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A Journal about the experiences I have developing little applications in C#, Perl, Html and Javascript and talking about things new things that I use. Always Geeky; Always Nerdy; Always poor Grammer!

I am a Software Analyst Developer working in Southport, England but living in Liverpool. I develop mainly in C# and ASP.Net. I have been developing comercial software for several years now. I maintain this site (hosted at SwitchMedia UK) as a way of exploring new technologies (such as AJAX) and just generally talking about techie geek issues. This site is developed through a host of Perl scripts and a liberal use of Javascript. I enjoy experimenting with new technologies and anything that I make I host here.

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Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Day 1 of the DevWeek Conference

Day 1 is over, and all in all it was very good.  It started off with Jeff Prosise's keynote speech, he is an excellent orator for 1.5 hours the majority of the lecture theater was hanging off nearly every word, well at least I was.  He took everyone through the history of CGI/ISAPI programming, noting the EBay have the most complex ASAPI DLL ever written and then on to how classic ASP and PHP revolutionized how we write web app's.  Then on to ASP.Net and on to how AJAX and Microsoft ASP.Net AJAX framework is cool (which I happen to agree).  He spruced up his talk with various films of people hurting themselves with planes and boats (it was quite funny).  Finally he showed us the Microsoft future of web programming is in WPF/E.  Overall his talk was very cool, I personally would have liked to see more of the future and less of the past, but I believe that was saved for his other lectures that I was unable to go to.

The second lecture that I attended was "Attack and Defense: Securing ASP.NET 2.0", this was the weakest lecture that I attended, it didn't really cover ASP.Net 2.0, for instance Keith didn't mention event source validation and it was basically a copy of http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms998258.aspx#pagguidelines0001_inputdatavalidation but not as thorough or as interesting.  Saying that Keith was a good speaker.

The last two lectures were a two-parter called "Practical Patterns" run by David Wheeler.  Dave was a really great speaker, he was entertaining and funny and the two sessions didn't seem to drag.  He basically went through about 12 of the design patterns that you can use in everyday development.  There were about 130 odd slides, however the lecture was a "Code" lecture with Dave producing code version of the patterns in "life-like" applications.  It was very good, his explanations were extremely clear and concise.

There are not that many vendors here this year.  I have been told that in previous conferences there were more.  It is a shame really because I wanted to see how many free T-shirts I could get (the current count is 1, from Infragistics) :).  Seriously though, I would have loved to see a lot more .Net component developers showcasing their wares.

Infragistics, speaking of which didn't put on a great demo, however, their new XAML controls are looking pretty good especially the Carousel Listbox.

I also spoke to NAG (Numerical Analysis Group) however they didn't come across like they were bothered to be there.

TechExcel were really good.  I spoke to Richard Zhu, and he is really enthusiastic about the software they are make and gave me a great demo of their Defect and Issue Tracking Software.

The guys distributing Enterprise Architect in the UK could have done a better job, they weren't demoing from what I remember or really selling the software.  However one of their Tech Specialists will be there tomorrow so I will be speaking to him.

The QBS stand is okay, I spoke to the woman doing the Camtasia demo (for which you can get £60 off the retail price) but unfortunately it is more expensive the BBFlashback with from what I could tell the exact same features.  I have used the trial version of BBFlashback and I was very impressed with.  Saying that Camtasia does appear to be a fantastic product.

And that is about it for today.

 

DevWeek 2007

I arrived at the Hotel last night, which is bolted on to the side of the conference center which is really handy.  I am just getting ready for the first days lectures.

Looking at the schedule everyone will be going to the Technical Keynote speech by Jeff Prosise called "Web programming yesterday, today and tommorrow: why ASP.NET AJAX will change your life".  Once that one is over I will be attending the following lectures:

  1. Attack and Defense: securing ASP.NET 2.0 applications
  2. Practical Patterns in .Net, Part 1
  3. Practical Patterns in .Net Part 2

I am basically attending the Architect track.  I hope I can put up summaries of the lectures, however Internet access is a little expensive from the Hotel.

 

Friday, February 09, 2007

Resharper 2.0 Plugins

I little while ago I wrote about the lack of resharper plugins and sample code for the plugins [http://www.kinlan.co.uk/2006/11/resharper-20-plugins.html].  Jetbrains has now started up a new page [http://www.jetbrains.net/confluence/display/ReSharper/ReSharper+Plugin+Development] which contains guides and also sample code on how to create plugins.  You will need Resharper 2.5+, but that is a free upgrade if you already have resharper.

 

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DevWeek 2007

I will be heading off to DevWeek 2007 in London between the 27th Feb and 1st March.  I will hopefully be attending the architecuture and patterns meetings.

Drop me an email if you are going too.