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I’m thrilled to announce that our partner IdeaBlade has just released a new version of DevForce. This application framework already provided pretty much all of the wiring you need to develop rich line-of-business applications (Silverlight and WPF backed by WCF, Entity Framework, OData). The last release now supports  domain models written for Entity Framework in Code First style… and that still respect the spirit of Code First: nice, clean code, free from infrastructure boilerplate.

Guess who is writing that boilerplate for you? Right: PostSharp. What’s nice with DevForce is that you can start coding immediately and don’t have to understand anything about AOP and PostSharp since DevForce provides all the aspects you need. Even better: you don’t need to download PostSharp and you don’t have to check-out any license: all is included in the IdeaBlade package.

See! I managed to avoid the c*c*c word.

I’d like to thank Albert and his team for their efforts and feedback during the RC stage of PostSharp 2.1. I’m sure DevForce and PostSharp will benefit from each other and will make it even easier to develop strong LOB applications.

Happy PostSharping – now even to those who never heard of PostSharp.

-gael

We’re thrilled to finally announce the availability of PostSharp training, worldwide. We’ve assembled an experienced team of trainers and consultants to offer a comprehensive 2 day course that’s designed to bring you up to speed fast on aspect-oriented programming and PostSharp.

The course includes hands-on labs and discussion where you’ll learn how to:

  • create PostSharp aspects; and
  • successfully introduce PostSharp aspects into complex projects.

Upon completion, you’ll be able to apply what you’ve learned to your own applications, and produce cleaner, more efficient, higher quality code than ever before.

Meet our Training & Consulting Partners

Donald Belcham is a senior software developer, independent contractor, and agile development expert who is a strong supporter of fundamental OO patterns and practices. He is co-author of the book, Brownfield Application Development in .NET (Manning Press, 2008), and actively shares his expertise with other technical professionals at user groups, code camps and conferences held throughout the world. Past lectures have covered topics that encompass development practices, quality team leadership, and the intricacies of new and emerging technologies.

 

Golo Roden works as self-employed trainer and consultant for C#, JavaScript and web development – focusing on code quality and agile methods. In 2011 he launched the Agile Development Framework, a comprehensive approach which combines the successful elements of previous agile methods. He has written more than 100 articles for professional magazines, has given more than 50 talks at international conferences, and wrote a book on C# in 2008. Golo blogs regularly and writes a recurring column on C# specialties for dotnetpro magazine.

 

Endjin is a collaboration of like-minded people who are imbued with an infectious enthusiasm for solving business problems through the smart application of technology. Their endjin-eers are outstanding individuals who have come together from across the business, creative and technology community having demonstrated a mastery of their craft. Unconstrained by industry vertical, company size or budget; endjin is motivated by solving problems. Their goal is to energize your business whether it is through a 2 hour conversation or 2 years of team effort.

PostSharp Training Agenda

The standard public agenda is composed of the following modules (note: for private training other topics can be introduced after discussion with the trainer):

  • Introduction to AOP
  • Basic aspects
  • Applying aspects to code
  • Interception aspects
  • Aspect composition
  • Composite aspects
  • Deployment and build process integration
  • Targeting different platforms
  • Best practices

We’ve got more exciting training news coming in the weeks ahead and, if you sign-up now to request more information about PostSharp training, we’ll let you in on the exciting news (including an exclusive offer) before we announce it publicly.

Happy PostSharping!

-Britt

I’m excited to announce the first release candidate of PostSharp 2.1, available for download from our website and from the NuGet official repository.

PostSharp 2.1 is a minor upgrade of PostSharp 2.0; the upgrade is free for everybody. The objective of this version is to fix several gray spots in the previous release.

This release candidate is ought to be of very high quality and free of known bugs, but needs to be tested by the community before it can be labeled stable. As required by the RC quality label, the online documentation has been updated to reflect the latest API.

PostSharp 2.1 has full backward binary compatibility with PostSharp 2.0.

What’s new in RC 1?

This release candidates contains the following additions to the previous CTP:

  • The design of architecture validation (PostSharp.Constraints) has been finalized.
  • Warnings can be disabled locally (for a specific element of code) using the IgnoreWarning custom attribute. See online documentation for details.
  • The PostSharp project property page in Visual Studio now allows you to specify which warnings should be globally ignored or escalated into errors.
  • Compatibility with Code Contracts 4.0
  • As an experimental feature, warnings and errors now come with file/line information. The feature must be enabled manually from Visual Studio options. We’re eager to hear feedback about this feature from customers with larger projects.
  • 17 bug fixes

What’s new in PostSharp 2.1?

If you missed the previous announcements, here’s a list of new features in PostSharp 2.1 compared to version 2.0:

  • Improved build-time performance: up to 5x faster. Read more.
  • Architecture validation: build-time validation of design rules. Read more.
  • Extended reflection API: programmatically navigate code references. Read more and more.
  • NuGet packaging and improved no-setup deployment experience. Read more.
  • Support for obfuscators: we now support Dotfuscator. Read more.
  • Support for Silverlight 5.
  • Compatibility with Code Contracts 4.
  • Improved messaging API.
  • Tab page in Visual Studio project properties.
  • Streamlined licensing experience.
  • License server.
  • Streamlined “getting started” experience.

Upgrade your Projects

To upgrade your projects from PostSharp 2.0 to PostSharp 2.1 easily you can use the conversion utility included in the PostSharp HQ application. Just open the app and click on “convert”, then select the folder containing your projects. References to libraries and MSBuild imports will be automatically fixed.

PostSharp 2.1 Roadmap

A release candidate means that we are confident in the code quality and is that all mandatory quality work, including documentation, has been done. PostSharp 2.1 is now the default version on our download page. We’ll wait a couple of weeks to allow the community to give this version a try, then publish the RTM or another RC, according to the feedback.

Note that the license agreement allows for production use.

It’s now time to download PostSharp 2.1 and upgrade your projects!

Happy PostSharping!

-gael