Bug in VS 2003

Discussion in 'ASP .Net' started by John Sparrow, Jul 31, 2003.

  1. John Sparrow

    John Sparrow Guest

    Has anyone noticed that, sometimes, when you delete controls like
    DataAdapters from a web form, then save (without first switching to
    code view), when you reload the project they reappear?!?!?!?!?

    WHY OH WHY DON'T MICROSOFT DEBUG THIS STUFF BEFORE THEY RELEASE IT!!!

    We spend most of our working days inside a product that is sooo shaky
    I feel it necessary to backup my project every 30 mins or so..

    BTW this isn't a 'knock Microsoft' message. Windows 2000/XP is great,
    the Framework itself seems reliable, SQL Server is solid. The Visual
    Studio on the other hand, seems to have been 'rushed' out without
    being properly tested - AGAIN!

    Personally I would gladly give up features if only the basics worked
    reliably, all the time. 99% of the time is not good enough. That 1%
    can mean hours of lost work if you forget to be ultra-paranoid and
    don't backup.

    If I wrote such shakey software Id be put on photocopying duties.

    John
    John Sparrow, Jul 31, 2003
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  2. John Sparrow

    CT Guest

    John,

    I agree with you as far as improved stability vs. features. However, the bug
    you have, I've never come across and I'm pretty sure it's unknown to many if
    not most other developers, which prompts me to say that this is one of those
    bugs (if it is...) that are very hard to catch, even with proper testing.

    --
    Carsten Thomsen
    Enterprise Development with Visual Studio .NET, UML, and MSF
    http://www.apress.com/book/bookDisplay.html?bID=105
    "John Sparrow" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > Has anyone noticed that, sometimes, when you delete controls like
    > DataAdapters from a web form, then save (without first switching to
    > code view), when you reload the project they reappear?!?!?!?!?
    >
    > WHY OH WHY DON'T MICROSOFT DEBUG THIS STUFF BEFORE THEY RELEASE IT!!!
    >
    > We spend most of our working days inside a product that is sooo shaky
    > I feel it necessary to backup my project every 30 mins or so..
    >
    > BTW this isn't a 'knock Microsoft' message. Windows 2000/XP is great,
    > the Framework itself seems reliable, SQL Server is solid. The Visual
    > Studio on the other hand, seems to have been 'rushed' out without
    > being properly tested - AGAIN!
    >
    > Personally I would gladly give up features if only the basics worked
    > reliably, all the time. 99% of the time is not good enough. That 1%
    > can mean hours of lost work if you forget to be ultra-paranoid and
    > don't backup.
    >
    > If I wrote such shakey software Id be put on photocopying duties.
    >
    > John
    CT, Jul 31, 2003
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  3. "John Sparrow" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > Has anyone noticed that, sometimes, when you delete controls like
    > DataAdapters from a web form, then save (without first switching to
    > code view), when you reload the project they reappear?!?!?!?!?


    I have never seen this problem personally. My suggestion would be to
    separate design and coding as separate procedures, as it probably will not
    happen when the code view window is not open at all. This is not to
    vindicate MS for a bug, but to say that sometimes we have to alter our ways,
    at least until things are fixed.

    > WHY OH WHY DON'T MICROSOFT DEBUG THIS STUFF BEFORE THEY RELEASE IT!!!
    >
    > We spend most of our working days inside a product that is sooo shaky
    > I feel it necessary to backup my project every 30 mins or so..
    >
    > BTW this isn't a 'knock Microsoft' message. Windows 2000/XP is great,
    > the Framework itself seems reliable, SQL Server is solid. The Visual
    > Studio on the other hand, seems to have been 'rushed' out without
    > being properly tested - AGAIN!
    >
    > Personally I would gladly give up features if only the basics worked
    > reliably, all the time. 99% of the time is not good enough. That 1%
    > can mean hours of lost work if you forget to be ultra-paranoid and
    > don't backup.
    >
    > If I wrote such shakey software Id be put on photocopying duties.


    Ever release an app with a bug in it? We all have. Now, imagine millions of
    lines of code. No matter how free you try to build something, there is
    always a box.

    I think there are a great many annoying bugs in many tools, including SQL
    Server tools (the engine is rather solid, however). I hate having to switch
    away from taskpad view and then back to get rid of UI errors. I hate the
    fact that almost everything I touch in EM destroys the original, forcing me
    to recompile my stored procedures. But, I realize the limitations and alter
    my way of doing things. Yukon will likely be better, but I will still likely
    find a couple of annoying new characteristics/bugs. The more lines of code
    they put in, the more likely a small bug will be introduced.

    On the other hand, you should continue to air your grievances. Believe it or
    not, the development crews at Microsoft do listen. I would just be a bit
    more constructive rather than suggest the dev team should be moved to Xerox
    duty. ;->

    --
    Gregory A. Beamer
    MVP; MCP: +I, SE, SD, DBA
    Author: ADO.NET and XML: ASP.NET on the Edge

    ****************************************************************************
    ****
    Think Outside the Box!
    ****************************************************************************
    ****
    Cowboy \(Gregory A. Beamer\), Jul 31, 2003
    #3
  4. Not that I have any complaints about Studio (most of the time something
    wigged out, it was something _I_ was doing). But what Visual IDE have you
    been using that was 100% reliable? I might be wanting to change my
    development team's environment if such a product does exist.

