Visual Studio

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Bundling and Minification–who needs MSBuild?

I’ve been working on a few projects where we’ve recently implemented ASP.NET 4.5’s bundling and minification offering, and have been really impressed with the results, both in terms of perception of speed due to the reduced number of requests as well as the reduction in amount of data transferred. So when Integrating a JS Build Process Into MSBuild in Visual Studio 2012 Express popped up via one of my news sources (Zite for anyone interested) I thought I’d have a read, explicitly to re-evaluate the MSBuild approach versus the offering that’s now integrated with .NET 4.5. Flicking through the...

Azure and Visual Studio integration–it’s the little things

While upgrading an Azure project to target version 2.0 of the SDK, I got curious as to how things might look for anyone who didn’t have the new Azure tools installed. For this project, the team is incredibly geographically distributed (5 countries and counting), so I thought I’d fire up another machine and take a peek. I don’t know what I was expecting, but for some reason I wasn’t expecting it to be handled as cleanly as this: It’s the little things like this that make developing in Visual Studio so pleasant. It’s also why it’s...

Link Roundup - October 14th 2012

What's new in ASP.NET WebForms 4.5 (Video) – A short video from Microsoft’s Damian Edwards. <3 typed databinding, I've been bitching about Eval for so many years and it’s nice to have it addressed. Visual Studio 2012 and .NET Framework 4.5 is RELEASED – A collection of 5 minute videos to get you up to speed. <3 new bunding options, <3 Web API. Introduction to Windows Azure Mobile Services – while it looks handy, there’s not a lot of new stuff here, it’s simply functionality that already exists (layering REST functionality quickly on top of a data store)...

Windows Server Solutions Add-In Package Project (*.wssx) for Visual Studio 2010

The Windows Server Solutions Add-In Package Project (*.wssx) for Visual Studio 2010 adds support to Visual Studio 2010 for *.wssx cabinet files required to distribute Windows Server Solutions SDK Add-Ins for Windows Home Server 2011, Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials, and Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials. Some features: Complete Visual Studio 2010 project type that fully automates creating *.wssx files Full makecab automation Full MSBuild support and integration points Automatic packaging of project reference outputs and content items ...

Got Service Packs?

Looking for a little something else to compliment Windows 7/2008 SP1 which was released a couple of weeks ago? If so, here’s the perfect thing: Announcing Visual Studio 2010 Service Pack 1. As described with the SP1 Beta post, in this release we have addressed some of the most requested features from customers of Visual Studio 2010 like better help support, IntelliTrace support for 64bit and SharePoint, and included Silverlight 4 Tools in the box. We also added unit testing support on .NET 3.5 and a new performance wizard for Silverlight, among other changes. ...

Visual Studio 2010 – Patch the growing find and replace dialog

I was pleased when I came across this patch - for a couple of reasons. One is that it’s very annoying behaviour, and looks pretty ridiculous when you have a find dialog spanning an entire 30” monitor. However the second and main reason was that I was starting to feel I was going mad in thinking that the find dialog was messing with me. Link: The Visual Studio Blog - Patch Available for the Growing Find and Replace Dialog Tags: Visual Studio

“Element 'x' is not a known element” in Visual Studio 2010

I’d noticed this a couple of times recently, but not had time to sit down and check out what was going wrong. Luckily Sam over at the Tentacle Software blog checked it out for me: “Element 'x' is not a known element” in Visual Studio 2010 Tags: Visual Studio

IIS application warm up module & VS2010 power tool extensions

A couple of slightly unrelated (they’re both Microsoft ish, but really that’s as far as it goes) but neat looking things: IIS 7.5 Application Warm-Up Module – a nice idea, being able to remove the spool up time for large applications, or indeed any application where user experience is important (that’s all of them, right?). Visual Studio 2010 Productivity Power Tool Extensions – contains some additional handy add-ins for Visual Studio 2010. A few of them are available already if you use ReSharper 5.0, but quite a few aren’t. Tags: Visual Studio, IIS

Making Windows 7 Jumplists / MRU lists work with Visual Studio

Windows 7’s addition of access methods such as jumplists and quick accessing of items from the most recently used list when an application is pinned to the start menu are great productivity boosts, so I was a little annoyed that they didn’t seem to work with Visual Studio solutions. Here's why they don't work by default, and how to fix it. Tags: Windows, Visual Studio

Yes, that’s very helpful..

