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Visual Studio Extensions
As a product, Visual Studio has been around for a long time. In fact, it’s been 18 years since the first Visual Studio product was launched. In that time, there have been some major changes but perhaps the most important (or at least influential) changes for the course of the product have been in the last few years. While we can argue over what was and wasn’t an important change or what has and hasn’t changed, I want to talk about what I think is the single most important change Microsoft has made ......

Posted On Friday, October 18, 2013 2:22 PM

Detecting installed .NET Framework versions and service packs
I have just posted a new article on Code Project that provides the definitive way to determine which versions and service packs of the .NET Framework are installed on the client computer. This article provides a single class that encapsulates the various methods required for determing the version and service pack of the various .NET Framework releases and is based on information available on MSDN and Aaron Stebner's WebLog ......

Posted On Saturday, February 3, 2007 5:52 PM

Are you running Debug or Release mode bits?
Have you ever wanted to know if a compiled assembly was compiled in Debug or Release mode? I know I have. I came across a post on Computer Zen today that shows exactly how to do this. There is also a similar tool written by Jeff Key, called IsDebug. For my part, I always make sure that the following snippet of code is in my AssemblyInfo.cs#if (Debug || DEBUG) [assembly: AssemblyConfiguration("Debu... #else [assembly: AssemblyConfiguration("Rele... #endif This attribute doesn't show up in the ......

Posted On Saturday, September 2, 2006 12:02 PM

SafeHandle and Constrained Execution Regions
As a follow up to my Implementing IDisposable and the Dispose pattern article, I have posted a new one on SafeHandles and Constrained Execution Regions (CERs). This article explains the new SafeHandle class, introduced in .NET 2.0, and how to use it. I also cover CERs and how they are used. [Update, 22-Jan-2008: Updated the article link for Code Project.] ......

Posted On Saturday, September 2, 2006 11:30 AM

Windows 8 Hackathon
Windows reimagined. Extraordinary apps.Combining the broad reach of Windows, best-in-class developer tools, a re-imagined user experience, and a built-in store, Windows 8 is the largest developer opportunity — ever.Are you ready? Then join us for this free, full-day event filled with coding, sharing, plenty of food, and perhaps the occasional Lightning Talk on topics determined by your apps and questions. FAQs What is a hackathon?These hackathons are a really fun way to get “down and dirty” with ......

Posted On Friday, January 11, 2013 11:49 AM

MVP Spotlight
Each week, the different MVP Leads send out an email communication to their MVPs letting us know about upcoming events and other things relevant to us. As part of that newsletter, an individual MVP is often highlighted. This week, I’m the featured MVP! Thanks, Heather, for spotlighting me and the Windows Phone Marketplace Requests site ......

Posted On Friday, February 17, 2012 7:42 PM

Microsoft MVPs on Twitter
Following last years post of people at MVP Summit 2009 on Twitter, I’m getting a bit of a head start and using the new Twitter Lists feature to create a list of all Microsoft MVPs that I know (or know of). I’ve started this list with the same people from last years blog post. The plan is for this list to be a complete list (or at least as complete as I can make it) of Microsoft MVPs. If you are an MVP and want to be included or if you know of any MVPs that should be included, please let me know. ......

Posted On Sunday, January 3, 2010 3:59 PM

MVP Award Renewed
Woke up this morning to an email letting me know that I’ve been renewed as an MVP in C# again this year! Almost didn’t see it as my junk mail filters kicked in and delivered it to my junk folder. Need to fix those rules. :) This makes the third year in a row that I’ve been an MVP. It seems like it was just yesterday when I received that first email. The last year (especially the last half) has been very busy working on the book and my blogging and discussion board activity have slowed down a lot. ......

Posted On Friday, January 1, 2010 10:11 AM

CodeCamp is over...
and my blog was referenced in one of the talks that I happened to attend. I was duly surprised when I saw my WPF Datagrid control post popup on the overhead and see it listed on the references slide. I must say, it was pretty cool. Overall, I think my first CodeCamp experience (seeing my blog "up in lights" not-withstanding) was very good. It was well organized and had just over 300 people attending. The topic coverage and speakers were also great. I would definitely go to another one, which should ......

Posted On Monday, March 26, 2007 7:47 PM

Strings in .NET are Enumerable
It seems like there is always some confusion concerning strings in .NET. This is both from developers who are new to the Framework and those that have been working with it for quite some time. Strings in the .NET Framework are represented by the System.String class, which encapsulates the data manipulation, sorting, and searching methods you most commonly perform on string data. In the .NET Framework, you can use System.String (which is the actual type name or the language alias (for C#, string). ......

Posted On Sunday, September 30, 2012 2:09 PM

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