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Creating Add-Ins for Expression Web 4

by Jonathan Allen Follow 250 Followers on  Jun 14, 2010

The hallmark of any good IDE is its extensibility. If developers can’t improve their own tools then they won’t see productivity improvements over time. The same goes for web designers, which is why Microsoft’s Expression Web 4 now offers an add-in model based on HTML+JavaScript.

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Managed Extensions for Internet Explorer

by Jonathan Allen Follow 250 Followers on  May 27, 2010

With .NET 4.0, writing reliable managed extensions for Internet Explorer has become possible. Unlike previous versions, each extension will run against the CLR it was compiled for instead of mindlessly grabbing the most recent version. Alas, COM interfaces are still needed.

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Extensible Caching Added to .NET 4.0

by Jonathan Allen Follow 250 Followers on  May 12, 2010 2

Microsoft’s Patterns and Practices caching framework has been promoted to a part of the core .NET Framework. This framework provides a basic in-memory cache with trigger-based cache invalidation and a common wrapper for more advanced caching frameworks to share.

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Marshal.ReleaseComObject Is Considered Dangerous

by Abel Avram Follow 4 Followers on  Mar 19, 2010

Paul Harrington, Principal Developer on the Visual Studio Platform Team, has written an explanation on why calling Marshal.ReleaseComObject() to dispose of a COM object from managed code is considered dangerous and recommends not using it.

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Silverlight 4’s COM+ Automation Raises Security and Portability Concerns

by Abel Avram Follow 4 Followers on  Feb 09, 2010 6

Silverlight 4 supports COM+ Automation when running as an Out-Of-Browser (OOB) application with elevated privileges. Microsoft indicated that this support is a result of enterprise customers requesting such a feature, offering as an example Office automation from Silverlight.

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JUnit 4.7: Per-Test rules

by Geoffrey Wiseman Follow 0 Followers on  Jul 22, 2009 2

JUnit 4.7, which has just reached Release Candidate stage includes a significant new feature: Rules. Rules are, in essence, another extension mechanism for JUnit, which can be used to add functionality to JUnit on a per-test basis. Most examples of custom runners in earlier versions of JUnit can be replaced by Rules, and new capabilities have already been added.

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Presentation: Making Roles Explicit

by Abel Avram Follow 4 Followers on  Apr 09, 2009 15

In this presentation recorded during QCon London 2008, Udi Dahan, The Software Simplist as he calls himself, explains why sometimes it is not enough to apply good OOP and patterns lessons. He introduces a new principle: make roles explicit.

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Spolsky vs Uncle Bob

by Niclas Nilsson Follow 0 Followers on  Feb 17, 2009 8

The last few weeks, a public dispute has been going on between Joel Spolsky and Robert C Martin (Uncle Bob) about Test-Driven Development and about the SOLID principles of OO design. Here is a summary and review of the match.

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Is OOP Better for Structuring your Code?

by Sadek Drobi  Followers on  Nov 30, 2008 2

Programming languages that offer more power and flexibility have been lately gaining momentum. Johnatan Tang highlights, however, the flexibility vs. productivity tradeoff in terms of program structure. Whereas multi-dispatch languages provide more flexibility in arranging code, traditional object orientation makes organizing programs easier.

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Is It Appropriate to Use Non-.NET Libraries in Your Day to Day Work?

by Jonathan Allen Follow 250 Followers on  Nov 26, 2008 3

From the beginning, the .NET stack had first class support for unmanaged libraries. By using P/Invoke one can access most of the Win32 API and support for COM opens up developers to a wealth of applications and third-party libraries. But should .NET developers actually take advantage of this?

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Article: Composite Oriented Programming with Qi4j

by Rickard Öberg Follow 0 Followers on  Nov 20, 2008 13

The goal of modeling domain concepts through objects set by OOP has for a long time been handled in insufficient ways. In this article we introduce the concept of Composite Oriented Programming, and show how it avoids the issues with OOP and reignites the hope of being able to compose domain models with reusable pieces.

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C# Feature Focus: Optional and Named Parameters, COM Interoperability

by Jonathan Allen Follow 250 Followers on  Oct 27, 2008 4

Believe it or not, C# is going to have full support for optional and named parameters. This, and other features intended for COM support, will be included in C# 4. There was also a rumor about parameterized properties.

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.NET 4 Feature Focus: Type Embedding and Equivalence

by Jonathan Allen Follow 250 Followers on  Oct 27, 2008

In .NET 4 types will no longer be restricted to a single assembly. A single type, or part of a type, can be extracted from one assembly and placed into another. Why would you do this? Well first off all, to reduce the cost of including the Office Primary Interopt Assemblies from several megabytes to about 2KB by only including what you actually need.

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New Open Source project provides Object Oriented data access

by Steven Robbins Follow 0 Followers on  Jul 31, 2008 6

Kasper Sørensen has created a new open source project at eobjects.dk called MetaModel. The project is a common domain model, query engine, and optimizer for different types of datastores, such as relational databases and flat files. MetaModel is a Java library that provides a fluent, object-oriented interface for SQL compliant queries.

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Should you really learn another language?

by Niclas Nilsson Follow 0 Followers on  May 09, 2008 8

Blogger Gustavo Duarte cursed in church when he said that learning new programming languages is often a waste of time. He said that "In reality learning a new language is a gritty business in which most of the effort is spent on low-value tasks with poor return on time invested.". But not everyone agreed.

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