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Guest Post: Using an Interactive Console to explore the .NET Framework (IronRuby)
Shay Friedman, author of IronRuby Unleashed (check out my review) kindly agreed to do a guest post on my blog. He explores how IronRuby can be very useful to a .NET developer, even if that developer is a die hard C# or Visual Basic developer who has no plans (Surely not! ) to use IronRuby in finished products. The power of an Interactive Console should not be underestimated – it can give you tremendous productivity gains, which is why I also recommend to offer similar behaviour ......

Posted On Monday, July 26, 2010 12:03 PM

A new conference in town – DevCon London 27th to 29th September
There is a new .NET development conference coming to the UK. DevCon will take place in September and promises to have some seriously great session from top class speakers (oh – and I slipped in there as well). Its roots lie in Germany, where since the late nineties the BASTA! conference has become one of Europe's leading resources for .NET experts. Day 1 is workshops (SCRUM, Silverlight, Architectures), Day 2 and 3 is everything from CQRS to OData. I have been lucky enough to be part of “the committee” ......

Posted On Wednesday, July 21, 2010 11:24 AM

Open Source on .NET evening at UK Tech Days April 14th #uktechdays
That fine chap is pulling together an interesting evening of fun on the Wednesday in London and I for one will definitely be there. Lots of goodness to learn about. If you are a .NET developer who still isn’t looking at Open Source, then the 14th is a great opportunity to see what you are missing out on. Current program: OpenRasta - A web application framework for .net An introduction to IoC with Castle Windsor FluentValidation, doing your validation in code CouchDB, ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 30, 2010 5:32 PM

Open Space Technology meets code
I’m not 100% sure who first came up with idea of an Open Space Coding Day – but I first heard about it from Alan Dean back in mid 2009 and I‘m working on the assumption it was his idea. It is a good idea. Thank you Alan. On Saturday (27th Feb 2009) I was lucky enough to help deliver one. The day was themed on Azure but otherwise followed a fairly standard Open Space format. For the vast majority of folks present it was their first exposure to an Open Space format event. Wikipedia summarises the format ......

Posted On Monday, March 1, 2010 4:15 PM

AltNetUK conference was a great way to spend a weekend
Last weekend (August 1st and 2nd 2009) I went into London to attend the Alt.NET UK Conference or more specifically two separate but related days. This was my first ever Alt.NET conference and I absolutely loved it. It was exciting to be around so many enthusiastic and smart individuals discussing software development with an open mind and a desire to help those around them. No elitism, no stuffiness, just developers doing what they do best – talking about (and doing) development. It reminded me of ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 5, 2009 9:57 PM

Open Space Code day on Azure in Birmingham was great fun – thanks all
On Saturday 35(ish) developers met up on rainy day in Birmingham to take part in an Open Space Code day on the Windows Azure Platform. Around 5 of us had experience of Open Space meetings or developing for Azure prior to the day – and I think only two of us had experience of both :-) As I was on point to keynote the day and make sure it was a success, I did turn up with a few concerns matched by a good deal of excitement. My primary concern was that people would expect to be trained – and the Open ......

Posted On Monday, March 1, 2010 4:18 PM

GuesPost: Typemock Isolator – Much more than an Isolation framework
This is the second guest post from Gil Zilberfeld who works at TypeMock and kindly agreed to do a couple of guest posts on Mocking . The first was an Introduction to Mocking. Typemock Isolator – Much more than an Isolation framework In my last post, I showed how to fake a dependency. But this involved doing a couple of things. First, it involved changing the original method. Then, I had to write wrappers (a real wrapper and the fake wrapper) and finally, I had to inject the fake object in the test. ......

Posted On Monday, February 22, 2010 1:51 PM

GuestPost: Introduction to Mocking
I have previously posted on the area of Test Doubles and Mocking under the guise of Project NEric. I also have blogged on specific tools such as Pex and TypeMock – but I wouldn’t claim to be an expert on the area. Far from it. Luckily I know a man who is. Meet Gil Zilberfeld who works at TypeMock and kindly agreed to do a couple of guest posts on Mocking. This is the first of those two. I should get the second online next week when I return from holiday. Thanks again Gill. Introduction to Mocking ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 16, 2010 2:50 PM

Can you teach an old dog new tricks? Or… announcing project NEric
I am 41. I started developing software when I was 12 using a Sinclair ZX80. That means I have been developing software for … 29 years!! (Do I get an award of some kind when I get to 30?). I also was a very good developer – but you will just have to take me word for that as I pretty much suck these days :-) The reason “I suck” is for the the last 5 years I have developed relatively little code. Instead I perfected my white boarding skills as a Solutions Architect and my Excel skills as a programme ......

Posted On Thursday, June 25, 2009 11:30 PM

Open Source Framework and Library Recommendations
As the technical editor for the UK MSDN Flash I get surprisingly free rein to decide what content to place in it . I suspect one day they will notice – but I will enjoy it while it lasts. Every 3 months or so I do a special edition of the Flash, and this week I chose to go with “Open Source Frameworks and Libraries”. I have written before on Microsoft and Open Source and the rosy future I see ahead and I decided it was time (long overdue?) to give some of the great OSS for .NET developers wider visibility. ......

Posted On Friday, June 19, 2009 5:22 AM

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