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This is the second of a three part series that deals with the issue of faking test data in the context of a legacy app that was built with Microsoft's Entity Framework (EF) on top of an MS SQL Server database – a scenario that can be found very often. Please read the first part for a description of the sample application, a discussion of some general aspects of unit testing in a database context, and of some more specific aspects of the here discussed EF/MSSQL combination. Lately, I wondered how ...
Problem A continuous integration server should only have a minimal toolset installed. This ensures that no unwanted libraries could affect the build and other steps. Clearly that with this slogan also StyleCop should not be installed to the CI server. But we wanna have this analysis as an part of the whole build. Solution Prerequisites First at all we need the necessary files from StyleCop (the core assemblies and the target). The easiest way is to download the MSI of StyleCop, install the software ...
A new version of SourceMonitor (V3.2.0.208?) is available from http://www.campwoodsw.com/s... "The freeware program SourceMonitor lets you see inside your software source code to find out how much code you have and to identify the relative complexity of your modules. For example, you can use SourceMonitor to identify the code that is most likely to contain defects and thus warrants formal review. SourceMonitor, written in C++, runs through your code at high speed, typically at least ...
Today's $10 Deal of the Day from Apress at http://www.apress.com/97814... is Pro Dynamic .NET 4.0 Applications Data-Driven Programming for the .NET Framework "As a developer, you are likely painfully aware that not all features of an application can be anticipated when the software ships. In order to cope with these eventualities and save yourself time (and perhaps money), it makes sense to write your applications in such a way that end users can be made as independent of the developers as possible. ...
Once you have configured your online preview, then you can proceed to connect to it using Visual Studio 2010. In order to get Live ID authentication working and such, there is an update you need to apply. This is something that can be accessed through the Administration page, and then clicking on download software. Clicking on that link will take you to the Visual Studio ALM + Team Foundation Server Blog. From this page, you will be able to download the needed component to connect and authenticate ...
Aims of this Chapter Consider what doing interaction design involves Explain some advantages of involving users in development Explain the main principles of a user-centred approach Ask and provide answers for some important questions about the interaction design process Introduce the idea of a lifecycle model to represent a set of activities and how they are related Describe some lifecycle models from software engineering and HCI and discuss how they relate to the process of ID Present a lifecycle ...
So you have started using DevExpress XPO/XAF and now you would like to see how to use the EDMX (Entity Data Model XML) visual designer within Visual Studio to draw your entities and relationships. First let’s explain the steps we are going to do and what is taking place, then I’ll give you the steps to accomplish this. The EDMX design surface is what is currently being used to generate Entity Framework code. What we have done is to intercept the saving of the diagram and use this to generate XPO/XAF ...
There’s been a lot of discussion around Scott Hanselman’s recent blog post around profanity in presentations. He discusses whether the use of profanity is appropriate in conference presentations, and the feedback through comments and the Twitterverse are varied. Some say its ok, others say it isn’t. Everyone seems to be discussing about the presentation itself, the “artistic license” that presenters are granted when creating their presentation. I wanted to give a different take on the subject – the ...
Aims of this chapter Describe different kinds of requirements Enable you to identify examples of different kinds of requirements from a simple description Explain how different data gathering techniques may be used during the requirements activity Enable you to develop a scenario, a use case, and an essential use case from a simple description Enable you to perform hierarchical task analysis on a simple description Summary What, How and Why The process works in a cycle.. Why bother? The importance ...
The evolution of an IT department is always something interesting to observe. The is especially the case when they move from small departmental IT groups to corporate level oversight. It is usually painful for the people involved to give-up their ability to modify servers on the fly and conform to rigorous testing and documentation. Having the keys to your environments taken away can really feel like getting stabbed in the back especially when the new deployment team is still working out there processes. ...
Aims of this chapter Explain what is meant by the problem space Explain how to conceptualize interaction Describe what a conceptual model is and how to begin to formulate one Discuss the pros and cons of using interface metaphors as part of a conceptual model Outline the core interaction types for informing the development of a conceptual model Introduce theories, models, and frameworks as a way of informing interaction design Summary Understanding the problem space Problem space - Understand and ...
Last week I pushed a new application up to production, and started hearing complaints of a memory leak. After running some diagnostics I learned two exciting things: http://bugs.jqueryui.com/ti... The current version of jQuery UI (1.18.16) has a memory leak with the DatePicker control - including the DatePicker control as part of the jQuery UI is all it takes to cause memory to be allocated and never returned until the browser is closed. Every refresh of the page, or every time a new page is ...
During the last months, I was (for some reasons that are not related to programming) working for a dev shop where software development was done the 'traditional' way: You just write your application's production code, do it as good as you can, and hopefully it will be good enough and no problems will occur in production (this is HDD: Hope-driven development). Anyway, after I had finished this contract, I felt the need to review some core aspects of what I think is Test-driven development. And while ...
· For the last decade, the majority of my dev work has leveraged the .NET Framework for construction of information systems. However, my interest has lain in numerical computing. · Is it possible to have an increasingly higher level of abstraction and at the same time achieve underlying high performance computing? The prevailing winds say no: C# is aimed at productivity, and C++ is for performance. Garbage collection was great, but do we still need it with the availability of smart pointers? Would ...
