Showing all posts tagged: 'Visual Studio'

A 9-post collection

TechDays Netherlands 2017

In October 2017 I got the privilege to speak at my first Microsoft-organised conference in the Netherlands. It was 2 days (well, 3 days if you count travelling) of packed talks, meetings, interesting conversations and general geeking out. I've spoken about why you should attend these kind of events either as a speaker or attendee many times and this event definitely proved me right. Apart from the awesome talks that I had the chance to attend, I met with many Microsoft and non-Microsoft developers from around the world and got the chance to learn from them and expand my network …[read more]


A new Powershell experience with Visual Studio Code

PowerShell is an amazing tool used heavily to manage a plethora of Windows and Microsoft services. With the release of the latest PowerShell as a cross-platform tool, this experience has been extended to Linux and MacOS as well. You can use PowerShell to do pretty much anything, from managing Windows OS features, to configuring SharePoint and SQL to executing maintenance tasks and even run code (.NET). Yes, that's right. Because PowerShell was built with code execution and extensibility in mind, you can easily import any .NET Framework APIs and work directly with them embedding C# code inside your scripts. In …[read more]


OzCode - my favourite Visual Studio tool

If you've never seen OzCode in action, then brace yourselves for the most awesome tool in Visual Studio. Yes, even more awesome than Resharper and everything else you have to throw at me. What is OzCode? OzCode is a debugging tool that you install as an extension and it can totally transform the way you debug and work with your code within Visual Studio. It overtakes from the built-in debugger to give you so many more features to simplify your work and allow you to focus on what really matters, fixing the problem. As developers, we spend most of our …[read more]


Disabling NuGet Package Restore

Yes, this is counterproductive and a step backwards, but if you are working in an environment where your build/CI server doesn't allow NuGet Package restore then you will need to disable it. This may sound straightforward and something that should be easily supported by NuGet, but I'm afraid you are out of luck. To disable NuGet package restores, you will need to perform some manual changes to your .csproj files To fully remove package restore just follow the steps below: 1. Close down the solution Before performing any project file changes, you will need to close down the solution …[read more]


Using NCrunch to enhance your tests in Visual Studio

I have recently come across nCrunch during a code demo. nCrunch is an automated, concurrent testing tool for Visual Studio and I have to say that I am pretty impressed with this ‘little’ piece of software. nCrunch is an 3rd party tool that allows you to continuously run tests as you write them. Actually, the tests are run every time you change any part of your code that is being monitored by nCrunch and may have an impact on your tests. The tool is responsible for building and running tests as it sees fit. Installation was easy and painless. As …[read more]