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A Smart Way to Learn Web Development
At http://shop.oreilly.com/cat... Microsoft Press are offering a series of Web Development e-books at 50% off until 23:59 PT 7th June. I am reading Expression Web 4 and can recommend it as a training manual ......

Posted On Thursday, May 31, 2012 10:50 PM

Live Webcasts of the Transit of Venus
Space.com have published a list of webcams for the Transit of Venus at http://www.space.com/14568-... Webcasts Around the World Here is a list of observatories and organizations providing live webcasts on June 5 of the Venus transit of 2012: NASA webcast from Mauna Kea, Hawaii: http://venustransit.nasa.go... Exploratorium (in San Francisco, Calif.) webcast from Mauna Loa, Hawaii: http://www.exploratorium.ed... Slooh Space Camera ......

Posted On Thursday, May 31, 2012 12:23 PM

StyleCop 4.7.27.0 has been released
Stylecop 4.7.27.0 has been released today 29/May at http://stylecop.codeplex.co... / Resharper 7 EAP is now working again using build 54 from http://confluence.jetbrains... I suggest you thank Andrew and his team at http://stylecop.codeplex.co... ......

Posted On Tuesday, May 29, 2012 9:57 PM

Tales from the Coal Face - Reporting errors
One of the questions that comes up frequently, is "Is it worthwhile to report errors?".Last weekend, after installing the latest StyleCop I loaded up my copy of Power Collections. I found that StyleCop was now correctly picking up a lot of missing "this." statements, however there were now a number of false positives. Anticipating the need to submit sample code, I cleaned the solution and zipped it up.I reported this at http://stylecop.codeplex.co... The stylecop administrator promoted ......

Posted On Tuesday, May 29, 2012 7:56 AM

Dot Net Peek and Resharper 7 EAP
I have been using Resharper 7 EAP for some time now. Jet Brains will soon be blogging about the new features in Resharper 7 EAP at http://blogs.jetbrains.com/dotnet/

There is a useful article there on Dot Net Peek, a free Dot Net Decompiler from Jet Brains.


Posted On Monday, May 28, 2012 10:02 PM

APress Deal of the Day 28/May/2012 - Pro SQL Server 2008 Analysis Services
Today's $10 deal of the day from APress at http://www.apress.com/97814... is Pro SQL Server 2008 Analysis Services"Pro SQL Server 2008 Analysis Services will show you how to pull data together and present it for reporting and analysis in a way that makes the data accessible to business users, instead of needing to rely on the IT department every time someone needs a different report." ......

Posted On Monday, May 28, 2012 5:51 AM

More information on the transit of Venus
Besides the web com at http://www.transitofvenus.c... that I have already blogged about, some more have come to light courtesy of an excellent Wikipedia article at http://en.wikipedia.org/wik... new ones are:http://www.skywatchersi... ......

Posted On Sunday, May 27, 2012 7:45 PM

DotNet Reflector / decompiler free tools
At http://www.shloemi.com/2012/05/dotnet-reflector-decompiler-free-tools/ there is an interesting article on Dot Net Reflector and  free de-compiler tools.

Posted On Sunday, May 27, 2012 7:18 PM

Microsoft Press Weekend Deal 26/May/2012 - Microsoft® Manual of Style, 4th Edition
At http://shop.oreilly.com/pro... Microsoft Press are offering the Microsoft® Manual of Style, 4th Edition as a PDF for 50% off using the MSDEAL code."Maximize the impact and precision of your message! Now in its fourth edition, the Microsoft Manual of Style provides essential guidance to content creators, journalists, technical writers, editors, and everyone else who writes about computer technology. Direct from the Editorial Style Board at Microsoft—you get a comprehensive ......

Posted On Saturday, May 26, 2012 1:44 PM

The threat of DNS Changer
According to the web site at http://www.dcwg.org/, there are still some 350,000 computers infected with DNS changer. "How can you detect if your computer has been violated and infected with DNS Changer?" Please go to http://www.dcwg.org/detect/ find a site for your language and click on the link. If you get a green background at say http://www.dns-ok.us/ then you are free of the infection ......

Posted On Saturday, May 26, 2012 11:04 AM

Secunia PSI 3.0 Beta V3 - Free tool from Secunia
Secunia have released the beta of V3.0 of the Personal Software Inspector. I have just rebuilt my development PC. When I installed the beta I found that it gives very quick feedback on whether patches were required.

