CodeRush and Refactor! Pro 2.0 released!

16 June 2006

I apologize for the dearth of posts in the last week. It's as if I played a cruel joke: announcing that we would be releasing the latest major versions of CodeRush and Refactor! Pro at TechEd, going there and then nothing. Sorry about that, but if you've ever been to TechEd you know that it's hard to get anything extra-curricular done.

The short story is we released version 2 of the new products today, now available on

The long story is perhaps more mundane. The entire week that Mark Miller (the Chief Architect of the IDE productivity tools) and I were in our booth in the Expo Hall showing off the new features, the guys in the dev team back at base were doing the usual final building and testing that's of so much importance in creating such a quality product.

Of course, there were a couple of moments when something major went wrong and the team suddenly had this panicked phone call from Mark or myself asking them to fix a showstopping bug (the worst was freezing VS2005 in the middle of a demo on Monday morning - it was fixed by that afternoon).

The funniest non-bug we had was Mark suddenly losing his voice to a nasty throat infection the very first day. It was a baptism by fire: I had to provide the commentary during a demo while Mark typed at the demo PC. If you know Mark, keeping up was, shall we say, a challenge and that's before you take into account the performance of both CodeRush and Refactor! Pro. The audience seemed to enjoy our interplay as well, especially when Mark went off-script and showed some other cool feature that I didn't even know existed. The "Cools" of the audience were augmented by my "Cool" utterances too.

After some stellar work by the team, all tests (well over 11,000 automated tests by now) passed, the build was ratified by the entire team and we kicked it over the fence to the guys who do the final checking and uploading. If you are a current customer, have at it: you can download it from

For those who've read my previous post (if you haven't, it would be a good idea to do so to understand the new subscription license model), please note that the free 90-day subscription starts today, Friday, June 16, and will end Thursday September 14.

(A reminder: all current customers get a free copy of version 2.0 of the products whose licenses they've already bought. They also get a free year-long subscription from the original date of purchase. If that subscription has already run out or will run out within the next 90 days, we're extending it for free until Thursday, September 14, 90 days from today. You will get all updates to your product until that date.)

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