Performance and Editor fixes for VS2008…

KB946581 Install

In regard to my previous post, Visual Studio 2008 Is Pretty Damn Slow, a couple engineers from Microsoft have contacted me to let me know that a hotfix has been made public which should address the performance issues I mentioned in that previous post.

The blog entry regarding this hotfix can be found here:
Downloadable Hotfix: Performance and Editor fixes for Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 and Visual Web Developer Express 2008

More info from Scott Guthrie’s Blog:
VS 2008 Web Development Hot-Fix Roll-Up Available

More info from Rick Stahl’s Blog:
Visual Studio Hotfix for Slow Web Forms Editing and Input Focus Issues

And the hotfix itself, here:
Connect.Microsoft.Com (DownloadID=10826)

Quote from the MSDN blog linked above (Downloadable Hotfix…):

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Coding Horror: The Years of Experience Myth

This toxic, counterproductive years of experience myth has permeated the software industry for as long as I can remember. Imagine how many brilliant software engineers companies are missing out on because they are completely obsessed with finding people who match– exactly and to the letter– some highly specific laundry list of skills.

Somehow, they’ve forgetten that what software developers do best is learn. Employers should be loooking for passionate, driven, flexible self-educators who have a proven ability to code in whatever language — and serving them up interesting projects they can engage with.

It’s been shown time and time again that there is no correlation between years of experience and skill in programming. After about six to twelve months working in any particular technology stack, you either get it or you don’t. No matter how many years of “experience” another programmer has under their belt, there’s about even odds that they have no idea what they’re doing. This is why working programmers quickly learn to view their peers with a degree of world-weary skepticism.
Perhaps it’s the only rational response when the disconnect between experience and skill is so pervasive in the field of software engineering.

(via Coding Horror: The Years of Experience Myth)

NirSoft: Freeware utilities, etc…


NirSoft web site provides a unique collection of small and useful freeware utilities, all of them developed by Nir Sofer.
In order to search for a freeware utility in NirSoft Web site, click here.

If you are looking for password-recovery tools, click here.

To view your IP address and other information, click here.

If you have a software-listing Web site, and you want to add the freeware utilities provided by NirSoft, click here.

These utilities are pretty damn cool and remind me a bit of the SysInternals utilities, which were somewhat recently (July 2006) purchased by Microsoft.

Rands In Repose: The Nerd Handbook

Nerds are fucking funny. Your nerd spent a lot of his younger life being an outcast because of his strange affinity with the computer. This created a basic bitterness in his psyche that is the foundation for his humor. Now, combine this basic distrust of everything with your nerd’s other natural talents and you’ll realize that he sees humor is another game.

Humor is an intellectual puzzle, “How can this particular set of esoteric trivia be constructed to maximize hilarity as quickly as possible?” Your nerd listens hard to recognize humor potential and when he hears it, he furiously scours his mind to find relevant content from his experience so he can get the funny out as quickly as possible.

This quick wit is only augmented by the fact that…

Your nerd has an amazing appetite for information. Many years ago, I dubbed this behavior NADD, and you should read the article to learn more and to understand what mental muscles your nerd has developed.

(via Rands In Repose: The Nerd Handbook)

…but its programmers are on the ball.

Shortly after I posted my last entry (Visual 2008…) and left a comment on this blog, two programmers from Microsoft left comments offering assistance in troubleshooting the speed issues with Visual Studio 2008.

Much thanks to David and Jason from Microsoft!