Wednesday, July 26, 2006

MSDN library for free !!

It seems that Microsoft releases the MSDN Library to the public. Until now it was only available for MSDN subscribers. You can read this wonderfull news at Rob Caron’s Blog. Downloading the MSDN Library May 2006 Edition can be done here.

Saturday, July 22, 2006

Books, books, books ... so many books

I am currently reading The Best Software Writing I: Selected and Introduced by Joel Spolsky. I simply love it. I'm coming to this point that I more appreciate this kind of books than those pure technical books. I just finished CLR via C#. Although this is the best .NET book ever written and really enjoyed reading it (for the 26th time, including the first edition ;-) ), I recently start to enjoy non-technical books more and more. They make me a better programmer. So does the book The Best Software Writing I. It's a collection of articles that are selected by Joel Spolsky himself. These articles can be found all over the web. The best article so far is from Michael "Rands" Lopp and is titled What To Do When You're Screwed. I'm currently walking through his archives. I can also certainly recommend Ode to a Chain Saw. I'm off, doing some more reading.

Friday, July 21, 2006

Sandcastle

When you are an NDOC addict like me, you know that it does a fantastic job on generating CHM files from XML documentation files that are generated by the C# compiler. This is when you are using .NET 1.1 (or .NET 1.0). But when using it with .NET 2.0, Generics in particular, the outcome is not that great. The latest version of NDOC (v1.3.1) was released on 19/02/2005. No wonder that it does not support Generics. I found a fork of NDOC at SourceForge recently, called NDOC 2005, but I haven't tried it yet. An announcement has been made on the MSDN forums, that Microsoft is releasing their internal documentation compiler (code named "Sandcastle") to the public. They will release a CTP somewhere next week. Make sure you read this post at the MSDN forums. I'm actually looking forward to this and comparing it with the NDOC 2005 version. Update: This post gives more technical details about Sandcastle.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Microsoft acquires Sysinternals

You can read all about it here. Mark will be working as a technical fellow in the Platform and Services Division. BTW, I really loved his book Microsoft Windows Internals, 4th Edition: Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Windows XP, and Windows 2000. Keep up the good stuff and best of luck!