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IUpdateable has moved to ericnelson.wordpress.com Please visit http://ericnelson.wordpress.com September 2009 Entries
Midnight and the Azure and Entity Framework decks are now final and available for download
You might have been following this series of posts on my preparation for Software Architect 2009. Well, this evening while sitting in a small hotel room in London (with no window and a dodgy tv) I completed both presentations and made them available for download on Slideshare. You can find them both here. P.S. I still need to add links to that page ......

Posted On Wednesday, September 30, 2009 12:20 AM

Countdown to Software Architect 2009 – the last day retrospective
This is one of a series of posts on my preparations for sessions on Azure and ORMs at Software Architect 2009. The plan vs actual for day five (The last day): Play, play, play with the technology. PART DONE Produce outline skeleton demo sequence for both sessions PART DONE Produce a backup VM “just in case” :) DONE Run through both presentations for rough timing (mainly to figure out talk to demo ratio) PART DONE Look into this annoying bug which appeared to have started after I installed Silverlight ......

Posted On Monday, September 28, 2009 2:51 PM

UK MSDN Flash Poll for October 7th 2009: How many lines of code did you write yesterday?

I managed “A smidgen – less than 100”. How did you fair?

Posted On Monday, September 28, 2009 11:09 AM

Countdown to Software Architect 2009 – Day four and the slides are done
This is one of a series of posts on my preparations for sessions on Azure and ORMs at Software Architect 2009. The plan vs actual for day four (Thursday): Produce final drafts of each deck and post them so delegates can check out what I’m covering. DONE (link below) Play, play, play with the technology. DONE (a little) Read, read, read DONE And… produce outline skeleton demo sequence DONE (a little) The good bit: The best bit was getting the drafts of both decks “done” – done in the sense that I ......

Posted On Friday, September 25, 2009 9:52 AM

Countdown to Software Architect 2009 – Day three was Entity Framework 4 day. I love it!
This is one of a series of posts on my preparations for sessions on Azure and ORMs at Software Architect 2009. The plan for day three: Nearly got it all done. However I ended up spending more time on EF4 than I had planned as … there is a lot of it! Gather up good posts and samples for EF 4 (will likely blog this out) DONE Play with EF 4 as much as my day allows DONE Revisit EF 4 deck post play DONE And a late night re-read of the three Azure storage documents from way back (will add links in the ......

Posted On Thursday, September 24, 2009 9:09 AM

Entity Framework 4.0 Resources – documentation links, best blog posts and more
This is one of a series of posts on my preparations for sessions on Azure and ORMs at Software Architect 2009. [Initual release 22nd Sept 2009] [Updated 23rd Sept, with links from Julie Lerman] [Updated 2nd Oct, with slidedeck section] [Large Update 15th Dec – including PDC09 content, my new posts and plenty of stuff from Julie L, Tony and others] This is my attempt to pull together all (ok – most) of the improvements in Entity Framework 4.0 and aggregate useful resources against each. It is very ......

Posted On Wednesday, September 23, 2009 3:16 PM

Countdown to Software Architect 2009 – Day two and my love for Boot from VHD
This is one of a series of posts on my preparations for sessions on Azure and ORMs at Software Architect 2009. The plan for day two: The Tuesday plan vs actual was … 100% spot on. Install Entity Framework CTP on Windows XP Mode. SUCCESS Install VS2010 into a Boot from HD Windows 7 VHD (Yep… back to plan A as I would much prefer to use VS2010 without a VM but also without installing it direct on my host Windows 7 which I want to keep reasonably clear) SUCCESS Revisit both decks. DONE Play with Entity ......

