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A few things I learned today while instrumenting some binaries in preparation for performance profiling: Resigning a .NET assembly is as simple as opening a VS command prompt and entering: sn –R MyAssembly.dll MyApplicationKey.snk Browsing the GAC through Windows Explorer -- open a command prompt and enter: SUBST L: C:\winnt\assembly Now you can browser the assembly folder using your L drive. This also makes it easier to reference a DLL in GAC inside a VS project. (tips taken from: http://aspalliance.com/1251... ......

These aren't new, but better late than never... Ten Must-Have Tools Every Developer Should Download Now: http://msdn.microsoft.com/m... NUnit to write unit tests NDoc to create code documentation NAnt to build your solutions CodeSmith to generate code FxCop to police your code Snippet Compiler to compile small bits of code Two different switcher tools, the ASP.NET Version Switcher and the Visual Studio .NET Project Converter Regulator to build regular expressions .NET ......

I used this article once before and today I had to find it again: http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/library/en-us/vbcon/html/vbwlkwalkthroughcreatingwindowsserviceapplication.asp. (There was just one step that I was forgetting to do.)

This is an excellent list of performance profiling and debugging tools for monitoring, testing, and optimizing your .NET code: http://sharptoolbox.com/Cat... From the little taste of ANTS Profiler from Red-Gate that I got, I think it rocks ......

The long-awaited launch happened yesterday and I enjoyed what I was able to see. Unfortunately, I only stayed through the morning session since our team was scheduled to release that day (imagine that). In any case, the organizers were understanding and forgiving enough to give me the free copies of VS.NET 2005 and SQL Server 2005 before I left anyway. Let me give a quick synopsis of some of the things I noted during the talks. The keynote speech cited a few statistics that showed the market adoption ......