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.NET Hobbyist Programmer Staying Confused in a Busy World

Microsoft is in the throes of designing Longhorn.  The design of the .NET framework started the process of formulating the current design guidelines that are being used to guide the development of the API.  Microsoft has been amazingly open with the process.  They have been using their blogs to solicit input to the process.  The main blog for this is from Brad Abrams with additional material by Krzysztof Cwalina.  More static material is available on MSDN.  Basically, the blogs highlight updates to the MSDN documentation.  All of these are highly recommended.

Need help along the development roadway?  FxCop 1.3 is an indispensable aide in scanning your assemblies to check for compliance with the guidelines.  The analysis promotes consistency and security.  Their blog is here.  John Robbins has a Bugslayer column in the June 2004 MSDN with an introduction to FxCop.  A second column is to follow.

I've used FxCop and found it extremely useful.  I've read the design guidelines.  They are useful also, but the blog explanations are more enlightening.  I am considering buying .NET Framework Standard Library Annotated Reference Vol 1.  It looks like a great learning asset.

Posted on Tuesday, May 18, 2004 6:15 PM Programming , & Etc. | Back to top

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