Interesting what can happen when you re-read the specification. I've been taking time in the "library" to read the 2.0 C# Specification. But instead of skiping the old stuff and concentrating on the new language stuff, I am reading the whole thing again. Something interesting I found in the 'switch' statement.
I was reading an article about VB9's XML Literal support and why C# decided not to support it. (Note, I agree with C#'s lack of support for it, but that's not what this post is about). Paul Vick said:
Everytime I add a app.config file to a new C# App, it never does what I want. I want the app.config file to be deployed to the build directory so I can make changes to the app.config file and have it propogated. With the release of VS.NET 2003, us C# developers now have pre and post build steps. So I now have to remember to add the following to the post-build event:
xcopy /s $(ProjectDir)app.config $(TargetPath).config
I know I could write an "Add New Item" to make it happen, but I just haven't had the time. I just wish MS had done it for me.
I got to play with an Itanium 2 Box at the PDC today. Instead of following their script, I did what I've wanted to do for months...creating a huge DataSet. They had an interesting setup. You used a Pentium 4 box to develop code and then Terminal Service'd into a sixteen-way Itanium 2 machine to run the code. The 64 bit JIT's the IL to 64 bit code from the same assembly that the 32 bit JIT did to create the 32 bit code.
I say some interesting results:
I found it very interesting in a little test that the Flags attribute doesn't seem to change the way that the CLR numbers Enumerations. So that this enumeration:
public enum UnFoo
this code ends up not working as i'd expect:
There is a suggestion up on the LadyBug site to support a Beta 3 of Visual Studio as some developers are worried about the quality of the Beta 2 (and I assume the CTP's as well). If you have an opinion (I have one), please go there and Vote. The sheer size of the votes will help Microsoft determine if it is a fringe group believes there are issues or whether a Beta 3 is really necessary. Please make your opinion known!
I am getting married and that means I get a bunch of development tasks to do for the wedding planning. I guess it’s my own fault, I did propose with an app.
One of the tasks I had to do was create a new page on my wedding site for the day of the wedding to include things like directions and parking. Pretty simple HTML stuff, but one thing I wanted to be sure of was to only show the page on the day of the wedding. This should be easy, but the time zone of the server has kicked my ass before.
As a C# guy I am comfortable with the idea of 'this' in the scope of a class (or 'Me' for your VB'ers). It's a relatively simple idea that allows you to access the instance of the class that you're a part of to call members.
Interestingly, Microsoft has released a new tool that they've used for years internally to analyze code in their code base. Its been informally called "StyleCop" and differs from FxCop in that it analyzes source code, not compiled binaries.
When I teach Silverlight, some of the students lament at the requirement to make all network requests in an asynchronous manner. While I explained my opinion on the manner back in March of this year, I didn't get into how to make this easier. Lambdas and closures are the key to simplifying that code in my opinion.
I’ve known Glenn Block for a long time now and I’ve heard about the ScriptCS project he’s worked on for a long time. I’ve never had time to dig in until now.
For the uninitiated, ScriptCS is a scriptable environment that uses .NET and C# for it’s platform. It makes writing simple scripts easier if you know C# already. It has support in several different editors, but I’ll talk about how I used it with Visual Studio Code since that’s my new favorite toy.
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