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Tom Fischer August 2008 Entries
ToString() and the underestimated IFormattable ( IFormatPorvider, ICustomFormatter) - Why to use it!
ToString() and the underestimated IFormattable Everyone knows you always should override the ToString() function on you custom objects. But most programmers (including me until yesterday) leave it there. I ran into a problem these days where I wanted a specific xml representation and a tap separated representation of the same custom object. The "experienced" programmer would just write their own format function. But it felt more old fashion and not quite OO like. And then I read the Tip 5 in the ......

Posted On Friday, August 29, 2008 10:30 AM

Why it is time to retire the old cast operator in C#: MyType t= (MyType)o
Why it is time to retire the old cast operator in C#: MyType t= (MyType)o These days I am reading the book "Effective C#: 50 Specific Ways to improve C#" by Scott Meyers. After using C# for many years, you get into the mindset: "I know everything already". But this book really inspires me to rethink the basics I am using every day and make a step forward in sharpening my C# skills. The goal of these blog series is not to copy the book but write down my thoughts in a compressed way on certain topics. ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 27, 2008 11:27 AM

What are good Check in Policies for TFS?
Hi y'all Today I was asking myself an interesting question. So please everyone who read this please give comments!!!! Me as a developer, I do not like rules for Source Control. But as soon as your local machine crashes or you get a solution out of TFS which does not compile or you become a Project Manager or …. You really feel like making a change to my own habits. Pain is sometimes the best motivator. But what are the best rules for TFS (or SourceControl in general) without going overboard? Here ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 20, 2008 2:48 PM

Silverlight (SL2B2) Bug in Blend (Preview 2.5)
To gain more experience with Blend I completed some tutorials on http://www.nibblestutorials... Inspite of learning more about Blend it was interesting to see a full blown Silverlight app. It is very good looking but not being able to use the back button is kind of weird. My take on that is: For Webuser always provide a way to navigate back (I know windows user do not need it because they just use their undo button…) But I really like how they guide you through the basics. Also I was pleasantly ......

Posted On Monday, August 18, 2008 8:37 AM

Silverlight here I come - Fun and Pain in the whatever (PitW)
The last 3 months I was writing a couple of smaller Silverlight apps. Coming coming from WPF I have to admit is is similar but still so different. They really stripped it down. So what do I really miss: No Binding to UI Elements in XAML (this really sucks...). I found a work around to bind to a State class, but it is not as elegant No {DynamicResource}. Only Static. This also really sucks. No skin change on the fly possible. No Event Triggers (e.g. onMouse over,...) but in SL2B2 they at least have ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 12, 2008 9:56 AM

Everything starts somewhere sometimes

So I made it.
I am officially part of the blogging community. I am exited to give back some experience I gained over the last years. 

Every day I benefit from people's experience - so I feel it is only fair to give something back to the community

In this spirit  - let's get started!


Posted On Friday, August 1, 2008 11:38 AM

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