I think it's time once again for some shorter news items. These are things
that I hope will interest you, but that don't quite seem to require an entire
blog entry on their own. I hope you find something useful in this
AxTools have been making add-ins to improve Microsoft's IDEs for quite a
while now. They just this week announced the release of CodeSmart 2005 for Visual
Studio .NET. I haven't tried this version yet, but I've been a happy user of
their previous version. New features this time around include an improved Code
Explorer window, a new Flow Explorer to show the logical structure of code, a
new Designer Explorer that shows the hierarchy of controls, and hotkey
management. $249 for a single-user license.
FMS has been making add-ins and tools for Microsoft Access (and other
products) practically since Access was announced. They've just posted a preview
release of their latest, Total Visual Agent
2003. This is an upgrade to a product that's been around for a while; it
exists to perform routine maintenance (like compacts, data extraction, and
batch file execution) for Jet databases. New features include Access 2003
compatibility and a new Windows NT Service version.
4D has released a free program, 4D Meetings. Built
with their own 4GL tool, this is a cross-platform (Windows and Mac) program for
anyone who has to manage lots of meetings. It features tracking of meetings,
agendas, tasks, and participants. Everything is cross-linked, customizable, and
e-mail enabled (there's a slick interface for composing your own form e-mails
that draw information from the underlying database). It also features
synchronization with systems like Outlook on the PC side and iCal on the Mac.
Other features include spell-checking, a reporting engine, and the ability to
attach files to meetings. Pretty impressive for the price.
Mike Gunderloy has been developing software for a quarter-century now, and writing about it for nearly as long. He walked away from a .NET development career in 2006 and has been a happy Rails user ever since. Mike blogs at A Fresh Cup.