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Probes to Mars - sucessful and otherwise


See where spacecraft from Earth have landed on Mars, in this SPACE.com infographic.
Source SPACE.com: All about our solar system, outer space and exploration

Posted On Friday, March 30, 2012 7:20 PM

APress Deal of the Day - 30/Mar/2012 - Beginning Silverlight 4 in C#
Today's $10 Deal of the day from APress at http://www.apress.com/9781430229889 is Beginning Silverlight 4 in C#

"Discover the tools needed for Silverlight 4 development, the roles each plays, and how they interact to produce a seamless result."

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Posted On Friday, March 30, 2012 7:44 AM

APress Deal of the Day - 29/Mar/2012 - Beginning Perl
Today's $10 Deal of the day from APress at http://www.apress.com/9781430227939 is Beginning Perl.

"This is a book for those of us who believed that we didn't need to learn Perl, and now we know it is more ubiquitous than ever."

book cover

Posted On Thursday, March 29, 2012 7:46 AM

The slowest PC I have used...
Having been in IT for 32+ years, I have worked on a variety of hardware. I suppose the slowest computer I used was an IBM 360/25 (total RAM 15K), however the slowest PC to run Visual Studio was at a particular client site. In the morning after logging in, we would start our PCs, lock the keyboard and go to the drinks machine. We would stand there and drink one drink, get another and then go back to our PCs. After giving the three-finger salute (ctrl-alt-delete) and entering out password, visual studio ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 28, 2012 7:57 AM

O' Reilly deal of the day 26/March/2012 - Programming Entity Framework: DbContext
Today's deal of the day from O'Reilly Press at http://shop.oreilly.com/pro... is Programming Entity Framework: DbContext "The DbContext API captures Entity Framework’s (EF) most commonly used features and tasks, simplifying development with EF. This concise book shows you how to use the API to perform set operations with the DbSet class, handle change tracking and resolve concurrency conflicts with the Change Tracker API, and validate changes to your data with the Validation API." ......

Posted On Monday, March 26, 2012 12:29 PM

Microsoft Press Deal of the Day - 26/March/2012 -Getting More Productive with Microsoft® Visual Studio®
Today's deal of the day from Microsoft Press at http://shop.oreilly.com/pro... is Getting More Productive with Microsoft® Visual Studio®"Take a detailed look into Visual Studio—and learn practical techniques to help you work more efficiently. This fully revised and expanded version of Visual Studio Tips: 251 Ways to Improve Your Productivity includes a comprehensive collection of tips and shortcuts for working with the code editor, visual designers, searches, debugger, and other ......

Posted On Monday, March 26, 2012 12:25 PM

Stylecop 4.7.17.0 has been released
Stylecop 4.7.17.0 has been released at http://stylecop.codeplex.com/releases/view/79972

It has added support for cultures into the Settings.StyleCop file. Currently supports en-US,en-GB, fr-FR, pl-PL, pt-BR and ru-RU.

Posted On Friday, March 23, 2012 2:58 PM

Special offer on Netduino E-books and Videos to March 30
O'Reilly have a special offer on NetDuino books and videos to 30/Maqrch at http://shop.oreilly.com/category/deals/netduino-package.do

Netduino is an open source system for building robots.

Posted On Friday, March 23, 2012 7:57 AM

NUStar - the next generation X-ray telescope
NASA is about to launch another X-Ray telescope - NUSTAR. It will achieve a much better angular resolution than previous telescopes. Source: SPACE.com: All about our solar system, outer space and exploration ......

Posted On Thursday, March 22, 2012 7:50 AM

USGS Map of IO
The United States Geological Survey has just published a map of IO at http://gallery.usgs.gov/pho... ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 21, 2012 12:36 PM

Save 50% on O'Reilly books on Python to March 28
O'Reilly are offering 50% off Python E-Books at http://shop.oreilly.com/category/deals/python-think-complexity.do to March 28 14:00 PT

Posted On Wednesday, March 21, 2012 7:57 AM

APress Deal of the Day - 21/Mar/2012 - Pro Agile .NET Development with SCRUM
Today's $10 Deal of the Day from APress at http://www.apress.com/97814... is Pro Agile .NET Development with SCRUM."Pro Agile .NET Development with SCRUM guides you through a real-world ASP.NET project and shows how agile methodology is put into practice." ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 21, 2012 7:52 AM

Plug-Ins for Notepad++
There are numerous plug-ins for Notepad++ available at http://sourceforge.net/projects/npp-plugins/files/

Posted On Sunday, March 18, 2012 9:29 PM

I found one or more KBOs!
I have just received an email notifying me that I am to be named as a co-discoverer of one or more Kuiper Belt Objects in a report to be made to the minor planets center.

