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Puppet–Managing Permissions on Windows with Access Control Lists

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Originally published at, reposted with permission and with adjustments. I wrote the original post and am also the author of the ACL module. While there is a simple interface for setting permissions on Windows, managing and maintaining permissions has … Continue reading →

Lesser-Known NHibernate Features: Serializable Values

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If you want to store anything in a property of an entity, you can declare it as Object or dynamic; as long as you set it to a value of a serializable type, as supported by BinaryFormatter, you’re good! You can even change the value afterwards to a different type, and it will be saved.You map it like this, in mapping by code:
text; direction: ltr; max-height: 200px; background-color: rgb(244, 244, 244);"> 1: ca.Property(x => x.Payload, x => 2: {

Using Mocks to test Xamarin

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Many of us believe that Unit Testing is critical in any non-trivial programming.  But Unit Testing can be difficult, especially the use of fakes.  The most common fake is a Mock; unfortunately they are also the most confusing. There are a number … Continue reading → For the complete article and hyperlinks, please visit my blog at

Easily format strings – String interpolation in C# 6.0

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Formatting the string values are very common during development. We generally use String.Format() method, that replaces each format item in a specified string with the text equivalent values from the objects. While this is a common, sometimes this is confusing and produce error. Because, we need to specific the place holder for each item and […]

Working with Non-Compliant OWIN Middleware

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Microsoft.Owin, a.k.a. Katana, provides a number of very useful abstractions for working with OWIN. These types are optional but greatly ease the construction of applications and middleware, especially security middleware. The Katana team did a great job of ensuring their implementations work well with Microsoft.Owin as well as the standard OWIN MidFunc described below. However, […]

Visual Studio Toolbox: Connected Services

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In this episode, I am joined by Steve Lasker and Merwan Hade, who show us how Visual Studio 2015 makes it much easier to connect to cloud services. The new Connected Services dialog hides much of the complexity involved in connecting to services, blending together Getting Started guidance, with a wizard-based approach for finding relevant services, getting the right connection libraries, and configuring the services. Steve and Merwan show connecting to a Salesforce service and talk about other service providers you can expect to be added. Resources Steve (@SteveLasker) and Merwan (@merwanhade) on Twitter Connecting to Cloud Services on VS team blog Connected Services documentation

New Nuget Package for Neo4j Users - Neo4jClient.Extension

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Originally posted on: defacto standard for .net users of Neo4j is the Neo4jClient nuget package, if you don’t have that, you’re basically rolling your own connection code, in some cases you might need to, but most of the time, the client will work well. Today I was adding Neo4jClient to a new project, and searched via the Nuget package UI and up popped Neo4jClient.Extension, so, I went to the github repo, read the .md file and thought - I’ll download that bad boy and give it a go. The general gist is to
be able to pass things like your actual entities to the client without needing to write the Cypher, thereby adding even more type safety to your code, so instead of: Client.Cypher.Merge(string.Format("(n:Label {{item}}.Id = {0})", entity.Id)); You can now just put in: Client.Cypher.MergeEntity(entity); Which certainly prevents typos. I’ll describe a bit more about it below, but the TL:DR of it is, whilst it’s in it’s early stages, it’s worth looking at for a .net developer, in particular with a new project. There are some issues to be aware of (see the bottom of the post) but all in all I look forward...(Read whole news on source site)

Speaking at SDC 2014

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Next week I have honor to speak at Software Development Conference 2014. It is held on 01-02.12 at Arnhem, Netherlands. I have sessions on both days – in total four sessions - and here is the short overview of these. It’s all mostly about ASP.NET, ASP.NET vNext, and cloud but there’s also something about legacy code. I hope you will join me! The post Speaking at SDC 2014 appeared first on Gunnar Peipman - Programming Blog.