First steps with .NET Compact Framework – not that bad at all!

by DotNetNerd 26. November 2010 18:58

Over the last couple of weeks, I have been working on new features for a PDA application which is build using the .NET Compact Framework. It’s the first time I have worked with the framework, and the first things I heard were not too uplifting. Jokes about it basically being a wrapper around NotImplementedException do make you wonder just how painful it will be.

I have to say though that it has actually been a pretty good experience so far! Maybe having the bar of expectations set just above groundlevel to start with makes it easier to make me happy – who knows?! I can conclude that debugging and deploying to the device has been smooth – just plug it in, press debug and you have all the usual debuggy goodness that Visual Studio provides.

The challange with .NET CF is that when making the framework smaller Microsoft really went in hard, so you will have to find alternate ways to get stuff done.


Review: NHibernate 3.0 Cookbook

by DotNetNerd 24. November 2010 15:49

A few weeks ago we got a copy of the NHibernate 3.0 Cookbook by Jason Dentler, which I was really looking forward to because of the scattered nature the existing documentation for NHibernate.

The word Cookbook really says a lot of how the book is structured, and how it should be used. The book consists of a bunch of recipes on how to cook with NHibernate – terrible wordplay, I know, and I am sorry :) So basically it can be a good idea with a quick readthrough, and then it will serve as a place to look up solutions to various scenarios you will be dealing with when using NHibernate.

If you are new to NHibernate you will of course also gain an overview of the different topics you need to know about and as an experienced user you might stumble upon some features you didn’t know about.



Split personality or two sides to every story?

by DotNetNerd 10. November 2010 17:01

As of today we have started a blog at my company Vertica where I will start blogging along with some of my colleagues. So I highly recommend that you take a look – we have a great team of developers so I gurantee that there will be some interesting posts to find. The new company blog does not mean that I will stop writing here, but that I will write both places - and that some articles may be partially posted both places.



NuPack becomes NuGet

by DotNetNerd 30. October 2010 08:23

As it turnes out there already was another NuPack project, so Microsoft had an online vote and now it has been decided the new name will be NuGet and that it is pronounced "New Get".

Also Scott Hanselman did a talk at PDC named ASP.NET + Packaging + Open Source = Crazy Delicious mostly about NuPack/NuGet and a bunch of other MVC stuff like Razor. I highly recommend it with Scott being entertaining as allways... 


NuPack - what you need to know as a developer

by DotNetNerd 19. October 2010 11:24

A little while ago I blogged about NuPack which is a package management system that Microsoft have released in a CTP1. The cool thing about NuPack is that solves the open source dependency hell, is really easy to use, and it comes as a Visual Studio Extension. After installing the extension you can install packages through a "add reference" like dialog, or through the Package Manager Console. 



Windows Phone 7 – Silverlight and XNA codecamp

by DotNetNerd 10. October 2010 17:27

I have spent this weekend at a codecamp around the Windows Phone 7 developer tools which was hosted by Trifork here in Århus. We looked at developing apps with Silverlight saturday and at XNA today sunday. It has been a lot of fun, and gave a lot of insights into what we can do with the tools.

Good news on deployment

Since I blogged about my initial thoughts on Windows Phone 7 I have heard a couple of good news around app deployment. First of all I was a little skeptical about the 99 dollar fee, when it is not possible to charge anything for the apps. The good news here is that the 99 dollar fee is refunded when you have deployed two apps to the market. So as someone put it at the codecamp “two fart-apps and you have your money back”. Besides that I heard that you can deploy up to 10 apps directly to the phone when you have the licence – so thats all good.


NuPack - Microsofts own NU but with VS integration

by DotNetNerd 6. October 2010 17:44

Apparently I was not the only one who fell in love with the NU project, that I blogged a while ago. Microsoft just launched their own NuPack project which provides the same basic features, as well as integration directly with Visual Studio. As a cool sidenote it will be included in the install if you install the latest MVC 3 beta. To get started or just to see a quick runthrough of how it works take a look at Scott Hanselmans post on the subject.


Windows Phone 7 – my personal statusupdate

by DotNetNerd 19. September 2010 16:49

This past week I went to a meeting at Trifork about Windows Phone 7, with very big expectations. As an enthusiastic .NET developer the prospect of Microsoft “getting in to the game” of phone development is incredibly interesting. My thoughts before the meeting was that I would probably be talked into buying one right off the bat, so I could get started with writing my own apps.

The meeting started out great with the presenter being all smiles, and with a lot of praise for the phone and the experience he has had playing with it and with the developer tools. He was also happy to show a little app he had written and talked about the nice experience of working with the developer tools and MVVM light. In spite of the presenter being happy about the product, quite a bit of the talk ended up revolving around limitations arund the software that you get out of the box, as well as limitations for the developer.


Tips and tricks for keeping up-to-date

by DotNetNerd 1. September 2010 16:39

These days a lot of people in the software business, including myself, do (or should do) some work to keep up with technologies, and what experiences others have. This includes quite a bit of reading both on misc websites and blogs. This can at times feel like quite a bit of work, because technologies that might be relevant tends to come in bundles, and if you wish to follow the relevant blogs it may be quite a few which means new updates every day.


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My name is Christian Holm Diget, and I work as an independent consultant, in Denmark, where I write code, give advice on architecture and help with training. On the side I get to do a bit of speaking and help with miscellaneous community events.

Some of my primary focus areas are code quality, programming languages and using new technologies to provide value.

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