Get In The Box (Container)

Last week I continued my journey exploring gRPC by creating a simple example. Today, I am going to take that project one step further by adding Docker support to the server. Most people agree that containerization is the way to go. So in order to go with the times, gRPC will have to behave in... Continue Reading →

Windows 8 is Coming….Should I Care?

Recently I have been using the Developer Preview of Windows 8.  Back in September Microsoft announced how developers can build the next generation Windows applications. So Microsoft is trying to revamp its tablet industry while moving their operating system forward. They are developing an operating system that is attempting  unify their operating system across platforms... Continue Reading →

Code Once Use Twice….or More

If you have programed against any of Microsoft’s Xaml based user interface frameworks then you might have heard about the MVVM (Model-View-ViewModel) pattern.  One of the benefits of this pattern is the separation of the view  from the view model.  All of the logic lives in the view model which is then bound to the... Continue Reading →

Isolating OData Calls in Silverlight.

As Software Engineers we strive to build elegant solutions.  We tend to layer our architecture so that our code is modular so that our code is testable and maintainable.  With Silverlight this poses some particular challenges specifically when dealing with external services.  All external calls from with Silverlight are asynchronous in order to prevent developers... Continue Reading →

“Update on the 5’s”

Microsoft’s MIX11conference is next week in Las Vegas. This is Microsoft’s conference dedicated to UX.  It has been at this conference where the various versions of Silverlight have be announce/released.  It was at this, last year, that they announced the Windows Phone 7 SDK. Prior to this year’s conference a message from Microsoft Developer Division... Continue Reading →

Why Repositories Matter!

I recently read a blog titled “Architecting in the pit of doom: The evils of the repository abstraction layer”. In it Ayende makes some pretty compelling points as to why you should not use repositories.  In his example he is stating that NHibernate’s ISession and Entity Framework’s Context objects are repositories.  He also states that... Continue Reading →

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