I am back. Do you ever notice that after you fly, you feel so tired? Flying is supposed to be the easiest and most comfortable (since it is the fastest) way to travel, but I always feel so tired when I get out of a plane. I suspect this is due to the food they serve, which being too high in fat, takes up all your energy to digest….:-)
Have you ever wanted to know the spec of the processor you are using? I know it is not a common occurrence (unless you are a hardware geek, which I suppose you are not, since you are reading this blog), but sometimes there is a need to know the system bus speed of a specific processor. If you are using Intel processors, then Intel has a wonderful page, where you can get all of that information. Check out more on this at http://processorfinder.intel.com/scripts/list.asp?ProcFam=483.
Today’s free tool is another of those XP stuff. I know, you ask why do you always write so much on XP?? Well I am a fan of XP and like most of those concepts that it recommends. “Build Often” is one of those main mantras of XP and it is a very difficult thing to do if you don’t have a good tool. Think of opening VS.NET, getting the latest version of all of the project code from VSS, and building the solution, every hour. This is where NAnt helps. According to the site, “NAnt is a free .NET build tool. In theory it is kind of like make without make's wrinkles. In practice it's a lot like Ant”.
NAnt, when fed a build file (which is of course an XML file) will proceed to build, deploy, test and document your application. It does not do all of this on its own, but rather integrates will all of those tools I have been talking about before to get this done. You can also write your own tasks to make it integrate with other programs. All these tasks can of course be written in .NET.
There is also a parallel project where people also contribute tasks they have written to be used with NANT. Even if you are not into XP, or hate XP, still automated build is a real good thing to have (make was there before anyone thought of XP). So take a look at NAnt and I am sure you are going to love it.