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CMAP Code Camp Wrap Up - Dependency Injection and IoC Containers
I really enjoyed speaking at this past weekend's CMAP Code Camp. I hope you all enjoyed my presentation on "Loosen Your Dependencies with Dependency Injection and Inversion of Control Containers". It was a great discussion to have with everyone and I like to learn there as much as I teach. I also enjoyed teaming up with Scott Allen on his "A Gentle Introduction to Mocking" where we talked about mocks versus stubs, test pattens and mock frameworks such as Rhino Mocks and Moq. Hopefully we'll be doing ......

Posted On Sunday, April 13, 2008 11:45 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

Microsoft Free Tools - Best Practice Analyzer for ASP.NET
Microsoft has released a new tool called Microsoft Best Practice Analyzer for ASP.NET. This tool scans the configuration of an ASP.NET 2.0 application. The tool can scan against three mainline scenarios (hosted environment, production environment, or development environment) and identify problematic configuration settings in the machine.config or web.config files associated with your ASP.NET application. This tool is current in alpha right now and Microsoft is counting on your feedback on how to ......

Posted On Monday, July 3, 2006 12:19 PM

Assembly Hijacking Presentation
Rocky Heckman did a screencast about Assembly Hijacking that is well worth checking out. It is available in Flash format here: http://www.rockyh.net/Assem... He covers the following topics: * Understanding Attackers * Testing for SQL Injection * Testing for SQL Account Privileges * Probing the file system * Replacing low level libraries (such as logging) * Inference Attacks It is a very good presentation which can open eyes especially to security risks mitigations that ......

Posted On Thursday, June 1, 2006 5:43 PM

Unity 1.0 Released into the Wild
As Chris Tavares mentioned in his blog, Unity 1.0 has been released a couple of days earlier than the April 7th release date mentioned by Grigori Melnik earlier. Scott Densmore also announced this as well as working on porting the inteception from ObjectBuilder2 which I talked about earlier in some of my Unity and IoC containers posts. Looking forward to that post as we've shared some emails on the subject. Would You Like To Know More? For those looking for my posts on the matter, I've covered it ......

Posted On Monday, April 7, 2008 12:40 AM

XUnit.net RC2 Released
UPDATE: More posts on the subject xUnit.net RC3 Just Released Relooking at xUnit.net RC2 UPDATE: xUnit.NET RC2 New Drop includes ASP.NET MVC support and better GUI runner. Details here. UPDATE: Added Static Methods mention and F# - Thanks to DevHawk! I've been a big fan of such testing frameworks as NUnit and MbUnit, but recently I've found myself getting pulled more towards xUnit.net at least to play around with for any of my code samples that I write for this blog and on my own time. I'm not really ......

Posted On Monday, March 31, 2008 7:31 PM

Passed 70-528!
With my hectic schedule, I was still able to squeak in an MCP exam recently.  I passed the 70-528 TS: Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 - Web-Based Client Development exam with a 982!  Time permitting, I'll post some links that helped me quite a bit with the preparation.  I guess I haven't decided yet which exam to take next, but now I have my MCTS - Web Development...

Posted On Tuesday, August 29, 2006 4:00 PM

Updated BizTalk 2006 Documentation
Microsoft has recently upgraded a lot of BizTalk Server 2006 documentation within the past week and is now available. Included in this is the following: BizTalk Server 2006 Installation and Upgrade Guides Microsoft BizTalk Server 2006 Documentation Update (CHM) BizTalk Server Code Samples Among the 31 code demos, these I found interesting: BAM and HAT Correlation Convoys Policy Chaining SQL Adapter with Atomic Transactions in Orchestrations Overall, a great list of code samples well worth going through! ......

Posted On Monday, July 3, 2006 12:35 PM

Understanding AOP in .NET
In my previous posts I have talked a bit about Inversion of Control (IoC) containers with respect to Interception and Aspect Oriented Programming (AOP). It's not only important to understand the uses and strategies for implementing your solutions using it, but also how interception and AOP works deep down in .NET. Instead of a long, drawn out post, I think I'll just include some articles and posts that do a very good job of explaining some of the ideas behind it. Articles and Posts I think it'd be ......

Posted On Friday, March 28, 2008 7:45 PM

Looking at DSLs in .NET
As I've mentioned in recent posts such as here, here and here, I've been very interested in Domain Specific Languages (DSLs), especially with regards to F# and the DLR as well. I recently re-listened to Software Engineering Radio Episode 52 with Obie Fernandez discussing DSLs in Ruby. One of the things that attracted me to Ruby for this was the flexibility of the syntax for closures, mixins, etc. Anyhow, it's a good listen and if you're new to the subject, you should give it a go. Also, there is ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 18, 2008 7:43 PM

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