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My colleague Edd (who wrote two great guest posts for me on IronRuby) just pointed me at a new site 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

Open Source on .NET evening at UK Tech Days April 14th #uktechdays
That fine chap 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

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: 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

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

GuesPost: Typemock Isolator – Much more than an Isolation framework
This is the second guest post from Gil Zilberfeld who works at TypeMock and kindly agreed to do a couple of guest posts on Mocking . The first was an Introduction to Mocking. Typemock Isolator – Much more than an Isolation framework In my last post, I showed how to fake a dependency. But this involved doing a couple of things. First, it involved changing the original method. Then, I had to write wrappers (a real wrapper and the fake wrapper) and finally, I had to inject the fake object in the test. ......

Posted On Monday, February 22, 2010 1:51 PM

GuestPost: Introduction to Mocking
I have previously posted on the area of Test Doubles and Mocking under the guise of Project NEric. I also have blogged on specific tools such as Pex and TypeMock – but I wouldn’t claim to be an expert on the area. Far from it. Luckily I know a man who is. Meet Gil Zilberfeld who works at TypeMock and kindly agreed to do a couple of guest posts on Mocking. This is the first of those two. I should get the second online next week when I return from holiday. Thanks again Gill. Introduction to Mocking ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 16, 2010 2:50 PM

Did you know Microsoft makes a mocking tool? Meet the latest version of Pex
No? Nor me. (If you are wondering what Mocking is, check out my previous post on Mocking, Stubs and Test Doubles.) I am at TechEd Europe this week in Berlin, speaking on Entity Framework 4.0 and manning the .NET Framework stand. Behind the .NET Framework stand is the Pex and Code Contracts stand manned by the two lead developers of Pex, Peli de Halleux and Nikolai Tillmann. I looked at Pex many months back but was completely unaware of a great new feature they added in September 2009 – Stubs and ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 11, 2009 11:39 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

NEric discovers Dimecasts – a great resource for none-Microsoft .NET technologies and tools
I am in step 1 of Project NEric. Step 1 is “Identify the specific technologies, tools and approaches I want to explore”. There are a lot of possible tools and technologies that could fit within the scope of Project NEric and lots of ways of learning enough about them to make an informed decision on which (combination!) to go with. However one resource that stuck out for me this week is the excellent Dimecasts includes lots of great short videos on just the sort of technologies ......

Posted On Friday, July 10, 2009 3:55 PM

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