Archives / 2004 / June
  • GhostDoc is RTM (or is that RTRAC?)

    (RTRAC =  Released to Roy's Addin Contest ;-)

    23:49 the mail with my contest entry GhostDoc left my outbox.

    I'm exhausted. Several nights of only 4 hours sleep are taking their toll. Mostly addin related problems, stuff not working that worked perfectly for weeks. COM registration issues, you name it.

    I had to cut features, there are things that could have been better, but that sucker is out the door.

    I feel satisfied.

  • Crunch Mode

    I'm busy putting the final touches on GhostDoc for entering it here:

    Testing, cutting features, testing, writing release notes, testing, fixing last minute bugs, testing, ...

    Hmm. Some parts of developing software a more fun than others... ;-)

  • Cool Google Search Macro for Visual Studio

    Marty Garins wrote a really cool macro for performing a Google search from Visual Studio.


    See the feedback section of that blog entry for a minor addition I proposed (urlencoding of the search text). By the time you are reading this, it may already be included in the macro code.

    Tip: If you want to limit your search to the MSDN site, add the red text to line building the URL string:

    Dim url As String = String.Format("{0}", selectedText)

  • Strange: GetProcessesByName and Floppy Drive Access

    Here's something strange: Each time I call the method Process.GetProcessesByName my floppy drive is accessed, which is rather annoying especially if no disk is inserted.

    If you want to try it yourself, here's the code for a minimal command line app:

    using System;
    using System.Diagnostics;
    class GetProcessesByNameDemo
    static void Main(string[] args)
    Process[] arrProcesses=Process.GetProcessesByName("notepad");

    A search on Google Groups for "getprocessesbyname floppy" shows (at least at the moment of writing these lines) that I'm not the only one with this problem; unfortunately I could find neither an explanation nor a solution.

    So.... anybody out there knowing more about this strange behavior?