Ratnakar’s Weblog

Auckland Code Camp 2008

Posted in .Net Framework 3.5, .Net Training, ASP.Net MVC, C#, General I.T, Visual Studio 2008 by Ratnakar Garikipati on August 2, 2008

For the code enthusiasts who live around Auckland  – The Auckland Code Camp 2008 is a free-of-charge .Net Community event and that’s where you want to be!


This all day event is on
Sunday, 31 August 2008 (the day before TechEd), 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and at Crowne Plaza Hotel, 128 Albert St, Auckland.

Clik here to find more details.

 

As it is a free event with limited funding, I suggest you register ASAP – there’s also an option to pull out.
See you there!

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ASP.NET MVC CodePlex Preview 4 – released!!

Posted in .Net Framework 3.5, ASP.Net, ASP.Net MVC, C#, Dynamic Data, Visual Studio 2008 by Ratnakar Garikipati on July 19, 2008

The installer and source for Preview 4 is now available on CodePlex for download (http://www.codeplex.com/aspnet/Release/ProjectReleases.aspx?ReleaseId=15389).

Here’s a list of changes that have been made between Preview 3 and the current release Preview 4 –

  • New Simple Membership Features in the Default Project Template
  • New Filter Types for Authorization and Exception Handling
  • New Output Cache Filter
  • Changes for ASP.NET AJAX
  • Namespaces in Routes
  • New Interface for Enhanced Testability of TempData
  • ActionInvoker Extensibility Improvements

As I highlighted in my previous post – Scott Guthrie has an excellent post with an example covering the new changes – http://weblogs.asp.net/scottgu/archive/2008/07/14/asp-net-mvc-preview-4-release-part-1.aspx

A sneak peek into ASP.NET MVC Preview 4 Release

Posted in .Net Framework 3.5, ASP.Net, C#, General I.T, Visual Studio 2008 by Ratnakar Garikipati on July 15, 2008

If you are keeping a close eye on what’s happening in the ASP.Net MVC space – Scott Guthrie has a post suggesting that the next Preview version (# 4) is to be expected later this week – which I can’t wait to get my hands on!!!

This is perfect for me in terms of timing because for the last few months I have been spending most of my time at one of our client’s place training/mentoring their application development team while trying to employ/adopt a long-term/future-proof Enterprise Development Strategy.

I was reluctant to introduce MVC yet to the team as it is still early stages. Although with some level of custom coding you can implement the core aspects of AJAX  etc, I wanted to wait until I check out Preview 4 – rightly so and as expected here comes an announcement from Scott that preview 4 has new features such as Caching, Error Handling and Security plus further additional support for AJAX.

http://weblogs.asp.net/scottgu/archive/2008/07/14/asp-net-mvc-preview-4-release-part-1.aspx

 

 

ASP.NET 3.5 Extensions Preview

Posted in .Net Framework 3.5, ASP.Net, ASP.Net MVC, C#, Dynamic Data, General I.T, Sliverlight, Visual Studio 2008 by Ratnakar Garikipati on May 7, 2008

is available for download now..(click here)

The ASP.NET 3.5 Extensions Preview is a preview of new functionality being added to ASP.NET 3.5 and ADO.NET. The release includes ASP.NET MVC, ASP.NET Dynamic Data, ASP.NET controls for Silverlight, ADO.NET Data Services, Entity Framework runtime, and new features for ASP.NET AJAX.

Both ASP.NET MVC and ASP.NET controls for Silverlight have been updated since this release. The latest versions can be accessed at:
http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=111960.

a couple of LINQ tools

Posted in .Net Framework 3.5, C#, General I.T, Visual Studio 2008 by Ratnakar Garikipati on May 4, 2008

Visual LINQ Query Builder  

Visual LINQ Query Builder is an add-in to Visual Studio 2008 Designer that’s developed to help you build LINQ to SQL queries through a friendly interface. The tool can be seen in action here – http://blogs.msdn.com/mitsu/archive/2008/04/02/visual-linq-query-builder-for-linq-to-sql-vlinq.aspx  and available for download from the MSDN Code Gallery – http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/vlinq
 

LINQPad 

LINQPad is proving to be quite successful and seen as a tool that’s not only useful to learn LINQ but also for dev purposes.  This tool:   

       supports C# 3.0 and Framework 3.5 (LINQ to SQL, LINQ to Objects, LINQ to XML)

       comes with 200 preloaded examples

       offers code snippet IDE

       free and only 2mb in size

more here –  http://www.linqpad.net/

.Net Framework 3.5 Enhancements Training Kit

Posted in .Net Framework 3.5, ASP.Net, C#, Dynamic Data, General I.T, Visual Studio 2008 by Ratnakar Garikipati on April 29, 2008

 

If you haven’t subscribed to Microsoft’s Download Notifications and aren’t aware of .Net 3.5 Enhancements Training Kit then check it out here – http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=8741672

 

The .Net Framework 3.5 Enhancements Training K it features presentations, hands-on labs, demos, this content is designed to demonstrate how to use the 3.5 enhancements like ASP.Net MVC, ASP.Net Dynamic Data, ASP.Net AJAX History, Silverlight, ADO.Net Data Services and ADO.Net Entity Framework.

 

Also, if you want to keep on top of new downloads I suggest you subscribe here – http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=8741740

Web Client Software Factory and Data Access Layer

Posted in .Net Framework 3.5, ASP.Net, C#, General I.T, Visual Studio 2008 by Ratnakar Garikipati on November 30, 2007

I was exploring the Web Client Software Factory recently and one thing that I thought would be important to share with you all is – it does not come with a recipe to create data access layer for web applications – might feature in the next version though.

The current recommendation according to Microsoft’s Patterns and Practicses is to use the Data Access Guidance Package that comes with the current version of the Web Service Software Factory – From what I read, the next version of the Web Service Factory might not feature the Data Access Guidance Package as well but will be released separately.

The Data Access Guidance Package is fairly impressive with the features like Command Factories, Entity Factories and allows to create a flexible Framework for your Data Access Needs.

There are other Data Access Packages/Tools available if you wish not to use Microsoft’s Data Access Guidance Package inconjunction with the Web Client Software Factory – here’s a list of few – NTiers, NHibernate, WilsonORMapper, TableAdapters, ActiveRecord…

thoughts/comments?