Thursday, February 28, 2008

Sandcastle Themes

Sandcastle is documentation tool for building MSDN-like help documents. Although it's still in progress, it is already working great. Unfortunately, the documentation is very sparse.

One of the options you can give is the style of the documentation. But I found no description of the styles.
This are screenshots of the 3 different styles:

Hana



VS2005



Prototype


Tuesday, February 19, 2008

CC.Net project unexpected build failure

The last couple of weeks (after migrating to a new build server) I had strange behavior with two web projects building on CruiseControl.NET.
The build project is configured to build after a code check in on subversion. But after the check in, the build fails. A manual 'force build' successfully builds the project.
The build log only said there was an error durring the build, but without a clue what went wrong (and especially when you want to blame project members for checking in bad code ;).

Digging in the ccnet.log I finally found the the cause;

[project-x development:WARN] Process timed out:
C:\WINDOWS\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v2.0.50727\MSBuild.exe
Process id: 3380. This process will now be killed.


The question is, why can't there be a descriptive error in the build log of the project?
After increasing the seconds in the <tastk><MSBuild><Timeout> element, everything indeeds goes fine.

Friday, February 1, 2008

070-553 down, 070-554 to go

I just passed my 70-553 exam for the upgrade to MCPD:Enterprise Application Developer. So I will need an other exam, but following the 553 exam guide, I now earned two MCTS certification credits:

  • Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist: .NET Framework 2.0 Web Applications

  • Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist: .NET Framework 2.0 Windows Applications


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