Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 Service Pack 2 (Beta, and now RTM too)

Microsoft does it again...

Last time Microsoft released .NET Framework 3.5 they have included .NET 2.0 SP1 inside it, and it took them very long time to release a document telling what have been changed in this SP1.

Today Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 Service pack 1 Beta has been released.
and Microsoft even tells what inside this SP1 (see the download page overview section)

it is written there (on the Brief Description) that it includes .NET Framework 2.0 service pack 2 too.


They haven't released a stand alone .NET 2.0 SP 2...
And worst - They haven't told what have been changed in this .NET 2.0 SP 2.

This information is critical - as most of current running applications are built on .NET 2.0 (with or without SP1)

So we (the developers) need to know if there are any "red bits" on this SP2 or not.
We need to know what have been changed - so we would be able to decide which type of testing we need to do before applying this SP2.

So if someone have this info - Please release it.

Thanks in Advance...

p.s. all stand for .NET Framework 3.0 service pack 2 too...



You can find .NET Frameworks 2.0 SP2 and 3.0 SP2 bootstrapper packages (RTM, I hope) by following the link (from MSDN). I haven't tested it.

If you prefer a very funny movie instead... (from the company I work for - proper disclosure)

Monday, May 12, 2008

Control two computers with one mouse (Synergy)

Are you working with a a desktop and a laptop on the same desk?
If so, you probably mix up the mouse all the time...

No more!

Try this wonderful utility: Synergy

It lets you work with just one mouse and control both computers!

See video review on CNET: http://reviews.cnet.com/4660-10165_7-6663696.html

I just love it.

Thursday, May 01, 2008

2 New versions for TFS Follow Branch History Add-in for VS

As you might know, at the end of year 2006, I have created an open source project called TFSBranchHistory on CodePlex.

The goal of this project was to fulfill the missing feature of full branch history of items in TFS explorer GUI.

Yesterday we have uploaded 2 new releases for this project:

0.9 Beta: (click to download)

This release contains improvements written by mlabelle:

1) ability to recursively iterate over the whole history across all branches
2) ability to open an item directly into Visual Studio instead of notepad
3) ability to sort the listview columns with an additionnal key on changeset ids
4) using a persistable and dockable toolwindow instead of a popup form
5) preventing the ability to view/compare deleted items (that crash the addin otherwize)
6) using a custom icon in a satellite assembly (instead of the smiley face)
7) using lowercase for changes, removing the domain name from the user
8) using a standard font for the controls to make it look more like the builtin history

It also contains Eyal's Feature:

1) label history has been added to the history form


0.91 Beta for VS2008: (click to download)

As you can undaerstand from its name, this release is working with Visual Studio 2008 (instead of Visual Studio 2005 of 0.9 Beta)

There is a minor issue regarding the tool window picture, as Microsoft changed the way you add it in VS2008 and I haven't yet the time to solve it.


As I wrote on the TFSBranchHistory project home page, the lifetime of this project isn't going to be so long, as I hope most of its features are going to be delivered out of the box on Rosario.

Anyway, I would be glad if you download it and use it.

As always, If you have ideas for more features, or you want to report a bug, please feel free to do it (either leave here a comment, or open an Issue on the Project's CodePlex site.