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Weekly Update – 27 Oct 2013


Last week I submitted my first app to the Windows App Store, and it was quickly approved. It lets you create Dungeons & Dragons characters, and handles dice rolling while you play the game. It’s a simple app, but because I went through the complete process of submitting it, I now have everything in place for future apps.

You can read this post, to see what I learned about submitting an app to the Windows 8 App Store.

I started work on my next app. It’s an app to help you build good habits.

I had a little problem, when I started adding unit tests. Since this program will be more complex than the first one, I want to have automated tests in place. However, my version of ReSharper (7.1.1) had a problem with running unit tests in Visual Studio 2012 (Update 2). Fortunately, an update to ReSharper 7.1.3 fixed that.

Another thing you need to be aware of, if you’re going to build more complex Metro apps, is that adding projects to the solution is slightly different. Instead of adding a normal “Class Library” project, or “Unit Test” project, you need to add the ones under the “Windows Store” section.

My plans for this week are to keep working in the habit-building app.


I’ve been thinking about putting together a beginner’s programming course, one that really focuses on what you’ll need to know to write business programs. My most popular posts here are generally the ones that show some coding technique, so I think there is a demand for knowledge.

If you’d be interested in a beginner’s programming course, please leave a comment about what you’d like to learn, or send me a message from the Contact page.


Three trips to the gym last week, including one on Friday (where I lifted a bit more than I should have, and hurt my back a little).

I released my SQLHydra library to GitHub and updated my DotNetToolBox project there. The SQLHydra library is a fluent interface to create SQL queries. It also has the ability to create queries in different SQL formats, although it currently only builds queries for MS SQL Server.

I haven’t released MogriChess, and have second thoughts about that. It uses an old, clunky technique for the graphics. Also, I was never able to build a very smart AI for it. So I’m not sure that releasing it will actually help anyone.

The Windows 8.1 install seems to be working well, and I’m re-installing more programs – but nothing critical yet. I want to be sure that the lock-up problem is really gone first.

I’ve been thinking about doing something with my resume page. Write now, it’s a fairly standard resume, which would be good if I was looking for a standard job. But I’m only looking for short-term (three to six months) contract projects that I can do 100% remotely – since I have no plans to move back to the US. And all I get contacted about are full-time, sit-in-our-cubicle, jobs.


That’s it for last week, and my plans for next week.


  1. Paul Sodimu
    Paul Sodimu March 6, 2014

    I checked out your DotNetToolBox and I think it’s pretty cool. I find myself sometimes writing the same helper classes in multiple solutions and had never thought to do what you did. I think I’ll create my own tool box like yours. 🙂

    • Scott Lilly
      Scott Lilly March 10, 2014

      Thanks. It’s really nice to be able to start a new project with all those functions available.

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