James Crisp

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Category: ALT.NET

Talk: Winning at HTTPS

For the first time in a little while, I’ll be giving a talk at the Sydney ALT.NET user group:

HTTPS is ever more pervasive, with few sites still using plain HTTP. Want to be the guy or girl on the team who actually understands HTTPS, can set up certificates and fix issues that come up? Sometimes this is left to an ops team, but there are benefits and impacts that cannot be ignored in development.

James has migrated several sites from HTTP to HTTPS and has tips and tricks to share.

Tues 25 October from 6pm at ThoughtWorks Sydney office, Lvl8 51 Pitt St, Sydney.
RSVP on Meetup (for pizza and beer!)

You can find the slides from the night here.

Talk: Add a billion row data warehouse to your App.. with Redshift, sql and duct tape!

Come along to Sydney ALT.NET for a BIG data night.

I’ll be giving a talk on Redshift:

Started to hit the point where your transactional database is not the right place for running reporting queries and experimental data science? Keen to chuck in more data from web logs, CRMs, facebook, etc so you can start learning more about your users? Come along to Sydney ALT.NET on June 24th to see an easy way to do it with AWS Redshift, mapping SQL and some simple scripting duct tape.

We also have a co-presented talk on Azure’s Hadoop implementation, HD Insights and Power BI: The Power of the Elephant in the Microsoft Cloud given by Jibin Johnson and Simon Waight from the Azure User Group.

From 6pm at ThoughtWorks Sydney office Lvl8 51 Pitt St, 24 June 14.
Remember to get your free ticket. See you there!

Talk on Tues: Moving to HTTPS

I’ll be giving a talk at Sydney ALT.NET on Tues:

After recently moving the Getup site fully to HTTPS, James will share with you security pitfalls, the justification for the move from mixed HTTP/HTTPS, lessons learnt, and performance tips. A romp through the protocols of the web with riffs on status codes, HSTS, domain verification, and interesting headers. This talk could save your bacon.

From 6pm at ThoughtWorks Sydney office on Pitt St. Remember to RSVP on the Sydney ALT.NET site to help with catering. See you there!

Talk tonight: Responsive Layout with HTML5

I’ll be giving a talk at Sydney ALT.NET tonight:

Want to build a web application which dynamically changes layout to best suit the client, be it mobile, tablet or desktop with the same HTML? Fun times with HTML5, Bootstrap, HAML and Sass. You’ll get to see it in action, and the code behind the magic.

From 6pm at ThoughtWorks Sydney office on Pitt St. Remember to RSVP on the Sydney ALT.NET site to help with catering. See you there!

Short Talk: Starting Android Development

I’ll be giving a short talk on Starting Android Development on Tuesday at the Sydney ALT.NET group.

We’ll be covering:

  • the platform
  • app design and abstractions
  • Java and IDEs for Android Dev
  • Emulator
  • Code walk through of a simple application I’m writing

Richard Banks (@rbanks54) will also be giving a talk on .NET bdd tools.

More info and RSVP on the ALT.NET blog.

See you there!

nRake Microsoft Case Study

nRake is now the subject of a Microsoft case study. Check it out here:

UPDATE: Now on the Microsoft Case Study site.

nRake now on IronRuby

nRake, the premier project and build template for .NET projects using the Rake build system now has a branch for .NET4 using IronRuby. Projects are also updated to VS2010 format, and Albacore gems are now updated to 0.1.5.

Check out the IronRuby .NET 4 branch of nRake.

or the check out the IronRuby .NET 2 / 3.5 branch of nRake.

Master branch is still using MRI ruby 1.9. However, plans are to change over to IronRuby for master branch in the future. IronRuby is now performing well enough and sufficiently compatible to support .NET builds. IronRuby has advantages around size (smaller download) and more exciting interop possibilities with .NET code.

Podcast from ALM Conference

At the ALM Conference, Richard interviewed me for a podcast on the Ultimate ALM Environment circa 2010 as well as a little on build and deployment automation. Check out the podcast on Talking Shop!

Slides & Code: Securing your MVC site against Code Injection and X-Site Scripting

Here are the slides and code from yesterday’s talk at Sydney ALT.NET.

See Steve Sanderson’s post for the code/binary for subclassed aspx compiler and more information about the automatic encoding approach we covered in the talk.

Talk: Securing your MVC site against Code Injection and X-Site Scripting

I’ll be giving a lightning talk on securing your ASP.NET MVC site against code injection and x-site scripting next Tuesday 25 August at the Sydney ALT.NET group. I’ll be demonstrating potential pitfalls and dangers of arbitary code injection, and how you can protect against it, elegantly. We’ve got 6 interesting talks lined up for the night. See you there!

Sydney ALT.NET Launched & Ruby Slides

This evening we had the first Sydney Alt.Net meeting. It went really well. Our venue at the ThoughtWorks offices was pretty packed with about 35 interested people coming along. We started with a discussion of news in the .NET space, and then broke for food. After that we had my presentation on Ruby & Rails from a .NET perspective, followed by Richard’s presentation on Rhino Mocks. We ended with a retrospective to gather feedback and thoughts for future meetings. Thanks to everyone for coming along and making it such a great night! And also a big thank you to ThoughtWorks for the venue, food and drink.

Here’s the slides from “Ruby and Rails from a .NET perspective”. It’s a bit hard to give you a transcript of the demos but here is a taste of some of the ruby commands we looked at today.

Basic IronRuby Console demo

$friends = ["James", "Richard", "Bill"]
$friends.find_all { |f| f.include? "a" }
$friends.collect { |f| f.length }
"-" * 100
$person_type = Struct.new(:name, :age, :sex)
$j = person_type.new("James", 27, "m") 

Iron Ruby Calling WinForms

require 'System.Windows.Forms, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=b77a5c561934e089' 
Form = System::Windows::Forms::Form  
MessageBox = System::Windows::Forms::MessageBox  
Button = System::Windows::Forms::Button 

$b = Button.new
$b.text = "Hello Button"
$f = Form.new
$f.controls << $b

Simple Rails App Demo

rails myapp
ruby script/generate scaffold Person name:string age:integer
rake db:migrate
ruby script/server

First Sydney ALT.NET Meeting on 30 Sept

Exciting news! We now have an ALT.NET group in Sydney! Our first meeting is Tuesday 30 September. Meetings will be the last Tuesday of the month.

Rough agenda for the first meeting is:

6:00pm   Meet & Greet time and then Kick Off!
6:30pm   “Ruby, Rails and IronRuby from a .NET perspective” (me).
7:00pm   Break with food and drink
7:30pm   “Mocking with Rhino Mocks 3.5” (Richard Banks).
8:00pm   Wrap up & go home.

ThoughtWorks is sponsoring the event with a nice office location in the CBD, and also pizza and beer. So if you’re planning to come, please comment or send me or Richard Banks a mail to help us get enough food and drinks for everyone.

Address is:
Level 8, 51 Pitt Street
Sydney NSW 2000 Australia

ALT.NET is about designing and building the best solutions possible. This means continuous improvement, retrospection and often reaching outside the mainstream, considering Open Source frameworks and tools, Agile methodologies and ideas from other language communities such as Ruby, Java and Haskell.

For more info about ALT.NET, check out our Sydney ALT.NET Blog, and the main ALT.NET wiki.

See you on the 30th!

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