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As I was setting up the framework for my apprenticeship portal MVC 4 web application, I used part of endjin’s core composition framework for the dependency injection, which utilises Castle Windsor. (Here is a link to some useful videos on dependency injection and Castle Windsor that helped me to understand why they are used). Part of the framework […]

Category: Development

Windows 8 Development Camp

by Mike Larah

I spent yesterday at Microsoft’s London offices for talks on how to develop new Metro – uh, “Windows Store” – apps for Windows 8. The day kicked off with Mike Taulty going over all the features of Windows 8 and explaining how to use the new touch based controls and also how to do everything […]


Apprenticeship Week 2

by Mike Larah

I started my second week of the apprenticeship by looking at some functional testing. Specifically I was beginning to put together a ‘regression’ test pack for a client, identifying key success scenarios in their product and service that can be tested against before future releases are deployed to ensure the software does not ‘regress’. Ideally, once this […]

Category: Culture

End of the first week

by Mike Larah

As thought, by modifying our YouTrackSharp CreateUser method to use PUT instead of POST (and creating the Put method), this fixed the password issue and is now fully functioning. So one down! Next up was to try TeamCity and straight to C# and VS 2012 for this one as the REST API looked similar to […]

Category: Culture

Day 3: Client meeting

by Mike Larah

Yesterday was spent out on site as we met with a client to discuss their PR/marketing strategy. Whilst marketing isn’t the first discipline that springs to mind when thinking about development, I saw yesterday how much of a integral part it can play in the success of a company/product/service. The process we went through involved […]

Category: Culture

Day 2: Errors and Debugging

by Mike Larah

Day 2 was met mainly with errors but was not in vain . We successfully managed to get the PowerShell script from yesterday to add a new user to YouTrack but without creating a password. There was another function found in the REST API to create new user with password but this was where we […]

Category: Culture

Day 1: PowerShell, BDD and Git

by Mike Larah

  So the first real work started yesterday afternoon with an introduction to PowerShell. Since all new employees are required to sign up to variety of web services (Office 365, YouTrack, GitHub, WordPress, TeamCity, IPCop), it would save time to write a script to automate this on-boarding process. Starting with YouTrack, by using the web […]


Mike Larah is an Apprentice Endjineer

by Mike Larah

From engineer to endjineer. Having just graduated with my mechanical engineering degree, I now start my new journey into the technology sector as an apprentice here at endjin HQ. I will be posting regularly in this blog during my time here to document the apprenticeship process and my progress as a budding developer. Hopefully this […]

Category: Culture 3 Comments

TeamCity PowerShell

by Howard van Rooijen

Last week I was formally invited to become a member of the JetBrains Development Academy Board – to celebrate, I decided to give something back to the community that has a JetBrains flavour. As I mentioned in my last post – we’ve been doing a lot of ALM / DevOps work in the last year […]


An Omega Geek’s Guide to Learning PowerShell

by Howard van Rooijen

In the last 12 months we’ve been doing quite a lot of Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) projects helping teams setup Continuous Delivery processes. One of the tenets of Continuous Delivery is “Automate Everything” – which has been a core part of my “work smarter, not harder” ethic for a number of years. The technology that […]


Dev4Good July 2011

by Howard van Rooijen

Ethical Foundations When we founded endjin, Matthew, Lloyd and I spent a lot of time thinking about the type of company we wanted to create; one recurring theme was that in our personal time we each did a significant amount of work for “good causes” and we derived a huge amount of joy and satisfaction […]


A few weeks ago Geoffrey Smith, the Sharp Architecture Development Lead and I were invited onto .NET Rocks! to be interviewed about the Sharp Architecture project. After we talked about Sharp Architecture – the conversation lead on to other open source projects I’ve been involved with such as Templify and StyleCop for ReSharper. You can listen to the […]


Quiet day on Monday…

by Matthew Adams

Anyone who follows me on Twitter will know that I love food. Cooking it, eating it, thinking about it… That industry has an above-average number of incredibly driven, creative, focused individuals who have a passion for what they do; the flair to do it; and, above all, the willingness to pass on that experience to […]

Category: Culture 4 Comments

StyleCop and StyleCop for ReSharper have merged

by Howard van Rooijen

In 2008 Microsoft released Source Analysis a tool to help solve the thorny problem of coding standards in C# projects, soon afterwards they re-launched it using it’s original internal Microsoft name, StyleCop (to avoid confusion with the TFS Code Analysis tools), along with an SDK that allowed the community to extend the product. In May […]


On Apprenticeships…

by Howard van Rooijen

I’ve always been surprised by the number of people within the technology sector, in particular the software development industry who don’t have a  traditional computer science background. Some of the most talented software developers I’ve worked with have university backgrounds in chemistry, astrophysics,  geography, marine biology, just not Computer Science, and two of the most […]

Category: Culture 11 Comments

Where do my Visual States come from in Blend?

by Matthew Adams

This blog was prompted by a question from fellow endjineer and all-round genius, Ian Griffiths. He wanted to know how Expression Blend managed to find the Visual States exposed by the standard controls, and how you might, therefore, do the same job in your own code. (If you want to read up a bit about […]


Endjin–Looking back on 2010

by Matthew Adams

Everyone is legally obliged to produce some kind of retrospective post at the end of the year. This is mine. I’ve done it in the form of a few “Top 3”s. Top 3 Dev Tools for 2011 1) The JetBrains tools. I’d used R# before, but combined with StyleCop for R#, TeamCity and DotCover, it […]

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Large productivity gains can be made by adopting a “Convention over Configuration” (CoC) approach when designing new solution architectures. To harness the full power of the Convention over Configuration approach, the development team must take a holistic approach by examining the ceremony required at every stage within the Software Development Life Cycle. In a previous […]


In the previous instalment, we built out a model for component composition by convention, and showed how this could be implemented over MEF and/or Castle Windsor. Other IOC containers exist, though, and it would be nice if we could abstract over the container, and plug in different implementations depending on our needs and preferences. Seems […]


A Step by Step Guide to MongoDB for .NET Developers

by Howard van Rooijen

I originally published this post on my personal blog but decided to revisit it and update it with a few things I’ve learnt in the following months. During DDD8 I attended Neil Robbins “Hello Document Database” talk, where he demo’d how to get started with CouchDB. Although I have heard a lot about the NoSQL […]