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Tatworth October 2014 Entries
GhostDoc Support for VS2014

Submain’s excellent product GhostDoc Pro as of version v4.9.14262, now supports Visual Studio 2014 albeit unofficially! So for those of you with a spare virtual machine to install VS2014 onto, please also install GhostDoc from http://submain.com/download/.

If you are serious about programming in either C# and/or VB.Net, you should get GhostDoc as it is a most useful tool to assist in producing XML documentation.

Posted On Friday, October 31, 2014 3:40 PM

O’Reilly offer to 05:00 PT 7/November/2014 - O’Reilly Web Design Starter Kit
Until 05:00 PT 7/November/2014 are offering 50% off individual books from the O’Reilly Web Design Starter Kit at http://shop.oreilly.com/cat... If you buy the whole kit, the saving is 60%! Learning Web Design, 4th Edition “Do you want to build web pages, but have no previous experience? This friendly guide is the perfect place to start. You’ll begin at square one, learning how the Web and web pages work, and then steadily build from there. By the end of the book, ......

Posted On Thursday, October 30, 2014 2:03 PM

APress Deal of the Day 29/October/2014 - Pro ASP.NET MVC 5
Today’s $10 Deal of the Day from APress at http://www.apress.com/97814... is Pro ASP.NET MVC 5. The author is Adam Freeman so you can be sure that the book is filled with real world examples. “The ASP.NET MVC 5 Framework is the latest evolution of Microsoft’s ASP.NET web platform. It provides a high-productivity programming model that promotes cleaner code architecture, test-driven development, and powerful extensibility, combined with all the benefits of ASP.NET.” ......

Posted On Wednesday, October 29, 2014 7:10 AM

O’Reilly Deal of the Day 28/Oct/2014 - 21st Century C, 2nd Edition
Today’s half-price E-book deal from O’Reilly at http://shop.oreilly.com/pro... is 21st Century C, 2nd Edition. “Throw out your old ideas about C and get to know a programming language that’s substantially outgrown its origins. With this revised edition of 21st Century C, you’ll discover up-to-date techniques missing from other C tutorials, whether you’re new to the language or just getting reacquainted.” ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 28, 2014 12:36 PM

APress Deal of the Day 28/Oct/2014 - Pro ASP.NET 4.5 in C#
Today’s $10 Deal of the Day from APress at http://www.apress.com/97814... is Pro ASP.NET 4.5 in C#. One of the authors is Adam Freeman and I therefore recommend this book to all Dot Net developers. “ASP.NET 4.5 is the principal standard for creating dynamic web pages on the Windows platform. Pro ASP.NET 4.5 in C# raises the bar for high-quality, practical advice on learning and deploying Microsoft's dynamic web solution.” ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 28, 2014 7:02 AM

Free book from Syncfusion - Machine Learning Using C# Succinctly

At http://www.syncfusion.com/resources/techportal/ebooks/machine, Syncfusion are offering a free E-Book Machine Learning Using C# Succinctly.

Posted On Monday, October 27, 2014 9:59 PM

POODLE for Windows admins
At http://www.wservernews.com/, Windows Server News has published an excellent series of links on POODLE for Windows Admins. Here is a copy of their links. Things just seem to keep getting worse in IT, don't they? Just when you thought you had a handle on the ShellShock vulnerability a.k.a. BASH bug, another gaping flaw in the underlying protocols of the Internet raises its nasty head. So what is POODLE? Why should we worry about it? Can it affect Windows-based environments? If so, what can we do ......

Posted On Monday, October 27, 2014 9:56 PM

Fixing Error CS0234: The type or namespace name 'Ajax' does not exist in the namespace 'System.Web.Mvc'
In the process of reviewing the excellent book ‘Expert ASP.NET Web API 2 for MVC Developers’ by Adam Freeman, some of the examples failed with the following: Compiler Error Message: CS0234: The type or namespace name 'Ajax' does not exist in the namespace 'System.Web.Mvc' (are you missing an assembly reference?) This was fixed by: Stopping the project Changing the Copy Local property against System.Web.Mvc from False to True. Restart and it now works ......

Posted On Monday, October 27, 2014 9:48 PM

Protect yourself from POODLE!
At https://www.poodletest.com/ there is a web site for checking if your browser is vulnerable to POODLE! POODLE is a susceptibility with some browsers if they support SSLv3 using stream ciphers. (POODLE stands for Padding Oracle On Downgraded Legacy Encryption.) To protect yourself, follow the instructions at http://windowssecrets.com/n... Then re-test using https://www.poodletest.com/ ......

