Our cries have finally been answered then?

I for one am very happy that the next version of Visual Studio will finally embrace what some of us have been requesting for a long time now – UML adoption. A few months ago I mentioned some stuff that would be in the next version of VS and now that more has been going on I am thoroughly pleased. For my part I’ve not really looked too much into what’s going on with the class diagrams etc and whether or not we will be graced with the standard l&f for UML diagrams. I for one hope that this does … Continue reading Our cries have finally been answered then?

Software pipelines

There is a pretty interesting architecture based on software pipelines that will at least allow your systems to utilize many-core processors in a far easier manner than other alternatives. This approach has a lot in common with fluid dynamics in that some principals are the same. All service requests hit something called a pipeline distributor. The pipeline distributor routes the request to the appropriate pipeline. What is pretty nice about this approach is that the pipelines within a pool can delegate requests to other pipelines within the same pool  or even delegate requests to another pipeline distributor that maps requests … Continue reading Software pipelines

Results: Using a dark theme in VS for a week

As I mentioned several days ago I’ve been seeing if a dark theme in VS would help my eyes a little. The short of it is – no, no it didn’t. The major sore point is that if you use a dark theme in VS then you find yourself constantly swapping between dark (VS) and light (web content, content in general). The latter of course doesn’t sound like its particularly good for you and I’d definitely concur with that. I actually found that my background was slightly off-white in my VS settings and since changing it to pure white around … Continue reading Results: Using a dark theme in VS for a week

Experiment: Using a dark theme in VS for a week

I’ve been highly critical of using dark themes in Visual Studio particularly because the UI of VS is light in its very nature. The combination of the two proving to be an interesting proposition when using VS for large durations of time. I digress. Recently I have suffered a few eye issues and I’m pretty much willing to try and use a dark theme now for more than an hour and then dismissing it in the hope that it may help me out a little. I have tried a few other minor solutions prior to this experiment, the most of … Continue reading Experiment: Using a dark theme in VS for a week

Desktop 1.0

In case I am not the only one that appreciates virtual desktops then be sure to download this new tool from Mark Russinovich and Bryce Cogswell. More on it here. UPDATE: I’m only using this because I’ve recently sold my monitors as I’m moving country soon. Life without many monitors is pretty bad ;-(

Using Pex in a TDD fashion…

Peli has just posted a good post on using Pex in a TDD fashion to create a binary heap. In case you don’t know, Peli is actually one of the guys working on Pex at MSR so if you have a chance do give it a look 😉 “Pex (Program EXploration) is an intelligent assistant to the programmer. From a parameterized unit test, it automatically produces a traditional unit test suite with high code coverage. In addition, it suggests to the programmer how to fix the bugs.” By the way Pex is not tied to MSTest. See the Pex Extensions … Continue reading Using Pex in a TDD fashion…

Setting up a build environment article published

An article I wrote for DotNetSlackers has just been published entitled Setting up a build environment. The article is based upon a pretty simple example that uses Subversion, TortoiseSVN, MSBuild, MSBuild Community Tasks, and TeamCity. Give it a read – Setting up a build environment. Note: I give a brief mention also to the SDC Tasks Library project which contains some very helpful tasks. Visual Studio and TeamCity integration One thing I didn’t really have space to mention in the article is the integration that TeamCity provides for Visual Studio. Its a little plugin that allows you to view the … Continue reading Setting up a build environment article published