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Two months ago, almost to the day, I opened Big Robot Games. This is my 4th game store (the 3rd actual Brick & Mortar store, in the 4th physical location.) I opened my first store in 1999. It was called Roanoke Hobbies and was located in Roanoke, VA. I partnered up with a buddy from the Navy to open it. It was a really small space, in a terrible location, but the rent was dirt cheap. Even then, we built up a pretty loyal group of regulars and friends. We carried all the traditional fare: Games ...
Problem A continuous integration server should only have a minimal toolset installed. This ensures that no unwanted libraries could affect the build and other steps. Clearly that with this slogan also StyleCop should not be installed to the CI server. But we wanna have this analysis as an part of the whole build. Solution Prerequisites First at all we need the necessary files from StyleCop (the core assemblies and the target). The easiest way is to download the MSI of StyleCop, install the software ...
I kept failing installing the JBOSS tools into Eclipse. I even tried downloading the archive to install from https://www.jboss.org/tools... The problem was Java 1.7. Even with my classpath and JAVA_HOME set to point to Java 1.6, there was still something out of whack (java –version would show 1.7). Stopping Eclipse, and uninstalling Java 1.7, proved to be the solution. Here is the error: An error occurred while collecting items to be installed session context was:(profile=epp.package.jee, ...
For good or bad, Microsoft’s Entity Framework (EF) has become one of the most widely used ORM tools out there. While some may state that it's not among the better ones (or that it's not even a real ORM), it’s definitely the most convenient one: its Visual Studio integration and consequently its integration with the MS SQL Server database is unparalleled. This is especially relevant to people who haven’t used the concept of object-relational mapping before - there's almost no initial learning curve ...
So you have started using DevExpress XPO/XAF and now you would like to see how to use the EDMX (Entity Data Model XML) visual designer within Visual Studio to draw your entities and relationships. First let’s explain the steps we are going to do and what is taking place, then I’ll give you the steps to accomplish this. The EDMX design surface is what is currently being used to generate Entity Framework code. What we have done is to intercept the saving of the diagram and use this to generate XPO/XAF ...
Hello, This is my first blog on http://www.geekswithblogs.net and I'm planning on occasionaly publishing things I've learned that I haven't found elsewhere in hopes of helping you out. I've been annoyed with Silverlight and the Resource (.resx) files we use for translation. Every time I change text in the resource editor, I have to open the .designer.cs file and change the constructor to public. If it is not public, the resource string cannot be bound to in XAML, there is a runtime error. The code ...
Aims of this chapter Discuss how to plan and run a successful data gathering program Enable you to plan and run an interview Enable you to design a simple questionnaire Enable you to plan and execute an observation Summary Four Key Issues Setting Goals – outline what the objective of the exercise is The relationship with participants – get participants to give permission to have their data used if necessary Triangulation – Use more than one data gathering technique to tackle a goal Pilot Studies ...
In the recent update of Visual Studio 2010 productivity power tool there are few new interesting features introduced. You can download the Productivity tool from http://bit.ly/9nybU6 . There are certain new features like Quick Find which allows you find and advance find dialog option with in code editor with nice highlighting features, nice enhancement of add reference window. Kunal Chowdhury has some nice blog post where he talked about above two new productivity tool features. You can find the ...
Just leaving DevConnections and collecting my thoughts. It has been a long week but very great to finally meet the DevExpress team. Thanks everyone for everything. It was a great week to network and learn. After seeing how others are using the DevExpress tools and frameworks I now have a lot of work to catch up. I plan on putting together a series of posts based on the following outline. Let me know what you think. DevExpress XPO/XAF Outline Setting the EDMX Modeling Tool for generating XPO/XAF from ...
