Monday, June 14, 2010

Smart Coding with Visual Studio

Coding is one of the daily tasks that we developers do. Its like brushing our teeth or taking a shower. But how many of us do it smartly. If we want to spend some of our coding time in other activities like blogging or learning new technologies, then we have to be smart while coding.

So the million dollar question is, What do we do to code smartly? Actually, some of us do it, but we hardly recognize them. We do keep track of some typical day to day coding practices and snippets, so that we can pull them out when needed. Or we blog about them, so that if we come across the same problem again, then just pull out the code and implement it again. And in the process we also help others to know about some of our problems and solutions.

Another way that Visual Studio provides is through Code Snippets. The Studio provides some really smart coding practices by default to ease our coding woes. We can also write our custom snippets, so that we can use them when necessary. But, we hardly do that.

While I was checking some of the cool stuffs in CodePlex, I came across All-In-One Code Framework. This is a bunch of predefined very useful snippets that we can use in our day to day coding. It provides snippets on a wide variety of Technologies starting from COM, IPC, ADO, LINQ, Entity Framework, XML and File Handling to VSTO, WinForms, WPF, ASP.NET, Silverlight, Azure and many more. It provides snippets in C#, VB and C++. Isn't that cool!

The main advantage is that, it takes out the pain of creating snippets on our own. Just install it, and we are ready to go. And more over the broad spectrum of implementation is definitely a deal to die for.

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 - Online User Handbook

Microsoft Dynamics CRM has become a buzzword now a days and all companies are betting big on it. Even Microsoft is projecting it as an xRM platform to get into all sort of industries and domains.
Many companies are building customized applications on Dynamics CRM to meet the business needs. Here is a link that would help you to learn Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0
http://www.redware.com/mscrm/handbook/index.html
It is mainly a Handbook for Users that helps them to know the usage of Dynamics CRM.