Dapper ORM .NET Quick Start

I have been using NHibernate for large corporate projects for a while now, but wanted to leverage a lighter ORM for some personal projects.  I did not want the overhead of configuring NHibernate and wanted something "lighter".

I have heard many developers discuss Dapper. I was interested in looking into it, but I do not like InLine SQL. I would rather use LINQ. On GitHub there is a package called SQLinq for Dapper!

The screen shots below (and ZIP file Download) shows using Dapper with Inline SQL and LINQ over a SQL Server Northwind Database. This project is a console app built in Visual Studio 2015.

If you decided to use this sample project you will need to update your connection string. (To keep this simple I am not documenting the connection method here)

1. Create a Customer Entity

2. Dapper Inline SQL Example

3. Dapper LINQ Sample

4. Console App Results

 Download DapperSample.zip C# Console App Source

Alternative for Exchange by TouchDown Android App Symantec

I have been frustrated with the performance of the Exchange TouchDown for Andriod after Symantec bought it out in 2016. When the Exchange TouchDown app was developed and maintained by NitroDesk it was really top notch. Symantec really made a mess of the app. Instead of fixing it, they are shutting it down.

Symantec released an end of life statement "Symantec Corporation hereby informs you that we will be discontinuing the availability of Touchdown by Symantec.  End of Product Life (EOL) 7/3/2017"

THERE IS GOOD NEWS: I have been using the last version 8.5.00086 before Symantec made a huge mess of the Exchange TouchDown for Andriod app.  An alternative to NitroDesk you can use the Outlook app by Mircorsoft for Android (personally I still prefer the NitroDesk TouchDown for Andriod app).

Touchdown Before Symantec: You can download the APK of the last version published by NitroDesk from the link below. This is the free version. If you paid for the full version your key will still work since this is the last version developed by NitroDesk with NO Symantec features at all!

com.nitrodesk.touchdown_v8.5.apk (9.13 mb)

Audiobook Collection - Stoicism - Taoism and More

Books of Wisdom - Audiobook Collection

The app contains some of the best audiobooks on Stoicsim and Taoism.

Get it on Android - Get it on the App Store

Collection of Audiobooks from some of the greatest thinkers.

 Authors Include:

* Bertrand Russell
* Epictetus
* James Allen
* Henry David Thoreau
* Lao-Tzu
* Marcus Aurelius
* Seneca
* More Added from time to time...

Book Titles:

* As a Man Thinketh by James Allen: Allen's books illustrate the use of the power of thought to increase personal capabilities. Although he never achieved great fame or wealth, his works continue to influence people around the world, including the New Thought movement.

* The Enchiridion or The Handbook of Epictetus, By Epictetus: Although the content is similar to the Discourses of Epictetus, it is not a summary of the Discourses but rather a compilation of practical precepts.

* Analysis of Mind by Bertrand Russell: Philosopher, mathematician and social critic, Bertrand Russell was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1950. In The Analysis of Mind, one of his most influential and exciting books, Russell presents an intriguing reconciliation of the materialism of psychology with the antimaterialism of physics.
This book established a new conception of the mind and provided one of the most original and interesting externalist accounts of knowledge

* De Brevitate Vitae (frequently referred to as On the Shortness of Life in English) by Seneca is a moral essay written by Seneca the Younger in 49 AD, a Roman Stoic philosopher, to his father-in-law Paulinus.

* The Epistulae morales ad Lucilium (English: Moral Epistles to Lucilius / Moral Letters Vol I) by Seneca is a collection of 124 letters which were written by Seneca the Younger at the end of his life.

* Intro to Metaphysics by Henri Bergson: An Introduction to Metaphysics (Introduction a la Metaphysique) is a 1903 essay by Henri Bergson that explores the concept of reality. For Bergson, reality occurs not in a series of discrete states but as a process similar to that described by the Greek philosopher Heraclitus. Reality is fluid and cannot be completely understood through reductionistic analysis, which he said "implies that we go around an object", gaining knowledge from various perspectives which are relative. Instead, reality can be grasped absolutely only through intuition, which Bergson

* Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu: The Tao Te Ching, along with the Zhuangzi, is a fundamental text for both philosophical and religious Taoism, and strongly influenced other schools, such as Legalism, Confucianism, and Chinese Buddhism, which when first introduced into China was largely interpreted through the use of Daoist words and concepts. Many Chinese artists, including poets, painters, calligraphers, and even gardeners, have used the Daodejing as a source of inspiration. Its influence has also spread widely outside East Asia, and it is among the most translated works in world literature

* The Meditations by Marcus Aurelius: The 12 books of the Meditations in Koine Greek as a source for his own guidance and self-improvement. It is possible that large portions of the work were written at Sirmium, where he spent much time planning military campaigns from 170 to 180.

* Walden by Henry David Thoreau: First published in 1854, Walden details Thoreau's experiences over the course of two years, two months, and two days in a cabin he built near Walden Pond, amidst woodland owned by his friend and mentor Ralph Waldo Emerson, near Concord, Massachusetts. Thoreau used this time to write his first book.

Marcus Aurelius Meditations, Stoic Philosophy, Taoism, and More