From this list, the New Horizons team will select a second target for the spacecraft after it flys by Pluto.

Posted On Sunday, March 18, 2012 9:24 PM

Stylecop 4.7.15.0 has been released
Stylecop 4.7.16.0 has been released at http://stylecop.codeplex.com/releases/view/79972#DownloadId=323236

Release 4.7.15.0 - adds support for cultures into the Settings.StyleCop file. Currently supports en-US,en-GB and fr-FR. More coming soon.

Posted On Sunday, March 18, 2012 8:45 PM

Converting NUnit tests to MSUnit.
I created the MSTest project by creating a new class library project and copying the test classes to it. I then followed the instructions in the following posts.http://social.msdn.mi... I did not need to add the GUID fix as I used ReSharper to run both sets of tests ......

Posted On Sunday, March 18, 2012 12:11 AM

Starting a new Open-source project - 2 - CommonEventLog is available.
On this project I needed to provide unit tests both in NUnit and MSTest. I will write about this later.Once done, both projects ran without errors being detected. I loaded up the main project as source to CodePlex. (Resharper was very helpful in that it would run both sets of tests - thank you Jet Brains!) Can't code withoutIn-depth C# code analysis with instant errorand warning highlighting and quick-fixes ......

Posted On Sunday, March 18, 2012 12:05 AM

Starting a new open-source project - 1
Today I started a new open-source project, based upon my CommonData project.

So what have I done so far.
  • I have created a project on Codeplex.
  • I have created some documentation at http://commoneventlog.codeplex.com/
  • I have made a VS2010 version of my existing application MAKELOG
  • Uploadloaded the utility MakeLog in its VS2010 form
  • Published the project.

Posted On Saturday, March 17, 2012 4:06 PM

Notepad++ - an excellent text editor
When you have to work with languages away from the many languages supported by Visual Studio, then a good text editor is a required. Now almost any text editor is better than Notepad but Notepad++ is excellent.

Download it from http://sourceforge.net/projects/notepad-plus/

There are a variety of add-ons for Notepad++. Try it - it is an open source editor that is free.

Posted On Saturday, March 17, 2012 2:24 PM

Large aperture space telescopes to come
See future space telescopes that NASA will be deploying to replace the Hubble Space Telescope.
Source Space.com: All about our solar system, outer space and exploration

Posted On Saturday, March 17, 2012 10:49 AM

Sunstorms
Another good infographic - this one about sunspots and their effect on us.. Source SPACE.com: All about our solar system, outer space and exploration ......

Posted On Saturday, March 17, 2012 10:33 AM

Audacity 2.0 released
Audacity 2.0 has been relesed at http://audacity.sourceforge.net/download/windows

It is an excellent tool for recording and audio editing.

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Posted On Friday, March 16, 2012 10:55 PM

Stylecop 4.7.14.0 has been released
Stylecop 4.7.14.0 has been released at http://stylecop.codeplex.com/releases/view/79972#DownloadId=323236


Posted On Friday, March 16, 2012 8:05 PM

O Reilly Deal of the Day 12/Mar/2012 - Developer's Guide to Collections in Microsoft® .NET
Today's 50% off Deal of the Day from O'Reilly is Developer's Guide to Collections in Microsoft® .NET "Put .NET collections to work—and manage issues with GUI data binding, threading, data querying, and storage. Led by a data collection expert, you'll gain task-oriented guidance, exercises, and extensive code samples to tackle common problems and improve application performance. This one-stop reference is designed for experienced Microsoft Visual Basic® and C# developers—whether you’re already using ......

Posted On Monday, March 12, 2012 9:40 PM

SQL Server 2012 Training Kit
The Training Kit videos for SQL Server 2012 are available at http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/6982.sql-server-2012-developer-training-kit-bom.aspx

Posted On Sunday, March 11, 2012 9:26 PM

APress Deal of the day - 11/March/2012 - Pro LINQ Language Integrated Query in C# 2010
Today's $10 book from APress at http://www.apress.com/97814... is Pro LINQ Language Integrated Query in C# 2010"Most books show the simplest examples of how to use a method, but they so rarely show how to use the more complex prototypes. This book is different. Demonstrating the overwhelming majority of LINQ operators and prototypes, it is a veritable treasury of LINQ examples." Adam Freeman is an excellent author who is good at providing practical examples of code ......

