Category Archives: Technology

Database DevOps

Microsoft’s Channel 9 Visual Studio Toolbox talks about bringing DevOps practices to the database.

Database DevOps with Redgate Data Tools

One Advantage of CodeWriter

A few weeks ago I posted about WebMatrix, which is a really nice light weight tool if you don’t want to fire up full Visual Studio.  I also indicated that I was using CodeWriter.  I have noticed one real advantage that CodeWriter has over WebMatrix.  I can run CodeWriter on my Surface 2.  My Surface 2 is not a pro version so I cannot run Visual Studio on it, and in turn I cannot run WebMatrix on it.

I will admit, I do not do a whole lot of dev work on my Surface 2.  In fact I normally write something up in CodeWriter so I can copy/paste it into OneNote or test something really small.

WebMatrix Collapsible Areas

Just a quick post about something I noticed in WebMatrix today.  It has some very cool collapsible areas, something I wish I had in Visual Studio 2013 Premium.  Take a look at the screenshot below, you’ll see what I am talking about.  Don’t worry about the code, it is just some basic JavaScript I threw together for this post.

WebMatrix Collapsible Areas

Hello WebMatrix

I have been using a tool for some PluralSight classes and currently a book I’m reading.  Normally I just jump into Visual Studio, but I will admit it is a bit over kill for just playing with HTML5/CSS3.  The PluralSight courses and Pro HTML5 with Visual Studio 2012 make use of WebMatrix.  In fact when I’m on my Windows 8.1 box I often use CodeWriter for the lightweight stuff, but the instructor and writer used WebMatrix so I followed suit.

Not only is WebMatrix quick and lightweight it has intellisense and even the ability to create your site in Azure if you take that option.  Like Visual Studio you can launch your site from the tool in the browser of your choice.  I have not explored everything WebMatrix can do, but I will definitely be using it for small minor things where Visual Studio would just be over kill.  At this time I really don’t see myself using it for real work, just for when I want to play/learn outside a real project.  For example I know you can create an MVC project in WebMatrix but I feel more comfortable in Visual Studio for the real projects.

So if you’re looking for something lightweight that feels like Visual Studio I highly suggest Web Matrix.

Ubuntu for Phones, Tablets, and Everything

Yesterday Ubuntu made an announcement, which on the surface might seem like not a big deal.  They are releasing their operating system for phones and tablets.  The really neat stuff is in the details.  Watch to the video by Mark Shuttleworth, if that link does not work you can go to this page and use their link.

Like I said, on the surface it doesn’t seem like a big deal.  In fact a lot of it kind of reminded me of what Microsoft is doing with Windows 8.  Let me put this out there first, I do like Windows 8.  In fact I purchased a new Alienware M17x R4 that came with Windows 8.  I also like Ubuntu, but it is not a practical choice of operating system for me at this time.  Also on the surface what they are doing sounds a lot like what another phone company did with docking their phone and trying to use it like a computer.

The big difference is really where the phone is concerned.  When you dock a phone running Ubuntu, you do not get a phone operating system, you are on full-blown Ubuntu.  This is really neat, and much better than trying to use a phone operating system as a computer.  Another neat thing is how the UI will work with phone.  It appears they really are trying to let your applications and what not take front and center on the phone with everything else just a swipe away.

Does this remind me of Windows 8, sure it does.  Does it remind me of a Windows 8 phone, not really.  The most outstanding feature to me is being able to use a phone like a full-blown computer.

They have a page about Ubuntu for Android; being an Android phone user I would really like to give that a spin some time.