This is a free tool for domestic use. It can be downloaded from http://secunia.com/psi_30_beta_launch/

Posted On Saturday, May 26, 2012 10:33 AM

Virtual CloneDrive - Free Utility
At http://www.slysoft.com/en/v... SlySoft have made available, Virtual Clone Drive."Virtual CloneDrive works and behaves just like a physical CD/DVD drive, however it exists only virtually. Image files generated with CloneDVD or CloneCD can be mounted onto a virtual drive from your hard-disk or from a network drive and used in the same manner as inserting them into a normal CD/DVD drive. Probably the best virtual drive software, Virtual CloneDrive allows you to enjoy the freedom ......

Posted On Saturday, May 26, 2012 8:21 AM

Stylecop 4.7.26.0 has been released
Stylecop 4.7.26.0 has been released today 25/May at http://stylecop.codeplex.com/releases/view/79972

Posted On Friday, May 25, 2012 11:02 AM

Free Tool Secunia PSI
Secunia provide a free utility for locating programs on your PC that need patching or updating with the latest version.

The program is free for domestic users and can be downloaded from http://secunia.com/products/consumer/psi/

Posted On Friday, May 25, 2012 10:05 AM

APress Deal of the Day - 25/May/2012 - Pro Internet Explorer 8 & 9 Development
Today's $10 deal of the day from APress at http://www.apress.com/97814... is Pro Internet Explorer 8 & 9 Development"This book is an in-depth guide to writing applications that embrace and extend the new features and capabilities of Windows Internet Explorer 8 and 9." ......

Posted On Friday, May 25, 2012 7:42 AM

Stylecop 4.7.25.0 has been released
Stylecop 4.7.25.0 has been released at http://stylecop.codeplex.co... NotesNew rules SA1126: PrefixCallsCorrectly Validates a call to a member is not prefixed with the 'this.', 'base.', 'object.' or 'typename.' prefix to indicate the intended method call, within a C# code file. SA1214:StaticReadonlyElemen... Validates that all static readonly elements are placed before all static non-readonly elements of the same type. SA1215:InstanceReadonlyElem... ......

Posted On Thursday, May 24, 2012 12:09 PM

APress deal of the day 22/May/2012 - Pro HTML5 Programming
Today's $10 deal of the day from APress at http://www.apress.com/97814... is Pro HTML5 Programming"HTML5 is here, and with it, web applications have acquired power, ease, scalability, and responsiveness like never before. With this book, developers will learn how to use the latest cutting-edge HTML5 web technology—available in the most recent versions of modern browsers—to build web applications with unparalleled functionality, speed, and responsiveness. This new edition includes major revisions ......

Posted On Tuesday, May 22, 2012 7:42 AM

Today's Eclipse
At http://bcove.me/chw1v99g is a time lapse video of today's annular eclipse. This was shot using as Hydrogen Alpha filter.

More details at http://www.space.com/15788-suns-behavior-eclipse-revealed-time-lapse-video.html

Posted On Monday, May 21, 2012 6:06 PM

Tales from the Coal Face - The late night greeting
Many years ago, when I was working for a media company in London, I would dial-up the office system in the evening. (This was in the days when 2400 baud was fast!). One evening I noticed one of the directors of the company was connected and emailed him the message "Good Evening Mr Director Sir".The following day, I met him in the office and he complemented me on my message - he was working with a client on a rush job and the client was very impressed by the respectful message.So when you email, be ......

Posted On Monday, May 21, 2012 7:49 AM

Stylecop 4.7.24.0 has been released
Stylecop 4.7.24.0 has been released at http://stylecop.codeplex.co... Notes Compatible with the Visual Studio 11 Preview.Install order should be : VS10VS11R#6.1.1 msi (for VS10)R#6.1.1 vsix (for VS11)StyleCop 4.7 This version is now compatible with R# 5.1 (5.1.3000.12), R# 6.0 (6.0.2202.688), R# 6.1 (6.1.37.86) and R# 6.1.1 (6.1.1000.82).Here are the bug details for fixed in 4.7 and closed in 4.7 issues (over 100 issues fixed since 4.6)Here are the bug details for all issues ......

