dotNetDave Approved: CodeRush for Visual Studio

After over 20 years, I've decided to start recognizing the third-party components and add-ins to Visual Studio that I use just about every day and swear by. The first is the only refactoring tool that I have used for Microsoft .NET called CodeRush for Visual Studio by Developer Express Inc. ( I have tried others, … Continue reading dotNetDave Approved: CodeRush for Visual Studio

New Book Release! Rock Your Code: Coding Standards for Microsoft .NET

Announcing the 6th edition of my coding standards book for Microsoft .NET! Newly updated for .NET Core 3.1 and .NET Framework 4.8. This book is a compilation of common Microsoft .NET coding standards in use today. In the past, for languages like Visual Basic, Microsoft published coding standards in a single document that developers could … Continue reading New Book Release! Rock Your Code: Coding Standards for Microsoft .NET

Deleting Files With Events

While working on the dotNetTips Dev Cleaner utility, I wanted to make the deletion of files even faster. While writing this utility I found and worked on speed issues, almost all relating to updating the user interface. So to decouple the deleting from the UI I decided to add a new feature to the dotNetTips.Utility … Continue reading Deleting Files With Events

Make Your Apps Talk

Want to add speech to any of your apps running in Windows? It's pretty easy using the SpeechSynthesizer in the .NET Framework. You can see this code in action in my Visual Studio backup or cleaner apps. I use text to speach to notifiy the user what the app is up to without having to … Continue reading Make Your Apps Talk

Check To See If Process Is Already Running

Do you need to see if a process is already running? It's pretty easy with the code below. I wrote this code for my console apps .NET back utility and .NET file cleaner utility. ''' <summary> ''' Check to see if the current app is already running. ''' </summary> ''' <returns><c>true</c> if app is not running, <c>false</c>.</returns> Public … Continue reading Check To See If Process Is Already Running

Compress Files

There are a number of ways to compress things in .NET, but I found out that only the code below works for files. I wrote the code below for my console apps .NET back utility. Imports System.IO.Compression ''' <summary> ''' Compresses the file. ''' </summary> ''' <param name="sourceFileName">Name of the source file.</param> ''' <param name="destinationFileName">Name of … Continue reading Compress Files

Improving Code Quality… One Developer At A Time Video Series

All of my conference sessions are designed to make the quality of software better. If you missed one of my sessions at a conference or you couldn't make it, you can still see my session(s) on video by going here. You can also get all of these sessions, slide decks and sample code by purchasing … Continue reading Improving Code Quality… One Developer At A Time Video Series

St. Louis Days of .NET – 2013

I hope everyone in the t. Charles, MO area are planning to attend this years St. Louis Days of .NET on November 14th thru 16th. It’s always a great time and lots of free training! I will be presenting the following session and I hope you will attend. Wear your favorite concert t-shirt to my sessions and be … Continue reading St. Louis Days of .NET – 2013