New Features in Node Tools for Visual Studio’s December Dev Build

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Download the latest Node Tools for Visual Studio dev build from: https://nodejstools.codeplex.com/releases/view/116275 It’s only been a month since the first alpha, but a lot has happened since with fixes and improvements to intellisense, various areas of the user interface, solution explorer, build, the REPL, along with the npm support that Red Gate has been working … Read more
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Node.js Development in Visual Studio – Life After Visual Node with Node Tools for Visual Studio

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By now you may have seen the first public alpha release of Node Tools for Visual Studio on CodePlex announced in Scott Hanselman’s excellent overview of the suite. You may have noticed Red Gate’s name associated with this and, particularly if you’re a Visual Node user, you’re probably wondering what’s going on, and where all … Read more
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Google’s Working On A (Not So) New Programming Language & Platform For The Web: Dart… But Is It A Great Technology On The Road To Nowhere?

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Last week I had the pleasure of watching Chris Buckett give a talk introducing Google’s newish web programming platform, Dart, at a London HTML5 User Group meeting at Skills Matter down in London. Chris has been working with and blogging about Dart for the past 18 months or so, and has also written a book … Read more
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Notes from BUILD – Day 1 – Big Picture Session 2 Part 2 – Kieran Mockford and Chris Sells on Tools for Building Metro Style Apps

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This is part of a transcription of my notes from Microsoft’s recent BUILD conference in Anaheim, CA, minus anything that might be considered Red Gate confidential. Thus, they’re somewhat unstructured, sometimes ramble off-topic, and often contain dodgy grammar. My own commentary and observations will generally be italicised so you can easily distinguish it from the … Read more
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Notes from BUILD – Day 1 – Big Picture Session 2 Part 1 – Ales Holecek on the WinRT APIs

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This is part of a transcription of my notes from Microsoft’s recent BUILD conference in Anaheim, CA, minus anything that might be considered Red Gate confidential. Thus, they’re somewhat unstructured, sometimes ramble off-topic, and often contain dodgy grammar. My own commentary and observations will generally be italicised so you can easily distinguish it from the … Read more
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Notes from BUILD – Day 1 – Big Picture Session 1 – Jensen Harris on 8 Traits of Great Metro Style Apps

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This is part of a transcription of my notes from Microsoft’s recent BUILD conference in Anaheim, CA, minus anything that might be considered Red Gate confidential. Thus, they’re somewhat unstructured, sometimes ramble off-topic, and often contain dodgy grammar. My own commentary and observations will generally be italicised so you can easily distinguish it from the … Read more
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Notes from BUILD – Day 1 – Keynote Part 6 – Windows 8 Professional Platform with Steven Sinofsky, and a Smidge of Cloud with Chris Jones

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This is part of a transcription of my notes from Microsoft’s recent BUILD conference in Anaheim, CA, minus anything that might be considered Red Gate confidential. Thus, they’re somewhat unstructured, sometimes ramble off-topic, and often contain dodgy grammar. My own commentary and observations will generally be italicised so you can easily distinguish it from the … Read more
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Notes from BUILD – Day 1 – Keynote Part 5 – Michael Angiulo’s Hardware Platform Presentation and Demos

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This is part of a transcription of my notes from Microsoft’s recent BUILD conference in Anaheim, CA, minus anything that might be considered Red Gate confidential. Thus, they’re somewhat unstructured, sometimes ramble off-topic, and often contain dodgy grammar. My own commentary and observations will generally be italicised so you can easily distinguish it from the … Read more
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Notes from BUILD – Day 1 – Keynote Part 4 – Antoine Leblond’s Windows 8 Platform and Tools Presentation – The App Store & Converting a Silverlight App to Metro

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This is part of a transcription of my notes from Microsoft’s recent BUILD conference in Anaheim, CA, minus anything that might be considered Red Gate confidential. Thus, they’re somewhat unstructured, sometimes ramble off-topic, and often contain dodgy grammar. My own commentary and observations will generally be italicised so you can easily distinguish it from the … Read more
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Notes from BUILD – Day 1 – Keynote Part 3 – Antoine Leblond’s Windows 8 Platform and Tools Presentation – Building an HTML5/JavaScript Metro App

