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  • Sandcastle December 06 CTP

    I blogged about Sandcastle in the past, over here . You can grab the December 06 CTP from the Microsoft-website now. Take a look at the Sandcastle MSDN Blog too.
    Posted to B# .NET Blog (Weblog) by bart on 12-10-2006
  • Conditional compilation in C# - explaining System.Diagnostics.ConditionalAttribute

    Introduction Conditional compilation is one of the much unknown powerful features that are available in .NET and more specifically in the C#, VB.NET and J# compilers. In this post, I'd like to show you how to take benefit from this feature, applied to C#. An example using System; using System.Diagnostics;...
    Posted to B# .NET Blog (Weblog) by bart on 08-30-2006
  • Build a sandcastle today - download the CTP

    Sometimes codenames are just funny. Sandcastle seems to be one of these. So what's in a name? You know both C# (since version 1.0) and VB.NET (since version 8.0 == 2005) support XML comments to document (the public parts of) your code. That's a great thing, but what you end up with is a just a big chunk...
    Posted to B# .NET Blog (Weblog) by bart on 07-30-2006
  • MD5 and SHA1 File Checksum Calculcator

    So here's a new tool for my personal toolbox: a simple MD5 checksum calculator for files, written in .NET 2.0. The little "open Visual Studio 2005 trigger" story: A friend of mine reported a problem with his Vista Beta 2 installation which reported corruption, so the obvious first check was to calculate...
    Posted to B# .NET Blog (Weblog) by bart on 06-23-2006
  • Some hot releases

    Rather calm on my blog lately due to a high workload. So, let's give a little overview of some recent hot releases that are worth to check out in case of some spare free time. This summer, I'll try to put some more serious posts on the web over here. Here we go: First of all, there's of course Windows...
    Posted to B# .NET Blog (Weblog) by bart on 06-22-2006
  • Custom MSBuild tasks

    Introduction I guess most of my blog readers are familiar with the new build system in .NET 2.0 and Visual Studio 2005. In the past, project files were only consumable by Visual Studio .NET. Today, project files (which are XML-based) are VS-independent and can be used to build the project using MSBuild...
    Posted to B# .NET Blog (Weblog) by bart on 04-13-2006
  • Visual Studio.NET 2003 Service Pack 1 Beta

    Still working with Visual Studio .NET 2003? (I am for my .NET FX 1.1 development projects that can't be upgraded to 2.0 yet!) Then you'll be interested in Visual Studio.NET 2003 Service Pack 1 Beta which is available on http://connect.microsoft.com now (under Available Programs). RTM of this SP is pinned...
    Posted to B# .NET Blog (Weblog) by bart on 03-26-2006
  • MSBee beta 2

    MSBee is the codename for MSBuild support for .NET Framework 1.1 (Everett) projects. It's being developed by the Developer Aftermarket Solutions and Powertoys team . The beta 2 release of MSBee can be found on http://www.gotdotnet.com/codegallery/codegallery.aspx?id=22a73581-57c1-4874-a7d5-c9138c8c1f4b...
    Posted to B# .NET Blog (Weblog) by bart on 03-25-2006
  • Oh My ... - Musings on the Visual Basic 2005 My namespace and bringing it to C#

    Introduction Although I'm primarily a C# guy, often I have to look at other languages in the .NET universe as well. Actually I come from a big Visual Basic background in the past (in the pre-.NET era which started for me in early 2001) having written several applications in Visual Basic. Currently I...
    Posted to B# .NET Blog (Weblog) by bart on 03-14-2006
  • The anatomy of v2.0.50727.42

    A couple of days ago I posted the final build number of .NET Framework v2.0 and VS2005 (starts with 8. instead of 2. but for the rest it's exactly the same). Unfortunately, a pretty heavy spam cleaning script on my database deleted some of my latest posts. Luckily SQL Server's backup functionality saved...
    Posted to B# .NET Blog (Weblog) by bart on 10-28-2005
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