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ASP.NET 5: New structure of solutions and projects

ASP.NET MVC 6 solutions have a little bit different solution and project structure. Changes are needed because of new minimalistic tooling and cross-platform requirements. This posting gives you overview of new solution structure and explains how solutions will be organized in future.

Using web.config transforms with App.config files

In one of my projects I needed configuration transforms similar to web applications. But I needed transforms for command line and Windows service applications to make sure that with release builds some settings are different (by example, web service URL-s and some other settings). I found some materials from web and got everything work well. Here is how to enable web.config transforms for App.config files too.

First look at Visual Studio Online “Monaco”

With Visual Studio 2013 Microsoft also announced online version of Visual Studio for Windows Azure Web Sites. When I first saw SharePoint Napa tools and “powered by Vsiual Studio” slogan then I knew that soon Visual Studio is on cloud. Now Microsoft made their next step. Let’s see what Visual Studio Online with codename “Monaco” is and what you can do with it.

Using web.config transforms with NLog configuration

I’m building a web based hybrid system that can run on-premises and on cloud. On development machine I want NLog to write logs on disk. When system is deployed to cloud I want NLog to write logs to Windows Azure Table storage. In this posting I will show you how to use web.config transforms with NLog configuration.

Code Information Indicators in Visual Studio 2013

Visual Studio 2013 introduces new code editor enhancement called Code Information Indicators (CII). CII is set of code editor extensions that make it easier to get information about code structure and changes. Also tests and test results can be easily accessible from code editor. In this posting I will introduce you most important new code indicators.

New way of creating web applications on Visual Studio 2013

Yesterday Visual Studio 2013 CTP was released and now it’s time to play with it. First thing I noticed was the new way how to create web applications. For all web applications there is generic dialog where you can set all important options for your new web application before it is created. Let’s see how it works. Also let’s take a look at new blue theme of Visual Studio 2013.

TFS 2013 Team Rooms

One new feature that is coming with Team Foundation Server 2013 and this is already available on Team Foundation Service is called Team Rooms. Team Rooms are virtual rooms where team members can communicate with each other. Logs are saved by date and this way all important direct communication is there also for later dates.

Visual Studio 2013 announced!

Today at TechEd Brian Harry announced Visual Studio 2013, Team Foundation Server 2013 and new ALM features. Some new features are also available on Team Foundation Service. Preview versions of VS2013 and TFS2013 will be available during Build conference later this month.

Using Visual Studio database post-deployment scripts in practice

Visual Studio database projects support database post-deployment scripts you can use to make additional modifications to database or to insert some test data. In my work I use database projects and post-deployment scripts very often. In this posting I will introduce you how to use post-deployment scripts to make dealing with database and data easier for developers.

Using database unit tests in Visual Studio

Stored procedures in SQL Server database can be unit tested using Visual Studio database unit tests. It may seem as simple thing to do at first but when you start writing tests then you will find out it’s more complex task to do then expected. In this posting I will introduce database testing with Visual Studio tools.

Using Visual Studio database projects in real life

Visual Studio database projects are good to support software development. I have successfully used database projects for years and I think it’s time to share my experiences also to global developers audience. In this posting I will introduce you how to effectively use database projects so developers are working with up-to-date schema and test data all the time.

Setting up Windows Home Server 2011 development environment

For Windows Home Server 2011 (WHS) there are new API-s available you can use to extend WHS web and desktop interfaces. Actually there is no Windows Home Server SDK anymore – now we have common Windows Server Solutions (WSS) SDK that works also for Windows Small Business Server, Windows Storage Server and Windows MultiPoint Server. In this posting I will show you how to create development environment for Windows Home Server 2011.

Windows Azure error: An unsupported response was received. The response header ‘MSDeploy.Response’ was ” but ‘v1’ was expected.

You may get the following error when deploying your web application from Visual Studio to Windows Azure using WebDeploy: Remote agent could not be contacted. Make sure the remote agent service is installed and started on the target computer.
An unsupported response was received. The response header ‘MSDeploy.Response’ was ” but ‘v1’ was expected.
The request was aborted: The request was canceled.
COM object that has been separated from its underlying RCW cannot be used.

Deploying independent web applications to Windows Azure using single web role

I found very good blog post by Andy Cross’ Blog where he describes how to deploy multiple web sites in a single Windows Azure web role. I like the idea but there are some things that should be understood and done differently if you plan to use same web role for totally different web applications that you want to run on your Windows Azure instance. In this posting I will show you how to deploy independent web applications to Windows Azure instance using single web role.

Making CopySourceAsHtml add-on work with VS2010

As there are still bloggers who use CopySourceAsHtml add-on for Visual Studio to get syntax highlighted code to their blog posts and there is no guidance in CSAH site how to make it work with Visual Studio 2010 I will give my guidance here. Almost all code in this blog is syntax highlighted by this add-on.

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