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Unicorns, Triple Rainbows, Package Management and Lasers by Bil Simser

Since the dawn of time, developers have been adding references to projects. Even longer, they’ve been doing it through a cumbersome and tedious manual process. You know the routine. C’mon. Play along with me: Launch web browser Search for the website...

Getting Started with PowerConsole by Bil Simser

Visual Studio 2010 is quite an improvement over it’s predecessors in many areas. Extensions for Visual Studio is a big thing and gives you the ability to install simple add-ons that interact and work with your solutions and projects, right from within...

Name that WSP - SharePoint Developer Tricks with WSPBuilder by Bil Simser

One of my favorite tools that I highly recommend next to breathing is WSPBuilder . With this tool in your arsenal, no longer do you have to worry about hand crafting manifest files or running cryptic makecab.exe command line tools. Building solution packages...
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SharePoint Designer, Free as in Beer by Bil Simser

I caught a couple of blog posts from here and here that had to make me do a double take. I’m not one for relaying gossip, but this information seems to be legit. As of April 1, 2009 SharePoint Designer will be free. Now if you go to the “official” site...
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Setting up Windows Live Writer with weblogs.asp.net by Bil Simser

Just a quick tip on anyone setting up the latest version of Windows Live Writer (14.0.8064.206) and publishing to http://weblogs.asp.net . By default, when you run the wizard it’ll stumble over the the autodetection so you’ll have to select your blog...

Goodbye PDA, It's Been Nice Knowing Ya by Bil Simser

I'm ditching my PDA (currently a BlackBerry Curve) and my laptop for note taking and going retro. For the past few years I've been taking notes in various digital media. Back when I had my Palm, I would do handwritten notes (sometimes trying to fight...

Transforming Tree Surgeon using the Adaptive Console Framework by Bil Simser

I'm a command line app junkie as I love working with it. I guess it's my DOS/Linux roots but I find things go faster when you're not dealing with a GUI and a mouse. Command line tools like NAnt and MSBuild have all sorts of options and syntax. Some of...

Terrarium, Terrarium, Terrarium by Bil Simser

I'm presenting a talk around Terrarium development at the Edmonton .NET User Group on September 25th. The talk is focused on upgrading a legacy app (1.1) to 2.0 (and beyond to 3.5 eventually), building and running your own Terrarium (complete with man...

Microsoft StyleCop, Totalitarian Rules by Bil Simser

I got turned onto a fairly new tool by a friend and was interested in checking it out. It's called Microsoft StyleCop and done in the style of FxCop but rather than analyzing assemblies it looks at code for formatting and style rules. The original use...

Tree Surgeon 2.0 Released by Bil Simser

We’ve released version 2.0 of Tree Surgeon . This is the first major release since I took the project over from Mike Roberts. This release adds the following features: 2005 and 2008 support in addition to the original 2003 support Ability to choose the...
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