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Software dev culture changes - are you home by suppertime
I was reading this post by Cory Foy: blog.cornetdesign.com/2009/... and it really underscores the polar change in the company that I worked for until about a month ago, and now. Simply stated, there is a culture of it's cool to say that I put in an 80+ hour week to other developers. But that really starts to suck when you hang your hat on doing that type of development, use it to sell yourself to employers (and believe me if you offer it, they will ALWAYS ......

Posted On Wednesday, December 30, 2009 2:12 PM

Solution to WCF Workflow "Unable to attach to process. Access is denied."

Think that I Got it!!!    Need to select "Managed Code" from the "Attach To" Options in the "Attach to Process" settings window.  Found the solution here:http://joelabrahamsson.com/entry/unable-to-attach-to-the-process-access-is-denied-when-attaching-debugger-to-iis-process-in-windows-7

Posted On Tuesday, December 22, 2009 1:54 PM

Files not found when compiling project in VSTS
Ok, I am definately going to chalk this one up to lack of experience working on really large projects. I have been struggling trying to get a project to compile locally so that I could debug the portion of code that I created and add it to source control, but my local dev just keeps failing. Its a large project (30+ top level solutions, each with 1-3 levels of included projects with between 5-9 projects per level), with lots of intertwining dependencies, but everyone else can get it to compile. I ......

Posted On Tuesday, December 22, 2009 10:34 AM

Source control check-in errors

People who check code into a shared codebase where it was working for all users prior to their check-in, and not for all users afterwards should be soundly beaten.  Regardless of the "it works in my local Dev" excuse. If you make a fix that only works for you, it's not a fix, it's a bug.

Posted On Monday, December 21, 2009 1:49 PM

WCF Workflow "Unable to attach to process. Access is denied."

I am trying to debug a WCF workflow and I am unable to attach to the w3wp.exe service to try and debug the error code that I am getting.  Running Windows 7 Enterprise (64) with VisualStudio Team System 2008. I don't know if this is related to the workflow or not.  I am running VSTS as administrator to attach to the process (which is standard).  If anyone has any suggestions, let me know.

Posted On Friday, December 18, 2009 1:11 PM

The pain of a hardcore development timetable
Ever get involved (by choice or assignment) that becomes a en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death... march project, and the timetable just draws on and on and on? There are many drawbacks to this: lost time with family, lost sleep, weight gains, etc; but one of the things that often gets overlooked is the impact that a project like this has on your development as a developer. Coming off of a project like this gives you a couple of seconds to start researching the tech that you ......

Posted On Wednesday, December 16, 2009 10:44 AM

Time based failure
Well, my attempt to resolve the issues I was having installing VSTS brought me to gave up after about 3 hours of uninstalling hotfixes and patches. I broke down and re-installed the only version I had previously been able to install without issue (Database Version). As a kicker, once I had it working, I tried to install the standard version "over the top" and it almost worked (failed during the last step). But that will have to do for now, because I need it to develop with, and at least it will compile. ......

Posted On Tuesday, December 15, 2009 10:27 AM

VS 2008 (VSTS) Install on Windows 7 64 Bit Fails
Trying to work my way through successfully installing VS 2008 (Visual Studio Team System) on Windows 7 64 bit. So far, not much luck getting it to install correctly (either partial failures or complete failures). When it would install, I wouldn't get intellisense for XAML files. In searching the web, everything seems to point to this being a byproduct of one Microsoft hotfix or another. I have gone through these lists of hotfix items that have known conflicts with VS2K8 installations, and not found ......

Posted On Monday, December 14, 2009 5:18 PM

VSTS Source Control
I think that this may be a re-occurring theme here, but here we go with a "I screwed this up, hope you don't". You need to really think through your setup for checkin/checkout for SourceSafe files especially when using VSTS (Especially if this is your first time using VSTS). I really didn't get the best direction when setting mine up, and used a basic "Work" directory for my initial checkout, made some changes, and checked them back in. When I had to work on another branch for a hotfix item, I wanted ......

Posted On Monday, December 14, 2009 2:45 PM

Getting started
I have been a developer for over 10 years, and at one point or another completely relied on the knowledge of someone with more experience than I had to make something work. I figure that it's time for me to start giving back. As background, I am a Microsoft technology based developer currently working in WCF/WPF/XAML, although I have only been doing this type of development for a little while now. I have a solid background that covers ASP.Net (C#/VB.Net), Traditional ASP, Javascript, custom AJAX ......

Posted On Monday, December 14, 2009 8:55 AM

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