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StyleCop 4.3 Is Out

The StyleCop team announced the release of a version 4.3 of the StyleCop tool. You can get it from here.

On this version there are some bug fixes, new rules and documentation.

Also in this version, the list of errors and warnings goes to the Errors List window like with the compilers. I whish that the errors and warnings would also be sent to the Output window.

SDK documentation on how to author custom rules and integrate the tool with custom build environments is expected soon.

Lutz Roeder’s .NET Reflector Is Now Red Gate’s .NET Reflector

Let’s face it, if you don’t know .NET Reflector, you can never claim to be a .NET developer.

Today Red Gate announced the acquisition of Lutz Roeder’s .NET Reflector.

On .NET Reflector’s page, Red Gate states that “will continue to maintain a free version for the benefit of the community”.

You can read an interview with Lutz Roeder and James Moore (general manager of .NET Developer Tools at Red Gate) at simple-talk.

James doesn’t know yet how to improve Reflector, but I do. Reflector needs a major improvement on UI usability and performance. Let’s see if I can come up with a list:

  • For me, search as you type is not a good idea as it is in Reflector.
  • Still in the search theme, search as you type would be nice for the active code window.
  • I cannot understand why changing any of the options fires a total repaint and lost of the view of the active code item.
  • Settings like code, documentation and number formatting should possible to change on the fly with a simple toolbar click.

I’m sure Red Gate is more than capable of taking good care of .NET Reflector.

More On Another Way For Using The “using” Keyword

In the past I presented another possible use for the using keyword: as hints on LINQ.

I’ve been giving some thought about this lately and refined my proposal.

var q = from person in personCollection using MyEnumerableExtensions
        group person by person.LastName into g using new MyOtherComparer()
        orderby g.Key using new MyComparer()
        select person;

The above query would be converted to:

var q = MyEnumerableExtensions.OrderBy<string, Person>(
    MyEnumerableExtensions.GroupBy<string, Person>(
        person => person.LastName,
        new MyComparer(),
    g => g.Key,
    mew MyOtherComparer()

What do you think of this?

How About Property Assignment And Collection Adding Like Object And Collection Initializers In C#?

C# 3.0 introduced object and collection initializers. It is now easier to initialize objects or collections:

var person = new Person { FirstName = "Paulo", LastName = "Morgado" };

var persons = new List<Person> {
    new Person { FirstName = "Paulo", LastName = "Morgado" },
    new Person { FirstName = "Luís", LastName = "Abreu" }

var personDirectory = new Dictionary<string, Person> {
    { "Lisboa", new Person { FirstName = "Paulo", LastName = "Morgado" } },
    { "Funchal", new Person { FirstName = "Luís", LastName = "Abreu" } }

Wouldn’t be nice to be able to do the same on already created objects and collections?

But, what would the syntax used be? Something like this?

var person = new Person();
person = { FirstName = "Paulo", LastName = "Morgado" };

var persons = new List<Person>();
persons += {
    new Person { FirstName = "Paulo", LastName = "Morgado" },
    new Person { FirstName = "Luís", LastName = "Abreu" }

var personDirectory = new Dictionary<string, Person>();
personDirectory += {
    { "Lisboa", new Person { FirstName = "Paulo", LastName = "Morgado" } },
    { "Funchal", new Person { FirstName = "Luís", LastName = "Abreu" } }

What do you think of this?