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June 2010 Entries

When setting up my AppFabric environment yesterday, I was running into (what I thought) was a strange error: Workflow persistence is not fully functional because the net.pipe protocol is missing from the application’s list of enabled protocols. At first, I was quite confused by this. I had double-checked to make sure that net.pipe *was* enabled. First I checked the Site Bindings for the web site itself: Next, I check the Enabled protocols by going to “Advanced Settings” at the application level. ......

MVC 2 includes an attribute for model metadata called the HiddenInput attribute. The typical usage of the attribute looks like this (line #3 below): 1: public class PersonViewModel 2: { 3: [HiddenInput(DisplayValue = false)] 4: public int? Id { get; set; } 5: public string FirstName { get; set; } 6: public string LastName { get; set; } 7: } So if you displayed your PersonViewModel with Html.EditorForModel() or Html.EditorFor(m => m.Id), the framework would detect the [HiddenInput] attribute metadata ......

In my presentation this past weekend at NoVa Code Camp, a member of the audience caught my final demo on video. In this demo, I combine multiple new features from MVC 2 to show how to build apps quickly with MVC 2. These features include: Template Helpers / Editor Templates Server-side/Client-side Validation Model Metadata for View Model HTML Encoding Syntax Dependency Injection Abstract Controllers Custom T4 Templates Custom MVC Visual Studio 2010 Code Snippets The projector screen is a little difficult ......

Thanks to everyone who attended my MVC 2 presentation at NOVA Code Camp. The code samples and PowerPoint can be downloaded here: Top 10 Ways MVC 2 Will Boost Your Productivity.


Microsoft just released the Visual Studio 2010 Pro Power Tools extension and it is awesome. A summary of all the features can be found here and it is available in the Visual Studio Gallery here. There are a bunch of great features but, in my opinion, the best one is the replacement for the Add Reference dialog. This gives sub-string search capabilities as well as the ability to add multiple references without having to continually re-open the dialog. For this feature alone, you should install the ......

ILMerge is a utility which allows you the merge multiple .NET assemblies into a single binary assembly more for convenient distribution. Recently we ran into problems when attempting to use ILMerge on a .NET 4 project. We received the error message: An exception occurred during merging: Unresolved assembly reference not allowed: System.Core. at System.Compiler.Ir2md.GetAs... assembly) at System.Compiler.Ir2md.GetTy... type) at System.Compiler.Ir2md.Visit... ......