Category Archives: 2087

String.IsNullOrEmpty : update on that nasty null reference exception

Back in April 2006, I blogged about a nasty JIT compiler optimisation that would cause String.IsNullOrEmpty to throw a null reference exception;  ironic really given that is the very thing you’d use the IsNullOrEmpty method to check against.  Well since … Continue reading

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New release of Snippet Editor

Snippet Editor 2.1 is now released on codeplex:   Apart from the few minor bug fixes, it includes improved search and now support for Visual Studio 2010 as well as 2008 and 2005. I’ve also added a “buy me … Continue reading

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Snippet Editor is now on CodePlex

I’ve just finished uploading the Snippet Editor to CodePlex It includes some minor bug fixes from the previous release. Enjoy And Merry XMas

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.NET 3.5 SP1 source code

When Visual Studio 2008 SP1 was released it didn’t have the source code for the framework like the original version of 2008 had. Well now it has !!  Actually it was released almost two weeks ago.

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Microsoft continues to treat VB as a 2nd class citizen

It’s bad enough when the Windows Live team continually releases their SDKs omitting VB, but when XNA 3.0 CTP is released and STILL NO VB support, it’s getting beyond a joke.  XNA 3 is for Visual Studio 2008 and lets … Continue reading

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Where’s the .NET framework ?

In putting together some virtual machines for testing on hyper-v, I was amazed and disappointed to find that Microsoft is NOT pushing out the .NET framework any more.  On Windows XP, windows update offers only .NET 1.1 and 2.0.  Vista … Continue reading

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Auto properties : What ifs …

Paul Vick posted a speculative post as to Automatically Implemented properties for VB10.  Although it’s kind of nice, it really is just a minor modification from what C# did in 3.0 and misses a lot of the “what if” scenarios … Continue reading

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Can’t get no VB Action ?

Paul Stovell finally notices the lack of support for statement lambdas in VB9.  Unfortunately Vb9 only supports lambda expressions such as can be expressed in today’s expression trees.  .NET 4.0 will most probably include support for lambda statements, and hopefully … Continue reading

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Using the Microsoft.VisualStudio.Zip assembly

I got an email today asking about the use of the Microsoft.VisualStudio.Zip assembly. Hi, my name is XXXXXX and I’m from XXXXX. I’m writing a custom .Vsi writer and I saw that in the Code Snippet Editor for VB 2008 … Continue reading

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Windows Live team continues insults at VB’ers …

After my post about the first set of insults from the Windows Live team and the Search API samples, it was nice to see some VB samples released.  Sadly though they were just the C# samples run through an automated … Continue reading

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