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#  Wednesday, 08 November 2006

From the nuggets page: Don't have the time to read a 10-page how-to article or watch a full length webcast? Try an MSDN Nugget, a webcast that takes you step-by-step to discovering new functionality or exploring a hot developer topic, all in 10-15 minutes. If you haven't seen this yet, check it out!

Categories: .NET | ASP.NET | BCL | Training and Conferences
Wednesday, 08 November 2006 15:04:26 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0]

 



#  Friday, 03 November 2006

I will be in Barcelona next week for Tech·Ed: Developers. You can get in touch with me at the Team System booth (Tuesday afternoon & Friday morning) of the Ask the Experts pavilion.

Update Actually, I am assigned to the ASP.NET booth as it turns out.

Friday, 03 November 2006 16:36:19 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0]

 

Read the post from Miguel Microsoft and Novell Collaborate. Good news for Mono, OpenOffice and Samba.

Categories: .NET | Newsbites | Use the source Luke
Friday, 03 November 2006 10:56:43 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0]

 



#  Thursday, 02 November 2006

Today, we shipped Beta 2 of SharpDevelop 2.1 (release information). Usually, we only ship two betas (followed by release candidates), but last weekend we decided to add a third one to this release cycle - to build a rock-solid foundation for the releases coming after version 2.1.

Speaking of last weekend: three of us met for the annual #develop developer days (#d^3 2006, a four day event) - way short of the original invitation list. But this turned out to be an advantage for discussing architecture and componentization. A lot of improvements already made it into Beta 2, a few more are yet to come in Beta 3.

Part of this effort was the creation of a presentation on SharpDevelop, which includes an area of interest to all .NET developers out there: a list of our components that can be reused outside the context of SharpDevelop plus the documentation and samples for those components. Remember: SharpDevelop is LGPL, so feel free to use our components!

In addition to this "general" slide deck, Daniel (SharpDevelop technical lead) also created a "Level 600" introduction to NRefactory, which can be found here. Definitely interesting for those of you that want to use code completion in our text editor control.

Finally, SharpReport now is a project in its own respect. The reason(s)? Well, SharpDevelop and SharpReport are developed on different schedules, so now we are customers of each other and no longer intertwined. Cool stuff coming on this front: export to various formats, allowing you to use SharpReport - yes - for generating reports in ASP.NET sites!

Categories: .NET | Cool Download | this | Use the source Luke
Thursday, 02 November 2006 17:15:38 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0]

 



#  Wednesday, 01 November 2006

The November 2006 issue has lots of good security articles, which are available online too. Check out Security Habits, Threat Modeling (STRIDE approach), Extending SDL or SQL Security to name a few.

Categories: .NET | Security | SQL Server
Wednesday, 01 November 2006 13:56:55 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0]

 



#  Monday, 30 October 2006

Last Tuesday, I held the talk "Advanced Code Access Security" at UG Styria in Graz. This talk was originally part of the MSDN Security Briefings held in Austria earlier this year, for which MS Austria had asked MVPs to help create and deliver security content. Advanced CAS seemed an interesting enough developer topic to re-run at user groups, and Mario (the author of this session) has allowed me to publish the slide deck and demos for the general public.

AdvancedCodeAccessSecurity.pdf (4542 KB)

AdvancedCAS.zip (599.6 KB)

Please note that I have published only demos four (setting CAS via setup) and six (using CAS in addin application) - those are the "completed" versions of the demos.

Categories: .NET | 2 Ohhhh | Community | Cool Download | Security | this
Monday, 30 October 2006 09:10:54 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0]

 



#  Tuesday, 10 October 2006

Today, I was asked whether there was a "real" difference between debug and release builds of a C# project - other than the PDB files. I didn't know for sure, so I set out on a search for more information, which turned up the blog entry debug vs. release in C#. The interesting part is the first comment by Josh Williams: "...the /debug[+|-] switch controls JIT optimizations <snip />. Disabling JIT optimizations is very useful for debugging purposes but will very much affect the runtime perf of an app as much of the optmization of your code is done by the JIT, not CSC..."

Now that definitely turns shipping a debug build to customers into a non-starter.

Categories: .NET | C#
Tuesday, 10 October 2006 20:28:09 (W. Europe Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)  #    Comments [0]

 



#  Monday, 09 October 2006

In case you were wondering why there is no new content on this blog - I am pretty busy, including preparing for my sessions at ADC06:

  • Architecture Jumpstart 1 & 2
  • Full-day VSTS / TFS Jumpstart

See you next week in Frankenthal / Germany!

Monday, 09 October 2006 14:38:20 (W. Europe Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)  #    Comments [0]

 



#  Tuesday, 19 September 2006

Beta 1 of SharpDevelop2 2.1 is available for download. While I was putting together the annoucement for v2.1 yesterday, I realized that for a point release, we really managed to put in a lot of new cool features:

A couple of WOW features (for me, at least): Not only can you compile an application for different versions of .NET, you also get version-specific code completion support. Another cool one is that you can host SharpDevelop in your application, providing your application a "macro editor" (on steroids I might add) with full .NET support. And to pick a third, code analysis rounds out our professional offering in addition to code coverage as well as unit testing.

Two features did not make it for the Beta 1 announcement as they don't yet cover all the scenarios we are hoping for: integrated Subversion support (yeah!) and targetting the Compact Framework for Windows CE devices. Those slipped silently into this release.

As you can see, SharpDevelop is ever growing and the developers working on it can be rightly proud of their achievements!

Finally, a kind of "call to action": let us know what you think! Not only in our forums, but also in your blogs, communities, et cetera. We need your feedback regarding feature set, stability, and much more.

Categories: .NET | 2 Ohhhh | C# | Cool Download | Subversion | this | Use the source Luke
Tuesday, 19 September 2006 12:10:55 (W. Europe Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)  #    Comments [0]

 



#  Monday, 18 September 2006

That's not very funny when all you try to do is watch a Live Meeting on another Vista feature on your Vista box (last time, I was saved this problem by LM on Vista not being able to connect to the audio stream). And I thought the last time I saw a system swap itself to death was on Windows 3.0...

In other Vista news - try this: right-click on a .zip archive of your choice, select the Open With... option from the context menu. In the dialog that pops up expand Other and choose Internet Explorer. Fun ensues. 

Categories: Vista
Monday, 18 September 2006 19:29:44 (W. Europe Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)  #    Comments [1]

 



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