Compiler aided overloading

I was playing with xUnit.net for a pet project of mine. I wasn’t writing test cases with xUnit rather I was using the underlying xUnit engine to discover test cases and invoke calls that execute desired test cases. Forget the details of what I was doing, let us talk about it in a different post. But for now, I was consuming xUnit’s backend library.

XunitFrontController is the gateway to xUnit’s world; AFAIK. You create an instance of the controller specifying the target assembly.

var xfc = new XunitFrontController(
  AppDomainSupport.IfAvailable,
  "{full path of the assembly where the test cases reside}"
);

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Sporting a new look

I am very particular in composing the content of the posts (and pages) on this blog. By content, I mean what I literally put in the post/page while editing – text, image, HTML etc. I like to keep the content extremely clean and avoid polluting with HTML like I had to earlier (on blogspot). With the content polluted, it is a terrible pain when migrating blogs and/or rendering the posts flawless and consistent across browsers. Blogger is notorious in that aspect 1.

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Publishing C++/CLI on LeanPub

I came across LeanPub a few months back. I believe it was through hanselman – blog, video or something. I liked LeanPub instantly because of a couple of reasons.

  • It supports writing in markdown and I love markdown.
  • There is a large collection and variety of books including technical books and material, some of which are free too.
  • In case you are not a professional writer, the publication process encourages you with the feeling as if you are one.

I hadn’t written/published any lengthy material in a long time except the C+/CLI Primer on CodeProject. Why not publish same, I thought, and actually published. I wasn’t even expecting any response from anyone since the material was on C++/CLI, a language that gave me the impression that I was the only one using it at the time I published on CodeProject. 😀 I am really impressed that the material topped more than 50 downloads in about three months since it was published. Heck, a couple of them even paid despite the fact that the material is free. Not only am I humbled by this encouraging gesture but I am also convinced that C++/CLI is still being pursued and will continue to live – production, academic or as a pet language. Go grab your copy of the booklet – C++/CLI Primer. It’s free!

The unconquerable

Hercules was a strong man; a tall muscular perfect masculine figure. He moved boulders with his bare hands. He stopped elephants and swung them by their tusks. No doubt, he prevented battles by his mere presence. His body drew its strength from within. He was no less than unconquerable.

Even such a mighty Hercules was brought down to his knees. He was taken over by an invisible force that turned him weak and set him on a curse, a terrible painful experience. He started worrying deeply, and wept like a scared kid. There was a time when he fought elephants head on. But this was a battle within that he was losing. He could still win this battle only if he could meet eye-to-eye with the enemy.

No, it wasn’t LOVE. It was VIRUS; an unconquerable invisible living thing that has conquered this planet, and who knows several others elsewhere.


The character Hercules portrayed in this post is not exactly the Greek mythical warrior. The character and some of his traits have been borrowed to establish the crux of the post that he was a strong figure.

Where is my C++ ?

I have been using C# for quite some time now, and that too VS 2005. I see that Programming Pain at a macro level has boiled down to thinking than coding. Though it might be an advantage on one side, I feel I have become lazy. Since I am a programmer from the C++ world, it was very easy to become lazy. The small and handy applications that I write for myself in C++, I am writing them in C#. Even now I am a great disciple of C++. And even though C++/CLI is out there, and I work a small amount of it in my project, I am getting inclined to C#.

I am not sure why I am writing this.
Is it the fear or sorrow of getting away from C++ ?
Or am I just expecting much elegant syntax and features like in C# ?

But I have begun to feel that the result you achieve out of the code you write is much more important than the programming language you use. Does anyone care whether Windows or Visual Studio or Yahoo Messenger or Google Talk or Internet Explorer or FireFox or any application you love, is written in C++ or C# or C++/CLI ? That is the way I consoled myself.

But I wish that C++ never go exile in my programming life.