Posted On Sunday, May 20, 2012 9:15 PM

APress Deal of the Day - 20/May/2012 - The Essential Guide to HTML5 and CSS3 Web Design
Today's $10 Deal of the Day from APress at http://www.apress.com/97814... is "The Essential Guide to HTML5 and CSS3 Web Design""A contemporary update of Craig Grannell's acclaimed The Essential Guide to CSS and HTML Web Design—now featuring coverage of HTML5 and CSS3! " After today, the price will go back up again ......

Posted On Sunday, May 20, 2012 7:12 PM

Live Webcam for Annular Eclipse 19/20 May/2012
At http://panasonic.net/eclipselive/ there is a web cam for tonight's anuular eclipse.

The broadcast starts at 22:00 UT tonight.

Posted On Saturday, May 19, 2012 4:49 PM

APress Deal of the Day - 19/May/2012 - HTML5 and JavaScript Projects
Today's $10 deal from APress at http://www.apress.com/97814... is HTML5 and JavaScript Projects"HTML5 and JavaScript Projects shows you how to build sophisticated applications using the core technologies of HTML5, including databases, localStorage, geolocation, video, and audio." ......

Posted On Saturday, May 19, 2012 8:10 AM

Microsoft Press Ebook Deal of the Day - 19/May/2012 - Programming Windows®, 6th Edition
At http://shop.oreilly.com/pro... Microsoft Deal are offering an excellent deal on Programming Windows®, 6th Edition"Reimagined for full-screen and touch-optimized apps, Windows 8 provides a platform for reaching new users in new ways. In response, programming legend Charles Petzold is rewriting his classic Programming Windows—one of the most popular programming books of all time—to show developers how to use existing skills and tools to build Windows 8 apps. (See the book's "Description" ......

Posted On Saturday, May 19, 2012 7:35 AM

Finding your Office Key
Following on from my previous post, I needed also to get my key for Microsoft Office. I found http://www.magicaljellybean.com/keyfinder/, downloaded it and run it.

Posted On Friday, May 18, 2012 11:35 AM

Finding your Windows Licence Key
One of the problems that I face is having to periodically rebuild my development PCs. When preparing for a re-build it is important to plan on having the right licence key to hand, and a complete list of programs to install. It also helps if like me you keep downloaded installs in a known place as that make re-installation very easy.So given that I have a number of licence keys for Windows 7 Ultimate, how did I find the one that was used for this PC? I located a very useful article at http://pcsupport.about.com/... ......

Posted On Friday, May 18, 2012 11:25 AM

Storm - A utility for testing Web Services
At http://storm.codeplex.com/ there is a free tool for testing Web Services and WCF services.STORM allows you to 1. Test web services written using any technology (.NET , Java, etc.) 2. Dynamically invoke web service methods even those that have input parameters of complex data types 3. Save development time and money. Creating throw-away test client apps just to test the web service is just too wasteful 4. Test multiple web services from within one UI. 5. Edit/Manipulate the raw soap requests. 6 ......

Posted On Friday, May 18, 2012 9:40 AM

Stylecop 4.7.19.22 has been released
Stylecop 4.7.22.0 has been released at http://stylecop.codeplex.com/releases/view/79972

This included a fix to a problem I reported at http://stylecop.codeplex.com/discussions/355656

Again well done Andrew and team!

Posted On Thursday, May 17, 2012 7:50 AM

2012 Transit of Venus - First Web Camera located.
Since the 2012 Transit of Venus is the last transit of Venus across the face of the Sun as viewed from Earth, for many years, being able to locate a web cam feed that will be in clear daylight for the whole of the transit period. So far I have only located one. This is at: http://www.transitofvenus.c... the transit of Venus was very important for determining the absolute size of the solar system, however high power radar has allowed direct measurement of distance at any time ......

Posted On Tuesday, May 15, 2012 12:18 PM

Stylecop 4.7.20.0 has been released
Stylecop 4.7.20.0 has been released at http://stylecop.codeplex.co... Notes Compatible with the Visual Studio 11 Preview.Install order should be : VS10VS11R#6.1.1 msi (for VS10)R#6.1.1 vsix (for VS11)StyleCop 4.7 This version is now compatible with R# 5.1 (5.1.3000.12), R# 6.0 (6.0.2202.688), R# 6.1 (6.1.37.86) and R# 6.1.1 (6.1.1000.82).Here are the bug details for fixed in 4.7 and closed in 4.7 issues (over 100 issues fixed since 4.6)Here are the bug details for all issues ......

