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IUpdateable has moved to ericnelson.wordpress.com Please visit http://ericnelson.wordpress.com March 2010 Entries
Open Source on .NET evening at UK Tech Days April 14th #uktechdays
That fine chap http://twitter.com/serialseb is pulling together an interesting evening of fun on the Wednesday in London and I for one will definitely be there. Lots of goodness to learn about. If you are a .NET developer who still isn’t looking at Open Source, then the 14th is a great opportunity to see what you are missing out on. Current program: OpenRasta - A web application framework for .net An introduction to IoC with Castle Windsor FluentValidation, doing your validation in code CouchDB, ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 30, 2010 5:32 PM

Slides and Links from SQL Azure session at BizSpark Azure Day in London
A big thanks to all who attended my two sessions on SQL Azure yesterday (29th March 2010). As promised, my slides and links from the session. SQL Azure Overview for Bizspark day View more presentations from Eric Nelson. Related Links: UK Azure Online Community – join today. UK Windows Azure Site Start working with Windows Azure SQL Azure maximum database size rises from 10GB to 50GB in June TCO and ROI calculator for Windows Azure SQL Azure Migration Wizard ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 30, 2010 11:44 AM

Microsoft Generation 4 Datacenter using ITPACs
Microsoft is continuing to make significant investments in Datacenter technology and is focused on solving issues such as long lead times, significant up-front costs and over capacity. Enter the world of modular Datacenters and ITPACs – IT Pre-Assembled Components. In simple terms – air handling and IT units which are pre-assembled (looking somewhat like a container) and then installed on concrete bases. Each unit can hold between 400 and 2500 servers (which means many more virtual machines depending ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 30, 2010 9:28 AM

5 Steps to getting started with IronRuby
IronRuby is a Open Source implementation of the Ruby programming language for .NET, heavily relying on Microsoft's Dynamic Language Runtime. The project's #1 goal is to be a true Ruby implementation, meaning it runs existing Ruby code. Check out this summary of using the Ruby standard library and 3rd party libraries in IronRuby. IronRuby has tight integration with .NET, so any .NET types can be used from IronRuby and the IronRuby runtime can be embedded into any .NET application. These 5 steps should ......

Posted On Thursday, March 25, 2010 5:04 PM

GuestPost: Unit Testing Entity Framework (v1) Dependent Code using TypeMock Isolator
Time for another guest post (check out others in the series), this time bringing together the world of mocking with the world of Entity Framework. A big thanks to Moses for agreeing to do this. Unit Testing Entity Framework Dependent Code using TypeMock Isolator by Muhammad Mosa Introduction Unit testing data access code in my opinion is a challenging thing. Let us consider unit tests and integration tests. In integration tests you are allowed to have environmental dependencies such as a physical ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 24, 2010 9:07 PM

FREE Windows Azure evening in London on April 15th including FREE access to Windows Azure
[Did I overdo the use of FREE in the title? :-)] April 12th to 16th is Microsoft Tech Days – 5 days of sessions on Visual Studio 2010 through to Windows Phone 7 Series. Many of these days are now full (Tip - Thursday still has room if rich client applications is your thing) but the good news is the development community in the UK has pulled together an awesome series of “fringe events” during April in London and elsewhere in the UK. There are sessions on Silverlight, SQL Server 2008 R2, Sharepoint ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 24, 2010 9:21 AM

Free Windows Azure event next Monday in London (29th March)
I just heard that we still have spaces for this event happening next week (29th March 2010). Whilst the event is designed for start-ups, I’m sure nobody would notice if you snuck in :-) Just keep it to yourself ;-) Register using invitation code: 79F2AB. Hope to see you there. The agenda is looking pretty swish: 09:00 – 09:30 Registration 09:30 - 10:15 Keynote ‘I’ve looked at clouds from both sides now....’– John Taysom, Active Seed Investor 10:15 - 10:45 The Microsoft Vision for Cloud Computing ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 23, 2010 2:14 PM

