I knew I was taking a slight risk installing Vista on my laptop, where I do quite a bit of my coding. I'm having a big problem with the Chef solution in Vista - it compiles and runs just fine but in the Visual Studio IDE I cannot open the WinForm Designer for anything but … Continue reading Vista and Visual Studio 2005
As a continuation of my last post, I thought some of you .net developers may be interested in hearing about some of the issues I ran into when strong naming. Admittedly, this is my first real attempt at using strong naming as it's intended and therefore I just wasn't aware of a few things when … Continue reading Strong Naming
Several hours today were spent advancing my automated build process for Chef. I've had CruiseControl.NET building the software for months now but I've had a gaping hole in the processes that has been staring at me since I started it. What is this hole you ask? Version numbering. Why is versioning so hard in this … Continue reading Automated Builds
Well it's a week and two days later than desired, but it's finally here. The first beta of the new Chef! For those of you that are going to be trying it out and providing your feedback, thank you very much - I really appreciate it. Details available at http://www.ejichef.com.
Last night I put together a simple build system and got some of the application versioning in place for the future. I'm running CruiseControl.NET for the builds but haven't set it up for continuous integration since I'm the only one coding. I'm also not running any build tasks other than a straight compile, although once … Continue reading Build System
Over the weekend I finally spent some time to tackle the problem of registration keys. Particularly, generating them. The last piece of software I attempted this was WakeUp! Alarm Clock, with a very cheesy, homegrown routine for creating a key tied to the user's name. I never ran across any cracks/keygens for WakeUp! but I'm … Continue reading Registration Keys
A while back I tossed around the notion of having a beta of Chef available for testing by Thanksgiving. So far I'm doing quite well with this goal. Now that the setup situation has been resolved, I can work on a few other issues that have to be done before I add the few final … Continue reading Beta by Thanksgiving?
Over the past week or so I have been reviewing the landscape of Installers that I can use to get Chef installed on people's machines. The landscape has changed quite a bit since the last time I looked, with a lot more small install authoring tools available. Before, it was just InstallShield or Wise Installer … Continue reading Chef, Sql Express, and Installers
At work yesterday I created my first Visual Studio Addin. Now that I know how to do it, I'm going to create one for something I've always wanted: launch windows explorer on a folder in the solution explorer. There apparently used to be a powertoy for this feature, but that was for VS2003.
As I watched the Cardinals beat the Tigers tonight I sat and redid most of the toolbar icons for Chef. Every now and then it's nice to take a break from coding, and for those times there is plenty of graphics and documentation work to be done. Here's what the current toolbar looks like. What … Continue reading Icon update