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Back in 2009 I was tasked with automating database dictionaries and schemas outputs for the CI (Continuous Integration) Server called Hudson ( which is probably now owned by Oracle and will become a name like Jenkins, but I digress. CruiseControl and CruiseControl.NET for Windows is another popular free CI, both of which are superior to the lightweight CI of TFS ).I setup ANT scripts with regular expressions that would get called nightly to rebuild the creation of html and image files with the schemaspy ...
HTML5 Cookbook, by Christopher Schmitt and Kyle Simpson, provides an overview of HTML5 along with problem/solution scenarios which will allow developers to hit the ground running using HTML5. It also includes chapters on how to implement the new features available in HTML5, including native audio, native video, geolocation, the canvas element, local storage, drag-and-drop, and more. This book is perfect for intermediate to senior level developers who are looking to get up to speed on the new semantics ...
Today's $10 Deal of the day from Apress at http://www.apress.com/97814... is Applied WPF 4 in Context"Applied WPF 4 in Context shows developers that applications don't exist by themselves—they sit in the real world, with its attendant business challenges and requirements. This book shows how WPF technologies and best practices can be drawn together effectively to create powerful and elegant Windows applications." ...
While doing my usual rounds of reading the news I came across an interesting post in the New York Times Bits blog: http://bits.blogs.nytimes.c... . It seems that most of the big players in the internet mail world (Microsoft, Google, Yahoo, Facebook, AOL, LinkedIn, PayPal, and more) have been working together in an attempt to formulate a new way of better identifying not-spam (and thereby more easily identifying spam) by using ...
Slated to launch on February 1st is Kinect for Windows, are you ready to rush out and buy one of these? I don’t want to come down on this latest venture from Microsoft, but I don’t think its really geared to the average consumer and has a bit of a hill to climb. Don’t get me wrong, I love the Kinect for the Xbox 360 and get it hands down, no pun intended there. I think it by far beats out what the Wii or Playstation have to offer. But is it meant for Windows? The answer in short is yes. Is it meant ...
I have seen a number of questions lately regarding how SQL Azure handles throttling and how to determine why the throttling occurred. Sometimes those questions are followed by another question asking how to handle throttling conditions in their applications. Troubleshooting SQL Azure Throttling GREAT NEWS! There actually is a way to find out if you are throttled and why, and the results of the throttling. The key is to look at the error message coming back to you. You’ll typically see an error message ...
Today's $10 Deal of the Day from APress at http://www.apress.com/97814... is Pro Silverlight 4 in C#"Full-color graphics and screenshots throughout make Pro Silverlight 4 in C# an invaluable reference for professional developers wanting to discover the new features of Silverlight 4. Author Matthew MacDonald's expert advice guides you through creating rich media applications using Silverlight across browsers and platforms." ...
JetBrains have recently released ReSharper 6.1, along with compatible updates to dotCover (version 1.2) and dotTrace Performance (version 4.5.2). Here is a list of common developer tasks that ReSharper 6 helps handles better than previous versions: Improve Visual Studio responsiveness: While developing ReSharper 6.0 and 6.1, Jet Brains have fixed more than 200 performance and memory consumption issues, as well as over 2900 bugs!Use proper tooling for web development: ReSharper 6 introduces extensive ...
An interesting discussion popped up on Twitter between myself, Steve Rogalsky, Terry Bunio, Mike Iwasiow, David Alpert, and some others around using hours as a software estimating unit of measure. Steve’s been reading the book Beyond the Goal by Eliyahu M. Goldratt and blogged about his stance on using hours for sizing work items. In a nutshell Goldratt offers the following arguments: Asking someone for a timeframe to complete a task puts their image in jeopardy PMs will always try to squeeze whatever ...
I just got back from the Consumer Electronics Show 2012 (CES) which was held in Las Vegas. This is a good show for me and the company that I work for as it shows us some of the possible future trends of digital media consumption. Things presented at CES may just come and go and be quickly forgotten, but at the same time, there are definite themes on the conference that companies need to pay attention to. 3D is so yesterday! This was actually the second CES that I have been to and both were focused ...
Earlier this week Google’s Android team released a new section to their Developers website. It’s called Android Design. I had a chance to look most of it over yesterday and I must say that I am impressed. They have finally decided to put out some documentation for developers to follow for a more immersive design. They say that there is more to come, and I believe there will be. They already have a section for people to learn Android called Android Training. I can only imagine where they want to take ...
Before I describe about my session, let me introduce the history of making this great event. We SharePoint Experts Community arranged this Community Day jointly with Microsoft to introduce SharePoint 2010 on 7th January 2012 which is the first time in Bangladesh. Thanks to Microsoft Bangladesh to Sponsor the whole Program and others co-sponsors. We planned 6 months ago to arrange this type of event for Developers and IT Professional who might be interested about SharePoint Technology and proposed ...
