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ALT.NET Open Spaces Closing Day Recap
In my previous post, I talked about some of the happenings from the day two experience. Day three was only a half day with only two sessions. So, it was best to make the best of times anyhow. Once again, it snowed again, rather heavily at times, so nature's cruel joke on ALT.NET. Impromptu Sessions One of the best sessions was an impromptu session with Jeremy Miller on the StoryTeller tool and his future plans for it. If you're not familiar with it, it is a tool used to manage and create automated ......

Posted On Thursday, April 24, 2008 2:20 AM

ALT.NET Open Spaces, Seattle Day 2 Recap
In my previous installment of recapping the events from ALT.NET Open Spaces, Seattle, I covered pretty much the opening ceremonies as it were. The weather was definitely interesting the entire weekend. Who would believe that we had snow, hail and rain for most of the time we were there in the latter half of April? Mind you it didn't stick, but if you believe in God, there is something to be said of ALT.NET coming to town. Coverage Galore Jeffrey Palermo was gracious enough to capture the opening ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 22, 2008 7:14 PM

DC ALT.NET Meeting 4/23/2008 - Jay Flowers and CI Factory
Now that we've somewhat recovered from ALT.NET Open Spaces, Seattle, it's time for another DC ALT.NET meeting. I'm currently finishing up my wrapups for Seattle still and I'm sure I have months worth of material from there. Anyhow, this time Jay Flowers will be talking to us about Continuous Integration and CI Factory which was postponed from last month due to schedule conflicts. As always we have the first hour or whenever the conversation ends for our main topic and the rest is Open Spaces. Food ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 22, 2008 12:38 AM

ALT.NET on DotNetRocks and the Community
Dave Laribee and Jeremy Miller recently recorded an episode on DotNetRocks and was just posted today. Episode 333 "It's the ALT.NET Show" can be found here. It's a great show that explains ALT.NET for those who may not really know what it is outside of some of the arguments on the altdotnet mailing list. This includes discussions on open source frameworks, agile practices, refactoring and so on. It's great to see the reaction from this show at least from my perspective. To see the job we're doing ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 15, 2008 2:12 PM

Unity Community Contributions and Interception
Now that Unity has been released into the wild, there has definitely been a bit of interest swirling around it. One of my key wants for a good IoC container is basic interception capabilities. My criteria for evaluating a container usually comes down to the following: Configurability (XML, DSL, Code) Dependency Resolution, usually opinionated Lifetime Management (Per Thread, Pooled, Singleton, Transient, etc) Extensibility for Interception So, I realized that Unity was missing some of these things ......

Posted On Friday, April 11, 2008 7:35 PM

ALT.NET Open Spaces, Seattle Day 1 Recap
ALT.NET Open Spaces, Seattle has come to a close. What a great time it was and it met every expectation if not exceeded them. Currently I'm in the Seattle airport waiting for my flight home which just got re-arranged. Anyhow, I'd like to wrap up my thoughts for the first day of the event. Setting It Up I arrived one day early for the event to make sure we were set up appropriately. I was able to meet up with Dave Laribee, Glenn Block, Scott Bellware, Jeremy Miller, Greg Young, Scott C Reynolds, Ray ......

Posted On Sunday, April 20, 2008 10:56 PM

Off to Seattle and ALT.NET Open Spaces, Seattle
Well, the day has finally come where I'm heading to ALT.NET Open Spaces, Seattle. It's been a long time of planning for this day with all the other guys mentioned on the site. The weather's not looking so great with a possibility of snow on Saturday. Not looking forward to that part as I'm leaving sunny, beautiful Washington DC where it is around 75F or so right now. I hope to be live blogging much of the event, well as much as I can. I you're on Twitter, you can follow me at mattpodwysocki. Looking ......

Posted On Thursday, April 17, 2008 11:53 AM

Adventures in F# - F# 101 Part 8 (Mutables and Reference Cells)
Time for another adventure in F#, covering some of the basics of functional programming and F# in particular. Today we'll manage to look more at regular .NET integration and .NET programming. With the previous efforts, we've looked more at functional programming and in turn F# specific things, but want to show that you can do anything normally in F# that you can in C#. To me, F# is the perfect all-purpose language because it can do a lot of the things C# can do, but in turn, F# can do things much ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 15, 2008 7:08 PM

RockNUG IoC Container Presentation Wrapup
I want to thank the fine folks at the Rockville .NET Users Group (RockNUG) and Dean Fiala for giving me the opportunity to speak last night. It was a record crowd last night, so I'm glad that people were interested in Loose Coupling, Design Patterns, Test Driven Development, Behavior Driven Development and Inversion of Control containers. I hope everyone got some good information, and if not interested in using containers, design patterns and such, at least know they exist and have their use. Based ......

Posted On Thursday, April 10, 2008 6:10 PM

IoC and Unity - Configuration Changes for the Better
In my previous post about Unity and IoC containers, I made note of some changes in the latest drop of the Unity Application Block. As Grigori Melnik, the PM of the Unity and Enterprise Library team noted, Unity should be released in its final form on April 7th, so stay tuned. In the mean time, the latest drop of Unity was on March 24th, so go ahead and it pick it up. Configuration Changes As I noted from above, the public APIs really haven't changed all that much. Instead, most of the efforts recently ......

Posted On Thursday, March 27, 2008 7:52 PM

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