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This is part of a transcription of my notes from Microsoft’s recent BUILD conference in Anaheim, CA, minus anything that might be considered Red Gate confidential. Thus, they’re somewhat unstructured, sometimes ramble off-topic, and often contain dodgy grammar. My own commentary and observations will generally be italicised so you can easily distinguish it from the … Read more
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Notes from BUILD – Day 1 – Keynote Part 2 – Julie Larson-Green’s Windows 8 Experience Demo

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This is part of a transcription of my notes from Microsoft’s recent BUILD conference in Anaheim, CA, minus anything that might be considered Red Gate confidential. Thus, they’re somewhat unstructured, sometimes ramble off-topic, and often contain dodgy grammar. My own commentary and observations will generally be italicised so you can easily distinguish it from the … Read more
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Notes from BUILD – Day 1 – Keynote Part 1 – Steven Sinofsky’s Introduction

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This is part of a transcription of my notes from Microsoft’s recent BUILD conference in Anaheim, CA, minus anything that might be considered Red Gate confidential. Thus, they’re somewhat unstructured, sometimes ramble off-topic, and often contain dodgy grammar. My own commentary and observations will generally be italicised so you can easily distinguish it from the … Read more
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.NET Reflector 7.2 Early Access Build 2 Released: Performance Critical

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I’ve just posted a write-up of some of the performance tuning I’ve done to improve .NET Reflector 7.2’s start-up time here: http://www.reflector.net/2011/05/net-reflector-7-start-up-time-running-out-of-gas-or-pedal-to-the-metal/ You can get the new build from the .NET Reflector homepage at http://www.reflector.net/. Please remember to give us your feedback in the forum, at http://forums.reflector.net/, using the tags #7.2 and #eap. Technorati Tags: … Read more
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.NET Reflector 7.2 Early Access Build 1 Released

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I’ve just posted up full details of this release on the .NET Reflector blog at http://www.reflector.net/2011/05/life-is-a-journey-not-a-destination-net-reflector-7-2-ea-1-has-been-released/ and, breaking with previous tradition, this includes a fairly extensive changelog. You can download this EA build from the .NET Reflector homepage at http://www.reflector.net/. Enjoy! (And please don’t forget to tell us what you think on the forum, http://forums.reflector.net/, … Read more
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More Big News: .NET Reflector 7 Beta, Integrating Jason Haley’s PowerCommands Add-in is Now Available

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I’m very pleased to announce the release of .NET Reflector 7 Beta. As ever, you can get it from http://reflector.red-gate.com/Download.aspx I’ve been holding off for a week or so because I wanted to be able to announce the great news that we’ve acquired the excellent PowerCommands add-in from Jason Haley, and have integrated it directly … Read more
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On Her Majesty’s Secret Source Code: .NET Reflector 7 Early Access Builds Now Available

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Dodgy Bond references aside, I’m extremely happy to be able to tell you that we’ve just released our first .NET Reflector 7 Early Access build. We’re going to make these available over the coming weeks via the main .NET Reflector download page at: http://reflector.red-gate.com/Download.aspx Please have a play and tell us what you think in … Read more
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ReSharper C# Live Template for Declaring Routed Event

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Here’s another WPF ReSharper Live Template for you. This one is for declaring standalone routed events of any type. Again, it’s pretty simple: Here are my previous posts along the same lines: ReSharper C# Live Template for Read-Only Dependency Property and Routed Event Boilerplate ReSharper C# Live Template for Dependency Property and Property Change Routed … Read more
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ReSharper C# Live Template for Read-Only Dependency Property and Routed Event Boilerplate

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Following on from my previous post, where I shared a Live Template for quickly declaring a normal read-write dependency property and its associated property change event boilerplate, here’s an unsurprisingly similar template for creating a read-only dependency property. The only real difference here is the addition of the DependencyPropertyKey, which allows your implementation to set … Read more
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WPF: How to get the bounds of a control in an automatic layout container, in the container coordinate space

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Googling this the other day, I started to get the impression that this might be annoyingly tricky. You might wonder why this is necessary at all, given that WPF implements layout for you in most cases (except for containers such as Canvas), but trust me, if you’re developing custom elements, at some point you’re probably … Read more
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