One of our testers reported, that many pages are not working correctly in her IE9 browser. It took me a while to find out that in development tools it was set Document Mode:IE7 standards. The option has a shortcut -Alt-7, but it works only if development tools(F12) are opened. I couldn't understand, how the setting was changed accidentally.If it’s possible, many IE users will have unexpected problems ...
Carlos Chávez : Exacto Soluciones En este video veremos el proceso de desarrollo desde un alto nivel. Las herramientas y procesos para dar inicio a un proyecto. ¿Qué necesito para desarrollar un sistema embebido de Windows 7? Windows 7 (Ultimade u otra versión) Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 WES Tools – descargar desde MSDN Instalar en un Hardware Real usando un USB Insertar un USB en blanco Abrir la ventana de comandos (CMD) y seguir la siguiente secuencia: diskpart list disk <Apuntar el número ...
I recently have had the humbling experience of pair programming with several developers where I was just astounded at the speed at which they were able to get code generated. One thing I noticed is that most of their coding was done with the keyboard with very little use of the mouse – everything was shortcut based. When it was my turn to take over the wheel I found myself extremely slow compared to them, partly because I was not familiar with their keyboard and layout, but the majority of the slowness ...
I am playing more with the Windows Developer Preview and simply love the backward compatibility it has for applications that used to work in Windows 7. And one of the applications critical to my day-to-day life is Visual Studio. Visual Studio 2010 with SP1 and ASP.NET MVC 3 Tools is my everyday requirement. Windows Developer Preview when installed from the MSDN Center has two flavors. One with the Developer Tools which I would assume, most of us developers would want and the other one, which is simply ...
DropkicK (DK) has been in development for over two years and has been used for production deployments for over a year. Dru Sellers originally posted about DK back in 2009. While DK isn’t yet as super easy to grok as some of the other ChuckNorrisFramework tools and offers little in the idea of conventions, it is still a stellar framework to use for deployments. DK works well in environments where you know all of the environments you will deploy to ahead of time (although not required due to the ability ...
“Because everyone wants to kick their database, but sometimes kicking your database is a good thing!” Many would not argue that you should version your code, and few would argue against versioning your code in a way that can lead back to a specific point in source control history. However, most people don’t really think of doing the same thing with your database. That’s where RoundhousE (RH) comes in. I have been working on RH for over two years now and people always wander what it is, why and what ...
Being web application developer, over 10 years. I was involved in so many external and internal website development. I would be documenting all my web page performance improvements and tools I have used. Best Practices http://developer.yahoo.com/... - This are some of the best practices from Yahoo web team. They tool called Yslow which records real time performance and gives the grading for the sites. A to F. A and B being extremely good. Fiddler - IE plug in to view all the HTTP request. ...
If you are planning to deploy your application with SQL CE as your application backend then here are the steps you need to perform. If you’re planning to deploy your application with SQL Server, than please read this post, How to Deploy an ASP.NET MVC 3 App to Web Hosting with "\bin Deployment" I assume that you have your ASP.NET MVC 3 application ready to be deployed with SQL CE 4.0 and EF 4.1. But make sure you have add assembly and for SQL CE 4.0 using NuGet. I recommend you to use NuGet here ...
This would be the first in the series of posts I plan to do for HTML5 for ASP.NET Developers The first thing that everyone would have experienced is the HTML5 header tag. The regular header tag that Visual Studio creates for ASP.NET Webforms is <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Strict//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml... This would be the header tag present in the Master Page or the actual ASPX Page when you don’t inherit from a Master Page. Till HTML5 specifications ...
Last week, at the PASS (Professional Association for SQL Server) Summit in Seattle, Microsoft held a coming out party, not only for SQL Server 2012 (formerly “Denali”), but also for the company’s “Big Data” initiative. Microsoft’s banner headline announcement: it is developing of a version of Apache Hadoop that will run on Windows Server and Windows Azure. Hadoop is the open source implementation of Google’s proprietary MapReduce parallel computation engine and environment, and it's used (quite widely ...