Yesterday at the MSDN SSIS Forum somebody asked a question if it is possible to skip a particular file conditionally while keep processing the others. Such a situation arises in cases when a file mask/wildcard set for the file names to pick for processing in a ForEach Loop container collects extra files. For example, if we have a folder with files as in the picture below, and we do not want to process (for a specific reason) say File2.txt, our only option to specify the files eligible for processing ...
If you are familiar with scrum – then I recommend that you give the scrum guide a read. This documents the scrum framework and is maintained by Scrum’s creators, Ken Schwaber and Jeff Sutherland. While reading through the latest revision of it (on page 6) it has a section that specifies the characteristics of the development team. One sentence that stood out was the following “Scrum recognizes no titles for Development Team members other than Developer, regardless of the work being performed by the ...
ASP.NET Enterpise Manager is a web based database management system designed specifically for the management of Microsoft SQL databases through a web browser, without the need for any desktop database management systems such as Microsoft’s SQL Server Management Studio. ASP.NET Enterprise Manager is included as default with an installation of Plesk for Windows, meaning that if you are a customer who uses Plesk based Windows hosting, you will most likely have used ASP.NET Enterprise Manager at least ...
So, first off, I’m by no means a mobile developer. I’ve played around with some samples here and there, but I have not built anything significant to date. So I’m not that familiar with the publishing process for iPhone, Android and WP7 applications. OK, with that out of the way, I will say that I am an owner of 2 WP7 devices (one for me, and one for my wife). We both like them a lot, think the UI is great and intuitive, and like how the device is laid out. Honestly, when I go back to my iPod Touch ...
Happy New Year! I am excited to be speaking at the first meeting in 2012 for the Tampa Bay Windows Phone 7 User Group As usual at Tampa WP7UG there is a jump start session for beginners before the meeting: 5:30PM An Intimate intro to WP7 Development with a local MVP Kevin Wolf in room 1, or a work session in the main room. Come on by early to hangout with other developers or attend the intro sessions. Here is the description of my presentation starting at 6:30PM: Live Tiles, Toasts and Push Notifications ...
What a better way to start of the year, but with a product that I recommend. I reviewed this product last year on my personal site and now almost a full year later, I still recommend this product. I develop for different platforms and different languages so it is important for me to keep my snippets organized. Visual Studio and Eclipse both have a way to store snippets, but what if your put into a situation where you may need one and find that its in the other IDE that you are working with. That’s ...
What is the Streetlight Store?The Streetlight Store is a .Net library which uses the Entity Framework and a Microsoft SQL Server database to perform the "back-end" operations required for a typical e-commerce application. While the Streetlight Store is intended to be used for e-commerce, it is "front-end agnostic" meaning that you could just as easily create a point-of-sale user interface.Why is there a Streetlight Store?Why develop another e-commerce solution when there are so many already available? ...
A little more than three months ago, Microsoft hosted the //build/ conference at which they unveiled the upcoming version of Windows (commonly called Windows 8, though I don’t know if the marketing folks have accepted the fact that that is the name most of us are expecting for it yet). They released to the developer world a build of it called the Windows Developer Preview (and Windows Server Developer Preview) along with various tools for creating the new “Metro style” apps. I wasn’t able to make ...
Wishing a very happy and blessed New Year to you in advance! A new release of Microsoft All-In-One Code Framework is available on December 29th. We expect that its 11 new code samples covering typical programming scenarios in Windows Phone 7, ASP.NET, WPF, Windows Shell, and WDK would ease your development in the coming New Year. You can download the code samples using Sample Browser or Sample Browser Visual Studio extension. They give you the flexibility to search samples, download samples on demand, ...
Yes, we all know that the IT field is ever-changing. Yes, we all know the importance of keeping up to date on emerging technologies. Yes, we all know that you may never have the opportunity to use a lot of those technologies in your day-to-day role. So here is where the great divide comes… Those that are believers that the responsibility lies with their employer to provide ongoing training, and those that inherently take on the responsibility for themselves. The difference between the two views is ...
This is a second part of the BizTalk Naming Convention. Part 1: biztalk: BizTalk solution naming convention Special Orchestration Objects <Message> =: msg_ + <ShortMessageType> <Variable> =: var_ + <Name> <CorrelationSet> =: cor_ + <Name> <OrchestrationParameter> =: par_ + < Name> <RoleLink> =: roleLink_ + <Name> Note: These objects are special BizTalk objects. They are used in different language context and sometime they use different language ...

Finally getting around to getting this thing off the ground. My goal for this blog is to talk about my ongoing learning/discovery of technology related to Microsoft’s .NET framework. On occasion I anticipate exploring tangential topics and the sociological/anthropological aspect of what of issues professional software developers encounter on a day-to-day basis.

