Since my most visited post is Formatted JSON In Notepad++, I decided it would make a good subject for my first attempt at a video tutorial.
Since my original post, I’ve discovered a plug-in I like even more: JSTool.
This tool not only has more features than JSONViewer, but it doesn’t have the annoying requirement that you select the JSON text before applying it.
JSTool will help you make minified JSON readable the same way JSONViewer does, but it can also go the other way. It can minify your JSON for you.
Getting The Plug-Ins
Getting any plug-in in Notepad++ is as simple as going to the Plugins menu and clicking Plugin Manger: Show Plugin Manager. From there you get a nice dialog that lets you search for plug-ins. In this case just search for JSON.
Let me know in the comments on the YouTube video if you like it, or if you have ideas for other tutorials you’d like to see.
I’m currently planning a beginner’s guide to SQL series.
Super Modular: Replace most parts with your favorite project
New Project System: Nuget + Proj file == project.json
New Configuration System: Good-bye Web.Config, unless you want to keep it
Dependency Injection: Out of the box DI, but replaceable with your favorite
Command-line Tools: kvm, kpm, k
I tried to reassure everyone that most of these changes are either optional or can be over-ridden.
The command-line tools will also be available, but not required. Visual Studio will still be the KING!
I made the point that this release will mark the split between the MVC line and the Web Forms line. They will no longer be built on the same base.
Web Forms isn’t going away, but I’m not sure it will receive super active development in the future, either.
Already most new features have started on the MVC side and later been added to Web Forms.
I don’t have a crystal ball or access to secret Microsoft plans, but my guess is that MVC will be the right choice for new projects. I don’t believe Microsoft could kill off Web Forms if they wanted to because SharePoint is built on it. I also don’t believe they are likely to want to kill it off.
Let me know what you think about the slides. Like them? Hate them? Let me know!
I do apologize to everyone who attended for missing the 1 hour mark I set for myself. I did give everyone a chance to leave at the 1 hour-ish point, so I hope nobody felt trapped. I tend to get excited about technology and love talking about it!
If you aren’t familiar with Rosetta, it is a European Space Agency probe that has now rendezvoused with a comet.
Read Phil’s article for all the details, but as do most deep space probes, it used both Earth and Mars for gravity speed boosts.
That yielded some spectacular images of both planets as well as the comet in question, 67/P Churyomov-Gerasimenko.
There are some really awesome photos on the ESA site, so I highly encourage you to go take a look!
I’m just putting in some scaled down versions of the images here, but the full size shots are simply breathtaking.
If you are familiar with photos from spacecraft, you know that they are often not in the colors your eye would see if you were actually there yourself. Often separate images are shot with color filters and reassembled on earth.
This shot of Mars is pretty close to what we would see if we were there.
As for the comet itself, you can see the “rubber ducky fallen over” shape in this image.
Like most comets it is primarily a dusty, dirty snowball. As it gets closer to the sun, little bits will be pushed away by the solar wind and glitter in the sunlight. That will make the comet’s tail.
I don’t want to put too many of the images in this post, but over on the ESA site they have a wicked cool timelapse of the comet rotating and growing larger as Rosetta approached.
#ASP vNext Configuration Details
Bam! There’s your graceful segue from space pix to talking about ASP.
Maybe not so graceful, but there you go.
I’m working on a talk for our user group meeting next week about the upcoming version of Microsoft’s ASP web framework code named vNext.
I found a post from Louis Dejardin from a few months back talking about how the configuration will work.
No matter what else you do, be mindful of the concept of personal brand. The old adage about “sell yourself” is more true today than ever. Not only must you sell yourself, you must market yourself.
Start a blog if you like to write. Contribute to open source. Join the user group community (hint, hint). Help people on Stack Overflow if you know the answer. Attend conferences. As soon as you feel confident, speak at conferences. Start by speaking at your user group(s).
At the end of the day BE VISIBLE.
Make sure that an employer who Googles your name finds links to work you’ve done and information you have contributed. Make damned sure they don’t find anything negative (Woo-hoo! Spring break!).
Also, use side projects to learn new technologies. I’ve never needed a new blog engine, but I’ve written several to try out new languages or frameworks. I like the blog engine because I can measure what I create against known quantities like Wordpress.
If you combine that experimentation with a) blogging about what you’re doing and b) possibly selling something (especially mobile apps), then you get a win-win. Possibly win-win-win.
People, People, People
Always remember that companies are made up of people. Some will screw you over. Some will help you. The trick is you won’t always know which are which.
I have always tried to help those around me. My philosophy is that if I help someone today, they may help me (or someone else) tomorrow.
I would describe the camp sites as darn near palatial in size.
There are several awesome trails that lead you through the marshes.
I’m a sucker for live oaks and Spanish moss, and Skidaway has them in abundance.
On thing I didn’t expect was the 20-foot tall Giant Ground Sloth that was found on the island. Spoiler it was dead. Back during the ice age it lived and died here. A replica of its skeleton is in the nature center. Very much worth seeing. Unfortunately I can’t find my photos of it. Bummer.
The various trails will lead you to Civil War earthworks, a moonshine still, and lots of Cherokee Roses.
One of my favorite things to do was to watch the fiddler crabs.
If you aren’t familiar, fiddlers are the ones with one big claw and one small claw.
The males stand in front of their holes in the mud and wave their one large claw in the air, presumably to attract a mate. Each male is convinced he has the biggest, baddest claw on the mudflat.