I often get this question: "I want a free but good and reliable anti-virus software". I can honestly say that the AVG anti-virus package is not only free, but well supported and I have used it for probably over ten years and never had an issue with neither the software nor with viruses on my machine. I however also have to add that I think we should support the commercial versions as those folks also have to make a living, and when comparing prices AVG is very competitive. Of course the commercial ...
UPDATED Jul 3rd 2013: Added Art of Unit Testing Version 2 UPDATED Apr 11th 2013: Added Instant TFS 2012 and Project Server 2012 Integration How-to UPDATED Jan 12th 2013: Added Prof TFS Server 2012, TFS 2012 Starter, Pro ALM with VS 2012 and VS 2012 Cookbook UPDATED Dec 8th 2011: Added Kanban book by David Anderson “Send me a list of books to read” – that is what I am often asked. No more, as this list is an answer to those request! I have divided it into different subject areas, and each area hold ...
A friend of mine sent me an interesting blog post by Nadyne Richmond speaking about being female in the tech industry. The points in that post relate to being harassed when you put yourself in the spotlight in this industry. However, harrassment arises behind closed doors as well, right within a company. ***Side Note: I just want to make a quick point to say that not all companies are like this, but there have been a small handful that I have experienced negative behaviour within. In the same respect, ...
I was supposed to be a lawyer. At least that's what my mom used to tell me. And here I am, many years later, a lowly software developer. How boring, right? For the past 15 years, my life has resembled a Dilbert comic. Every single day. Sometimes I was almost sure that Scott Adams was stalking me and that Dilbert was really me. After all, so many of those comics were bang on. Even my daily horoscopes weren't that accurate. However, I soon came to realize that working in the IT field, the same scenarios ...
You must have heard about it. Windows 8 will all about Metro. Sure, you can run ‘old-school’ applications on the platform, but most attention these days is about the new user interface. The UI is based on the design language Metro, a design philosophy we first saw in Windows Phone. Nowadays you see more and more of Metro. The Microsoft website is loosely based on it, the Zune mediaplayer uses it and so on. So it wasn’t a surprise to see that Windows 8 is all about Metro. In this screenshot you see ...
I've made a list of programming books I've read, am reading and am going to read on the Bookshelved Wiki; would anyone care to recommend good books for a web-oriented, C# Agile programmer which I've not discovered or not considered?I've reproduced the list so far below for convenience :)Programming books on my 'to read' list Real World Functional Programming by Tomas PetricekCode Complete by Steve McConnellWorking Effectively With Legacy Code by Michael FeathersProgramming books being read at the ...
Introduction I recently found out that I have been awarded with the Q3 Community Champion Award from INETA. It is a honor and a privilege to be part of this Elite group of community leaders. I cannot tell you how excited that I am to be acknowledged by my peers for the community work that I do. Below is what the email said: I would like to congratulate you on winning the INETA Champion Award for the third quarter of 2011. I want to personally thank you for your time and effort in supporting and helping ...
The great lesson of the Titanic was hubris, right? Perhaps. I don't know. What I do know is that there is another valuable lesson from the Titanic that is very applicable to software engineering: A failed implementation does not invalidate the concept. Titanic was designed by experienced engineers, using some of the most advanced technologies and extensive safety features of the time. It was built to be luxurious and safe. The cost of a first class ticket is equivalent to $100,000 accounting for ...
Ok, I think this is the coolest contest I have seen. Red-Gate is sending a DBA to Space! If you have mad SQL skills, you should definitely look into this contest. More Information: Red Gate, a U.K.-based software company, has launched a campaign that will reward a database administrator (DBA) with the ultimate getaway: a seat on a commercial flight into space, courtesy of Space Adventures, Ltd But first, DBAs must unravel a Gordian knot of a plot involving morphing Martians, pets in peril, alien ...
I’m very excited to announce that we’ll be bringing the Prairie Developer Conference to Alberta in early 2012! I started Prairie Developer Conference in Regina in 2010 as an option to high cost remote conferences, and its become a huge success! With the announcement that Microsoft TechDays won’t be returning to Alberta this year, I think Prairie Dev Con can definitely fill that gap and provide Albertans with a fantastic professional development opportunity! Here are the details: When: March 13 – ...
I'm going to say this a few times. Look for it. Local Optimizations do NOT equal increased productivity. Everyone wants their development to succeed. The policies of a team are an important element to successful development. As teams gel together, decide on things like pairing frequency, WIP limits, check in policies, testing practices, Done Definitions, etc, they have the opportunity to change behaviors that otherwise would detract from that success. One of the big advantages of these policies is ...
First let me say that this is a “what I like” post and not a comparison of platforms. The Windows Phone is the first smart phone that I have owned (no, I’m not 100 or 15 years old). Now that I have done the full disclosure I did want to talk about the features of the Windows Phone that I really enjoy. I have had the Samsung Focus since shortly after it came out. I have found it extremely capable and enjoy the performance of the device. It is light, durable and bright. My wife has the LG Quantum that ...
Many thanks to the audience in Sunderland for the great reaction to my talk on Commercial Software Development and getting into the spirit of the presentation. It was great to ask an audience if they'd been to meetings in the past week, then ask them to put their hands down if those meetings had agendas, and still see most of the hands stay up. Clearly we all still have work to do on eliminating such an atrocious waste of developer resource. I've uploaded the Powerpoint as a PDF with speaker notes ...
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“If only there was some way to quickly and silently install applications and tools on my windows machine.” Chocolatey is kind of like an apt-get, but for Windows. It is a machine level package manager that is built on top of NuGet command line and the NuGet infrastructure. Jason Jarrett recently described it as the free/OSS windows app store. What that means for you is that you can install and update software (applications and tools) on your machine with a few keystrokes and chocolatey does the rest! ...