Came across this pretty big listing of tools that help improve a sites performance: http://code.google.com/speed/tools.html

Home page: http://code.google.com/speed

 

And an article from Google: http://googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.com/2010/04/using-site-speed-in-web-search-ranking.html

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As a developer of Microsoft technologies I alway think about what programming model and tools are provided by the platform. On Microsoft new operation system Windows 8 developer write two type of applications first one is Metro Style Apps and second one is Desktop Apps. Metro Style Apps Metro style apps are full screen apps tailored to your users' needs, tailored to the device they run on, tailored for touch interaction, and tailored to the Windows user interface. Desktop Apps Normal Windows applications ...
“If only there was some way to quickly and silently install applications and tools on my windows machine.” Chocolatey is kind of like an apt-get, but for Windows. It is a machine level package manager that is built on top of NuGet command line and the NuGet infrastructure. Jason Jarrett recently described it as the free/OSS windows app store. What that means for you is that you can install and update software (applications and tools) on your machine with a few keystrokes and chocolatey does the rest! ...
Introduction To save on hosting costs and simplify maintenance, Software as a Service (SaaS) providers typically rely on schema separation to host multiple customers' records. This implementation relies on a specific SQL Server and SQL Azure feature called a schema object. A schema object behaves like a container, or a namespace in programmatic terms, allowing multiple tables (and other objects) to be stored with the same name in a single database. However schema separation comes with its own set ...
I was informed that my presentation on “Getting Started with the Kinect SDK” is now live on UserGroup.tv. The video quality is not that great, but that is my fault. Our camera quit working and someone had to record the session with an iPad2. Abstract: This talk is also designed for people who want to get started developing with the official Microsoft Kinect SDK. I will walk the user through downloading the bits and starting a new project. We will take a look at several great free open-source tools ...
Recently I delivered a session at Virtual TechDays on why NuGet is so useful. As a part of the demonstration, I was showcasing how it automatically allows us to update some of the external reference libraries. Point in case, here is jQuery. Starting Visual Studio 2008 SP1, we have been shipping jQuery and intellisense for jQuery thereof. With Visual Studio 2010, out of the box, when we create a “File – New Project – ASP.NET Web Application” (which would create a Webforms application) it would automatically ...
In response to a post from an anonymous individual on one of my posts (http://geekswithblogs.net/... regarding free Microsoft tools I thought a follow up post was required! Anonymous, unfortunately you are mistaken; Websitespark is free and is open to individuals it truly provides all the possible tools & software that you could require to get started. If you read the program details on the Microsoft website (http://www.microsoft.com/w... ...
Hi Export the test case of QC to Excel and use the tools name :Test Case Migrator Plus" (Excel/MHT) Tool migrate test cases (along with test steps) present in Microsoft Excel to VS2010 TCM server AND migrate VS 2005/2008 test templates present in MHT/doc formats to VS2010 TCM server URL :http://tcmimport.codeplex.... A good Free tool present in codeplex Thanks Abhishek ...
I have posted about this on StackOverflow already but feel it is just too important not post about it here either. If like myself you love cutting code for fun and have found some restrictions with the free editions of Visual Studio why not register for WebSiteSpark (http://www.microsoft.com/w... ) . All of the full flavour development tools available at your disposal … FOR FREE! I hope this helps you all ...
The nice thing about unintended changes is that you never think it could happen until you get bitten by a nasty change. Microsoft did publish a complete list of breaking changes here which is complete to my knowledge. But although the intentional changes are listed there are side effects which can cause you to search for hours your (non) fault. One change was to create a new GAC for .NET 4 assemblies to prevent breaking applications which rely on the structure of the GAC introduced with .NET 2.0. ...
C++ is a very powerful language. Well written native C++ code can perform much better than managed languages like C# and Java due to optimizations that the managed systems are not able to perform during run-time compilation (if this is done at all, that is). This is great for developers who work on gaming technology for instance. For people concerned with game logic, performance isn’t necessarily priority number one, but productivity and the ability to express oneself without too much head banging. ...
Saturday, November 5, 2011 at the AT&T Foundry in Plano, TX Dev-ing. Mobile. Cloud. APIs. Good food. Awesome prizes. Interested in building your own app? This hackathon will introduce you the the latest cutting edge tools to deploy your own app with a website backend, fully hosted in the cloud. Alternatively, you can come pitch your idea and scout for developer talent, who can help you build your app! Mobile App Hackathon is an event produced by the AT&T Developer Program and Apigee that ...
For more formatted view .. Goto http://ankitagrawal57.blogs... any web application, performance is basic necessity. Earlier internet speed used to be limited thus users got inclined to pages which load within 3-4 secs. But now the internet speed is no more a constraint but still time does remain a constraint. Imagine yourself visiting a website which takes a lot of time (30 – 60 secs) just to load the page. You would not like to go to that site again.To mitigate this issue, developers and ...
Last week I attended Build Windows conference and have been spending a considerable amount of time thinking how things have changed for developers. The initial reaction from most people was “Oh My God” with all the focus on WinRT and Metro UI and little mention of .Net, Silverlight, WPF, etc. You could almost feel the equal parts panic and excitement racing through the crowd. I was fortunate enough to have brought along my “Keep Calm and Carry On” T-Shirt to Anaheim. I wore it on Wednesday as it ...
Are you passionate about your job? Do you enjoy programming? Do you think you're any good at it? One of the things that make me productive as a developer are the tools and products I use. However, these tools seem to try and grab all my attention. When I go to a conference, or read a blog entry, I'm bombarded with them: Windows 8, Visual Studio 11, TFS, WCF, Silverlight, MEF, OData, Lightswitch, LabManagement, NuGet, ... it just doesn't stop, and I know I will never be able to keep up with all of ...
What a week it has been! The BUILD Conference just concluded http://www.buildwindows.com... and there were tons of announcements. This is one of the reasons I am passionate about this company. Even when I was outside Microsoft, the momentum and the focus they have on Developer audience simply amazes me and they continue to do it, years later. Windows Developer Preview BUILD is a developer conference which premiered the first Windows Developer Preview bits. Clearly, the developers ...
One benefit of my recent experience on a BA flight was that I got plenty of time to read through “Microsoft BizTalk 2010 Line of Business Systems Integration”. I’d promised the publisher weeks ago that I would take a look and publish some comments, but August has been such a busy month for me, and they have had to be patient. I should point out that, for the sake of transparency, that with another BizTalk book about to be released (next week) which I helped co-author, I have an urgent and obvious ...
I'm back... what did I miss?? Oh wait... you're expecting info from me about my week I guess :) I had an awesome time: Met tons of people that I didn't already know. Renewed friendships with another ton of people I only see a couple times a year Went to Billy Hollis' PreCon and learned a lot of cool design information that I have yet to transcribe or assimilate entirely Went to Tim Huckaby's party and was "B8 ed" ... although that looked better on the girl wearing the TShirt when I got there Didn't ...

