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Guest Post: Using an Interactive Console to explore the .NET Framework (IronRuby)
Shay Friedman, author of IronRuby Unleashed (check out my review) kindly agreed to do a guest post on my blog. He explores how IronRuby can be very useful to a .NET developer, even if that developer is a die hard C# or Visual Basic developer who has no plans (Surely not! ) to use IronRuby in finished products. The power of an Interactive Console should not be underestimated – it can give you tremendous productivity gains, which is why I also recommend http://linqpad.net/ to offer similar behaviour ......

Posted On Monday, July 26, 2010 12:03 PM

Edd strikes again – IronRuby for Rubyists on InfoQ
Colleague, friend and generally top guy on IronRuby Edd Morgan has just been published over on InfoQ. To wet the appetite… a snippet or three. IronRuby for Rubyists IronRuby is Microsoft's implementation of the Ruby language we all know and love with the added bonus of interoperability with the .NET framework — the Iron in the name is actually an acronym for 'Implementation running on .NET'. It's supported by the .NET Common Language Runtime as well as, albeit unofficially, the Mono project. You'd ......

Posted On Thursday, May 20, 2010 9:39 AM

IronRuby rocks at IronRuby-rocks.com
My colleague Edd (who wrote two great guest posts for me on IronRuby) just pointed me at a new site ironruby-rocks.com. It is early days for the site but I felt it was worth some additional exposure even at this early stage. Posts are nice and varied right now – from working with Microsoft Office to working with SQL Server. I wish the site the very best of luck. Related Links: 5 Steps to getting started with IronRuby Mini Book Review of IronRuby Unleashed by Shay Friedman Guest Post: Using IronRuby ......

Posted On Friday, April 30, 2010 4:49 PM

45minute video on introduction to Windows Azure and running Ruby on Rails in the cloud
Last week I presented at Cloud and Grid Exchange 2010. I did an introduction to Windows Azure and a demo of Ruby on Rails running on Azure. My slides and links can be found here – but just spotted that the excellent Skills Matter folks have already published the video. Watch the video at http://skillsmatter.com/pod... P.S. I really need to shed a few pounds ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 27, 2010 10:11 AM

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

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

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

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

SyncToBlog #9 Cloud Links that caught my eye last week
Just getting a few interesting cloud links “down on paper”. I last did one of these on Azure in Dec 2009. Not everyone seems to know that Roger Jennings does a rocking job of collating links on Azure – e.g. Sunday Feb 14th. Recommended read - Using SQL Server Client APIs with SQL Azure Version 1.0 Q&A: Looking Ahead at Microsoft's Cloud Strategy Tim O'Brien, director of Microsoft's Platform Strategy Group, discusses the future of Windows Azure, Silverlight, and developing with .NET. Getting MySQL ......

Posted On Monday, February 15, 2010 9:11 AM

Excellent example of explaining the details of a PaaS offering – alas it isn’t Azure
The Windows Azure Platform is now live. It is showcased by a terrifically exciting web site which tells you what it is and makes it incredibly simple to sign up. Actually, it isn’t. We have http://www.microsoft.com/wi... It is an “ok” site I suppose. The detail is there. It has the occasional decent enough diagram, but TBH its a maze of words, pages, whitepapers, links, videos, downloads. I dislike it a lot. Sorry. I think the technology is great but the site is not. I would encourage you ......

Posted On Monday, January 25, 2010 8:52 PM

SyncToBlog #7 Windows Azure Platform links
I have been meaning to get these “out of my head” for a little while now. Christmas Eve seems a good day to do it on :-) Dave Thompson (Microsoft UK) did a good summary post of adding SSL to a webrole Dave also did a good summary of the differences in the Azure November SDK. The Azure TCO & ROI Calculator Cloud Storage Studio V0.9 is available How Azure is being used in the real world - Azure Deep Dives This was generated from a series of UK early adopter labs we run. Yep, I’m in there somewhere ......

Posted On Thursday, December 24, 2009 10:47 AM

Seven hours of screencasts on the DLR, IronPython and IronRuby for C# and VB developers
I am one of those developers who has become very smitten with Ruby of late. I was therefore extremely pleased to stumble across a bunch of screencasts on Ruby, Python and the DLR, oddly “hidden away” in the Overview section of “.NET Framework 3.5: Create Connected Applications”. The code is a little tough to read – but possible. Implementing a Dynamic Language Inside the Dynamic Language Runtime IronPython for the C# Developer IronPython for the Visual Basic .Net Developer IronRuby for the C# Developer ......

Posted On Thursday, May 14, 2009 2:15 PM

My thoughts post Devweek 2009. Or rather my one thought – Ruby Rocks
Devweek is my fave multi-day developer conference in the UK and attracts great speakers such as Aaron Skonnard, Neal Ford and Tim Ewald. Which is why I always feel a little humble that I get the chance to present there. This time around I delivered three sessions (See my discussion of what to expect + slides and links posts) and I also did something completely new to me – I interviewed fellow speakers during the conference with a view to getting the best bits published “somewhere”. A big thanks to ......

Posted On Monday, March 30, 2009 4:29 PM

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