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BrowserStack Visual Studio 2013 Extension

TIP: Using VS2015? I've got you covered!So, if you download the extension from Visual Studio Gallery (here) you’ll find it won’t install into VS 2013, but it’s easy to fix. Open up your downloaded file using your preferred zip solution (7zip in my case), edit the extension.vsixmanifest file, and change the following lines from: <Installation InstalledByMsi="false" AllUsers="true"> <InstallationTarget Version="11.0" Id="Microsoft.VisualStudio.... /> <InstallationTarget Version="11.0" ......

Getting Neo4j to install as a service on Windows 8 Release Preview x64

In this we get neo4j to install as a service!

Comprehensive redesigns

So, last night I realised that I’d made some bad decisions with the database, structure and naming, so… I’ve now refactored it all, and I’m feeling… hmmm… meh about it. I suspect I will redo it all later, but for now it will do…. I’ve also come to the conclusion that I was maybe trying too much for the initial release, so as a consequence I have removed one part of the project… (which, by-the-by, I intend to have published in a month or so – and yes Andy, that is one month longer than I mentioned ......

Shelving – What is it – and more importantly, can it help me?

Since we shifted to TFS we’ve had the ability to perform what is known as ‘shelving’. Shelving (whilst not a wholly new topic in the world of SCC) is new to us, and didn’t exist in our previous SCC solution – SVN. Soo… what is it? What? Shelving is a way to check-in but not check-in your code. By shelving you submit a copy of your ‘pending changes’ to the SCC server, (which maintains a list of the shelvesets) and once that is done you can either continue working, or undo your changes, safe in the ......

Deployment MSI files on TFS Build Server – The Problem

So, what would seem to be a simple problem, automating the build of an MSI on the TFS build server – using a Microsoft .vdproj setup project type should be a doddle. Add a new build configuration (cunningly called ‘Setup’) ensure it’s building the setup project, create a build configuration to build the ‘Setup’ configuration, and attempt a build! No. Nothing. Works fine locally. Hmmmm Ok, let’s do some quick googling – there appear to be 2 (maybe 3) options: 1. Install VS2010 on the build server ......

TFS – Beginnings…

We’ve got TFS installed now, and we’re beginning to test it in the team… At present we’re only using it as a BugTracker / Doc share – and the reason for this is that in 4 weeks (or so) we plan to update the solution to VS2010 (from VS2008) and quite frankly, we can live with our current source control until that point. Aanyhews, so far – so good, aaand (of course) so bad… Coming from the current solution here (Service Desk) it’s a vast improvement, the bugs are (in my opinion) easier to read and ......

NDepend: Application Metrics

A few days (maybe even a week ago now) I had an email in my inbox asking me if I’d like to have a copy of NDepend so I could maybe write something about it on my blog. I went through 3 stages – 1st – free software?! Hell yes, I’ll have that… 2nd, actually, I have Visual Studio 2010, I have code metrics already, do I need more? 3rd – presumably there is a reason that NDepend exists, maybe I should take this opportunity to get to know why and what it’s for. So I said ‘yes’ and the next day I had NDepend ......

Migrating to TFS – or should we??

In my previous developer roles I’ve gradually migrated into being the Source Control Guy, the one that runs the Source Control and generally chooses which one to use. At the same time, I generally get the option of picking the Bug tracking software. Admittedly, typically this is coming from an existing Visual SourceSafe (VSS) system with no bug tracking, to something else, which by anyone’s standard is an improvement, (for those who want to know I’ve typically gone with SourceGear Vault as the SCC, ......

DefaultAppPool - Ha Ha!

I spent a large proportion of yesterday trying to debug why a website I was trying to publish wasn't working.. Upon copying the folder there, and converting it to an application, we browse to the site and lo, nothing there. Not a sausage... Just a blank page. Hours on this.. Is it the web.config? - ahh no. Is it the configuration of the server? - ahh no no. Let's try again, create a new folder... add in a 'Hello world' html page Browse to: Success! ok, Convert to application - Browse to: Failure! ......

Icon Editing

Finally nearing the release of the app I’ve been working on for a little while now, and we near the final polishing points – Icons etc and a problem with the VS2008 icon editor… The problem being that VS2008 seems to have settings of 4bit icons only… To the rescue comes Paint.NET and the Icon/Cursor Plug-in (both FREE).. This allows you to edit icon files properly, save in 32bit up to 256x256 (which is probably gonna be big enough :)) It’s pretty simple to use – to the effect that I managed to create ......

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