February 2008

Monthly Archive

The Morning Brew #37

Posted by on 21 Feb 2008 | Tagged as: .NET, Development, Morning Brew

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The Morning Brew #36

Posted by on 20 Feb 2008 | Tagged as: .NET, Development, Morning Brew


Nevron .NET Vision Q4 2007 Released – Nevron announce the latest release of their commercial data visualisation components

Microsoft SharedView Beta2 – This beta screen sharing software has been generating quite a buzz this week.


Creating Your Own Provider Framework – Detailed run through of creating you own providers in the MS way.

Monorail Hands-On – Using MonoRail to build a sample application against the NorthWind database

Incorrect Results With Path.Combine – Hilton Giesenow demonstrates a case where Path.Combine might not do what you think it does – this is good to know, as I make quite a bit of use of Path.Combine

.NET 3.5 Client Product Roadmap – ScottGu gives an outline of the future for .NET Client Product developers

Using Localization in ASP.NET – A quick run through of using Resource files in ASP.NET applications

Tools for Digging Deeper Into .NET – A brief round up of some must have .NET tools – all well worth a look if you don’t already use them

Microsoft DreamSpark – If you are a student in one of the countries supported, this is an excellent opportunity to get full versions of Windows 2003 Server, Visual Studio Pro 2005/8, Expression studio, SQL Server Developer Edition. Its a shame I’m not a student any more – this is a great offer.

Why are the Microsoft Office file formats so complicated? (And some workarounds) – Following the release of the Office Document specifications, Joel Spolsky reviews some of the reasons they are so complex

The Morning Brew #35

Posted by on 19 Feb 2008 | Tagged as: .NET, Development, Morning Brew


Graffiti 1.0 Released – Telligent release Graffiti CMS, with free licenses (3 users) for not for profits, and commercial licenses starting at $399

Rhino Mocks 3.4 Released – Oren Eini (Ayende) announces the release of version 3.4 of this mocking framwork – and is already planning 3.5


IoC and the Unity Application Block – Matthew Podwysocki gives an introduction to Unitiy, the Microsoft IoC project

Unity Application Block Feb 2008 CTP – Kurt Claeys ports a Spring.NET example to Microsoft’s IoC CTP

Application Architecture, Software Development Frameworks, ORM, MVC/P and the Holy Grail – Part 1 – Tim Huffam talks about some of the key technology decisions that need to be made before you start any project

The custom MSBuild task cookbook – A step by step guide to building custom MSBuild Tasks, with lots of screenshots

Data Caching Using Custom Attributes – An example of how you can cache method calls based on attributes specifying the cache settings

A tale of Parallel.For in ParallelFX – A real comparison of parallel and non-parallel code doing matrix multiplication, including some of the pitfalls

SQL: If Exists Update Else Insert – Jeremiah Clark gives a good tip on making the Save stored procedure a little more efficient

Kigg – A Digg like application developed in ASP.NET MVC – Kazi Manzur Rashid has been busy building a sample application for the .NET MVC framework – using MVC, LINQ to SQL, ASP.NET Ajax, VSTest and NUunit, and Rhino mocks – along with powering a live site it certainly looks worth a look.

Sound of one man testing – Derik Whittaker talks about the effect of having one person doing TDD within a non TDD team

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