I was recently inspired to write on this topic after two client experiences that demonstrated serious misconceptions about the role that software architecture plays in producing quality software. After performing an assessment of a mid-sized company, it was obvious that they were in dire need of a good software architect to design and maintain the design of the application that they were in the process of planning. After making the recommendation, the CIO began to explain that they had already chosen ...
Spinning as described in my previous article is all about flow. Its premise is: flow can emerge when work is partitioned in small, evenly sized chunks processed in a smooth manner. There is a constant input of requests to the development team. A backlog is filled with strategically important requirements, support is reporting bugs, feedback requires changes, management wants to see ideas realized on short notice. Under these circumstances any plan becomes obsolete within a day or two. Or a lot of ...
Everyone has an opinion. When you embark upon your first real job as a programmer you will find this out very quickly. I have found that software developers can be some of the most opinionated and dogmatic people you will ever meet. This certainly is not a bad thing. However, young programmers will need to cultivate the ability to make their own minds up when it comes to how to write software. There are those who start out in a corporate environment where the styles and conventions used have already ...
I have been looking into InRule, a business rule management system (BRMS) from InRule Technology, recently and thought I would do an intro blog on it. I have worked with business rule engines before and from past experience have developed my own list of priorities on what I feel are the most important aspects. Here they are… Priority 1 - Reduce the cost of change For me, one of the primary reasons for implementing a business rules engine is because you are expecting change and want to reduce the ...
A friend of mine works for a large bank… about a year and a half ago they needed a new system developed for their division. They went through the normal process of using one of the recommended service providers to develop the system and this was their experience, which is still typical with most institutions I know… For the first few months development of the system seemed to be progressing along fine. They had meetings, business analysts put things on paper and the developers nodded their heads ...
Agility needs to get onto the next level – that´s what I tried to explain in my previous articles. After a reality check – what´s missing from Agile practice? –, and some general musings about how a next level of Agility could look like, here now some very tangible suggestions. Crank up the frequency Current Agile practice is suffering from too little attention to Acceptance. To change this, very, very clear Acceptance dates need to be set. Acceptance can only get into a real pulling mode, if dates ...
There are a lot of reasons why the 2011 holiday season is a great time to take a look at Azure development. There are a number of offers and releases that allow you to start to explore cloud-based development on the Microsoft platform, best of all; they are all pretty much free to take advantage of. $0 Spending Limit on Azure Trial & MSDN Accounts Ever since the introduction of billing for Windows Azure it has always been an issue for many developers wanting to learn Azure that, if you are not ...
Hi all,this is my first post on "Geeks on the Blogs.Net", the blogging platform for .Net developers and professionals. I'm very proud that my enrollment request has been approved and now I have my new "web" house here.On this website I will only talk about tech (mainly programming, cloud computing, and stuff like that..) and I'll try to write strictly in english (not italian), because my audience has to be as wider as possible ...
In my previous article I came to a couple of conclusions based on the reality of software development, or should I say “the nature of software development”? Here are the – to me - undeniable facts of what our industry is all about: Customers hardly know, what they want. Any specification is inherently fuzzy and incomplete. What fits the customer´s needs can only be determined by actually trying it out. The customer can only recognize a running piece of software as acceptable. Because customers hardly ...
As someone who works a lot on Silverlight and as someone who have presented lots of trainings / talks over Silverlight; i am been getting a lot of questions based on future of Silverlight. Is Silverlight dead? http://www.zdnet.com/blog/m... These are often from end-clients, managers, architects or even consumers. Sometimes also from guys who have little exposure to Silverlight; but still want to engage in the conversation as it is "happening" ...
Let´s get real about software development: It´s never going to be a quietly flowing river. Never. And that´s why the current approaches to software development like XP, Scrum, and Kanban will always cause pain. Their basic assumption is you should be able to isolate a team for a while to work on features. Leave it alone during an iteration or a sprint to complete a set of features, or at least sit still until the current feature is done. Certainly that´s what we all want as developers: being able ...
What could you build with the XBox Kinect? Well we want to know! Connect your Kinect to your PC and build an application using your favorite .NET language. Kinect for Developers is a 2-day workshop for developers, artists and technicians interested in Kinect hacking or 3D scanning. This hands on workshop will teach you the basics of programming for Kinect and the potentials for developing on video and depth sensor cameras. Expect live demonstrations, presentations, food, and lots of hacking. You ...
As someone who works a lot on Silverlight and as someone who have presented lots of trainings / talks over Silverlight; i am been getting a lot of questions based on future of Silverlight. Is Silverlight dead? http://www.zdnet.com/blog/m... These are often from end-clients, managers, architects or even consumers. Sometimes also from guys who have little exposure to Silverlight; but still want to engage in the conversation as it is "happening" ...
