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KnockoutJS Course on Pluralsight
My newest course was published yesterday on Pluralsight on KnockoutJS. The course can be viewed here. It is divided up into 4 modules. The first module gives an introduction to Knockout and shows a “Beyond Hello World” demo. The second module discusses the different types of observables you have in Knockout and demos of each. The third module focus on bindings including templating and custom bindings. The fourth module brings everything together with data features while shows a few more advanced ......
Posted On Friday, December 2, 2011 10:12 AM | Comments (6)
Studio for Wijmo MVC Review
I was recently asked to review Studio for Wijmo MVC by Component One and, overall, I am impressed. There are 2 major components of this. The first is Wijmo Complete which is a collection of over 30 UI widgets (very similar to jQuery UI). The second is Wijmo Scaffolding for MVC which builds upon the scaffolding that was released as part of the MVC 3 Tools Update (note: is does *not* build on top of powershell-based MVC Scaffolding which Microsoft released earlier this year). Some of the Wijmo widgets ......
Posted On Sunday, August 21, 2011 11:49 PM | Comments (0)
Leverage T4Scaffolding for WCF Web API
MvcScaffolding is a tremendous productivity improvement for MVC developers. Earlier this year, Steve Sanderson posted the definitive 7-part series on MvcScaffolding which is a must-read for anyone serious about doing scaffolding. The best part about the scaffolding infrastructure is that MvcScaffolding is actually built on top of another package called T4Scaffolding. T4Scaffolding can be used as the basis for *any* scaffolding – not just MVC projects. To that end, we can enjoy the same power of MvcScaffolding ......
Posted On Thursday, July 14, 2011 11:22 PM | Comments (20)
Visual Studio 2010 Pro Power Tools Screencast
Microsoft just released the Visual Studio 2010 Pro Power Tools extension and it is awesome. A summary of all the features can be found here and it is available in the Visual Studio Gallery here. There are a bunch of great features but, in my opinion, the best one is the replacement for the Add Reference dialog. This gives sub-string search capabilities as well as the ability to add multiple references without having to continually re-open the dialog. For this feature alone, you should install the ......
Posted On Thursday, June 10, 2010 12:18 AM | Comments (6)
Create Your Own Code Snippets in Visual Studio 2010 for MVC 2
One of the great new features in Visual Studio 2010 is the ability to now use code snippets inside of ASP.NET, HTML, and JavaScript files. Snippets have long been a productivity boost for regular C# code but have been sorely missing for mark up. In fact, frameworks like MVC 2 actually ship with their own snippets. There are only about 10-15 snippets that are currently shipping with MVC (and many of those are just duplicated because there are both VB and C# versions). That doesn’t seem like very many. ......
Posted On Tuesday, February 16, 2010 2:00 AM | Comments (1)
CMAP Code Camp – MVC in the Real World Code Samples and Extra Resources
Thanks to everyone who attended my “MVC in the Real World” presentation at CMAP Code Camp today. The code as well as the PowerPoint can be downloaded here: MVC in the Real World Download I also had a few other requests during the talk. First, I had a request to post the code as it looked at the very beginning of my talk before I modified anything. You’ll find that link on the download page above as well (file name: PersonalInfoManager-ReadlWo... Second, I was asked about a couple of ......
Posted On Saturday, November 7, 2009 8:10 PM | Comments (10)
CMAP C# 4.0 Presentation – Code Samples
Thanks to everyone who attended my C# 4.0 New Languages Features presentation at CMAP last night. Both the code and PowerPoint are available for download. C# 4.0 New Language Features Download After the presentation, I had a few people ask me about some of tools I was using. They can all be found on my Developer Tools and Utilities page. To create my snippets, I’ve been using a tool called Snippy for years (link included on Developer Tools page). However, lately I’ve also been using Snippet Designer ......
Posted On Wednesday, November 4, 2009 1:02 PM | Comments (1)
ASP.NET MVC View Model Patterns
Since MVC has been released I have observed much confusion about how best to construct view models. Sometimes this confusion is not without good reason since there does not seem to be a ton of information out there on best practice recommendations. Additionally, there is not a “one size fits all” solution that acts as the silver bullet. In this post, I’ll describe a few of the main patterns that have emerged and the pros/cons of each. It is important to note that many of these patterns have emerged ......
