Category «Utilities»

TFS/MSBuild Sidekicks Updates

The Attrice corporation has been hard at work updating their set of Sidekick Utilities for VSTS/TFS 2008 (I know I’m excited!).  I’ve been using these tools for quite some time now and have been waiting for the upgrade ever since we updated to VSTS 2008 a month or so ago. First in line are the …

TFSInfo Updated for TFS 2008

A few months ago I created a simple command line utility called TFSInfo that can be used to display various bits of information about a Team Foundation Server 2005 installation.  I have now updated this utility to work with TFS 2008 as well as TFS 2005.   You can see from the screen shot which …

NDiagnostics – Beta Release

Any of us that creates software on a day-to-day basis, that’s actually used by someone other than yourself, has undoubtedly had to answer technical support questions about your software and/or troubleshoot why it’s not working. In a lot of cases, you may have a dedicated support team that interacts directly with your customer base and …

SafetyTip – My First Mobile App

A co-worker recently sent me a link about calculating checksums for tips (i.e. the tip you leave your server when paying for a meal at a restaurant).  Without getting into the crux of the poster’s original argument (“thieving restaurant servers” – I don’t know how often this happens) I found the idea of creating checksums …

NLarge Utility

I’ve been putting the finishing touches on a TFS 2008 presentation that I’ll be giving at this year’s Tulsa TechFest conference later this month and came across a utility that promises to be extremely useful.  It’s called NLarge and provides the ability to zoom in and out of a presentation (or any other displayed materials) …

Sandcastle – Building API Documentation

For anyone who has ever had to generate documentation for their .NET projects, you know only too well how difficult and time consuming that can be. There have been a few utilities available in the past that helped out in this area.  One example is NDoc.  NDoc generates some very nice API documentation in several different …

Class Designer PowerToys

Although the PowerToys for the Visual Studio 2005 Class Designer and Distributed System Designers have been around for a while now (last release was December 1, 2005) I have just recently started to use them. There is some very useful functionality built into these PowerToys. Actually, there is surprising amount of functionality built in and …

AutoWaitCursor Class

If you’ve ever had to deal with turning the “wait” cursor on and off within your Windows Forms application then you’ve undoubtedly wished there was a better way. The typical approach is to set the Cursor property for the current form to Cursors.WaitCursor at the beginning of a long-running process and then resetting it back …

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