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  • Blog Post: Fun with Generics: BindingList and ReadOnlyCollection

    Mitch Denny's post about List events and Bill McCarthy's subsequent answer pointing him to BindingList had me looking at some Generics Design Guidelines and there were two generic collection types that I really glad I found out about. Mitch's question ("why doesn't List<T> fire events") was similar...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2005 Beta 1 Available

    After being announced last week, beta 1 of Visual Studio 2005 has just become available on MSDN Subscriber Downloads . If you have an MSDN Universal license, go get it now!
  • Blog Post: Presentation: Refactoring

    Last week I gave a presentation at the Melbourne Microsoft Developer Group (MDNUG) on Refactoring with code examples in C# (.Net) and using Visual Studio 2005 for some live demonstrations. The slide deck for my Refactoring presentation is available here .
  • Blog Post: Presentation: Agile .Net Development - Part 1 - Tools and Basics

    Last night I gave a presentation at the Melbourne Agile Developer Group (MXPEG) about agile .Net development. The group has a higher proportion of Java developers, so I had volunteered to give a view of agile from a .Net perspective. I only got through half of my material last night, so I'll be talking...
  • Blog Post: OJB.Net and Generics

    I posted a little while ago about trying to use reflection with generic types. I have been trying to use a generic list type within OJB.Net (an object relational mapper for .Net). I finished investigating this and thought I'd post a write-up about it here in case anyone else is using or wants to use...
  • Blog Post: VSTS: Getting coded web tests to run

    The coded web tests supported by the VSTS test tools really excite me. There are so many web test scenarios that I can now create very easily with a combination of recording and scripting. This will nicely complement the ASP.Net testing capabilities I already have thanks to NUnitAsp . However when...
  • Blog Post: Generics in OJB.Net (a.k.a. Generics Type Madness)

    At iP3 we are using OJB.Net for object relational persistence. It is really easy to use, but it was using an ArrayList by default and we wanted to use the new Whidbey Generics List<> type. When OJB.Net creates objects out of the relational data, it uses reflection to generate the IList collection...
  • Blog Post: VS 2005 May CTP Installation Gremlins

    When installing the Visual Studio 2005 May Community Technology Preview, there are three key things to remember: (1) Everything from the VS 2005 March CTP must be uninstalled before starting: MSDN, J#, .Net and VS. (2) You cannot install the VS 2005 May CTP from DVD. I don't know why, but you have...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Community Technology Preview May 2004 - Installed!

    I had some initial trouble installing the May Community Technology Preview (CTP), but after reading the instructions (what a novel idea!) I realised that I just needed to remove all the March components: MSDN, J#, framework, and Visual Studio (VS). Keep an eye on this when you install it, since it doesn...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Team System in May CTP

    My download of the May CTP is complete. The installation process includes an informative message about VSTS: Welcome to the Visual Studio 2005 Community Technology Preview May 2005 DVD This Community Technology Preview includes functionality from the Visual Studio Team System, a new suite...
  • Blog Post: ObjectSpaces delay discussions

    Some people are taking the ObjectSpaces delay a little harder than others. I first met Robert McLaws when he hosted the PDC 2003 Object Relational BoF session. I just read one of his recent posts where he argues that the ObjectSpaces delay is good since it is good to get things right the first time...
  • Blog Post: Latest Visual Studio Community Tech Preview (May) is available

    The latest Visual Studio (VS) Community Tech Preview (CTP) is available via MSDN subscriber downloads . The most interesting part for those that are already familiar with the March VS CTP will be inclusion of Visual Studio Team System (VSTS). You can find out the full details about VSTS via my earlier...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Team System Announced

    There are interviews on TheServerSide and a good collection of links on Chris Sells' blog . The unit testing and code coverage tools look fantastic in the videos . The ability to increase the amount of communication through a simple integrated tool is going to be a great bonus for teams of any size...
  • Blog Post: ObjectSpaces and MBF both delayed till Longhorn

    First we learned that MBF has been delayed till Longhorn (from Tim Brookins ) and now ObjectSpaces is adopting the same schedule . The official announcement is here . I wonder if ObjectSpaces was delayed and that caused the MBF re-schedule, since MBF uses ObjectSpaces for persistence. Either way,...
  • Blog Post: Ouch: MBF delayed till Longhorn wave

    Tim Brookins , an architect on the MBF team, has reported that MBF is no longer in the Whidbey wave and instead will be in the Longhorn wave. This is an exciting area of technology for Microsoft since it touches so many 'hot' areas: Microsoft's business application development ( Green ), service oriented...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Community Preview - A retrospective

    Mark Cliggett runs the team at Microsoft that is driving the Developer Division's community efforts for Visual Studio and the .NET Framework. Yes, they have a whole team dedicated to this. On Friday he posted a retrospective about the recent community preview and included : “ In the end,...
  • Blog Post: I Dream Of Whidbey: Generics and Anonymous Methods

    We (the team at iP3) are implementing an object model using Whidbey at the moment, and we have been copying and pasting a lot of code lately which is one of the things that I try to minimise as much as possible. One method that we have copied a lot is a simple (and un-optimised) ‘add’ method...
  • Blog Post: Yukon, Whidbey to slip into 2005 -- Doh!

    TheServerSide.Net has some sad news . The Microsoft spokesperson has said that the beta programs remain on-track. The analysis from Microsoft Watch was particularly interesting.
  • Blog Post: Found: A plugin for Visual Studio to make TDD easier

    I mentioned earlier that I wanted a plugin for Visual Studio to make TDD easier and my search has uncovered some nuggets of knowledge: I have confirmation from the developers of Resharper ( see earlier post ) that this functionality will be in Resharper by its M2 milestone which is due mid-April...
  • Blog Post: New ObjectSpaces article on MSDN

    A number of people working with me at iP3 are learning ObjectSpaces at the moment. A new article by Dino Esposito for MSDN has a few interesting insights as he documents his first look at ObjectSpaces .
  • Blog Post: Pre-beta Whidbey Builds On The Way

    More news related to my post on the timing of the Whidbey beta : I just noticed a link from Scobleizer to another MS employee saying that the interim builds are not far away . Mark Cliggett is the GPM in charge of these community efforts, so have a read of his opinions on more frequent drops . Excellent...
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