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Afternoon Tea – Sunday 10th June 2012

Posted by on 10 Jun 2012 | Tagged as: .NET, Afternoon Tea, ASP.NET, C#, COM Interop, Community, Database, Development, Links, Morning Brew, SysAdmin, Talks / Presentations

It’s been quite a while since the last ‘Afternoon Tea’ post, and there have been quite a lot of significant announcements in the past few weeks, coupled with my being busy at work which has resulted in me building up quite a backlog of links which I really wanted to include in a Morning Brew. This post is my attempt to ‘clear the decks’ and get caught up again, and also provides the perfect excuse to do a link roundup of DDD South West which I had the pleasure of presenting at at the end of last month.


  • Introducing jQuery++ – Justin B Meyer and the folsk over at Bitovi announce the release of jQuery++, a collection of DOM helpers which complement and extend jQuery
  • Bundler.NET – Bundler.NET brings the CSS and JavaScript minification and combining features of .NET 4.5 to earlier versions of .NET. The installation is simple via a NuGet package and the API reflects the .NET 4.5 implementation.
  • bddify is moved to GitHub and is renamed to TestStack.BDDfy – Mehdi Khalili gives an update on TestStack.BDDfy, the project formerly known as bddify, discussing the name change, and change to the projects hosting, along with looking at the structure of the NuGet packages which amke up TestStack.BDDfy.
  • #mvvmlight V4 for Windows 8 RP is available – Laurent Bugnion announces the release of version 4 of his MVVMLight framework for Windows 8 Release Preview
  • Get latest CSS 3 support in Visual Studio 2010 – Mads Kristensen discusses how you can get the latest version of the CSS3 support into your Visual Studio 2010 installation providing a link to the schema files required and giving instructions on getting it setup and installed in Visual Studio 2010
  • Tree Surgeon – Alive and Kicking or Dead and Buried? – Bil Simser gives an update on an old tool that I used to make considerable use of in the past. Tree Surgeon was a tool to create a standardized format of Development Source Tree structure. In this post Bil discusses how the landscape of .NET development has changed in the 4 years since its last release with improvements in T4 Templating and NuGet, and questions if there is a future for the project.
  • Introducing RabbitBus – Derek Greer introduces RabbitBus, a .NET client API implementation for working with RabbitMQ, aiming to provide constructs which are not provided in the standard RabbitMQ .NET client. The library is open source with code available on GitHub, and the installation is available in NuGet package format.


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The Morning Brew #706

Posted by on 13 Oct 2010 | Tagged as: .NET, Database, Development, Links, Morning Brew, SysAdmin



  • Running Open Source In A Distributed World – Phil Haack discusses distributed Open Source projects, drawing on the wisdom of Karl Fogel’s book ‘Producing Open Source Software – How to Run a Successful Free Software Project’ and discussing the processes to become a core committer on a project, illustrating with the NuPack Project
  • Adopt an Open Source Project – Rob Conery attempts to convince Microsoft (and other large .NET Dependent organisations) to allow their Developer Platform Evangelists to work part time on Open Source Projects
  • All-In-One Code Framework Coding Standards – Sasha Goldshtein highlights the All-In-One Code Framework project’s Coding Standards document – an 80+ page guide to writing code to their standards in C#, C++ and VB.NET written in ‘Framework Design Guidelines’ format (Do / Do not)
  • Caliburn.Micro Soup to Nuts Part 6b – Simple Navigation with Conductors – Rob Eisenberg continues his series of posts on using Caliburn.Micro looking at the use of Conductors for navigation between screens, illustrating with a simple sample of them in use
  • .NET Formatting Reference Sheet – Richard Carr of BlackWasp Software shares a Reference Sheet for the multitude of string format specifiers, showing each with a description and a sample of its output.
  • Dependency Injection for Filters in MVC3 – Javier G. Lozano looks at using the improvements in ASP.NET MVC 3 for Dependency Injection, and how this helps make using Dependency Injection with Filter Attributes much easier.
  • A Simple Wrapper To Make Things More Fluent – John Sonmez continues looking at using wrapping methods with logging (or other cross cutting concerns) and explores creating a fluent-like interface for adding this functionality.
  • When Intel’s Hyper Threading goes bad – Paulo Reichert discusses an instance where having a Hyper-threaded CPU may not make as much difference to your performance as you might thing, looking at what hyper-threading actually means, and how it trick the operating system into running more threads than might be optimal.
  • 7 Freely available E-Books/Guides I found essential for .NET Programmers and Architects – ‘nikosangr’ shares links to 7 really good resources for .NET Developers. I think all of these have been mentioned here before, however all are so good they deserve at least another mention.
    UPDATE: Turns out this link was to a complete copy of another bloggers article. The original (which was included in The Morning Brew previously) can be found here


