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July 2003 - Posts

A little help here...

Okay, I was gone on vacation in Alabama visiting grandparents right after I heard about the movement to oust Winer and create a new (better?) RSS...

I come back, fire up the aggregator, and see all sorts of stuff flying about on Echo, (n)Echo, Pie, Atom, Winer giving up the RSS 2.0 Copyright, the spec still being frozen, yadda yadda yadda. Now, could someone please explain to me what on earth all these things are? Are Echo and (n)Echo the same thing? How about Pie? Pretend I don't know a single thing about any of this (which really isn't far from the truth).

So, what's the big deal?

SharpToolbox

Check it out now: http://SharpToolbox.com

[Fabrice's weblog]

Very nice Fabrice! The site looks great and the list of tools is, as always, a great reference! BTW, the search feature is awesome. :)

The Immediate Window

But for me, this begs a different question. In VB6 IDE you could actually do this from the immediate window. Start up a module, instantiate a class and test one of it's methods. Or even experiment with VB functions that you had just discovered. Although nUnit, etc are great, there are times that I would love to still be able to do this in the VS.NET IDE but you can't because you need the CLR running. There must be a tool the enables this. Mostly I would like it to test functions and methods from the framework as I discover them.

[Julia Lerman's Blog]

I was beginning to think I was the only one who wanted an app like this. I totally agree with Julia here, there's got to be some sort of tool. This was the thing I found most lacking from the Immediate window when I came from VB6 and moved to C#. I even tried it out in the VB.NET side of the IDE and much to my chagrin, it wasn't there either. Sometimes firing up VS.NET to see what the output from a method would be seems like overkill...and yet I can't see any better way of doing it...

Compiler Error CS0553

CS0553'conversion routine' : user defined conversion to/from base class
User-defined conversions to values of a base class are not allowed; you do not need such an operator.

But now I need one, what now?

[LepEx]

Hmmm...this seems odd. Why can't you define how you want conversions to/from a base class to go? Any C# gurus out there that can shed some light on the situation?

Visual Studio Industry Partner Program (VSIP)

I haven't seen this mentioned before...but a friend of mine just IMed me saying “did you see VSIP is FREEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

So I headed on over to www.vsipdev.com and sure enough...VSIP is now free. If I'm wrong and VSIP has been free for a long time, somebody let me know. But this is a great move on the part of the guys at Microsoft...especially for avid addin developers like Jamie.

Merging Messenger

A friend just pointed me to the MSN Messenger page and asked where the Windows Messenger for XP went. It would seem from the http://messenger.msn.com page that the folks over on the Messenger team have decided to ditch having two separate products. So now it's time for everybody to upgrade to MSN 6. :)

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