The dynamic programmer
Because a good set of tools should help you to be more productive.
A great presentation from Thomas Fuchs creator of Script.aculo.us at infoq.com. A preview of the new 2.0 version of the Script.aculo.us library on Thomas Fuchs blog. Enjoy!
Fixing code completion and syntax highlight for files.
I recently got the Logitech keyboard folio for my trusty iPad 2; couldn't be happier.
A great client for Google reader with great visualizations and sharing options.
Although the iPad is far from the perfect content creation tool, with a few chosen apps you can turn it into a more than decent development tool.
Run them in you computer or hosted, integrate with your source control provider and extend them with plug-ins as needed.
Light Table is at the moment a concept for a different way to work with code.
On how using MVC 3, NuGet, MvcScaffold, EF code first, Git and AppHarbor make me have fun again using the Microsoft stack.
I heard about NSubstitute on episode 26 of Talking Shop down under. It sounded like an interesting framework with some interesting ideas, so I took it for a spin.
I remember the time when WebMatrix was this tiny little web editor done in .net that the crazy guys like me used to edit their first asp.net pages (without code behind and moving away from classic asp).
I have been researching node.js and the ecosystem around it. Yes, node has an ecosystem, a very vibrant one if I may say. Today I tried a simple web framework that resembles Ruby's Sinatra by the name of Express.
Yesterday I presented at Toronto code camp a session on BDD + User Stories and what frameworks to use in the .net work to support the practice.
Last Friday I was showing some of the guys at the office how to write user stories with the Gherkin language to been able to use them in either Cucumber or Specflow as executable specifications.
If you use Github (Git) or Bitbucket (Mercurial) you are familiar with the ability to fork a project into your own repository in those sites.
I'm a proponent of dynamic languages and I love Ruby and Cucumber but I have to admit that this is cool. I was writing a set of specifications with SpecFlow today and suddenly I saw this error in Visual Studio.
I recently posted about how to integrate Git with Visual Studio. Of course Git is not the only DVCS out there. Mercurial is another source control system similar to Git that is having more and more relevance.
I started to use Git seriously 5 months ago when I sign up for my Github account on September 1st 2009. Before that I was a very happy subversion user. One of the things that I really like about Git is the speed.
Last week I wrote about using cucumber to test your web applications outside in. In the post I showed a simple example (actually comes with cucumber) to open a browser, go to a site and perform some actions.
On my new project I want to start using end to end testing. The idea is to write an specification run it against an outer interface. Gui, Web service, etc. It fails. So you start implementing the feature using TDD until the Spec pass.
Since I started using Git a few months ago, and particularly GitHub since last September, my life have been good in DVCS land.I used to be a Subversion user and I was happy*, maybe because I didn't know anything better.
I try to be pragmatic in my approach to development and one of the things that change the most are the tools I use to deliver software. There are several reasons why I change tools so often.
The NoSql movement is gaining more and more momentum. A year or two ago I took a look at CouchDb but this time I wanted to try MongoDB.
Some time ago I heard about the intent of putting together a package manager for .net ala gems or pear. I wasn't aware that this project was actually under way. The name of the project, Horn.
One new feature in the code editor is the ability to put sticky notes in the code while debugging. This sticky notes are actually attached to a given variable and you can see the actual value of it in the note (similar to using the watch window).
I needed to do some screen captures for a future post I'm writing. This is usually not a problem but in this laptop I don't have an screen capture utility installed.
I have been playing at home for the last few days with different migrations strategies for db development. The one that I like the most so far is Migrator.Net. Here are the things I really like.
Tonight I added LinqPad to my toolbox. I did try this before but I guess I wasn't very inspired because I didn't stick with it. Let me tell you, that was a mistake. I have been playing with it for an hour or so and I'm loving it.
Pronghorn is still a work in progress and the architecture+design is changing very fast. At this moment the main focus is on the ViewEngine because...
In a previous article I mentioned how to integrate VS 2008 with Subversion for free using a few settings and a script. .When I run the script in Windows 7 all the menu items were grayed out.
One of the main reasons I got ReSharper originally was for it's ability to do micro code generation. This is a functionality that I found very useful when doing test first development.
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Common List E-book (free online) Apparently you can also download it from the Apress website's book page but the link was down for maintenance when I tried.
In a previous post I mention about a fix to been able to open a new window both in IE and Firefox using the Lightweight Test Framework.
This is a quick post. In the samples for the framework the test are written in the same system to test.
As I mentioned in a previous post I have been playing with the Microsoft Lightweight Test Automation Framework. The Lightweight framework handle alert and confirms without any problem, both in IE and Firefox out of the box.
I have been playing with the Microsoft Lightweight Test Automation Framework, that's a mouthful for the Microsoft's Web testing framework.
Today I have the pleasure to listen to a really good episode of The Herding Code. The episode title was NHibernate performance. In the episode Ayende, David Penton and Ben Scheirman talked about NHibernate and the performance of the tool ...
Ok, first let me be really clear, I'm not a JetBrains fan boy. Yes, I use ReSharper and yes, I also use TeamCity at home as my Continuous Integration server for some of my projects.
Today I move the code of LaTrompa.Validation into it's own package, with no external dependencies (besides the framework of course). I added a class to validate XmlNodes.
