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Thurs 24th May: ACCU South-Coast event "Advocating Agility"
Saturday, May 19, 2007

Next Thursday (24th May) ACCU South-Coast are running the first of what will hopefully be a long series of open sessions/social gatherings.

To give us a reason for meeting up and sharing a beer/coke/whatever else tickles your fancy Kate Ollis will be repeating the "Advocating Agility" session she presented at the ACCU Conference last month. The venue is the East Christchurch Sports and Social Club at Grange Road, Christchurch BH23 4JE, and the event is aimed at both Software Developers and Managers.

The poster for the event is below. If you're in the area we'd love to see you there.

Advocating Agility, with Kate Ollis

Posted by Anna at 09:09 | Get Link


Exchange Rates and Pricing
Sunday, May 13, 2007

When we first released Visual Lint, the US-UK exchange rate was running at about US$1.75 to the pound. It is now close to $2.00, and not surprisingly we are seeing a corresponding effect on the turnover from our sales.

Although so far we have been able to absorb all of the additional costs, we cannot do so indefinitely and as a result we have reluctantly taken the decision to adjust our US prices sightly to bring them closer to those indicated by current exchange rates (UK and EU prices are unaffected). As a result the base prices of Visual Lint Standard and Professional Editions are being raised to US$149 and US$289 respectively.

We hope this will be a temporary change until the exchange rates return to a more sensible level.

Posted by Anna at 18:16 | Get Link


Visual Lint has been released
Saturday, May 12, 2007

We are happy to announce that Visual Lint has been released.

The following changes are included in this build:

  • Added support for Visual Studio 9.0 (codename "Orcas") Beta 1.

  • Individual files can now be manually excluded from background analysis in Visual Lint Professional Edition (this feature works in much the same way as the current project level feature). As part of this change, a "Background Lint Analysis" command has been added to the context menu for C/C++ implementation files in the VS2002/VS2003/VS2005 Solution Explorer.

  • Project analysis now takes into account whether files are excluded from analysis, provided Visual Lint is configured to write project specific .lnt files directly.

  • If a custom report stylesheet cannot be found, Visual Lint will now issue a warning (via the Lint Analysis Status pane in the Output Window) and use the default one instead.

  • Corrected the text in the message database for issue 960 (MISRA Rule Violation).

  • Added (at customer request) an option to the "Displays" options page to allow the progress control in the Manual Analysis Dialog to be hidden if desired.

  • Added (at customer request) a "View Results" button to the Manual Analysis Dialog.

  • The "Show display colours" option in the "Categories" option page is now persistant.

  • Fixed a bug in the options code which could cause the "IndirectFileOrder" option to be saved incorrectly.

  • Fixed a bug which could cause relative pathnames in solution options files to be resolved incorrectly.

  • Corrected a bug in the "Report" Options page which could cause the pathnames of custom solution and project stylesheets to be saved incorrectly.

  • The project.lnt file writer no longer attempts to resolve relative pathnames enclosed in quotes. This ensures that filenames such as "..\Folder1\Folder2" are not incorrectly expanded to fully qualified pathnames.

  • Project.lnt files are now written with correct Windows line endings (CR + LF as opposed to just LF).

  • Desensitised Visual Lint to consequtive backslashes in global include folder specifications (this is a workaround for a VS Orcas Beta 1 bug) and in project additional include folder specifications (where they can cause the folder paths to be resolved incorrectly). Also converted forward slashes to backslashes before writing project specific includes to a .lnt file.

  • If a whole project analysis aborts due to a fatal analysis error, the status of individual files within the project is now set correctly.

  • Fixed two potential divide by zero errors.

  • Corrected a bug in the import of custom categories.
As ever, if you have any comments, questions or suggestions, please feel free to contact us. We welcome your feedback.

Posted by Anna at 17:06 | Get Link