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Using Moq to mock ASP.NET MVC HttpContextBase

Here’s my little example about how to use Moq to mock HttpContextBase and it’s members to make controller tests pass. You can use this code when you are not allowed to use open-source or use-on-your-own-risk pieces of software that provide you this kind on initialization using built-in features. Also it is good exercise that introduces you how to solve mocking problems.

MiniProfiler: Lightweight profiler for ASP.NET web applications

I found very cool small profiler that can also be used on production sites to quickly detect bottle necks in web application code. The profiler is called MiniProfiler and in this posting I will introduce you how to use it in your code.

Using DebugView to catch debug output of .NET program

Often asked question: is there any way to gather debug output of .NET program that is running on environment where Visual Studio is not installed? Yes, you can do it and you can do it for free with program called DebugView. Here’s how it works.

dotPeek–JetBrains replaces .NET Reflector

Today I got e-mail from JetBrains stating that there is dotPeek early build available for download. dotPeek is .NET assemblies decompiler that is offered for free and that should replace .NET Reflector (not free anymore). dotPeek will also be part of ReSharper 6. In this posting I will give you brief introduction about dotPeek.

CodePlex supports Windows Live Writer!

I am documenting local community portal that is hosted in CodePlex. Wikis have always been annoying for me when it comes to creating a good content. So, I was preparing for boring evening full of wiki mark-up and messing with good format, manual image uploads etc. But CodePlex surprised me today – it’s wiki supports Windows Live Writer!

NuPack, ASP.NET MVC 3 Beta and WebMatrix Beta 2 are here!

Some great news from Microsoft dudes – NuPack, ASP.NET MVC 3 Beta and WebMatrix Beta 2 are here! Seems like busy weekend is coming. Here you can find download links to new versions of products.

Using MemBus for messaging between application components

Sometimes we need publisher/subscriber messaging in our applications to broadcast messages to different parts of system in real time. We can always build our own solution for this but we can also use something that is already there. In this posting I will show you how to use MemBus to send messages from MDI parent […]

Unity, Castle Windsor, StructureMap, Ninject – who has best performance?

I made quick comparison of performance of four DI/IoC containers. I measured Unity,Castle Windsor, StructureMap and Ninject in two scenarios – resolving objects with empty constructor and resolving object with injected parameters in its constructor. Results are here.

Visual Studio Extension: Save UML diagram as image

I am auditing one big legacy application. I use Visual Studio 2010 modeling projects to visualize the design of this legacy application. When I wanted to get my UML diagrams to image files so I can insert them to documents I found no option for it. As it turned out we have to write extension for modeling projects and deploy it as Visual Studio 2010 extension. Here is the installer and source package of my UML.SaveAsImage extension.

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.

Solution Navigator: Killer replacement for Solution Explorer

Visual Studio 2010 Productivity Power Tools contains now Solution Navigator that merges many good features of Visual Studio 2010, Solution Explorer and some Power Tools features to single view. After playing shortly with Solution Navigator I found it to be very good replacement for Solution Explorer. In this posting I will show you some very cool features of Solution Navigator.

WebMatrix Beta in pictures

Long time ago there was simple ASP.NET editor called Web Matrix that was replaced by Visual Web Developer Express when Express versions came for Visual Studio. Now is time again for some small and easy tool and here it is – Microsoft WebMatrix Beta. In this posting I will introduce you Microsoft WebMatrix and show how it works.

The changes you have made require the following tables to be dropped and re-created

When changing tables in SQL Server Management Studio 2008 you may get the following error: Saving changes is not permitted. The changes you have made require the following tables to be dropped and re-created. I was surprised when I saw this message first but there is very simple solution.

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