In my previous post I mentioned how to integrate Visual Studio with Subversion for free and without having to install fancy plug-ins.
Now there is another choice and is a set of configuration options to access TortoiseSVN from inside Visual Studio. The set of configurations provide a tools menus, context menu, and menu bar.
I just saw this project in Codeplex; CruiseControl.Net build station sounds interesting and very useful if you happen to work in a machine without IIS.
I just finished a complete re write of my validation framework. This re write was due to feedback received from some of my co workers so I owe to them my thanks.
You can find this new ORM framework at http-//code.msdn.microsoft.com/XGENOORM. Starting with it is fairly easy. Just add a reference on your project to the very small (32K) dll (only one!) and you can start playing with it.
Once in a while I like to browse around Codeplex to see what's new and if I found anything interesting. Today I found this Gem of a project called Catharsis. To be able to use it you will need VS 2008 with SP1.
My previous post got me thinking, what are the things I will considered as minimum requirements for me to work in a project even when I have serious constrains on time?
Derick Bailey is doing a very good series on Kanban. So far he posted about- The board, queues, order points, pipelines, handling bugs and emergency fixes. You can find all the posts under the Kanban tag. ...
CAT is a Visual Studio Add-in that analyze your code and all the references in your project looking for vulnerabilities to common attacks.
In my machine at work I can't install ASP.NET MVC (it installs but fails to install the project templates, I don't know why and I haven't had time to look into it).
SVN Notifier is a nice little tool that sits on your Tray and let you know when a folder under source control on your system goes out of date. It's useful is you are working on several projects with several developers or you follow the trunk...
This is a plug-in for Resharper that allows you to use Reflector and and the .Net framework source code to navigate your code. You can download it from the Google code project page.
Download the patch to add projects via the configuration file to Big Visible Cruise.
This looks very interesting. (from their site) ELMAH (Error Logging Modules and Handlers) is an application-wide error logging facility that is completely pluggable. It can be dynamically added to a running ASP.NET web application, or...
I have looking for a simple to use, fast, ubiquous to do list for a long time. I used several different solutions. Web and desktop application. So far none of them really worked for me. Some of them are too simple, others too complex. ...
I have been looking for a tool to drive my web sites smoke and regression test for quite a while, between the tools I used I want to mention Sahi and Selenium, really good tools.
After I wrote my last post I remembered that some time ago I did intall an Add-In for Visual Studio called CopySource-AsHTML. So I decided that it was time to try it. I love it almost inmidiatly. The reason I like it better than the previous too...
C# format is an online tool to format your C#, VB, HTML, XML, T-SQL or MSH code into valid HTML 4.01 complaint code to put online.
In the last few days two of my favorite pieces of software released new versions.
There is a feature of Refactor that I really like and is the posibility to re-order the code (grouping fields, properties, private and public methods together) and order them alfabetically. I'm a Resharper user and I was looking for some add-in ...
Here is a list of some projects that look interesting. Extension Methods Extravaganza- A collection of some extension methods. You can find extension to the object the ICollection, IEnumerable, IList, String and StringBuilder. I specially ...
In my previous post I show how to integrate PartCover reports into CC.Net and promise to look into make the reports look a bit nicer and try to integrate the Coverage metrics into the statistics reports. So I dust off my xslt ...
A few months ago I mentioned that I was using PartCover.Net to measure test coverage in my projects. I have been really busy but I decided that this week I was going to integrate the reports with CC.Net. Cruise Control ships with NCover support o...
I was creating for the 10th time today a nant build file from Visual Studio when I came to the realization that I needed to automate the process a bit more. So I created an item template to include build files. You just need to copy this zip file...
During Scott's Hanselmann presentation on Dynamic Data at the TVBUG he show a little trick that I didn't know about and I want to show it here.It always annoy me that every time you click run in a web application using VS it runs using ...
Testing is fundamental to get your code into shape and to be sure that what you are doing is behaving as expected. New methodologies like Test Driven Design (TDD) point to that goal.
A free tool to do code coverage with a nice GUI for the developers to use, that can be run on the command prompt, that generates nice xml based reports (to integrate with your CC server) and best of all for me) that works fine with Static methods...
Virtualbox is a free open source virtual machine software. I have been using it to run, Ubuntu, Fedora, BDS and a virtual XP machine with all the new stuff for testing and I love it
I usually use PSPad as my fire up and hack something together editor. I also use it to do a lot of maintenance, I have been even using it to do some c# editing here and there and relying more and more in Nant to do the builds, it even has a plug-in to synchronize with subversion if you want.
I keep searching for the right IDE for my Ruby and Ruby on Rails adventures. I keep changing and playing around with the ones I had and lately I keep using NetBeans 6.0. Yesterday I decide to try again and after looking at The usual suspects, I found Eclipse for Rails...
I went today to the Nant site to check some documentation and I saw that the beta 1 of the new version is available, this version supports the .NET 3.5 framework, Mono 3.5, Silverlight 2.0 and Moonlight 2.0
I just found this post with detailed instruction on how to make the MVC framework work in IIS. The instructions are very basic and you shouldn't have any problems making it work, but you may not know how to modify the extension handling in IIS 5.