My Impressions from Build 2015

07/05/2015

Last week I attended Microsoft's Build conference at San-Francisco along with my colleagues. Build is Microsoft's prime developer conference, and as such it is packed with technical content relating to software development on top of Microsoft's various platforms - from Band, to Xbox, to PC to Azure. In this post I'll try to summarize my key observations and feelings following my attendance. The New Microsoft This started already at the previous Build last year. Following Steven Sinofsky's departure and the appointment of Satya Nadella as CEO, Microsoft has started being a more open company oriented towards its consumers and developers. One of...

Upcoming Event: IoT & Cloud

19/03/2015

The area of IoT (Internet of Things) gets all the hype these days. Thousands and even millions of devices sensing the environment and sending continuous information to your system, utilizing Big Data and Machine Learning technologies is no easy task to achieve, but it's not the future - it's already here! This upcoming Monday CodeValue is delivering a CVcon conference on IoT & Cloud. Come join my colleagues and myself, as we explain and deep dive into this interesting and challenging area. Hear what IoT is all about, how Microsoft Azure can help in the process and how it all fits together. Join...

DevOps in the Cloud: Slide Deck

20/01/2014

I’d like to thank all those who attended last week’s sessions at CodeValue’s open-day “From ALM to DevOps”. I had a good time delivering my session, and I hope you enjoyed it and all other sessions as well. The slide deck from my session is available to view online from SlideShare. DevOps in the Cloud from Eran Stiller If you attended the session and have an open question, feel free to ask. See you next time! The post DevOps in the Cloud: Slide Deck appeared first on Stiller on Software
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Upcoming Event: From ALM to DevOps

12/01/2014

How do companies like Microsoft, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn achieve high levels of execution which allow implementing hundreds and even thousands of lines of code every day, while maintaining a high & consistent level of performance, security and availability? How can the development and operation environments work together to create a meaningful competitive edge for the organization? In an era where time-to-market and product quality have a critical meaning, the DevOps methodology offers simple and effective ways to shorten schedules, improve the product quality and maintain a competitive edge. During the event, both me any my CodeValue colleagues will present you...
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Released: Code Contracts VS2012 Editor Extensions

24/03/2013

Code Contracts is an experimental project from Microsoft Research which provides a language-agnostic way to express coding assumptions in .NET programs, thus allowing for improved testability, static verification at compile time and automatic API documentation. If you participated in my session about Code Contracts last week, then you already know that. At my session, I said that Microsoft has not yet released the Code Contracts Editor Extensions for VS2012. Well that, my friends, has changed… Microsoft has just released the Code Contracts Editor Extensions for VS2012! This extension allows you display Code Contracts in code, Intellisense and...
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WF 4.5 and Code Contracts: Slide Decks and Code

21/03/2013

I’d like to thank all those who attended yesterday’s sessions at the Israeli .NET Developer User Group. I had a good time delivering the sessions, and I hope you enjoyed them as well. What’s New in Windows Workflow Foundation (WF) 4.5? Sample code for the session can be found here. Enhance Your Code Quality with Code Contracts Sample code for the session can be found here. If you attended the session and have an open question, feel free to ask. See you next time!...
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Upcoming Event: Code Contracts Lecture

11/03/2013

If you ever used a 3rd party API, you surely know the importance of proper documentation - Can this method return "null"? Do I have to check this return value? What are the valid values of this argument? You also probably know that the only way to discover if your assumptions are correct is to execute the code and pray that exceptions won't be flying around. There must be a better way! Enter "Code Contracts". Code Contracts is an experimental project from Microsoft Research which provides a language-agnostic way to express coding assumptions in .NET programs, thus allowing...
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Upcoming Event: WF 4.5 Lecture

05/03/2013

Windows Workflow Foundation (WF) is Microsoft's .NET implementation of a Workflow authoring and hosting environment. With WF 4.5 developers can easily author workflows using the Visual-Studio built-in WF designer, host them in multiple application environments using the provided runtime engine and even expose them as services for the outside world to consume. Oh, and it's totally free… On Wednesday, March 20th 2013, I’ll give a presentation on WF 4.5 at the Israeli .NET User Group (Microsoft Israel, Ra’anana). In this session we'll focus on the cool new features which version 4.5 brings to the table with demonstrations including...
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Accessing the AggregateException with await

31/12/2012

The await keyword is a new keyword in C# 5.0 which, in tandem with async keyword, allows us to easily author methods which execute asynchronously in regards to the calling code. In previous posts I’ve shown certain issues you should look out for when using these keyword. In this post we’ll look at another issue with the await keyword – how to access the AggregateException. await Only Throws One Exception As we saw in a previous post, await (unlike Task.Wait()) does not wrap a thrown exception in an AggregateException and instead just re-throws the exception thrown within...
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Task.Wait() vs. await

23/12/2012

The await keyword is a new keyword in C# 5.0 which, in tandem with async keyword, allows us to easily author methods which execute asynchronously in regards to the calling code. In a previous post I’ve shown a certain issue you should look out for when using the async keyword. In this post we’ll check a similar issue with the await keyword. The await Trap Let’s remember our test code from the previous post: class AsyncClass { public void Process(string s) { if (s...
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