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Whilst working on client projects we often find useful bits of information out. Where possible we blog about that information to pass on our knowledge. Below are some of our most recent entries.

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HornGet just made .Net OSS easier

We are big fans of OSS projects in .Net especially the Castle Projects, NHibernate, Fluent NHibernate and AutoMapper. These tools have just made our life easier over the last few years. The problem has always been the effort that has gone into keeping all of the relevant libraries up to date.

In the past we have always had to run the necessary build scripts at regular intervals and where necessary manually add the dependencies, such as NHibernate trunk, into the Castle project and build. This whole process can be quite time consuming, but it necessary as the development teams are always adding more and more functionality and bug fixes to the tools.

A few months ago this process was made just a little bit easier by the HornGet tool. Sure it's no Ruby Gems, but it's certainly a step in the right direction.

Creating your own HornGet configuration file

To add to the power of HornGet the developers have added the ability to create your own configuration files using Boo. This is really useful as it means we can configure HornGet to build just about any OSS we want and handle dependencies etc.

Quick and simple downloads

For developers who don't want to go down the route of installing HornGet on their own machines, but still want the benefits of the tool, there is a library downloads website, where you can just browse the list of available OSS projects and download the relevant libraries. It really couldn't be any more simple.

We'd just like to take this opportunity to thank the HornGet team for creating this tool, and whilst they are currently experiencing a few issues in regards to mixed sources and build tools we really think this is a big step forwards to help developers use OSS tools in .Net. Keep up the excellent work guys!

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