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#  Wednesday, 21 July 2004

{ End Bracket } is a column in MSDN Magazine, and its August 2004 edition deals with the challenge of writing a C# to Visual Basic Translation Tool. John Robbins explains why there is a need for this (Joe Developer: "I really wish all the samples were written in my programming language."), and how it can be done - using #develop!

Now, this is a vindication for the project manager (me) who spent quite some time to coax the programmer (Mike) into implementing this feature.

Wednesday, 21 July 2004 15:13:26 (W. Europe Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)  #    Comments [0]


#  Monday, 19 July 2004

With regards to my previous blog post Disagreements gone too far, I can say that the FSF's answers have put the discussion to rest and it looks like everybody can live with it. Note to self: do not discuss flame-worthy issues like licensing in public where lots of trolls and not-so-innocent bystanders make it impossible to have a fact-based discussion. Limit to main actors, go public with results - this is they way to go.

On a different note: when a manager asks you how OSS projects / vendors make money, point them to the article Seven open source business strategies for competitive advantage from the IT Manager's Journal.

Categories: this
Monday, 19 July 2004 16:45:18 (W. Europe Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)  #    Comments [0]


#  Friday, 16 July 2004

I already mentioned that in my spare I double as project lead on the free software project #develop. Recently, a licensing issue came up between the #develop and MonoDevelop teams. Because we couldn't agree, the #develop team decided to ask the FSF for clarification (read the PDF, it contains links to the actual discussion threads).

We thought that, ok, let's wait what the FSF has to say, and we'll submit to whatever they decide in this matter. Todd Berman, MD lead, however decided to go frontal. This I had to rebuke, and make public because it is potentially damaging for my company.

Godwin's Law

Categories: this
Friday, 16 July 2004 08:19:24 (W. Europe Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)  #    Comments [0]


#  Thursday, 15 July 2004

This tool is a Windows Forms application, which be downloaded including source. It is based on the XMLDiff and XMLPatch classes that come with the XmlDiffPatch API, and shows how to use XMLDiff. To illustrate what this utility can do even for the programmer who doesn't want to use the classes directly, I have included a few screenshots of how differencing might help in everyday XML scenarios.

The main screen: select two files to compare, then click the Compare button.

Comparison control: yellow highlights elements / attributes that were added.

Changes as well as additions and removals are easily visible too.

And in case you want to fine tune, go to the Diff Options menu.

When to use? Ever tried to find out what is different between two web.config files?

Categories: Use the source Luke
Thursday, 15 July 2004 10:55:24 (W. Europe Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)  #    Comments [0]


Cw (Comega Web site) is a research programming language done by MSR. It is an "extension" of C# in two major areas:

  • A control flow extension for asynchronous wide-area concurrency
  • A data type extension for XML and table manipulation

In plain English this means new constructs for asynchronous concurrency as well as relational and semi-structured data access. If you've previously read about Polyphonic C# and X#, then this is basically the "successor".

You can download a preview.

Categories: MSR
Thursday, 15 July 2004 08:40:49 (W. Europe Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)  #    Comments [0]


#  Tuesday, 13 July 2004

I knew about Paint.NET (programmed by Rick Brewster, among others) for quite some time. However, now one can not only download an installer for version 1.0, but also the source code which is licensed under a slightly modified MIT license. Get it! (unless you are absolutely not interested in image manipulation and/or Windows programming in .NET)

For completeness one screenshot that includes the translucent floating toolbars:

Categories: Use the source Luke
Tuesday, 13 July 2004 16:24:13 (W. Europe Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)  #    Comments [0]


Just in case you missed it - the Quickstarts are online. Definitely a quick way to get started and no, it is not strictly ASP.NET 2.0 only: Windows Forms, J# and Common Tasks make an appearance too.

Categories: 2 Ohhhh | ASP.NET
Tuesday, 13 July 2004 16:15:22 (W. Europe Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)  #    Comments [0]


#  Thursday, 08 July 2004

Next week I'll be giving a talk on Visual Studio 2005 IDE enhancements in Graz, Austria. The German description for this talk:

"Willkommen in der PowerPoint-freien Zone! Dieser Vortrag ist 100% Hands-On zum Thema "Was ist neu in VS.NET 2005" - also nicht Framework Features sondern (neue) IDE-Features ist der Inhalt dieses Talks. Von Refactoring zu Debugging, Klassendesigner und IntelliSense und vielen anderen Verbesserungen im Bereich des Editing und der Unterstützung durch Tools. "

Thursday, 08 July 2004 15:11:20 (W. Europe Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)  #    Comments [0]


#  Thursday, 01 July 2004

There is a download of an interview with Alan Griver and Ken Levy of Visual Studio data team, which includes one hot top: things that didn't make it into 2.0.

Categories: 2 Ohhhh
Thursday, 01 July 2004 10:10:50 (W. Europe Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)  #    Comments [0]


#  Wednesday, 30 June 2004

Available on the Download Center. The description reads: "Tech Preview provides an early look at updates and feature enhancements that will be shipped as part of .NET Framework 1.1 Service Pack 1."

Categories: Newsbites
Wednesday, 30 June 2004 10:53:07 (W. Europe Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)  #    Comments [0]


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