Updating SQL Azure database using Visual Studio database project and Azure DevOps

Visual Studio database projects have been one of my important tools since Visual Studio 2010. Database projects were not easy to use with build servers ten years ago. Today things are different. It’s super easy to use database projects to update staging and live databases from Azure build and release pipelines. This blog post shows how to do it.

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Start with Surface Duo development on preview emulator and SDK today

Surface Neo and Surface Duo are new devices by Microsoft, planned to launch for holidays season this year. Surface Neo runs Windows and Surface Duo is based on Android. For Surface Duo there’s already preview tooling and SDK available by Microsoft. Here’s the introduction to Surface Duo development, tools and patterns.

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How to make ASP.NET Core compile modified views

ASP.NET Core 3.0 applications doesn’t build views automatically by default when changes are made. Views are built when application compiles and this is expected final state for views. It’s still possible to make ASP.NET Core application build views when changes are made. Most popular case is when application is running on Visual Studio and we are working on cosmetics of view.

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Automated date based versioning for ASP.NET Core assemblies using Azure DevOps

I needed automatic version numbering based on current date when web application is built. It was wish by some customers and in their projects it’s okay with it. As their code is covered with automated tests and other diagnostics I’m using Azure DevOps as build server and this is where I made automated date based versioning work.

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ASP.NET MVC error: It is an error to use a section registered as allowDefinition=’MachineToApplication’ beyond application level

Error when running ASP.NET MVC application from Visual Studio: It is an error to use a section registered as allowDefinition=’MachineToApplication’ beyond application level. This error can be caused by a virtual directory not being configured as an application in IIS. Stop inventing painful hacks, solution is here.

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Simulating traffic lights with Raspberry Pi and Windows 10 IoT Core

Most of beginner examples for Raspberry Pi introduce how to turn on and off LED lamp. I wrote a little bit more complex starting example but it has some touch from real life – my example simulates traffic lights. I’m IoT noobie but using Microsoft tools it was actually easy to build this little example. This blog post is short introduction about what I did.

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Visual Studio Live Share for collaborative coding

Sharing code and working together on it in real time from different locations has been issue for years. We have video chat and screen sharing for long time but working on same files together in IDE has been a dream. Visual Studio Live Share is here to solve the problem. Although the service is not generally available yet it is possible to try out early versions of it using Visual Studio or Visual Studio Code.This blog post gives straightforward overview of Visual Studio Live Share specially for developers.

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