RSS Bandit 1.3.0.38 Released

I’m back from a Thanksgiving vacation, where I didn’t rest enough and ate too much. Oh well, what do you expect from Thanksgiving… Dare has just released a new version of RSS Bandit. For those of you who haven’t tried RSS Bandit, it’s an open source, free RSS reader written on the .NET Framework. It has…

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More Keyboard Shortcuts

Gareth just posted about the different keyboard shortcuts we use for navigation in the DSL diagramming surface. These are short cuts that can be used in our Domain Model Designer and any of the designers that you create. It’s a great list, especially for the more obscure shortcuts. In addition to those, there are also a set…

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Customization: Showing Tooltips for Shapes and Connectors

Tooltips are an important feature for displaying additional information besides what may be easily displayed within a shape of fixed size. The DSL Tools diagramming surface provides a mechanism showing tooltips for shapes and connectors (like those shown in the following image). First, you’ve probably already noticed using .NET Reflector, IntelliSense, or Class Designer, that the Shape…

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SplitButton WinForms Control

Here’s some sample code by jfoscoding that creates a split button, with part of it behaving like a button and the other part flys out a menu. It’s pretty useful, and you’ve probably seen similar buttons on toolbars and dialogs.

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Customization: Create a Shape with Collapsed Compartments

In DSL Tools, a CompartmentShape has a set of compartments in it. By default, when a CompartmentShape is placed on the Diagram, all of its compartments are expanded. There have been a few questions about how to create the shape with its compartments closed, but with the CompartmentShape itself expanded. The following code does just…

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Steven Kelly’s Feedback on DSL Tools

I just ran across Steven Kelly’s feedback on using DSL Tools in the virtual lab. It appears that his biggest issues was: having to restart the lab a few times; and a bug in that version of DSL Tools in which generating code sometimes produces spurious error messages (it was fixed after several repeats). Otherwise, he seemed fairly happy…

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UConn Huskies Ranked #3

The UConn Huskies, my alma mater, is ranked #3 in the preseason NCAA Mens’ Basketball poll. It’s nice to see the Huskies highly ranked again — last year was a bit of a disappointment after their championship in 2004. The road is going to be tough though, especially early on, since their starting point guard…

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RSS Feed Authoring Tool

Duncan MacKenzie created a tool to create an RSS 2.0 file from user entered data rather than as a feed from a blogging engine. Sometimes you have content that you want a feed for without it necessarily being in your blogging engine. Duncan created this for use on MSDN, so that some of they’re article…

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Upcoming DSL Tools CTP

Now that Visual Studio 2005 has released, I’m sure lots of you are looking forward to using DSL Tools on the RTM version. Stuart pointed out that we’ll be posting an update that runs on the RTM version of VS 2005 in the next 2 to 3 weeks. It will also include two new features…

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Tip: Where to Put Your DSL’s Custom Code

Alan Wills recently released and posted about writing custom code for your DSL written with our DSL Toolkit [download zip here].  There’s a good tip in the document for how to write custom code in your DSL project. Basically, the domain model (.dsldm file) and designer definition (.dsldd file) are used to generate the code for you…

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