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DevExpress’ WinForms 2 suite

It’s been few weeks since DevExpress relased next generation of their WinForms components featuring skinning technology. I can’t say anything else than: go check it out. Just beware: once you try them, you’ll become addicted.


CodeSmith 3.0 is released

Eric did it again. New CodeSmith version is out. I have to say that this tool is one of the programmer’s best friends. In other words, it is a must have for a serious programmer.
Excerpt from CodeSmith home page:

CodeSmith 3.0 enables software developers to efficiently:

  • Reduce repetitive coding
  • Generate your code in less time with fewer bugs
  • Produce consistent code that adheres to your standards
  • Create your own custom templates for any language

Go check it out.


Download slides from my two presentations at NT Konferenca 2005

Follow the link to download slides from my two presentations at Microsoft NT Konferenca 2005 held in Portorož, Slovenija.


Community corner at NT konferenca 2005

We have a SLODUG/SLOWUG community corner as part of NT konferenca 2005 in hotel St. Bernardin. Just go to the ground floor and to the right from elevator or to the left from entrance and meet the peers. I’ll be hanging there on Wednesday.


Presenting on NT Konferenca 2005

Wednesday, 18. May 2005, I will give two presentations at NT Konferenca 2005 in Portorož, Slovenija:

Both presentations will be spoken in Slovene language.


Where is Object Test Bench in Visual Studio.NET 2005 Beta x?

Object Test Bench is a feature of Visual Studio.NET 2005 Beta X which allows you to test your code at design time. One can create classes, invoke their methods and stuff like that. Seems very useful for testing code without running entire application. You find Object Test Bench menu item in View/Other Windows menu. Ok, that is a short description of Object Test Bench.

So, where is the problem? The problem is, that the feature wasn’t available (no menu entry or any sign of it) on my copy of VS.NET 2005 Beta 2. I have never tried the feature before so I wasn’t sure if this was a version problem or something else. So, I tried to check out older CTP versions (in the following order):

  • March CTP (it is Enterprise Architect version so I assumed Object Test Bench was there): VS.NET installed but wouldn’t run: beta period expired. Argh.
  • Feb CTP: I had an older install: no sign of Object Test Bench whatsoever. ??
  • Beta 1 (I knew that Object Test Bench was should have been there for sure): no sign of Object Test Bench whatsoever. ?????

This was weird. The feature was in documentation but not in my IDE. So, after spending many many valuable hours installing and reinstalling I took a look at Product Feedback Center for Visual Studio.NET 2005. Pretty soon I found this entry:

Object Test Bench Not available

Even better, the workaround is included. Install everything. Aaargh. I’ve installed everything. Ok, everything minus J#. I can’t believe this was the problem which took half of my Sunday.

Ah, the joys of beta versions.