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Macros are gone since Visual Studio 2012, but an extension brings textual macro’s back (via Can I record/play Macros in Visual Studio 2012/2013? – Stack Overflow)

Posted by jpluimers on 2015/02/25

This is why I like the extensions in Visual Studio so much: even though recordable macro’s were removed in Visual Studio 11, textual macros (which I used most) are in the Text Macros for Visual Studio 2012/2013 extension by Xavier Poinas:

You can try this extension (I am the author):

http://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/8e2103b6-87cf-4fef-9410-a580c434b602

It basically does the same thing as the Notepad++ macros (text editing, no UI automation).

The code is open source (GitHub), so feel free to contribute improvements :-)

–jeroen

via: Can I record/play Macros in Visual Studio 2012/2013? – Stack Overflow.

Posted in .NET, Development, Software Development, Visual Studio 11, Visual Studio 2002, Visual Studio 2003, Visual Studio 2005, Visual Studio 2008, Visual Studio 2010, Visual Studio and tools | 2 Comments »

RosettaCode: cool way to improve your coding skills

Posted by jpluimers on 2015/01/22

Wow: I feel like having lived under a stone for 8 years, as RosettaCode has been alive since it was founded in 2007 by Mike Mol.

The idea is that you solve a task and learn from that, or learn by seeing how others have solved tasks or draft tasks.

So in a sense it is similar to the Rosetta stone: it has different languages phrasing the same tasks.

There are already a whole bunch of languages on RosettaCode (of which a few are in the categories below), and you can even suggest or add your own languages.

When you want to solve tasks, be sure to look at the list unimplemented tasks by language that leads to automatic reports by language (for instance two of the languages I use most often: C# and Delphi).

I’m sure there are lots of programming chrestomathy sites, even beyond the ones, and it feels very similar to programming kata sites.

–jeroen

Posted in Delphi, .NET, Software Development, Development, C#, Prism, Visual Studio and tools, CommandLine, Java, VBS, Web Development, PowerShell, Scripting, Batch-Files, VB.NET, PHP, COBOL, JavaScript/ECMAScript, PowerShell, C++, VBScript, Fortran, Pascal, FreePascal, C, Perl, Sh Shell, Lazarus, Object Pascal, bash, sed script, Office VBA, Awk, Turbo Prolog, APL | Leave a Comment »

Favorite Documents extension for Visual Studio 2010 and up

Posted by jpluimers on 2015/01/20

This used to be a great Delphi-only feature that I missed in Visual Studio, but I found the downloadable free extension Favorite Documents extension.

It is a by Sergey Vlasov, who has a whole bunch of free and paid Visual Studio add-ins, extensions and tools.

–jeroen

Posted in Delphi, Delphi 2007, Delphi 2009, Delphi 2010, Delphi XE, Delphi XE2, Delphi XE3, Delphi XE4, Delphi XE5, Delphi XE6, Delphi XE7, Development, Software Development, Visual Studio 11, Visual Studio 2010, Visual Studio and tools | Leave a Comment »

Tools to generate sample data from regeX expressions (via: Stack Overflow)

Posted by jpluimers on 2014/12/30

Thanks DD59 for posting these interesting links:

I like the name `Xeger`.

–jeroen

via: xml – Generate a valid example value for a xs:pattern – Stack Overflow.

Posted in .NET, Development, Java, RegEx, Software Development, Visual Studio and tools | Leave a Comment »

.NET/C#: Chaning the ForeColor of a ReadOnly/Disabled TextBox (via: Stack Overflow)

Posted by jpluimers on 2014/12/24

Once every while you still do WinForms work, and bump into something you hadn’t bumped into before.

This time it was trying to set ForeColor = Color.Red on a ReadOnly TextBox for displaying error messages:

  • Using a TextBox means the user can still copy the text to the clipboard.
  • Using a Red foreground draws enough attention (it’s was an app with a really busy user interface).

When setting a TextBox from ReadOnly = false to true sets the BackColor from SystemColors.Window (usually white) to SystemColors.Control (usually light grey), and leaves the ForeColor to SystemColors.WindowText (usually black).

Setting ForeColor = Color.Red (funny there is a plural in SystemColors but not in Color) it doesn’t display it as such:

To my surprise, the TextBox had ReadOnly text (you could copy, but not modify it), which showed with a a grey (SystemColors.Control) BackColor and a black (SystemColors.WindowText) ForeColor: the defaults for a ReadOnly TextBox, not using my ForeColor = Color.Red;

I vaguely remembered there was some odd way of solving this, but since I hadn’t written a blog article about it back then (somewhere around .NET 1.x or 2.0 I didn’t have a blog yet), I was glad that Cheetah posted this answer on StackOverflow: Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in .NET, .NET 1.x, .NET 2.0, .NET 3.0, .NET 3.5, .NET 4.0, .NET 4.5, C#, C# 1.0, C# 2.0, C# 3.0, C# 4.0, C# 5.0, Development, Software Development, VB.NET, VB.NET 10.0, VB.NET 11.0, VB.NET 7.0, VB.NET 7.1, VB.NET 8.0, VB.NET 9.0, Visual Studio 11, Visual Studio 2002, Visual Studio 2003, Visual Studio 2005, Visual Studio 2008, Visual Studio 2010, Visual Studio and tools, WinForms | Leave a Comment »

 
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