Posted On Sunday, March 11, 2012 7:57 AM

Free Book Samplers at O'Reilly
O'Reilly are offering a number of free PDF book samplers at http://oreilly.com/store/samplers.html

Posted On Thursday, March 8, 2012 4:02 PM

Five Leadership Lessons From Star Trek
Many programmers were introduced to computing by playing one of the the Star Trek games.

At http://www.forbes.com/sites/alexknapp/2012/03/05/five-leadership-lessons-from-james-t-kirk/ there is an excellent article entitled "Five Leadership Lessons From James T. Kirk".

Posted On Thursday, March 8, 2012 3:19 PM

O' Reilly Deal of the Week to 14:00:00 PT 16/Mar/2012 - PERL books
At http://shop.oreilly.com/category/deals/perl-programming-power.do, O'Reilly are offering a series of E-Books on PERL (Practical Extraction and Report Language).  Included in this are books on Regular Expressions which will be of use to many programmers.


Posted On Thursday, March 8, 2012 11:22 AM

Microsoft Press Ebook Deal of the Day - 7/March/2012
Today's Microsoft Press Ebook Deal of the Day at http://shop.oreilly.com/cat... is 50% off a series of E-books by William R. Stanekinin celebration of the launch of Microsoft SQL Server 2012. This offer will run to 14:00 PT on 8/March/2012. There are 12 other books also available at 50% off ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 7, 2012 12:25 PM

Another tale from the coalface - why did Firefox run slow on my development PC?
Continuing my series of lessons learnt from practical experiance...

For some time my development PC has been running slow when acessing certain web sites such as Hotmail, yet when I used my wife's PC, same site performed OK. The problem I eventually tracked down to an HTML testing add-on, turned it off, restarted Firefox and then Firefox performance improved dramaticly. One particular area of improvement was that Silverlight no longer crashes when uploading a file to Hotmail.

Posted On Tuesday, March 6, 2012 3:52 PM

Installing Visual Studio 11 Beta - 3
So far Visual Studio is fine. The only things missing are:
  • StyleCop does not recognise the current Resharper 7 EAP build
  • Need the updated GhostDoc Pro

I have migrated one of my VS2010 projects to VS 11 Beta and no problems.


Posted On Monday, March 5, 2012 9:25 PM

O' Reilly Deal of the day 5/Mar/2012 - Planning for IPv6 and IPv6 Essentials
Today's deal of the day from O'Reilly is Planning for IPv6 and IPv6 Essentials."IPv6 is the highway for our future services and applications. Experienced author Silvia Hagen gives you everything you need to know in IPv6 Essentials, 2nd Edition and its companion Planning for IPv6. This offer may not be combined with other offers." I have read Planning for IPv6 and recommend it ......

Posted On Monday, March 5, 2012 7:08 PM

Why ReSharper always suggests to use vars instead of explicit type usages?
The answer to this simple question is at http://devnet.jetbrains.net... forces you to use more thought in naming variables. Can't code withoutIn-depth C# code analysis with instant errorand warning highlighting and quick-fixes ......

Posted On Monday, March 5, 2012 3:19 PM

Resharper 7 EAP (Early Adopter Program)
Those hard-working developers at Jetbrains are making Resharper 7 for Visual Studio 11 Beta available by what they refer to as the Early Adopter Program (EAP).Build 7 EAP is just for Visual Studio 11 Beta and will run alongside Visual Studio 2010 / Resharper 6(.1)A given build of Resharper 7 EAP will run for 30 days using just an evaluation licence.Details are at http://blogs.jetbrains.com/... Can't code withoutIn-depth C# code ......

Posted On Monday, March 5, 2012 3:04 PM

Installing Visual Studio 11 Beta - 2
The install of the beta not altogether without problem. Three set up files were not found, however the set-up completed otherwise without issue. I have reported this problem at http://social.msdn.microsof... I have run VS2011 Beta - it opens and builds projects OK.I am now installing ReSharper 7 EAP for VS11 Beta from http://confluence.jetbrains... ......

