Joshua Lumley pointed out the recording he made for his BILT submission on five secrets of Revit API C# coding.
Before getting to that, here are a couple of pictures from this last weekend's mountain tour:
Ruessigrat, Brotmesser and Matthorn
I crossed the Ruessigrat, Brotmesser and Matthorn ridge in splendid weather on a very nice scrambling hike with Alex:
It can be done without a rope, although we did in fact use a rope and the route's one and only bolt for security at the narrowest point.
Crossing the Brotmesser (bread knife) part of the Ruessigrat ridge:
Looking back along the ridge:
Mountain panorama around the Matthorn ridge:
For more pictures, please refer to the Matthorn via Ruessgrat photo album.
Five Secrets of Revit API Coding
Last year, Joshua Lumley published a half-hour recording on five secrets of Revit API C# coding addressing ribbon, button, macro, external events and modeless dockable add-in in Support of his abstract submission to the BILT ANZ 2018 conference in Brisbane:
He very kindly 'spilled the beans', disclosing what secrets are discussed at what time points:
- Never initiate your coding project from an external IDE. Rather use Revit Macro Manager, then switch to a third-party IDE such as Visual Studio. This process sets everything up for you with relative paths which is critical if end user has not installed Revit on C drive. 3m:55s
Invoketo run external commands instead of embedding references. This will prevent many hours watching the Revit splash screen when restarting. 6m:55s
- Always use modeless forms rather than modal ones, i.e.,
ShowDialog. This allows for freedom of movement for the end user and opens the potential for creating a dockable panel in the future. 12m:40s
- Like Russian dolls, encase your database interactions inside transactions, which are in turn encased inside a try-catch, which in turn is encased inside an external event. This nesting is the hardest thing to get your head around but absolutely necessary. 17m.15s
- Iterate rapidly, and seek peer review as early in the project as possible. I've found canvassing somebody else’s opinion early, can radically change the initial design intent and 'mental image' I had of my add-in.
Very many thanks to Joshua for sharing his extensive Revit API experience, both here and in many other helpful comments and discussion threads!