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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

xUnit.net RC3 Just Released
Well, Brad Wilson and Jim Newkirk must really be busy lately. After I talked about the release of xUnit.net RC2, just today, Brad announced the release of RC3. As always, you can find the latest bits here. This fixes a number of bugs and adds CruiseControl.NET and ASP.NET MVC Preview 2 support as well in addition to the Resharper 3.1 and TestDriven.NET support. For more information about it, check out Brad's post here. More or less, they are feature complete for version 1.0 and the only that I think ......

Posted On Thursday, April 10, 2008 6:37 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

Relooking at xUnit.net RC2
UPDATE: More posts on the subject xUnit.net RC3 Just Released Earlier this week, I wrote about the latest release of xUnit.net RC2. Since that time, Brad Wilson and Jim Newkirk released a new version to fix some of the issues with regards to TestDriven.NET integration and ASP.NET MVC integration. You can read more about the issues here. As always you can get the latest bits here. The Installer If you browse to the releases page of xUnit.net, you will notice an installer. This installer will help ......

Posted On Friday, April 4, 2008 6:34 PM

Covering NUnit 2.4.7
It's interesting that a flurry of releases of testing frameworks have been released lately with Gallio, xUnit.net and of course NUnit. Charlie Poole recently announced on a lot of the discussion boards I belong to recently that NUnit 2.4.7 was recently released. You can read all about what's been added here with the release notes. What's New and Interesting? What's interesting about this release? Well, NUnit no longer depends on log4net, thus getting rid of some dependency issues with regards to ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 1, 2008 5:34 PM

IoC and Unity - The Basics and InterceptionIoC and Unity - The Basics and Interception
I realize it's been a while since my last post on Inversion of Control containers and looking at Unity as one of them. Since that time, Scott Hanselman linked to some of the comparisons that I did for IoC containers here. I'll be the first to admit that the look was a bit naive, but to get you all interested in looking at IoC container and how they can improve your applications. It was suggested here that my posts weren't a complete comparison, although in my previous posts I covered a lot of those ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 26, 2008 1:33 AM

IoC Container, Unity and Breaking Changes Galore
Update: IoC and Unity - The Basics and Interception As Grigori Melnik noted on my blog previously as well as his own, there was a brand new drop of the Unity Application Block as of March 4th. This by far was a huge update with a lot of breaking changes. That teaches me to use a CTP of any product and blog about it actively as it compares to other Inversion of Control (IoC) containers. Glad I didn't do a lot on ASP.NET MVC just yet but I have a few good projects going on the side with that now. Where ......

Posted On Friday, March 7, 2008 2:13 AM

IoC Containers, Unity and ObjectBuilder2 - The Saga Continues
Update: Fixed code changed from CTP and More in the series: IoC Container, Unity and Breaking Changes Galore I just wanted to revisit the whole Unity Application Block just once more to look at a few more things including handling parameters, instances and so on. If you hadn't seen, there was another source drop of Unity as of 2/26, so if you haven't picked it up, feel free to do so here. So, we're going to continue our look at DI and IoC containers as they pertain to different needs. I'm not going ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 4, 2008 2:15 AM

IoC and the Unity Application Block Once Again
Update: Fixed code changed from CTP and More in the series: IoC Containers, Unity and ObjectBuilder2 - The Saga Continues IoC Container, Unity and Breaking Changes Galore After the reaction of my last post of talking about IoC and the Unity Application Block, I thought I'd include a few more samples of using Unity and how they compare with other IoC containers. I realized after my first one, that I didn't give any love to StructureMap and I'm going to fix that for a brief sample as well. I realize ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 26, 2008 6:31 PM

DC ALT.NET Wrapup and CI Factory
Well, due to the weather beyond our control, the crowd was a bit smaller than expected at the February meeting of DC ALT.NET. It seems people panic in the Washington DC area if there is even a hint of moisture in the air or a snow flake hits the ground. It was a smaller crowd, yet passionate and I'd rather have that then a big crowd that wasn't involved at all. We had such people as Craig Andera, Jay Flowers, Kevin Hegg among others who attended. But the topics were great talking about functional ......

Posted On Thursday, February 21, 2008 9:57 AM

Free Tool - Red-Gate SQLPrompt
I came across another tool to make my life easier. Red-Gate has released a product called SQLPrompt which provides Intellisense to your SQL. This is a free product (with registration) until September 1st, so hurry while supplies last. Let's go over briefly the features. This is a tray application that provides the Intellisenses to most major SQL Editors. It sits in the background and monitors when you have a .sql, .prc or other custom file extensions open. From there, it provides the Intellisense ......

