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Archive for February 23rd, 2011

Some great links to Quotes on Programming and Software Development #fun #bastacon

Posted by jpluimers on 2011/02/23

Many, many nice sayings have been done about Programming, Software Development, the people that do the work, etc.

I collected a few links to nice lists of them, and used some of them at my talk on The Best C# Extension Methods at the BASTA! Spring 2011 conference this week in Darmstadt, Germany (yes, I do speak German, don’t ask me about my German writing though <g>).

A few teasers:

Programming is similar to a game of golf.  The point is not getting the ball in the hole but how many strokes it takes.
~Harlan Mills

If debugging is the process of removing software bugs, then programming must be the process of putting them in.
Edsger Dijkstra

They don’t make bugs like Bunny anymore.
~Olav Mjelde

So here it goes:

Enjoy ;-)

You can download all the sample code on my session from our sourcecode repository.
If you want a PDF of the slides, just drop me an e-mail.


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Duh: projects of non-installed identities won’t load in VS. Learned: always install your VM yourself

Posted by jpluimers on 2011/02/23

For a project, I got a preconfigured VM for a client.

Certain projects they used gave this message:

Microsoft Visual Studio
The selected file cannot be opened as a solution or project. Please select a solution file or a project file.

It appeared the didn’t do a full Visual Studio installation, so certain project types didn’t load.

This case it was Visual Studio 2008 and VBPROJ types, as Visual Basic .NET is way easier to do Office automation than C#.

In C#, you need truckloads of Type.Missing, which you do not need in VB.NET; Visual Studio 2010 made this easier, but you still often need them.

Lesson learned: always build all projects when you get a development VM, and prefer to install the VM yourself.


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