Posted On Thursday, October 23, 2014 2:02 PM

APress Deal of the Day 23/Oct/2014 - JavaScript Programmer's Reference
Today’s $10 Deal of the Day from APress at http://www.apress.com/97814... is JavaScript Programmer's Reference. “JavaScript Programmer's Reference is a one-stop source for everything you'll need to know to become a cutting edge web developer using the latest tools and techniques available today. ” ......

Posted On Thursday, October 23, 2014 7:30 AM

APress Deal of the Day 22/Oct/2014 - TypeScript Revealed
Today’s $10 Deal of the Day from APress at http://www.apress.com/97814... is TypeScript Revealed. “TypeScript Revealed is a quick 100-page guide to Microsoft’s “JavaScript for application-scale development," covering the new object-oriented-like syntax, tooling, community support, and process to include it into your projects.” ......

Posted On Wednesday, October 22, 2014 8:45 AM

O’Reilly offer of 50% off 5-star titles to 05:00 PT 29/October/2014
Until 05:00 PT 29/October/2014, OReilly are offering 50% off some top E-Books and Training Videos. Concurrency in C# Cookbook “If you're one of the many developers uncertain about concurrent and multithreaded development, this practical cookbook will change your mind. With more than 75 code-rich recipes, author Stephen Cleary demonstrates parallel processing and asynchronous programming techniques, using libraries and language features in .NET 4.5 and C# 5.0.” The Book of GIMP “GIMP is a free alternative ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 21, 2014 7:34 PM

The Heartbleed Bug remains a threat on the Web.

Although it is now 6 months since the existence of the Heartbleed bug was announced, it still remains a threat.

Even after 6 months an astounding 97% of Global 2000 organisations remain vulnerable due to incomplete remediation.

Please see the article at http://www.vipreantivirus.com/newsletters/2014/index.html

Posted On Tuesday, October 21, 2014 7:05 PM

APress Deal of the Day 19/October/2014 - BizTalk 2013 EDI for Healthcare
Today’s $10 Deal of the Day from APress at http://www.apress.com/97814... is BizTalk 2013 EDI for Healthcare. “BizTalk 2013 EDI for Healthcare – EDI 834Enrollment Solutions demonstrates how to build both inbound and outbound EDI 834 processes in BizTalk server that follow the required patterns for integrations with health exchanges. Archiving, mapping,reconstituting EDI 837 data, exception handling and advanced logging and reporting are all covered” ......

Posted On Sunday, October 19, 2014 7:26 AM

APress Deal of the Day 18/Oct/2014 - Exploring C++ 11
Today’s $10 Deal of the Day from APress at http://www.apress.com/97814... is Exploring C++ 11. “Exploring C++ divides C++ up into bite-sized chunks that will help you learn the language one step at a time. Building up from first principles you’ll soon be creating sophisticated C++ applications of your own.” ......

Posted On Saturday, October 18, 2014 6:55 AM

How To Write Unmaintainable Code (or how to sell yourself workable coding standards)
The essay ‘How To Write Unmaintainable Code’ is an excellent article on how not to write code. I suggest every Dot Net developer read through it! It will convince you to use Visual Studio (Pro and above) together with ReSharper and StyleCop, to automate a workable coding standard. (Yes there are other standards, but StyleCop provides a coding standard that is very ergonomic.) Passionate aboutAutomated C# & VB.NET code formatting and sharing code styles in your team ......

Posted On Friday, October 17, 2014 3:01 PM

O’Reilly Deal of the Day 16/Oct/2014 - Becoming a Better Programmer
Today’s half-price E-Book Deal from O’Reilly at http://shop.oreilly.com/pro... is Becoming a Better Programmer. “If you’re passionate about programming and want to get better at it, you’ve come to the right source. Code Craft author Pete Goodliffe presents a collection of useful techniques and approaches to the art and craft of programming that will help boost your career and your well-being.” ......

Posted On Thursday, October 16, 2014 4:22 PM

O’Reilly offer on Hadoop E-books and Videos until 05:00 PT 18/October/2014
To celebrate the Strata and Hadoop world, O’Reilly are offering 50% off a number of E-books and Videos at http://shop.oreilly.com/cat... Anonymizing Health Data “Updated as of August 2014, this practical book will demonstrate proven methods for anonymizing health data to help your organization share meaningful datasets, without exposing patient identity. Leading experts Khaled El Emam and Luk Arbuckle walk you through a risk-based methodology, using case ......

