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Mindscape Visual Studio File Explorer

In the spirit of supporting New Zealand made I’ve just installed the free Visual Studio File Explorer Add-In from Mindscape. It’s a neat idea, and in theory it should suit my developing style pretty well. The Visual Studio File Explorer Add-in (sexy name we know, but hey, it’s self documenting) is a free Tool Window add-in for VS 2008 that provides a Windows Explorer style file system view. It’s particularly useful for performing routine file system tasks without the need to “context switch” away from Visual Studio, which can be time-consuming over the course of...

Echo Chamber++; SP1 for VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 released;

Visual Studio 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5 both had their SP1 releases a couple of days ago, but I’ve not had time to install it. So this post is basically a reminder to myself and a place to store some links. I’ve skimmed over a few people mentioning a couple of compatibility issues with the VS2008 release, so take a skim through the comments sections of these posts before installing to see if you're going to be affected or not. Link: Service Pack 1 for VS 2008 and .NET FX 3.5 released! Link: More about .NET Framework...

Identation and Readability

Somehow (and I can't remember how) I recently ended up reading the Wikipedia entry for the K&R style of indentation. K&R just seems so ugly to me – who out there loves it and feels like defending it for my benefit? Indentation styles are such a personal preference, I get that. But K&R just seems to sacrifice so much readability for what? Is it just a case that it's defenders simply can't adjust to anything else? On the subject of indentation styles, I'm wondering a lot about the default HTML formatting built into Visual Studio 2008. When I...

ReSharper 4.0 Released

Existing ReSharper users are no doubt already aware that the 4.0 release is now out. If you’ve never used ReSharper and want to check it out, then now would be a good time. The 4.0 release looks to be packed full of new features, as well as providing support for LINQ and C# 3.0 (oh and it does VB as well if you’re into that). This release also fixes a small graphical display bug which I was only getting on my XP64 system around Visual Studio window resizes. Get it here. Tags: ReSharper...

Visual Studio 2008 crashing on 64bit XP systems with ReSharper 3.1

While the above configuration probably isn't the most common out there, google provides lists of many other people who have been experiencing rather frustrating issues where Visual Studio 2008 seems to die a horrible death - either when using find and replace functionality, or (randomly) when editing css stylesheets. The latter seems to be a problem with ReSharper users only, however the former issue affects any 64bit XP system running VS2008. It turns out that this crash is the result of a bug in the Wow64 layer of Windows x64 (XP/2003 – it has been fixed in Vista...

VS 2008 Web Development Hot-Fix Roll-Up Available

Scott Guthrie posted on Friday about the release of the long awaited hotfix. Although there are a lot of issues addressed with this release, the ones I was most interested in were those around HTML Source view performance - after a quick test this morning it seems fixed. (Thanks Sonic, that's a nice way to start my Monday!) Link: Scott Guthrie: VS 2008 Web Development Hot-Fix Roll-Up Available Tags: Visual Studio , Microsoft

From the "glad it's not just me" files

Initially I thought it was possibly my work machine playing up when the Visual Studio 2008 HTML designer was crawling. I went through and applied all the usual tweaks for 2005 in an attempt to speed things up, but no joy. So I'm quite relieved to find out that it's a known bug. A hotfix is due shortly, and Scott Guthrie has promised to blog about it when it's released. Until then, it's back to Notepad for me! Woo! Tags: Visual Studio , Microsoft

Visual SourceSafe 2005 Update

For those wanting to run Visual SourceSafe 2005 with Visual Studio 2008 (hang on, does anyone actually *want* to run Visual SourceSafe?), grab the recently released update (December 13th 2007) which is a rollup pack containing bugfixes as well as improved compatibility with VS2008. Tags: Microsoft , SourceSafe , Visual Studio

ASP.NET 3.5 Extensions CTP Preview Released

Get your early dose of MVC goodness for Visual Studio 2008 here (and here for the MVC Toolkit extras). There's interesting mention of a few other items included in the extensions preview. One thing I've not followed closely is ADO.NET Data Services. The ADO.NET Entity Framework is billed as "a modeling framework that enables developers to define a conceptual model of a database schema that closely aligns to a real world view of the information". I'm very interested to see how this competes with something like LLBLGenPro (or even if that's it's intention in life). Tags: ASP.NET...

A few quick links

Joel on Software's Strategy Letter VI - On Lotus Symphony, AJAX, and history repeating itself. The post is a couple of months old now, but I missed it when it was first posted. Worth a read. What's Ailing ASP.NET Web Forms - Rick Strahl on the historical strengths and weaknesses of ASP.NET webforms (prompted by the impending release of Microsoft's ASP.NET MVC framework). Using Visual Studio 2008 with VSS (Visual SourceSafe) - basically "grab the patch", or migrate to some decent source control (yeah I added the second one in). Facebook Beacon Privacy Issues Worse Than Previously...

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