Monday, November 22, 2010

Sharp Architecture using MSpec for Unit Testing

Sharp Architecture, as of version 2.0, is moving to Machine Specifications as a tool of choice for unit testing. An article discussing this topic is also a nice reminder of the Behavior-Driven Develelopment practice.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Pidgin and

If you are having issues with Pidgin and MSN's certificate, go to, download and import the two new certificates into Pidgin to create a workaround. Either the server names changed or the certificates were renewed. The longer-term solution will probably come with the new version of Pidgin but the workaround at the given link works.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010


What a link to send to disinformed users in the 21st century: 


Sunday, November 14, 2010


As recommended by a friend:

Mipony is a free download manager specially designed to automate the downloading of files of free host sites such as Rapidshare, Megaupload, Hotfiles and many others...

Friday, November 12, 2010

AppBrain for Android Apps

AppBrain simplifies and makes better use of the Android application market. Recommended by a friend who uses Android on a day to day basis.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Visual Studio 2010 Color Schemes

Below is a link to the site hosting Visual Studio color schemes, in case you want to try something new. I prefer darker backgrounds because of the eye strain after hours of staring at the screen. As statet long time ago, dark text on white background was a consequence of technologies used at the time - pen and paper. Nowadays, with electronic screens, it makes sense to make the background dark and the content, the thing we are focusing on, lighter.

Monday, November 08, 2010

ScribeFire for Chrome

ScribeFire is now available as a Google Chrome extension. Still a few quirks but generally seems to work well. Quite useful substitute for Blogger extension since it appears broken in the latest dev versions of Chrome.


Free SSL Certificates

Free SSL certificates are now available from StartSSL. Increase the security on the internet without paying arm and leg.

Monday, November 01, 2010

Android CSV Contacts Import

Offline Contacts import for Android, an Open Source project, is hosted at GitHub (link). I haven’t tested it yet but looking forward to having a peek at the source code.


The FileHelpers are a free and easy to use .NET library toimport/export data from fixed length or delimited records in files, strings or streams.

The Library also has support for import/export data from differents storages like Excel, Access, SqlServer, etc.

This library is great if you want to simplify reading data from various sources, most notably flat files. It is great for reading CSV files. The library converts records from data sources into arrays of objects to which Linq queries can then be applied, making operation extremely simple and straightforward.


WebKit .NET is a WinForms control library wrapper for WebKit written in C#. The aim is to make it easy for developers to incorporate WebKit into their .NET applications.

For more information please visit the links to the left or the project homepage on SourceForge.

Source code repository is now hosted on GitHub (


To work with the new Excel’s file format (.xlsx), Microsoft has released version 2 of Open XML SDK.

Documentation – link 

Download - link

This package depends on System.IO.Packaging, which is located in WindowsBase assembly.