• Structured JavaScript within ASP.NET MVC

    First off, run (don’t walk) and go and register for next week’s ADNUG talk.

    Done that?

    Great, I’ll see next Wednesday evening!

    What? You need more convincing? Ok..

    I’ve worked with Ben Laan for a number of years now and I’d have to say he’s probably one of THE best developers I know around the place. He seriously knows his stuff, and is just as comfortable optimising a SQL query on the back-end as he is tweaking CSS layout in the frond-end UI. So I was really pleased when he agreed to come and speak at next week’s Adelaide .NET User Group (ADNUG).

    To quote from the presentation summary:

    Modern web development calls for more JavaScript than ever before. Loose, unorganised script files are no longer acceptable – or sometimes manageable. It is important to ensure those scripts are logically organised, structured, and testable, to ensure code quality.

    This presentation will review techniques for organising code to meet these goals within an ASP.NET MVC context using RequireJs – a system for dependency management and Qunit – a unit test framework build by the JQuery team.

    Ben’s been living and breathing this stuff recently, so I know it’s going to be a really good evening. Even if you don’t do .NET I think you’ll pick up a lot of tips on the writing better JavaScript.

    So now I’ve convinced you, go and register and I’ll see you at there Smile

    ADNUG meets monthly on the second Wednesday of the month, at Marcellina Adelaide (273 Hindley St, Adelaide). Pizza from 6pm followed by presentation(s), finishing around 7.30pm

  • An inspiring afternoon

    This afternoon I attended a funeral. The church was packed with friends and family, I have to say it was one of the best celebrations of someone’s life that I’ve been privileged to attend.

    Yes, there was sadness and grief, but overwhelmingly a sense of joy of a life well lived - a passionate husband, father, and faithful man of God.

    In his late 50’s, John was not an old man when he passed away last week, but the impact his life and love for others will continue to be felt for years to come.

  • Adelaide Windows User Group - PowerShell 301

    Some more PowerShell from me, this time at this week’s meeting of the Adelaide Windows User Group:

    If you’re not automating repetitive tasks with PowerShell, you’re probably doing it wrong! In this presentation, after a quick language recap, we’ll look at a number of best practices that will make your scripts even better. We’ll look at tips for reliability, ease of use and making your scripts work just like the built-in cmdlets. To top things off, we’ll also give a brief overview of PowerShell 4.0’s new Desired State Configuration feature.

    Yes, it’s similar to the talk I did at the .NET Group last month, but instead of covering hosting PowerShell in your own app, we’ll spend a bit more time looking at DSC.

    The group meets this Tuesday August 5th 2014 12-1pm at Microsoft Adelaide, Level 12, Aurora Building, 147 Pirie Street, Adelaide.

    RSVP to Pete at [email protected] if you plan on coming. It would be great to see you there!