From the must-read-blog of Chris Sells comes word about an add-in for Visual Studio .NET 2003 that allows you to insert P/Invoke signatures by right-clicking in your source code. If that isn’t cool enough, you can also contribute P/Invoke signatures and types to www.pinvoke.net, the interop wiki (great use of web services). The add-in also highlights possible alternative managed APIs that may help avoid a P/Invoke call altogether. Props to Adam Nathan for creating this useful tool.
As many of you know, I’ve been working for quite some time on an application called NxOpinion. I’m privileged to work with a great development team at Sagestone (a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner), and one of our developers named Tony John has started a .NET online training site that I thought I’d point out. It’s called DotNet Spider, and it’s a collection of articles that have been submitted by other developers to help support the .NET community. And if you actually post an article, you might win something! Check it out when you have a moment.
Gaston Milano didn’t want to wait for Visual Studio .NET 2005 (Whidbey) to use a few handy commands, so he leveraged some of the IDE extensions and made them available to users of VS.NET 2003. They’re all pretty simple, but I can already see how useful they’ll be:
· Close All but this (Close all document windows but this)
· Copy Full Path (Copy the full path of the active document to the clipboard)
· Show File In Explorer
A little earlier than I had expected (not that I’m complaining), but the Longhorn M7.2 bits are now available for download for MSDN subscribers. The 32-bit version checks in at just under 734MB and requires you to burn an ISO file to a bootable DVD. Start your download before the rest of the world.
According to Chris Sells and his blog entry, MSDN Subscribers will soon be able to download the same version of Longhorn that is being given to WinHEC attendees this week. It will include the OS and the SDK. However, as Chris mentions, it will not include VS.NET, nor will the PDC or Community releases of VS.NET 2005 install or run properly on this release. I’m glad that we’re releasing Community builds of Longhorn and VS.NET 2005, and I hope that this is a pattern that we start extending to our other products.