Posted On Tuesday, May 30, 2006 2:30 PM

Tools I can't live without
Still working on some Spec# posts right now, but in the mean time, here's something I meant to send out a while ago. Throughout my career, many people have asked which tools I take from project to project. There have been plenty of tools that seemed cool, worked for a little bit then I moved onto something else. Being in the ALT.NET mindset, I have a wide array of tools that I will bring whether they be from Microsoft or the developer community as a whole. I'll categorize each set of tools per type. ......

Posted On Friday, December 7, 2007 2:45 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

Security Tools - Microsoft Threat Analysis & Modeling v2.0 RC1 Released
The ACE Team at Microsoft has released Microsoft Threat Analysis & Modeling v2.0 RC1 this week. Talhah Mir and his team have done a great job with this product. The new features include the following: New Tutorials Auto-generation of use cases Threats sortable by attributes Import Component definitions from Visual Studio Team System for Software Architects (VSTA) SDM Deployment Report Export Countermeasures and Test Cases as Work Items for Team Foundation Server (TFS) Improved Graph and Attack ......

Posted On Thursday, June 1, 2006 12:54 PM

Free tools - Simian and Code Refactoring
Code refactoring is a very important concept to learn when dealing with Object Oriented design patterns. Luckily, Visual Studio 2005 gives us the ability to refactor code quite easily with just a simple highlight and right-click. More information about code refactoring can be found here: http://msdn.microsoft.com/l... Anyhow, we need an easy way to find duplicate code worth refactoring. RedHill Consulting created the Simian tool to detect ......

Posted On Monday, May 22, 2006 12:54 PM

Microsoft Application Threat Modeling - Security Workshop Wrapup
It was a great workshop held at Microsoft in DC today by Talhah Mir from the Application Consulting and Engineering (ACE) Team. We covered such topics as threat modeling, code security, attacks and countermeasures as well as lots of other topics. First off, let's talk a little about the ACE Team at Microsoft. The ACE Team is responsible for application performance, security, and privacy engineering at Microsoft. They have their blog at this location which is well worth checking out: http://blogs.msdn.com/ace_t... ......

Posted On Tuesday, May 16, 2006 7:02 PM

Free Tool - Process Explorer
Lately, I have been doing rather large data migration to and from SharePoint Portal Server 2003 using the API and was running into performance issues (Not a surprise really). Anyhow, I needed to find out some basic information about memory usage as well as some of the .NET related information. I found the solution with Process Explorer, written by Mark Russinovich. The tool is available via this link: http://www.sysinternals.com... When you first launch the application, ......

Posted On Thursday, May 4, 2006 4:58 PM

Free SharePoint Tool of the Week - InstallAssemblies
While working on a large SharePoint deployment for a major corporation, I came across many interesting tools to make my life easier. During the development process, I found it to be a hassle to deploy WebParts to the server over and over again, going through those many steps. During my searching for tools, I discovered InstallAssemblies which is a wonderful tool to allow the easy deployment of WebPart libraries to a SharePoint server. The tool can be found as part of the Web Part Toolkit: http://www.bluedoglimited.c... ......

Posted On Thursday, May 4, 2006 4:54 PM

Free testing tools - WebServiceStudio 2.0
Update: Now moved here: http://www.codeplex.com/wss... At one point or another, we've had the need to test our web services and WSDLs. When I was on a BizTalk integration project, I had the need to test the orchestrations exposed via Web Services easily without jumping through all the code. This WebServicesStudio 2.0 tool allows you to test web services with ease and solves a lot of problems. The product is available here: http://www.codeplex.com/wss... Like most tools, I like to ......

Posted On Thursday, May 4, 2006 4:51 PM

Free Tool - Altiris Software Virtualization Solution (SVS)
We all should know by now about the great things we can do with virtual machines, whether they be Microsoft Virtual PC, Microsoft Virtual Server, or VMWare. These tools are great for loading development environments as well as trying out new beta products and throwing them away or rolling back if the machine should be harmed during the process. But, until now, have we really looked at doing this virtualization at the software level instead of the operating system? The Altiris Software Virtualization ......

Posted On Thursday, May 4, 2006 9:34 AM

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