1 month Ago
Encodo held its first networking event of 2017 on June 1st with Marco presenting A Checklist for new Projects (slides in English/presentation in Swiss-German).
Thanks to everyone who attended!
If you missed it and would like to see the talk, Marco will be presenting again at winti web dev/talks on June 19th, 2017. The talk will be in English this time.
The abstract is included below.
This talk discusses a checklist of concepts for writing software. Which ones apply? If so, how will you... [More]
2 months Ago
I announced almost exactly one year ago that I was rewriting the Encodo C# Handbook. The original was published almost exactly nine years ago. There were a few more releases as well as a few unpublished chapters.
I finally finished a version that I think I can once again recommend to my employees at Encodo. The major changes are:
.NET Standard 2.0 is finally publicly available as a preview release. I couldn’t help myself and took a crack at converting parts of Quino to .NET Standard just to see where we stand. To keep me honest, I did all of my investigations on my MacBook Pro in MacOS.
IDEs and Tools
I installed Visual Studio for Mac, the latest JetBrains Rider EAP and .NET Standard 2.0-preview1. I already had Visual Studio Code with the C#/OmniSharp extensions installed. Everything installed easily and quickly and I... [More]
3 months Ago
An einem warmen Frühlingstag sind wir nach einem gemeinsamen Mittagessen auf eine Segway Tour durch Winterthur mit Segway City Tours gegangen. Nach einer kurzen Lektion auf dem flachen Platz vor dem Zeughaus kurvten wir stundenlang durch die ganze Stadt Winterthur mit Zwischenhalten beim Aussichtspunkt Goldenberg und dem Oskar Reinhart Museum.
On a warm spring day, we took an afternoon off for lunch and a Segway Tour of Winterthur with Segway City Tours. After an introduction on a flat plaza by the Zeughaus, we cruised all over the city for hours, stopping on the Goldenberg and at the Oskar Reinhart Museum.
6 months Ago
I encountered some curious behavior while writing a service-locator interface (_protocol_) in Swift. I’ve reproduced the issue in a stripped-down playground and am almost certain I’ve found a bug in the Swift 3.0.1 compiler included in XCode 8.2.1.
A Simple, Generic Function
We’ll start off with a very basic example, shown below.
The example above shows a very simple function, generic in its single parameter with a required argument label
a:. As expected, the compiler determines the... [More]
7 months Ago
Check out two new talks on our web site:
- Networking Event: How Encodo builds web applications
- At our last networking event, Urs presented our latest tech stack. We’ve been working productively with this stack for most of this year and feel we’ve finally stabilized on something we can use for a while. Urs discusses the technologies and libraries (TypeScript, Less, React, MobX) as well as tools (Visual Studio Code, WebStorm).
- Quino: from 1.13 to 4.x
- Since Quino 1.13 came out in December of... [More]
9 months Ago
For over a year, I’ve been writing articles about various parts of Quino. A customer asked if I could collect those links into a coherent table of contents, to make it easier to use as a reference.
- Encodo’s configuration library for Quino – Part 1
- Encodo’s configuration library for Quino – Part 2
- Encodo’s configuration library for Quino – Part 3
- Starting up an application, in detail
- Mini-applications and utilities with Quino
Check out two new talks on our web site:
Microsoft recently published a long blog article Introducing .NET Standard. The author Immo Landwerth appeared on a weekly videocast called The week in .NET to discuss and elaborate. I distilled all of this information into a presentation for Encodo’s programmers and published it to our web site, TechTalk: .NET Standard 2.0. I hope it helps!
Also, Sebastian has taken a Tech Talk... [More]
1 year Ago
Encodo hat dieses Jahr die Abschlussklasse der Systemtechniker der ZHAW als Sponsor für das Frackmobil unterstützt. Wie immer war uns der traditionelle Frackumzug einen kleinen Ausflug in die Altstadt wert. Wir haben das gelben Rauch spuckende und Bratwurst bratende Mobil bewundert und uns über die vielen glücklichen Absolventen in den altertümlichen Kostümen gefreut. Mehr zu dieser alten Tradition gibt’s unter: ZHAW Frackwoche und Frackumzug. Es gibt auch ein paar eigene Bilder dazu.
The summary below describes major new features, items of note and breaking changes. The full list of issues is also available for those with access to the Encodo issue tracker.
This release is a “bridge” release that has the entire new Metadata API as well as the older version, which is marked as obsolete. It is intended that projects upgrade to this version only temporarily in order to more easily migrate to the 4.0 Metadata API. At that point, projects should immediately upgrade... [More]
From a customer, we got the request to apply a visual style guide (VSG) to a Bootstrap-based application. Since we do have a lot of experience with applying style guides on web applications and styling in general, we accepted the job and started to evaluate the details.
Which version of Bootstrap to use
The most recent stable version of Bootstrap is 3.3.6. However, when you go to the Bootstrap website, there is an announcement that Bootstrap 4 “is coming”. The current state of Bootstrap 4 is... [More]
Encodo has long been a two-space indent shop. Section 4.1 of the Encodo C# Handbook writes that “[a]n indent is two spaces; it is never a tab.”, even though “[t]he official C# standard […] is four spaces.” and that, should you have a problem with that, you should “deal with it.”
Although we use our own standards by default, we use a customer’s standards if they’ve defined their own. A large part of our coding is now done with four spaces. Some of us have gotten so accustomed to this that four... [More]
We discussed ABD in a recent article ABD: Refactoring and refining an API. To cite from that article,
“[…] the most important part of code is to think about how you’re writing it and what you’re building. You shouldn’t write a single line without thinking of the myriad ways in which it must fit into existing code and the established patterns and practices.”
With that in mind, I saw another teaching opportunity this week and wrote up my experience designing an improvement to an... [More]
We’ve been doing more internal training lately and one topic that we’ve started to tackle is design for architecture/APIs. Even if you’re not officially a software architect—designing and building entire systems from scratch—every developer designs code, on some level.
There are broad guidelines about how to format and style code, about how many lines to put in a method, about how many parameters to use, and so on. We strive for Clean Code™.
But the most... [More]