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Style Cop for VB.NET - progress report 1 - 317 to go

At http://stylecop.codeplex.com/discussions/250592 there is a discussion about using Irony as the parsing engine for Style Cop for VB.NET. I am investigating this option. My initial step is to make that solution style Cop compliant and I only have 317 violations to go!

Posted On Thursday, April 28, 2011 7:11 AM

Passionate about R# (Resharper)
Passionate aboutProductivity Visual Studio add-in for C#, VB.NET, XML, XAML, ASP.NET and more Resharper is an excellent productity tool for both C# and VB.NET! When I first saw it demonstrated, I wanted to buy my own licence for it ......

Posted On Monday, April 25, 2011 3:03 PM

Apress Pro WCF 4 - ISBN 978-1-4302-3368-8 Initial Comments
The Author provides a very thorough grounding in WCF, The book is excellent and well worth working through the sample downloadable from the Apress web site. I do have an issue with the advertising of the book. It states "You'll also learn how move your current .Net remoting and web service applications to WCF". There were a few pages on upgrading web service to WCF but not the case study and upgrade pointers that I was expecting. In spite of this, I have no hesitation in recommending this book to ......

Posted On Monday, April 25, 2011 1:51 PM

Visual Studio and SA1027 - getting rid of tab characters
Some 20 years ago when disk space was say £1 per mega-byte, there some virtue in using tab characters in your code, but now with current prices the cost saving of using tab characters is even more insignificant than it was. So how do we get rid of tab characters. First turn off tab characters in your options and use spaces instead. A quick way to get rid of tab characters is select all of the text, do a control-X and a control-V. Another way in Visual Studio is to select the affect text and then ......

Posted On Monday, April 25, 2011 11:20 AM

Style Cop 4.5, GhostDoc and Resharper - SA1401
When updating code to be Style Cop compliant, one of the issues frequently encountered is SA1401: SA1401: Fields must be declared with private access. Use properties to expose fields. The code concerned is: public TransitionSet Lookbacks = new TransitionSet(); The first step is to select Lookbacks. In the left margin, Reshaper has a series of actiosn and I select the one for "move initialization to constructor(s)". The adds the following live to the constructor. Lookbacks = new TransitionSet(); This ......

Posted On Sunday, April 24, 2011 2:53 PM

A splendid new site - http://www.thekingsbible.com/

I have just come across a spendid new site that is commemorating the 400th anniversary of the Authorised (King James) Translation of the Bible into English. The site URL is http://www.thekingsbible.com/

I was very impressed by the clear style of the graphics and even more impressed when the pages proved to be 100% XHTML compliant! This is a site with a message for all people that will clearly display across all browsers.

 

Posted On Saturday, April 23, 2011 8:27 AM

Style Cop 4.5, GhostDoc and Resharper
I am in the midst of style-copping the Irony project for possible use for a VB.NET parsing for StyleCop. I have GhostDoc Pro and a licence for ReSharper. When I first un-zipped Irony, I compiled it and then run the unit tests - all pased. I then started the style-cop process. The first step was to put in a Style-Cop compatible copyright header. Initially there were so many style issues that Stylecop stopped after its self-imposed 1000 issue limit. To get round this, StyleCop is run either per file ......

Posted On Friday, April 22, 2011 12:09 PM

Is your iPhone tracking you?

O'Reilley have an interesting notice about the iPhone tracking your movements.

See http://radar.oreilly.com/2011/04/apple-location-tracking.html

Posted On Friday, April 22, 2011 11:20 AM

StyleCop 4.5 RC2 released

StyleCop 4.5 RC2 has been relased at http://stylecop.codeplex.com/releases/view/62209

Please try it out. I have tried it and like the RC1 predecessor, it installs and runs flawlessly.

