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LazyCoder Last Minute Geek Dinner This Weekend

LazyCoder (aka Scott Koon) is organizing a little drinky drink this Wednesday around 6:00 PM-ish at The Three Lions Pub . This is just an informal gathering, not the huge production like the Hanselman Geek Dinner which requires eating at a mall food court because some three hundred plus geeks show up. ( Did you know his last geek dinner was covered by the Seattle Times online ? ). No, this will be a smaller intimate affair. Here’s your chance to get me sloshed by buying me beers in order to slip your pet feature into ASP.NET MVC. If it’s a really crazy feature idea, you may have to move up to Scotch. ;) Seriously though, if you’re looking to blow off some steam on a Wed night (aren’t we all?) swing by and throw back one or a few with us. Tags...
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Comparing Moq to Rhino Mocks

For the longest time I’ve been a big fan of Rhino Mocks and have often written about it glowingly . When Moq came on the scene, I remained blissfully ignorant of it because I thought the lambda syntax to be a bit gimmicky. I figured if using lambdas was all it had to offer, I wasn’t interested. Fortunately for me, several people in my twitter-circle recently heaped praise on Moq. Always willing to be proven wrong, I decided to check out what all the fuss was about. It turns out, the use of lambdas is not the best part of Moq. No, it’s the clean discoverable API design and lack of the record/playback model that really sets it apart. To show you what I mean, here are two unit tests for a really simple example, one using Rhino Mocks and one using...
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03-22-2008, 12:55 PM

Tutorial: Writing a Templated Silverlight 2 Control

We're going to create this control: xxx Read More...
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A Few Notes About The MVC CodePlex Source Code Release

Whew! I’ve held off writing about MVC until I could write a non-MVC post in response to some constructive criticism (It’s not just Sean , Jeff mentioned something to me as well). Now that I’ve posted that, perhaps I’ve bought myself a few MVC related posts in a row before the goodwill runs dry and I have to write something decidedly not MVC related again. ;) As ScottGu recently posted , the ASP.NET MVC source code is now available via CodePlex . A move like this isn’t as simple as flipping a switch and *boom* it happens. No, it takes a lot of effort behind the scene. On the one hand is all the planning involved, and Bertrand Le Roy and my boss Simon played a big part in that. Along with planning is the execution of the plan which requires coordination...
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IronPython and the DLR march on

I've got a number of emails complaining that folks haven't heard much from the DLR (Dynamic Language Runtime) and things like IronPython and IronRuby. I think it's due to mostly one thing, the fact that the ASP.NET Futures Page still says July 2007. That's one of the reasons I personally fought to have the ASP.NET MVC not use a Date in its name. It just makes things look, ahem, dated. I'm working to get that page updated, but I just wanted to make sure folks know that there's lots going on around the DLR. I talked to Mahesh on a video call just yesterday. There's lots going on and here's some collected resources for you: DLR Resource List - March 16th My longtime buddy, Harry Pierson has joined the team as the...
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The Weekly Source Code 21 - ASP.NET MVC Preview 2 Source Code

And so, Dear Reader, I present to you twenty-first in a infinite number of posts of " The Weekly Source Code ." I'm doubling up this week, but the ASP.NET MVC Source was released today and I wanted to share more thoughts. I would also encourage you to check out TWSC 17 on Community ASP.NET MVC code . Read the Comments When you're reading source, look for words like "TODO," "HACK," "REVIEW," etc, to find parts of the code that the writers are concerned about. In the SelectBuilder.cs, there's a comment that says: // TODO: Should these be HTML encoded or HTML attribute encoded? Need to review all helper methods that call this. string thisText = HttpUtility.HtmlEncode(listData[key].ToString());...
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03-21-2008, 1:57 PM

Silverlight 2 DataGrid walk-through posted

Scott Morrison ( the PM for the Silverlight DataGrid) recently posted a very good walk through of using the DataGrid (complete with C# and VB samples)..  I recommending staying tuned to his blog if you are interested because he has plans to do several more posts on the subject. Here is a teaser:   Read More...
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ASP.NET MVC Source Code Available

My boss's boss has blogged about what's been going on this week : The ASP.NET MVC Source is up on CodePlex at http://www.codeplex.com/aspnet . You can download, read and compile it now. The goal is to start releasing drops really often. If you're into it, then watch the source code tab , if not, that's cool too, you can wait until it releases later. You can enter bugs in the issue tracker or complain in the forums and watch the roadmap as it evolves . You can see how to compile it (unzip and build) as well. Related Links MVCContrib : A Codeplex project to add functionality to ASP.NET MVC. This project is run by others in the community, and not the ASP.NET team. ASP.NET MVC Framework Road-Map Update Thoughts on ASP.NET MVC Preview...
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Is Pizza Brain Food?

My family and I recently moved into our new home after a two month stay in temporary housing. One of the perks of moving is when your stuff is delivered from storage, it feels like Christmas again. “ Oooh! Look at all the boxes I get to unwrap. Hey! I have a Stereo just like this one! ”. I have a tendency to get distracted by the things I’m unwrapping. For example, I found a few of my old college Math textbooks. I started thumbing through the Complex Analysis, Abstract Algebra, and Number theory books and they seemed like total gibberish to me. Artists and writers often get all the credit for creativity . It’s often why people call them creative types . Meanwhile, mathematicians are often unfairly portrayed and humorless, pencil pushing, uncreative...
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03-21-2008, 10:33 AM

ASP.NET MVC Source Code Now Available

Last month I blogged about our ASP.NET MVC Roadmap . Two weeks ago we shipped the ASP.NET Preview 2 Release . Phil Haack from the ASP.NET team published a good blog post about the release here . Scott Hanselman has created a bunch of great ASP.NET MVC tutorial videos that you can watch to learn more about it here . One of the things I mentioned in my MVC roadmap post was that we would be publishing the source code for the ASP.NET MVC Framework, and enable it to be easily built, debugged, and patched (so that you can work around any bugs you encounter without having to wait for the next preview refresh release). Today we opened up a new ASP.NET CodePlex project that we'll be using to share buildable source for multiple upcoming ASP.NET releases...
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