Rob Blackwell on interoperability and Azure
At QCon in March we had a sample Azure application implemented in both Java and Ruby to demonstrate that the Windows Azure Platform is not just about .NET. The following is an interesting interview with Rob Blackwell, the R&D director of the partner who implemented the application. UK Interoperability Team Interviews Rob Blackwell, R&D Director at Active Web Solutions. Is Microsoft taking interoperability seriously? Yes. In the past, I think Microsoft has, quite rightly come in for criticism, ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 23, 2010 1:28 PM

Live examples of the Windows Azure Platform running Java and Ruby on Rails
At QCon in March we had a booth focused on interoperability out of which came the idea to create an application implemented in both Java and Ruby on Rails, running on top of the Windows Azure Platform. Nothing fancy, just an application to capture attendees view on Microsoft and Interoperability. It was implemented by Active Web Solutions, long time fans of Azure. Wroth a quick squint :-) Check out the related links below for info to get you up and running. Check out The Java version http://ukinterop.cloudapp.net/ ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 23, 2010 1:25 PM

Slides and links for Entity Framework 4 and Azure from Devweek 2010
Last week (March 2010) I presented on Entity Framework 4 and the Windows Azure Platform at www.devweek.com. As usual, it was a great conference and I caught up with lots of old friends and made some new ones along the way. Entity Framework 4 Entity Framework 4 In Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 View more presentations from Eric Nelson. Windows Azure and SQL Azure Building An Application For Windows Azure And Sql Azure View more presentations from Eric Nelson. Entity Framework 4 Related Links Poll on ......

Posted On Sunday, March 21, 2010 7:12 PM

SQL Azure maximum database size rises from 10GB to 50GB in June
At Mix we announced that we will be offering a new 50gb size option in June. If you would like to become an early adopter of this new size option before generally available, send an email to EngageSA@microsoft.com and it will auto-reply with instructions to fill out a survey to nominate your application that requires greater than 10gb of storage. Other announcements included: MARS in April: Execute multiple batches in a single connection Spatial Data in June: Geography and geometry types SQL Azure ......

Posted On Saturday, March 20, 2010 1:29 AM

Windows Azure guidance from the Patterns and Practices team
The P&P team have started to share guidance on the Windows Azure Platform. They plan to group their efforts around: 1. Moving to the Cloud 2. Integrating with the Cloud 3. Leveraging the Cloud First up is a document which explains the capabilities and limitations of Enterprise Library 5.0 Beta 2 in terms of use within .NET applications designed to run with the Windows Azure platform. You can download it here. Related Links: UK Azure Online Community – join today. UK Windows Azure Site Start working ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 17, 2010 3:25 PM

Slides and links from Cloud Computing Congress session on Windows Azure Platform
On Tuesday (16th March 2010) I presented on Azure to a none technical audience at the Cloud Computing Congress. Great audience, lots of folks, lots of questions during and after – although it did feel odd to do a session with no code :-) Lots of people asked me for my slide deck – which is a 30minute none technical overview. Windows Azure In 30mins for none technical audience View more presentations from ericnelson. Or skydrive: or download link. Related Links: Steve Ballmer on Cloud Computing – ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 17, 2010 2:43 PM

Poll on Entity Framework 4 – one year on
12 months back (today is March 15th 2010) on the 16th of March 2009 I created a poll on Entity Framework v1 – the marmite of ORMs? A quick poll…. Entity Framework v1 was getting a mixed reception at the time – I met developers who genuinely hated it and I met developers who were loving the productivity improvements they were seeing. There were definitely issues with v1, too many IMHO. Which is why the product team placed a huge effort on listening to the community to drive the feature set for v2 ......

Posted On Monday, March 15, 2010 5:03 PM

Recent resources on Entity Framework 4
[UPDATED 23/3/2010 with two new links from developmentor on STEs] I just posted on the bits you need to install to explore all the features of Entity Framework 4 with the Visual Studio 2010 RC. I’ve also had a quick look (March 12th 2010) to see what new resources are out there on EF4. They appear a little thin on the ground – but there are some gems. The following all caught my attention: Julie Lerman has published 2 How-to-videos on EF4 on pluralsight.com. You need to create a free guest pass to ......

