Andreas Eide's Blog

  • Impressions from the SharePoint Conference

    The SharePoint Conference 2014 took place in Las Vegas March 2-6 2014. The conferences showed that SharePoint is alive and kicking with a vibrant ecosystem around it with more than 10000 attendees from 85 countries and more than 200 exhibitors at the conference.


  • Codename Oslo

    At the SharePoint Conference 2014 in Las Vegas Microsoft announced Codename Oslo. Codename Oslo was one of the major new announcements at the conference. Codename Oslo combines the new Office Graph (social graph) with the search index and presents information in an attractive user interface.


  • Hook up with Puzzlepart at EnergyWorld

    Computerworld is for the first time arranging an IT conference for the oil&gas sector. The conference, Energy World, takes place in Stavanger on March 1st. With a focus on current and future solutions for oil&gas I am looking forward to participate at the conference. The conference has


  • ASP.NET localizer

    We are looking at how to best localize the static content of a packed ASP.NET app. The current idea is to use resource files and satellite assemblies to localize the texts in the web pages. 


  • NNUG meeting lastTuesday

    Long time no see!

    We had a user group meeting on Tuesday with 70 people and 3 excellent sessions. We had to start one hour earlier than usual to fit in everyting. The sessions were

    • Inge Stubdal talked about his impressions from TechEd with a strong focus on Burton.I can't wait!
    • Reidar Husmo talkedabout the experiences in creating the official Norway site based on ASP.NET, Content Management Server and more
    • Jon Jaren went deep into SQL Server and how you can tune and montor .NET apps running on SQL Server.

    Another great meeting!


  • Edit and continue with ASP.NET

    Many developers don’t realize that they can do edit and continue (EnC) when developing ASP.NET applications with Visual Studio .NET 2003. And it doesn't matter if you are using Visual Basic .NET or C#.  It's pretty close to EnC anyway. And it gets even better in Whidbey.

    How? By using attach / detach in Visual Studio 2003.

    Say you are deep down debugging a web app and an error occurs on your postback. Now, to fix the bug you don’t have to stop the debugger, you simply go to the debug menu and select Detach all. You can now edit the code, build, and select Debug -> Processes. Check the ‘Show system processes’ checkbox, select the ASP.NET worker process (aspnet_wp.exe) and attach.

    You can now hit refresh in the browser and voila, you are back in business without having to start all over again. Note that you don’t have to start out by debugging. I often prefer to start without debugging and attach when I need to.

    This gets better in Whidbey since you don’t have to compile the code-behind to a DLL.  You don’t even have to detach / attach. With Whidbey, simply 

    • Start out by debugging
    • Edit the code
    • Save the file
    • Hit refresh

    Nice, or what?

    At the NNUG/MSDN event I have demoed the return of Edit & Continue in Visual Basic .NET Whidbey. Someone in the audience even said they would not move to .NET before this feature is back (talking to him offline revealed that he was already using .NET).

    For me this is mostly an issue with Windows Forms development where you may be deep in an application debugging. Fixing the bug and coming back to the place where the error occurred may take a significant amount of time. Windows Forms apps are not the fastest to start up ;-) and getting back to the same place and state can take a long time.

    Since C# probably will not get EnC, maybe VB.NET will be the language of choice for Windows Forms development? Having done some Office integration lately and now working with VB.NET in Whidbey has put VB.NET in a new perspective for me.


  • Stavanger - last stop

    The last stop on our NNUG/MSDN tour today, Stavanger. I am sitting here at the venue extending my talk from 45 minutes to 90 minutes because one of the speakers had to stay home (hope you get better soon Trond!). That is no problem; with Whidbey there is just so much to talk about and to show! OK, back to the demos.


  • MSDN/NNUG tour hit Oslo today

    The combined NNUG / MSDN tour hit Oslo today and it was a blast! The headline was Yukon, Whidbey & Indigo! “-What is HOT? What is NOT?”.

    400 people got to hear three speakers from the user group (Trond Brande, Arne Jørgensen and myself) in addition to Stein Møllerhaug from security company Syamantec and two people representing Accenture talking about the AltInn project which is probably the largest .NET project in Norway today. I didn’t get to see all sessions but the feedback from the people I talked to was very good.

    My own session on Whidbey was great fun. A few hickups but that must be expected using Alpha code! I tried to position where Whidbey stands today, focused on Windows Forms and ASP.NET and did several demos. My presentation (in Norwegian) is available on the download area of the user group (requires registration).

    Only one more stop on the tour, Stavanger on Thursday.