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I am doing a presentation tomorrow on T4 templates.T4 code generation - Intro to the Microsoft Text Template Transformation Toolkit (T4)Microsoft's T4 toolkit which is built into Visual Studio can help you quickly generate classes, methods or other types of code files. Now's the time to introduce code generation to your company. If you're doing something ......

I've been doing some work with T4 templates lately and ran into an issue which I couldn't find an answer to anywhere. I finally figured it out, so I thought I'd share the solution. I was trying to generate a code class with a T4 template which used generics The end result a method like: public IEnumerator GetEnumerator() { return new TableEnumerator<Table>... ......

VS 2008 requires you have VS 2008 Test Edition to see the results of a Generic Test, this wasn't sufficient with out current project as a lot of developers don't use test edition. I put together this custom xslt transform to convert the .trx test result file to an html report anyone can view, complete with collapsable sections...Here is a link to the ......

Well, I was recently laid off from my Job of 5 years at Sage Software.. Sage has gone through 2 or 3 rounds of layoffs so far, the latest letting go of 500 employees in North America.. ..."To help us better bring our costs in line with revenues, we are reducing staff by about 500 positions across the company, which includes employees as well as open ......

Thanks go out to Maarten Balliauw for this awesome post!!

Integrating NUnit test results in Team Build 2008

This rocks!



I've seen a lot of developers clueless when it comes to UAC in Vista. The whole point to UAC is give your application the minimum amount of privileges required for it to run. If you wrote your application, you should have a pretty good idea of what system resources your application needs to access. The solution here is not to require your users to "turn ......

I've been debating lately if it's worth the effort to upgrade my Microsoft Certifications to the latest and greatest. Microsoft Certification Status Credential Certification / Version Date Achieved Microsoft Certified Application Developer May 07, 2004 For Microsoft .NET May 07, 2004 Microsoft Certified Solution Developer Jun 11, 2001 For Microsoft ......

I recently had a strange problem with XMLSerialization throwing the error: There was an error creating the XML Document. Unable to cast type Configuration to type Configuration Here was the simple configuration class: Serializable]public class Configuration { public bool Active; public string lastPSM = ""; } and the Save method: public { XmlSerializer ......

Maybe I need to re-subscribe to MSDN magazine or something, it seems there are soooo many things you can learn about programming, there is never enough time.. If you spend all your time programming, you never have time to learn about new stuff. And even if you learn a ton, things seem to slip by... It seems everything most of us developers know is because ......

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Well, I just finished up some work in our CAB app to dynamically associate help with specific CAB smartparts. I thought it was pretty cool in the end to be able to do this with a Builder Strategy and not have to hardcode all of the help references in each component. So, there are a few parts to make this work. The HelpComponent is a serializable type ......

Well, I'm pretty fed up with Microsoft's Windows Live Dev Team. Not that they have really done anything wrong, it's just that they haven't done anything!!! Add new abilities to the Windows Live Messenger client with the Messenger Add-in SDK beta. Published Friday, June 09, 2006 2:55 PM So, it's almost been a year since MS has put out anything to support ......

Well, I recently got a new Toshiba Laptop. I bought it in December, so no Vista. It was running Windows Media Center Edition. It's a nice machine, Dual Core, 2GB RAM, etc... So, I decided to put the MSDN copy of Vista Ultimate edition on it. Everything seemed to run fine except for a few issues. I couldn't run a program called IsoBuster, Vista just ......

I started working on a new project a few weeks ago. Were writing a new extensible Shell application with the Microsoft CompositeUI Application Block. I haven't used this block before. Looks like Microsoft rushed this thing out the door. Alot of needed functionality is missing, maybe the goal was to just provide a simple base shell layer and allow developers ......

Why do we do it? Why would I even post this blog in the first place? What does it do for me? Am I posting, sharing some strange introverted thoughts or ideas that I have no-one else to talk to about? What are the chances of anything I say here even being read? You have to ask yourself, If I type and post this blog, and noone ever reads it, will it ever ......

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