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Introducing Coveralls.net

So I’ve built an (almost MVP) code coverage publisher for coveralls.io from C# code, using opencover coverage results. Checkout the github repo and nuget packages if you want to use it. I’m even dogfooding it on appveyor as part of my psake build tasks. So how do you use it? Well luckily I used docopts.net …

Semantics vs implementation detail

When we write out classes and variables, we are pretty good at naming them for what they represent. What I mean by this, is that when we declare a customer first name variable, we don’t call it firstNameString, or cfnString, and we have also lost the bad habit of firstNameStr or strFirstName. The implementation …

Thoughts on Testing

I’ve gone through the regular evolution when it comes to writing tests. At first there was no time, didnt bother. This was mostly down to the fact I was building demo apps and samples that got less use than it took to build them, working with senior devs who had made their name making said apps. The next stage is …

Git Housekeeping

Those who are using Git but still new to the concept will no doubt have realised that files are treated differently to normal source control tools, and that they transition between different known states, according to git. I am going to try and explain these states, and give commands on how to transition between them. …

Travis-ci, C# and PCL

As any good library should do, I’m building my BCLExtensions project(extensions for the .net base class library) using PCL (Portable class library, Profile328 to be exact). It works great on my AppVeyor CI builds, which is a great .Net windows build server. I recently discovered Travis-CI has added beta C# …

Hey, I found this thing called Coveralls.io

In my pursuit to find a build task runner for my code coverage I stumbled on this whole other side of the internet I didn’t know about (from a .Net developer’s perspective). I’ve been using AppVeyor.com for my open-source CI build, which is a great option for anyone with a project on the Microsoft …

Gulp vs .net

I wanted to add continuous code coverage to my little extension library project, and so realised i would need to run one of nCover, dotCover or openCover from the command line on my build server. This calls for a task based build automation library! Because I’m started to learn more about this nodejs thing as a …

Mockups and Sketches - Overview

This is part of a wireframing series Overview First Draft Balsamiq Blend with Sketchflow This is a companion post to my talk at welliDotNet, Wellington’s .Net User Group on Wednesday 4th April 2012. The slides can be downloaded here. I want to give you a brief introduction to creating designs and mockups for …

Hosts entries and windows services

This is regarding an issue where the hosts file is being ignored when running a service as local system. Skip to the bottom for the solution or read on if you care what lead to the need for this in the first place. The Problem Recently I had an issue with my machine and hosts file being ignored. I was using a Windows …

7 Lessons from Building a WP7 Game in 7 days

This is a companion post for my talk at Wellington’s SLAMD user group on 6 July 2011. Recently I took part in Nigel Parker’s “Release an App for Windows Phone 7 in 7 Days for a Chance to Win a New HTC 7 Trophy Phone” competition, with the intent of winning a Windows Phone 7 device. Although I …

Bing Maps Control Series - 2: Add a simple map to your application

This is part 2 of a series on using the Silverlight Bing Maps Control. If haven’t already, check out part 1. So Now that you have installed the Bing Maps Silverlight Control, and got yourself a key, you need to add the control to your project. For completeness, lets start by creating a new Silverlight 4 …

Bing Maps Control Series - 1: Downloading and Installing the Tools

Over the last month or so I have has the opportunity to develop using the Bing Maps Control for Silverlight, and thought it appropriate to share this experience as well as a bit of a ‘how to’ on using it. I plan for this to be a bit of a series based on the following items: - Downloading and Installing the …

Custom Control Validation in Silverlight

So you’ve built up your nice new fancy custom control, and some Dependency Properties for your users to bind there data to, what else could you want? How about validation? Turns out that the control base class is all ready set up for this exact scenario. There is only one step required: Create the Visual states. …

XAML and System.Windows.Markup

On Wednesday I gave a talk on xaml usage outside of the UI. This post is basically a recap of that talk. There are three useful attributes in the System.Windows.Markup namespace that give you some control over how classes can be used in Xaml, and xaml tools like Expression Blend and Visual Studio. This has an impact …

Dialogs From Outside the UI

If you are getting the “Dialogs must be user-initiated.” error in Visual Studio, you are probably calling an OpenFileDialog or SaveFileDialog from the wrong place. The most common ‘wrong place’ seems to actually be the debugger. If are stepping through your code and try to step over a …

WPF VS Silverlight 1: Data Template Selector

Here is my first post on what I will try and turn into a series of WPF/Silverlight differences and how to get around them. First I will begin by talking about DataTemplateSelector. I suppose before I talk about the DataTemplateSelector class, I should mention a little bit about what a Template is. Unless you are new to …

Where can I find Silverlight?

I had someone ask me the other day where he could go to see silverlight in action, what sites are using silverlight, so I did a bit of searching, and found that it’s not that easy to find really. So here is my attempt to create such a list. Feel free to add anything I miss by posting comments. Bing maps I …

Microsoft Releases Application Bar Icons for Windows Phone 7

Check out the icons for developers, For Windows Phone 7, lookin pretty sharp.

Bing Presents: Twitter Maps

Now I’m not personally a tweeter, but since this was written in silverlight and posted on The Silverlight Team Blog, I thought it was worth checking out. Personally, I think it looks cool, and is a great use of GPS. I did notice that my location is full of FourSquare tweets from workmates, which is pretty neat. …

Action Hero Style Software Development

I just read a really awesome post about software development using the analogy of Chuck Norris and Steven Seagal. Definately worth a read and brings forward some good points about software development. Check it out. http://www.intergen.co.nz/blog/chris-klug/dates/2010/3/software-development-action-hero-style/