August 2012

Monthly Archive

The Morning Brew #1179

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

I’m attending and presenting at DeveloperDeveloperDeveloper 10 in Reading this weekend – if you see me there please come and say hello!

Software

  • Get Windows 8 Metro Elements for as little as $1 … crazy, but true! – The Team over at Mindscape are trying out an interesting pricing model for their latest controls library, allowing people to purchase it for a really low price, but with every purchase increasing the price by $1. The current asking price is $75, and the RRP is $799, so its quite a deal at the moment.

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  • Hidden Complexity – Mark Rendle discusses the topic for his latest talk which will be getting its first outing at Skills Matter in London next Monday

The Morning Brew #1178

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

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  • A Developer’s Guide to Presentations – Zac Gery shares a number of really good tips for presenters new and old – well worth a look if you are doing a usergroup, workplace, or conference presentation.

The Morning Brew #1177

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

Software

  • Announcing Windows Azure Mobile Services – Scott Guthrie announces the latest innovation from the Windows Azure Team, Windows Azure Mobile Services. Windows Azure Mobile Services provides an easy way to authenticate users, store data, and notify clients across a range of platforms, while utilizing the cloud for scalability.
  • ReSharper 7.0.1: Bugfix Update Available – JetBrains announce the release of ReSharper 7.0.1, a bugfix release which addresses issues reported since the RTM release, with a significant focus on memory and performance related issues.
  • New Beta of GhostDoc v4 – Tatworth highlights SubMain’s announcement of a beta release of GhostDoc v4, a tool to make documenting your code base easier. V4 includes a number of substantial new features, and includes Visual Studio 2012 compatibility.
  • Announcing TouchDevelop v2.10: tutorial videos, code synthesis, trace+replay, and more! – Nikolai Tillmann and the TouchDevelop Team announce their latest release, V2.10. This release is the result of the work for the Team supplemented by some summer interns, and includes new debugging features, editor improvements, and improved documentation.

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  • Introducing Windows Azure Mobile Services – Carlos Figueira, who has been working with the Windows Azure team on the Windows Azure Mobile Services discusses what he feels are the key areas which these services offer best value.
  • Evolving the Reflection API – Brandon Bray discusses how the Reflection API has changed in the .NET API set for Windows Store Apps, discussing how the team went about deciding what functionality to include based upon the common usage scenarios, and how they went about re-organising the API
  • Async in Entity Framework 6.0 – K. Scott Allen takes a sneak peek at the new Async support coming in Entity Framework 6.0, showing how some of the new methods look in use in common scenarios.
  • TFS Shipping Cadence – Brian Harry discusses the TFS team’s development practices and how they have been moving to a shorter release cadence, with planning reaching out to 12-18 months
  • Rapid Prototyping, the MVC Working Model – Edward Charbeneau shares some techniques and practices for building good looking functional working prototypes using ASP.NET MVC
  • Data Duplication and Replication – Udi Dahan discusses the role of duplicated data in CQRS based architectures, looking at different types of duplicated data (business data and de-normalised data) and discussing how he considers duplicate data in these scenarios.

Community

  • DDD North – Agenda Released and Registration Open – The Agenda has now been finalised and released, and Registration has now opened for the DeveloperDeveloperDeveloper North conference on Saturday 13th October taking place at Bradford University. Be sure to register quickly for this event as place are sure to fill up quickly.
  • Windows 8 Code Weekend – Another reminder for the dev4good organised Windows 8 Code Weekend, running in conjunction with TheGivingLab.org and Givey.co.uk, and taking place on the weekend 8/9th September in London
  • How I learned to stop worrying and love my community – Ben Dornis shares his inspiring story of how community involvement really helped him grow as a developer, and encourages you to get involved with your community

The Morning Brew #1176

Posted by on 28 Aug 2012 | Tagged as: .NET, COM Interop, Development, Morning Brew

Software

  • C# Yellow Book 2012 Now Available – Rob Miles announces the 2012 edition of his C# Yellow Book, a free pdf download now in its 5th year of being updated. This edition contains updates and corrections, along with moving the GUI section onto XAML rather than WinForms.
  • #mvvmlight V4 update for Win8 RTM – Laurent Bugnion has updated his MVVM Light framework for the Windows 8 RTM release, including a few updates, and discusses upgrading your applications to the RTM release in this post.
  • FsCheck 0.8.3 and FsCheck.Xunit 0.3 – Kurt Schelfthout announces the latest versions of FsCheck and , adding support for running tests through NCrunch, and use of Assembly binding redirects to ensure that thte correct versions of assemblies are used.

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The Morning Brew #1175

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

Monday is a public holiday here in England, and as Morning Brew tradition stipulates I will not be publishing an issue on Monday, and having a lie-in instead. The Morning Brew will return as usual on Tuesday. Have a good weekend everyone.

Software

  • Announcing the Release of SignalR 0.5.3 – Brady Gaster and the SignalR team make the official announcement of version 0.5.3 of SignalR, highlighting new and improved cross domain connection support, client side hubs for improved javascript syntactix sugar, enhanced logging and much more.
  • node.js – Version 0.8.8 (stable) – The Node.js team announce their 0.8.8 stable release available on the usual array of platforms, and including updates of the V8 engine and npm, as well as a number fo platform specific fixes for each platform.
  • JavaScript improvements in ReSharper 7 – Hadi Hariri discusses the improved JavaScript features of ReSharper 7, discussing how the tooling help you write safer more correct code by providing some compiler / linting like behaviours
  • Microsoft and Design: The New Logo – Seth Eliot highlights the new Microsoft Logo, unveiled yesterday, also taking a look at some of the other Microsoft Product logos.