Posted On Monday, May 14, 2012 7:46 AM

MS Press Deal of the Week of MS Access Books
Microsoft press are offering 50% off Access books at http://shop.oreilly.com/cat... Powerful Database Solutions with Access Save 50% on Related Ebooks – One Week Only Learn the secrets of this powerful database program so you can use your data in creative ways -- from creating product catalogs and publishing information online to producing invoices and reports." ......

Posted On Friday, May 11, 2012 7:51 AM

Free E-book from O'Reilly - 11/May/2012 - What is Dart?
Today, O'Reilly are offering a free e-book "What is Dart?" at http://shop.oreilly.com/pro... ready to build modern web apps. This concise book covers the Dart language, libraries, and tools that help you develop structured, fast, and maintainable web apps that run in any modern browser. The Dart platform has been designed to scale from simple scripts to complex apps, running on both the client and the server. With this book, you can use Dart to architect and develop HTML5 apps ......

Posted On Friday, May 11, 2012 7:44 AM

dotPeek 1.0 is Released
Those nice people at Jetbrains have have just released DotPeek 1.0. The notice at http://blogs.jetbrains.com/... states:"Free .NET decompiler and assembly browser from JetBrains is now officially live! Please download dotPeek 1.0 and enjoy high-standard decompilation with ReSharper-inspired navigation and search!"There is even a video on that page describing using DotPeek ......

Posted On Friday, May 11, 2012 6:14 AM

ReSharper 7 EAP now available for all VS versions
Jetbrains at http://blogs.jetbrains.com/... have released the following:"ReSharper 7 EAP opened up just over a month ago providing early support for Visual Studio 11. We have now opened this up also to other editions of Visual Studio, specifically 2005, 2008 and 2010. As such, if you’re not yet working with VS11, you can install ReSharper 7 on previous versions. Get the latest editions from the EAP page. As new releases appear, new features ......

Posted On Friday, May 11, 2012 6:08 AM

Microsoft Press Deal of the Day - 8/May/2012 -
At http://shop.oreilly.com/pro... Microsoft press is offering Microsoft® Visual Basic® 2010 Step by Step as PDF for 50% off."Your hands-on, step-by-step guide to learning Visual Basic® 2010. Teach yourself the essential tools and techniques for Visual Basic® 2010-one step at a time. No matter what your skill level, you'll find the practical guidance and examples you need to start building professional applications for Windows® and the Web." A sample chapter is available at http://shop.oreilly.com/pro... ......

Posted On Tuesday, May 8, 2012 12:25 PM

Stylecop 4.7.19.0 has been released
Stylecop 4.7.19.0 has been released at http://stylecop.codeplex.co... release fixes a problem I reported at http://stylecop.codeplex.co... whereby the need for "this." was not reliably reported. Since I discovered this problem while working on client code, I had to produce a code sample independently that would in the minimum number of lines demonstrate the problem. Release Notes Compatible with the Visual Studio 11 Preview.Install order should be : VS10VS11R#6.1.1 ......

Posted On Monday, May 7, 2012 6:29 PM

Transit of Venus - 5/6 June 2012
Next month there will be a transit of Venus. These occur as pairs a few years apart. I remember the last which was in 2004. I was able to watch the start of it using some welder's glass to protect my eyes. I watched the end of it using a web cam from a telescope in Norway. Currently I am looking for a list of telescopes for this year similar to the 2004 list at http://setiathome.berkeley.... Here are some links about it: http://www.iceinspace.com.a... ......

Posted On Monday, May 7, 2012 4:41 PM

APress Deal of the Day - 7/May/2012 - Applied ASP.NET 4 in Context
Today's $10 Deal of the day from APress at http://www.apress.com/97814... is Applied ASP.NET 4 in Context"Applied ASP.NET 4 in Context answers the commonly asked question, "Yes, but how does it work in reality?" Through a series of carefully constructed examples, the book shows how ASP.NET works in a real-world context, showing how technologies and best practices can be drawn together to create well-crafted web applications." I have read other books by Alan Freeman and I know he is an excellent ......

Posted On Monday, May 7, 2012 9:15 AM

Patch Tuesday 8th May 2012
Next Patch Tuesday, Microsoft will isues fixes for some 23 issues. Of the 7 bulletins, three of them are rated Critical - the highest rating.As always patch a test PC, verify, get sign-off and roll-out.More details at:http://technet.microsoft... ......

