# Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Telerik and e-Zest will be sponsoring two Agile seminars on January 18th at the MCCIA in Pune, India. Hope to see you there!

Seminars on
Agile Development and Testing
Tuesday January 18th 2011 @ MCCIA, Pune

e-Zest logo CMMI 


The Agile methodology has been adopted at many organizations. Unfortunately, many still struggle with the various methodologies (XP, Scrum, Kanban, etc) and can’t settle on just one. While some organizations do have successes is implementing Agile with the development team, they tend to forget other vital parts of the process, mainly testing. We will present two separate seminars, one on how to choose which agile methodology (or how to mix and match several pieces) to implement in your organization and how to do it. The second seminar dives into the value of Agile testing, how to use automated Agile testing tools, and how your organization will benefit from Agile testing.

Morning Seminar: The Agile Buffet Table: Implementing your own Agile process

New to Agile? Having challenges implementing an agile process in your organization? Have you been using Scrum, but need to bend the rules to make it work in your organization? Can’t get the business to “buy-in”? Come and learn about implementing an agile process in your organization. You'll look at the “buffet table” of agile processes and procedures and learn how to properly decide “what to eat.” We’ll start by defining XP, Scrum, Kanban and some other popular methodologies and then learn how to mix and match each process for various scenarios, including the enterprise, ISVs, consulting, and remote teams. Then take a look at agile tools and how they will aid in implementing your development process. You’ll see how Microsoft Team Foundation Server 2010 provides process templates for Agile that facilitate better planning and metrics. Lastly, we will talk about how to “sell” agile to your business partners and customers. The speakers have a very interactive style so participation is encouraged and there will be plenty of time for Q&A.

Afternoon Seminar: Agile Testing

As more product teams move to Agile methodologies, the need for automated testing becomes essential to generate the velocity needed to ship fully tested features in short iterations. In this session we will look at the differences between traditional testing and agile testing, explore some tools and strategies that can help make your automation more productive as well as how to get the automation effort started for both new and existing agile projects.

Seminar Coverage

Time Slot

Developer Event Registration


Speaker Introduction


Agile Development Event




Agile Testing Event Registration


Speaker Introduction


Agile Testing Event


Conclusion of Program



Agile Buffet Table: Developers and development managers, especially those using the Microsoft .NET platform.

Agile testing: any agile team member (dev or tester) that is interested in learning how to make their testing efforts more efficient as well as produce more automated tests at the end of each sprint.

Stephen Forte

Stephen Forte is the Chief Strategy Officer of Telerik, a leading vendor of developer and team productivity tools, automated testing and UI components. Stephen is also a certified scrum master. Involved in several startups, prior he was the co-founder of Triton Works, which was acquired by UBM in 2010 (London: UBM.L), and was the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and co-founder of Corzen, Inc., which was acquired by Wanted Technologies (TXV: WAN) in 2007. Stephen also speaks regularly at industry conferences around the world. He has written several books on application and database development including Programming SQL Server 2008 (MS Press). Prior to Corzen, Stephen served as the CTO of Zagat Survey in New York City and also was co-founder of the New York based software consulting firm The Aurora Development Group. He currently is a Microsoft MVP award recipient, INETA speaker and is the co-moderator and founder of the NYC .NET Developer User Group. Stephen has an MBA from the City University of New York.

Christopher Eyhorn

Christopher Eyhorn is the Executive VP of Telerik’s automated testing tools division where he is building the next generation of automated testing tools.  Formally co-founder and CEO of ArtOfTest, he has written automation frameworks and functional testing tools and has worked in a variety roles ranging from developer to CEO within the company.  Christopher has worked with a variety of companies ranging in size and industry.  He is a licensed pilot that loves to fly every chance he gets and truly appreciates the importance of hardware and software testing every time he takes off.

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# Monday, December 13, 2010

Last week I spoke at the first ever Professional Developer’s Summit in Bucharest, Romania. I delivered a keynote titled: “Agile Development for three screens and the cloud.” The summary of the session is that you can use Agile development methodologies to aid your transition to developing on multiple platforms. I went over:

  • What Agile is, the Agile Manifesto
  • Scrum 101
    • Why I wear a Rugby Jersey when I speak about Scrum
  • Agile Estimation
  • The Cone of Uncertainty
    • A drinking game around the cone of uncertainty
  • Developing with remote teams
  • That Rugby has a position named after the US English slang for a prostitute: hooker
  • Agile uses at Telerik
  • How my friends use Wikipedia against me Winking smile

Slides are here:

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# Wednesday, December 8, 2010

If you are creating OData or WCF services in your application and have been using the Telerik Data Services Wizard, things just got a whole lot easier. As I have shown before, you can go from File|New to a new CRUD application in 30 seconds using the wizard. With the Q3 release last month, Telerik gives you more control over the wizard and its output. Some of the new features are: the ability to isolate your service in its own project, the ability to select which CRUD methods gets created for each entity, and Silverlight data validation. Let’s take a look.

When you run the wizard, on its first page you now have the option, as shown here, to separate the service in its own class library. You can check the checkbox and type in a project name and the Data Services Wizard create the implementation files for the service in this new class library for you.


In previous versions of the wizard, the wizard would create all of the CRUD operations for you automatically. We received feedback from customers that said they would like more control over this process, allow some entities to be read only for example. The Q3 version of the wizard now allows you to select which CRUD methods to generate for each entity.


Lastly, if you choose the automatic Silverlight application generation, the wizard will read the database validation rules and replicate them as client side validation rules, saving you a lot of configuration and coding!


