September 2008

Monthly Archive

The Morning Brew #187

Posted by on 25 Sep 2008 | Tagged as: .NET, Development, Morning Brew


  • IKVM 0.38 Release Candidate 0 – Jeroen Frijters announces the first Release Candidate of IKVM 0.38. IKVM is a Java virtual machine that runs under Mono and the .NET Framework.
  • SequenceViz 0.9 :: WPF based Sequence diagram viewer – Nauman Leghari announces a new release of SequenceViz, an application that allows users to construct UML Sequence diagrams. This update means that the program now uses WPF to draw the diagrams removing some of the issues caused by the old SVG + IE solution.
  • PipelineTesting v1.2.0.0 Released – Tomas Restrepo announces the release of PipelineTesting v1.2.0.0, a library to help the unit testing of pipeline component, schema and that actual pipelines in BizTalk 2006


  • ASP.NET Dynamic Language Support Refreshed! – Jimmy Schementi walks through the recent ASP.NET Dynamic Language support release, showing (using plenty of screen shots) the construction of a simple web app in Python.
  • Why you REALLY need to think about your interfaces – Brian Genisio talks about a problem he ran into with an existing interface, and how if the original developer had put some more thought into the interface before it was set in stone solving this problem would have been a lot easier
  • Guidelines and Coding Standards Complete List Download – Pinal Dave puts together a short document covering Coding Standards and best practice guidelines for developers working in SQL.
  • Five Tips for Floating Point Programming – Floating point numbers are strange things, and many developers forget their quirks. In this article John D. Cook looks at the five most important things to consider when working with floating point numbers.
  • Browser Rendering Differences and Browser Resets – Rick Strahl examines the rendering differences between browsers that drive developers potty. Rick then explains the solution to this problem, using CSS Browser resets to ensure that every browser sets out at the same point before applying your CSS.
  • Use jQuery with ASP.NET with jQuery.noConflict() – Steve Michelotti shows how, using a neat feature of jQuery, the Microsoft AJAX javascript library and jQuery can happily co-exist in the same page.
  • "Zermatt" Resources for Developers and Architects – Rick Rainey rounds up a good collection of links on ‘Zermatt’, the forthcoming framework for claims based identity from Microsoft.
  • How NOT To Optimize LINQ Statements – Nick Berardi tells of an unsuccessful attempt to optimise the SQL produced by Linq to SQL by changing the query. Optimisation is always the hardest part of using any ORM.


  • Off Topic: Latte Printer – Latte Art goes high tech with the ability to print designs on to the top of your drink – this looks really cool – I wonder if we will see these in the real world.

The Morning Brew #186

Posted by on 24 Sep 2008 | Tagged as: .NET, Development, Morning Brew

Seeing lots of interest in Google’s Android across the developer community – not surprising since they are going to give away $10million to developers targeting the platform.


  • Krypton 3.0 Released – Component Factory announce the release of Version 3 of their WinForms control library. Licences start at $299.
  • Refreshing ASP.NET Dynamic Language Support – Phil Haack announces the release of an update to his other project at Microsoft, ‘ASP.NET Dynamic Language Support’ brings DLR/IronPython support to ASP.NET. Currently only IronPython is supported, but future releases will also contain IronRuby support.


The Morning Brew #185

Posted by on 23 Sep 2008 | Tagged as: .NET, Development, Morning Brew

I varied my coffee drinking this morning by trying Nescafe’s Instant Espresso from their ‘Collection’ range, which is surprisingly nice (however I’m not going to link to their site as its the slowest bit of flash I’ve seen in ages).


  • Pex 0.7 Released – Nikolai Tillmann announces the release of version 0.7 of Pex (Program EXploration) the framework for generating unit tests from parameterized unit tests. 0.7 is a bugfix and enhancement release.
  • The Snippet Designer is Released!!!! – Matthew Manela announces the release of a project he started as an intern in the summer of 2006. Snippet Designer aims to make it easy to create new and explore snippets for Visual Studio
  • SQLite for ADO.Net Released – Greg Duncan highlights the latest release of SQLite for ADO.NET, a great embedded database. I experimented with SQLite a while back and was very happy to find that NHibernate worked well with it, and this post has just reminded me of that (which will probably help with a little project I’m working on)


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