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Using Visual Studio Online's new build system to achieve a Continuous Delivery pipeline Presentation
I had the honor and pleasure of giving my first presentation at an event at South Dakota Code Camp last weekend on November 7th. Thanks to the organizers and sponsors, I’m looking forward to next year already. I talked about the importance of Continuous Delivery in today’s development practices and how it helps us get quality code to our users quicker and more reliably using automated processes. Microsoft’s build system has improved immensely in the last year and one of my goals was to show what ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 10, 2015 4:10 PM

Accumulative Effects
I’ve been a software developer for about 10 years, 8 years in my current full time job and 2 years off and on in a part-time job during college. Every year we do a yearly review with a reflection form to fill out and a discussion after it has been looked at by a few people. This reflection got me thinking about how I’ve gotten to where I am now. 8 years ago I didn’t know .Net or C# (just some PHP I had taught myself in my college job) and was put on an small eCommerce site with WebForms and VB. It ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 7, 2015 7:54 PM

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

Codealike is a fun tool
I’m a fan of Codealike and run with their extension while I’m in Visual Studio. It tracks a surprising amount of data on which projects I’m working on, where in the code, time spent building, code languages used, focus, web sites visited to help you gauge productivity (if you let it), many new features in 2014, and they’re even trying to measure technical debt. There’s more there then I have to too look at often, but the premium access (which they gave me 3 months free, thanks CodeAlike!) has a lot ......

Posted On Friday, January 23, 2015 9:26 PM

Cleanup your TestResults folder with a Scheduled Task
I run automated UI test with Selenium (unit testing will do this as well, though not as many files) from the Visual Studio Test Explorer a lot. This creates a new folder inside of my solution location named TestResults for every test run. Depending on what I need to deploy for the test (Selenium chrome driver, images, dlls, etc) the size of that it takes up on my hard drive gets very large after a few weeks. I’ve deleted gigs before. In the spirit of “if you do something more than once, automate ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 13, 2015 5:04 PM

ctrl+p in Chrome Developer Tools to find and open a file
I was watching part of Using TypeScript for Large Angular JS Applications on TypeScript. In the SourceMaps and TypeScript section, Justin Schwarty mentions that ctrl+p in the Chrome Dev Tools will pull up a list of files (css, js) that you can debug against. This is similar to the ctrl + comma in Visual Studio (or ctrl + t with Resharper). Hopefully, you’re already aware of this, but for me it will be a huge time server. I’ve searched through the tree of files far too often. The official shortcuts ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 13, 2015 4:03 PM

Visual Studio Test Settings selection problems
I had a strange problem where I couldn’t correctly run MS tests (with Selenium for UI automation) from Visual Studio. In the Test menu, there is a test settings selection option. Here you can choose a testsettings file. I was chosing this and only seeing “Last Selected Test Settings” instead of the name of the file I chose. I finally got this fixed by opening a Visual Studio command prompt and running devenv.exe /ResetSettings. I still don’t what caused it, I’m just happy to be able to run the tests ......

Posted On Monday, December 22, 2014 10:28 AM

Useful VS Key shortcut – next build error

This is a quick post to share that ctrl+shift+12 will go to the next build error in Visual Studio (2013 for sure).

It’s been useful for me when refactoring and making a mess to clean up… hopefully that means I’m not doing something wrong :-).

Posted On Friday, June 27, 2014 11:43 AM

My user voice feedback for Visual Studio. It is hanging on testsettings editing.
If you have had Visual Studio hang when editing a testsettings file, please vote up my feedback to Visual Studio. http://visualstudio.uservoi... I run into this every time I have to update a testsettings file or change some properties on the Vm test agents. Thanks, Kevin ......

Posted On Tuesday, May 13, 2014 11:03 AM

Use LinqPad to Kill Windows Processes
You can use the TaskManager and right click processes or you can use taskkill /im myprocess.exe /f in the command line or you can use LinqPad. Open LinqPad, change to C# Statements, paste var processes = Process.GetProcessesByName(... processes.ForEach(p => p.Kill()); and click run. It will kill all msbuild.exe processes. Change the name as you need to. Process is in the System.Diagnostic.Process namespace ......

Posted On Wednesday, May 7, 2014 4:09 PM

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