Frink – Numbers with units of measure

As unusual programming languages go, this one actually is pretty amazing.
It adds units of measure to the number.

“One day Alan Eliasen read a fart joke and got so mad he invented a programming language. 20 years later Frink is one of the best special purpose languages for dealing with units.“But why do we need a language just for dealing with units?” Glad you asked! Intro to Units A unit is the physical property a number represents, like distance or time. We almost always are talking about SI units, or Système international.”

by Hillel Wayne

Source: The Frink is Good, the Unit is Evil • Hillel Wayne

Quo Vadis, MSMQ and .NET Core?

“Microsoft Message Queuing (MSMQ) is currently not available for .NET Core. While other message queuing systems are generally preferred, many enterprise applications were based on MSMQ and this creates a problem for teams looking to migrate from .NET Framework to .NET Core or the upcoming .NET 5. But a recent pull request for Reference Source may change the situation.”

By Jonathan Allen

Source: MSMQ and .NET Core

C# 9 Deep Dive: Records | Dave Brock

In the previous post of this series, Dave Brock discussed the init-only features of C# 9, which allowed us to make individual properties immutable. That works great on a case-by-case basis, but the real power in leveraging C# immutability is when we can do this for custom types. This is where records shine.

This is the second post in a five-post series on C# 9 features in-depth.

Source: C# 9 Deep Dive: Records | Dave Brock

My Daily Toolbox

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Toolbox

We all have our favorite tools. Here is the other stuff I use, in no particular order!

RAD Studio Enterprise (10.3.3)
Yes, I am oldschool, but this old dog knows a lot of new tricks. There is no better way to do Windows GUI, and possibly cross platform GUI.

FinalBuilder / Continua CI (Current)
If you are not using at least one of these, you are missing out! Finalbuilder helps your Delphi builds keep their configurations straight, and Continua CI is an amazing orchestrator that detects your commits and starts your builds, unit tests, integration tests, build your installers, push the latest build the the appropriate staging areas, and much, much more.

Beyond Compare Pro (Current)
Is it the same, or different? This is my favorite comparison tool. Stable and awesome and plugs nicely into SVN and git.

TextPad (Current)
For powerful RegExp, Macros and handling massive text files.

VS Code (Current)
This thing is rapidly becoming one of my favorite editors for PowerShell and SQL.

Visual Studio Enterprise (Current)
Still can’t do without it.

SQL Server Management Studio (Current)
When you need to find out why your SQL sucks.

ApexSQL Developer Pack (Current)
When you need to sync schemas or data, and beyond.

PowerShell 7 (Current)
It is absolutely a programming language in it’s own right. You need to learn this tool as it can really do some serious OS level, cross platform scripting! 

Windows Terminal (Current)
Very handy for CLI work. Use Bash, PSH 5.x, PSH 7.x or cmd in the same container, at the same time.

Process Hacker 2 (Current)
TaskHandler on steroids. What threads are running, how has that memory been trending, so many features!

PowerToys (Current)
A growing collection of useful gadgets for your desktop.

GreenShot (Current)
Screenshots galore – and mine are automatically uploaded to my Google Drive.

PostMan (Current)
For all your REST/SOAP/JsonRPC/<web tech> protocol testing.

Remote Desktop Manager Enterprise (Current)
Too many dang servers! For all your remoting needs, it has a very large collection of integration options.

VNC (Current)
When you need to remote to the unremotable.

FileZilla (Current)
Fine Transfer Program.

PeaZip (Current)
Compress the world.

Oracle VirtualBox (Current)
Where to test your stuff without blowing up your workstation.

Paint.NET (Current)
Compact, capable, and easy to use image editing program.

TortoiseSVN (Current)
Does that make me the hare?

Github Desktop (Current)
git gud!

Inno Setup (Current)
When you need an installer, this has you covered, although I am leaning towards Powershell these days.

IcoFX (Portable 1.6.4, the last free version)
Handy icon designer

Chrome and various Google Services
Drive / Docs / Photos / Keep, Meet, etc. etc.

Teams
Which has totally replaced Skype and Skype for Biz as well as Slack

Office 365
You know what I am talking about

What are you using?