    But for now I am completely satisfied with MS Studio, not because it is 100%
    reliable, but because there is nothing I have come across that even
    compares.

    bill
    ps There was one bug that did frustrate me, in a c++ project (non-managed)
    sometimes when I would collapse a block of code (keyboard shortcut assigned
    crtl + < ) studio would crash. So I thought about it, hell notepad doesn't
    have a collapse feature, so how about I just save my work before I collapse.
    Haven't lost anything since.

    "John Sparrow" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > Has anyone noticed that, sometimes, when you delete controls like
    > DataAdapters from a web form, then save (without first switching to
    > code view), when you reload the project they reappear?!?!?!?!?
    >
    > WHY OH WHY DON'T MICROSOFT DEBUG THIS STUFF BEFORE THEY RELEASE IT!!!
    >
    > We spend most of our working days inside a product that is sooo shaky
    > I feel it necessary to backup my project every 30 mins or so..
    >
    > BTW this isn't a 'knock Microsoft' message. Windows 2000/XP is great,
    > the Framework itself seems reliable, SQL Server is solid. The Visual
    > Studio on the other hand, seems to have been 'rushed' out without
    > being properly tested - AGAIN!
    >
    > Personally I would gladly give up features if only the basics worked
    > reliably, all the time. 99% of the time is not good enough. That 1%
    > can mean hours of lost work if you forget to be ultra-paranoid and
    > don't backup.
    >
    > If I wrote such shakey software Id be put on photocopying duties.
    >
    > John
    William F. Robertson, Jr., Jul 31, 2003
    #4
  5. John Sparrow

    John Sparrow Guest

    Thanks for the reply.

    I was just removing some no-longer-needed SqlDataAdapters from my
    project. They would disappear as expected, but magically be back next
    time I restarted VS! (and yes, I did save!!)

    I suppose I shouldn't complain, at least I wasn't loosing code, only
    gaining it!

    > Ever release an app with a bug in it? We all have. Now, imagine millions of
    > lines of code. No matter how free you try to build something, there is
    > always a box.


    I understand that no code can be totally reliable, but I do question
    the quality control of this product - especially for asp.net
    development (maybe for Windows Forms it's different, i don't know).

    If they're using solid software engineering principles, and they have
    the right level of resources / time, there's no reason for it to be
    shakey. Complexity shouldn't be an excuse.

    Microsoft themselves prove this point with lots of other products (SQL
    Server, Windows, .net Framework etc). They're not totally bug free,
    but they're much better than VS.

    John

    > I think there are a great many annoying bugs in many tools, including SQL
    > Server tools (the engine is rather solid, however). I hate having to switch
    > away from taskpad view and then back to get rid of UI errors. I hate the
    > fact that almost everything I touch in EM destroys the original, forcing me
    > to recompile my stored procedures. But, I realize the limitations and alter
    > my way of doing things. Yukon will likely be better, but I will still likely
    > find a couple of annoying new characteristics/bugs. The more lines of code
    > they put in, the more likely a small bug will be introduced.
    >
    > On the other hand, you should continue to air your grievances. Believe it or
    > not, the development crews at Microsoft do listen. I would just be a bit
    > more constructive rather than suggest the dev team should be moved to Xerox
    > duty. ;->
    John Sparrow, Aug 1, 2003
    #5
  6. John Sparrow

    John Sparrow Guest

    "William F. Robertson, Jr." <> wrote in message news:<>...
    > Not that I have any complaints about Studio (most of the time something
    > wigged out, it was something _I_ was doing). But what Visual IDE have you
    > been using that was 100% reliable? I might be wanting to change my
    > development team's environment if such a product does exist.


    None have been 100% reliable. Several, however, have never corrupted
    my code. VS 2003 corrupts my code probably once every 30 hours of use.
    Several different workstations, using VS2002 and then 2003 when it was
    released. Windows 2000 and XP, all the latest updates. These problems
    may be limited to Web Forms work, I can't speak for Windows Forms.

    I've been using Delphi since '95 - and there are one or two bugs in
    some versions, but I've never lost code.

    Dreamweaver is another example.

    > But for now I am completely satisfied with MS Studio, not because it is 100%
    > reliable, but because there is nothing I have come across that even
    > compares.


    Personally I wouldn't be satisfied with that. I would (and do) *use*
    it, but am not satisfied - I think that's perfectly reasonable. I'm
    not bothered by the way (for example) that it doesn't render
    DataGrid's properly. That's only a superficial problem. But corrupting
    code is serious.

    I'm also not convinced that the VS user can be blamed for making it
    malfunction. Shouldn't well written code just say "You shouldn't do
    that"??

    Obviously that's simplistic, but my general point remains valid: are
    MS using solid software engineering principles and sufficient quality
    control on this product? They obviously do on other offerings (server
    software especially).

    VS should have server-level reliability.

    John
    John Sparrow, Aug 1, 2003
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