June 2007 - Blake Niemyjski

  • Rafain is awesome

    Today was not the ordinary Friday that I usually look forward to. To start out the day Jason Alexander asked us where we wanted to eat. The interns took a quick vote and decided to go to Rafain. I really love Rafain because it is so delicious. For those of you who don't know what Rafain is? It is a Brazilian steakhouse that ROCKS! The interns as a whole ate way too much including Jason (who was on a diet).

    After the huge lunch we had a guitar-hero contest with the prize being who got to keep our desk. You can view the whole contest on a Tellicast coming to your viewing area soon. You will either have to call me up or watch the Tellicast to find out who the loser was. Thank god it wasn't me.

    Telligent also provided us with some Tellitern shirts, which was pretty cool. Thanks Telligent for the internship, food, vacation, the overall experience to work with great people.

  • Welcome to the Rain Forest we call Texas

    As we were watching the news today, we found out that we are about to surpass all previous rainfall records for Texas. That is pretty amazing considering its summer time and Texas is usually a desert during the end of June.

    Howdy and I cranked out the rest of the reports that we were working on. I also added some more functionality to our framework.  I am looking forward to the weekend so I can laugh at all the people who bought the IPhone, and watch the new Die Hard.

  • ReSharper 3.0 plug-ins

    Please note that I will continually update this list as I discover newsworthy ReSharper plug-ins.

    One free plug-in for ReSharper 3.0 that I recently found is DT.ReSharperPlugin. DT.ReSharperPlugin makes it extremely easy for anyone to quickly implement localization into new or existing applications. Below is a couple cool features that DT.ReSharperPlugin adds to Visual Studio 2005.

    Move strings to resource

    Move strings to resource by context action.

    http://www40.brinkster.com/DeveloperTools/images/movetoresource.PNG

    Replace string by property

    If string exists in project resource files, then use "Replace string by property" context action.

    http://www40.brinkster.com/DeveloperTools/images/alreadyexistsinresource.PNG

    Use System.String.Empty instead of ""

    For empty strings use System.String.Empty.

    http://www40.brinkster.com/DeveloperTools/images/stringempty.PNG

    Use System.Environment.NewLine instead of "\r\n"

    For string that contains \r and \n, use System.Environment.NewLine.

    http://www40.brinkster.com/DeveloperTools/images/newline.PNG” (DT.ReSharperPlugin overview).

    I really like this plug-in, try it out and leave a comment below on what you think.

    Continue reading at source ( DT.ReSharperPlugin overview )

    Download ( DT.ReSharperPlugin )

  • STORM! We do not own an amphibious car.

     

    I had my first bagel today; I don’t ever recall having one before, so if I did it was way long ago. I thought they the beagles that I ate were pretty delicious.

    Howdy and I are getting pretty good at writing some fairly complex SQL queries.  I think that by the time this internship is over.  I can pretty much sit down and write any query that I could think of off the top of my head. Except for a few, I know that I will not be even close to knowing as much as a regular DBA. They should be allowed to work on jet engines, just kidding.  In my mind, SQL has so many little tips and tricks that it’s hard for one person to know them all.

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen it rain so much consistently. Today when we were driving home I thought our car was going to float away.  I wonder what all the Texans are doing with all the time they are saving by not having to go out and work an extra hour to pay for the water they use.  This has a deadly chain reaction, because they have to spend time wasting the water that they worked for on the yard.

     

  • Stormy weather returns.

    Dallas normally doesn't get to much rain during the summer, so it must be something out of the ordinary for the locals. I kind of like it because the rain brings down the overall temperature.

    Everyone continued working on SQL queries for the reports today. I am noticing that I have no problem writing SQL statements.  Howdy and I are learning tips and tricks as we progress through the queries.  I really wish that colleges would teach SQL to students in the Computer Science major.  I'm betting that will happen as soon as they start teaching the Windows API's.

    I really want to make it to the ASP.NET SIG presentation tonight. I think tonight's topic of "Building Middle Tier Solutions with VS 2005" is pretty interesting.

    Before I forget, thanks Candace! For making me think today was Wednesday ;) and the delicious Kolache's and donuts for breakfast. They were amazing.

  • Paintball: where techies of all ages become kids.

    On Friday, Telligent gave everyone the day off to play paintball.  I had a lot of fun playing, and enjoyed seeing people older than me running, and diving into a new "safe area."  I'm guessing a lot of Telligenti including myself were sore for the remainder of the weekend.  The soreness was definitely worth it; thanks Telligent!

    After riding into work today with Rick Reszler, we noticed that Adam had a new office. I think he would have been in the extremely small closet all day if his computer had an internet connection. I feel like today was very productive, I worked on charting and getting everything to work dynamically. Also, I implemented sorting into the sidebar.

    I really want to see peoples' first impression of Enterprise Reporting when it is released.  The biggest payoff to me is seeing that I truly helped someone.

    Over the weekend, I reviewed a few Visual Studio 2005 add-ins that I use daily; you can read that article here.

