prague_flood

When I first moved to Prague in 2004 I heard many tales from locals about the devastation caused by the floods of 2002 which killed 17 people, forced tens of thousands from their homes and caused several billion dollars of damage across the country.

I heard tales of rescue: brave souls risking their own lives to save elderly neighbors and pets.

Tales of losing it all: families without homes and cars; historic photo albums, artwork and libraries of books now gone forever.

And tales of starting over: communities coming together in solidarity to rebuild their lives; a city slowly restoring to its former beauty, one street at a time.

I remember thinking to myself, “thank god flooding like that only happens every 100 years.”

Just yesterday, Czech Prime Minister Petr Necas declared a state of emergency for most of the nation as swollen rivers caused by days of heavy rain threatened Prague's historic center and forced evacuations from low-lying areas.

And the waters are STILL rising.

In an effort to support the beautiful city to which we call home, and all those affected by the current Prague flooding, PostSharp Technologies is donating 50% of all online purchases to a local flood relief fund from now until the state of emergency is lifted.

Please keep the city of Prague and the Czech nation in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time, and we will keep you updated on Twitter as news comes in.

Now is our chance to be part of a new tale.

-Britt

 

Our never-ending mission to spread the word about using PostSharp to produce cleaner code finds Gael and I in the good ole U.S. of A. for a week of presentations at user groups and businesses in Ohio and Michigan.

Joe Kunk first contacted us about the idea earlier this year and, together with the undying help of David Giard, we were able to build a tour that combines 4 user groups, 3 businesses, and 1 university over a 5 day stretch of interstate travel.

We sprinkled-in some customer visits for good measure, and added an extended layover at TechEd Europe on the way back to Prague and voilà: the perfect summer tour.

Gael has two presentations prepared for the tour:

  • Multithreading Beyond the Lock Keyword.” Dusting-off low-level synchronization primitives, Gael shows how to design programs that make better use of multiple cores. Because playing directly with low-level primitives can be overly complex, you’ll discover how large-scale multi-core software can be simplified using design patterns and how some these patterns can be ultimately simplified using aspect-oriented programming.
  • Intro to Aspect-Oriented Programming (AOP) with PostSharp.” Gael speaks about the problem with conventional programming, gives a gentle introduction to AOP with PostSharp, demonstrates how it works and why you should use it to eliminate scattered, tangled and coupled code from your codebases.

We’re excited to connect with user group leaders, members, and area businesses in Cleveland, Toledo, Detroit and Lansing. We look forward to learning about your current projects, the insight you provide about the solutions you’re looking for, and any feedback you can give about how you’re using PostSharp and our new toolkits.

Tour dates and locations include:

 

JUNE 18 Cleveland WPF User Group
JUNE 19 Oakland University
  NWNUG
JUNE 20 Domino’s Pizza HQ
  Great Lakes Area .NET Users Group
JUNE 21 Michigan Health & Hospital Assoc.
  Consumers Energy
  Greater Lansing .NET User Group
JUNE 22 Sogeti
JUNE 26 & 27 TechEd Europe 2012

 

TechEd Europe promises to be one of the summer highlights, connecting us with new and old friends alike. Many thanks to Sara Faatz and the DevExpress team for their generosity. We’re very excited to get to know you and your team better. To our old friend Brady Gaster , who will be in Amsterdam to support the Azure team and participate in some breakout sessions, our apologies in advance to your liver.

If you find yourself in Ohio or Michigan next week, or attending TechEd Europe 2012 at the end of the month, please don’t hesitate to contact me to arrange a meet-up. Here’s to another wonderful summer!

Happy PostSharping!

-britt

p.s. – check out our Community page to find other opportunities to learn about PostSharp this summer.

If learning more about Aspect Oriented Programming is on your to-do list for 2012, we have some very good news for you.

We’ve teamed up with the good folks at Pluralsight to make it easier than ever for developers to get up to speed on developing with aspects. PostSharp users can sign-up to receive a free 30-day trial membership good towards one Pluralsight online course.

Start learning about Aspect Oriented Programming for .NET today >>

Pluralsight, “the leader in high-quality online training for hardcore developers,” has a huge library of online courses to choose from but, naturally, the course we recommend is Aspect Oriented Programming for .NET by PostSharp MVP and Pluralsight Author, Donald Belcham.

Donald is a senior software developer, independent contractor, author, and trainer based in Edmonton, Canada. He spoke about the topic of Aspect Oriented Programming at NDC and DevTeach Montreal earlier this year, and published the online course on Pluralsight in June.

The course is divided into four parts:

  • Introduction to AOP
  • AOP using Interceptors
  • AOP using IL Code Weaving
  • AOP beyond decorators

From Donald: “My course is perfect for developers who want to learn how to avoid code repetition by implementing AOP in .NET projects using IL Code Weaving frameworks like PostSharp, Interception frameworks like Castle Windsor, and even how to implement AOP without following the traditional decorator pattern.”

Apply for your free 30-day Pluralsight trial membership today and, upon approval, we’ll email you a unique login code plus a link to a special sign-in page for PostSharp users.

Start your free 30-day trial membership today >>

-Britt