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First Look at Silverlight 2 February 22, 2008

Posted by Hank Wallace in Programming.
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Scott Guthrie blogs about the first public beta of Silverlight 2 and mentions plans to support Silverlight on Linux. Official support of Linux? I hope he is not talking about the Mono project.

Our new Windows client, built using WPF, has been released and we will soon start planning for a new multi-platform Web client. Can we consider utilizing Silverlight? I can’t wait to see what Scott has in store for us.

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Reflector 5.0 February 20, 2007

Posted by Hank Wallace in Programming.
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A new version of Lutz Roeder’s Reflector for .NET is available. This is one of the utilities that I have open almost all of the time. It’s a must-have!

.NET Reflector 5.0
.NET Reflector Add-Ins
.NET Reflector 5.0 new feature overview (PowerPoint)

Thanks to Chris Sells for pointing to this one..

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DevConnections Conference (Vegas 2006) November 16, 2006

Posted by Hank Wallace in Programming.
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Adnan Masood writes about the DevConnections Conference and has a treasure trove of useful links including many conference presentations.

DevConnections Wrap-ups Etcetera
DevConnections Conference – Day 4
DevConnections Conference – Day 3
DevConnections Conference – Day 2
DevConnections Conference – Day 1
DevConnections Conference – Day 0

Code Coverage in .NET November 16, 2006

Posted by Hank Wallace in Programming.
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Eric Sink advocates the use of code coverage and mentions many of the hidden advantages. He article mentions tools like NUnit, NCover, NCoverExplorer, and TestDriven.NET.

SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 2 CTP (Nov 2006) November 16, 2006

Posted by Hank Wallace in Programming.
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SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 2 CTP is now available and includes support for Windows Vista.

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Web Service Versioning November 9, 2006

Posted by Hank Wallace in Programming, Web Services.
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Versioning a web service is a complex problem. While researching how I would resolve this problem using WCF for our new service, I decided to go back and read a number of posts written by my friend Tim Ewald. He does a good job of describing the issues and proposes a flexible solution.

Solving the XSD versioning problem
More on XSD versioning
Making everything optional
Initial code for version-aware schema validation

His post on Versioning and semantic changes provides a great example of a semantic change and the issues of having new clients talking to old services.

Two articles, one good and one bad mentions the need for backward and forward compatibility that I agree is crucial.

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Choosing a unit testing framework November 8, 2006

Posted by Hank Wallace in Programming.
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Roy Osherove writes about MbUnit vs. NUnit vs. Team System and the future of unit testing frameworks. His posts answer some questions that has been lingering in my mind lately. I read a few reviews of MbUnit and agree that it has promise, but I want to adopt a framework that has a large user base.

 

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Marquee de Sells: Chris’s insight outlet November 7, 2006

Posted by Hank Wallace in Programming.
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Chris Sells writes about the .NET Framework 3.0 Release (as many others did), but has a link to Integration Samples that I didn’t see anywhere else. Knowing Chris, these should be great.

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XAML Spell Checking September 27, 2006

Posted by Hank Wallace in Programming.
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Xamlog writes about Spell Checking with Text-based Controls in XAML. This is an interesting example, but I am not convinced that spell checking belongs in the presentation layer. What do you think?

Here is an examples for a text box and rich text box:

<TextBox SpellCheck.IsEnabled="True">
    A "mispelled" word is underlined with a wavy red line.
</TextBox>

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Virtual PC September 19, 2006

Posted by Hank Wallace in Programming, Virtualization.
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The days of having many machines with different configurations for development or QA is gone (or should be). Virtual PC is now on my list of required tools and has many uses in the software development process. Microsoft has a whitepaper on using it for software development here.

I haven’t used VMware and feel no real need to try it because Virtual PC is satisfying my needs. If you are interested, Adam Baratz has a comparison of Virtual PC and VMware.

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Refactoring: Building Tests September 18, 2006

Posted by Hank Wallace in Programming.
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I admit it.  I don’t (yet) own a copy of Refactoring, but I do have it in my Amazon cart right now. A colleague pointed me to the Building Tests chapter recently after a discussion of the benefits of Test Driven Development. The writer does a good job of describing the benefits in the first few pages and then goes on to show some examples using JUnit. I will be using NUnit on my next project and expect the concepts to apply there as well.

This chapter is recommended reading to anyone not currently doing Test Driven Development. The benefits seem quite clear. I didn’t need convincing, but I was having a hard time describing the benefits well enough to convince others. Now I have some help.

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