May 2012

Monthly Archive

The Morning Brew #1117

Posted by on 31 May 2012 | Tagged as: .NET, Development, Morning Brew

Slides and demo code from my DDDSW 4 talk on WebSockets and SignalR can now be found here.

Software

  • AspectMap – Aspect Oriented Programming for Complete Beginners – Chris Surfleet announces the first release (0.5) of an Aspect Oriented Programming framework for StructureMap. The library is available on NuGet and provides a simple way of wiring in cross cutting concerns into your applications by way of Structure Map.

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The Morning Brew #1116

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

As a few of you pointed out to me, Monday was a public holiday in the US, hence my lack of content for yesterday’s edition.

Software

  • CSLA 4 version 4.3.11 beta available – Rockford Lhotka announces the beta release of the latest update to his CSLA application framework. As is usual, this release addresses reported issues, along with adding a few of new features.

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The Morning Brew #1115

Posted by on 29 May 2012 | Tagged as: .NET, Development, Morning Brew

A rather light edition today as my RSS reader was rather empty this morning – maybe its the effect of the warn weather, or maybe there have been too many folks away at conferences and the like.

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  • Welcome to the website of the UK Windows Azure Users Group – The UK Windows Azure User Group have two events scheduled in early June, one in Manchester, the other in London. The Manchester event is on Wednesday 6th June, and will focus on Windows Azure Storage and Building Mobile Applications on Azure. The London meeting is scheduled for Tuesday 12th June and features an open panel discussion, with a panel consisting of Richard Conway, Andy Cross, and others.

The Morning Brew #1114

Posted by on 28 May 2012 | Tagged as: .NET, Development, Morning Brew

Update: Corrected the Version Number for Windows Phone on the comment for TouchDevelop – Thanks to Ian for letting me know in the comments

I had a splendid time this weekend at the Developer Developer Developer South West Conference. Many thanks to the organisers and attendees for making it so great. Special thanks to all the people who came to my session on Web Sockets and SignalR – I will be posting the slides and demo code online at some point this week.

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The Morning Brew #1113

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

Really looking forward to the Developer Developer Developer South West conference this weekend – if you spot me there come and say hello!

Software

  • NDepend V4 – Code Query and Rule over LINQ – Patrick Smacchia announces the release of version 4 of NDepend, his software analysis tooling. This version, 2 years in the making, brings support for Visual Studio 11, a new API which allows you to build your own analyzers and code querying using a Linq syntax, along with working on the performance and useability of the tool.

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  • Continuous Value Delivery with Visual Studio 11 ALM & My Favorite Features: Creating Storyboards with PowerPoint – Jason Zander kicks off a new series of posts looking at the features in Visual Studio 11 ALM which support Continuous Value Delivery, sharing a video of a presentation he gave on the subject at the ALM Summit. Jason also explores the functionality which Visual Studio 11 adds to PowerPoint to allow you to story board applications.
  • 3 Key Software Principles You Must Understand – Chris Peters discusses three of the most important software development principles, looking at DRY (Don’t Repeat Yourself), KISS (Keep it simple stupid), and YAGNI (You ain’t gonna need it), looking at what the principle is, how it applies, and how you can go about adhering to it.
  • Two ways to work with HTTP responses in ApiController, HttpResponseMessage and HttpResponseException – Glenn Block looks at the difference between the use of HttpResponseMessage and HttpResponseException in ASP,NET WebAPI
  • Attribute based routing in ASP.NET Web API – Filip W. discusses the use of the updated AttributeRouting library (available from NuGet) which adds attribute controlled routing to your ASP.NET WebAPI projects. In this post Filip walks through its use in defining the routes to your controller methods as attributes on the methods themselves.
  • Windows 8, .NET, Async, Await, What’s Going On? – Mike Taulty discusses how the async and await keywords are new to many developers attending the Windows 8 Developer camps, and highlights some of his own content regarding them, along with a really nice article on the Windows 8 Developer blog from Stephen Toub.
  • Being productive in the background – background tasks – Hari Pulapaka (and a collection of collaborators) discusses background tasks in Windows 8 Metro Style Applications, looking at how you can create and schedule these tasks, along with discussing the limits applied to background tasks in terms of CPU and network resource.
  • Windows 8: Top 10 Reasons why I choose XAML over HTML5 – Jerry Nixon shares 10 reasons he believes that XAML is the best choice for Windows 8 development, discussing, amongst others, resolution independence, binding, debugging features of Visual Studio and the power of Expression Blend.
  • Kevin LaBranche – Getting started with Mercurial for a small team – Kevin LaBranche kicks off a series looking at getting a team up and running with the Mercurial Distributed Version Control System. So far he has posted 4 parts, looking at the decision to use Mercurial over Git, Installation and configuration of Mercurial, the basics of the Mercurial workflow, and the setup of a Mercurial Repository.

