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Programming and Learning from SD March 2015 Entries
QR codes in .Net
It took awhile to find the right NuGet package to use to create and decode a QR code, but we found it. The ZXing.Net port of the Java version turned out to be quick and easy to use. Scott Hanselman had an example of decoding a QR code in his blog, and I adapted the code from the ZXing.Net site and his to create this LinqPad demo. Fire up the great LinqPad program, change to C# statements, add in the Nuget package and the correct namespaces. Then hit F5. You can now generated and decode that information ......

Posted On Friday, March 27, 2015 8:53 PM

Automatically update packages using NuGet
NuGet doesn't do automatic updating on it's own. If you wanted to do automatic updating with NuGet, which I wouldn't recommend it against public packages (EF, MVC, etc), you’ve probably found it’s not easy to do. We've been using batch files to pull dlls off the network at build time for Continuous Integration, but this can get a little messy. We though NuGet might help us with dependency management between our teams/products, but we want to keep the continuous integration. I did a quick search and ......

Posted On Monday, March 16, 2015 6:39 PM

Meeting Fun
Today in a meeting the leader was sharing a OneNote file to take notes via a remote meeting screen share. As he was formulating how the meeting should go (writing down questions for the group), I asked if he could zoom in on the text, since it was really small on our TV screen. “How do I do that?”. Someone on the other end said Alt+F4. Very quickly OneNote closed. We had a good laugh :-). Lessons Learned: Don’t interrupt someone while deep in thought. Prepare agendas for meetings with a lot of people ......

Posted On Friday, March 13, 2015 3:02 PM

Syncfusion Community Edition
On the back of the latest MSDN magazine (March 2015) : There was a link to Syncfusion's community license for its controls. This free license that can be used to "build commercial applications", has a $9,975 value, 12 platforms, and 650 controls. This might be useful for your next project. You have to put in an email and phone, but I already have an account with them. They did try to call and I did get an email after I downloaded their Resharper Succinctly guide. They have a lot of other nice resources ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 10, 2015 1:39 PM

EventLogs with PowerShell
If you want to log to Windows Event Viewer you need to first create the EventLog and source. You can do this in C# or PowerShell. I’ve used LinqPad on the server before (run as administrator), but PowerShell can do the same thing. You could then run this as a script. I haven’t used PowerShell a lot, but it was a good experience using it. Create the Event Log with source new-eventlog -logname MyLogMaybeYourCompanyName -source MyApplicationName Write to the Event Log to test write-eventlog -logname ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 4, 2015 11:08 AM

ClipX – an indispensable tool
I found ClipX a few years ago and have used it every day since. The ability to have a searchable history of copied text and images from a hot key (I use ctrl+shift+z) has been invaluable. It’s saved me a lot of time where I can just search for something I copied earlier in the day or even yesterday. It hasn’t been updated since 2008, but still works on my Windows 7 machine. Visual Studio has this with ctrl+shift+v, but I like to have this anywhere in Windows. I’d be open to a newer piece of software, ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 3, 2015 3:16 PM

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