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The Morning Brew #1112

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Software Nuget 1.8 - The NuGet Team announce the release of NuGet 1.8. This release brings significant performance improvements, making package installation and restore much quicker. Also added is support for satellite packages for localized resources, Package restore consent, along with bugfixes. NServiceBus 3.2 Released - Udi Dahan highlights the NServiceBus 3.2 release, giving an [...]

SQL Data Decimation by Date Range and Nth Record

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So you have a large SQL dataset? Say 1,000,000+ records? Need to convey simple trends in data over vast historical periods on-demand? Sounds like a great candidate for data decimation (aka Down Sampling). In some recent Silverlight development, this very issue was raised and solved using examples provided in this post. The visualization project in question required that users be able to visualize trends in statistics data over significant historical periods (5+ years, 200+ points a day), support user selectable date ranges, and refresh UI visualization controls within an application mandated 3-5 second response window. Decimation proved to be both
valueable in meeting project spec and allowed users to target specific ranges based on trends for further investigation (drill down) that are generally not available using Skip() & Take() methods. For this post, we'll generate 1,000,000+ records of sample data and walk through the steps of creating a simple data decimation solution that accepts custom date range information and evenly displays decimated data for the requested date range. The T-SQL syntax can easily be ported into Stored Procedures, Views and more. Time for data generation! Creating The Sample Data Set For the purpose of this post, we'll add the following table schema to...(Read whole news on source site)

Mindscape video: Sh*t Developers DON’T Say

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That’s right, the Mindscape staff have indeed ventured into the realm of acting and film making. But don’t worry, we haven’t quit our day jobs! Somebody has to keep up that legendary support that you all love right? Over the last few weeks though (in between working on new releases) we put together a bit [...]

Maker Geek Roundup 012 for 5/23/2012

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The Maker Geek Roundup aggregates information of interest to makers everywhere. Topics include .NET Micro Framework, Arduino, AVR and other MCUs, CNC, 3d Printing, Robotics, Microsoft Robotics Studio, Electronics, General Maker stuff, and more. If you have something interesting you've done or have run across, or you blog regularly on the topics included here, please send me the URL and brief description via the contact link. 3d Printing, Laser Cutting, and CAD/CAM/CNC Launch of UP! mini 3d printer (PP3P) MiiCraft™ Features (MiiCraft 3d Printer) Check out that resolution High Performance Universal Reprap Nozzle Hot End (CNC Snap) Protoform Vacuum Forming Machine (Volpin Props) (Not really CNC, but a
machine to make things) More Pictures And Video From Maker Faire MakerBot (MakerBot Industries) Questions from Maker Faire: What can you MakerBot? MakerBot (MakerBot Industries) 3D printed battleshots game (Ponoko & Thingiverse) Students Make a CNC Router Table - First time Cutting (Maker Masters) Students Make a CNC Router Table (Maker Masters) .NET Gadgeteer and Netduino GO New Contributions from the Mountaineer Group (Colin Miller, NETMF) New .NET Gadgeteer board from the Mountaineer Group (Colin Miller, NETMF) Open source module for Netduino GO (Bitsconnect) Constructing a Bluetooth controlled Robot (Integral Design) .NET Gadgeteer Bluetooth to Control Relay Circuits (Integral Design) Other .NET Micro Framework General (Netduino Classic, GHI FEZ, etc.)

The brain therapy of making things: Synthesizer Kits

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I like to make things. Scott and I talked about it on a recent podcast. When I was much younger, I used to build model kits (airplanes, tanks, etc.). Later, when living on my own, I built a lot of LEGO kits as well as model railroad stuff. I've played with CNC, and have plans for a 3d printer. Building physical items lets your mind exercise something slightly different from what you use when you code. The added benefit of having an actual device in-hand at the end is huge. One thing I really like these days is building electronic kits. I don't like any old electronic
kit: the commercial LED blinkers and amps don't hold my interest for long. However, synthesizer kits really do. I've built a number of small synthesizer kits over the past year or two, and thought I might mention them here. There are lots of "building block" PCBs you can get out there, but I'm going to focus this post just on kits that I think anyone who can solder can build. Let's start with fun little tabletop synthesizers. Tabletop Synthesizer Kits I've found I prefer rackmount kits because they take up less desk space, but most DIY synthesizers are of the tabletop variety. Tabletop kits are more accessible to most folks, and...(Read whole news on source site)

Fog Released

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A new release of Fog is now available. The primary enhancement included in this release is support for Windows Azure Caching. Several bug fixes have also been included. The caching functions are available in the Fog.Caching module. You can use them with code such as the following: [] type TestRecord = { [] mutable Id [...]

Client-Side Logging in Silverlight

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Many of us have implemented logging in our ASP.NET, Windows Forms and WPF applications, so why shouldn’t you do the same in your Silverlight applications? Well, you should. In this blog post I will show you one approach on how you might perform this logging. The class I will use is called PDSALoggingManager. This class has a method named Log() you use to publish data into a log file in your Silverlight application. A method named LogException() is also available for logging information about any exceptions that happen on the client-side of your Silverlight application. Let’s take a look at
the usage of the PDSALoggingManager class. Logging Data The simplest way to log information using the PDSALoggingManager class is to call the Log() method with some string data as shown  below: PDSALoggingManager.Instance.Log("Some data to log"); This will add the string passed to the Log() method to an internal StringBuilder object that contains the log information followed by a NewLine character. The Log() method also writes the string to a file located in isolated storage. What is written for each piece of data passed to the Log() method is shown here: 'Informational' log entry written on 5/22/2012 5:51:48 AM, from class: 'SL_Log.MainPage'
   Some Data To Log If...(Read whole news on source site)

Continuous Value Delivery with Visual Studio 11 ALM

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In the next couple of posts, I’m going to dive into some of my favorite ALM features coming in Visual Studio 11. In this post, I’d like to first provide some framing on the larger context for the release, so you can see how these features fit in. At each stage of the application lifecycle, it’s important to ensure that you’re accruing value to the customer. Any overhead or waste in the system detracts from this goal. By using the right development tools, you can create transparency between team members, reduce delivery cycle times, and accelerate the flow. With Visual Studio
11, we’re taking our Application Lifecycle Management solution to the next level by enabling stronger collaboration between functional teams and helping reduce waste at each stage of the product delivery. Let’s see what this means for each of the three stages below. Define The project starts with defining the requirements. But communicating requirements from the customer to the engineering team is not always easy. How many times have you built exactly what was asked for, but not what was wanted? Your software has to connect all members of the project, using tools that they’re comfortable with. PowerPoint storyboarding is a...(Read whole news on source site)