.NET Tips and Tricks

Blog archive

Santa's Got a Brand New Bag

In the spirit of the season, here's hoping that Santa comes bearing some good programmer support tools, like JetBrain's ReSharper or Developer Express' CodeRush. A computer with enough CPU and memory to ensure that Visual Studio stays snappy with these add-ons would be a nice gift, as well. Personally I like ReSharper, but really it's a lifestyle choice.

For those out there building and managing database changes, a copy of Red Gate's SQL Compare and SQL Source Management will save you many a night's sleep.

Of course, Windows and ASP.NET developers always like to have a big bag of controls to draw from. While DevExpress and Infragistics keep winning our Readers Choice Awards, I have a soft spot for Telerik even if their documentation makes me wish for more. Office developers should make sure that Santa didn't leave without dropping off a copy of Add-In Express. SharePoint developers, on the other hand, probably had visions of ComponentOne's Studio for SharePoint dancing in their heads.

And, when it comes time to deploy, if your complex application is going to be installed on multiple computers without your supervision, perhaps you found a copy of InstallShield 2011 under your tree. But keep in mind: Just because you didn't find it under your tree doesn't mean that you can't have more. There are lots of free tools out there.

But, mostly, I hope that you have lots of interesting apps to build... and an understanding family.

Posted by Peter Vogel on 12/21/2010 at 1:16 PM


comments powered by Disqus

Featured

  • What's New in Visual Studio 2019 v16.5 Preview 2

    The second preview of Visual Studio 2019 v16.5 has arrived with improvements across the flagship IDE, including the core experience and different development areas such as C++, Python, web, mobile and so on.

  • C# Shows Strong in Tech Skills Reports

    Microsoft's C# programming language continues to show strong in tech industry skills reports, with the most recent examples coming from a skills testing company and a training company.

  • Color Shards

    Sharing Data and Splitting Components in Blazor

    ASP.NET Core Version 3.1 has at least two major changes that you'll want to take advantage of. Well, Peter thinks you will. Depending on your background, your response to one of them may be a resounding “meh.”

  • Architecture Small Graphic

    Microsoft Ships Preview SDK, Guidance for New Dual-Screen Mobile Era

    Microsoft announced a new SDK and developer guidance for dealing with the new dual-screen mobile era, ushered in by the advent of ultra-portable devices such as the Surface Duo.

  • How to Create a Machine Learning Decision Tree Classifier Using C#

    After earlier explaining how to compute disorder and split data in his exploration of machine learning decision tree classifiers, resident data scientist Dr. James McCaffrey of Microsoft Research now shows how to use the splitting and disorder code to create a working decision tree classifier.

.NET Insight

Sign up for our newsletter.

Terms and Privacy Policy consent

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.

Upcoming Events