Showing all posts tagged: 'Visual Studio'

A 8-post collection

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]


Configuring Visual Studio 2012 to work with the Xamarin framework and PCLs

If you want to do cross development using Xamarin and Visual studio, you need to install the Xamarin tools for Visual Studio. This will allow you to create solutions that target one or multiple platforms using the magic of MVVM (Model - View - ViewModel) and PCLs (Portable Class Libraries). The Visual Studio installer can be acquired here. The download is over 1.2Gb so it may take some time depending on your connection. The installation is fairly quick and painless with only a few steps to follow on the wizard. Once the installation is complete, you can start working …[read more]


Resolving RDLC error: “The report definition is not valid” in Visual Studio 2012

I recently inherited a large number of Microsoft RDLC reports where I had to fix a number of issues before the upcoming release. One of my first tasks was to write a quick “RDLC runner” console application to allow me to test the reports locally. You can download the RDLC Runner from NuGet here. Or run the following command on the NuGet Command window in Visual Studio: The RDLC Runner is a very simple .NET 4.5 project. It takes two XML input files (parameters and data), the path to the .rdlc file and the name of the output file. …[read more]