Posted On Monday, March 5, 2012 10:37 AM

Free Out of this World Wallpapers
At http://www.space.com/wallpa... there is a fine selection of wallpapers at a variety of resolutions to suit most monitors. Plenty Of Planets Omega Centuri The Great Red Spot ......

Posted On Sunday, March 4, 2012 7:09 PM

APress Deal of the Day - 4/Feb/2012 - Windows Phone 7 Recipes
Today's $10 Deal of the Day from APress is Windows Phone 7 Recipes"Are you interested in Windows Phone 7 configuration and development? Learn to build, configure, and distribute your applications using a wide variety of step-by-step recipes. This book contains extensive code samples and detailed walkthroughs." ......

Posted On Sunday, March 4, 2012 8:13 AM

YouVersion - A bible for mobile devices
At http://www.youversion.com/mobile there is a free application for mobile devices called you version. A number of translations and paraphrases are available both in English and other languages.

details

Posted On Saturday, March 3, 2012 3:57 PM

WireShark - A free TCP/IP and HTTP monitor
Wireshark is a free tool for monitoring network traffic. The wireshark download is at http://www.wireshark.org/do... - there are downloads for Windows and several Unix platforms.At http://www.youtube.com/watc... Pluralsite have provided a short training video.There is an good introduction to WireShark at http://en.wikipedia.org/wik... is a screenshot courtesy of Wikipedia. Learn about addressing network performance management issues and enhancing ......

Posted On Friday, March 2, 2012 6:50 PM

O'Reilly Deal of the Day - 2/Mar/2012 - Programming Microsoft® ASP.NET 4
Today's O'Relley Deal of the day at http://shop.oreilly.com/pro... is Programming Microsoft® ASP.NET 4by Dino Esposito. "Completely reengineered for ASP.NET 4—this definitive guide deftly illuminates the core architecture and programming features of ASP.NET 4 in a single, pragmatic volume. Web development expert Dino Esposito provides essential, architectural-level guidance, along with the in-depth technical insights designed to take you—and your solutions—to the next level. The ......

Posted On Friday, March 2, 2012 3:45 PM

Installing VS2012 Beta - 1
Having burnt the DVD from the ISO file, I am now installing VS2012 Beta.

One requirement that is not clear from the VS2012 install is the amount of space required on the C drive. I reckon about 7Gb free on the C drive is required.

Posted On Friday, March 2, 2012 2:55 PM

Visual Studio 11 Beta Go-Live licence
It is highly significant that a Go-Live licence is now available for Visual Studio 11 beta. The key sentence is "Visual Studio 11 Beta and .NET Framework 4.5 Beta meet our high standards for pre-release software, so we support application design, development, test, and deployment in test and production environments.".Full details of the Go-Live at http://www.microsoft.com/vi... is still on-going with VS11. I intend to install VS11 on my development PC. ......

Posted On Friday, March 2, 2012 12:24 PM

APRESS -Applied WPF 4 in Context
Applied WPF 4 in Context (http://www.apress.com/9781... starts with a simple introduction to WPF and then shows a complete WPF application from sketch to completed code. This APress web site states "This book can be used by a junior developer to learn WPF and understand how to architect a layered application, and it can also be used by a senior developer as a reference for developing scalable WPF applications. " - this summerises the book very effectively as it is indeed an excellent book ......

Posted On Friday, March 2, 2012 11:57 AM

Are you ready to launch IPv6 securely?
Davey Winder of IT Pro at http://www.itpro.co.uk/6391... has raised the question "Are you ready to launch IPv6 securely?".The question is a good one - IPv6 has its official launch on 6/June/2012. Unix and windows have been ready for IPv6 for some time. ISP's and network administrators need to start making plans for the upgrade.O'Reilly have published an excellent book on Planning for IPv6 at http://shop.oreilly.com/pro... Chapter 1 of this ......

Posted On Friday, March 2, 2012 10:17 AM

Visual Studio 11 Beta available for download
Scott Hanselman has posted an excellent article at http://www.hanselman.com/blog/VisualStudio11BetaInContext.aspx on Visual Studio 11 Beta which is now available for download.

Posted On Friday, March 2, 2012 7:48 AM

HTML5 - A quick introduction
At http://www.codeproject.com/Articles/268774/Learn-HTML5-in-5-Minutes there is an excellent article by Jennifer Marsman entitled "Learn HTML5 in 5 minutes". It does just what it says!

The article also addresses the issue of backwards compatibility.

Posted On Friday, March 2, 2012 7:40 AM

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