The Morning Brew #1112

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

Software

  • Nuget 1.8 – The NuGet Team announce the release of NuGet 1.8. This release brings significant performance improvements, making package installation and restore much quicker. Also added is support for satellite packages for localized resources, Package restore consent, along with bugfixes.
  • NServiceBus 3.2 Released – Udi Dahan highlights the NServiceBus 3.2 release, giving an overview of the new modeling tooling provided, and discussing their updated licensing model.

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  • Extract to User Control in visual studio11 – Jalpesh P. Vadgama takes a look at one of the neat new features for WebForms developers included in Visual Studio 11 Beta, allowing you to easily extract a section of markup into a user control
  • ASP.NET MVC4: Bundling and Minification – BalaG Ganesan takes an introductory look at the new Bundling and Minification features for CSS and JavaScript which ship in the ASP.NET MVC 4 release.
  • Beginner’s Guide to Node.js on Windows Azure – Shiju Varghese gives an introduction to working with Node.js on Windows Azure, discussing some of the key Node concepts and providing resources to help you get up and running with node on Windows and Windows Azure.
  • Data in the Fast Lane – – Douglas Gantenbein discusses a recent success for Microsoft Research, setting a new record for the ‘World Cup’ of data sorting. The team processed the equivalent of 100 bytes for every person in the world – an impressive feat.
  • Starting today you need Windows Phone 7.5 to use Marketplace – Nick J Trogh highlights the news that as of today the Windows Phone Market Place will only be accessible from Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango)
  • A story on composable systems – Dru Sellers discusses a real world use of Composition via Inversion of Control and some static typing gave very positive results in a real application he worked on.

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The Morning Brew #1111

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

Today’s edition is a bit short due to my laptop forgetting how to let me do drag and drop (a vital part of my Morning Brew Creation Application) – copy and pasting URLs and titles takes a lot longer!

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Community

  • Event: Windows Server 2012 Community Roadshow – Sarah Allison highlights the Windows Server 2012 Community Roadshow, running in over 20 countries, which will be in the UK in London (14th June) and Edinburgh (15th June).
  • Fancy some help to port your Windows Phone app to Windows 8? – Mike Ormond highlights an exclusive 2 day event running in London on the weekend of 16/17th June. This event is targeted at developers who have applications in the Windows Phone MarketPlace, and will provide assistance in porting your applications to the Windows 8 Platform.
  • Windows Azure Conference 22nd June 2012 – Further details are available about the Windows Azure Conference running in London on 22nd June, with a 4 track agenda covering cloud and related technologies.

The Morning Brew #1110

Posted by on 22 May 2012 | Tagged as: .NET, Development, Morning Brew

Software

  • Kinect for Windows: SDK and Runtime version 1.5 Released – Craig Eisler of the Kinect for Windows team announces the release of the Kinect for Windows SDK and Runtime version 1.5. This release includes a number of major improvements including Kinect Studio, a tool for working with and replaying Kinect data, Face Tracking support, human interface guidelines.
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  • Introducing GitHub For Windows – GitHub, and Phil Haack announce the public release of GitHub for Windows, their easy way of getting up and running with Git (and GitHub) on the Windows Platform. The application is a Metro styled one, and provides a nice user experience, and the application is also bundled with an enhanced version of Git and the Posh-Git PowerShell extensions.

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Community

  • Windows 8 Camp in a Box – Mike Ormond highlights the availability of the materials from the Windows 8 Camp events which have been run here in the UK. The materials include the Hand on Labs, Presentations, samples giving those who didn’t attend (or those who did) a chance to gain knowledge.
  • Event: Tech.Days: Visual Studio 11 Online Event, 28th June 2012, 1pm to 3pm – Sara Allison highlights an early afternoon online presentation on Visual Studio 11, looking at the Agile / Scrum features, Story boarding and IntelliTrace, improvements to the IDE, Coded UI Tests, and how non-VS developers can interact. The event is an online presentation between 1pm and 3pm on Thursday 28th June.

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