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Syncing Outlook 2010 and Google Calendar

I use Outlook 2010 at work and Google Calendar at home and on my phone and found after upgrading from Outlook 2007 that the sync tool that Google have only works with Outlook 2003/2007.  I decided to write my own Outlook 2010 VSTO add-in which will sync my entries every hour for the past couple month and three months in the future.

I have uploaded the inital code to github and you can find more details and get the source here

The add in allows you to specify your account details and the number of months of historical and future appointments to sync. When the add in loads for the first time you will be prompted by a settings box

After entering your details and clicking Save your details we be kept in the file with the password encrypted. The add in will then sync your Calendar’s every time you login. I have plans to make it much less garish when I get chance.

You can make the application sync at any time by pressing the sync icon, and change the settings by clicking the settings icon

The code is pretty rough at the moment without enough error handling or unit tests, but that will change when I get time. My testing has found the synchronisation to work okay so far but there is no real logic on matching moved entries (yet), but as we know version 1 sucks anyway

Please don’t hold me responsible if it deletes all your entries, creates crazy new appointments or wipes your hard disk and if you find it useful let me know. Features and problems can be logged on github or in the comments here. I plan to write a bit more about how I wrote it and some of the technologies used (StructureMap, MSpec) when I get chance.


A easier way to create stored procedures from a schema

March 13, 2010 Leave a comment

Unfortunately, we don’t always get complete autonomy when writing software, the most typical example of this is having to use stored procedures for all data access. I am not going to bother with the whole debate about performance and security it’s a simple fact that many of us have to use sprocs at work despite our personal preference.

We used to use CSLA ( I just shuddered while I typed that) for our business objects but we are now evaluating other options, on a recent project I spent some time using stored procedures and LINQ2SQL to create a winforms solution and was pleasantly surprised by how easily the two co-existed. After a false start regarding relationships between entities we got the solution up and running completely using sprocs for all data access while still being able to use the built in LINQ2SQL Unit of work.

For the stored procedures however, I had forgotten how tedious it was to write simple data access code which could easily be generated, I evaluated a few different options (T4 templates etc) then chose to roll my own not because I suffer from Not Invented Here syndrome but as an excuse to learn some new technology, which segues us onto a new open source project i create Ubersprogen. while this is  possibly the stupidest names open source project in history. I needed a way of generating CRUD and select by primary key and foreign key which i could then use for my dbml file in linq, giving me much of the power of Linq2Sql while still keeping our DBA’s happy.

While its not going to change the world it has made my life easier and if your in a similar position, possibly yours too.

The elevator pitch

Ubersprogen will generate all the CRUD sprocs you will usually need from Sql Server 2005/2008  including dropping existing procs and headers if required. This is done using a templating engine called nvelocity from the castle project. This allows you to change the layout and logic (to a certain extent) of the sprocs as and when you need. It should be able to ensure the the sprocs follow your companies coding standards too.

A bit more detail

I used WPF for writing the front end, then LINQ2SQL for the data access and nvelocity for the templates, its not finished, but it is in a position where it will generate stored procedures from a db, so it seems about the right time to announce it to the world. It pretty much my attempts at WPF and I have attempted to implement MV-VM so there may well be some horrid anti patterns in there. I would hope that everyone should be able to make it work easily. The UI consists of one form.

Ubersprogen Ui

As you can probably gather it allows you to select which procs to generate, how many files to generate, whether to use NoCount and what isolation level. the gold key depicts a Primary Key and the silver key a Foreign Key.

you can download the binaries here and a link to the source is here

If you have any other ideas of functionality, please leave a comment. If you think its crap, let me know too!