  • PDC UK – do you fancy a night in with the Microsoft evangelists? – Rachel Collier highlights an event with a difference to be held at Microsoft’s Reading Offices during PDC. On the evening of the 28th and 29th of October you can gather at Microsoft’s Reading HQ to join UK Evangelists to watch live streams of the PDC sessions. Registration is required
  • PDC10 at a university near you. – Phil Cross highlights a similar opportunity for UK Students at a number of Universities around the UK where you can see the Keynotes live, and participate in local Q&A

The Morning Brew #446

Posted by on 02 Oct 2009 | Tagged as: .NET, Database, Development, Links, Morning Brew, SysAdmin


  • ASP.NET MVC 2 Preview 2 – Phil Haack announces the release of ASP.NET MVC 2 Preview 2. New additions in this preview release include jQuery Validation support for client side validation, Areas allowing you to divide up your project more easily, model validation providers and metadata providers allowing you to support validation and metadata based on something other than the default of Data Annotations. This release is for VS2008 / .NET 3.5 Sp1 only.
  • CruiseControl.NET 1.5.0 CTP Released – CruiseControl.NET – Confluence – The Cruise Control Team announce the release of the Cruise Control 1.5 CTP. This release contains a number of bug fixes, a new range of security settings to allow you to lock down control of the build server, support for a number of new source code control tools such as Git, Mercurial, etc and a number of new tasks.publishers. Looks good, but as its a CTP not recommended for production use


  • New features in ASP.NET MVC 2 Preview – ‘Shaans’ explores a number of the new features of the latest preview release of ASP.NET MVC 2, including some sneak peeks at the VS2010 beta 2 version. UPDATE: This appears to be an extract from the MVC release notes available in full here in MSWord Format
  • Code Contracts Preview: PostConditions – Dino Esposito continues his series over at DotNetSlackers looking at the Code Contracts Functionality, and in this article looks at PostConditions, looking at how they are implemented and how they work, along with comparing them to the use of asserts
  • Why does char convert implicitly to ushort but not vice versa? – Eric Lippert dives back into the past to discover why it is that you can convert from a char to a ushort but not the other way round, explaining how and why such a decision was made
  • Lazy<T>: On Demand Construction in .NET 4.0 – Bill Wagner talks about one of the less publicised features of .NET 4, the ability to make object construction an on demand process by the use of Lazy<T>
  • An Engineer’s Guide to Bandwidth (Yahoo! Developer Network Blog) – Carlos Bueno, a software engineer on the Yahoo Mail project has written a good article looking at network bandwidth with a particular slant for developers. I always feel it is important to understand the process between your code and yor users, and this article seems to fill in a number of those gaps
  • Mike Chaliy: Code-generation DSL with T4 (Text Templates) – Mike Chaliy takes a look at T4 Template generation using a DSL and T4 Templates to easily build configuration section reading code. A nice short understandable example of these sometimes confusing concepts
  • Generically Constraining F# – Part III – Matthew Podwysocki continues his series of posts on Generic Constraints in F#. This part continues on from the previous looking at the remaining constraints that exists, including Constructor, Delegate and Reference constraints.
  • Perspective camera animation on a cube in WPF 3D – Razan Paul Blog – Razan Paul has a number of posts on interesting animations created in WPF with full sample code provided. This one is the spinning cube, and others include roll down, wheel and circle animations, so be sure to take a look at them too.
  • Strive for Functional Cohesion – Chris Eargle talks about Functional Cohesion, and the important decision developers are making all the time about where to place certain functionality in your object mode.

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