Posted by Chris Alcock on 31 Mar 2011 | Tagged as: .NET, Development, Morning Brew
- NuGet 1.2 Released – Phil Haack announces the (slightly later than planned) release of NuGet 1.2, the latest version of the .NET Package Management Solution from Microsoft. This release includes support for different assemblies for different platforms, Binding Redirects, adding Framework Assemblies as references, and the ability for NuGet.exe to store API Credentials
- YUI 2.9.0 Release Candidate Is Now Available – The Yahoo User Interface team announce the release their Release Candidate of YUI 2.9.0, providing a final testing and feedback opportunity before the release is final.
- Preview Drop #3 of Enterprise Library Silverlight Integration Pack – Grigori Melnik announces the release of the 3rd Preview release of the Enterprise Library 5.0 Silverlight Integration Pack. This release includes support for the Validation Application Block, caching, logging, interception of assemblies, and Policy Injection.
- An Exploration of Dynamic in .NET 4 – Bobby Johnson gives a nice overview of the functionality available for Dynamic Programming in C#, showing how the dynamic like features have evolved through the different .NET versions before reviewing the dynamic ‘type’, DynamicObject class, and ExpandoObject.
- What’s in a(n Identifier) Name? – Garrett McGowan discusses the level of international language support that programming languages, frameworks and IDEs need to support, and takes a look at what is possible in .NET
- Fix: ASP.NET 4 Page on IIS 7 Misbehaves When Browser URL Doesn’t Include Default Page – Ken Cox highlights a wierd bug and a fix he encountered on when running an ASP.NET page on IIS 7, where he had no such issue on IIS6
- Why I Still L.O.V.E. ASP.NET WebForms – John Katsiotis discusses his love for ASP.NET WebForms and how the WebFormsMVP project makes working with them much nicer, illustrating the features with samples.
- How to Write Windows Shell Extension with .NET Languages – The All-In-One Code Framework team take a look at one of their samples which enables you to create Shell Extensions for Windows in .NET, discussing how and why this became possible in .NET 4, and looking at using the sample to create an extension in this Code Project article.
- Capturing Screenshots on Windows Phone 7 – Mike Ormond highlights a useful tool for capturing screenshots of Windows Phone 7 applications for inclusion in your Market Place submissions.
Posted by Chris Alcock on 30 Mar 2011 | Tagged as: .NET, Development, Morning Brew
- Style Cop 188.8.131.52 released – Tatworth highlights the release of Style Cop 184.108.40.206, the latest preview release of the v4.5 series
- Phoney Tools v0.7 Released – Shawn Wildermuth announces the release of version 0.7 of his Phoney Tools library for Windows Phone. This release includes a helper class for working with Enums, improvements to the InputPanelProvider along with various more minor bugfixes and improvements.
- ASP Classic Compiler is now open source – Li Chen announces the release of the source code for the ASP Classic Compiler under the Apache 2.0 license. This compiler takes Classic ASP code written in VBScript and converts it to a .NET executable which can run within ASP.NET environments.
- Simple.Data release history – Mark Rendle announces the release of Simple.Data 0.5.6. Simple Data is a lightweight data access library which makes significant use of .NET 4 features (dynamic) to give a SQL like data access story without the dangers of SQL injection.
- Compound Assignment, Part One – Eric Lippert takes a look at the compound Assignment Operators (+=, -=, etc), discussing the simple case description of this functionality, before moving on to look at the cases where this simple explanation does not hold the full truth.
- C# API Design: Named parameters clashing with type inference – Jonathan Carter discusses the use of name and optional parameters as a means of making your API more understandable and also discusses some of the problems you can run into when working with named / optional parameters with generic types as arguments.
- Introducing BDDify framework – Mehdi Khalili gives an introduction to the use his BDDify BDD framework for .NET, showing it in use in a number of different scenarios. This project is a relatively new one and is on the look out for feedback to help improve the project.
- Effective Tests: How Faking It Can Help You – Derek Greer continues his series of posts on Effective Tests with a deeper discussion of the use of fake implementations to get tests to pass.
- Benchmarking Lessons Learned The Hard Way – Alex Turner shares some advice based on what he has learnt while performing benchmarking to help you ensure that your benchmarks are as fair as possible.
- Anatomy of a .NET Assembly – The DOS stub – Simon Cooper continues this series digging into the innards of the .NET assembly, exploring the header at the beginning of .NET executable, and in his next post, explores The CLR Loader stub
- Enabling dynamic compression (gzip, deflate) for WCF Data Feeds, OData and other custom services in IIS7 – Scott Hanselman takes a look at enabling compression within IIS for various different types of content using the IIS Compression Module, showing how you can do this through the GUI and command line
- March 2011 IIS Community Newsletter is published – Steve Schofield shares the March edition of the IIS Community Newsletter, a nice monthly newsletter which contains news about IIS and related products and the community surrounding IIS
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Posted by Chris Alcock on 29 Mar 2011 | Tagged as: .NET, Development, Morning Brew
- TFS Integration Platform Updated (Mar ’11) – Brian Harry highlights the official binary release of the TFS Integration Platform’s March release, now available on the Visual Studio Gallery. This release is a bugfix release with an impressive number of fixes included giving a boost to the stability of the product.
