Upgraded www.DotNetAttributes.com to .NET 4

Almost a year ago I launched www.DotNetAttributes.com, the site that gives you detailed information about attributes in the .NET Framework. With the availability of the Release Candidate of Visual Studio 2010 and the .NET 4 Framework with a Go-Live license and the final release being close, I thought it was a good time to update the site to .NET 4.

I upgraded the import tool to .NET 4 and ran it on a machine with all versions of the .NET Framework installed, including the release candidate of .NET 4. That resulted in almost 400 new attributes, most of which come from the new .NET 4 Framework. The site now features a total of 1976 attributes.

Besides adding a lot of new attributes, I also made some changes to the site and the way the attributes are displayed:

  • The "Defined in" now displays the assembly name and version number. For example for System.Attribute - the mother of all attributes - you can now see it's defined in mscorlib.dll twice: in the 2.0.0.0 version and in the 4.0.0.0 version.
  • I implemented "Is Obsolete" so you can see which attributes are marked with the System.Obsolete attribute.
  • The Search facility is now much faster due to some internal optimization.
  • The whole site should respond quicker. It turned out I had a logging facility in place that tried to log to a non-existent SQL Server, causing each page to slow down considerably.

If you have ideas for the site or are missing important attributes, please let me know.


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