The Daily Six Pack: October 28, 2016

On 28 October, 2016 00:10:11, in Programming, by Dirk Strauss
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C# Programming Cookbook Published Recently

On 26 October, 2016 22:28:33, in Programming, by Dirk Strauss

C# Programming Cookbook

As you folks probably noticed, I haven’t been blogging regularly for the past couple of months. I was lucky enough to be working on my first book, something which I was very fortunate to have done. It was a fantastic experience and something I would recommend to anyone thinking about publishing a book. It is available at Amazon as well as on the Packt website. Just be aware, the selection on Packt’s website on the order form defaults to the eBook. So if you want the print book, be sure to select the correct option.

The book focuses on C# 6.0 and some of the cool new features available to developers. It also takes a look at Code Contracts, Microservices, Asynchronous Programming, Reactive Extensions, Azure, effective debugging and source control solutions. it obviously wouldn’t be complete without a chapter on Object Oriented Programming and Classes and Generics. I also threw in a chapter on Regular Expressions for the fun of it. Lastly I decided to include a chapter on Mobile Development with the focus being on setting up and using Xamarin. If you’re new to programming C#, then check the book out. I tried to write it to ease those new to C# into more advanced topics.

I hope that the book will be of value to many aspiring and seasoned developers in the developer community. Here is the table of contents:

Table of Contents

  1. New Features in C# 6.0
  2. Classes and Generics
  3. Object-Oriented Programming in C#
  4. Composing Event-Based Programs Using Reactive Extensions
  5. Create Microservices on Azure Service Fabric
  6. Making Apps Responsive with Asynchronous Programming
  7. High Performance Programming Using Parallel and Multithreading in C#
  8. Code Contracts
  9. Regular Expressions
  10. Choosing and Using a Source Control Strategy
  11. Creating a Mobile Application in Visual Studio
  12. Writing Secure Code and Debugging in Visual Studio
  13. Creating a Web Application in Azure

Code Contracts Succinctly

On 10 April, 2016 21:02:28, in Programming, by Dirk Strauss

Code Contracts Succinctly

It has been a while since I have blogged here, and not without good reason. I have been busy writing and have recently released C# Code Contracts Succinctly which can be downloaded for free from Syncfusion’s website. Code Contracts, love them or hate them… I think they’re pretty cool.

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C# REPL – Introducing C# Interactive

On 18 January, 2016 00:07:10, in Programming, by Dirk Strauss

C# REPL – With the Visual Studio 2015 Update 1, a C# REPL was snuck in tucked away under View, Other Windows, C# Interactive. So what is a REPL? Well it is a language shell (C# Interactive shell or C# shell) that allows a developer to input expressions which it will evaluate and return a result. Mads Torgersen also mentioned the C# REPL in a talk he did at DDD Brisbane 2015.

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Sad Facebook Reality For Many People

On 19 October, 2015 00:11:16, in Technology, by Dirk Strauss
How Facebook Influences People

Sad Facebook is sad and it wants you to be happy…. well perhaps not, but it sounded cool saying that. I have come across very few people that don’t use Facebook. Some might not have their own account, but they invariably use their spouse’s Facebook account. Then you get the John and Jane Smith accounts. You know, those husband and wife accounts one seems to find more often these days. A very cool video uploaded by Higton Bros illustrates exactly what I believe many experience in some small way or another.

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Visual Studio Solution Explorer Tips

On 15 October, 2015 22:38:12, in Programming, by Dirk Strauss
Visual Studio Solution Explorer Tips

The Visual Studio Solution Explorer is the one part of the IDE that I’m betting most developers use so often, it tends to melt away in the background of ‘doing one’s job’. But yet, there it is, an indispensable tool of sheer brilliance waiting to be discovered. There is much more to the Visual Studio Solution Explorer than meets the eye. Let’s take a closer look.

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Being Almost Blind

On 14 October, 2015 23:02:10, in Technology, by Dirk Strauss

Being Almost Blind – Some of you might have noticed that the updates to this blog have been a little sparse the past two weeks. There is however a good explanation for this. On Friday, October 2nd I woke up and noticed that I could no longer see properly. I saw everything around me, but when I looked directly at something (especially on a computer screen), all I saw was a white mist. The reality of my situation quickly began to sink in.

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CloudBerry Backup Desktop Edition by CloudBerry Lab

On 24 September, 2015 16:57:04, in Technology, by Dirk Strauss
CloudBerry Backup

There is one thing in this world that many people fail to do. That is maintain regular backups of important files and documents. I often wonder why this is? I have come to the conclusion that many people don’t do it because it is a hassle. We often don’t have the time to make regular backups or we get so entrenched in everyday life, that making backups is the last thing on our mind. CloudBerry Backup definitely has a solution for you.

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