Posted On Wednesday, April 20, 2011 1:15 PM

APress Deal of the Day - 19/April/2011 - Pro Entity Framework 4.0
Todays $10 deal of the day from Apress at http://www.apress.com/97815... is: Pro Entity Framework 4.0 is a professional-level guide to Microsoft's Entity Framework, the future of data access in .NET programming. Readers learn to implement easy-to-program and highly-performing database access solutions ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 19, 2011 8:44 PM

The Framework Myth - yet another silver bullet myth
If you have never read the Fred Brooks book "The Mythical Man-Month", I suggest you do see http://en.wikipedia.org/wik... There is a summary of his essay "No Silver Bullet" at http://en.wikipedia.org/wik... At http://www.codeproject.com/... there is an interesting thread. I will reproduce some of it here as Code Project Loungs discussions can become inacessible. It starts with an excellent article at: http://www.simple-talk.com/... ......

Posted On Saturday, April 16, 2011 10:05 PM

Dosbox - another good utility

Do you still need to run any Dos Applications?

These may be keyboard and mouse dexterity exercises as manadated by your equivalent to the Keyboard Working Regulations mandated by the UK Health and Safety at Work Act.

If so go to http://www.dosbox.com/

 

Posted On Saturday, April 16, 2011 1:42 PM

StyleCop 4.5 RC1
Just had the notification that StyleCop has gone RC1. Download is at http://stylecop.codeplex.co... Updated release "4.5 RC" for project stylecop This is the StyleCop 4.5 RC1. The version number is 4.5.12.0. This release includes the very latest StyleCop for ReSharper plugin and will automatically uninstall previous versions of StyleCop. This updated release contains over 100 bug fixes since the 4.4 RTW release and includes 5 new rules. SA1125 - UseShorthandForNullableTypes SA1411 ......

Posted On Friday, April 15, 2011 6:51 PM

OReilly Deal of the Day 15/Apr/2011 - CSS Cookbook 3rd Edition
Ebook Deal of the Day – $19.99 (Save 50%) CSS Cookbook, Third Edition Use discount code: DDC3B Details of the book are at http://oreilly.com/catalog/... ......

Posted On Friday, April 15, 2011 5:52 PM

Visual Studio Colour Schemes

At http://studiostyl.es/schemes there is wide selection of colour schemes for Visual Studio. I hestitate to use the word comprehensive, as from what I have been told by an expert on colour schemes for computer applications, the best background is a neutral grey and I have yet to see a colour scheme there I really like.

However you may find just the one for you so give the site a try!

Posted On Friday, April 15, 2011 5:44 PM

StyleCop 4.5.11.0 beta now available
StyleCop 4.5.11.0 beta now available at http://stylecop.codeplex.co... This release includes the very latest StyleCop for ReSharper plugin and will automatically uninstall previous versions of StyleCop. This updated release contains over 100 bug fixes since the 4.4 RTW release and includes 5 new rules. SA1125 - UseShorthandForNullableTypes SA1411 - AttributeConstructorMustNot... SA1517 - CodeMustNotContainBlankLine... SA1518 - CodeMustNotContainBlankLine... ......

Posted On Thursday, April 14, 2011 6:11 PM

Fix for KB2455033 failing to install.
Please see http://connect.microsoft.co... You need to install http://www.microsoft.com/do... first. This is the Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 Service Pack 1 Compiler Update for the Windows SDK 7.1 it restores file that the VS2010 SP1 may have deleted. Windows Update KB2455033 will then run and install without error ......

Posted On Thursday, April 14, 2011 3:08 PM

Update on KB2455033 failing to install.
If you have problems installing KB2455033, please see: http://social.msdn.microsof... http://connect.microsoft.co... http://www.mskbarticles.com... ......

Posted On Thursday, April 14, 2011 12:47 PM

Problem with KB2455033
This is a security patch for Visual Studio 2010 Professional. It gave me a generic error code of Normal 0 false false false EN-GB X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-qformat:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:.000... mso-pagination:widow-orphan; ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 13, 2011 8:02 AM

Great savings on Microsoft / O'Reilly - 12/ Apr/2011
At http://oreilly.com/store/dd... there is a 50% off offer on e-books. In honor of MIX11, happening now in Las Vegas, you can SAVE 50% on these ebooks from Microsoft Press. (however the Microsoft Press ebook: Programming Windows Phone 7 is available for free at http://www.microsoft.com/do... ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 12, 2011 6:55 PM

