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Tom Fischer

I finally decided to move to my own site:

http://tomafischer.com/

I moved most of the blog entries to the new site.

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Tom



Hi all, People were asking why I did not post anymore.... Here is the exiting answer: My wife and me had our second daughter! Welcome Katja! We are totally thrilled and sooooo happy! Tom ......

After moving a branch from one TFS server to another I got the error: "The item \$TFSProject\mylocation\myf... does not exist at the specified version". First I thought the Check in was buggy and went to another machine. And like a miracle it worked there. Then I googled and found out that this usually relates a messed up workspace. Especially the ......

I am sorry this is not a C# blog today. I am still in TFS land :-) Recently I was talking to different people about when to create a new TFS project or reuse an existing one. Here is what I got out of the conversations: - Too many projects slow down the server and are hard to maintain. (Depending on the project type, TFS 2008 has an upper limit of around ......

Using() Statement in 3 seconds and a bug in Reflector The boring, known accross the board definition from the MSDN site: Defines a scope, outside of which an object or objects will be disposed The more interesting definition from Tom: The using() Statement generates a try{} finally{ //virtual call of the dispose method } block with null check! Let's ......

C#, Events and Delegates as an Elevator Pitch - Or in 3 seconds Here are the elevator pitches you should know about events and delegates: A Delegate is a (or collection of) strongly typed FunctionPointer(s) An Event is a wrapped Delegate But to be honest this is not big news and not the reason for this blog. I thought this would make a nice starter... ......

C#: The difference between out and ref. Today we had an interesting discussion about out and ref in C#. Here is a very quick elevator pitch summary: The MSDN documentation (http://msdn.microsoft.com/... is very good on that and it says: "The out keyword ......

C# (or .NET): Primitive Types, Value Types, Reference Types and System.ValueType. I think this is one of the most important topics in .NET, but it is interesting to see what kind of misunderstandings are out there. Even with programmers who have used .NET for years. DISCLAIMER 1: The goal of this blog entry is not to give another in depth, all-encompasing ......

ToString() and the underestimated IFormattable Everyone knows you always should override the ToString() function on you custom objects. But most programmers (including me until yesterday) leave it there. I ran into a problem these days where I wanted a specific xml representation and a tap separated representation of the same custom object. The "experienced" ......

Why it is time to retire the old cast operator in C#: MyType t= (MyType)o These days I am reading the book "Effective C#: 50 Specific Ways to improve C#" by Scott Meyers. After using C# for many years, you get into the mindset: "I know everything already". But this book really inspires me to rethink the basics I am using every day and make a step forward ......

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