If you’re a software dev in Winnipeg, make sure to mark Saturday Feb 25th 2012 on your calendar as that’s when the Winnipeg Code Camp will be happening!

No other info right now other than it’ll be at the Red River Campus again and we’ll likely be running four rooms throughout the day.

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Downloaded YouTube Downloader from: http://download.cnet.com/Yo... “CNET EDITOR'S NOTE YouTube Downloader includes optional bundled software that may trigger alerts from security software. YouTube Downloader has been tested for malware by the CNET Download.com team and meets our security requirements.” I guess their “standards” don’t include the installer installing SearchSettings.exe from the wunderkinds at Spigot. Once on your system, this little gem will ...
Introduction To save on hosting costs and simplify maintenance, Software as a Service (SaaS) providers typically rely on schema separation to host multiple customers' records. This implementation relies on a specific SQL Server and SQL Azure feature called a schema object. A schema object behaves like a container, or a namespace in programmatic terms, allowing multiple tables (and other objects) to be stored with the same name in a single database. However schema separation comes with its own set ...
Windows Azure AppFabric ofrece servicios en dos areas distintas. La primera la forman servicios de middleware como Service Bus, Access Control, Caching e Integration. La segunda está formada por un servicio para contener aplicaciones AppFabric, un gestor de estas aplicaciones que se ofrece desde el portal de la plataforma y herramientas para el desarrollo de este tipo de aplicaciones. La segunda area, Windows Azure AppFabric Applications, está en CTP desde Junio pasado y es el motivo de este post. ...
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First we would like to thank each and every one of you who have supported Visual WebGui in the nominations for DevProConnections and Windows IT Pro. We appreciate all of our customers and friends of Gizmox for being with us each step of the way in our efforts to bring our unique products to the forefront of code trans-positioning and migration. Without further ado - Congratulations to our 3 big winners! Gevorg Horomyan Marcin Pytel Ugur Yildirim Please contact us at your earliest convenience at marketing@gizmox.com ...
Un servicio de hospedaje en Windows Azure, consiste en una aplicación diseñada para correr en la Nube de Microsoft y unos ficheros XML de configuración que definen cómo debe funcionar.El modelo del servicio es determinado por la configuración almacenada en los ficheros ServiceDefinition.csdef y ServiceConfiguration.csfg y que son utilizados por Windows Azure para saber como la aplicación ha de funcionar. Y los cuales hemos visto en las entradas sobre Gestión de Servicios Azure. ¿Qué es un Rol?Para ...
El NIST define 4 modelos de despliegue dentro del entorno de Cloud ComputingNube Privada Una Nube privada es la implementación de servicios de la nube sobre los recursos que se dedican a su organización, ya sea una implementación dentro de las instalaciones de la organización (on-premises) o fuera de ellas (off-premises) . Con una nube privada, obtendrá muchos de los beneficios de los servicios de una nube publica — incluyendo autoservicio, escalabilidad y elasticidad — con el control adicional y ...
El Instituto Nacional de Estándares y Tecnología y su laboratorio de tecnología información, NIST por el acrónimo en idioma inglés, han definido Cloud Computing de la siguiente manera:“Cloud Computing es un modelo para habilitar acceso conveniente por demanda a un conjunto compartido de recursos computacionales configurables, por ejemplo, redes, servidores, almacenamiento, aplicaciones y servicios, que pueden ser rápidamente aprovisionados y liberados con un esfuerzo mínimo de administración o de ...
I’ve been a bookworm for years and have amassed a significant volume of books of all kinds. Most of my collection is technology related, but volumes of Conan, manga, astronomy, philosophy, genetics, personal productivity, science fiction, fantasy, and just about everything else abound. After getting my Kindle Christmas before last, and later, my iPad, I’ve grown steadily more comfortable with reading and utilizing digital printed media. This comfort level, coupled with my semi-new found desire to ...
First a big congratulations to all the new and renewed MVPs (October 1)! In this Issue: Rogier van der Hee, Laurent Bugnion, Andrej Tozon, András Velvárt, Rudi Grobler, Xianzhong Zhu, Derik Whittaker, Sumit Dutta, Asim Sajjad, Dhananjay Kumar, Charles Petzold, Nikola, XAMLNinja, and Ollie Riches. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Connecting to FTDI devices using Silverlight 5 RC" Rogier van der Hee WP7: "Removing poly line from Bing Maps on WP7" Ollie Riches Metro/WinRT/Win8: "Metro Controls – Jump Viewer" ...
In a previous post I explored some of the issues that can arise when parsing date and time values provided by users from different cultures and regions of the world. Correctly parsing and formatting different date formats is a very common internationalization concern in most software projects, but in this post I want to explore another area where parsing and formatting can cause some headaches. Numbers Are The International Language, Right? If your application deals with quantities of any kind then ...
It has been several months since I originally got my Omnia 7 phone. You can read about my first impressions of the phone – after actually using the device for a few months I have begun to enjoy it, but a few times I felt that I was missing out on something. My biggest gripe on why I felt the device would not gain traction in the South African market was mainly due to market place problems (being South Africa we could not buy apps). The Upgrade Experience Two days ago when a message on my phone popped ...

