May 2013

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The Morning Brew #1367

Posted by on 31 May 2013 | Tagged as: .NET, Development, Morning Brew

Shorter edition than planned today…I was slightly hampered in production by video driver crashes and the associated blank screen every 30 seconds, all followed by my first Windows 8 RTM blue screen of death!


  • WCF Data Services 5.5.0 Release – The WCF Data Services team announce the offical release of the WCF Data Services 5.5.0, released via NuGet. The release includes a major re-enhancements of the URL Parser, and implementation of Public Data Providers, as well as over 40 bugfixes
  • ReSharper 8 EAP Build: JIT Edition – With just days to spare on the expiry of the last EAP the JetBrains team announce their latest EAP edition of ReSharper, featuring more refactorings, XAML Grid inspection and refactorings and much more.
  • EF6 Beta 1 Available – Rowen Miller announces the availability of the first beta release of Entity Framework 6, with runtime available via NuGet and tooling as a download from the Download Center, and a significant number of enhancements and changes since the early alpha releases.


  • Getting up to speed with Katana – Jon Galloway discusses the basics of OWIN and Katana before diving into why these are significant and exciting things for Web Developers, highlighting resources to learn more including whitepapers Channel 9 content.
  • What the meaning of is is – Eric Lippert explores the is operator in C#, discussing some of the slightly stranger aspects of its behaviour with nulls, and looking at what the operator actually means.
  • A typical effect of setting CopyLocal = true – Patrick Smacchia discusses the default CopyLocal=true on assembly references in the Visual Studio project structure, looking at why he considers it to be somewhat evil
  • Code Review Checklist and Guidelines for C# Developers – Mohammed Hameed shares a good list of things we as developers should be checking in our code reviews. I would argue that a many of these should probably be checked by the developer working on te code prior to code review too.
  • How to debug silent crashes in .Net – Samual Jack takes a look at how you can go about debugging and diagnosing serious crashes in .NET applications where your application level error handling is not able to catch the error

The Morning Brew #1366

Posted by on 30 May 2013 | Tagged as: .NET, Development, Morning Brew


  • Download Visual Studio 2012 Update 3 RC 2 – Microsoft Downloads have the second release candidate of the Visual Studio 2012 Update 3 available for download now. This RC is a ‘go-live’ release and includes improved agile planning tooling for TFS along with a number of bugfixes across the whole product.
  • Get /httpclient/rtm – 200 OK – Immo Landwerth announces the RTM release of HttpClient 2,1 available as a stable NuGet package and for production use. This release’s main feature is the ability to use HttpClient in Portable Class Libraries


The Morning Brew #1365

Posted by on 29 May 2013 | Tagged as: .NET, Development, Morning Brew


  • .NET Security Part 4 – Simon Cooper rounds out his series on .NET Security with a look at a number of security issues which can cause problems when working with sandboxed application domains
  • Monitor don’t log – Peter Gillard-Moss discusses the difference between implementing logging in your application and making your application able to be monitored, and why monitoring is probably the more important.
  • Better Unit Testing with Microsoft Fakes Guide a la mobi and epub – Willy-P. Schaub highlights the availability of mobi and epub editions of the ‘Better Unit Testing with Microsoft Fakes’ ALM Rangers guide, available along with the PDF edition.
  • Is the Windows user ready for apt-get? – Scott Hanselman asks if Windows users are ready for application package management in the style of apt-get, taking a look a the closest thing available in the form of Chocolatey
  • The responsibility of public disclosure – Troy Hunt continues his discussion of vulnerabilities in other peopels production sites, discussing the ethics and efforts he has gone to in order to report issues to site owners before disclosing publically
  • A comparison of various JS frameworks using cold hard data – Rob Ashton mines some data to explore the popularity and other factors relating to the various JavaScript Framework, highlighting some interesting trends along the way
  • Flight Mode – FileSystem API – Aaron Powell continues his series looking at the possibilities for offine / local data storage with web applications, exploring file system access in this post.
  • Understanding .NET Just-In-Time Compilation – Tsvetomir Y. Todorov discusses the .NET JIT compilation, looking at the various stages, and processes involved, before briefly discussing how frameworks like JustMock get involved in the compilation process


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