April 2012

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The Morning Brew #1095

Posted by on 30 Apr 2012 | Tagged as: .NET, Development, Morning Brew

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The Morning Brew #1094

Posted by on 27 Apr 2012 | Tagged as: .NET, Development, Morning Brew

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  • ASP.NET Web API Updates – April 27 – Henrik F Nielsen highlights some of the changes to the ASP.NET Web API which are now available in the source code, and will eventually become part of the official release. The changes surround the wiring up of Message Handlers, access to progress notification for upload and download, and further support for Multipart messages.
  • Back to Basics: Moving beyond for, if and switch – Scott Hanselman resumes his Back To Basics series looking at how modern languages allow you to move beyond the standard for, if and switch statements allowing you to write more expressive and shorter code.
  • C#/.NET Little Wonders: The Enumerable.Range() Static Method – James Michael Hare also continues his series on the little wonders available in the C# language and .NET Framework with a look at the use of the Enumerable.Range() method in a couple of scenarios.
  • "Virtual method call from constructor" What Could Go Wrong? – Peter Ritchie discusses a common code analysis warning about calling overridable methods in constructors which while syntactically correct can result in unexpected behaviour.
  • ASP.NET MVC: Resolve or Inject? That’s the Issue – Dino Esposito discusses the difference between dependency resolving using a service locator and dependency injection in ASP.NET MVC web applications.
  • Auto-scaling Azure with WASABi – From the Ground Up – Greg Oliver discusses the process of setting up WASABi to provide auto scaling of Windows Azure, looking at how you can test the setup using the compute emulator

The Morning Brew #1093

Posted by on 26 Apr 2012 | Tagged as: .NET, Development, Morning Brew

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  • Json.NET – Download: Json.NET 4.5 Release 4 – The Json.NET team announce the release of Json.NET 4.5 Release 4. This release adds a Portable Class Library build, further customization of the JsonConverter, improved error messages in Json Reader and Serializer, along with some new attributes for controlling serialization and the usual fixes.

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  • Visual Studio Fakes Part 2 – Shims – Peter Provost continues his series looking at the Visual Studio 11 support for Fakes, in this part discussing the use of Shims to allow you to control code your code under test relies on but which cannot be injected, looking at how Shims allow you to create tests of this type of code, allowing you to eventually refactor the dependency out into something manageable.
  • Bringing CLR’s Power to non .NET languages – Part 1 – Dorian Corompt kicks off what looks to be an interesting series of posts looking at consuming .NET CLR based code in non .NET languages like C++, Java, PHP, etc, looking at the use of C++ to create a bridge between the non .NET language and the CLR.
  • Obsoleted Types, Methods and Migration Guide and more for .Net 4.5 (Beta) – Greg Duncan highlights s selection of resources (with some help from Wriju) which discuss the many changes in .NET 4.5, the types and members which have been marked as obsolete, migration documentation, and discussion of dependencies of the different .NET versions.
  • Windows Azure Storage for the ASP.NET Developer – Adam Hoffman shares his latest installment of s series of posts from Adam, Rachel Appel, and Peter Laudati looking at Azure for Web Developers. In this post Adam discusses the different storage options available on Windows Azure, ranging from relational SQL Server data stores to blots and queues.
  • Top 7 Concerns of Migrating an ASP.NET Application to Windows Azure – Peter Laudati’s latest part of the series is also available, where he discusses the 7 most common concerns and decisions you need to make when moving an existing ASP.NET application to the cloud.
  • Get Started Building Data Driven Apps with Windows Azure and SQL Axure – Rachel Appel also has her latest article in the series available, looking at the use of SQL Azure to create a data driven application.
  • ‘Task List’ and comments – Amar Nityananda reminds us of the ability to customize the tokens that the Visual Studio Task List uses to identify tasks in code, allowing you to identify custom markers in code via the task list.
  • 6. Sequences – Being lazy is allowed – Dorian Corompt continues this series on F#, discussing the concept of laziness in sequences, their role in programming and dealing with infinite sequences, and how you can use them in F#.

The Morning Brew #1092

Posted by on 25 Apr 2012 | Tagged as: .NET, Development, Morning Brew

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  • NHibernate 3.3.0.GA released – Oskar Berggren announces the release of version 3.3.0GA of NHibernate. This release includes improvements to the LINQ provider, additional ‘enhanced’ identity providers, and additional capabilities for mapping in code.

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  • GUID Guide, part one – Eric Lippert kicks off another series of posts looking at the interesting and slightly magical world of the GUID – globally unique identifiers.
  • Petzold Book Blog – 2-4-6-8-10 – Charles Petzold shares a unique offer which will get you early access copies and a final e-book edition of his updated ‘Programming Windows’ book. This book is one of the most well known and revered in the space, and the updated edition will be adding content regarding Metro Style Applications development for Windows 8 using C#
    and XAML.
  • Announcing ReactiveUI 3.1 at Thursday Night – Paul Betts announces a new release of ReactiveUI. This library is a MVVM framework which is tightly integrated with the reactive extensions for .NET, providing a simple way of writing complex stateful interactions and async operations.
  • Compilify – Fast and Simple Online Compiler For .Net Code on a Browser – Jiby John highlights Compilify, a Roslyn based online compiler for .NET code accessible through your web browser. The implementation is open source, with source code available on GitHub, and there is a hosted version available running on AppHarbor.
  • WPF Charting Performance Comparisons (the Battle Continues) – Colin Eberhardt takes a look at the performance of various WPF based charting solutions, looking at their performance refreshing and animating with different sized data sets.
  • Diving deep with WinRT and await – Windows 8 app developer blog – Site Home – MSDN Blogs – Stephen Toub is a guest author over on the Windows 8 App Developer Blog discussing the implementation and use of asynyc/await in Windows 8 WinRT applications, discussing the basics and how the compiler transforms the code.
  • Be Mindful With Your Code – Eli Weinstock-Herman discusses code quality, and the reasons you should care about the code you write.
  • Concurrency, Performance, Arrays and when Dirty Writes are OK – Ben Watson discusses multiple threads accessing a single shared resource (Array), discussing synchronization, and how you can improve performance by accepting some loss in accuracy.

