Posts on: January 2016

Unit Testing Workflow Code Activities

/ January 25, 2016

Unit testing is a lot like going to the gym. When you first start out it’s miserable, you question why you’re putting yourself through it but over time you start seeing the results and realize you should have been doing it all along. I’ve gone through all those phases in my development career and I’veRead more

Projects to Watch: Orleans.Activities, Windows Workflow Foundation on Orleans

/ January 25, 2016

I just came across a new GitHub project, Orleans.Activities, which combines Workflow Foundation with the Microsoft Research project, Orleans (most notably used by the backing services of Halo). Orleans is based on the actor model and allows developers to build complex highly scalable applications very easily. Orleans.Activities seems like a natural fit for Orleans as the visual natureRead more

Using Windows Workflow with Web API

/ January 19, 2016

When Windows Workflow Foundation was originally conceived, WCF was the “hot” web service technology for .NET developers. However, since then, the industry and Microsoft have moved toward RESTful services like Web API. While Workflow does not have native support for Web API in the same way it does for WCF (although the Workflow dev team isRead more

Tools I like: NCrunch

/ January 18, 2016

Writing unit tests can be hard. It doesn’t help that the built in tools around unit testing haven’t improved as fast as the rest of the IDE in the last few years. Visual Studio can give coverage numbers but it doesn’t really give context which makes increasing coverage very difficult. Visual Studio and plugins likeRead more

Announcing my new developer blog

/ January 16, 2016

I love to learn about new technologies and development practices, but even more than that I love to spread that knowledge. This is why I’m launching my new developer blog “Code Coverage”! I will be posting on several different topics including: .NET tips and tricks, my insights on developer culture and my personal passion technology, WorkflowRead more

Faster feeback loop for parameterization

/ January 16, 2016

Robb Schiefer has a great post on using PowerShell to preview your MSDeploy parameterization for older projects. If you’re using Visual Studio 2013 or 2015 there’s a plugin! If you’re not using parameterization as part of you’re deployment process you’re really missing out. Faster feeback loop for parameterization