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Glenn Block - .NETFX Another ALT.NET guy at Microsoft

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  • Blog Post: Help my friend Scott Hanselman raise $50000 for Diabetes!

    I’ve got a good friend Scott . He works at Microsoft, he’s a technical leader, and an awesome individual. He also lives every day plagued with being a Type I diabetic. I have known Scott for years and never realized just what he and others like him go through each day as he struggles with...
  • Blog Post: CodePaste is the bee’s knees, my new favorite way to share code.

    Ever need to share code-snippets with the twittersphere? If so, Codepaste is for you. It's my favorite new tool for getting code out there in a really low-friction manner. It has really nice syntax coloring support, allows reviewers to comment, and most importantly it associates pastes with a profile...
  • Blog Post: Container-managed applications

    OK, so you've past the point of deciding whether or not you will use an IoC container. Then you find out that is just the beginning of the road. How does that container fit in your application design? Should you pass it around, should you have a static accessor, or should all your components be completely...
  • Blog Post: Finding the right level of coupling

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/tammys_world/1785770650/ This is a follow up from my previous post on Composite extensions for Win Forms. Early on as we started the development of Prism, we had a few decisions to make around our coupling to WPF. We knew that Prism undoubtedly was being targeted for...
  • Blog Post: The ALT.NET Criterion

    Recently I was on a mail thread where the following question was raised. "What are the kinds of things that concern folks from the ALT.NET community?" Over the past year I've been pretty involved with ALT.NET and have been part of countless conversations, blogs and email threads on this topic...
  • Blog Post: ForEach, a simple but very useful extension method

    This evening I was writing some code (Yay!) for an Xml based MEF catalog I am prototyping. I came across the need to invoke a set of methods on an IEnumerable<T> that was returned from a LINQ to XML query. Unfortunately no such animal exists on IEnumerable. It took me < 5 mins to write this...
  • Blog Post: When comments are not enough.

    Blog comments are great but sometimes you need that extra level of interaction. For those times, I just added this mega-cool feature all my coworkers have been telling me about. It lets you IM me directly from my blog when I am online. To use it, just click the icon you see at the top of my blog, it...
  • Blog Post: PrismShouldNotReferenceUnity

    Clarification: We are not against using Unity, the Prism RI uses Unity, and we've been very happy with it's implementation. We are after all one of Unity's first internal customers. On the other hand, we want to make it easier for customers to use their IOC container of preference, which is what this...
  • Blog Post: Entity Framework Webinar

    Ward Bell just told me about this little gem. IdeaBlade has an upcoming MSDN Magazine webinar entitled "Introduction to the Entity Framework and LINQ". LINQ is the new query language that is shipping as part of .NET 3.5 and provides language constructs for querying and filtering in-memory objects...
  • Blog Post: Patterns, it's about teaching people how to fish

    The other day Larry Brader (Our Lead Test Manager) and I were having an interesting conversation that led me to make the above statement. Larry and I were discussing the root drivers for many of the architectural qualities I have been pushing on within the "Prism" project. This includes qualities such...
  • Blog Post: Seattle CodeCamp Recap

    Like all good things, sadly Seattle CodeCamp has come to an end. I had a great time and enjoyed hanging out with all the CodeCampers. I particularly enjoyed hearing about the different challenges customers are facing in their implementations. I also took part in more than a few discussions about our...
  • Blog Post: Seattle CodeCamp talks

    I forgot to post on this, well better late than never. This weekend I'm speaking at the Seattle CodeCamp on WCSF and SCSF. Actually Day one is over, which leaves one more talk left tomorrow on using SCSF and the Disconnected Service Agent. Session state injection your way with WCSF - Saturday, 1:45 to...
  • Blog Post: me@codebetter

    Hi guys I have a new blog on CodeBetter.com .  I plan on using it to focus on general software engineering practices, reflections on how we build software in p&p, and tales of woe and success from my pre-Microsoft days. I'll also post about my off-hours geek explorations like learning Ruby,...
  • Blog Post: You never know who reads your blog

    I just happened to check some of my comments that were marked as possibly spam and this is what I came across. Apparently Socrates, Hermes and Zeus are all avid readers!
  • Blog Post: Personal retrospective on 2007, one long iteration

    Happy new Year! As the 2007 comes to a close and we start off 2008,I thought it would be fitting to a do a retrospective on how things went for me. In agile software development, retrospectives are meetings usually held at the end of each iteration where the team looks back on how things went for the...
  • Blog Post: Searching for the perfect Twitter client

    One of my favorite book series is the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy , Douglas Adam's masterpiece in which the main protagonist Arthur Dent searches throughout the universe for the perfect cup of tea. Well now life is mimicking art (well maybe not exactly) in that I find myself searching far and near...
  • Blog Post: Team Explorer 2005, where are you?

    A few weeks ago, I did a machine repave. After the repave was done, the one piece of software I forgot to install was Team Explorer 2005. I first did a scan of our internal servers and was unsuccesful. Next I went to the download center and searched on Team Explorer 2005, it seemed reasonable that I...
  • Blog Post: My team on the cover of the Seattle times!

    Well not the entire team, and not even the entire faces of the team members they did get. Those eyes are mine and Blaine's , the back is Terrances, and then there's Michael Puleio in full glory. :) As to what Blaine, myself and Mike are working on? How many people does it take to build a new WCSF application...
  • Blog Post: A tale of two cities, how I made a new friend in Glasgow

    David Christiansen lives in Glasgow, I live in Seattle. Before today, we were just two guys on the other side of the world (though we actually came within a few 100 feet of one another). Now through a set of circumstances and thanks to Tech-Ed Europe, blogs, email, twitter, facebook, linkedin and IM...
  • Blog Post: Don't assume you are speaking in a small room

    OK, I know I have not posted my Barcelona Day 2 post, but the last one took several hours and I need to get ready to head over to the conference center for Soma's keynote. Anyway, just a quick story. Last night after attending an "Ask the Experts" pre-conference session (Apparently I am an...
  • Blog Post: Exploring Barcelona, Day 1

    Saturday. After a late wake up due to the "Adventures in getting my daughter to go sleep" episode, we started off our first day. You'd think we would have been spending the day touring throughout this beautiful city. Fat chance, instead we spent the first half stuck in a mall :(, namely, the...
  • Blog Post: Arriving in Barcelona, a traveler's tale

    <warning>Non techy stuff follows</warning> This year we decided to bring the whole family to Barcelona for Tech-Ed Developers 2007. In this case whole family equals one more than last year. Let's see using anonymous types and the new c# initializer syntax that would be:    ...
  • Blog Post: patterns &amp; practices 2.0 - How would it look?

    What would a patterns & practices 2.0 look like to you? There's been a very lively discussion on just this topic on the ALT.NET list (For which I am the instigator). Below is the summary version. Go here if you dare to see the full thread and have hours and hours of free time. Do. Guidance on core...
  • Blog Post: Use the force....the Resharper way

    I just love this image I found on Oren's blog . Any questions?
  • Blog Post: YAAP - Yet another ALT.NET post

    If you head on over to altdotnet.org, the above message is what you'll find. Recently, there's been a ton of posts from a list of people too long to recount here (though David Laribee is at the top of the list) about the recent ALT.NET gathering. Hopefully this will not be repeat of what you will find...
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