Posted On Wednesday, September 23, 2009 9:23 AM

Using IIS to generate a X509 certificate for use with the Windows Azure Service Management API – step by step
This is one of a series of posts on my preparations for sessions on Azure and ORMs at Software Architect 2009. One of the things that has been added to Windows Azure while i have been “elsewhere” is the Service Management API which the team introduced on the 17th of this month (Sept 2009). This is a REST-based API which allows: Deployments – Viewing, creating, deleting, swapping, modifying configuration settings, changing instance counts, and updating the deployment. Listing and viewing properties ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 22, 2009 5:01 PM

Countdown to Software Architect 2009 – Day one summary and the eureka moment
This is the second in a series of posts on my preparations for sessions on Azure and ORMs at Software Architect 2009. In case you don’t want to skim through the whole post, the main things I learnt in day one are: 1. Never forget that install errors can be caused by something as simple as a corrupt file! (My “battle” outlined below) 2. Virtual PC RC for Windows 7 isn’t perfect. It doesn’t like working with a VM created on an older version. (Details below) 3. There are some nice storage explorer tools ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 22, 2009 11:50 AM

Countdown to Software Architect 2009 – the quiet before the storm
Next week I am presenting two sessions at Software Architect 2009. Both sessions are new, new in the sense that I am creating them this week and new in the sense that whilst they are on topics I have experience with, in each case there is a significant new element for me to learn. I thought it would be fun and interesting (to me anyway!) to keep a diary of my preparations to get these sessions in good shape. The two 90minute sessions are: Design considerations for storing data in the cloud with Windows ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 22, 2009 10:06 AM

MSDN Flash Podcast Show 009 – Tom Quinn discusses Test Doubles, Mocking and Coding Dojos
[Amazingly – I actually got this podcast done before the MSDN Flash newsletter it accompanies :-) Despite my hoster trying very hard to turn my hair grey to get this posted! Grrrrrr. ] [Apologies in advance if you have problems downloading it. I am working right now on getting this series of podcasts up on http://channel9.msdn.com/ to give a much more reliable download provider. If you do have issues you can grab it from my Skydrive] This podcast is an interview with Tom Quinn in which we start off ......

Posted On Wednesday, September 16, 2009 7:54 AM

More happy is coming

Cute :)

Posted On Friday, September 11, 2009 9:14 AM

UK MSDN Flash Poll for Sept 16th 2009: How do you do Unit Testing?
[From a suggestion by Ian Cooper] There are many different approaches to unit testing software, from manual testing to Test Driven Development. In many organisations the developer of the code will unit test their own code, however in some organisations a unit test will always be created and performed by a second developer or a full time tester. What approach do you commonly follow ......

Posted On Thursday, September 10, 2009 10:02 AM

Mocking, Stubs and Project NEric
I started to play with Moq a few weeks back under the guise of Project NEric and then… real work got in the way. However I am today revisiting mocking as I am reviewing a potential article for the Flash on, let me think, mocking. The article touches on Mocking vs Stubs which is handy, as “back in the day” my team relied heavily on stubs (clever stubs at that) and I was confused about the differences between stubbing and mocking. I’m still not 100% there but I found the following useful. Brian Guthrie ......

Posted On Wednesday, September 9, 2009 4:40 PM

The Patterns and Practices team have been busy – list of releases in the last 12 months
I’m just pulling together next Wednesday MSDN Flash newsletter and came across this gem. The last 12 months of releases from the Patterns and Practices team: Enterprise Library v4.1 is a collection of reusable software components that help developers with common development needs such as logging, validation, data access, and exception handling. They can be used “as is” or extended or modified by developers as needed. Unity Application Block v1.2 is a lightweight extensible dependency injection container ......

Posted On Wednesday, September 9, 2009 2:17 PM

Microsoft Expression 3 and Silverlight 3 Starter Kits to download
I had totally missed the existence of these great starter kits for Expression 3 and Silverlight 3 which make for a great (if rather large) resource. You can view online at the Expression site or download the individual Starter Kits. That represents 32 videos to watch and nearly 500 MB of content. Sweet. Inserting Silverlight Content in Web Pages with Expression Web 3 (six video series - 184MB) Using SuperPreview in Expression Web 3 (four video series – 46MB) Introduction to Prototyping with SketchFlow ......

Posted On Wednesday, September 9, 2009 1:58 PM

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