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Firefox extensions

Tuesday, November 20, 2007 by Thomas L

More or less as a note to self, here are the extensions I use.

Openbook: customize the Add bookmarks dialog https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/42

Adblock plus: Ads were yesterday! https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/1865

Adblock Filterset.G Updater: So that I won't need to manually block ads https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/1136

Foxmarks bookmarks synchronizer: have the same bookmarks file on all computers https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/2410

Mouse gestures: Can't live without it since I tried it on Opera ages ago https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/39

Firebug: Debug javascript, css etc from Firefox https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/1843

Any more recommendations?

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Just back from Øredev

Wednesday, November 14, 2007 by Thomas L

The last two days I've been at Øredev, a developers' conference here in Malmö. I've been to some really great presentations and obviously some not-so-great. Some thoughts of the conference:

  • Andy Hunt is a really good presenter; I saw him at the first keynote and then at his two lectures on learning and I definitely got interested
  • Guerrilla SOA seems like a pragmatic way on which to roll out a SOA in your company
  • Too bad I missed the talks given by Udi Dahan; I like the ideas he writes about in his blog (message orientation, async services etc)
  • According to Matt Gibbs, the ASP.NET MVC Framework are soon CTP-ing. YAY!
  • I really need a second monitor. Does anyone know if vmware fusion supports multiple monitors?
  • Oh, and I really need to learn how to implement a LINQ provider.
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Removing .svn folders

by Thomas L

A quick link on how to remove all those .svn folders that you need to remove whenever you are mailing anything from a subversion repository to another person:

http://weblogs.asp.net/jgalloway/archive/2007/02/24/shell-command-remove-svn-folders.aspx

Thanks, Jon!

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Windows Live Writer 1.0

Thursday, November 8, 2007 by Thomas L

MS recently released Windows Live Writer 1.0 (i.e. it's not in beta anymore). I've used the beta for a while now, and like it quite a bit. The nicely formatted code on this blog is made by a plug-in to WLW, although I can't remember the name right now. Get 1.0 at http://get.live.com/writer/overview.

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RSN!

Wednesday, November 7, 2007 by Thomas L

Visual Studio 2008 is out really soon now (before end of november):

http://blogs.msdn.com/somasegar/archive/2007/11/05/teched-developer-in-europe.aspx

Some quick links about what's new in VS 2008 / .NET Framework 3.5:

http://www.danielmoth.com/Blog/2007/11/top-10-things-to-know-about-visual.html

Nice!

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Saturday links

Saturday, November 3, 2007 by Thomas L

Some nice links I've stumbled over the last week.

Johan Lindfors, dev evangelist at the Swedish Microsoft office, posts 4 videos about using LINQ (in Swedish, and note that the videos are silverlight!)

http://blogs.msdn.com/johanl/archive/2007/10/29/linq-video-1-av-3.aspx

http://blogs.msdn.com/johanl/archive/2007/10/29/linq-video-1-av-3.aspx

http://blogs.msdn.com/johanl/archive/2007/10/29/linq-to-sql-video-3-av-3.aspx

http://blogs.msdn.com/johanl/archive/2007/10/29/linq-to-sql-video-4-av-3.aspx

Jeffrey Palermo, part of the www.codebetter.com blog collection, has written an article about the up-and-coming ASP.NET MVC framework

http://www.code-magazine.com/Article.aspx?quickid=070173

An InfoQ interview about Domain specific languages (in Ruby) and letting the subject matter expert writing the actual code

http://www.infoq.com/interviews/jay-fields-zak-tamsen-on-dsls

Jeff Sutherland writes about time tracking, code quality and why not more hours automatically implies better software

http://jeffsutherland.com/2007/10/why-time-sheets-are-lame.html

Jeremy Miller asks "how are you building winforms apps"...

http://codebetter.com/blogs/jeremy.miller/archive/2007/10/23/how-are-you-building-winforms-applications-what-s-hard-about-it.aspx

...a quite interesting discussions starts and the results are summed up in

http://codebetter.com/blogs/jeremy.miller/archive/2007/10/30/how-you-re-writing-winforms-apps-the-results.aspx

All-in-all it seems that quite a lot of people try to use MVP-like patterns; I really like that!

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