Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Getting started with Ruby on Rails and Pow for .Net developers

I recently purchased a MacBook Air, and I wanted to know how easy it is to setup Ruby on Rails and Pow for running the site. Watching the screencast for Pow it looks easy to do. However, getting started on a new platform can be difficult; not knowing commands and where stuff is can be a pain, especially coming from a .Net and Windows world. Even though the Internet is available for finding information it can still be a challenge. As is always the case nothing is as easy as it first seems. The following is what I had to do to get the sample working. This was all done on a clean install of OS X Lion.

Friday, 24 February 2012

Dapper Going Further

In my last post I demonstrated how to use Dapper and showed how to perform basic CRUD operations. Although quicker than using an ORM such as Entity Framework or NHibernate, basic operations need more code along with a deeper understanding of SQL. Luckily there are a number of extensions to Dapper that make our life easier. In this post I’m going to briefly outline what is available and show how one is implemented.

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Dapper: An Introduction

In my last post I argued the case for using a micro ORM. In this post I will introduce Dapper, show you how to set it up and how to do basic CRUD operations.

Friday, 17 February 2012

Are Micro ORM’s Ready For Every Day Use?

There is a growing trend in the use of Micro ORM’s such as Dapper, Massive and PetaPOCO, but how easy are they to use in everyday life compared to the “fuller” ORM’s such as Entity Framework and NHibernate? These micro ORM’s have been gaining a lot of attention over the last twelve months; there are a number of large websites that use these so are they ready for everyday use by the average coder? What are the advantages over the “fuller” ORM? So lets delve into the world of micro ORM’s.

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Choosing a Blogging Engine

When starting a blog the first thing you need is a blogging engine. If anyone has ever started a blog or looked at starting then they know there’s 101 different blogging engines out there. So how do we go about finding the blogging engine that is right for you?

Welcome to my Blog

Let me introduce myself. I’m primarily a .NET developer with 6+ years of experience with my main interest being in the web world of ASP.NET MVC, HTML 5, JavaScript and CSS. I also generally have an opinion with any new technology that comes along.