LINQ to SQL talk

Thursday, 1 February 2007

I was chatting to Rob last month and mentioned that I’d be interested in doing a talk about LINQ to SQL for the Adelaide SQL User Group.

I thought that Rob might slot me in later in the year, but no! He asked me to present at the February meeting, on Thursday 15th at 12 noon (Register here if you’d like to attend)

I’m conscious that I’m a developer by trade, and this is actually a SQL group where a fair number of attendees are more on the DBA/IT Pro side of the fence. So I’m going to try as much as possible to keep a good balance between showing “developer” code samples and also looking at what is happening on the SQL end.

I had hoped to be able to use the January CTP of Visual Studio “Orcas” to base the presentation on, but after downloading a few gigs worth of .ISO files, I discovered that the LINQ to SQL stuff is basically broken in that release.

So, I’m back to using the May 2006 CTP which installs on top of Visual Studio 2005.

I’ve read that there will be a February CTP of Orcas that should have a working version of LINQ to SQL, but I have no idea if that will be released in time for me to update the talk to take into account the changes since May last year.

Writing Quality Code "E-Book"

Wednesday, 31 January 2007

Read on Dave Glover’s blog

Writing Quality Code E-Book - a book written by some of our local developer experts about .NET development.

Windows PowerShell 1.0 for Windows Vista

Wednesday, 31 January 2007

Now that Windows Vista has been launched for the regular public, there are quite a few new updates (both for Vista itself and other applications) being made available by Microsoft.

Finally, we now have a version of PowerShell that works with Vista!

Now I can try out all the tricks that Rob demonstrated at the January SQL meeting!

Simian: Similarity Analyser v2.2.12

Wednesday, 24 January 2007

I came across Simian in a post by Owen Rogers (one of the developers of CruiseControl.NET) discussing code analysis tools.

It analyses code and looks for bits that are really similar (or the same). Sounds like it would be useful to identify duplicate code blocks, especially in larger projects.

Tour Down Under 2007

Wednesday, 24 January 2007

On Friday, I rode with my Dad (and 2,700 others!) in the Challenge Tour - a 128km ride from Stirling (in the Adelaide Hills) down to Victor Harbor. We entered the ride as part of the “Mud, Sweat and Gears” team, which are a group of cyclists from Blackwood Hills Baptist Church.

Unlike last year (> 40°C), the day was cool, and quite wet. Even though we were pretty soggy at the end of the ride, I’ve decided I much prefer to be wet than too hot.

We completed the ride in ~6 hours, which certainly wasn’t record beating, but a comfortable pace for us.

The only disappointing thing was that we missed out on riding under the finish arch by seconds, as they’d closed it off in preparation for the professional riders.