Unfortunately I am unable to attend the Win8 London tech.day. Gutted. I was looking forward to the session as it was going to cover aspects of the Windows 8 app store (something I am very interested in!).
Let’s hope there will be another event soon.
If you need to decompile a .dll or just fancy taking a nose at somebody else’s code then you need to download JustDecompile. It’s free, easy to use and very fast. Telerik have done themselves proud with this tool.
I always found reflector a bit heavy for most things I needed to do and I was recommended JustDecompile. It was one of the best recommendations I have been given. There is very little support online for this tool but here are a few posts I have found.
Go ahead and give it a go. You can download it from http://www.telerik.com/products/decompiler.aspx
The BBC iPlayer App has finally launched on the Xbox 360.
- Free for all Xbox Live Subscribers
- Full NUI/VUI control via Microsoft Kinect
Here is a selection of reviews on the app.
I have signed up for the Win8 UK tech.day event happening on Friday 30th March. Hopefully I will get approval from my manager to be able to tag along and see what is going on with Win8.
Dropbox is a simple idea. So simple in fact I am surprised it took until 2011 for this to become mainstream. I keep code snippets, books, documents and a few tunes in my Dropbox. I then have access to all of them on my laptop, mobile and tablet in a matter of clicks.
It reminds me of an extension that you use to install and it would store files in your free email allocation that Google gave you. For some reason this either died or was blocked by Google. Now there appears to be a mass scramble between Apple (icloud), Google (Gdrive – coming soon), Microsoft (Skydrive) and Dropbox.
Why didn’t Microsoft buy Dropbox and just keep it exactly like it is I do not know. It is an essential tool to Windows.
Either love it or hate it, Resharper is a GREAT add-on for Visual Studio. I’ll be honest the first time I was shown and told to use Resharper I hated it. I felt it slowed my box down and it put squiggle lines everywhere. I persisted with it and I broke it’s back. Now I have my own license (personal license £116).
I find it great for suggesting names, cleaning up and refactoring.
If your having a slow day and need something to take your mind of things then why not play the Resharper game. In the top corner there is a status indicator for the file that is currently open. Before you check in the file it must be green! So get cleaning as you can guarantee that 90% of those violations are bad names, unneeded properties or methods that can be static.
The latest development tool I have been using is GhostDoc by submain. I only use the free version as I haven’t got round to buying the full version ($35) but I am pleasantly surprised. I like anyone else know I should comment everything but sometimes when in a rush I skip it. Well not any more. Simply select the method and press ctrl+shift+d. Bob’s your uncle. Nice and easy.
Today I joined Riley’s. Don’t judge but trying to find pool tables in London where a game isn’t in double figures is near impossible. Riley’s isn’t the classiest place but membership was £10. I will be trying it out at the weekend.