February 1, 2014

2014 Blog Refresh

This weekend, I bought the domain name bricelam.net, and it's now the official address of my blog. Don't worry, all existing links should simply redirect. In addition to the new address, I've also updated the look. I opted for a simple and clean look that is consistent across desktop and mobile devices. I also made code snippets easier to read by giving them a margin and using more familiar, Visual Studio-like syntax highlighting.

I also added a few new pages to my blog. I moved my profile out of a widget and into its own About me page. I added a Projects page containing information about some of the open source projects I've been involved with over the years. Also, I added a Tools page that I will keep up-to-date with some of my favorite software engineering tools.

Now I need to come up with some great posts to share! I have a lot of information about Entity Framework, MSBuild, NuGet, and various other technologies floating around in my head right now. I'll do my best to organize and write some of it down for you.

June 21, 2013

System.Data.SQLite on Entity Framework 6


This feature has been added.
Versions 1.0.91.0 and newer of System.Data.SQLite support EF6, this fork is not required.

If you've tried my tutorial for using Entity Framework on SQLite, you may have noticed that it doesn't work on Entity Framework 6. If you set everything up just like you're supposed to, you still get the following error.
The 'Instance' member of the Entity Framework provider type 'System.Data.SQLite.SQLiteProviderServices, System.Data.SQLite.Linq, Version=1.0.86.0, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=db937bc2d44ff139' did not return an object that inherits from 'System.Data.Entity.Core.Common.DbProviderServices'. Entity Framework providers must extend from this class and the 'Instance' member must return the Singleton instance of the provider.
This is because there have been some breaking changes to the provider model in Entity Framework 6, and providers will need to be updated before they can work. (See the linked article for more information.)

An updated provider

Since the System.Data.SQLite provider is open source, I took the liberty of creating a fork and updating it to work with Entity Framework 6. You can find it hosted over on GitHub -- the bricelam/System.Data.SQLite.Linq repository.

This is not in any way an official or supported fork; I just wanted to get something out there for the community to play with. Also, I do not intend to submit a pull request for my changes since they very trivial, and the more significant work will be integrating it into their build system.

Installing it

How can you get it? Easy, I've uploaded it to a NuGet feed hosted over on MyGet. You can install it directly from Package Manager Console using the following.
Install-Package System.Data.SQLite.Linq -Pre -Source
    https://www.myget.org/F/bricelam/
Enjoy! And be sure to give us any feedback regarding EF6 over on our CodePlex project page.

February 23, 2013

Image Resizer 3 Preview 3 Update 3 Released

That's right, I just a third minor update to Image Resizer 3 Preview 3. This one fixes a bug in the context menu handler that was causing problems with some other extensions. The update also includes some community translations to French and German.

Behind the scenes, this version also puts me in a good position to start tackling the remaining features that I have scheduled for version 3.