I’m a big fan of anything that makes my daily grind easier.  Some time ago I was turned on to a cool VS2005 add-in for C#/ASP.Net developers:  ReSharper.  There are so many great features packed in to this tool.  Check out the complete list of features on the JetBrains site.

Here are a couple of the features that stand out to me:

Quick Fixes – When ReSharper detects a problem in your code, it suggests a solution.

Status Indicator and Marker Bar – ReSharper keeps track of whether or not your code will compile and reports the answer with the Status Indicator located at the top of the Marker Bar.  Within the Marker Bar are color coded stripes that link to all of the errors or warnings ReSharper finds in your code.

Refactoring - ReSharper includes a list of cool refactoring functions to help the coding process.

Navigation and Search- Ctrl-Click any symbol in your code to go to its definition.  Or Alt-F7 to find all usages of a variable.

Unit Testing and NUnit integration – If your project includes NUnit tests, ReSharper will put some icons in the left gutter of the VS editor.  Clicking on these icons will give a few options to run the tests.

Using Directives - ReSharper tells you when you need to add a using directive.  It also tells you when you can remove using directives that you included but no longer need.

Many, Many More – I could go on and on here.  There are so many great features.  I don’t know how I ever worked without this.  Check it out for yourself.  Then convince your boss to buy it for you.  But it isn’t too expensive.

We had a another great Philly.Net meeting on March 21, 2007, packing several great speakers into one night. 


Presenter:  Rob Keiser, Row 5

Topic:  SharePoint 2007 Web Parts

We started off the night with Rob Keiser creating Sharepoint Webparts with ASP.Net 2.0.  Thanks to this new feature of ASP.Net 2.0, you don’t need to use Sharepoint to create your webparts.  As a bonus, he demonstrated how you can programmatically change MasterPages from inside Sharepoint.


Presenter:  Peter Laudati, Microsoft

As a special presentation, Peter Laudati, the Microsoft Developer Evangelist from NJ presented our own Bill Wolff with a plaque from Microsoft to thank him for 5 years of service as leader of Philly.Net


Presenter:  Bill Wolff, Agility Systems

Topic:  Windows Presentation Foundation

Bill showed us WPF:  Windows Presentation Foundation, XAML, Microsoft Expression Designer, Microsoft Expression Blend, and some demo’s courtesy of Channel9.  Bill demonstrated how to create a quick and easy application to show videos using Blend.  This demo also included how to use mouse events and formatting.  Lots of “Oohs and Ahhs” in this demo.  Like Bill said, this stuff is the future of programming.


Presenter:  Scott Ocamb, Knowledge InfoTech

Topic:  Workflow Foundation

After two presentations that were all about user interface, Scott showed us technology that doesn’t present a UI at all.  He used Visual Studio to show how to create sequential workflows, handle workflow events, and work with state diagrams.

He suggests the following links for more information:  http://odetocode.com/articles/465.aspx and http://www.netfx3.com



Our Sponsor:  Knowledge InfoTech

With about 90 attendees, the meeting was great thanks to the sponsorship of Knowledge Infotech who provided excellent sandwiches for dinner. 

Other swag was provided by Diamond Technologies, Microsoft and Wrox Press.

Philly.Net is expanding to include .Net Developer Usergroup meetings in South Jersey. 


Thanks to the hard work of Travis Laborde, our first meeting will be March 29th at New Horizons Training Center in Cherry Hill. 




For those of you who are new to Philly.Net, this is a totally FREE EVENT.  Please see our website for more information.  Please register in advance.