Thursday, February 26, 2009

Recording of Sebastien Lambla @ E-VAN 25 February 2009

Great demo on REST and the OpenRasta framework by Sebastien Lambla last night. If you missed it, you can now watch the recording.

Sebastien Lambla on REST and OpenRasta @ E-VAN 25 Feb 2009

Details of the next E-VAN meeting will be posted soon.


Monday, February 23, 2009

Book review: LINQ in Action

Book Yesterday I stopped reading LINQ in Action after I read just the first two parts about LINQ to Objects and the last part about building your own LINQ provider. Although we're only talking about 200 pages here, it did take me while to get through. Not because we're dealing with rocket science here, but because I got bored fairly quickly I guess. Maybe its because LINQ is a topic that doesn't interest me that much. Sure, I make use of LINQ expressions in my code and it does provide me with some clean syntax from time to time. But for some reason I can't explain, I'm not that interested in LINQ so that I want to know everything there is to know it.

Why did I buy the book in the first place then? Well, I bought this book a long time ago because, like most books I buy, I read a lot of good things about it and I needed to get up to speed with this LINQ thing at the time. I kept putting it off until I read C# in Dept last year, which does a much better job at explaining the new language features of C# 3.0 including LINQ. At least, that's my opinion.

As I already mentioned, the first two parts deals with LINQ to Objects. The third part talks about LINQ to SQL, which we all know by now, is as dead as a doornail. Part four handles LINQ to XML, which is probably useful but because I try to avoid XML as much as I can, is not something I consider interesting. Lastly part five is the best part of the book and somewhat recommended to learn about the inner workings of LINQ.

Yo may be surprised to read that I don't like this book while so many people found it useful and learned from it. Well, gladly we're not all alike. In the end, I think its a matter of style and interest. I wouldn't recommend LINQ in Action as I would recommend C# in Dept.

Till, next time

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Next European VAN on 25 February 2009

This time, Sebastien Lambla will enlighten us with a talk about REST and the OpenRasta framework. Again, every geek on this planet is free to attend. Here are the details:

Start Time: Wednesday, Feb 25, 2009 07:00 PM GMT

End Time: Wednesday, Feb 25, 2009 09:00 PM GMT

Attendee URL: (Live Meeting)

Colin and myself agreed to do an open discussion soon to see how this goes. If it turns out well, we're going to schedule these once every 2 weeks or so.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Recording of the First European VAN

Greg Young did a great job during the first European VAN, talking about Domain-Driven Design and messaging. If you missed it, you can now watch the recording.

Greg Young on DDD @ E-VAN 09 Feb 2009

Colin and myself will be posting the details for the next  E-VAN meeting soon.

Monday, February 02, 2009

European Virtual ALT.NET Meeting Rescheduled

Due to some technical difficulties, we were forced to reschedule the first European VAN meeting. It seems that using Office Live Meeting on a Mac is not a great combination. I guess we don't have beginners luck :-).

For our next try, Greg Young is still kind enough to share his wisdom on Domain-Driven Design with us mere mortals. Everyone is still welcome, no matter which continent you are residing.

Here are the details for next week:

Start Time: Monday, Feb 09, 2009 7:00 PM GMT

End Time: Monday, Feb 09, 2009 09:00 PM GMT

Attendee URL: (Live Meeting)

If this one still doesn't work out, then at least we have a backup plan.

Hope the hear you soon,

Jan, the miscarried