Last week, Microsoft held their long awaited Build Windows (or simply "Build") conference in Anaheim CA. About 5000 people packed the convention center to discover the latest version of the Windows operation system: Windows 8.

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It has been roughly one month since I have started using Git – previous SCM’s were SVN and TFS. One month into using a distributed SCM’s and I am very impressed. A few suggestions to those thinking of migrating or trying it out… Prepare to feel uncomfortable for a while – this goes when changing or trying out anything new – especially when you are comfortable with previous tools, when I moved to Git it felt very foreign at first, especially coming from a Windows paradigm where you are used to everything ...
As I write this post, Microsoft’s Windows 8-focused //build/ conference has just ended. The apprehension so many developers had around the show is now dissipated, the developer platform and tools have been detailed, and we have all been able to work with the operating system, and develop apps for it, on a touch device, for about 72 hours now. Most people, myself included, like what they saw. The OS is touch-friendly without being an iOS copycat; our developer skill set investments are nicely protected; ...
We recently implemented an email archiving solution at work. One of the requirements was that we configure automatic purging of messages older than 6 months in Exchange. One of our IT managers spent the better part of a month moving items out of the only copy of his PST into his mailbox so that they could be captured by the archive system and free him from his PST. For whatever reason none of these messages were captured by the archive system and were purged by Exchange as per the items older than ...
This new book targets embedded developers that want to use the latest release of the Windows CE/Windows Embedded Compact OS family. It has been written by Samuel Phung (that wrote also the excellent “Professional Windows CE 6.0”), Thierry Joubert and David Jones (that released many very useful tools for Windows Embedded in the past). They are great developers and also very good trainers and writers, and I’m pretty sure that they will provide a great amount of knowledge to people wanting to discover ...
Anyone that’s managing an enterprise IT with aging or outdated client/server systems is starting to feel the heat. Soon, their systems and applications will be obsolete and unsupported. At the same time, the industry as whole is seeking the fastest gateway to the latest .NET, HTML5 and mobile deployments including SaaS models. Right about now, there will be a knock on your door with team members offering their advice as to what you should do to ‘keep up’ with the latest trends and supported architectures. ...
So we’re into Day 2 of Build, and the keynote this morning is talking about server and cloud aspects of Windows 8. I’m looking forward to the sessions this afternoon to get some deeper dives. But let’s reflect over yesterday first – Build Day 1. Yes, there was a tablet given away. But those focusing on the “new toy” are missing the bigger message, the larger paradigm shift, the impact on the future of what we’re seeing. I sound melodramatic saying that, but its true – the way development for the ...
So I’ve played with the developer preview of windows 8 today. I’m trying to like Metro. But, at least on the desktop, it feels wrong. In fact, its not really windows anymore. In the sense “windows” are less in favour compared to full screen apps. It really should be called Boxes 1.0 I played around a bit with the new visual studio with metro templates….. great tools as usual. But…designing metro apps feels like a subset. The variety of apps in the windows world would find it hard to translate into ...
Finally a follow-up to my original post! With more detailed instructions! I would like to note that a lot of the functionality of a Virtual Machine is not currently working, at least I have not figured it out... however it is functional! What doesn't work: Seamless Mouse Integration Video Drivers - Still can get video just is not detecting my Wide Screen How To: 1. Download Windows 8 from the Windows Dev Center http://dev.windows.com (Download Page: http://msdn.microsoft.com/e... ...
Tonight Windows 8 was released (LEGALLY) at least the Developer Preview edition was! You are able to get your own copy at http://dev.windows.com/. I have an interest in programming but an even greater interest in learning some of the new administrative tools available and things I can dig into a bit more and learn about Windows 8. I decided I was going to install it as a Virtual Machine. When I mounted the ISO it crashes upon startup, so I knew there had to be a setting somewhere I could tweak and ...
I usually do a bullet points from major conference events like this one from Mix11. The purpose of this post is to get you up to speed quickly with news and links you may enjoy. Build – Day 1 Keynote Windows 8 takes about half the amount of RAM to run compared to Windows 7. Windows 7 usage by consumers is now greater than Windows XP. Like the Metro Interface? Well, you better as the interface is similar to the Windows Phone 7. You can unlock your touch-enabled PC by tapping certain spots on a picture. ...