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WTF Next? Dev ramblings from a master of nothing. January 2009 Entries
Head First Design Patterns – VB.NET code examples on CodePlex
For those of you looking to get started with design patterns but reluctant because of language barriers, I started a project on CodePlex for the Head First Design Patterns book. The original code examples are in Java, and they have been made available in C# and C++ as well, which are all available on the book’s online page, Currently the project is only Chapters 1-8, but pending the big game on Sunday I will be finished up sometime next week. This is one ......

Posted On Friday, January 30, 2009 10:24 AM

MSDN Events: Azure, Debugging and Mobility Review
Last Thursday I had the pleasure of going down to a local theatre to watch through the MSDN event for Azure, debugging, and mobility. The event itself was refreshing, and I always enjoy hearing Zain speak. We have similar passions, and also similar personalities. The event started off with a brief look at Azure, which is Microsoft’s very beta cloud computing platform. The technology itself seems straightforward and easy to use, although Zain warned about a tedious process of getting the tokens necessary ......

Posted On Monday, January 26, 2009 12:21 PM

January BRDNUG Meeting Next Wednesday: Entity Framework
location: At Lamar Advertising Wednesday, January 28, 2009 5:45 PM - 8:00 PM Sponsored by: TBD Presenter(s): Brett James and Steve Schaneville Brett is a Senior Development Consultant at Sparkhound, Inc. with over 10 years of software development experience. The last 6 years have been spent working with .NET technologies for both Web and Windows applications. Steve is a Software Development Manager at Amedisys, Inc. His experience includes 9 years of C++ and C# development in Windows and Web applications. ......

Posted On Friday, January 23, 2009 9:32 AM

Passing the 070-536 Revisited
So, yesterday I passed the 070-536, and I wanted to revisit my list of helpful insights. I wanted to add a couple new insights to the mix in particular. Here are the additional insights, and these will probably remain steadfast for all .NET exams: Go in with a deep understanding of core operations. If something is often used or is referenced in the training kit, get a really good grip on it. Isolate the differences in each answer. Look at what could be wrong, and use your best judgment. Finally, ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 20, 2009 9:27 AM

Looking at regular expressions, behind and ahead.
This post is mostly inspired by a question I came across in the MSDN forums. Basically, say we had a set of data in a string that looked something like this and we just HAAAAAD to use regular expressions to get the info out (I’m insinuating maybe string.split would work better in this situation…) Dim dataToSearch As String = "-Cat-Dog-Meese-Chardonnay-" Well, the pattern is simple right? Just throw in a regex for "-[A-Za-z]+-" and we’re good to go. Dim reg As New Regex("-[A-Za-z]+-") For Each m As ......

Posted On Saturday, January 17, 2009 12:37 PM

Die, You Gravy Sucking Pig Dog!

For those of you who don't read Coding Horror, Jeff Atwood just made a great article about garbage collection, in the way that Jeff makes great articles. It might not be a terribly in depth look, but you'll feel rewarded for reading it nonetheless.

Posted On Thursday, January 15, 2009 10:39 AM

Typemock has a new VB friendly unit testing API!
Programming Visual Basic applications? Typemock have released a new version of their unit testing tool, Typemock Isolator 5.2. This version includes a new friendly VB.NET API which makes Isolator the best Isolation tool for unit testing A Visual Basic (VB) .NET application. Isolator now allows unit testing in VB or C# for many ‘hard to test’ technologies such as SharePoint, ASP.NET MVC, partial support for Silverlight, WPF, LINQ, WF, Entity Framework, WCF unit testing and more. Note that the first ......

Posted On Thursday, January 15, 2009 10:28 AM

Hot-To: Model a Work Breakdown Structure with Project 2007 and Visio 2007
If you’re trying to make a WBS from your suite of 2007 applications, Microsoft Download Center has a Visio add-on that might save you some time. To get a WBS pumped out quickly, just do the following: Download and install Microsoft Office Visio 2007 WBS Modeler. Open Visio, and start from the new WBS Modeler. Open Project and open the project you want to make a WBS for. In Visio, click WBS Modeler, then Import From Microsoft Office Project… Click through a couple more settings and here you have it. ......

Posted On Sunday, January 11, 2009 12:05 PM

Windows 7 Beta download available tomorrow! Available now for MSDN Subscribers!
If you don’t read Chris Koenig’s blog (shame on you :|) or haven’t seen Ballmer’s Keynote at CES, you might not be aware. However, Windows 7 Beta will be available for download tomorrow, first come first served to the first 2.5 million people. Get the cool details from Chris (and while you’re their maybe a new RSS feed): Get the official news from the Windows 7 team: ......

Posted On Thursday, January 8, 2009 8:55 AM

The road to passing the Joel Test revisited
A while back I made a post about the Joel test and how badly my current employer is doing according to it. I've made it a personal goal to help improve my working conditions here as long as I am employed here, and as such I've started tackling weak areas, namely beginning with implementing source control management (SCM). As I've mentioned in my year wrap-up, we've made great progress in this department. I no longer write code unless I've first created a repository. For older jobs, as I use and update ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 7, 2009 11:11 AM

MSDN Events coming to Baton Rouge, LA on 01/22/2009!
Honestly, my eyes lit up like it was Christmas all over again when I read the updated MSDN Events RSS on my google reader. Some Louisiana love is finally on its way this month, here is the low down: MSDN EVENTS - AZURE, DEBUGGING AND MOBILITY SESSIONS INCLUDE - Demystifying Azure: An Overview of the Azure Services Platform for Developers - Deepen your Debugging: Tips and Tricks for the Visual Studio 2008 Debugger - Developing for Windows Mobile Devices FREE ADMITTANCE Enhance your coding capabilities ......

Posted On Monday, January 5, 2009 12:01 PM

WindowsClient.NET How Do I Videos for WinForms
As you may know, I do mostly WinForms development at my current position. Altogether, I do have an affinity for WinForms development over web development, mostly because simple websites were easy to make when I was young, but making a windows application was something I didn't do until much later on. Well, is a great Microsoft resource for those interested specifically in smart client applications, and the even better news is that the bulk of the videos for WinForms in particular ......

Posted On Friday, January 2, 2009 3:19 PM

WTFNext's Most Helpful Posts of 2008
Here's a quick overview of what was most trafficked in 2008 on WTFNext. This is made possible by the results from Google Analytics and unique pageviews that have been recorded since early November. I'm using this information to gauge what is being found as useful and to help make WTFNext as useful as possible. What I've learned from the results is in general, the posts I make are useful to someone. Which is great news to begin with. Also, I've decided to start a separate blog soon on Second Life ......

Posted On Friday, January 2, 2009 1:11 PM

Year 2008 wrap-up and my hopes for 2009
So, this post is probably more for my personal benefit than for anyone who may read, but I'm just going to highlight the good or bad of 2008 for my personal life and then visit my hopes for 2009. This year really marked the beginning of my involvement in the .NET community. I consider myself somewhere around a junior level developer, and by giving back to a community that has given so much to me, I know I have grown and learned more than had I just waited for knowledge to come to me. I got involved ......

Posted On Friday, January 2, 2009 12:48 PM

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