Shared Source CLI Google group launched

I’ve just created a Google group based on the SSCLI which you can view and join by going here – http://groups.google.com/group/microsoft-shared-source-cli It supersedes now defunct SSCLI newsgroups from the Microsoft and Yahoo servers which have had all but no activity in the last 2 or so years. If you have any interest whatsoever in the SSCLI then I encourage you to join. http://groups.google.com/group/microsoft-shared-source-cli

Shared Source CLI (aka Rotor) on Vista

I thought I would share my experiences with Rotor on Vista (x86 and x64). First off Rotor is an open source version of a big chunk of what’s in the full commercial .NET that you use on your machine today BUT certain things in Rotor are no where near the quality of that in the commercial .NET – keep that in mind. I hacked around with Rotor on several setups not including the supported setup (XP with SP2 and VC++ 8.0). My mileage with each is briefly summarized below. Vista x64 with VC++ 9.0 I tried to get Rotor working … Continue reading Shared Source CLI (aka Rotor) on Vista

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

DSA book on ‘This Week on C9’

First off thank you to all who have downloaded the first draft of Data Structures and Algorithms: Annotated Reference with Examples. At the time of writing this post there have been more than 3200 downloads within around 3 days of it being put up on DotNetSlackers which is great! Thanks to all those who have helped spread the word by linking to the posts I made and to the actual project page. I’d also like to thank Dan Fernandez who gave the book a mention on This Week on C9 (a weekly review program on the popular Channel9 site). You … Continue reading DSA book on ‘This Week on C9’

Data Structures and Algorithms book (free) first preview available!

This is a little project that myself and Luca have been working on in our spare (spare) time in the last month or so. The book is no where near complete but we wanted to get it out there now and progress with it in view of the public eye rather than just sit on it and wait months until it was a lot more thorough. As this is just a preview don’t expect it to be all finely polished, we know what we are lacking in terms of explanations. No chapter in the preview is the final version of … Continue reading Data Structures and Algorithms book (free) first preview available!

My Visual Studio vNext wish list

My wish list for Visual Studio vNext isn’t that long. The things I would like to see in Visual Studio vNext (I’m not that hopeful) are the following: A filtering intellisense members list box Some intelligent suggestions More refactoring options Unfortunately I am going to do the unmentionable and compare VS to Eclipse. A filtering intellisense members list box As the number of classes in the BCL grows, and with newer technologies arriving all the time I don’t think there has ever been a better time to implement this feature. Eclipse does a good job of it and is incredibly … Continue reading My Visual Studio vNext wish list