The Morning Brew #1091

Posted by on 24 Apr 2012 | Tagged as: .NET, Development, Morning Brew

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  • Windows 8 Release Preview Coming June 2012 – Doug Holland highlights yesterday’s announcement by Steven Sinofsky at the Japan Windows 8 Dev Days event that the Release Preview of Windows 8 will be made available in the first week of June.
  • F#, MSTest, and FsUnit 1.1.0.0 – Dan Mohl gives an update on his recent work with a new project template for UnitTesting in F# using MSTest and Visual Studio 11, and also discusses the latest update for FsUnit which brings additional asserts and support for VS11

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  • Hands-On Windows 8 Camps in May – Mike Taulty highlights a series of ‘Windows 8 Camp’ events running though out May with three events in London, and one in Birmingham, and the possibility of Manchester and Edinburgh events too – a great opportunity to immerse yourself in the Windows 8 development labs with help on hand from experts.

The Morning Brew #1090

Posted by on 23 Apr 2012 | Tagged as: .NET, Development, Morning Brew

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  • WCF Data Services 5.1.0-rc Prerelease – With Version 5.0 released, the WCF Data Services Team are pressing on with their first release candidate pre-release of version 5.1, addressing a number of reported bugs. The release is available as a pre-release package on NuGet.
  • #mvvmlight V4RC available on #nuget – Laurent Bugnion announces the preview release of MVVMLight version 4, available as packages for Silverlight 3,4,5, .NET 3.5SP1, 4.0, WP7 & 7.1, and adding support for Windows 8 WinRT Development

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  • First meeting Thurs May 3rd –
    Sheffield .NET User Group
    – The very first meeting of a new .NET Usergroup is happening next Thursday (3rd May) in Sheffield, hosted at GIST Lab. The first meeting is a planning session looking at what the local .NET community would like from the UserGroup.
  • patterns & practices Global Online Symposium 2012 – Grigori Melnik highlights the Patterns & Practices Global Online Symposium, being held tomorrow, streaming live, and featuring a number of well known speakers, along with cloud, phone and web development related sessions.

The Morning Brew #1089

Posted by on 20 Apr 2012 | Tagged as: .NET, Development, Morning Brew

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  • dotPeek 1.0 Beta Available – JetBrains announce the beta release of dotPeek 1.0, their free .NET decompiler product. This release is shipped with an installer, supports assembly lists, can open assemblies from folder and zip format archives (including NuGet Packages), and have finder control over the generated decompilation code.
  • SQL Server 2012 Best Practices Analyzer – Jack Richins highlights the latest release of SQL Server 2012 Best Practices Analyzer, a tool which will monitor and observe your SQL Server instances and give recommendations on things to change to make your setup conform to best practices.

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The Morning Brew #1088

Posted by on 19 Apr 2012 | Tagged as: .NET, Development, Morning Brew

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  • MVC Style parameter binding for WebAPI – Mike Stall continues his series of posts looking at binding in WebAPI, looking in this post at the IActionValueBinder implementation ‘MvcActionValueBinder’ which provides MVC style parameter binding
  • ASP.NET MVC Authentication – Global Authentication and Allow Anonymous – Jon Galloway kicks off a new blog post series looking at a variety of common questions, tips, and tricks regarding ASP.NET MVC. This first post in the series takes a look at Global Authentication, tracing the functionality back through the releases of ASP.NET MVC.
  • Consolidating jQuery Ajax Calls – Dan Wahlin takes a look at how you can use JavaScript objects to help encapsulate your AJAX calls, making a data service object to handle all your data work rather than littering calls across scripts.
  • Use the source, don’t read it – Inside 233 has an excellent little (hand written/drawn) guide to how you should best make use of the source access that open source gives you, discussing a number of useful approaches to ‘reading’ and comprehending source code.
  • Who knows Enumerable.Range(…)? – Andreas Gieriet highlights the much underused Enumerable.Range method for generating sequences of numbers in a range – a nice readable alternative to the standard for syntax.
  • MEF 2 Preview Beginners Guide – Dean Oliver gives a nice beginners overview to some of the new features which are planned to be included in the MEF (Mananged Extensibility Framework) 2 release.
  • I was going to call this post ‘Windows Azure Best Practices’ but I’m not allowed to – Despite not being officially called ‘Best Practices’ Buck Woody shares a number of good tips for making the most of Windows Azure and ensuring that your applications and code work as well as possible.
  • Custom errors and error detail policy in ASP.NET Web API – Jimmy Bogard shares some tips on how you can get full exception information out of the ASP.NET Web API using the IncludeErrorDetailPolicy.

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