Posted On Saturday, May 5, 2012 6:15 PM

GIMP - A Free Image manipulation program - 2.8 RC
GIMP is the GNU Image Manipulation Program.Version 2.8 RC of GIMP is available from http://gimp-win.sourceforge... 2.8 has been announced as:"We are happy to announce immediate availability of GIMP 2.8 — a new stable version of GNU Image Manipulation Program that culminates 3.5 years of exciting work. With this version we are introducing some long-anticipated features such as layer groups, on-canvas text editing, advanced brush dynamics and the much desired optional single-window ......

Posted On Friday, May 4, 2012 6:08 PM

Free book "Expert Oracle Database Architecture, 2nd Edition"
At http://www.red-gate.com/pro... Redgate are offering free copies of Expert Oracle Database Architecture, 2nd EditionFully revised to cover Oracle Database 11gProof-by-example approach: Let the evidence be your guideDives deeply into Oracle Databases’s most powerful featuresFREE eBook version (usual selling price ......

Posted On Friday, May 4, 2012 11:27 AM

O'Reilly Deal of the Day - 4/May/2012 - 50% off all E-books and Videos!
Until 23:59 PT today, 4th May 2012, O'Reilly are offering 50% off ALL their EBooks and Videos!

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Posted On Friday, May 4, 2012 10:44 AM

Microsoft Press Deal on Windows 7 books until May 9, 2012 at 11:59pm PT.
At http://shop.oreilly.com/cat... Microsoft Press are offering a selection of Windows 7 E-books at 50% off until May 9, 2012 at 11:59pm PT ......

Posted On Wednesday, May 2, 2012 12:22 PM

C# v J*** - a practical test
At http://blog.xamarin.com/201... there is an interesting article on making C# available to Android developers and in the the midst of this article was interesting comparison on how much faster C# was than J***.I like Xamarin's comment "Unlike Sun with Java, Microsoft submitted C# and the .NET VM for standardization to ECMA and saw those standards graduated all the way to ISO strong patent commitments. The .NET framework is also covered by Microsoft’s legally binding community ......

Posted On Wednesday, May 2, 2012 7:55 AM

Stylecop 4.7.18.0 has been released
Stylecop 4.7.18.0 has been released at http://stylecop.codeplex.co... Notes Compatible with the Visual Studio 11 Preview.Install order should be : VS10VS11R#6.1.1 msi (for VS10)R#6.1.1 vsix (for VS11)StyleCop 4.7 This version is now compatible with R# 5.1 (5.1.3000.12), R# 6.0 (6.0.2202.688), R# 6.1 (6.1.37.86) and R# 6.1.1 (6.1.1000.82).Here are the bug details for fixed in 4.7 and closed in 4.7 issues (over 30 issues fixed since 4.6)Here are the bug details for all issues ......

Posted On Tuesday, May 1, 2012 11:11 PM

Free book from APress - Metro Revealed: Building Windows 8 apps with HTML5 and JavaScript
Until 24:00 1st May, APress at http://www.apress.com/events/metrorevealed are offering "Metro Revealed: Building Windows 8 apps with HTML5 and JavaScript" for free.

Posted On Tuesday, May 1, 2012 10:54 PM

Microsoft Press Deal of the Day - 1/May/2012 - Introducing Microsoft® WebMatrix™
The Microsoft press Deal of the Day at http://shop.oreilly.com/pro... is Introducing Microsoft® WebMatrix™"Your first look at the easy-to-use tools for building your own data-driven website Get a running start with Microsoft WebMatrix—the free, downloadable web development solution featuring all the tools you need for server-side programming. This practical book introduces the templates, helper libraries, and other tools in WebMatrix for building and customizing a data-driven site—including ......

Posted On Tuesday, May 1, 2012 12:22 PM

Planets large and small
A large number of planets have been discovered outside our solar system. Here is diagram explaining some of the types. Source: SPACE.com: All about our solar system, outer space and exploration ......

Posted On Tuesday, May 1, 2012 7:57 AM

O' Reilly Deal of the Week - 1/May/2012 - Books on C
Until May 8, 2012 at 11:59pm PT, O'Reilly at http://shop.oreilly.com/cat... are offering 50% off on a number of e-books on C."C programming is more than just getting the syntax right. Style and debugging also play a tremendous part in creating programs that run well and are easy to maintain. Reilly's C programming books will provide you with a complete learning experience for C."While C is not an ideal application programming language, C remains the primary systems programming ......

Posted On Tuesday, May 1, 2012 7:47 AM

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