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About benhall

Ben Hall is a UK C# developer\tester with a strong passion for software development and loves writing code. Ben enjoys exploring different ways of testing software, including both manual and automated testing, focusing on the best ways to test different types of applications. He also loves developing web applications using ASP.net and Ruby on Rails. Ben is an ASP.net MVP and can be contacted by emailing Blog {at} Ben Hall .me .uk

Dolphin Deploy: Deploying ASP.net applications using IronRuby

Over the years I’ve found that build and deployment is one the most important, yet often overlooked aspects of software development. While NAnt\MSBuild has given the .Net platform automated builds, it’s XML based. People then took this approach and applied it … Continue reading 

Posted in Albacore, DolphinDeploy, ironruby | 5 Comments

Using Pik to switch between local and production Ruby versions

On my other blog, I recently covered how to install Ruby 1.9.2, Rails 3.0 and a framework called Pik. Pik is a Ruby Version Manager (RVM) for Windows, making a huge difference when you want to run multiple different versions … Continue reading 

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CodeBetter/Devlicio.us/LosTechies MSDN Ultimate Giveaways

Cross posted with http://devlicio.us/blogs/tuna_toksoz/archive/2010/07/27/codebetter-devlicio-us-msdn-ultimate-giveaways.aspx UPDATE: Our friends from LosTechies also wanted to participate, and they donated a number of licenses (6 and counting). Thank you guys In an internal discussion we had, an interesting idea popped up. MVP bloggers we had at CB/DL … Continue reading 

Posted in codebetter, devlicio, msdn | 3 Comments

Improving testability with the Castle Dictionary Adapter

Frequently when reviewing code I see one of my pet hates appear and that’s a direct dependency on the ConfigurationManager.  The ConfigurationManager provides a way to access values in the Web\App.config. Yet, like any dependency, they generally bite you at … Continue reading 

Posted in Castle, TDD, Testing | 3 Comments

Testing a WPF UI using Ruby, Cucumber and WiPFlash.dll

Almost two years ago I blogged about Project White, an open source project available on CodePlex which provides an abstraction on top of the UI Automation library built into WPF and Silverlight. Fast forwarding and there is a new project … Continue reading 

Posted in cucumber, ironruby, ruby, wipflash, wpf | 4 Comments