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Get started with Polymer 1.0 and Sublime Text 3.0

Mon, 22 Feb 2016 13:18:17 +0000

In a previous post I have explained how to get started with Polymer 1.0 and Webstorm 11. Unfortunately WebStorm is a paid product and not all of my followers can purchase a license (me neither, I am trying to see if JetBrains will grant me a teacher license for free). So, I decided to create […]

Polymer 1.0–Customize Style of existing components

Thu, 18 Feb 2016 14:30:00 +0000

Polymer 1.0 comes with plenty of available components, especially if you are going to implement Material Design. The only problem is that they implement the default style which usually doesn’t fit with mine. In this post I want to show you multiple options of customizing a Polymer component together with the help of Polymer 1.0 […]

Enable Authentication in ElasticSearch

Wed, 17 Feb 2016 09:10:29 +0000

Introduction Authentication with Shield Enable SSL on ElasticSearch Alternative  way of creating a keystore After you have configured your ElasticSearch endpoint, the next important step is to make it secure. If you have a standard installation of ElasticSearch probably you have your ES endpoint pointing to http://localhost:9200. In my case I do have this configuration […]

Publish Android library to Maven using Android Studio 1.5

Wed, 20 Jan 2016 11:02:46 +0000

If you are working with Android Studio and more in general with the Android platform, soon or later you will need to download a library from a Maven or JCenter repository.If you are clueless of what I am talking about, just open an Android project using Android Studio and look at the file called build.gradle […]

OXY, the Open Source SmartWatch

Sun, 04 Oct 2015 11:04:00 +0000

OXY, a new SmartWatch is coming November 15th Net Architectures ltd., a startup company based in Bristol (United Kingdom) is going to release November 15th on IndieGogo an innovative SmartWatch called OXY™. ( The SmartWatch will be available in two shapes: Round and Square and in two colors: Black and Silver. OXY is equipped with […]

Android Plugin Application

Sun, 31 May 2015 15:23:00 +0000

For one of the project I am working at the moment I have the need to implement a plug-in architecture where the main application is just a “view holder” and all the behaviors of the application are provided by a set of plug-ins. The advantage of this approach is that in the future I will […]

Android and the transparent status bar

Sat, 11 Apr 2015 16:32:26 +0000

With the introduction of Google Material Design we also got a new status bar design and we can choose for three different layouts: Leave the status bar as is (usually black background and white foreground) Change the color of the status bar using a different tone Make the status bar transparent The picture below shows […]

Understand Density Independent Pixels (DPI)

Wed, 04 Mar 2015 18:20:00 +0000

If you are working on a Mobile application (using mobile CSS, native Android SDK or native iOS SDK) the first problem you are going to face is the difference between the various screen sizes. For example, if you work with Android you will notice that different devices have different screen resolutions. Android categorize these devices […]

Entity Framework 6 and Collections With DDD

Sat, 04 Oct 2014 18:15:00 +0000

If you start to work with Entity Framework 6 and a real Domain modeled following the SOLID principles and most common known rules of DDD (Domain Driven Design) you will also start to clash with some limits imposed by this ORM. Let’s start with a classic example of a normal Entity that we define as […]

NHibernate Fetch strategies

Fri, 04 Jul 2014 05:40:00 +0000

In this blog post I want to illustrate how we can eager load child and parent objects inside memory using NHibernate and how to avoid the nasty problem of creating Cartesian products. I will show you how this can be achieved using the three different type of Query pattern implemented inside NHibernate. For this example […]

Configure MTM 2013 to run automated tests

Wed, 30 Apr 2014 20:40:00 +0000

The Scenario I have an MTM 2013 installation that is configured in the following way: This is the workflow that is triggered when a Developer check-in something: The code is built by TFS 2013, using a TFS Build Agent The agent update a Nuget Package containing the deployed application Octopus release the package over our […]

TFS 2013 Create a local build

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:00:00 +0000

With TFS we can have two different type of Build, local or remote. A remote build in triggered on a controller that doesn’t reside on your local PC. A local build is triggered on your local dev agent and it can also be “hidden” from the main queue build repository. The scenario My scenario is […]

Create new Octopus Release from TFS Build

Fri, 29 Nov 2013 08:58:00 +0000

In this article we will have a look at how we can automate the Octopus deployment using TFS build server. Every time a member of the team performs a check-in I want to execute a continuous build with the following workflow: The first step is to change the default build workflow in TFS. Usually I […]

Deploy Database Project using Octopus

Thu, 17 Oct 2013 16:38:00 +0000

Octopus is a deployment tool that use the Nuget packaging mechanism to pack your application and deploy it over multiple environments. Unfortunately it does not have a native support (yet) for Visual Studio Database project, so I had to provide a sort of workaround in my project structure to allow Octopus to deploy also a […]

Do you Test your applications?

Sun, 25 Aug 2013 13:47:00 +0000

When I talk about test with a collegue, a tech friend or anybody involved in Software Development, the conversation always ends up with a comparison between Unit Tests and Integration Tests. As far as I am aware of, I know four type of developers, the one that practices unit tests, the once that practices integration […]

Domain Model in Brief

Sun, 18 Aug 2013 17:50:00 +0000

This series is getting quite interesting so I decided to post something about Domain Model. Just a little introduction to understand what is and what is not Domain Model. Honestly this pattern is often misunderstood. I see tons of examples of anemic models that reflect 1:1 the database structure, mirroring the classic Active Record pattern. […]

BDD frameworks for NET

Mon, 29 Jul 2013 14:03:00 +0000

When I work in a project that implies Business Logic and Behaviors I usually prefer to write my unit tests using a Behavioral approach, because in this way I can easily projects my acceptance criteria into readable piece of code. Right now I am already on Visual Studio 2013 and I am struggling a bit […]

Where is the Magic wand?

Sat, 27 Jul 2013 12:23:26 +0000

I am always wondering where I was the day they distributed the Magic Wand. I mean, every time I join a new Team/Project I always have to carry with me a set of tools that make my job easier. Some of these tools are within Visual Studio, some are pre-defined architecture diagrams that I created […]

CQRS in brief

Sun, 14 Jul 2013 12:54:00 +0000

Around the web there is a lot of noise about “CQRS” and “Event sourcing”. Almost everybody involved in a layered application is now trying to see if CQRS can fit in its current platform. I also found some nice tutorial series about CQRS and some good explanation of event sourcing but what I didn’t see […]