Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Up and running with PS and Git

Today’s post by Phil Haack mentioned using powershell over git bash. Up until now I thought I had to use git bash to communicate with github and use git. I like the idea of using powershell. it falls in line with other windows conventions.
So I finally got it all up and running. To start I had to edit my profile script and replaced my explicit path to git set-alias git "c:\Program Files (x86)\Git\bin\git.exe" with a general path to $env:path += ";" + (Get-Item "Env:ProgramFiles(x86)").Value + "\Git\bin".  This allows access to all the executables in the git directory!
Next I installed PsGet. Which is dead simple. After that I cloned posh-git to my user folder and ran .\install.ps1. This updates my powershell profile with a link to some ps scripts by Keith.
I finally fell like I have a command friendly command line perfect for development. 

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Taking a few steps back

I’ve realized something over the last few nights: 1. altering/extending isn’t as easy as it seems 2. I should take my time and learn the tools I’m using.

Common sense really. Don’t start a new project with new technology and new practices and expect everything to magically work the first time.

So I decided to take a step back and work on the first piece of the puzzle. getting powershell properly configured. The key is profiles. Once you know the term to search there is plenty of information on the topic. I happened to stumble across the term.

First thing to add to my user profile is git

set-alias git “c:\Program Files (x86)\Git\bing\git.exe”

Simple enough.

Up next is getting nuget power tools configured. I want to use this feature to manage my dependencies for projects.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Update on OSS project(s)

The Rhino.Etl enhancement to support dynamics didn’t go as smoothly as I planed. I need to back up and re-think how exactly to do this.

So on to project/idea #2. A RavenDb job store to Quartz. This lead to some new adventures with NuGet. it’s actually quite simple to use, however I don’t like how it dumps everything into a single directory. I like to separate the release libraries from the develop libraries, but I’m sure I can resolve that with some simple powershell scripting.

Now that the basics are in place I will review the AdoJobStore included with Quartz and then real development can begin. If your interested check out the repository: https://github.com/jmeckley/Quartz.RavenJobStore.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

“Gitting” up and running… slowly

For my first real project using github I decided to fork Rhino.Etl, my favorite ETL library, and try to update it a bit. To start I wanted to target 4.0. Then I wanted to replace Boo references with the DLR. I don’t use Boo scripts and wanted to remove my dependency on this assembly. I may clean up with code a bit too. There seems to be a lot of noise, but that could just be features I don’t use. Finally I still want to keep Rhino.Dsl in the mix because it is an existing feature of Rhino.Etl.
On top of all this I am learning Git and xunit and psake and … well, there is plenty to learn. So after two evenings of battling with the command line I finally have
  1. Rhino.Etl targeting 4.0
  2. The build script running
I do have 3 failing tests which I need to look into as well, but the build script is working!
To get to this point I first forked hibernatingrhinos/rhino-etl. I saw this hasn’t been touched in a while. I then issued a pull request from Nathan Palmer. His fork was using a newer version of psake. That caused some conflicts which I then resolved via notepad++ (ouch!).
Then came the task of targeting the 4.0 framework. Step one: change the target framework of each project. Step two: build from VS. That was a quick win. Now the build script.
For reasons I don’t understand msbuild was pointing to v3.5. It didn’t know what 4.0 was and kept reverting to 3.5. I tried setting the $framework_version, but it kept reverting. Finally I used brute force to resolve this and used the absolute path to v4.0 msbuild. Another step closer.
Then came xunit. I needed to use xunit.console.clr4.exe to target the 4.0 framework. Otherwise the build would fail stating the framework was built using an earlier version.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Time to get coding

VS 2010 Pro arrived! Time to install and begin fleshing out the ideas bouncing around in my head.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Continuing my introduction to GIT

Last I left off I had a simple remote and local repository. Tonight I had a few minutes and decided to tackle local branching and merging. The first difference I found between SVN and GIT is that with GIT I am constantly “checking out”. With SVN you branch and switch. With GIT checkout and switch are the same thing.
Another difference I found was local merging is different as well. with SVN you merge and commit. with GIT you simply merge and the changes are committed automatically.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

My first attempt with GIT

Tonight I decided to get started with GIT. I’m comfortable with SVN and I have read enough about GIT to at least understand the concept of how it works. What I wasn’t ready for was the command line. I’m spoiled by VisualSVN and it mouse click happy UI.
But, I’m pleased to say, that after some reading and few minutes debugging my configs I was able to push my first commit to github. Nothing exciting, just a simple README file.
What I did notice was the lighting fast speed in which the commit was pushed. Everything I read said GIT is faster, but man that was amazing!
I could repost all the commands I used, but that would be repetitive with so many other “getting started” guides out there.  Where I made a mistake was defining the local and remote repositories. locally the repository was stored in myfirstgitrepo while the remote was named My-First-Repo. When adding the remote location I first named it myfirstgitrepo. Which was incorrect, that’s the local directory.
To resolve this I had to remove the existing remote connection with git remote rm origin. Then I could add the connection using My-First-Repo. Then a simple git push origin master. Ta-Da! Simple yes, but first steps are usually small.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

I've been developing for over 10 years now and most of that time is spent on the .net framework. I present at the local Code Camps in Philly and Harrisburg and thought it's about time that I share my interest on a regular basis. That's the plan for this blog. You may also find posts about brewing. If I'm not in front of a computer or with the family, I'm in the kitchen brewing that wonder fermented goodness known as beer.

I enjoy working with OSS projects and lately I've had quite a few ideas floating around in my head. Small, simple ideas like using RavenDB as a data store for Quartz.Net. Or replacing BOO with dynamic objects in Rhino.ETL. I've also wanted to experiment with WPF and Caliburn. Those are just some of the ideas I have.

Being a web developer I want to hone my javascript and CSS skills as well, so I plan on spending time diving into these areas as well.