# Friday, 01 October 2010

On October 12, I will present "An Introduction to the Entity Framework" at the West Michigan .Net User Group in Grand Rapids, MI. More information is available at http://www.wmdotnet.org/

On October October 23, I will present "An Introduction to jQuery" at the Grand Rapids Day of .Net in Grand Rapids, MI. More information is available at http://www.dayofdotnet.org/GrandRapids/Fall2010/Default.aspx

Friday, 01 October 2010 18:16:38 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Thursday, 30 September 2010

G. Andrew Guthie and Dane Morgridge invited me to be the featured guest on Community Megaphone Podcast this week.

We talked about community, give camps, user groups, INETA, MVPs, fried foods and kilts.

I had a blast.

You can listen to the show here.

Thursday, 30 September 2010 15:32:22 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Monday, 27 September 2010
Monday, 27 September 2010 12:21:21 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Wednesday, 22 September 2010

This is a 2-part recording of Jim Holmes's presentation An Introduction To Unit Testing, delivered at the September 15 meeting of the Great Lakes Area .Net User Group.

Part 1
Part 2
Wednesday, 22 September 2010 12:21:39 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Monday, 20 September 2010
Monday, 20 September 2010 12:22:50 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Monday, 13 September 2010
Monday, 13 September 2010 11:38:49 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)

At the June 2010 Great Lakes Area .Net User Group meeting, Microsoft Regional Director Bill Wagner shows off many of the new features of C# 4.0

Here is that presentation captured on video.

C# | Video
Monday, 13 September 2010 03:48:14 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Tuesday, 07 September 2010
Tuesday, 07 September 2010 13:45:00 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Monday, 06 September 2010

This is a 3-part recording of Randy Pagels's presentation New Testing Features of VS2010, delivered at the August 18 meeting of the Great Lakes Area .Net User Group (GANG)

Part 1:

Part 2:

Part 3:

Monday, 06 September 2010 19:48:51 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Sunday, 05 September 2010

It has been almost a decade since I first learned C#. It didn’t take me long to become productive in this language; but years later, I am still uncovering its secrets. There are two reasons for this:

  1. C# is a relatively complex language and new features are added with each release. There is a lot to learn
  2. In many cases, C# offers multiple ways to accomplish the same task and it’s not always obvious which way is best for my project.

In Effective C#, 2nd Edition, Bill Wagner attempts to demystify C# by explaining much of the inner workings of the language and by providing specific advice points to improve your coding.

The book assumes a basic understanding of C# syntax. It builds on this understanding in two ways:

  1. Explaining the implementation details of the language
  2. Providing advice on how to use the language and the .Net libraries in your coding.

The second edition of this book includes new features introduced in C# 3.0 and 4.0, such as lambda expressions and LINQ.

The book is split into 50 chapters and each chapter advises developers on a specific coding preference. Wagner backs up his advice with an explanation of the inner workings of the C# language. Among the questions that Wagner answers are:

  • What is the difference between readonly and const and which one should I use and why?
  • What new C# feature reduces the need for multiple overloads?
  • When and how do I need to explicitly dispose of objects?
  • What does it mean for a variable to be statically typed as a dynamic variable? Does that even make sense?

I learned something new in nearly every chapter. Some chapters shed more light on topics that I thought I knew well. Other chapters introduced me to concepts about which I knew very little. And a few chapters contained information so complex that my head began to hurt (I'm looking at you, IDynamicMetaObjectProvider).

With 50 chapters of solid advance and concise explanations, everyone beyond a beginner level in C# can benefit from this book.

Effective C-Sharp book
Sunday, 05 September 2010 15:03:41 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)