Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2

28 07 2007

Tonight I installed Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2 on a fresh Virtual PC.

While I have only touched the surface of using the product, I do have these initial impressions:

  1. I love the new “Organize Usings” menu option. I’m a bit of a neat freak when it comes to my code, and this will save a bunch of time. I don’t recall seeing it in Beta 1, so I’m assuming this is new…
  2. I’m thankful that the WPF designer now remembers if you last have XAML or Designer view open, when you re-open the solution.
  3. Unless I’m missing a setting somewhere, it seems as though xml elements are not automatically “closed-off” when editing XAML by hand. This is annoying, and makes manually editing XAML somewhat slower in VS2008 compared to VS2005. I wonder if someone could come up with a hack to fix this?

Overall, I’m really impressed! I’m looking forward to diving a bit deeper over the weekend…

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Reflect Yourself

19 07 2007

I often dive into assemblies with Lutz Roeder’s Reflector program. I did something out of the norm today by opening up one of the dll’s the company I work for produced. It is a very large and complex dll, that hasn’t had the care and attention that it duly requires. The view from reflector showed up a number of issues that can easily be fixed.

Have you had a look at your assemblies via reflector?

P.s. If your doing WPF work, make sure you grab theĀ  BamlViewer.