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Resharper 4 in Two Weeks?
The good folks at JetBrains have recently announced that Resharper 4.0 Early Access Program will be available in two weeks. It's like one of those long awaited things like Duke Nukem Forever, but it looks like R# will beat it to the punch, fortunately for me. For those like me, I can honestly say I haven't been as productive in Visual Studio 2008 as I can say I have been without it. Many people will use the workaround as stated many times around the blogs, but I've just stayed away until they can ......

Posted On Sunday, February 3, 2008 10:17 PM

Testing your internals inside out
Recently among other places it was asked on the altdotnet list about the strategies of unit testing with regards to assemblies and naming This message here caught my eye regarding putting your NUnit tests in the same assembly as the code under test. The message states about putting the tests in the same assembly : There are a couple advantages to this approach: The nearness of the files will make it easier (and therefore more likely) that developers will work on the test in tandem with the class ......

Posted On Thursday, January 24, 2008 6:55 PM

Continuous Integration: From Theory to Practice 2nd Edition Released
Carel Lotz last year released a guide on Continuous Integration (CI) for .NET 2.0 last year and was made available for download via PDF for free. Carel took the series of posts on CI and rolled them into one guide. The guide included CI with the following tools: CruiseControl.NET MSBuild MSBuild Community Tasks FxCop NUnit NCover NDepend Subversion InstallShield QuickTest Professional Sandcastle TypeMock.NET Rhino Mocks Flash forward to today. Carel spent the last two weeks and has updated the guide ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 15, 2008 12:55 AM

Visual Studio 2008, SQL Server 2008 & Windows Server 2008 Launch Event Coming to a City Near You!
As noted today, you can now register for the Launch of Visual Studio 2008, SQL Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008. You can find the closest event to you from here. For all you DC folks like me, our event is March 25th and you can find that registration information here. Here is the basic information: Take a test drive Come to an event and test drive Windows Server® 2008 operating system, Microsoft® SQL Server® 2008, and Microsoft Visual Studio® 2008. Meet the experts Enjoy hands-on labs, face-to-face ......

Posted On Monday, January 14, 2008 6:22 PM

Not switching to 2008 exclusively yet
Greetings from snowy, beautiful Washington, DC where it takes the average person three hours to get into work. Seems that when people come across frozen bridges, the first idea people get is to step on the brakes. WHY??? Anyhow, that's a rant for another day. The here and now focus is Visual Studio 2005 and 2008. With the projects I've been doing lately, I haven't had the luxury to completely switch over to Visual Studio 2008 just yet. There are a few things holding me back: BizTalk 2006 R2 integration ......

Posted On Wednesday, December 5, 2007 3:37 PM

Visual Studio 2008 Released
Today Visual Studio 2008 went RTM and made available on MSDN Subscriber Downloads. Most of the morning, MSDN had problems keeping up with demand and was down until around 10AM EST. I finally got mine installed around 10:30 or so this morning and so far so good. It was just frustrating while I was getting ASP.NET server errors exposed to me while I am trying. Scott Guthrie has a pretty good post on the release ......

Posted On Monday, November 19, 2007 9:52 AM

15 Working with Data in ASP.NET 2.0 Tutorials
Scott Guthrie has posted a good link with 15 ASP.NET Data Tutorials that were created by Scott Mitchell. These tutorials found here, cover the following: Introduction Articles Creating a Data Access Layer using Typed DataSets Creating a Business Logic Layer Using Master Pages and Site Navigation for Consistent Look and Feel of the Data Samples Basic ASP.NET Data Reporting Displaying Data with the ObjectDataSource Using ObjectDataSource Declarative Parmeters Programmatically Setting ObjectDataSource ......

Posted On Friday, June 23, 2006 2:10 PM

Webcast - Model-Driven Development in Visual Studio 2005
Microsoft has introduced very powerful tools for architects with Visual Studio 2005 Team Edition for Software Architects. Among these is the ability to define, generate and customize your own set of visual modeling tools that are built upon the same infrastructure as those provided with Visual Studio. There is an MSDN Webcast available entitled Domain-Specific Language Tools for Model-Driven Development in Visual Studio 2005 which goes over this in detail. This webcast covers the following: * Visual ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 21, 2006 1:27 PM

C++ - Where is STL/CLR???
When Visual Studio 2005 was still in Beta, Visual C++ had a concept of STL .NET (now called STL/CLR), which in short is a porting of the STL to the CLR. One may ask, so why STL/CLR? As you may or may not have noticed, C++ will not accept managed types inside of an STL container. Nikola Dudar explains more about the differences in his post "What is STL/CLR". Stan Lippman had a great introduction of this great library in an article on MSDN called STL .NET Primer. Nick Weinholt also had a good introduction ......

Posted On Monday, June 19, 2006 9:36 PM

Reminder - June 10th Reston Code Camp
Just as a reminder that the Reston Code Camp is on June 10th. The Code Camp Schedule has been posted which looks to be a full day of good stuff. I, unfortunately, cannot attend the whole day as I have a concert to go to that night, but I'll try to catch what I can. If you missed signing up, you missed out! They have a wait list, and they will try to do their best to get you in... Hope to see a good crowd there ......

Posted On Tuesday, June 6, 2006 5:46 PM

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