This morning Visual Studio stopped working, and wouldn’t repair. While uninstalling to reinstall(!) I came across this less than helpful error. Still, it could be worse – it could be a 3 page eclipse error message that scrolled off the screen, so I should be thankful. Tags: Visual Studio

It's all fun and games until the power goes out

Also known as a cheap way of speeding up Visual Studio's IO speed. Tags: Visual Studio

Mindscape Visual Studio File Explorer

In the spirit of supporting New Zealand made I’ve just installed the free Visual Studio File Explorer Add-In from Mindscape. It’s a neat idea, and in theory it should suit my developing style pretty well. The Visual Studio File Explorer Add-in (sexy name we know, but hey, it’s self documenting) is a free Tool Window add-in for VS 2008 that provides a Windows Explorer style file system view. It’s particularly useful for performing routine file system tasks without the need to “context switch” away from Visual Studio, which can be time-consuming over the course of...

Identation and Readability

Somehow (and I can't remember how) I recently ended up reading the Wikipedia entry for the K&R style of indentation. K&R just seems so ugly to me – who out there loves it and feels like defending it for my benefit? Indentation styles are such a personal preference, I get that. But K&R just seems to sacrifice so much readability for what? Is it just a case that it's defenders simply can't adjust to anything else? On the subject of indentation styles, I'm wondering a lot about the default HTML formatting built into Visual Studio 2008. When I...

Microsoft Source Analysis for C#

Microsoft Source Analysis for C# (aka StyleCop) is designed to help you enforce a set of best practice style and consistency rules. It can be run from inside Visual Studio or via MSBuild, however if you're planning to use the Visual Studio integration then you should be aware of this rather nasty bug. Hopefully the bug will be addressed soon. Link: Microsoft Source Analysis for C# Link: Source Analysis Blog Tags: C# , Microsoft , Visual Studio

Visual Studio 2008 crashing on 64bit XP systems with ReSharper 3.1

While the above configuration probably isn't the most common out there, google provides lists of many other people who have been experiencing rather frustrating issues where Visual Studio 2008 seems to die a horrible death - either when using find and replace functionality, or (randomly) when editing css stylesheets. The latter seems to be a problem with ReSharper users only, however the former issue affects any 64bit XP system running VS2008. It turns out that this crash is the result of a bug in the Wow64 layer of Windows x64 (XP/2003 – it has been fixed in Vista...


I've recently doing a bit of testing work with TRAC. I loved it's simplicity and ease of use (despite the setup process for a Windows box requiring a bit of tinkering with components I wasn't overly familiar with). However when comparing TRAC to Team Foundation Server at work, one of the features which worked very much in favor of TFS was it's direct integration in the IDE. Well, VSTrac looks like the perfect counter to that argument. Found via the Visual Studio Gallery. Tags: Visual Studio , TRAC

VS 2008 Web Development Hot-Fix Roll-Up Available

Scott Guthrie posted on Friday about the release of the long awaited hotfix. Although there are a lot of issues addressed with this release, the ones I was most interested in were those around HTML Source view performance - after a quick test this morning it seems fixed. (Thanks Sonic, that's a nice way to start my Monday!) Link: Scott Guthrie: VS 2008 Web Development Hot-Fix Roll-Up Available Tags: Visual Studio , Microsoft

From the "glad it's not just me" files

Initially I thought it was possibly my work machine playing up when the Visual Studio 2008 HTML designer was crawling. I went through and applied all the usual tweaks for 2005 in an attempt to speed things up, but no joy. So I'm quite relieved to find out that it's a known bug. A hotfix is due shortly, and Scott Guthrie has promised to blog about it when it's released. Until then, it's back to Notepad for me! Woo! Tags: Visual Studio , Microsoft

AddOn Studio for WoW

This is a video demo of Addon Studio for Visual Studio - the demo shows how they've enabled the creation of World of Warcraft mods using Visual Studio. It looks incredibly easy to use, and could open up plenty of non WoW based modding opportunities. On a side note, this is probably the only time a single topic post is going to have this combination of tags! Link: Curse: AddOn Studio Demonstration Link: Codeplex: AddOn Studio for World of Warcraft Tags: Gaming , World of Warcraft , Visual Studio , MMORPG...

