Add intellisense for any file extension in Visual Studio 2005 or 2008

I have been messing about with some template experiments in dasBlog using Notepad++ and Visual Studio 2008. That is changing the site layout by editing homeTemplate.blogtemplate, dayTemplate.blogtemplate and itemTemplate.blogtemplate for a dasBlog Theme. These files are basically html files with dasBlog specific macros for inserting the blog functionality. Notepad++ First off I love Notepad++ as a replacement for Notepad.  I have had a hard time doing more complex things in Notepad++ due to my addiction to […] Read more »

Testing Windows Live Writer

I have been trying out Windows Live Writer for a couple of posts just to get a feel for how it works. Since my change of jobs and using four different computers on a daily basis for a couple of months I haven’t got my IT workspace back in order again. Previously I was  using Zoundry for offline editing which I thought worked ok. Using Live Writer seems to be on par with Zoundry so […] Read more »

Scrum and XP from the Trenches

A colleague of mine informed me of a very interesting document that Henrik Kniberg at Crisp has published as a PDF. It is entitled Scrum and XP from the Trenches and is a detailed description of how Henrik and his colleagues have implemented Scrum. While Scrum is not a prescriptive method and does not require that you work with specific templates or that you perform tasks in a specific manner it is still good to […] Read more »

Free off-line blogging tool reviews

I listed a set of features that I think I require for using off-line or desktop blogging tools. Here is my first round-up of test results, if nothing else is noted then these tools are Windows based. This first round will be focusing on free tools and if I can’t find what I am looking for then I will start checking the commercial tools. I’ll summarise at the top so you don’t have to read […] Read more »

Offline blogging tools – my feature list

I have realised that it is very difficult for me to write blog entries entirely on-line. Apart from my FreeTextBox problem (it won’t load) which forces me to enter HTML by hand, I usually don’t finish a post in one sitting so I need to save my unfinished work somewhere. Putting it up on the blog and not publishing it is obviously an option but the web interface is not optimal for working on multiple […] Read more »

Agile modeling with UML 2 templates for Visio

I have been working on putting together the documentation for a project these last few days and I use Visio for all my diagrams. I don’t always create UML diagrams for my projects because they just take too much work. UML in Visio is difficult to use as pure documentation since you also need to create the underlying structures for it to work properly and there is some pretty extensive validation built in, although obviously […] Read more »

TeamPlain and how I would like it to integrate with Team Foundation Server

I got a question from one of my many readers 😉 wondering why I didn’t think that TeamPlain was right for me. Since this is a topic that I was planning on writing about I put together a list of my gripes! Unfortunately I haven’t had time to try out Teamprise yet which is a related technology, but if I ever get around to it I will definitely write about it here too. Don’t get […] Read more »