# Wednesday, 12 May 2010

Episode 87

In this interview, Day of .Net organizers John Hopkins and Jason Follas describe what went into planning this event and what were the results.

Wednesday, 12 May 2010 05:04:36 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Monday, 10 May 2010

Episode 86

In this episode, David Hoerster describes how he uses jQuery and WCF to create rich, interactive applications.

Monday, 10 May 2010 11:18:51 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Wednesday, 05 May 2010

Episode 85

In this show, David Isbitski and Matt Van Horn describe Behaviors, a feature that allows you to easily enhance the user interface of your Silverlight applications.

Wednesday, 05 May 2010 12:09:02 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)

Microsoft Product Unit Manager Cameron Skinner came to the midwest to show off the Architecture features of Visual Studio 2010. He began his tour in the Detroit area, speaking at local companies in the afternoon and at the Great Lakes Area .Net User Group (GANG) in the evening. I recorded two of his presentations, which are available here.

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Here is the presentation at a Detroit-area company.

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Wednesday, 05 May 2010 03:04:35 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Monday, 03 May 2010

Episode 84

In this interview, John Petersen describes how to use jQuery, JSON and Ajax to enhance an ASP.Net MVC application.

Monday, 03 May 2010 11:28:46 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Friday, 30 April 2010

I began reading Agile Principles, Patterns and Practices in C# by Robert C Martin and Micah Martin after a friend recommended the chapters on pair programming.  My friend was right, of course. The Martins not only decribed pair programming but included an entertaining script of two developers pairing on a programming problem.

But, as I dove deeper into this book, I found a wealth of other information.

The book begins with a section on agile development, defining some basic terms and concepts recommended practices. It follows with a detailed section on good design practice. This second section is the most interesting, as it describes the famous SOLID principles. SOLID is an acronym for a set of good design practices:

S=Single Responsibility Principle: Each class should serve only one purpose and have only one reason to change.
O=Open-Close Principle: Classes should be open for extension but closed for modification
L=Liskov Substitution Principle: It should always be possible to substitute a derived class with its base class
I=Interface Segregation Principle: Interfaces implemented by a class are defined by the client objects that use that class; a class should implement a separate interface for each client that calls it.
D=Dependency Inversion Principle: To maintain flexibility, you should write code that depends on abstractions, such as interfaces.

Next, the authors present an overview of Unified Markup Language (UML), a graphical language used to describe software designs and requirements. Common UML diagrams and shapes are described and the author offers opinions of which ones are most useful and when to best use them.

The last half of the book is a case study of a Payroll System in which the authors use examples to illustrate the concepts introduced in the first half of the book.

Although C# is included in the title, the book does not focus on C# and almost none of the concepts are specific to any particular language. All the code examples are in C#, which makes it a bit more accessible if that is your strongest language.

The book is filled with lots of information and good advice. For example, the authors recommend an iterative approach to writing software, a test-first approach to development and encourage developers to refactoring their code frequently.

Whether you read all of Agile Principles, Patterns and Practices in C# or pick through the sections of interest, you will benefit from this book.

Friday, 30 April 2010 19:41:42 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Monday, 26 April 2010

Episode 83

In this interview, Eric Greene describes the advantages of using a Content Management System to rapidly build a flexible web site

Monday, 26 April 2010 16:02:50 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Monday, 19 April 2010

Episode 82

Monday, 19 April 2010 13:28:26 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Wednesday, 14 April 2010
  • Saturday April 17, I will be presenting "Building Your First ASP.Net MVC Application" at the Pittsburgh Code Camp at The University of Pittsburgh. More information is available at http://codecamppgh.com/codecamp.aspx

  • Saturday May 1, I will be presenting "Extending your Application with the Managed Extensibility Framework" at the Ann Arbor Day of .Net at Washtenaw Community College. More information is available at http://www.dayofdotnet.org/AnnArbor/Spring2010.

  • Friday August 7, I will be presenting "Effective Communication" at DevLink in Nashville, TN. More information is available at http://devlink.net.

Wednesday, 14 April 2010 11:57:00 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Monday, 12 April 2010

Episode 81

In this interview, Jennifer Marsman describes some of the new features of Windows 7 and how a developer can use those features to build more powerful applications.

Monday, 12 April 2010 05:27:31 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)