APress Deal of the Day - 12/April/2011 - Pro ASP.NET Extensibility
Today's $10 Deal of the Day from Apress at http://www.apress.com/97814... is Pro ASP.NET Extensibility gives readers an in-depth insight in the new language model within ASP.NET, going beyond the introductory treatment of the topic available elsewhere by providing lots of practical tips and tricks from an experienced developer ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 12, 2011 6:46 PM

Another free tool to try - SQL Complete Express
At http://www.devart.com/dbfor... there is an intellisence tool for SQL Server Management Studio. The express version is free and the standard is only $49.95. (See http://www.devart.com/dbfor... I intend to try this tool out ......

Posted On Monday, April 11, 2011 11:13 PM

StyleCop for VB.NET - do you want it?
There has been discussion within the StyleCop project at http://stylecop.codeplex.co... of extending it to check VB.NET as well as C#. If you are VB.NET developer who is aware of the benefits of using StyleCop then I suggest you respond positively to the thread at http://stylecop.codeplex.co... If you have suggestions as to a coding standard for VB.NET to implement, then please post a link to it on that thread. I would however suggest that you confine your suggestions ......

Posted On Monday, April 11, 2011 11:06 PM

A big Patch Tuesday tomorrow!

At http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/ms11-apr.mspx there is an advance notice of patches Microsoft will release tomorrow.

There are 9 critical fixes and it is highly likely you will need to restart your PC.

My friends at Windows Server News suggest that you test the patches very carefully before deploying to a live system

Posted On Monday, April 11, 2011 10:19 PM

Version 4.5.10.0 of StyleCop released

The latest beta of StyleCop is released at http://stylecop.codeplex.com/releases/view/62209

This version looks good to me! I suggest that you try it.

Posted On Monday, April 11, 2011 10:09 PM

OReilly Deal of the Day 10/Apr/2011 - Mastering Regular Expressions
Today's OReilley deal of the day at http://oreilly.com/ is Mastering Regular Expressions "Written in the lucid, entertaining tone that makes a complex, dry topic become crystal-clear to programmers, and sprinkled with solutions to complex real-world problems, Mastering Regular Expressions, 3rd Edition, offers a wealth of information that you can put to immediate use. Full Description ......

Posted On Sunday, April 10, 2011 9:16 AM

Version 4.5.9.0 of Stylecop released
Version 4.5.9.0 of Stylecop has been released at http://stylecop.codeplex.co... Whilst still a "beta" version, it is excellent. The installation file will install over a previous version. It comes with ReSharper Integration Problems with FileHeaderFileNameDocumenta... have been fixed. I suggest you try this new version. I have found it to be excellent. If you do find an issue, please report it at http://stylecop.codeplex.co... ......

Posted On Sunday, April 10, 2011 8:56 AM

Browse the far side of the Moon

At http://wms.lroc.asu.edu/lroc_browse/view/WAC_GL180 there is an application for browsing the far side of the Moon. Just the app for the armchair astronomer!

Posted On Sunday, April 10, 2011 8:03 AM

OReilly Half Price on Head First PDF books - Save 50% Ebook Deal of the Day
At Normal 0 false false false EN-GB X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:.000... mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman","serif";} http://post.oreilly.com/for... ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 5, 2011 7:17 PM

A Mercury April Fool!

At http://messenger.jhuapl.edu/gallery/sciencePhotos/image.php?page=&gallery_id=2&image_id=448 there is an excellent April Fool article. It cetainly good for a chuckle if you know some of the history of the exploration of the solar system.

Posted On Monday, April 4, 2011 8:12 PM

The SQL Injection Attack is alive and well

Complacency is the enemy of security.

See BBC report at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-12933053

 

Posted On Monday, April 4, 2011 7:57 PM

StyleCop 4.5.6.0 beta now available.

StyleCop 4.5.6.0 beta now available at http://stylecop.codeplex.com/releases/view/62209

When I started using the 4.5.5.0 version, I found that enums needs to be split out into their own file,

Posted On Friday, April 1, 2011 1:40 PM

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