Microsoft Patents The Sudo Command

November 12th, 2009 Comments
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U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently granted Microsoft a patent on a “personalized version” of the sudo command with GUI. Sudo is a command that has been in use since 1980′s or even before by Unix and other operating systems to allow running other commands with elevated privileges. For one, why would Microsoft try to patent something like this? Secondly, does USPTO grant patents on anything you ask them for? Read more…

Free Visual Studio 2008 Productivity Add-in

March 11th, 2009 Comments

Developer Express and Microsoft provide a new version of CodeRush licensed exclusively for C# developers working in Visual Studio. The new product is called CodeRush Xpress, and it includes a slew of useful features to boost your productivity under Visual Studio.

You can download CodeRush Xpress here.

Improved .NET Code Analysis: FxCop 1.36

October 31st, 2007 Comments

The latest beta version of FxCop 1.36 was recently made available for download. This new version includes various features and fixes that include:

  • 200+ bug fixes that reduce noise, missing analysis and rule crashes
  • Support for analyzing anonymous methods and lambda expressions
  • New option for skipping analysis over tool generated code
  • Better support for C++/CLI and the Compact Framework
  • Language ‘friendly’ API names in the UI and resolutions
  • New globalization, design and usage rules
  • Performance improvements that cut analysis by 2x and use half as much memory
  • Documentation that is now available on MSDN

FxCop is an excellent free static code analysis tool from Microsoft that checks .NET managed code assemblies for conformance to Microsoft’s .NET Framework Design Guidelines.

Windows Installer Cleanup Utility

May 22nd, 2007 Comments

If you have ever used MSI installation packages involving Windows Installer, you are probably aware of its nuisance. I can deal with the fact that it’s a pain to create decent installations without shelling out hundreds or thousands of dollars for third party tools such as Wise and InstallShield, but I just can’t cope up with the fact that my customers can’t install or uninstall an application built using Windows Installer for no apparent reason. When using the Add/Remove Programs applet in the Control Panel, sometimes MSI packages can’t be removed. I have a system with BizTalk Server installation that I can’t get rid of. There are even issues around upgrading an application and at times the installer complains and won’t budge.

To alleviate some of the pain, Microsoft finally came up with a Windows Installer Cleanup Utility, that can be used to remove all references to a given application from your system. This utility just saved me a few hours worth of work when Installer refused to uninstall a given application from my system so that I could install a newer version. Without this utility I would have had to go through and search my registry for all references to the application and remove them by manually hand. Then, if I was lucky, I would be allowed to install the newer version of the application. With this utility I removed the application from my system in seconds and painlessly installed the newer version after that.