Microsoft just released the version 5 of Silverlight! It’s a great news and I really want to congratulate the whole team on this impressive collective effort. The official announcement is on the Silverlight team blog! Read the rest of this entry » ...
This week I spent three day with close to 30 of my new best friends doing lots of Windows Phone coding and helping each other with our application. The sessions were lead by Jeff Blankenburg and Dave Bost who and kept the atmosphere light. This included us finding out a lot about Dave’s tastes in music. While most of the time was spent working on our individual apps we saw how an app is submitted to the market place and what you can prep your app for the market place using the Marketplace Test Kit. ...
Daytona - Iterative MapReduce on Windows Azure Overview MapReduce is a framework for processing highly distributable problems across huge datasets using a large number of compute nodes. It is a generic mechanism that comprises 2 steps: Map step: The master node takes the input, partitions it up into smaller sub-problems, and distributes them to worker nodes. The worker node processes the smaller problem, and passes the answer back to its master node. Reduce step: The master node then collects the ...
I am not the fastest typist… I know it. Up till about a year ago I was a two finger typist and my two fingers could fly over the keyboard doing all sorts of acrobatics getting me up to a whopping 30 odd words per minute. Not bad for two fingers but barely close to some of my friends who speed away at 90+ words a minute using both hands. So it bugged me…. I mean I would like to consider myself a professional developer and feel that if I will be typing most of days then I should at least be doing it ...
This was a very interesting event, I had never spoken in an event with so many developers in one place. It was cool! I had two talks, one on HTML5 and IE9 where I demonstrated the HTML5 and CSS3 coverage in IE9 and performance improvements, the second on ASP.NET MVC Best Practices where I talked about a fraction of things that you need to be aware of and possibly use when you are developing an MVC application. The HTML5 and IE9 talk was more of a showcase and focused on new features that will continue ...
Let me clarify what I mean by “3 role” environment. When looking at the division of roles with products, solutions or environments, it has been very normal to break it down into IT Pros (Admins), Developers and End Users. And many approach SharePoint in the same style. Does it fit? Sure. Is it the most effective approach? HECK NO! Let’s look at it piece by piece. Now the question is where do we start? We need to redefine this. In all cases leaving it as IT Pros, Developers and End Users is too broad. ...
On November 28th, 2011 I had the opportunity to give a presentation at the St. Louis .NET User Group on my experiences developing software for the Windows Azure and SQL Azure platform. Having been at PDC in 2009 for the announcement of Azure and been able to work on a number of Azure projects since that time I frequently see many Azure talks that are either: A) too high level and marketing oriented as they never tell you anything important or B) too low level and focused on a specific feature that ...
My newest course was published yesterday on Pluralsight on KnockoutJS. The course can be viewed here. It is divided up into 4 modules. The first module gives an introduction to Knockout and shows a “Beyond Hello World” demo. The second module discusses the different types of observables you have in Knockout and demos of each. The third module focus on bindings including templating and custom bindings. The fourth module brings everything together with data features while shows a few more advanced ...
Todays Deal of the Day from O'Reilly at http://shop.oreilly.com/pro... is CLR via C#, Third Edition at $23.99 "Dig deep and master the intricacies of the common language runtime (CLR) and the .NET Framework 4.0. Written by a highly regarded programming expert and consultant to the Microsoft® .NET team, this guide is ideal for developers building any kind of application-including Microsoft® ASP.NET, Windows® Forms, Microsoft® SQL Server®, Web services, and console applications. You'll ...
Today is the first day of my fourth year at IdentityMine. I can hardly believe how fast it went, and how exciting the trip has been so far. Read the rest of this entry » ...
Part of the challenge with HTML5 is understanding the range of different technologies and finding good samples. The following are some of the sites I have found most useful. IE TestDrive http://ie.microsoft.com/tes... A good set of demos using touch, appcache, IndexDB, etc. Some of these only work with IE10. Be sure to click the "More Demos" link at the bottom for a longer list of Demos in a nicely organized list form. Chrome Experiments http://www.chromeexperiment... Chrome browser-oriented ...
The software industry lives within an interesting paradox. IT in the enterprise moves slowly and cautiously, upgrading only when safe and necessary. IT interests intentionally live in the past. On the other hand, developers, and Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) not only want to use the latest and greatest technologies, but this constituency prides itself on gauging tech’s future, and basing its present-day strategy upon it. Normally, we as an industry manage this paradox with a shrug of the shoulder ...
(DISCLAIMER: Yes there are lots of more elegant ISO software beside the free Microsoft one I’m about to show. But free is free and it has been tested and works for me for making advance bootable USB drives. That is another story. Look up Windows 8 Developer Preview for that one on BING.) For those of use that work with new technology all the time we accumulate a lot of ISO files and have to burn them to CD/DVD’s quite often. But we now have machines without burner in the corporate environment. We ...