Posted On Wednesday, October 15, 2014 3:49 PM

ReSharper 9 now available under Early Access Program
JetBrains are making version 9 of ReSharper available under the Early Access Program at http://blog.jetbrains.com/d... The initial version should in my opinion only be installed on a virtual instance as it will de-install not only a previous version of ReSharper but other JetBrains tools as well. There are however many new features such as support for Visual Studio 14 and C# 6. These new features may be vital additions for some users ......

Posted On Wednesday, October 15, 2014 3:34 PM

JetBrains offers Free Licences to Students

Jet Brains are offering free licences to the excellent products ReSharper, dotTrace, dotCover, dotMemory, CLion and WebStorm at http://www.jetbrains.com/student/ to Students and their Teachers.

You just needs a recognised student email address or a valid ISIC card!

Posted On Wednesday, October 15, 2014 3:14 PM

O’Reilly Deal of the Day 14/Oct/2014–Celebrating Ada Lovelace Day.
Until 05:00 PT 15/October/2014, to celebrate Ada Lovelace Day, O’Reily are offering 50% off e-books and videos authored by women! See the long list at http://shop.oreilly.com/cat... Programming Windows Store Apps with C# “If you’re a .NET developer looking to build tablet apps, this practical book takes you step-by-step through the process of developing apps for the Windows Store. You’ll learn how to use Microsoft’s Modern UI design language with Windows 8.1 and ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 14, 2014 2:50 PM

APress Deal of the Day 11/Oct/2014 - Designing for Windows 8
Today’s $10 Deal of the Day from APress at http://www.apress.com/97814... is Designing for Windows 8. “Designing for Windows 8 is a fast-paced, 150-page primer on the key design concepts you need to create successful Windows 8 apps. This book will help you design a user interface that is both delightful and effective, feels ‘right’ to your users, and encapsulates a great Windows 8 experience.” ......

Posted On Saturday, October 11, 2014 7:46 AM

APress Deal of the Day 10/Oct/2014 - Exploring C++ 11
Today’s $10 Deal of the Day from APress at http://www.apress.com/97814... is Exploring C++ 11. “Exploring C++ divides C++ up into bite-sized chunks that will help you learn the language one step at a time. Building up from first principles you’ll soon be creating sophisticated C++ applications of your own.” ......

Posted On Friday, October 10, 2014 8:15 AM

O’Reilly Half-Price Deal of Python E-books till 05:00 PT 17/October/2014
O’Reilly are offering 50% off a range of E-books (and videos) at http://shop.oreilly.com/cat... till 05:00 PT 17/October/2014. Learning Python, 5th Edition “Get a comprehensive, in-depth introduction to the core Python language with this hands-on book. Based on author Mark Lutz’s popular training course, this updated fifth edition will help you quickly write efficient, high-quality code with Python. It’s an ideal way to begin, whether you’re new to programming or a professional ......

Posted On Thursday, October 9, 2014 10:25 AM

APress Deal of the Day 9/October/2014 - Pro Windows 8.1 Development with XAML and C#
Today’s $10 Deal of the Day from APress at http://www.apress.com/97814... is Pro Windows 8.1 Development with XAML and C#. “Windows 8.1 apps are revolutionizing development on the Windows platform. Fast, fluid, tactile and chrome-free, they provide a brand-new look and feel for Windows users. These apps rely on Microsoft's Windows 8 modern UI to provide their rich and engaging user experiences for both desktop and tablet users. The new UI in turn relies upon the Windows Runtime (WinRT) to give ......

Posted On Thursday, October 9, 2014 7:43 AM

Send your name to Mars!

The Jet Propulsion Laboratory (part of NASA) at http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?release=2014-344 is allowing you to send your name to Mars!

Posted On Wednesday, October 8, 2014 4:07 PM

O’Reilly Half-Price on Early Release Books until 05:00 16/October/2014
Until 05:00 16/October/2014, O’Reilly are offering 50% off their Early Release e-books at http://shop.oreilly.com/cat... IPv6 Address Planning “With the recent exhaustion of IPv4 in North America, Asia, and Europe, and Latin America it’s official: IPv4 is on life-support and is rapidly on its way to becoming a legacy protocol. Meanwhile, IPv6 adoption is surging. More than half of the traffic on the nation’s largest mobile network ......

Posted On Wednesday, October 8, 2014 3:47 PM

O’Reilly Deal of the Day 8/Oct/2014 - Learning Chef
Today’s half-price E-Book Deal of the Day from O’Reilly at http://shop.oreilly.com/pro... is Learning Chef. “Solve configuration management issues in enterprises large and small with Chef, the software tool that helps system administrators unravel configuration problems and explore new avenues in automation, deployment, and orchestration. With this practical guide, you’ll quickly learn the basics of Chef before diving into complex use cases.” ......

