Developer guide

Continuous integration

  • There is a public Team City server configured for our project
  • Use Login as Guest on Login page
  • These builds shouldn't be used as public available development builds (beta or RC)

Last Successful builds:

Application life cycle

  • To publish release version:
    • the application version should be updated in Setup project and in Common.AsssemblyInfo.cs
    • Update related build version in Team City nightly builds
    • Keep in mind, that there is new version detected by published release on CodePlex and compared with the build date of the application => Pulish date has to older or equals to the build date.
    • Mark release with label. If you want to rollback to previous version load selected version release label
  • TFS Tasks have iteration path "Terminals" until there is at least one related checkin. Then change the iteration path to the current development version
  • When fixing an issue, mark it as Fixed (not as Closed). Task is closed as a part of release, if there are no comments otherwise it is shifted to next version.

Cooperation rules

  • Miguel de Icaza has a good post on Open Source Contribution Etiquette that is worth reading, as the guidance he gives applies well to Terminals (inspired by Nuget project).
  • Pickup from task stack by Votings
  • Select only task, which you are able to solve in no more than two months
  • Don't keep your checkouts long time, use Shelve sets instead
  • Always associate check-in change set with task, if your check in is related to it
  • In case of formatting make two separate checkins: one which holds only code formatting changes, second with fix/feature changes

Project structure

  • Current development tool is Visual Studio 2010 with .NET C#.
  • The main solution project is configured to target .NET framework 4. But there are other external projects, which are still targeting .NET 2.0. Don't change the target framework for them.
  • Download both Resources and Source folders from the Main branch to the same location. Terminals solution references libraries and images from Resources directory.
  • For Logging the Log4Net is configured. Log files are stored under application Logs subdirectory.
  • To build the release setup use the "Distribution release" solution configuration. For general development use standard debug and release.
  • Output directory is default directory under the Terminals project.
  • Put all localize able resources under the Localization directory in resource file stored there.
  • The latest development branch is stored under "Main\Sources"
  • To create user branch create your own under "FeatureBranches" directory and branch always whole main subtree
  • All external components and other resources like images should be stored under "Resources" directory in its branch
  • Temporary solution for new setup created in WIX is present in the sources directory and will be removed after the setup is able to replace current setup

External components

Coding rules

  • Use Visual Studio 2010 default settings or similar settings in another editor.
  • For developer who are using Resharper, there is a Team shared configuration file for coding rules. Don't change this file, if you want to apply some rules. Discuss it first within the team.
  • Indents are 4 spaces. You can use Productivity Power Tools for VS to convert tab characters into spaces.
  • Fields should be declared private and above all methods.
  • Put curly brackets on a new line and close it in the same indentation.
  • Keep classes small up to maximum 500 lines
  • Keep methods small up to maximum 35 lines
  • Use usings as much as possible and remove not used usings
  • When using an if condition with one statement, put the statement on the next line.
   if (true)
  • When using an if condition with one statement after if condition and else condition, curly brackets are optional.
  • When using an if condition with curly brackets, use curly brackets for all attached conditions
   if (true)
  • After an if, while, for each or other conditions that can use curly brackets, leave an empty line.
   if (true)

   foreach(String s in stringArray)

  • Use String.Format when possible.
  • Use String.Empty instead of "", use String.IsNullOrEmpty() instead of (x == null | x = "").

Last edited May 21, 2014 at 9:43 PM by GodKratos, version 29


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