Source code for all these tools is on GitHub.
A simple, free Windows program to test ADO.NET connection strings.
Lines of C#
Ever wanted to know how many lines of C# code are in a file or folder hierarchy?
This free Windows program will tell you.
Free tools to process XML files from the command line.
I haven't written about .NET here in a while (and probably won't again for another while), but I wanted to put some thoughts up here in case other folks are looking for some details about Live Tiles on the Windows Phone 7.
These are things I learned before and during developing my Gold Price app, which is now available on the Zune marketplace. As well as looking up the current gold price on Yahoo, it puts the price on a Live Tile so you don't even have to open the app to stay current with the price of gold. Feel free to buy it!
Live Tiles are currently one of the unique features of Windows Phones. I love it that my Gold Price app isn't even possible on an iPhone. iOS just doesn't have the notion of 'live' icons on the start screen, beyond a simple (1-100) count. If you're Apple, you can do some fancy icon stuff (like the calendar app, which changes the icon to reflect the day and month), but if you're just a regular iOS developer you're out of luck.
Here are some things I wish I learned about Live tiles a little earlier:
If you’ve any comments, or if I’ve got any of this wrong, or if you’ve got a great example of a Live Tile app, please let me know or comment below!
This means there's a dependency on network connectivity for updating the Live Tile.
Isn't that the whole point of a Live Tile? To use the network to update based on an information feed? I can't think of an example of a Live Tile that wouldn't have a dependency on network connectivity ...