CodeCampOz 2007 Review

Tuesday, 3 April 2007

Another year, another trip to Wagga for CodeCamp. This year was very good, though there were fewer presentations (just one "track", rather than the last two years where there were often two or more choices at times).

It really is good to spend a couple of days with your peers, and "super-peers" - hearing from some of the people who really know their stuff.

I even finally introduced myself (in person) to Mitch Denny after all this time.

MSDN Library for VS SP1 (April 2007 Edition)

Friday, 30 March 2007

Here's the April 2007 update for the MSDN Library - all 2.2Gigs worth!

Running FxCop or Code Analysis

Wednesday, 28 March 2007

If you're fortunate enough to have one of the Visual Studio Team editions, then you have the inbuilt Code Analysis tool that you can run.

Otherwise, you can use the free FxCop tool

But what if you're in a team with a mix of Team Edition and Professional (eg. no Code Analysis)?

Add the following to the bottom of your project files and FxCop will be run on Release builds if you don't have the inbuilt Code Analysis tool installed:

<!-- Run FxCop if available on Release builds, but not if we also have Team Developer -->

<Target Name="AfterBuild" Condition=" ('$(Configuration)' == 'Release') And Exists('$(ProgramFiles)\Microsoft FxCop 1.35') And !(Exists('$(ProgramFiles)\Microsoft Visual Studio 8\Team Tools\Static Analysis Tools\FxCop\FxCopCmd.exe'))">

<Exec Command="FxCopCmd.exe /file:&quot;$(MSBuildProjectDirectory)\$(OutputPath)$(AssemblyName).dll&quot; /out:&quot;$(MSBuildProjectDirectory)\$(OutputPath)\ccnet-fxcop.xml&quot;" WorkingDirectory="$(ProgramFiles)\Microsoft FxCop 1.35" />


MSDN Success Builder Modules

Tuesday, 27 March 2007

Microsoft have just released a whole lot of training "modules". I presume there'll be some kind of announcement or overview published shortly about them.

They seem to cover all kinds of topics related to development and developer practices.

eg. MSDN Success Builder Module 1-001 - Introduction to Agile Project Management

"Agile project management is more than a software production method. It is a philosophy—a grassroots movement to change software development by valuing individuals and interactions over processes and tools. Developers who understand and embody agile project management techniques will make their organizations more efficient and themselves more valuable. This comprehensive introduction features seven team exercises that teach agile concepts and a downloadable white paper for further study. 85-screen PowerPoint with 7 subsections plus PDF white paper. 4 hours."

Vista and Daylight Savings

Saturday, 24 March 2007

I logged into my Vista box tonight and got a nice surprise. A pleasant reminder that tonight the clocks wind back an hour!