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NUnit Expansion Templates in CodeRush

March 1, '06 Comments [3] Posted in NUnit | XML | CodeRush
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CodeRushNunitTemplatesI noticed via Larkware that Scott Bellware had created a series of Visual Studio 2005 Code Snippets for NUnit. Very cool, I said. However, we're not all using Visual Studio 2005 at my company. Much of our bread and butter is 2003/.NET 1.1. But, many of us have CodeRush. Ah! I said, I should duplicate ScottB's work as Code Rush templates!

I rushed into the Templates section of CodeRush only to notice that they are already there! Damn you, Mark Miller and your forethought!

Anyway, I looked at Scott's List and added a few from his, and there's a few built into Mark's that aren't in Scott's, blah blah blah, union, blah blah, intersection, and here's the Code Rush Templates file if you're a Rushie and want to import them. This file includes the whole NUnit folder with my few changes.
File Attachment: CSharp_NUnit.xml (100 KB)

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Hanselminutes Podcast 8

March 1, '06 Comments [1] Posted in Podcast | ASP.NET | XML | Tools
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HanselminutesMy eighth Podcast is up. This episode is about a few useful VS.NET tools and some interesting websites. I'll talk more about the many other tools that are available in future shows.

We're listed in the iTunes Podcast Directory, so I encourage you to subscribe with a single click (two in Firefox) with the button below. For those of you on slower connections there are lo-fi and torrent-based versions as well.

Subscribe to my Podcast in iTunes

Our sponsors are Automated QA, PeterBlum and the .NET Dev Journal.

Do take a look at TestComplete from Automated QA. It integrates with Visual Studio 2005 and I'm going to try to get a formal review of their stuff probably week after next, particularly their functional Web Testing and Recording.

As I've said before this show comes to you with the audio expertise and stewardship of Carl Franklin. The name comes from Travis Illig, but the goal of the show is simple. Avoid wasting the listener's time. (and make the commute less boring)

  • Each show will include a number of links, and all those links will be posted along with the show on the site. There were 15 sites mentioned in this eighth episode, some planned, some not. We're still using Shrinkster.com on this show.
  • The basic MP3 feed is here, and the iPod friendly one is here. There's a number of other ways you can get it (streaming, straight download, etc) that are all up on the site just below the fold. I use iTunes, myself, to listen to most podcasts, but I also use FeedDemon and it's built in support.
  • Note that for now, because of bandwidth constraints, the feeds always have just the current show. If you want to get an old show (and because many Podcasting Clients aren't smart enough to not download the file more than once) you can always find them at http://www.hanselminutes.com.
  • I have, and will, also include the enclosures to this feed you're reading, so if you're already subscribed to ComputerZen and you're not interested in cluttering your life with another feed, you have the choice to get the 'cast as well.
  • If there's a topic you'd like to hear, perhaps one that is better spoken than presented on a blog, or a great tool you can't live without, contact me and I'll get it in the queue!

Enjoy. Who knows what'll happen in the next show?

Now playing: Ricky Gervais, Steve Merchant, and Karl Pilkington - Ricky Gervais Show: Season 2, Episode 1

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Comcast Cable adds CBS to Portland HDTV and why digital TV just ain't happening.

February 28, '06 Comments [17] Posted in Musings
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Cbs_logo_240_001I'm growing increasingly frustrated with the Motorola DVR that Comcast includes with their HDTV package. Alex Scoble (who works at Corillian) had similar problems and recently gave up. He went to DirectTV. However, apparently the big draw towards DirectTV, the DirectTivo unit, is being phased out and DirectTV is passing out crappy no-name DVRs again. (Can anyone confirm?)

Just this moment I noticed that Comcast added channel 706 - our local CBS affiliate, KOIN - after a protracted battle, they've worked something out. However, the compression artifacts are ridiculous. It's so hard to watch, even my wife noticed them. When Mo notices MPEG artifacts (in the guise of, "what's with the picture" questions, then it's BAD.

I just want:

  • 5.1 Audio out via optical
  • 720p HD video out via DVI/HDMI
  • Dual Tuner DVR with 20+ hours of storage
  • No blips, bloops, skips, stutters, random reboots

What's a dude got to do to get a single wire into a single box to get HD in this town? Get me this for $50 a month and we're done. (Comcast has it down 90% if the DVR sucked slightly less. If it glitched less, you'd never hear from me on this subject.)

What are my choices?

  • Comcast
    • Pros - reasonably priced, around $50 a month for more channels than I care about, over a dozen in HD and a (crappy) dual tuner DVR with quirks for only $10 a month with no big lump fee.
    • Cons - increasingly bad DVR, only 120gig ~15-17hrs in HD.
  • DirectTV
    • Pros - They aren't Comcast. 250gig DVR ~30hrs in HD.
    • Cons - A dish hanging off my house. Need a receiver for every room in the house. $399 (actually $599(!)-$200 rebate) for a HD DVR (whose performance I can't be sure about). Regular HD Receivers are $199!
  • Dish Network (Are these guys even a player?)
    • Pros - DVR supports PiP. Upconverts SD beyond 480i.
    • Cons - A dish hanging off my house. Dodgy HD lineup. Only two tuners, one SD, one HD - the difference is called out in the interface, and forces the user to think about which tuner tapes what show. $300 up front HD fee and it's a lease not a buy. 18 month commitment if you want to save money.

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Microsoft's Newton? Project Origami

February 28, '06 Comments [5] Posted in Gaming | Bugs
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Origami_1I loved my Apple Newton. I bought it on opening day. Don Box ordered one (from me) immediately.

When I read his blog, I am sometimes reminded of my first encounter with Scott Hanselman. On one particular week, Apple decided to ship a revolutionary new platform, the Newton. I had to have one, so I drove down to Incredible Universe (a consumer electronics mini-chain whose assets were eventually bought out by Fry's Electronics).
 
An extremely young but enthusiastic and bright guy sold me my Newton. Even at this point in my career, I had already acquired the recruiting bug, so I set off to hire him.
My partner and I interviewed him at an all-night coffee shop after work. He blew us both away - this guy was destined to jump into the fray.
 
I honestly don't remember why didn't start working together - maybe he wasn't ready to have a job (he likely wanted to learn to drive first). [Don Box]

I'm totally stoked to see it coming back, except reincarnated as a tiny TabletPC. Video here. Speculation here. Prototype photos hereConfusion here.

Not quite a phone, not quite a giant remote control, not quite a TabetPC, not quit a PSP, but all those things as more. This may be the "hackable" PSP that I've always wanted.

More importantly, where do I order it? And what young person will sell Don Box his?

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Reflectoring with the Keyboard

February 23, '06 Comments [7] Posted in Musings | Tools
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ReflectorstackIt's nice to "discover" a feature that you knew was already there but had forgotten. Reflector's "Analyzer" feature is a way to walk a Depends On/Used By tree.

I can fairly say that I never use the Visual Studio Object Browser but I live in Reflector. I've tried integrating it with Visual Studio, but this is one application that I like using Full Screen. I don't want it buried in a "toolbox window".

One of the things I love the most about reflector is that it is completely (and intuitively) usable via the keyboard. You just need to know:

  • Arrow Keys - Up, Down, Left, Right move you around the tree.
  • Tab - Switches you between panes.
  • F3 - Search. Lots of folks don't know that you can search on method name via the "Member Search" feature.
  • Space - The magic button that pops you into code view.
  • Ctrl-R - Starts the analyzer in a tree view in the right-hand page. At that point, the arrows, tabs, and space let you continue hunting.

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