Coding and Dismantling Stuff

Don't thank me, it's what I do.

About the author

Russell is a .Net developer based in Lancashire in the UK.  His day job is as a C# developer for the UK's largest online white-goods retailer, DRL Limited.

His weekend job entails alternately demolishing and constructing various bits of his home, much to the distress of his fiance Kelly, 3-year-old daughter Amelie, and menagerie of pets.


  1. Fix dodgy keywords Google is scraping from my blog
  2. Complete migration of NHaml from Google Code to GitHub
  3. ReTelnet Mock Telnet Server à la Jetty
  4. Learn to use Git
  5. Complete beta release FHEMDotNet
  6. Publish FHEMDotNet on Google Code
  7. Learn NancyFX library
  8. Pull RussPAll/NHaml into NHaml/NHaml
  9. Open Source Blackberry Twitter app
  10. Other stuff

NHaml - Lessons From Adopting an OSS Project

Hi all,

Some weeks ago now, I blogged that I've adopted the open source NHaml project over at GitHub, I'm now an administrator. I also mentioned that I was looking to get an initial release out sometime in December. Since then I've been beavering away at the thing, we're now most of the way through December, it feels like it's time for a status update.

In this post, I'll be talking a little about the project as I picked it up, lessons learned in my first baby steps adopting an established OSS proect, the decision to go with a (almost) rewrite, TDD and why I feel this is important stuff, and a few other odds and ends.

Incidentally, I in no way whatsoever mean to sound like I'm having a dig at previous contributors to the project, the stuff I'm putting into the project now owes massively to these earlier contributors, I'm trying to evolve as many of their existing ideas as I can. 


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An Enterprise MVC .Net Project Template - Part 1 of Many

Hi all,

That time's come again - another project's come along (actually an oooollld project from 6 years back has come around again), and I'm about to fire up Windows Explorer and Visual Studio ready to start dev.

I've done this dozens of times over the last couple of years, but I still remember back in the early days struggling to get to grips with where to put what, where to put my DLLs, my unit tests, etc. So I thought some folks might benefit if I jot down some notes as I go along. This post will detail exactly how I get started with a new Visual Studio project, in this case looking at an MVC project, and all of the things I do before I start cutting code.

By the way, this is the same project structure I use for most of my enterprise level work. I'm going to document this for Subversion users, as I still feel like they're in the majority (and I still suck at Git), so Git or Mercurial users will possibly want to ignore me when I talk about branches and trunks!


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