- Masked Input Plugin 1.3 – Josh Bush announces version 1.3 of his jQuery Masked Input Plugin. This release fixes a number of bugs and now comes with a suite of tests, along with a better minification resulting in a slightly smaller filesize.
- Encapsulation: You’re Doing It Wrong – Derick Bailey discusses the Object Oriented Programming Principle of Encapsulation (AKA Information Hiding), looking at some of the myths of encapsulation and discussing ‘Doing it right’
- Jeff Wilcox’s "Metro" design guide for developers, v1.00 – Jeff Wilcox shares a nice guide to making your Windows Phone Application conform to the Metro look and feel, highlighting the important things to do to get that consistent look and feel.
- Metro In Motion Part #2 – "Peel" Animations – Colin Eberhardt is also digging into the Metro look and feel, showing in this post how you can achieve the peel application exit animation in your own applications as a transition.
- Effective Tests: A Test-First Example – Part 1 – Derek Greer presses on with his series on Effective Tests with an introduction to Test Driven Development, and a worked example of using TDD (and a bit of behaviour driven development) to develop some functionality.
- Scaffolding Actions and Unit Tests with MvcScaffolding – Steve Sanderson continues his series on the use of the MvcScaffolding NuGet package with part three, looking at how the Scaffolding can help with the creation of Actions and Unit Tests by using the provided methods to Scaffold the stub implementations of both into your code.
- Modifying the default code generation/scaffolding templates in ASP.NET MVC – Scott Hanselman is also focusing on how you can be more efficient when using templating, looking at how you can customise the templates used for code generation in ASP.NET MVC, including a recording of his ASP.NET MVC 2 Ninja Black Belt Tips video where he discusses this concept.
- Optimizing Regex Performance, Part 3 – Ron Petrusha continues his long running series about Regular Expression Performance over on the BCL Team Blog. This part focuses on the performance of capturing and non-capturing groups in your Regular Expressions.
- Associations in EF 4.1 Code First: Part 2 – Complex Types – Morteza Manavi continues this series with a look at the mapping of Complex Types using Entity Framework Code First, discussing the definition of Complex Types, and looking at the implementation of mapping using Code First.
- Monads! European Virtual ALT.NET Tuesday 29th March – Tonight (Tuesday 29th March) sees Mike Hadlow presenting his Monads talk to the European Virtual Alt.Net Usergroup. The event kicks off at 7PM GMT (Don’t forget we are now on British Summer Time – GMT+1) and will certainly be an interesting presentation.
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Posted by Chris Alcock on 25 Mar 2011 | Tagged as: .NET, Development, Morning Brew
- Phone Tools v0.6 Released – Breaking Change! – Shawn Wildermuth announces a update to his Phoney Tools library for Windows Phone 7, taking the version to 0.6. This release includes breaking changes caused by a restructuring of the Networking and Microphone classes into their own assemblies. This version also features a streamlined NuGet install process based on feedback from Scott Hanselman
- Cloud Sync/Backup your Visual Studio settings with Pepper – Greg Duncan highlights Pepper, a Visual Studio 2010 extension from Robert MacLean which backups up / synchronises your Visual Studio settings ‘to the cloud’ (an SQL Azure database)
- Expression Web 4 Service Pack 1 Available for Download – Wes Yanaga highlights the Expression 4 Service Pack 1 release, giving a summary of the bugfixes and improvements included in the service pack release.
- Building Windows Phone 7 Apps just got easier! – Allan Naim highlights the launch of AppMakr, a web based application which creates Windows Phone 7 Applications for you in your browser, drawing on website RSS feeds for their data, and providing push notification and social media integrations.
- Implementing the virtual method pattern in C#, Part Three – Eric Lippert continues his series looking at how you would go about implementing Virtual Methods (in C#) if they didn’t already exist. In this post Eric looks at improving on the technique introduced in the previous part, and introduces the concept of virtual function dispatch tables.
- C#/.NET Little Wonders: The ToLookup() LINQ Extension Method – James Michael Hare continues his on-going series of posts looking at the various little wonders contained in the C# language and .NET Framework. This instalment looks at the use of the ToLookup LINQ extension method to manipulate your IEnumerable<T> into a specific collection data structure.
