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Did you know that Visual Studio shows deadlocked tasks?

I didn’t… And it’s not a new feature – since it existed since freaking Visual Studio 2010! Yesterday during an unrelated meeting Alon Fliess showed a bunch of us developers how Visual Studio detects deadlocks in tasks (automatically) and shows the current task status in both Parallel Tasks and Tasks debug windows (duh). I got home late but I wanted ...

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TypeScript, AngularJS, Gulp and Bower in Visual Studio 2015

Either you are a Back-end Web developer or a Front-end one, you must have realized that there are some frameworks and tools that have gained the poll position in Web application development. Which are these? Go ahead, search and download a client-side library, plugin or package. It’s 100% percentage sure, that you will be prompted to run one of the ...

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AssertHelper V1 released

Exactly one year and four months passed since my first try at fixing the state of asserts in NUnit. You can read all about it in my post – One assert to rule them all. My intent was to create one assert that would automatically choose the right way to check test result (I didn’t invet the idea but the ...

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Code generation pros and cons and T4 Template

I dislike code generation and usually see it as a smell. If you are using code generation of any kind, there is a good chance something is wrong with your design or solution! So perhaps instead of writing a script to generate thousands lines of code, you should take a step back, think about your problem again and come up ...

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MyGet: Continuous Integration for the Rest of Us

By this time, most .NET developers are familiar with NuGet.  It used to be that if you wanted to use some part of .NET, such as Entity Framework, you would add a reference to your project pointing to some DLL in the .NET Framework Class Library (FCL).  Those days are loooong gone.  Nowadays, if you want to use Entity Framework ...

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WCF SOAP and REST Multi-Project Visual Studio Templates

Last year I published a REST Multi-Project Visual Studio Template on the Visual Studio Extensions Gallery, available for download from the Tools-Manage Extensions menu from within Visual Studio 2010. What I like about this sort of project template is that it produces a much more realistic WCF solution with entities spit off into a separate project that is referenced from ...

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Why I do not mind VS2012 ALL CAPS menu

Visual Studio 2012 is very impressive and I like a lot of things about it. It has quite a lot of useful features and yet the ALL CAPS menus seem to be the most popular topic and a lot of devs seem unhappy about it; but I do not mind all caps menus. In fact I do not even notice ...

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Developer productivity tools and Visual Studio extensions

A few days ago a question was asked on Readify’s internal forum about useful VS extensions. A few extensions were mentioned that I had not used before and I am glad to have installed them now. So I thought I’d share my current toolbox with you. This is not meant to be anywhere as exhaustive as Hanselman’s Ultimate Developer and ...

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Transform app.config and web.config

One of the biggest promises and benefits of Agile is short feedback loops and to get short feedback loop we need to deploy our application frequently. From Agile Manifesto: “Our highest priority is to satisfy the customer through early and continuous delivery of valuable software.” To be able to that you really want to get as close as possible to ...

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Using NuGet to Distribute Company Internal DLLs

Releasing new software has to be simple and super fast! That was not the case for our company-internal class libraries till a couple of month ago until I finally decided to take the time to optimize that release process. At the company where I’m working at currently, we have an internal class library which bundles a series of utilities with ...

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