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WTF Next? Dev ramblings from a master of nothing.

Sadly, our web server here at work is still running ASP.NET 1.1. Sigh. This hasn't been a problem for me, but this latest project requires a lot of work that we've done in newer versions. Also, I'm growing soft and using the improvements often. As a result, here's a list of improvements I really miss now that I'm having to work in 1.1 again:

  1. Code Snippets. I was working on a class to decrypt our query strings, and all of a sudden my snippets are completely missing! Not really, they just didn't exist in VS 2003. Maybe this isn't really a language improvement, but an IDE improvement. Either way, it is causing me grief.
  2. Connection Strings. In .NET 1.1 there was no ConnectionStrings  section in the web or app.config files. Instead, you would shove everything into an appSettings section. This really doesn't cause me as much grief, but combined with the fact that I cannot just use the connectionStrings snippet I've made, it's a little irking.
  3. XML Comments. Time after time today I groaned because I tried to use some feature that improved my development process, and it didn't exist way back when. XML Comments in VB was one of those. Man, XML commenting is so nice, just put ''' and then you've got a nice fancy commenting layout ready for you with minimal effort.

These three are the only ones that have hit me hard today so far. Any legacy support woes stories out there amongst you guys?


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Posted on Tuesday, December 9, 2008 10:10 AM VB .NET | Back to top

Comments on this post: The improvements I take for granted in .NET 2.0 or greater

# re: The improvements I take for granted in .NET 2.0 or greater
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Hi Stacy,

When we were coding VB back in .NET 1.1, we used VBCommenter.

Maybe this will be useful for you to strike off number 3 on your list?

Left by Carl on Dec 09, 2008 10:46 AM

# re: The improvements I take for granted in .NET 2.0 or greater
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Thanks for the link Carl! This will at least alleviate some of the lameness of working with VB.NET 1.1.

The others are manageable, just minor impediments.
Left by Stacy Vicknair on Dec 09, 2008 10:52 AM

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