- When Should a Method Be a Property? – Rob Conery discusses the (often confused) issue of wether to use a property or a method for a particular class member, looking at an example and refering to the MSDN guidance on the subject. Discussion on this one is beginning in the comments
- Brief introduction to Windows Identity Foundation – Gunnar Peipman shares his first ever webcast, on Windows Identity Foundation, providing an introductory overview of the WIF claims based authentication, sharing the slide deck and also a number of reference links on the subject.
- WCF How To’s Index – Alik Levin shares a link list of MSDN How To documentation for a variety of WCF features
- So you think you’ve finished implementing that new Windows Phone 7 page? – Damian Mehers shares a checklist for declaring that a Windows Phone 7 page complete which will help you ensure that your WP7 page conforms to best practices.
- Ways to Load Applications Faster – A Windows Phone Recipe – Arik Poznanski shares a loading procedure for making your Windows Phone 7 Applications load as quickly as possible, discussing the WP7 lifetime events, showing a slow loading application, and working to make this application load quicker using 4 tips.
- Producing and Consuming OData in a Silverlight and Windows Phone 7 application (Part 1) – Michael Crump highlights an article series he is writing for SilverlightShow.net exploring the use of OData data in Windows Phone 7 and Silverlight applications
Posted by Chris Alcock on 24 Mar 2011 | Tagged as: .NET, Development, Morning Brew
- NOW AVAILABLE: Windows Azure Toolkit for Windows Phone 7 – The Windows Azure Team announce the release of the Windows Azure Toolkit for Windows Phone 7, providing a head start for anyone wanting to use the Windows Azure Services from the Windows Phone Device. The kit includes binaries, project templates and sample applications, along with some additional tooling to make sure things will work when deployed to the device.
- Getting specific with the Specification Pattern – Sumit Thomas takes a look at the implementation and testing of the specification pattern, a pattern designed for testing candidate objects for matches against a set of requirements.
- Let’s synchronize our watches: Determining Clock Skew with Christian’s Algorithm and the Reactive Framework – Samuel Jack shares the experience he gained in writing a Windows Phone 7 game where time played a key in the communication for multi-user games, looking at how he combined the Reactive Framework with Christians Algorithm to detect the amount of time ‘slippage’ between two systems.
- 5 Ways That Postsharp Can SOLIDify Your Code: Transaction Management – Matthew Groves continues looking at ways in which Aspect Oriented Programming techniques using PostSharp can make it easier to keep your code following the SOLID principles. In this post Matthew takes a look at how AOP can provide Transaction functionality to your code auto-magically.
- Good Exception Management Rules of Thumb – Back to Basics Edition – Scott Hanselman kicks off the debate about exception handling with a post of some real world bad ‘exception handling’ code from a reader. Good discussion in the comments ensues.
- Working with more then one web.config files in asp.net application. – Jalpesh P. Vadgama takes a look at web.config inheritance when there are multiple web.config files in different directories of a website, explaining the functionality and looking at a concrete example.
- Deployment Guide: How to Configure a Web Server to Host LightSwitch Applications – Beth Massi shares the end to end process required to set up and configure a web server to run Visual Studio Lightswitch applications, working step by step through the process
- AppFabric WCF HTTP Service Template – Ron Jacobs takes a look at the AppFabric WCF HTTP Service Template, available on the Visual Studio Gallery, which combines these two technologies offering out of the box support for monitoring services across multiple servers, removing the need for the .svc extension using routing and providing custom Event Tracing for Windows events. In this post Ron shows how each of these features can be enabled and used.
- Stop Using Mocks – Karl Seguin shares his throughTs on the use of Mocks in tests to provide implementations of dependencies of the code under test. Be sure to check out the comments on this one for further discussion and debate on the subject.
- Using BCrypt in a .NET Application – Why it’s better than SHA or MD5. – Sergio Tapia takes a look at the BCryprt encryption library comparing it to SHA and MD5 for hashing passwords, discussing why its a better choice than SHA and MD5 due to its increased complexity meaning its harder to crack passwords using brute force.
Posted by Chris Alcock on 23 Mar 2011 | Tagged as: .NET, Development, Morning Brew
- Mozilla Launches Firefox 4 and Delivers a Fast, Sleek and Customizable Browsing Experience to More Than 400 Million Users Worldwide – The Mozilla Firefox team have released Firefox 4, the latest version of their browser product. This version gives a boost to the performance of Firefox, along with introducing a new streamlined UI and much more.
- Firebug 1.7.0 – The Firebug team have also released a new version of FireBug which is fully compatibale with Firefox 4, and also a paralell release of Chromebug. In addition to the compatibility changes, there are a a number of new features, including an update ot the Extension API, examination of local, session and global storage, and stability improvements for the Inspector.
