Dew Drop – February 14, 2014 (#1423)

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Slides and Links from my APIMASH Starter Kits Talk at First State .NET Last Night

Thanks again to everyone who came out last night. The First State .NET user group has been rebooted and is coming on strong. Upcoming meetings will feature Nik Molnar and Jeff Fritz. I hope too see lots of you there!

You can get the slide deck for my talk here: It’s a modified version of the slide deck available in the APIMASH GitHub repository.

The slides contain all the links you will  need to get up and running with the starter kits, but here are a few that I would like to highlight.

Get the starter kits on GitHub

Learn about the kits from Bob Familiar

Watch demos of the kits on Channel 9

Find APIs on APIhub

Learn about Red Gate’s new Deployment Manager

Big thanks go out to the folks at Red Gate for providing some licenses to give away at the meeting last night!


Your Chance to Win 1 of 50 Licenses for Red Gate’s .NET Reflector Professional

Most of my readers are probably aware of Red Gate’s decision to no longer offer a free edition of Reflector, the .NET assembly decompiler and analyzer. Much has already been said about the decision, and I am not going to jump in to debate the politics/ethics of the decision at this time. The fact is, Reflector is a great utility for any .NET developer’s toolbox. I think that, in the end, this move is going to create some competition in the market and hopefully drive Reflector and its competitors to deliver better, more feature-rich tools. We have already seen a couple of free alternatives pop up (here and here).

Red Gate has heard the concerns of the community and contacted me about running a promotion to help promote some goodwill. Over the next two weeks, you will have two chances to enter a contest sponsored by Red Gate. There will be 50 winners, each receiving a license for .NET Reflector Professional. There are two ways to enter:

  1. Leave a comment on this blog post. At the end of the contest I will choose, at random, 25 winners.
  2. Follow me on Twitter and tweet this message. I will choose 25 random winners from the list of tweets.

Hey @alvinashcraft. I want a copy of Reflector 7 from @redgate. #dewdrop

Here are a few rules/disclaimers/disclosures:

  • You can only win one license. If the same person is chosen in both the comments and tweets, another random name will be drawn.
  • The contest begins today, February 21, 2011 and ends on Friday, March 4, 2011.
  • Winners will be contacted no later than Tuesday, March 8, 2011.
  • As a Microsoft MVP and Friend of Red Gate, I have free NFR licenses for Reflector and ANTS Profiler for personal use. I have not been compensated by Red Gate in any other way.
  • Gifts, bribes, complements, etc. will have NO influence on the outcome of this contest.

Good luck and thanks for reading The Dew!