Enjoy the new wizard’s improvements!

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# Tuesday, December 7, 2010

If you are currently invested in LINQ to SQL and want to upgrade to Telerik OpenAccess ORM, with the new OpenAccess Q3 release you can do this quite easily. There is a new wizard included with OpenAccess that will automatically convert your LINQ to SQL classes to Telerik LINQ classes. Let’s take a look.

I’ll start with a simple project that has a simple LINQ to SQL model in it: Northwind.dbml. It is mapped to the Northwind database tables.


I created a simple web form that has a GridView on it. I decided that I would try to stump the wizard by writing a complex LINQ statement, one with aggregates, joins, sums, and projections to anonymous types. Then I take that code and bind it to the GridView. The LINQ code is shown here. 

   1:  //DataContext
   2:  NorthwindDataContext dat = new NorthwindDataContext();
   3:  //LINQ Query to Aggergate and Group by to an new type
   4:  var result = from i in
   5:                      (
   6:                      from c in dat.Customers
   7:                      join o in dat.Orders
   8:                      on c.CustomerID equals o.CustomerID
   9:                      select new { c.Country, o.Freight }
  10:                      )
  11:                  group i by new { i.Country } into g
  12:                  select new { g.Key.Country, TotalAmt = g.Sum(f => f.Freight) };
  14:  //bind the results
  15:  GridView1.DataSource = result;
  16:  GridView1.DataBind();

Results are shown here:



Conversion time. Doing the convert is simple and done in place. Just right click on the LINQ to SQL model and choose “Convert From L2S Model to Domain Model” from the context menu.



This will bring up the OpenAccess Conversion wizard. In reality the wizard is one page. If you accept the defaults, the wizard will create a new RLINQ file (Telerik OpenAccess LINQ file) and give it the same Name and Namespace as the LINQ to SQL model. In addition, it will backup the old files.



Accepting all of the defaults and clicking next brings you to the confirmation page.



From here click Finish and the wizard will do its work. You will see a conversion report come up.



Now you will have a new OpenAccess Domain Model in your project.



Since your project now has two identically names LINQ classes, it is time to delete the LINQ to SQL class. (Don’t worry it is backed up.) Without changing any code in my application, I press F5 and the project runs, but now using Telerik OpenAccess.



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# Monday, December 6, 2010

I recently wrote a piece in DevProConnections on the recent advances in ORM technologies. While I am still not a complete convert to ORMs, I think that they can play an important role in your application development toolkit. As time progresses and we abstract the database even more, ORMs will become more and more common. You can read the piece here.

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# Friday, December 3, 2010

Back at the PDC 2009 in Los Angeles, CA, Brian Goldfarb showed off the “Microsoft Silverlight Client for Facebook Beta”. It was released by Microsoft in early 2010 and had millions of downloads for both Windows and the Mac. Over the past few months, the Facebook app has been further developed by Telerik and is now available as the first official version under its new name: Telerik f!acedeck.


Telerik has taken over the application from Microsoft and will continue its further development and support as a free application for everyone to enjoy. Telerik f!acedeck delivers a superior experience to Facebook users and offers unique features: such as drag-and-drop from the local file system, access to the video camera,  instant loading and smooth scrolling of the Facebook wall, notifications and chat.


Telerik f!acedeck Client for Facebook is immediately available from its original location on Microsoft’s website (http://www.silverlight.net/content/samples/apps/facebookclient) as well as from Telerik’s website (http://facedeck.telerik.com). The product is free and works on both Windows and Mac OS operating systems with the Silverlight 4 plugin installed.


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# Thursday, December 2, 2010

Miguel Castro: Introduction to MVVM

You must register athttps://www.clicktoattend.com/invitation.aspx?code=152298 in order to be admitted to the building and attend.
WPF overwhelmed us with the most powerful data binding ever released in a development platform. It seemed there was so much to learn in order to use it, but it really isn't that complicated. However, to use it to its full potential, you really do need to introduce the Model-View-ViewModel pattern. The ideas and goal around this pattern seem to vary from person to person, but the one thing that they all share is that it provides a point of binding for XAML pages. In this session, I'll show you what MVVM is and how to use it and what to put in it, in order to get maximum potential out of XAML binding. I'll even show you how to get a small MVVM Framework going for sharing across all your applications.

Miguel Catstro, IDesign
< Miguel Castro is an architect with IDesign with over 22 years of experience in the software industry. He’s a Microsoft MVP, member of the INETA Speakers Bureau, and ASP Insider. With a Microsoft background that goes all the way back to VB 1.0 (and QuickBasic in fact), Miguel has spoken at numerous user groups, code camps, and conferences throughout the US and overseas. He has also been featured on the technology talk shows, .NET Rocks, .NET Rocks-TV, Microsoft’s ARCast (Architecture Podcast), and The Polymorphic Podcast on numerous occasions. He specializes in architecture and development consulting and training using Microsoft technologies. Miguel is also a regular author with CoDe Magazine.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Reception 6:00 PM , Program 6:15 PM

Microsoft , 1290 Avenue of the Americas (the AXA building - bet. 51st/52nd Sts.) , 6th floor

B/D/F/V to 47th-50th Sts./Rockefeller Ctr
1 to 50th St./Bway
N/R/W to 49th St./7th Ave.

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# Sunday, November 21, 2010

While I was on the road this past month, I caught up with Richard and Carl and appeared on a show of .NET Rocks. The show is about design and developers and featured Scott Stanfield, Lino Tadros, and myself. You can listen here.

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