Bernard, who I am looking forward to meeting at TechEd this week, just posted his speed results. Speedtest.net is a really cool idea and a great example of how a good UI
makes a great idea even better. I obviously don't work where Bernie does though.
I just read this post from the ADO.Net team. Looks like there is going support for entity creation (Entity Data Model - EDM) based on a database schema in the next ADO.Net release. There is nothing more tedious than manually building entities from a schema. Although there are lots of O/R mapping tools around to do this for you, I haven't been happy with the freeware applications available. It is great news that this should find its way into Visual Studio and the framework.
Kingston is a little utility that hosts an IE browser and allows you to provide a different user-agent with the browsers requests to web servers. This is great if you need to test the output of a web server based on a specific browser type.
Download: Kingston 1.0 Setup.msi (495.50 kb)
I had seen my team leader use tool a few months ago that if you gave it Xml and an XPath query, it would highlight the nodes that would be selected. XPathmania is a tool that I have just come across that will do exactly that, but as an addon to the VS IDE. Very cool.
I hadn't heard of Script#, so when I saw it being referred to in one of Nikhil Kothari's recent posts, I got a little curious.
I posted recently about SandCastle. The first CTP of SandCastle has been released and it also has a blog.
On a sadder note, NDoc has officially died under very unfortunate circumstances.
I have heard this question a bit recently. I am a little surprised that people are still only just starting to look at VS2005, but I digress already. There isn't a simple answer to this other than to say that, yes, there are changes and you will have to learn new stuff.
I think most people aren't thinking ahead when they ask this question. What happens when Orcas comes out? I think that making a jump from VS2003 (or earlier) to Orcas is really going to hurt. Developers would benefit from getti... [More]
The time for Sleet Geek is getting close. If you are coming along, please let me know.
This is basically a reminder post, but you might find it useful.
In the development I have been doing in the last few months, I have been doing a lot of config based assembly loading. Trying to find out why an assembly doesn't load can be very difficult though. Check out Suzanne Cook's post about fuslogvw.exe.
NDoc has been a valuable tool for many years. Unfortunately, like many 3rd party free software projects, it is hard to publish version after version for a market that has time to use it, but a developer that doesn't have time to develop it (I feel your pain Kevin!). As much as I would like to see NDoc mature to the 2.0 framework, it looks like Microsoft are finally going to roll their own project. Read about SandCastle here and here. It should be released as a CTP soon.
Thanks to Dwight... [More]