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This article is the first in a three-part series on the use of CruiseControl.NET, a very popular and important tool for any development house interested in implementing continuous integration and other agile programming concepts. In this first installment we'll briefly cover the definition and use of continuous integration (CI), some of the other CI tools available, and the basic setup and operation of CruiseControl.NET. While these articles will cover the core elements of CruiseControl.NET, we will be covering only a small portion of its functionality and you are encouraged to read through the excellent online documentation. So What Is Continuous Integration? In brief, it's the process of integrating the various components of a software project on a regular and frequent basis to enable early detection of problems along component boundaries. For a much better read on... (more)

MySQL the .NET Way

The .NET Framework is an exciting and enabling technology, allowing developers using many different languages and platforms to share tools and components like never before. Open-source efforts to bring .NET to Linux and other platforms are starting to pay off, and I can't think of a better way to use an open-source version of .NET than to work with one of the best opensource databases, MySQL. There are two major opensource .NET initiatives under way, Mono and Portable.NET. At the moment, the Portable.NET project does not have an ADO.NET stack available, so in this article I'll u... (more)