Posted On Friday, March 12, 2010 4:15 PM

Installing all the bits to demo Entity Framework 4 on the Visual Studio 2010 Release Candidate
Next week (17th March 2010) I am presenting on EF4 at www.devweek.com in London (and Azure on the 18th). Today I wanted to get all the latest bits on my demo machine and also check if there are any cool new resources I can point people at. Whilst most of the new improvements in Entity Framework come with the Visual Studio 2010 RC (and the RTM), there are a couple of separate items you need to install if you want to explore all the features. To demo EF4 you need: Visual Studio 2010 RC Download and ......

Posted On Friday, March 12, 2010 3:14 PM

Mini Book Review of IronRuby Unleashed by Shay Friedman
When I get some time (and hell starts to look a little chilly) I would love to do a more detailed review. But I wanted to get something “out there” as I really like this book and reviews of it seem a little thin on the ground. In brief: Is it a good book? Yes Would I recommend this book to a .NET developer who was new to Ruby? Yes (This is me by the way) Would I recommend this book to a Ruby developer who was new to .NET ? Yes Would I recommend this book to a developer who sometimes does Ruby and ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 10, 2010 12:58 PM

Guest Post: Using IronRuby and .NET to produce the ‘Hello World of WPF’
[You might want to also read other GuestPosts on my blog – or contribute one?] On the 26th and 27th of March (2010) myself and Edd Morgan of Microsoft will be popping along to the Scottish Ruby Conference. I dabble with Ruby and I am a huge fan whilst Edd is a “proper Ruby developer”. Hence I asked Edd if he was interested in creating a guest post or two for my blog on IronRuby. This is the second of those posts. If you should stumble across this post and happen to be attending the Scottish Ruby ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 10, 2010 11:28 AM

Steve Ballmer on Cloud Computing – We’re all in
Steve spoke last week (March 4th 2010) on the possibilities of the Cloud and the importance to Microsoft. Of our 40,000 people building software, 70% of the people at Microsoft today are working on the Cloud – 90% in a years time In other words: The video is 85mins of Steve and there is an easy way of navigating to some soundbytes on presspass. I also like the new website that simplifies our story and commitment around the cloud http://www.microsoft.com/cl... Which includes an easy mapping between ......

Posted On Monday, March 8, 2010 10:15 AM

Getting PhP and Ruby working on Windows Azure and SQL Azure
When Windows Azure was first released in 2008 the only programming languages you could use were .NET languages such as Visual Basic and C# and the applications you built had to run in Partial Trust (Similar to ASP.NET Medium Trust). In the interim we have made a number of changes including allowing applications to run in full trust, native code is now supported (no longer had to be managed code such as C#) and we support FastCGI applications. Which means: Windows Azure supports the Internet Information ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 2, 2010 7:41 PM

Guest Post: What's IronRuby, and how do I put it on Rails?
[UPDATED 10th March 2010: Edd produced a 2nd post on using IronRuby with WPF/.NET ] [You might want to also read other GuestPosts on my blog – or contribute one?] On the 26th and 27th of March (2010) myself and Edd Morgan of Microsoft will be popping along to the Scottish Ruby Conference. I dabble with Ruby and I am a huge fan whilst Edd is a “proper Ruby developer”. Hence I asked Edd if he was interested in creating a guest post for my blog on IronRuby. If you should stumble across this post and ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 2, 2010 11:15 AM

Open Space Code day on Azure in Birmingham was great fun – thanks all
On Saturday 35(ish) developers met up on rainy day in Birmingham to take part in an Open Space Code day on the Windows Azure Platform. Around 5 of us had experience of Open Space meetings or developing for Azure prior to the day – and I think only two of us had experience of both :-) As I was on point to keynote the day and make sure it was a success, I did turn up with a few concerns matched by a good deal of excitement. My primary concern was that people would expect to be trained – and the Open ......

Posted On Monday, March 1, 2010 4:18 PM

Open Space Technology meets code
I’m not 100% sure who first came up with idea of an Open Space Coding Day – but I first heard about it from Alan Dean back in mid 2009 and I‘m working on the assumption it was his idea. It is a good idea. Thank you Alan. On Saturday (27th Feb 2009) I was lucky enough to help deliver one. The day was themed on Azure but otherwise followed a fairly standard Open Space format. For the vast majority of folks present it was their first exposure to an Open Space format event. Wikipedia summarises the format ......

Posted On Monday, March 1, 2010 4:15 PM

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