- My Visual Studio 2010 HTML5 Templates are Updated for jQuery 1.5.1 and Modernizr 1.7 – Rey Bango shares an update to his HTML 5 Page and Website templates, updating them to the latest jQuery and Modernizr releases.
- Lighthouse – Silverlight Unit Test Runner Project released – Slobodan Pavkov announces the release of Lighthouse, a tool which allows the running of Silverlight Unit tests at the command line, allowing for their inclusion in Continuous Build Scenarios
- Using ActionFilters with ASP.NET MVC and NHibernate – Rob Conery continues exploring the use of AcitionFilters with ASP.NET MVC to control Data Access Sessions and Transactions taking a look at managing NHibernate Sessions, Session Factory and Transactions
- How to Add MVC 3 Project Types to the Azure Cloud Service Wizard – Jason Haley shares Windows Azure Project Templates for the easy creation of ASP.NET MVC 3 projects using the Windows Azure Web Roles. This post includes links to the templates, along with instructions on the installation.
- Internet Explorer 9 Compatibility Cookbook & Developer Resources: HTML5 / IE9 Tutorials and Sample Code – Doris Chen highlights the Internet Explorer 9 Compatibility Cookbook, and excellent reference guide to ensuring your own web applications are compatible with Internet Explorer 9, and also highlights tutorials on MSDN looking at the new features supported in IE9.
- Published Applications AKA _PublishedApplications – Rob Reynolds highlights some work by David Keaveny which brings easy publication support (like Web Projects have) to other project types, making it easy to bundle up your applications into a folder.
- Windows Azure and scaling: how? (.NET) – Maarten Balliauw is mid way through a series looking at scaling your applications using Windows Azure. In this part he explores programmatic scaling of your application, looking at adding and removing instances using a command line tool.
- DB Concurrency Control with .NET – Overview – Peter Meinl shares a detailed examination of the concurrency support available in the .NET framework and in databases which are commonly used with .NET, discussing each aspect and sharing samples to illustrate.
- Loading Assemblies off Network Drives – Rick Strahl discusses the change in .NET 4 which makes loading assemblies from network drives easier, and discusses a workaround for the cases where you don’t get the new behaviour by default.
- NNUG Online – Mars 2011 – NNUG – The Norwegian .NET User Group are holding their second Virtual event, welcoming Jon Skeet this evening (23rd March) with the event kicking off at 20:30 (local time – GMT+1 I believe)
- Windows Phone 7 Workshops – Register Now! – Mike Ormond shares the registration links for the Windows Phone Workshops taking place across the UK during April.
Posted by Chris Alcock on 22 Mar 2011 | Tagged as: .NET, Development, Morning Brew
- Windows Phone 7 Iconography – Mike Ormond shares a set of image templates for the various pieces of Iconography associated with the Windows Phone 7 Platform, providing images of the correct sizes for each of the purposes, along with guidance for using them. Images are in Paint.Net format.
- Implementing the virtual method pattern in C#, Part Two – Eric Lippert continues his series looking at implementing virtual methods in C# (as if they didn’t already exist), looking at a solution which uses delegates to static methods stored in fields.
- Foundations of Programming 2 – Appendix B – Advanced jQuery – Karl Seguin continues sharing the chapters of the second edition of his Foundations of Programming e-book. This section is a second appendix looking at the use of some of the more advanced uses of the jQuery library
- Effective Tests: Test First – Derek Greer takes a look at the origins of Behaviour Driven Development from the Test Driven approaches, surveying and giving examples of these techniques
- Using EntityFramework with ASP.NET MVC 3 – Rob Conery discusses the management of DataContext Lifetimes in your ASP.NET MVC Applications, sharing a solution using Ninject and hooking into the IDependencyResolver functionality of the framework to create an ActionFilter to manage the DataContext used by your actions.
- Serializing the WCF Data Service Client State – Peter Qian discusses the serialisation of the state associated with a WCF DataServiceContext to support tombstoning of a Windows Phone 7 Application, discussing the problem space, the various considerations and sharing some best practice tips.
- ASP.NET WF4 / WCF and Async Calls – Ron Jacobs explores the combining of Workflow Foundation 4 (WF4) Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) and ASP.NET, and looks at making asynchronous calls from the ASP.NET site, working step by step (with a supporting video) to show how you go about doing this in a simple case.
- Unit Testing Workflow Activities with Moles – ‘MicSmi’ expores the use of the Microsoft Research Moles technology for testing WorkFlow activities, discussing the process, how it works and sharing a sample project demonstrating the technique.
- My Orchard talk for LIDNUG – Bertrand Le Roy highlights the availability of the recording of the Live Meeting session he did for the Linked In .NET User Group (LIDNUG) on the Orchard CMS system, showing how to create a blog using Orchard as an introduction to using this ASP.NET MVC 3 based CMS platform.
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