August, 2010

Visual Studio: Microsoft should simplify producing quality software

I am looking at features of different versions of Visual Studio and I less and less understand how and why is the quality of software handled as fun of few seasoned professionals. Although Visual Studio is best development platform I have ever seen I really don’t understand why Microsoft hates people who want to provide quality to their customers.

Patterns of Enterprise Application Architecture

Lately I finished reading the famous patterns book by Martin Fowler – Patterns of Enterprise Application Architecture. This book introduces and describes design patterns you will usually see when building enterprise applications. There are also examples for patterns and although they are simple and primitive they give you the idea how to implement or use specific patterns. If you are working on enterprise applications every day you will find this book very useful and I’m sure you will use it as manual.

Managing business object locks on application level

Today I worked out simple application side object locking solution for one server scenario. My motivation came from ASP.NET architecture forum thread How to solve concurrent site issue where one user asks for locking solution that works without changing database. Here is my simple and primitive solution that should help this guy out. I added also sample solution to this posting.


Today I tried out ASP.NET MVC HTML5 Helpers Toolkit by Dean Hume. Although browsers today support HTML5 partially it is time to start playing with it. As soon as HTML5 gets common standard in web you should be able to react fast. In this posting I will introduce you HTML5 Helpers Toolkit and some HTML5 field types.

ASP.NET MVC 3: Using HttpNotFoundResult in controller tests

Lately I blogged about HttpNotFoundResult and HttpStatusCodeResult action results that come with ASP.NET MVC 3. These results are ideal for controller tests as we don’t have to mess with HttpContext and Response objects anymore. In this posting I will show you how to use HttpNotFoundResult in controller tests to check if errors are given correctly to user.

ASP.NET MVC 3: Introducing Razor view engine

ASP.NET MVC 3 brings us new view engine called Razor. Razor view engine was made available with WebMatrix first beta. Razor brings us new and very short syntax for writing views. In this posting I will introduce you shortly ASP.NET MVC Razor view engine.

ASP.NET MVC 3: Global action filters

ASP.NET MVC 3 supports global action filters. Global action filters are applied to all actions in web application. By example, you can use global action filters for common security checks. In this posting I will show you how to write dummy action filter, register it as global and test it.

Example workflow to request songs from radio station

Today I played with WF 4.0 declarative workflows. This posting shows you simple workflow that you can extend to add songs to online radio station queue. My main focus here is workflow and I will provide here no logic for actual queue implementation. You can find here also Visual Studio 2010 sample solution.