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I find it very therapeutic to “sync to paper” on a regular basis. Yesterday I was grumpy as I had way too  much in my head and in my Inbox. Late last night I grabbed my trusty Moleskine and wrote it all down – I “synced to paper”. I slept well and woke up grump free.

I also realised while “syncing to paper” last night that I carry around a lot of links in my head to stuff I find in my job which I keep meaning to share but never quite do. The sort of stuff I might mention to you if we met in the staff kitchen making a cuppa – except, we don’t work in the same building.  Aha – SyncToBlog was born! I suspect a weekly SyncToBlog will suffice but only time will tell.

  • Remember, when all else fails, run Visual Studio as Administrator on Vista. I was trying to install a copy of .TEST from Parasoft. Part of the install process involves generating a machine id to then get a license. My machine id as reported by .TEST was oddly blank. The nice support folks at Parasoft sorted me out. Turns out it needed to write to a part of the registry which needed full admin. Run as Admin and voila – a well formed machine id was generated.
  • Ever wondered what you might do if you lost your job? Well this InfoQ session on CouchDB I watched turned out to be a look at the choices one developer made when placed in this situation – to sell his home, move his family and start writing Open Source software, CouchDB. I found it a pretty interesting watch.
  • I really need to sit down and play properly with a mocking tool/library. However for the moment I need to be happy with just finding them! A new one for me is Moq (“Mock-you”) which uses .NET 3.5 (LINQ, lambdas) to get things done. It claims to be simple. It could well be where I first spend some time.
  • I need to be a better author. Hence these 10 tips caught my eye from devx.
  • I have been playing with .NET Framework 4.0 parallel bits of late. I happened to come across an area of devx intended for articles on parallel – looking a little slim at just two right now but both are good articles.
  • The Web Platform Installer made 1.0. Sweet. At last we have the slickness of things like WampServer (Which I made a screencast on last year to scare “the management”!)
  • The Startup Podcast is a great new(ish) podcast for … startups. A must read if you are a MicroISV (I wish I had done more while working with UK ISVs to help the little guys – a missed experience for me)
  • A brand new .NET sample application (new to me anyway) is the .NET StockTrader. It is a service-oriented application based on Windows Communication Foundation (.NET 3.0) and ASP.NET. It attempts to look at many of the .NET enterprise development technologies for building highly scalable, rich "enterprise-connected" applications. I just need a few days to pull it apart… ho hum.
  • I am interested in Windows 7 and interested in Windows Azure. Which is a shame as they don’t play together right now. This blog post suggests a VPC as the answer and takes you through the steps to get a VPC together.
  • Been dabbling with 64bit of late. This blog had some nice info on SQL Server and 64bit.
  • I went looking for coding standards and found an Aladdins cave of downloads around WCF at Idesign
  • Confused about Lamdas and anonymous method and delegates? Well, you won’t be if you read this article over on devx.
  • There is another free enterprise application framework for .NET with built in ORM etc - Habanero. I just have no idea if it is any good :-( Worth a look.

Thanks for reading.


TOP TIP: Viewing DevX articles without the inline advert

A lot of the links above are to DevX which has a lot of inline adverts. Your friend is the Print button on the right hand side :-)

Posted on Wednesday, February 4, 2009 4:20 PM SyncToBlog | Back to top

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iDesign also have a very good C# Coding standard :)
Left by John Mc on Feb 04, 2009 4:43 PM

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Hi Eric
Just saw your mention of Habanero on your blog. I am one of the developers working on it, and I thought I'd let you know that it is a very actively developed project that is extremely stable. I has been used on a large variety of production projects in many different environments for many years. We are willing to help if you need it, and are always keen to hear feedback.

PS Our main portal for the habanero framework has moved to it's own site...
See you there :)

All the best!
Left by Mark Whitfeld on Feb 21, 2010 1:48 PM

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