Category: DevTools

Combating Namespace Bloat With .Net XML Serialization

Combating Namespace Bloat With .Net XML Serialization

Anyone who has used the .Net XmlSerializers have surely encountered the dreaded namespace bloat which makes the serialized objects grow to ridiculous sizes. There’s a nice little article over at TopXML on how to deal with this bloat. If you’re...

Revisiting Spring.Net

Revisiting Spring.Net

Spring.Net is an application framework which has its roots in the Spring Framework for Java. Now first of all, I know many developers have an averse reaction to the use of the phrase “application framework” and immediately reject such things...

Random DevTools Entry: #012

Random DevTools Entry: #012

Welcome to another entry of Random DevTools!  It’s been quite a while since the last post, but the wait is worth it! Well, what we have today is a general tool that’s sure to help anyone out. As a developer,...

Random DevTools Entry: #011

Random DevTools Entry: #011

Web development in IE just got a whole lot better (well, at least for me). Enter Microsoft’s Internet Explorer Developer Toolbar (link). This is one area where IE has been just left behind in the dust by FireFox.  But this...

Random DevTools Entry: #010

Random DevTools Entry: #010

Today’s entry is Windows Installer XML (WiX for short), an open source project (the first?) from Microsoft that is used internally by Microsoft development teams for building installers for many of their products. I first used it more than a...

Random DevTools Entry: #009

Random DevTools Entry: #009

Oh yeah, we’re kicking it up with the DevTool entries. That’s typically what happens as I ramp up on a project; I’ll end up coming across a whole slew of awesome tools that I end up aggregating in my C:\Program...

Random DevTools Entry: #008

Random DevTools Entry: #008

I installed an updated version of the NUnit VS add-in (aka: TestDriven.Net) today and discovered this little tool called NCoverExplorer.  Curious, I started to dig into it and that lead me to NCover.  NCoverExplorer is a GUI interface to NCover...

Random DevTools Entry: #007

Random DevTools Entry: #007

Every developer/graphic artist hybrid like me eventually comes across the need for some spiffy icons to go with our badass applications. Good icons are hard to find. Good free icons are harder still. So it’s a rare moment when I...

Random DevTools Entry: #006

While browsing the Dojo Toolkit site today, I noticed their bug tracker. Hey now, this looks sharp! Turns out it’s this product called Trac by Edgewall Software.  Best of all, it’s open source!  Looks good.  I’ll have to see if...

Random DevTools Entry: #005

Random DevTools Entry: #005

I’m feeling a mighty JavaScript kick lately. What’s interesting is that the more C# evolves, the more it starts to resemble JavaScript.  What with anonymous methods, type inference (it even uses var), and the LINQ syntax, my JavaScript juices are...