Its a busy conference weekend in the UK this weekend with SQL Bits, the Alt.Net UK Conference, and Barcamp in Bath being the ones I know people who are attending. I’m going to be at the Alt.NET event, and I’m really looking forward to it – I just hope my train back isn’t as disrupted as the maintenance schedule suggests.


  • .NET Application Modeling Language (nAML) Specification and Tools – nAML (.NET Application Language) is a modeling tool for modelling .NET applications down to a low level. It looks like an interesting project, and this beta release contains specification documentation along with samples, and a Visio stencil for drawing the diagrams in Viso.


  • My default architecture – Chris Brandsma shares the structure of his default architecture of ASP.NET. Every developer / architect should have a default architecture that they use for projects as its vital to be able to hit the ground running on projects. Just don’t forget to question and refine it occasionally.
  • Visual Studio Tip: Creating Your Own Code Snippets – Kevin Babcock gives a detailed run down of the creation of Code snippets for use in Visual Studio – lots of screenshots / samples help make it clear
  • History of the browser user-agent string – Aaron Andersen gives a slightly humorous look at the history and origin of the browser user agent string – a useful prelude to the next item today….
  • The .NET Framework and the Browser’s UserAgent String – Scott Hanselman talks about the Browser Useragent string from a .NET perspective, and canvases for opinions from the community about what it should contain.
  • The ALT.NET Criterion – Glenn Block talks about the key areas of interest for the Alt.NET community
  • Another new find for me – – Eric Nelson highlights a good VB related screen cast resource.
  • How do you construct your objects? – Brian Di Croce looks at object construction and suggests that its a good idea to really think about your constructor, and ensure that they leave the constructed object in a good state to use.
  • NHibernate – When the Fun Begins – Sara Chipps has gone through the pain barrier of mapping here classes, and now looks at the fun part of NHibernate, actually querying and working with the classes, where the framework takes care of the database queries.
  • The Weekly Source Code 33 – Microsoft Open Source inside Google Chrome – Scott Hanselman continues his quest to improve as a developer by reading source code, this week looking at the recently released Google Chrome and the open source technologies from MS that it uses.
  • Introducing Lullaby – Ryan Olshan explores Lullaby (currently in beta), an attribute based REST API for building REST services in .NET
  • Developers: will you or have you signed for ribbon rights? – Tim Anderson talks about the legal restrictions on using the Ribbon UI – If anything is going to restrict the uptake of this UI Feature it’ll be lots of legal red tape – for me certainly.
  • Get Involved in the SQL Server Community – Brad McGehee talks about the benefits for DBAs of getting involved in the SQL Server Community – although his points apply equally to all the other technology communities, so if you aren’t already involved, look up what is available in your area and start getting involved.