.NET Developments:

January, 2008


January 30, 2008  11:01 PM

Visual Basic futures, Volta on display at Lang.NET Symposium Day 2

Yuval Shavit Profile: YuvalShavit

As the Microsoft Lang.NET Symposium went into Day 2, the parade of languages and language combos continued. First out of the blocks was Eric Meijer with a discussion of Volta. Volta uses a shared programming model to allow...

January 30, 2008  3:11 PM

Visual Studio 2008 availability expands

Brian Eastwood Profile: Brian Eastwood

Visual Studio 2008 is now available the old-fashioned way -- through retail and volume licensing. The new IDE has been available to MSDN subscribers for a good two months now, and MSDN availability has expanded as well. Microsoft's

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January 30, 2008  1:20 PM

Good manners: Unit test syntax and semantics

Yuval Shavit Profile: YuvalShavit

Microsoft MVP Roy Osherove is at work on a book about the art of unit testing. It is interesting to read his site as his thinking evolves and his book moves to completion. For an example, see a recent post concerning

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January 29, 2008  11:03 AM

Lang.NET shows Iron Python with Robotics Studio, JScript on DLR

Yuval Shavit Profile: YuvalShavit

Microsoft's Lang.NET Symposium 2008 got up and running yesterday. C# father Anders Hejlsberg talked about C# 3.0 features, IronPython guru Hugunin discussed the Dynamic Language Runtime (DLR) and IronPython, and Pratap Lakshman from the...


January 28, 2008  3:42 PM

What’s obsolete in .NET Framework 2.0

Brian Eastwood Profile: Brian Eastwood

The jump from .NET 1.1 to .NET 2.0 was a pretty significant one, as it involved changes such as new APIs and a new version of the CLR. Why bring this up now? One, we know there are a lot of .NET 1.1 applications out there, so any programmers looking to migrate those applications will want to know...


January 25, 2008  1:56 PM

.NET reference posters: Great things come in large packages

Brian Eastwood Profile: Brian Eastwood

Posters make good conference swag, but they don't always fit into the suitcase. Fortunately, many of Microsoft's greatest hits -- .NET Framework namespaces, Visual Studio 2008 and 2005 keyboard shortcuts, Silverlight 2.0 Developer References and so on -- are available for download on MSDN. Chris...


January 22, 2008  10:41 AM

Curl up with a good book on Agile

Brian Eastwood Profile: Brian Eastwood

Patrick Kua, a developer, trainer and coach with ThoughtWorks, has compiled a nice list of books that he has dubbed The Essential Agile Reading List:

One of the searches...


January 21, 2008  2:36 PM

Custom password validators in .NET Framework 3.5

Yuval Shavit Profile: YuvalShavit

In its first incarnation, Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) did not support custom validators with transport-level HTTP security. That changed with .NET Framework 3.5. But how do you make it...


January 18, 2008  9:01 AM

Tools for the .NET Developer redux

Brian Eastwood Profile: Brian Eastwood

 ".NET developers cannot live on Visual Studio alone." Thus we introduced our All-in-One Buying Guide: Tools for the .NET Developer to the world last summer. We bring it up...


January 17, 2008  12:09 PM

XUnit unit test framework ready for its close-up

Yuval Shavit Profile: YuvalShavit

James Newkirk - an original NUnit developer - and Brad Wilson recently shared some more of their work on the XUnit test framework. The download is available on the CodePlex site.

According to Ben Hall, blogger and Red Gate...


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