Archives / 2003 / March
  • Free NUnitAddin Shares!

    For a (hopefully) limited time only, shares in NUnitAddin are selling for $0.00!  I probably shouldn't be telling you this, but if you want some free stock you can pick it up here.  You never know, one day it might be worth something.

    How come fellow dotnetweblogger Jan Tielens' shares are selling for $0.01?  He doesn't have any incoming links either... ;o)


    I have no idea what the heck this is, but I looked up my weblog and it's selling for $144.80!?!  What does it all mean??

    Listed on BlogShares


  • CodeSmith Beta 6 Released (w/VS.NET 2003 Support)

    Beta 6 has been posted. Here are the changes in this build:
    * Fixed bug where CodeSmith Explorer context menu was shown for node types other than templates.
    * Added ability to specify the application used to edit templates. Can be changed in the "RedRiver.CodeSmith.Gui.dll.config" (key "codetemplateexplorercontrol.editapplication") file.
    * Fixed various bugs in SqlCodeTemplate.cs.
    * Changed expiration to 7/1/2003.
    * Seperated the VS.NET addin and custom tool into seperate assemblies. This should allow the custom tool to run in VS.NET 2002 and 2003.
    * Changed ColumnSchema.DataType and ParameterSchema.DataType to DbType instead of SqlDbType.
    * Fix bug with ColumnSchema.IsPrimaryKeyMember when no primary key exists.

    This build doesn't have a lot of big changes because we are currently very busy at work. It is mostly to change the expiration date and also provide a build that works with VS.NET 2003



  • NUnitAddin

    I finally took the time to check out NUnitAddin today and I must say that I am extremely impressed.  I am not going to bother to go into details about what the program actually does since so many others have already done this.  Instead I would like to say how impressed I was when I downloaded the source from Sourceforge.  This is an incredible piece of work and I have not learned more about .NET since back in the .NET Beta 2 IBuySpy days.  I would highly recommend you check this out especially if you are planning to do any VS.NET integration work.


  • Recommended Utilities

    The focus of these blogs (.NETWeblogs) is of course on .NET. When you have a second, why not share/demo some piece of code you use often or an approach to a common problem you have solved?

    [ScottW's Blog]

    Code is great. But often it's tied to one particular problem. I have found that whenever I see a question on CodeProject or via one of my MSN contacts that I don't know the answer to, I don't go looking for a code snippet to help me out. Rather, I turn to one of my many utilities that I love. So I thought I'd share a couple with everybody:

    • Reflector - This is by far the most useful tool in the .NET world. A great object browser that far surpasses anything that the VS.NET object browser has to offer.
    • Documentor - More by Lutz Roeder, a very nifty tool for working with XML documentation in C#.
    • jv16 Powertools - While not necessarily a programming utility, I do find jv16 Powertools to be very useful. The file and registry tools are just awesome.
    • Syndirella - I love Syndirella. 'Nuff said.
    • Window Sizer - This app is awesome. Because I run at 1400x1050 screen resolution, often the ASP.NET pages that I make are too big for people with normal resolutions to see...
    • Control Inspector - A must have for any Windows Forms developer. This app lets you inspect when controls are fired on forms. Very nice. It's kind of like Spy++ for .NET, but there's a "test" surface that you can add controls to in order to just perform an ad hoc test of when the event gets fired.

    [Dstone's Blog]

    I agree, but you can't leave Anakrino (FREE) out.  It is the single most powerful .NET learning tool available.


  • Extensible .NET SQL code generator

    One of the cool things about Microsoft is that there's a boatload of smart people in it.  More to the point, many of those smart people are building wicked cool pieces of software that are available to you for free (and in many cases, with source code included!).  So, here's your link to one of Microsoft's better-kept secrets (we're working on changing that):  OLYMARS (the interesting name comes from a shortened version of the creator's favorite soccer/football team, Olympique de Marseilles).  What is so special about this utility?  Well, to put it simply, it's a SQL Server .NET code generator.  And not just some cheezy tossed-together thing, this one has several superb charactaristics:

    • It's highly customizable
    • It supports both 2- and 3-tier models
    • It's VERY fast
    • and It generates production quality code

    Currently, the site is hosted at the location, but we're going to try to make it a little more "English friendly" in the future.  If you're writing code in .NET (or, frankly, just a beginner that wants to turn a 12-week project into a 2-day project), this is definitely worth looking at!

    [vial InkBlog]

    While CodeSmith doesn't have as many built-in templates as OLYMARS, it can do everything that OLYMARS can and so much more.  If you are considering OLYMARS, then please take a look at my FREE CodeSmith application.