Posted On Wednesday, October 8, 2014 12:14 PM

.NET Portability Analyzer
For all of you with Visual Studio 2013 Professional (or better), I suggest you install the .Net Portability Analyzer from http://visualstudiogallery.... This will allow you to see that how portable your code is. In some cases the tool will give suggestions on how to amend your code to make it more portable. There is an very useful article on leveraging existing code across .NET platforms at http://blogs.msdn.com/b/dot... ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 7, 2014 4:41 PM

The archive links are broken!
Regrettably the archive links on this blog are broken! I have notified the web master by a request at http://geekswithblogs.userv... (Clicking the archive links gets a 404 error!) ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 7, 2014 10:58 AM

O’Reilly offer on functional programming books to 05:00 PT 15/October/2014
Until 05:00 PT 15/October/2014, Oreilly are offering 50% off a range of e-books on functional programming at http://shop.oreilly.com/cat... Understanding Computation “Finally, you can learn computation theory and programming language design in an engaging, practical way. Understanding Computation explains theoretical computer science in a context you’ll recognize, helping you appreciate why these ideas matter and how they can inform your day-to-day programming.” ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 7, 2014 10:55 AM

Total Eclipse of the Moon, Oct. 8, 2014 (the second of the Tetrad)
Here are some links you will find useful: http://www.space.com/27342-... (note the apparent path of the moon through the central part of the Earth's shadow - the umbra) http://www.space.com/27332-... http://moongiant.com/Lunar_... http://www.huffingtonpost.c... There will be a web relay by Slooh at http://live.slooh.com/ (This is important for us ......

Posted On Monday, October 6, 2014 1:59 PM

APress Deal of the Day 5/Oct/2014 - Pro Puppet
Today’s $10 Deal of the Day from APress at http://www.apress.com/97814... is Pro Puppet. “Puppet is a powerful tool for configuration management, and Pro Puppet, Second Edition, now updated for Puppet 3, will teach you how to maximize Puppet's capabilities and customize it for your environment.” ......

Posted On Sunday, October 5, 2014 8:12 AM

Jetbrains release DotMemory 4.1

JetBrains have released version 4.1 of DotMemory. Details at http://www.jetbrains.com/dotmemory/whatsnew/

This is an excellent memory profiler. I particularly like the fact that you 10 non-consecutive days of free trial with it!

Posted On Friday, October 3, 2014 4:35 PM

Calibre 2.5.0 now available
Calibre 2.5.0 is now available. This is an excellent e-book manager that works for Windows Vista, 7 and 8. 64-bit Calibre is a free download from http://calibre-ebook.com/do... 32-bit Calibre is a free download from http://calibre-ebook.com/do... A version for Windows XP is available at http://download.calibre-ebo... ......

Posted On Friday, October 3, 2014 4:26 PM

O’Reilly Deal of the Day 3/Oct/2014 - Practical Change Management for IT Projects
Today’s half-price e-book offer from O’Reilly at http://shop.oreilly.com/pro... is Practical Change Management for IT Projects. “In today’s fast-paced world of change, companies expect you to do more, with less. Drawing on over a decade of Change Management experience as a consultant with Fortune 500 companies including IBM and NCR, Emily Carr shares the secrets to making change happen smoothly. If your company is like most, the number one reason that projects have failed ......

Posted On Friday, October 3, 2014 12:23 PM

APress Deal of the Day 3/Oct/2014 - Troubleshooting Oracle Performance
Today’s $10 Deal of the Day from APress at http://www.apress.com/97814... is Troubleshooting Oracle Performance. “Troubleshooting Oracle Performance, 2nd Edition is your systematic guide to diagnosing and resolving performance problems in database-backed applications involving Oracle's database engine. Christian Antognini brings a decade and a half experience to his topic. His first edition is one of the most well-respected books in its field. This second edition has been rigorously updated ......

Posted On Friday, October 3, 2014 7:41 AM

The Right Tools for the Job!
I was asked today, “What are the Right Tools for the Job” for a programmer. First of all Visual Studio 2013 Professional! (Next version will not be out until next year). Whether you are programming in VB.NET or C#, you need the following: 1) Resharper – this is like having a top-notch programmer working with you to help you. It is intellisense of steroids! More details at http://www.jetbrains.com/re... 2) GhostDoc Pro – this aids you in producing excellent XML Documentation! More details at ......

Posted On Thursday, October 2, 2014 2:06 PM

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