  • My Favorite Visual Studio 2005 Add-Ins

    I have been using Windows Vista on my laptop for two solid years. I thought it was about time to dual boot my machine with Windows XP Professional. I find that my battery life and performance has greatly increased compared to Vista. I use my laptop for development, so the first thing I did after dual booting is installed Visual Studio 2005 Team Suite with SP1.

    I think a lot of developers in general are not using the full potential that Visual Studio has to offer. There are many free and commercial add-in's that developers have made that takes Visual Studio 2005 to the next level. The next level that I'm talking about is; the user experience that makes the developer become more productive and at the same time headache free. I will try my best to keep this page updated as I find new add-in's. If you have an add-in that you would like to me to review, please send an e-mail to admin @ windowscoding dot com.

    Free Add-In's

    GhostDoc

    GhostDoc

    "GhostDoc is a free add-in for Visual Studio that automatically generates XML documentation comments for C#. Either by using existing documentation inherited from base classes or implemented interfaces, or by deducing comments from name and type of e.g. methods, properties or parameters" (GhostDoc).

    GhostDoc is awesome! Anyone can create source code documentation. Using NDoc and a little bit of time, you can easily convert your XML documentation that GhostDoc helped you create, to an awesome MSDN document.

     Download ( GhostDoc )

     

    Consolas Font Pack

    Consolas font Rocks

    The Consolas font pack for Visual Studio 2005 is a fixed-width font that makes your source code look amazing and at the same time is easy on your eyes. Running the installer will add the font to your Windows operating system and change the default text font in Visual Studio 2005 to Consolas.

    "Consolas is intended for use in programming environments and other circumstances where a monospaced font is specified. All characters have the same width, like old typewriters, making it a good choice for personal and business correspondence. Optimizing the font specifically for ClearType allowed a design with proportions closer to normal text than traditional monospaced fonts like Courier. This allows for more comfortable reading of extended text on-screen" (Microsoft).

    Download ( Consolas Font Pack for Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 )

     

    MRU Cleaner

    Yellow Cup MRU Cleaner

    Have you ever needed to go into the Windows registry and delete the MRU entries to remove projects that you have deleted or will never use again? Well this is the tool that will do it automatically for you. I have been looking for an add-in like this for a long time. I'm just wondering why Microsoft has not included this in Visual Studio 2005. Who knows, maybe we will see it in Orcas.

    Download ( MRU Cleaner )

     

    CoolCommands

    demo

    CoolCommands that makes it easy for users who want to present their code to others with just a few clicks. Quickly change your font size with a scroll of your mouse wheel. 

     open containing folder

    CoolCommands integrates the Windows Explorer and Command Prompt into Visual Studio. Now you never have to navigate your file system to where your solution exists. CoolCommands also makes it extremely easy to copy project references to another project in the current solution.

    Overall CoolCommands adds some nice functionality that you will use and will come to appreciate in only a short time.

    Download ( CoolCommands 3.0 )

     

    Other Add-In's

    In the past I have used the free SlickEdit Gadgets, I think their SLOC gadget is pretty cool. I might have to download it and try it out in the future. Recently I downloaded Regionerate, I think that this is a great idea for an add-in, but since they brand the regions, I can go without it. Karthik Hariharan has been really trying to get me to try out CodeRush. From the features of CodeRush that I have been told about, I think that I am definitely going to check it out.

    Commercial Add-In's

    ReSharper "The Most Intelligent Add-In To Visual Studio"

    ReSharper – Options 

    Recently, I was introduced to ReSharper by a friend. This is one of my favorite add-in's so far. JetBrains coined ReSharper "The most intelligent add-in to Visual Studio", and I'm going to have to say they are right. This add-in is simply amazing!

    To the right is a picture of one section in the Options Page. It has a much better settings layout to customize source code formatting than Visual Studio.

    One thing I noticed the most after installing ReSharper is; it does a lot of things Visual Studio should automatically do for you like code completion. How many times have you written ToString and then had to type ()? The cool thing about ReSharper is it does a lot of little things for you automatically.

    ReSharper optimizes your code. One thing it checks is the using directive for unused directives. With one click they're obliterated.

    ReSharper will automatically scan your code for best practices and other common mistakes as well as warn you instantly; saving you from hitting build.

    If you had to go back and change someone's code before, then you know how much of a hassle it can be. With ReSharper you can quickly refractor code with ease.  "Context Actions" quickly allows you to upgrade existing code to coding best practices. The following paragraph (including pictures) shows one of the reasons I love ReSharper.

    "Context actions

    Context actions are intended for local code transformations that you may want to perform in a certain context. When one or more context actions are available at the current caret position, ReSharper automatically indicates this with the yellow light bulb to the left of the code line. Context actions are applied just like quick-fixes. You can either click the bulb or press Alt + Enter, and then select the desired action.

    ReSharper : Code After

    Context action for concatenated string

     ReSharper : Code After

    Generated format string" (ReSharper).

    There are many more features that ReSharper has; you can view the complete feature list here. If ReSharper was a little cheaper, then one could spend less time gathering up their pennies. I would highly recommend to any developer to give ReSharper a chance by downloading and evaluating the 30 day trial.

    Download ( ReSharper 3.0 )

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