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  • C#/.NET Little Wonders: Interlocked Read() and Exchange() – James Michael Hare kicks off our weekend with another post from his Little Wonders series looking at less known features of the .NET framework and C# language. In this post James takes a look at the Interlocked read and exchange methods to provide atomic operations on variables ensuring nothing tampers with the value while you obtain it.
  • An "is" operator puzzle, part one – Eric Lippert sets a puzzle for you this weekend involving the is operator evaluating true when you actually couldn’t perform a cast to the type.
  • Property Finder – a Cross-Platform HTML5 Mobile App – Colin Eberhardt shares a deep discussion on building cross platform (including platform like UI) applications for mobile devices using HTML5 and PhoneGap in this CodeProject article.
  • CQRS and user experience – Jimmy Bogard continues his series of posts discussing CQRS principles and practices with a look at how CQRS effects the Users experience, and discussing eventual consistency.
  • New Visual Studio 2012 Debugging Features for the Windows 8 App Lifecycle Model – Dmitri Leonov discusses how Windows8 applications present new situations which debuggers have to support, and takes a look at the features of the Visual Studio 2012 debugger which enable working in these situations.
  • OData 101: Building our first OData-based Windows Store app (Part 1) – & (Part 2) – The WCF Data Services team kick off a series of posts looking at consuming OData based data services from Windows 8 Store applications, working through an example based on the NetFlix data services.

The Morning Brew #1174

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

Update: Corrected description of link regarding Enterprise Library – Thanks to @anders_abel for letting me know via Twitter

Software

  • Download: Windows Azure Training Kit – The August edition of the Windows Azure Training Key is now available fo download, with new content from the Windows Azure DevCamp Events, SQL Azure Federations, Reporting and Data Sync, more guidance on building scalable global and highly available web applications, and bugfixes to hands on labs.
  • MyGet Build Services – Join the private beta! – Maarten Balliauw sharse the news that MyGet are now taking applicants for their private beta allowing you to try out having your GitHub projects pulled out, built and published as a NuGet Package. Places on the beta are limited.
  • SignalR 0.5.3 – Last Night SignalR 0.5.3 was released to NuGet, with a vast array of fixes and improvements as detailed in these release notes, including Web Socket support for Self Hosted Services, Improved Errors, and case insensitivity for proxy and event names,
  • The best extensions for Visual Studio 2012 – Ugo Lattanzi shares a look at some of the best and must have Visual Studio 2012 extensions available now.

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  • NuGet Gallery Performance Issues – Mads Kristensen gives an update on the recent performance issues with the NuGet service, with a deployment having taken place in the last few hours to address the issues (the deployment of which did result in a short outage this morning).
  • Enterprise Library vNext – Simplified – Grigori Melnik discusses the plans for the future of Enterprise Library Framework vNext, a cut down simplified version which will target just Windows8 / 2012 and .NET 4.5 and take advantage of the new features available in these platforms.
  • Busting some CQRS myths – Jimmy Bogard discusses 7 common myths surrounding the practice of CQRS which often lead people to go down the wrong route when implementing CQRS
  • Extra Information from OAuth/OpenId Provider – Pranav Rastogi discusses some of the additional information available to your applications via the OAuth/ OpenID provider for ASP.NET, made available via features in the OpenAuth protocol, and allowing your application to automatically know more about your users.
  • Build Single Page Apps – Part 7 – MVVM and KnockoutJS – John Papa continues his series looking at building single page applications. In this part John explore the use of KnockoutJS a client side MVVM framework.
  • 15 things we learned about interface design as developers – Milan Vrekic shares 15 important User Interface design concepts which you should always keep in mind when developing your applications.
  • Hooray! Here’s all 316 pages of the Windows 8 UX Guidelines in one cool PDF – Jerry Nixon highlights the 300+ page Windows 8 User Experience Guidelines document, telling you everything you need to know about creating a standardized User Experience for your Windows 8 Applications.
  • The Unofficial Windows 8 Developer FAQ – Scott Barnes shares an interesting look behind the scenes at some of the background to the Windows 8 Development experience, and the fall of Silverlight at Microsoft. Interesting reading.

The Morning Brew #1173

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

Software

  • MEF and TPL Dataflow NuGet Packages for .NET Framework 4.5 – Immo Landwerth announces the release of the RTM versions of The Managed Extensibility Framework and Task Parallel Library DataFlow NuGet Packages, These components complement the .NET 4.5 RTM release.
  • Lucene.Net becomes top-level project at Apache – The H Open highlights the news that the Lucene.NET project has graduated from the Apache Incubator status, and is now a fully fledged top-level Apache Project.
  • Bootstrap 2.1.0 released – The Twitter Bootstrap team announce a new update to Twitter BootStrap, their HTML layouit framework. This release while being a point release contains a large number of improvements and features along with over 120 bugfixes.
  • NUnitLite for Silverlight – Charlie Poole discusses the latest progress on NUnitLite for Silverlight, a Silverlight based testing framework which allows the testing of Silverlight code from within Silverlight

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The Morning Brew #1172

Posted by on 21 Aug 2012 | Tagged as: .NET, Development, Morning Brew

Software

  • Releasing Microsoft ASP.NET Universal Providers Core 1.2 – Pranav Rastogi announces the release of an update to the Universal Providers (membership) which shipped in the Visual Studio 2012 RTM release. As things like Universal Providers are all now shipped as NuGet Packages it is easy to get the update, simply update the package using the easy to follow instructions
  • EFMVC App Migrated to Visual Studio 2012 RC and ASP.NET MVC 4 RC – Shiju Varghese announces the migration of his sample application which demonstrates Entity Framework and ASP.NET MVC to Visual Studio and ASP.NET MVC 4. As always, sourcecode is available from the project’s CodePlex site.

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