Yesterday’s Good and Bad in Silverlight

Installed the Silverlight 4 plug-in on my work notebook, which I develop a Silverlight 3 app with Visual Studio 2008 on. Result: the debugger would not start any more. The rest of the afternoon looked like that: Called IT if I could finally get my new laptop that they had lying around for a week so I don’t have to figure out what the heck went wrong when I’ve got a fresh install to do anyway, they said maybe, uninstalled Silverlight 4, rebooted (20mins – Vista), re-installed Silverlight 3 developer tools, rebooted, IT calls and says I can have the laptop, debugger works again, 3 hours lost. Well, after all it isn’t that bad; I’ve got the new laptop now. Which is really seriously fast, and has a good keyboard, and Win7 – we’re going to be friends.

Good news for guys like me who still have Silverlight 3 projects cooking is that Jeff Wilcox has ported the unit testing framework from the March 2010 Silverlight toolkit to Silverlight 3 – the latest release of the toolkit is only available for Silverlight 4. The obvious improvement is the new UI that lest you pick which tests to run when it starts – which I find extremely useful. I noticed that the buttons to copy the selected test don’t work, but that’s probably easy to fix.
My own humble unofficial port of NUnit to Silverlight does not work yet, but that will also be easy to fix – I think I’m going to have it out by the end of the weekend. But for now, I’ve got an appointment with the sun.


Christian is a software architect/developer. He lives in Germany, reads a lot, and likes cycling.

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