Posted On Sunday, October 25, 2009 9:03 AM | Comments (64)
Richmond Code Camp - Code Samples
Thanks to everyone who attended my sessions yesterday at Richmond Code Camp. Both the code and PowerPoint slides are available for download. Download samples for: MVC in the Real World. Check out the readme.txt file in Solution Items and all SQL scripts for creating the databases. Download samples for: C# 4.0 New Language Features. I had several questions about some of the tools I was using during the presentations (all of which are free). For the zooming and highlighting, I was using a tool called ......
Posted On Sunday, October 4, 2009 4:11 PM | Comments (3)
C# 3.0 Deep Dish with a slice of C# 4.0 – Code Samples
Thanks to everyone who attended my presentation last night at CapArea on C# 3.0 and C# 4.0. You can download the C# 3.0 code samples, C# 4.0 code samples, and the PowerPoint presentation from here. Several people asked me about some of the tools I was using during the presentation. A list of the tools that I use (and more) can be found here. Feel free to email me with any questions ......
Posted On Wednesday, August 26, 2009 10:04 AM | Comments (2)
Inheritance with ADO.NET Data Services and the Entity Framework
ADO.NET Data Services provides a robust REST API over top of a data source. That data source could be 1) the Entity Framework (EF), 2) LINQ to SQL, or 3) your own custom data source that implements IQueryable and/or IUpdatable. However, it should be noted that in v1, EF is really the “first class” data source for ADO.NET Data Services because it supports both IQueryable and IUpdatable out of the box. In this post I’ll discuss the scenario where you have inheritance in your entity object model and ......
Posted On Thursday, June 25, 2009 9:29 PM | Comments (8)
My Visual Studio Shortcuts and Macros
Often when I give presentations, I’m asked afterwards what Visual Studio add-ins I was using. The fact is that most of what you’re seeing are not expensive add-ins at all but either built-in Visual Studio functionality or custom Visual Studio macros that I have written and bound to keyboard shortcuts which give the appearance that they’re “built in” to Visual Studio. The following 4 minute video shows how I use these shortcuts to maintain a fast pace during my presentations and not bore the audience ......
Posted On Friday, May 8, 2009 4:23 PM | Comments (2)
Developer Tools and Utilities
I often get asked by other developers at work or during presentations about various tools that I use. Most of the tools I use are relatively well known, but I'm going to create this post so that I have a single point where you can download everything without a bunch of Googling. Almost all of the tools on this list are free. My only disclaimer is that this is simply my personal list of the tools I use most often. If you're looking for a *real* list that is extremely comprehensive, then I recommended ......
Posted On Sunday, November 23, 2008 3:03 PM | Comments (16)
MSBuild with Cruise Control .NET
You want to set up a customizable, fully automated build process. You want your build process to incorporate FxCop, NUnit, NCover, etc. but you do not have the license for Team System. No problem. You can do all of this with free tools leveraging MSBuild and Cruise Control .NET (CCNet) as the basis of your solution. This is not new news. In fact, CCNet is probably the best known tool today to do automated builds. However, there are lots of different ways to implement your build process. I'm going ......
Posted On Friday, February 23, 2007 7:17 PM | Comments (7)
Error MSB6006: "aspnet_merge.exe" exited with code 1 - Web Deployment Project
This error often rears its ugly head when compiling an ASP.NET 2.0 Web Deployment Project. At first glance, it is extremely difficult to troubleshoot because there is not much information along with the error. In order to troubleshoot this, you need to use a higher level of verbosity. If you're using MSBuild from the command line you can use the /verbosity switch like this (and then look at Output window for build): C:\projects>msbuild YourSolutionFile.sln /t:Rebuild /p:Configuration=Release /verbosity:detailed ......
Posted On Monday, July 31, 2006 6:47 PM | Comments (50)
FxCop IDE Integration with VS2005 Professional Edition
VS2005 Team System has the capability of seamlessly integrating FxCop inside the IDE. This is also possible with non-Team System versions such as Professional edition by using External Tools - the FxCop documentation for this can be found here: So what happens if you want to have this convenient IDE integration but point your analysis at an *.FxCop project file rather than pointing directly to assemblies? The main thing you have to ......
Posted On Tuesday, January 31, 2006 1:18 PM | Comments (2)

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