Within Visual Studio there is a console window that many know little about. I myself have finally started researching ways to improve my productivity via this console window, the Package Manager Console. In doing my research and using some of these commands on a daily or weekly basis, I figured […]

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After installing some recent updates to some visual studio extensions and features, I started getting the following error when I was trying to start up Visual Studio 2010 or Visual Studio 2012. “exception was thrown by the target of an invocation” After Googling around for a little bit, I found […]

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Description Dawn is a morning assistant app which will display the meetings for the day, as well as display basic weather and traffic conditions in your area to know how that drive into work will be. You can also set up reminders to launch the application on a scheduled basis […]

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After recently getting a new, larger, secondary drive, I thought it was time to move my TFS folder to the new drive to free up some space. After doing some research on how to get started, I saw articles that were either made it too complicated or articles didn’t quite list […]

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Debugging an application which calls another server/service over SSL? If you are using a self signed certificate, most likely you’ve seen the error message “The remote certificate is invalid according to the validation procedure” before. If you do get this, there are some things you can do so do not […]

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I needed a way to quick, free way to check what compiled in a DLL on something that built in a big project. It seemed like no matter how I built, it was getting some old code. So, I googled and some big names had some free decompilers already available. […]

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So after years of copying data to Notepad++, then formatting to use in an IN condition, I decided to create an application to perform that function for me, at a fraction of the time. The tool is called SQL-In and can be used to parse data with common or a custom […]

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Ever hear of a Ternary Operator or the Null Coalescing Operator and wonder what on earth that is? Some colleges will briefly mention the terms, but wont dive into how and why to use either operators. At first they might seem odd to use, but after you start using both of these it […]

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AutoHotkey, my new favorite hotkey/snippet tool. It can do things from opening your frequently used folders or applications with a few button presses, to replacing lines and words with snippets, or even interacting with your mouse. If you haven’t started using AutoHotkey yet to increase your efficiency, start. You will notice […]

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So I started getting back into autohotkey to increase productivity with some office tasks, and I thought of a useful script to keep Google a second away in any application. I had seen a few scripts out there to bring up Google, but I wanted to take a step further […]

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The Issue I ran into a strange issue with an ASP.NET site (MVC2 – 4.0 Framework) where when executing a stored proc, SqlDataAdapter.Fill(DataTable) will not return any rows some of the time, but SQL Server Management Studio will almost immediately return results. The full method calling the stored procedure is […]

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You or a co-worker accidentally check in some code and need to roll back? Don’t fear, it’s actually pretty easy to roll back or view your changes. In Visual Studio, go to View -> Team Explorer In the new window/pane that appeared, there should be an object titled, Source Control. Double click […]

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