November, 2013

Mixing Command and Transaction Script Patterns

Patterns of Enterprise Applications Architecture by Martin Fowler defines Transaction Script pattern that is one of domain logic patterns. In his book Martin Fowler also gives a hint how to use Command Pattern by Gang of Four with Transaction Script. In this posting I will show you some real-life code that makes use of both patterns.

Why not use polling threads with ASP.NET web applications?

Often developers ask how to add polling, scheduled tasks and so on to ASP.NET web applications. There are many ways how to do it and there are even more reasons why not to do it. Let’s see what are the problems and how to build services for your web applications wherever they run.

Working at home

Working at home is modern way to work but it is often very challenging too. Over years I have heard different stories from different people about working at home. Some of there people have been successful on it while others went back to office quickly after couple of days of trying. Let’s see what makes working at home challenging and what you need to get your home office running.

Using web.config transforms with App.config files

In one of my projects I needed configuration transforms similar to web applications. But I needed transforms for command line and Windows service applications to make sure that with release builds some settings are different (by example, web service URL-s and some other settings). I found some materials from web and got everything work well. Here is how to enable web.config transforms for App.config files too.

First look at Visual Studio Online “Monaco”

With Visual Studio 2013 Microsoft also announced online version of Visual Studio for Windows Azure Web Sites. When I first saw SharePoint Napa tools and “powered by Vsiual Studio” slogan then I knew that soon Visual Studio is on cloud. Now Microsoft made their next step. Let’s see what Visual Studio Online with codename “Monaco” is and what you can do with it.

Ten keys to successful outsourcing

It’s business Tuesday again and this time I will share with you some of my experiences on getting started with successful outsourcing. Outsourcing may sound like something simple or something too troublesome but if you do your home work well then it is possible to succeed and have a cooperation that really makes your life more rich by many aspects you maybe don’t expect at first. Here are some of my experiences.

Using Surface RT for presentations

Last week I made presentation about out-sourcing where I introduced my international teams and our working model. This time I didn’t took my work laptop with me because I decided to go with my Surface RT and see how it works for business presentations. Okay, it’s a little bit tricky to get everything done but it’s nothing too complex. This posting is short overview about my findings on using Surface RT as presentation machine.

Software rescue services

Time for business Tuesday post. Source code gets rotten, systems get slower, every fix takes a lot of time, estimates for implementing new functionalities get more and more utopic, customers are mad, users are mad, developers are exhausted – struggling with problem like this? Maybe it’s time to use some software rescue services?