxtGen User group have Chris Hardy visiting them on Wednesday 15th September to talk about the use of MonoTouch and MonoDroid to build mobile applications for Android and IPhone/iPad
  • Windows 7 WPF MultiTouch Story – NxtGen Cambridge continue the touch related theme with an event on Tuesday 21st September featuring Guy Smith-Ferrier talking about multitouch development in WPF
  • Project Phoenix – Developer generosity rises from the ashes of the economy – Rachel Hawley highlights the great project launched by Arnie Rowland which aims to make use of un-employed / under-employed developers by getting them working on real world IT projects for charitable organisations in return for receiving some great software free of charge.

The Morning Brew #668

Posted by on 19 Aug 2010 | Tagged as: .NET, Development, Morning Brew

Software

  • LightSwitch Beta 1 Available to MSDN Subscribers! – The Visual Studio LightSwitch team announce the release of LightSwitch Beta 1 for MSDN Subscribers, Everyone else will have to wait until the public beta on 23rd August
  • Sync Framework 2.1 Available for Download – The latest release of the Sync Framework brings with it all the good stuff from the v2.0 release, supplementing this with support for synchronisation to SQL Azure, along with support for the SQL 2008 (and SQL Azure) table valued parameter, and much more

Information

Community

  • Don Syme is in town! – F#unctional Londoners Meetup Group (London, England) – The F#unctioanl Londoners User Group is being visited by Don Syme who will be talking on (you guessed it) F# on the Thursday 9th September 2010 at SkillsMatter
  • The New Brighton ALT.NET Wiki – Mike Hadlow announces the creation of the Brighton ALT.NET Wiki, the home for information about the Group and its regular meetings.
  • Early Bird is Open for the Patterns and Practices Symposium – John Papa highlights the opening of the Early Bird registrations for the Microsoft Patterns and Practices Symposium to be held in Redmond on the 18-22 October 2010. With a number of great looking sessions planned across a variety of technologies this $699 early bird offer looks like an excelent deal.
  • WPUG.NET: Second Meeting – register now! – The Windows Phone User Group will be holding their second meeting on Wednesday 25th August at the Theodore Bullfrog, in London. This event will feature Matt Lacey and Mike Ormond, discussing a variety of Windows Phone Development topics.

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