 

Hi All,

Microsoft MSDN Launched "Test Center" :  A community where software testers can share knowledge and learn from each other. 

URL :http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/testing/default.aspx

Thanks

Abhishek

Yesterday I got to participate in a very encouraging experience. I got the opportunity to collaborate on a project I've been working on with another talented developer. Being able to collaborate on this particular project allowed me to work with sql, which has been more in my wheelhouse lately and the other developer got to work with .net technologies, which is where he thrives. What's so special about collaborating with another developer you say? Well, it was more the way the collaboration took ...
Something that took me a while to learn is how to be balanced when deciding on how to architect an application. Since at my current job I was thrown into a hybrid Architect/Developer position due to the small size of the company and my team, I didn’t really have any experience with doing it. After almost a year at it I decided to look back and see what I have done and how I can learn from mistakes and successes. Remember Why You Were Hired Why did your company hire you as a developer? If you answered ...
C++ is a very powerful language. Well written native C++ code can perform much better than managed languages like C# and Java due to optimizations that the managed systems are not able to perform during run-time compilation (if this is done at all, that is). This is great for developers who work on gaming technology for instance. For people concerned with game logic, performance isn’t necessarily priority number one, but productivity and the ability to express oneself without too much head banging. ...
All seats were taken at the September IASA Chapter meeting. I opened the meeting with a short introduction of the officers and members of the board of directors as well as mentioning the benefits and opportunities of an IASA membership. Quent Herschelman followed with an introduction of the IASA educational programs and announced the exciting news that the chapter will host an IASA core training in January 2012. You can find more details and can sign up for the training on the IASA global web page. ...
Introduction One of the things that we all look at before we ship software is the performance of our apps. Last November, I posted a quick and easy way to do it in Silverlight. Today, I am going to walk you through doing it in Windows 8 for your Metro XAML applications. After the Build event was over, I was interested in learning how to do this for my Windows 8 Metro Apps. I started watching videos from the Build RSS Feed and noticed this one from Tim Heuer that did just that. Let’s get started Click/Touch ...
Last week I attended Build Windows conference and have been spending a considerable amount of time thinking how things have changed for developers. The initial reaction from most people was “Oh My God” with all the focus on WinRT and Metro UI and little mention of .Net, Silverlight, WPF, etc. You could almost feel the equal parts panic and excitement racing through the crowd. I was fortunate enough to have brought along my “Keep Calm and Carry On” T-Shirt to Anaheim. I wore it on Wednesday as it ...
As I write this post, Microsoft’s Windows 8-focused //build/ conference has just ended. The apprehension so many developers had around the show is now dissipated, the developer platform and tools have been detailed, and we have all been able to work with the operating system, and develop apps for it, on a touch device, for about 72 hours now. Most people, myself included, like what they saw. The OS is touch-friendly without being an iOS copycat; our developer skill set investments are nicely protected; ...