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Thursday, July 29, 2004

Recommended reading

Some recommended books on software testing
Recommended reading


Monday, July 26, 2004

Ice for .NET it's not the see thrugh blocks you put into your soda.

It looks like Michi and Co. have a version of Ice that runs on the CLR.
I knew Michi would come around to God's platform sooner or later :-)
[Don Box's Spoutlet]


Cleanly starting/stopping windows explorer (undocumented windows shortcuts)

If you are running Windows XP and want a cmd prompt with no strange environment variables set, do the following: CTRL+SHIFT+ESC->File->CTRL+New Task (Run...)
This will open a cmd window with only the basics.  This is useful if you have killed Explorer and need to restart it.  Explorer will keep the environment of the cmd window that started it. 

If you want to cleanly shutdown Explorer without having it automatically restart: Start->Shutdown->CTRL+ALT+SHIFT+Cancel.

[Jeff Davis (IE)]


Sunday, July 25, 2004

Tracking by a microchip inserted under the skin

I guess tracking of every human in the world is not such a distant future after all. - Mexico attorney general gets microchip implant - Jul 13, 2004


Friday, July 23, 2004

Resign Patterns

Some patterns to use,others to avoid


.NET Remoting 2.0

Matt Tavis posts on Microsft Newsgroups about new features of .NET Remoting in .NET 2.0
Speed, Security and better support for loadbalanced environments are some of the new features.

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Thursday, July 22, 2004

Why does my switch statement works differently?

Every wondered why c# does not allow switch/case fall thrugh. This article gives an explanation and a simple solution (goto

Why does my switch statement works differently?


Lookout V1.2 available for download from Microsoft

Now that Microsoft bought Lookout, this great application is available for download after a brief interruption. Downloadload it directly from Microsoft downloads


Wednesday, July 21, 2004

ReSharper: C# Refactoring Tool -> Finally released

This is definitely a plus great day for the .NET community. JetBrains released Resharper 1.0. For those who do not know about what Resharper is, it is an add-in for Visual Studio .NET that provides more dozens of useful features. Things like enhanced code navigation, smart code complete, Live templates, Error Highlighting are only a tip of an iceberg. Resharper has some refactoring functions as well. Ability to rename variables, functions and classes. Change of method signatures, new variable introduction, etc...

ReSharper: C# Refactoring Tool


Sunday, July 18, 2004

10 Ways to make your code more testable

There is a definite movement towards ideas of extreme programming. Not all ideas can be easily implemented, and arguably should not be implemented. However Extreme programming is definitely something to look at.

One of the basic principles of Extreme Programming is Test Based development.". The idea is simple, you write a test for the function before you write the function to do the actual work. At the end, you end up with a set of tests that test every part of the functionality. Utilizing applications like NUnit you can keep running tests through out the development cycle, and you know you did not miss anything, and every part of your application STILL works.

Considering how important it is to write unit tests, knowing how to do it properly is critical.

Read the article below for some help on the subject. 10 Ways to make your code more testable TheServerSide.NET - TSS Article


Coding Drunk

A agree that sometimes an extra degree (or 20) adds certain clarity to the thoughts, and certain uniqueness to the code written. May be I should put this as an idea for the futture. During a week spent in Paris, it was a normal ocasion for the group to go out for an hour or so during lunch to get a steak and finish a bottle of wine (or two). Can't say that it had really hurt the programming efforts (but at the same time, what do those French know....

Steve Hebert and I came up with this “Friday question”:

What's the best piece of code you've written drunk, on medication, etc.?

Best here can be loosely defined as good, humorous, obfuscated, commented, etc.

Mine was written under a Sudafed-induced state. Sometimes my allergies bother me so much I can’t stop sneezing until I’ve taken half-a-dozen of those little red pills. It keeps me up all night too. (My best friend’s wife is a pharmacist, so I know what I’m doing. Don’t try this at home. Side effects include drowsiness, inability to sleep, and intermittent narcolepsy. Keep your hands and legs inside the blog post at all times.) But I digress.

I was in the zone, cranking out the code. I thought I was making all sorts of great progress. Then I went to bed. The next day I woke up and encountered things similar to what these people found. I had to rewrite most of it, but it was an illuminating experience. Now when my allergies act up and the recommended dosage of Sudafed doesn’t work, it’s time to go home.

This Blog Hosted On: [Darrell Norton's Blog]


Friday, July 16, 2004

Roomba - The next best thing to a....

Roomba, The automatic robot vacum gets an upgrade.,1759,1622584,00.asp


Microsoft buys Lookout

Lookout is a great little app that allowed an extremely fast searching through outlook contents. Now that they've been acquired, the functionality will be expanded and further integrated into Microsoft products.

I first read about Lookout in Omar's post, Outlook is a platform.  I use it everyday to search my Outlook 2003 inbox, calendar and contacts.  Microsoft just announced today they bought Lookout:

“Lookout is a small software add-on to Microsoft's Outlook e-mail, contacts and scheduling program that allows users to bypass the search tools provided by Microsoft and sift through e-mail, contacts and other information with keywords.”


Thursday, July 15, 2004

Microsoft: .NET Surpasses J2EE in Enterprise Development

According to the latest numbers released by Microsoft, .NET adoption is continuing at a brisk pace with more than 2.5 Million .NET Developers worldwide and more than 90% of development being targeted for the Windows platform.


Differences between Visual Studio Releases and Visual Studio Express

MSDN Article has a table with differences in editions of the future Visual Studio product line

On the interesting note, look at the Source Code Control - Visual Studio Team Foundation is sold separately


Wednesday, July 14, 2004

How to get someone to answer your questions

KC Lemson shared an idea on getting his questions answered. I am sure it works.


VB Power Pack

VB Power Pack is definitely not only for VB.NET developers. And the full source code makes it even more interesting

Get it at GotDotNet workspace


Tuesday, July 13, 2004

Spreading the humor...

I guess Microsoft has a non-serious gene (hidden somewhere deep though)


Monday, July 12, 2004

Ten Must-Have Tools Every Developer Should Download Now


This article details ten tools which make .NET application development a more streamlined and robust process.


Hiring how-to notes straight from Microsoft

Not really a how-to, but definitely worth a read:

Hazards of Hiring


Sunday, July 11, 2004

Interesting blog about returning pure XML from WebMethod

Daniel Cazzulino has some excellent stuff on performance and System.Xml Entry III is so obvious once you see it, but non-obvious until you do.
[Don Box's Spoutlet]


Can dreams trully come to live?

Can dreams trully come to live? Let's all hope so.

A simple question: Let's assume that some time from now, we have (near) infinite computing power available everywhere at almost zero cost. How the world will look like?

[Microsoft WebBlogs]


Saturday, July 10, 2004

The development bookshelf

Trying to list a few books to put on my development bookshelf (in no particular order):


The communication revolution continues

More friends are joining the communication revolution. Johnny is blogging about changing the world and knowing him, he's definetely got a chance to make an impression.

To be continued...


Friday, July 09, 2004


Interesting site of a coworker of mine. Music and .NET Development combined, how can you beat that.

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