Microsoft StyleCop: Source Code Analyzer for C# Released

Here is a cool internal tool used by Microsoft that is now seeing daylight. " We are very excited to announce the release of a new developer tool from Microsoft, Source Analysis for C#. This tool is known internally within Microsoft as StyleCop, and has been used for many years now to help teams enforce a common set of best practices for layout, readability, maintainability, and documentation of C# source code. StyleCop is similar in many ways to Microsoft Code Analysis (specifically FxCop), but there are some important distinctions. FxCop performs its analysis on compiled binaries, while...

Microsoft’s DreamSpark Program for Students

" Welcome to Microsoft DreamSpark Professional Developer and Designer tools for students at no charge " ( Microsoft ) . I think this is really a great thing that Microsoft did for the students of the present and future. It allows students to get enriched in a great platform and at the same time use the leading tools of today to create their dreams. I am hoping that they open this program up to more students. " Microsoft launch DreamSpark - a program to give students all over the world access to Microsoft developer and designer tools at no charge. It's available through channel...

Microsoft Silverlight 2.0 is almost here!

Over the past week there has been some talk on Scott Guthrie and Shawn Burke blog about Silverlight 2.0. Please check out Scott’s blog for included freatures and eight walk throughs pertaining to Silverlight 2.0, and Shawn’s for more information on what we can expect while developing Silverlight 2.0 enabled applications. Continue reading Scott Guthrie’s blog ( First Look at Silverlight 2 ) Continue reading Shawn Burke’s blog ( Getting to know Silverlight 2.0 Beta 1 )...

Microsoft Visual Studio Team System 2008 Database Edition Power Tools

" This release updates the Power Tools for the Database Edition to work with Visual Studio 2008 and provides several new features. The new features include two custom unit test conditions, a new Data Generation Wizard, and new MSBuild tasks to support running TSQL Static Code Analysis from the command line. The updated features include 5 refactoring types, a dependency viewer, additional data generators and editors, 2 MSBuild tasks for Schema and Data Compare and the TSQL Static Code Analysis feature New Test Conditions for Database Unit Tests • ChecksumCondition – You can use this...

Microsoft SQL Server 2008 February CTP

The February CTP of SQL Server 2008 has been released on Microsoft Download Cetner. From what I understand this CTP of SQL Server 2008 is feature complete. Please also check out the following article " Breaking API changes in the February '08 CTP ". The download link to the CTP can be found below. " Overview Microsoft SQL Server 2008, the next release of Microsoft SQL Server, provides a comprehensive data platform that is more secure, reliable, manageable and scalable for your mission critical applications, while enabling developers to create new applications that can store and...

Microsoft XSLT Profiler Addin for Visual Studio 2008

"XML Tools team has released the XSLT Profiler Addin for VS 2008 - a quick and reliable performance analysis profiler tool that assists in the development and debugging of XSLT documents. The XSLT Profiler Addin for VS 2008 allows developers to measure, evaluate, and target performance-related problems in XSLT code by creating detailed XSLT performance reports. The XSLT Profiler includes a wealth of useful hints for XSL and XSLT style sheet optimizations, which are essential for XSLT-based applications that demand maximum performance. If you need to develop reliable and robust software, the...

Microsoft Visual Studio Themes

Scott Hanselman has created a nice Visual Studio Programmer Themes Gallery that allows you to quickly pick a color scheme for your Visual Studio 2005/2008 IDE. I personally like a black theme, what about you? View ( Visual Studio Programmer Themes Gallery )

Microsoft Device Emulator 3.0 Released

Overview Microsoft Device Emulator 3.0 is the third publicly released version of the Device Emulator for ARM-based devices. This emulator will also release with Visual Studio 2008. Device Emulator 3.0 will replace the executables and DLLs from previous releases (1.0 and 2.0). The main addition with Device Emulator 3.0 is the new automation API for the device emulator manager, which allows developers programmatic access to perform the same operations on installed emulator images that can be performed interactively on the Device Emulator Manager drop-down and context menus. Download ( Microsoft Device...

Windows SideShow Device SDK for .Net Micro Framework 1.4

Overview Windows SideShow is a feature of Windows Vista that enables users to access information from their PCs on auxiliary displays. The Microsoft .NET Micro Framework 2.0 SP1 is the efficient runtime that powers today’s most popular SideShow-compatible devices. The Windows SideShow Device SDK enables developers to build SideShow-compatible devices using the .NET Micro Framework 2.0 SP1. It includes sample code; portrait and landscape SideShow UI for QVGA displays (320x240); USB and Bluetooth connectivity; and the SideShow device simulator, which allows developers to test their firmware...

ReSharper 3.1 Released

Jet Brains has finally released ReSharper 3.1 . This is the first and much needed update to ReSharper since Visual Studio 2008 was released to manufactures. ReSharper 3.1 also contains new functionality like Solution Analysis (The ability to check an entire solution for errors/code improvements) and many bug fixes. Download ( ReSharper 3.1 ) Release Notes ( ReSharper 3.1 )...