Visual SourceSafe 2005 Update

For those wanting to run Visual SourceSafe 2005 with Visual Studio 2008 (hang on, does anyone actually *want* to run Visual SourceSafe?), grab the recently released update (December 13th 2007) which is a rollup pack containing bugfixes as well as improved compatibility with VS2008. Tags: Microsoft , SourceSafe , Visual Studio

A few quick links

Joel on Software's Strategy Letter VI - On Lotus Symphony, AJAX, and history repeating itself. The post is a couple of months old now, but I missed it when it was first posted. Worth a read. What's Ailing ASP.NET Web Forms - Rick Strahl on the historical strengths and weaknesses of ASP.NET webforms (prompted by the impending release of Microsoft's ASP.NET MVC framework). Using Visual Studio 2008 with VSS (Visual SourceSafe) - basically "grab the patch", or migrate to some decent source control (yeah I added the second one in). Facebook Beacon Privacy Issues Worse Than Previously...

SQL Command Visualizer for Visual Studio 2005

SQL Command Visualizer for Visual Studio 2005 will give you a visual representation of a SQL Command object, allowing you to work with the connection details, parameters, properties, and values. I can't remember the last time I actually worked with ADO.NET at this level, but still this could be very useful for anyone who still needs to work with SQL Commands.   Tags: Visual Studio, ADO.NET

Web Site Projects

I've never liked Web Site projects. It's not that I've ever really had a reason to despise them, I've just always chosen Web Application Projects if given a chance - even in the pre SP1 days when they came as an additional install. Now, after being forced to use them for a few months (in one of those "not my architecture" situations) I've come to be able to put names and faces to all the reasons I'd subconsciously discriminated against them in the past. Firstly, the time delays in building - by default, with large projects the build...

JavaScript intellisense in Visual Studio 2008

Scott Guthrie talks about Visual Studio 2008 and it's support for JavaScript intellisense. It looks pretty slick, however I'm guessing that the computation and evaluation required to provide type inference is going to be pretty CPU intensive. Ah well - Moore's law states that we'll all have had a few computer upgrades well before 2008 right? I'm hoping that the support for intellisense within external JavaScript files means that 2008 will offer additional navigational tools - 'go to declaration' being quite a welcome addition. Navigating through large chunks of JavaScript split across multiple files can be a bit...

From the 'why oh why' department..

Sort of following on the theme of Visual Studio customisations, here's one which I don't use: VIEmu is a piece of commercial software which provides full VI/VIM editing inside Visual Studio. There are also versions for Word & Outlook, and SQL Server 2005 Management Studio - each priced at $69.95. Ouch, however there are also a couple of package deals which mitigate the pricing somewhat. For the 3 people out there who happen to code in Visual Studio and love VI, then this is for you! On a related note, I tried to adopt gVim (a...

Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1 (SP1) Released

This one managed to slip by me. I'm not sure on the exact release date, but looking at makes it look like it was released only a couple of days ago. There are seperate downloads for Visual Studio 2005 Team Suite (includes SP1 updates for Standard, Professional, and Team Editions of Visual Studio 2005), Visual Studio 2005 Team Foundation Server, and Visual Studio 2005 Express Editions. The version for Windows Vista (beta) is apparently coming soon. There are a lot of important fixes in this service pack, especially for anyone working with Team Suite to do load...

Visual Studio Team Edition for Database Professionals

Database change control and versioning is an incredibly important part of development which can occasionally be overlooked. While there are some good tools out there to help make this task easier, a lot of what I've seen so far has been incredibly manual. Microsoft is hoping to make this task easier with the release of Visual Studio 2005 Team Edition for Database Professionals. I guess they're hoping to make some money too. Team Edition for Database Professionals gives you a new database project, which you can use to manage your database as well as integrate it with Team...