Archive for April, 2008

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LINQPad

April 20, 2008

I just read a blog entry by Rick Strahl talking about a lightweight LINQ utility that lets you run LINQ queries. I agree with everything Rick says in his post but I think this tool would also be extremely valuable in a production when trying to debug production specific errors.

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Web Service Contract First Design

April 14, 2008

Today I was asked to finish off an implementation of a web service for my current engagement. When I opened up the solution I noticed that there was a LOT of classes that had some comments at the start of them that said “auto generated by wscf”. After doing some research I found out that when building enterprise web services you can either build them by “code first” or you can take a “contract first” approach. Learn more about it here

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Visual Studio Project Templates Missing

April 9, 2008

So today I installed Visual Studio 2005 Team system onto my machine that already had Visual Studio 2008 Professional edition on it and when I opened up VS2005 I was missing all my project templates

Basically I didn’t have that little expansion cross next to Visual C# or Visual Basic at all. I ran across this blog and left a thankful message as he has saved me a lot of grief in time wasted reinstalling the solution.

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Changing Jobs!

April 9, 2008

I start a new job! This Friday is my last day and the coming Monday I will be contracting at Carlson Marketing for a 3 month engagement. I am super excited because they have visual studio team system! Unfortunately it’s 2005 and they do not have the license for 2008 but it’s not always that you get the luxury of working with team system. Maybe this is something Microsoft should look into making cheaper in order to dominate the market more?